The general types of 2-year college degrees are associate of arts, associate of applied science and associate of science. The associate of arts degree covers fields such as history, English, anthropology and philosophy, while an associate of science degree covers areas such as computer science, chemistry, mathematics and biology. An associate of applied science degree focuses on career training in fields such as health information technology, office management, construction technology and culinary arts.
The associate of arts and associate of science degrees are typically earned by students wishing to transfer the credits to a 4-year program, states Study.com. These degrees typically have general education requirements, including coursework in humanities, science and technology, world view, writing and quantitative thought. Students also choose several courses in their area of concentration. For example, those concentrating in English would choose literature courses.
Associate of applied science degrees are typically terminal degrees leading to skills that can be used for a specific job. Depending on the school, students may not need to take general education requirements. For example, students in the radiologic technology program at Lorain County Community College focus their coursework on topics such as anatomy, radiographic procedures and radiologic imaging science.
Other 2-year college degrees include an associate of arts in philosophy or communications, associate of science in physics and associate of applied science in automatic technology or computer-aided drafting and design.