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Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Academic Credentials

Degrees Conferred at North Central Michigan College

Associate of Arts (AA): A degree designed to transfer to a four-year college or university by delivering typical freshman and sophomore year general education coursework. An AA degree is not awarded in a specific subject area, but its foundational courses allow the student to major in a subject area in his/her junior year.  North Central is currently offering Associate of Arts concentrations in Arts, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Psychology, Public Health and Social Work.
(Program Code: 300)

Associate of Science (AS): A degree similar to the AA degree, but with a strong emphasis on the natural sciences and mathematics. It is designed for the student who will transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue studies of a scientific nature. North Central is currently offering an Associate of Science concentration in Biology, Exercise Science and Mechanical Engineering.
(Program Code: 400)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): A degree designed for the student who plans to pursue a career or advance his/her career immediately upon graduation. Students planning to pursue a bachelorʼs degree using the AAS as a foundation should carefully choose their coursework with an advisor to maximize transferability. The AAS degree is awarded in specific areas of expertise, e.g., the AAS in Business Management and Nursing.

Associate of General Studies (AGS): A degree designed for the student wishing flexibility in defining specific educational objectives. It can accommodate the student who plans to transfer as well as one who wishes to pursue a career immediately upon graduation. The AGS degree is not awarded in a specific subject area.
(Program Code: 600)

Certificate: A short-term career program. Most certificates are composed of 10 courses, half the number in the typical associate degree. Often certificates can be earned in one year of full-time enrollment; however, the time may be longer if a student attends part-time. Credits earned toward a certificate can be used to earn an associate degree in the same area.

Certificate of Development: A Certificate of Development has fewer than 30 credit hours and indicates a basic understanding of a subject or a specific skill.

Not sure which path is right for you? Exploring your options is much more effective when you do it with an experienced guide. North Centralʼs academic advisors and counselors can help you set goals and develop a map for achieving them.

Call (888) 298-6605 or (231) 348-6605.