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Associate of Science

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.  Completion of the AS degree requires a minimum of 64 credit hours of approved courses.

The AS degree differs from the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in the level of mathematics and science coursework that is required. Students meeting the prerequisites for MTH 150 (Precalculus) or MTH201 (Analytic Geometry & Calculus I) in their first semester can expect to complete the AS degree in four semesters. Students requiring additional math preparation prior to MTH150 will require additional semesters to complete the degree.


Academic Map

This academic map is a suggested semester-by-semester schedule of courses based upon the AA degree requirements as outlined in the academic catalog. In order for you to graduate in two years, specific milestones, courses, and other requirements (e.g. prerequisites) must be met in a timely manner. To ensure that milestone courses are completed, it is important that you, when possible and appropriate, enroll in any needed developmental coursework during the first semester(s) of enrollment. Additionally, enrolling for courses during the summer session is an option and can reduce your regular course load and allow you to stay on track to graduate in two years. Finally, keep in mind this map does not substitute for academic advisement. If you have questions, see your advisor and refer to the MACC website for current information.

Course Semester Hours Milestone
  First Semester (Fall)
  History or Government 3  
LAL101  ^Composition I 3 LAL101 
MTH201 ^Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 5 MTH201
SKL101 College Orientation 1 SKL101
SPK101 Public Speaking 3  
  Second Semester (Spring)
ECN101 or
Macroeconomics or
LAL102 ^Composition II 3  
MTH202 ^Analytic Geometry & Calculus II 5 MTH202
PHY121 ^General Chemistry I 5  
  Third Semester (Fall)
  Engineering Elective 3  
  Humanities Elective 3  
MTH203 ^Analytic Geometry & Calculus III 5  
PHY201 ^Engineering Physics I 5  
  Fourth Semester (Spring)
  Engineering Elective 3  
  Engineering Elective 3  
  Humanities Elective 3  
PHY202 ^Engineering Physics II 5  
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3  
  Total Hours for Degree 64  

*It is strongly recommended that students successfully complete the Milestone courses as planned on the academic map to ensure completion of the degree in two years. In addition, if students do not successfully complete the Milestone course(s), they are strongly encouraged to re-enroll in the course(s) the following semester.

**Shaded courses must be completed in the sequence indicated. Failure to complete these courses in the appropriate sequence will result in extension of time to complete the AS degree. In particular, failure to complete MTH 201 (with a C or above) by the end of the second semester will result in an extension of time to completion of the AS degree of a full year.

^Please refer to the college catalog and course descriptions for pre/co-requisite and placement information. You can only register for these courses if you have met the prerequisite, placed into the course and/or enroll in the co-requisite course(s).


Transfer Institutions

The majority of students enrolled in our AS degree program plan to transfer to engineering programs at either Missouri S&T or the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since specific program requirements vary based on engineering discipline and transfer institution, all students are encouraged to connect with academic advisors at their intended transfer institution early in the program.

Missouri S&T

Engineering Degree Programs offered at S&T

         Elective Course Transfer Guide

Information for Transfer Students

University of Missouri (College of Engineering)

Degree Programs offered at MU

         Elective Course Transfer Guide

Information for Prospective Students 


For More Information Contact:

Dr. Patti Cole
Associate of Science/STEM Coordinator
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216
Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 234-1067 x12107