2 Year Degree Program Information
Depending on a student’s career goals, 2-year degree programs can serve as an entryway to higher-level degree programs at 4-year colleges and universities. A 2-year degree program can also provide job-specific training in vocational subjects, such as automotive technology, cosmetology and construction.
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2-Year Degree Program Information
Two-year degree programs are most often offered at technical, community and junior colleges, although some 4-year colleges and universities offer 2-year degrees as well. Many 2-year institutions function on an open-admissions basis, meaning that just about anyone can enroll. Other specialized programs, in subjects like allied health, may have admissions requirements or prerequisites.
Types of Degrees
The three main types of 2-year degrees are the Associate of Arts (A.A.), the Associate of Science (A.S.) and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS), although several other types of associate’s degrees exist. Depending on the degree designation, a 2-year degree program provides either career training or courses that can be credited towards a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year institution.
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- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Sciences
- Culinary Arts and Personal Services
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Mechanic and Repair Technologies
- Medical and Health Professions
- Physical Sciences
- Transportation and Distribution
- Visual and Performing Arts
Both A.A. and A.S. degree programs are designed to resemble the first two years of schooling at a 4-year college or university. At the end of the program, students are often able to transfer credits earned to a 4-year college or university. An A.A. program focuses on a broader liberal arts curriculum with programs devoted to subjects like:
- Graphic arts
- Hospitality administration
- Physical education
An A.S. program usually has a greater technical focus and may be best for students looking to eventually major in science and technology fields. Areas of focus can include:
- Accounting technology
- Computer engineering technology
- Environmental science
- Business administration
Career Training Degrees
An AAS degree program provides career training in subjects such as auto and computer repair, electronics, allied health and construction. While AAS programs tend to focus on career training, some general education courses such as English, science and mathematics are typically also required. This type of associate’s degree program is designed to prepare students to enter the job market immediately upon graduation.
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