Degree Paths

AAS Degrees

  • are two-year degree plans
  • lead directly into the workforce
  • focus on core subject content
  • include hands-on application of core content
  • require only five general education courses (Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences/Mathematics)
  • requires non-calculus based math courses

Articulation Agreements

  • are two-year degree plans
  • are directed toward specific senior institutions
  • are a combination of the AAS Degree and Bachelor Degree tracks
  • allow transfer credit for many core technical-level courses
  • allow substitution of transfer-level courses for technical-level requirements:
    • ENG 111 instead of ENG 110
    • MAT 171 instead of MAT 110 or MAT 121
  • graduates are employable upon completion
  • graduates have a university transfer plan
  • employers typically offer tuition assistance programs for employees who want to pursue additional education

Articulation agreement information is continually updated at 

AA and AS Degrees

  • designed for transfer to senior institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree
  • first two years are mostly general education classes
  • entry into the workforce is delayed
  • require higher-level math (pre-calculus and calculus)
  • more theory than hands-on experience
  • the typical AET path is the Associate in Engineering (AE) Degree.


Some institutions, such as UNC-Charlotte and Appalachian State University, offer AAS transfer options but have not signed formal articulation agreements.