What Is an A.S. Degree?

An Associate of Science degree is a two-year degree program that places more emphasis on math and science courses than an Associate of Arts degree. A typical balance includes about one-third of courses in humanities and social sciences, and about two-thirds in technical areas like math and science.

The A.S. degree is normally pursued by those wanting a technical degree in a science-related area. Common examples include chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. Other options, like computer information systems and engineering are also available. A student might earn a Chemistry A.S. degree, for instance. Some students earn an A.S. degree to complete many of the math and science requirements prior to entering a Bachelor of Science program.