Program Overview

The Associate of Arts/Associate of Science in University Studies program at Utah Valley University is an associate-level program designed for students that seek general education or preparation for a bachelor program in any discipline. Candidates work with a faculty advisor to create a degree plan that suits current work and personal life demands as well as educational needs.

This degree is ideal for strengthening a current position or for seeking work in a new field altogether. To complete this program, students must complete a total of 60 credit hours. Of these 60 credit hours, 35 come from general education requirements and 25 from core discipline coursework.

Every university studies student follows the same curriculum for their general education. First, students practice writing for the humanities and for science and technology. Writing skills are essential, so this program seeks to prepare students for any situation requiring it. Candidates must complete three credits in mathematics. The course depends on the intended major: Quantitative Reasoning for the Humanities and Arts, Statistics for the Social Sciences, and College Algebra for Business, Education, and Science.

Students then complete a three-credit course focusing on some aspect of United States history of governance. To promote both a healthy mind and a healthy body, the program requires students to learn about ethics and personal health and complete a Fitness for Life course. Core discipline requirements are made up from whatever courses satisfy both the advisors and the student. All 25 credits must come from courses at or above the 1000 level, and for students in the AA path, eight of these must come from classes in one foreign language.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Utah Valley University, located on a suburban campus in Orem, Utah, is a publicly funded university and is the largest public university in the state of Utah. UVU was founded in 1941 and was originally known as the Central Utah Vocational School. It was established as the result of the Utah State Vocational Office consolidating federal work program classes into one campus, which was located in Provo, Utah. The school’s name changed to Utah Trade Technical Institute. The school became Utah Technical College at Provo in 1967, and began issuing associate degrees for the first time, and in 1977, it moved to its present location. The school became Utah Valley State College in 1993, and began awarding four-year degrees, and obtained university status in 2007, and began offering masters degrees.

    UVU offers associate's degrees, certificates, diplomas, bachelor's, and master's degrees from the following academic colleges and schools:

    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • School of the Arts
    • School of Education
    • University College
    • College of Technology and Computing
    • Woodbury School of Business
    • College of Aviation and Public Services
    • College of Science and Health

    UVU has a distance education program that is a flexible alternative for students that are unable to take classes in the traditional classroom environment. Distance learning allows students to balance receiving an education with their busy lifestyles. The distance education program consists of live interactive, online and broadcast courses. Distance education course credits can be applied to any of UVU’s degrees, and several degrees can be earned entirely through distance education.


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