Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is an associate degree that is intended to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce. An AAS may also help to prepare students for career advancements, occupational licenses, or further study at the baccalaureate degree. Majors that offer an AAS degree are also known as career-technical programs. While the AAS is not intended to be a transfer degree, MHCC has many transfer agreements with universities for students who have completed a career technical program.

Degree Requirements

Mathematics, 1 course4-6
Writing, 1 course3-4
Health and Physical Education . 3 credits3
Human Relations, 1 course3-4
Career-Technical program courses77-91
Total Credits90-108


One course:

MTH058Quantitative Reasoning I6
MTH065Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online)4
or higher

Some programs require a higher level of math; consult program page and/or faculty adviser for required math level. 

In order to use MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I for this degree requirement, it must be 6 credits.

Written Communication

One course:

WR101Workplace Communications I (Course offered online)3
WR121English Composition (Course offered online)4

Consult program page for required writing course.

Human Relations

One course:

ANTH103Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Cultural Literacy course)4
BA285Leadership and Human Relations3
EC115Introduction to Economics (Course offered online)3
GEOG106Introduction to World Regional Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG107Introduction to Cultural Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
HST110Ancient World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST111Medieval World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST112Modern World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HUM202Ethics in the Workplace (Course offered online)3
MUS268Music History: Baroque to Romantic (Cultural Literacy course)4
PHL202Fundamental Ethics (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PS200Introduction to Political Science (Course offered online)4
PSY101Psychology of Human Relations (Course offered online)3
PSY201General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY202General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY235Human Development I: Prenatal - Late Childhood3
PSY237Human Development (Course offered online)4
R210World Religions (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC204General Sociology: Principles of Sociology (Course offered online)3
SOC213Race Relations in the United States (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC215Gender and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC216Sociology of the Family (Course offered online)3
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3

Health and Physical Education (HPE)

3 credits in Physical Education (PE) and/or in Health Education (HE/HPE):

HE151Drug Education: Stimulants and Performance Enhancing Drugs3
HE152Drug Education: Opioids, Cannabis, Depressants and Hallucinogens3
HE202Adult Development and Aging1
HE204Nutrition for Health3
HE205Diet Appraisal (Course offered online)1
HE207Stress Control Through Activity Intervention1
HE208HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections1
HE250Personal Health (Course offered online)3
HE251Wilderness First Aid2
HE252First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
HE255Alcohol and the Family3
HE261CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
HE265Women's Health Issues (Course offered online)2
PE185 - activity course1
HPE170Structure and Function of the Human Body3
HPE172Exercise Science3
HPE174Fitness Assessment and Programming3
HPE270Introduction to Sport Psychology3
HPE285OLWilderness Survival3
HPE291Lifeguard Training2
HPE295Health and Fitness for Life (Course offered online) (requirement at OSU and WOU)3

3 credit hours of PE185 may be granted toward an Associate degree at MHCC for completion of military basic training. A copy of the DD214 form or a Joint Services Transcript is required.

Career-Technical Core Requirements

Complete all required core courses in a career-technical curriculum. Some programs require prerequisite coursework or placement test levels before beginning the curriculum. Check individual program pages for information.

To be awarded an AAS degree, students must:

  • Complete all requirements to total 90 applicable degree credits.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in: the cumulative MHCC grade point average; all courses being applied toward the certificate; and in the candidate’s major classes. Some majors may have additional GPA requirements.
  • Satisfactorily earn 12 credit hours at MHCC. Non-traditional credit (College Level Examination Program, Experience-Based Credit, Challenge, etc.) does not satisfy this requirement.

Please note: Courses may not be repeated for credit unless specified in the course description.

To check your official progress toward graduation, log on to MyMHCC and click “View My Degree Audit.”

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course