Science, AS

Associate of Science (202005AS)

Contact Information

Dr. Katie Cerrone
Program Coordinator
Leigh Hall 412

Program Information

The Associate of Science degree teaches students to think critically and creatively about their perceptions of ideas, events and people. This degree is for students who would like to pursue a science based degree. Core curriculum emphasizes mathematics and science, but also includes English, history, and social studies, while learning fundamental skills in analysis, research, composition and reading comprehension. This is a science intensive degree designed to position the student for successful employment, career advancement, or more focused study in STEM (science and health science, technology, engineering, mathematics ) fields at the baccalaureate level.

Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree, students should demonstrate:

  • the ability to make qualitative and quantitative judgments
  • the ability to utilize critical thinking and analytical skills
  • the ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and authentic manner
  • a knowledge of science, technology, and mathematics and their effects on human activities

Career Information

There are many careers a student can pursue with an Associate of Science degree. For additional information please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at or visit the UA Career Center.

Bachelor Degree Program

Students earning an Associate of Science can "step up" to many degrees offered at The University of Akron. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss all the options.

The following information has official approval of The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Transfer students should consult their Advisor to identify courses that are equivalent. 



General Education Requirement36-37
Total Hours60

General Education Requirement

Writing Requirement6
Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic Requirement3
Speaking Requirement3
Arts and Humanities Requirement9
Natural Science Requirement (with Lab) 17
Social Science Requirement6
Additional General Education Course 22-3
Total Hours36-37


STEM Electives 316
General Electives8-7
Total Hours24-23

Policy Alert: By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your required General Education English, Mathematics, and Communications (Speech) requirements.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
English Composition I
or English Composition I + Workshop
Natural Science Requirement with Lab 1 4
Electives 3 3
Social Science Requirement 3
Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic Requirement 3
Spring Semester
English Composition II
or Technical Report Writing
Natural Science Requirement without Lab 1 3
Electives 3 6
Social Science Requirement 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
COMM:105 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Humanities Requirement 3
Electives 3 6
Additional General Education Course 2 2-3
Spring Semester
Arts or Humanities Requirement 3
Arts Requirement 3
Electives 3 9-8
 Total Hours60-61

Policy Alert: By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your required General Education English, Mathematics, and Communications (Speech) requirements.