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Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies Degree

Anticipated program length for a student attending full time is 24 months.

An Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies Degree requires a satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours of academic work, not to exceed 68 credit hours, with a cumulative grade-point average of not less than “C” (2.0).

Candidates for this degree must present an organized program of study, which meets the following 15 hours of general education core requirements.

The primary intent of this degree is to prepare students for employment.  Students are expected to follow the degree requirements developed by the College’s advisory committee and approved by the State.  Any deviation from the authorized program must be accompanied by the coordinator/director/lead instructor and approved by the Division Dean and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that students intending to transfer to a four-year institution consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.   

It is the responsibility of the student to know and to observe the requirements of his/her curriculum and the rules governing academic work. Although the student advisor will attempt to help the student make wise decisions, the ultimate responsibility for meeting the requirements rests with the student.

College Requirement

Freshman Seminar (BLUE 0101)

Basic Skills in Communication

3 hours of Composition

3 hours of Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication


3 hours of college-level mathematics

Intermediate Algebra (MATH0104) may met this requirement for certain AAS degrees

Additional General Education Core Requirements

6 hours from at least two different core components


  • Art*
  • History
  • Literature
  • Foreign Language
  • Music*
  • Philosophy
  • Theater*

              *Performance courses are excluded.

Natural/Physical Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Natural Science
  • Physical Science

Social and Behavioral Science

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology 

Technical Requirement

  • Minimum of 15 credit hours in two (2) different KBOR approved technical programs.

Additional course work to equal a 60-hour degree. 

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