The Associate of Science Transfer Degree
Portland Community College
Portland Community College offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science degree that is designed for transfer into a four year college or university. Students may use the AS degree program as the foundation for a baccalaureate education in a variety of concentrations. The undergraduate AS is a broad interdisciplinary program, comprised of core general education courses. The general education courses traditionally count as the minimum credits for the first two years of college. Students must be aware of the specific requirements of the prospective institution, for both in state and out of the state of Oregon.
The program’s curriculum requires students to take courses in arts, humanities, the social and natural sciences, and mathematics. Students may choose specific courses in each category to tailor their education to best fit personal and professional aspirations. The individual courses cover topics such as: foreign languages, literature, music, economics, history, geography, chemistry, computer science and physics to name a few. To successfully earn the AS degree, students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours: 6-8 are in writing and at least one credit hour of physical education.
Graduates may use the AS degree for transfer into another four year college or university to complete their bachelor's degree. Students may also use the AS degree for entry into a career field, to gain real world experience, then continue onto a bachelor's program at a later point.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Initially founded in 1961 as an adult education program, Portland Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education. Since its opening, Portland has expanded to include four campuses and eight academic centers that offer job training, specialized programs and a variety of transfer courses. Portland Community College operates with the mission to “advance the region’s long-term vitality by delivering accessible, quality education to support the academic, professional and personal development of the diverse students and communities it serves.”
Portland Community College offers certificates and associate's degrees. Students desiring to participate in virtual coursework at PCC have a variety of options, including online degree programs, telecourses, teleweb (hybrid of telecourses and web-based courses), and interactive television classes. Online classes offer working adult students the necessary flexibility to complete assignments and learn in a manner that fits their busy schedules.
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