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Associate of Science


Associate of Science Degree

Associate of Science

Key Program Features: Small class sizes, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Hocking College’s associate degree & transfer program is an affordable option for students studying social or natural sciences who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year school after graduation.

While attending Hocking College students can fulfill the undergraduate general education requirements they need to enter a variety of traditional bachelor’s degree programs at another post-secondary school.  

Hocking College’s Associate of Science program is also an option for students who have not yet decided the field they will enter or the four-year institution they will attend.

Courtesy of Hocking College’s smaller class sizes, students will be able to get the crucial one-on-one time with their instructors they need to develop the following abilities and skills:

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a group
  • Capacity to use different modes of reasoning
  • Decision-making skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Oral & written communication skills
  • Quantitative reasoning skills

Additional Outcomes

Frequently Asked Questions About the Associates of Science

You can easily order your transcript online on the Hocking College website.

Yes, many classes are accepted by other colleges.  The receiving college will make the final determination on transfer credit for classes that match up to their courses.

For more information about transferring, click here.

Yes.  Often students begin in AA or AS programs and then become interested in one of Hocking’s other programs.  If you change your major, some general education classes will count towards requirements of the new major, so you will not be starting from scratch.  

Before changing your major, you should talk to a financial aid advisor to be clear on where your aid stands for the new major.

Yes.  You should talk to your advisor to ask if it’s possible that the class can substitute for a course on the curriculum since sometimes this can be appropriate.  If it’s a case where a substitution cannot be made, be aware that financial aid may not cover a class off the curriculum.

Yes, but you should still consult your advisor to make sure that you are taking the correct classes to complete your degree.  You are encouraged to register as early as possible when registration opens so that you have more choices available for class times or face-to-face and online options.

All classes in both curriculums are transferable, but there is a slight difference in the curriculum. Associate of Arts students take more humanities and art courses while Associate of Science students take more physical science and social science classes.

Some AA and AS students want more curriculum flexibility and can design their own curriculum by splitting required technical credits between two different fields of study.

For example, a student might want to take 15 credits from the Business curriculum and 15 credits from the Accounting curriculum along with the 30+ required general credits to create an Associate of Technical Studies. Business and Music Management is another example of an ATS degree that combines the curriculum of two majors to create a degree unique to student needs.

Some students want even more flexibility than the ATS degree allows. Students who require this amount of flexibility should consider the Associate of Individualized Studies.

Yes. You can apply for special credit by advanced standing by providing the appropriate documentation for skills earned on-the-job. You may earn credit this way, but your GPA will not be affected as there is no grade assigned when credit by advanced standing is given.

Most students transfer to other colleges to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Some are promoted in their current jobs because they have completed a college degree. Skills acquired by earning these degrees include critical thinking skills, written and oral communication skills, reading skills, public speaking skills, and professional and social skills that go a long way in paving the way for professional success.

Yes, the classes have been approved by Ohio Higher Ed. To transfer was in accredited institutions in Ohio.  Many of the approved classes will transfer out of state as well, but students will have to verify that with the institution that they wish to transfer to.

For more information about transferring, please click here.

For the most part, the answer is yes, because a two - year degree is a valid and useful permanent academic credential. 

Yes!  A GPA does not transfer in, only credits achieved transfer.  The grades you earn at hocking college will determine your GPA, but you can expedite your graduation if you transfer in any credits or advance placement. 

Yes! Students can complete their program with a variety of courses that are available online in most cases. It’s a good idea to consult with an advisor if you know that you will be unavailable to take face-to-face classes for any period of time.

Yes, academic advisors can help students figure out how to access information about transferring to other colleges in state or out of state, and assist students with the Application process.

Cornerstone is a great introduction to Hocking College that also teaches time management, study skills, personal finance, etc…There are opportunities to attend job fairs and explore the many career options that Hocking offers.

Yes, it will, but realize that paying twice for a class uses more of your total Financial Aid package and may limit what you can take or how long you can stay in college.

Descriptions of all classes are available in the Hocking College course catalog.  There is a link to the catalog on the College website.  If you are a currently enrolled student, there is also a link to the catalog in the planning/scheduling/registration process of Self-Service. 

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2018 - 2019 Associate of Science in Associate of Science

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 44.0-52.0
Lab Hours: 2.0-6.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 43.0-44.0
Lab Hours: 2.0-4.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  PSYC-1101 General Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  MATH-2250 Introductory Statistics 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  BIOS-1112 The Human Organism 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
OR BIOS-1113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
OR NT-1140 PN2RN Adult Health 2.00 2.00 3.00 $200.00
    Totals 14.00 - 15.00 2.00 15.00 - 16.00 $447.00 - $477.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ARCH-2280 Cultural Anthropology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $35.00
  BIOS-1114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
OR HLTH-1101 Medical Terminology 2.00 0.00 2.00 $20.00
OR NT-1141 PN2RN A&P/Micro/Patho 2.00 0.00 2.00 $95.00
  ENGL-2123 English Composition II: Contemp Issues 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2124 English Composition II: Creative Writing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2126 English Composition II:  Nature Readings 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2223 Business Writing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
OR ENGL-2225 Technical Writing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  HUM-2201 Western Civilization and Culture 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
OR HUM-2200 Introduction to World Literature 3.00 0.00 3.00 $20.00
  ART-1110 Art Appreciation 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
OR HUM-2202 Theatre Appreciation Art 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 13.00-14.00 0.00-2.00 14.00-16.00 $120.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  SOCI-1101 Introduction to Sociology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  *** AS Elective I 0.00 0.00 3.00  
  MATH-1113 College Algebra 4.00 0.00 4.00 $132.00
OR MATH-1163 Business Calculus 5.00 0.00 5.00 $132.00
OR NT-1144 PN2RN Pharmacology 2.00 0.00 2.00 $45.00
  HUM-2203 Introduction to Ethics 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
OR HUM-2207 Introduction to World Religions 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
    Totals 11.00 - 17.00 0.00 14.00 - 17.00 $115.00 - $202.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  PSYC-1120 Organizational Behavior 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
OR ECON-1140 Principles of Microeconomics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $92.00
OR ECON-2240 Principles of Macroeconomics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $92.00
   DT-1102 Basic Nutrition 3.00 0.00 3.00 $10.00
  *** AS Elective II 0.00 0.00 9.00  
    Totals 6.00 0.00 - 2.00 15.00 $25.00 - $102.00
Class Hours: 14.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Cost: $175.00-$190.00

Class Hours: 13.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Cost: $197.00

Class Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 0.00 Cost: $187.00

Class Hours: 5.00-6.00 Lab Hours: 2.00-4.00 Cost: $45.00-$262.00

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A Career in Science Offers a Valuable Future

Associate of ScienceThe opportunities are endless with an Associates in Science degree from Hocking College.

The curriculum for the Associate of Science (AS) degree prepares students to enter a broad variety of bachelor's degree majors with a focus on either social or natural sciences. 

It also provides students with skills that employers want most, such as proficiency in decision-making and problem-solving, oral and written communication skills, quantitative reasoning ability, the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and the capacity to understand and use different modes of reasoning.ent.

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Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Science

  • The Associate of Science is a customized program designed to meet the career goals of the individual student.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 28%
2015 - 2016 37%
2014 - 2015 48%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 4.76%
2015 - 2016 7.02%
2014 - 2015 13.33%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A


2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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