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SLCC Degrees and Definitions


Each of the following definitions includes the applicable Board of Regent Policy 401 definition.


The Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees are programs of study primarily intended to encourage exploration of academic options, provide a strong general education component, and prepare students to initiate upper-division work in baccalaureate programs or prepare for employment. A minimum of 60 and a maximum of 63 credit hours, which include 30 to 39 credit hours of general education course work (minimum of 33 at SLCC), are required for completion of an associate degree.  (The AA degree at SLCC includes a foreign language requirement.  See the specific courses accepted in the General Education section.)  The remainder of the credits may be taken in a variety of subject areas or may be taken in a specific subject area in preparation for a particular major.  Recommended courses for specific subject areas are indicated within the program pages describing the offerings.

The Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees are called “transfer” degrees because they satisfy the lower division general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at all Utah public institutions of higher education.  Be aware that the completion of an AS or AA degree does not guarantee automatic acceptance into any specific major at other colleges and universities; some four-year major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. 

SLCC faculty continually strive to articulate course offerings with other institutions both within Utah and out of state.  SLCC Academic Advisors and advisors at the student’s intended receiving institution can assist students with specific course articulation information. Information is also available at:

The Associate of Arts in Business and the Associate of Science in Business are fully articulated and transfer to business baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions throughout the Utah System of Higher Education. 


Associate of Pre-Engineering (APE) degrees are programs of study that include extensive specialized course work intended to prepare students to initiate upper-division work in baccalaureate programs. A minimum of 68 and a maximum of 85 credit hours, including a minimum of 28 credit hours of preparatory, specialized course work, and general education requirements that are less extensive than in AA or AS Degrees, are necessary for completion of the degree.

Because students do not fully complete general education requirements while completing a specialized associate degree, they are expected to satisfy remaining general education requirements in addition to upper-division baccalaureate requirements at the receiving institution.  See engineering programs for specific program requirements. 

Completing an APE degree does not guarantee automatic acceptance into any engineering major at other colleges and universities.  Most four-year engineering programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA.  


Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are programs of study intended to prepare students for entry-level careers.  A minimum of 63 and a maximum of 69 credit hours, including general education requirements that are less extensive than in AA or AS Degrees, are required.

Many of the courses contained in AAS degrees will transfer to other institutions due to articulation agreements.  Check with individual department coordinator or advisor for specifics.

At SLCC, the AAS degree requires a minimum of 13 credits of general education (10-13 credits in core academic skills and 3-6 credits in distribution courses.) The degree is awarded in a specific program area.  For example:  “Associate of Applied Science In Accounting” or “Associate of Applied Science in Welding.”  


An AAS Emphasis indicates a specific subject or focus area within a defined AAS program.  The emphasis requirements fulfill the requirements for the AAS degree and are indicated as an emphasis of the AAS degree.  For example:  “Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology/CAD and Computer Graphics Emphasis.” 

Some Utah institutions (such as Utah Valley State College, Weber State University, and the University of Phoenix) will accept credits from certain AAS degrees toward Baccalaureate degree programs.  Students who complete an AAS degree may also complete additional General Education courses to obtain an AS degree.


Certificate of Completion and Diploma programs are represented by a coherent sequence of courses 30 credit hours or 900 clock hours or more, with general education requirements.  These certificates are designed for entry-level employment or subsequent completion of an associate degree; they may be in rapid response to business and industry. 

At SLCC, Certificates of Completion and Diplomas are awarded through the various Schools.  Programs are comparatively short-term (generally one year in length) and may be measured by credit hours, clock hours, or competencies. 

Certificate of Completion programs at SLCC are generally 30-40 credit hours and Diploma programs are generally 40-62 credit hours.  Any program of 32 semester credits or more contains human relations, communication, and computation components as outlined by the regional accrediting body.  This requirement may be met in a variety of ways prescribed by each program.  (See individual offerings for specific requirements.)


School of Applied Technology Certificate of Completion programs are non-credit, financial aid-eligible programs of 900 hours or more.  School of Applied Technology students also receive a competency transcript for any course or program completed. School of Applied Technology programs of less than 600 hours result in a certificate. There are three types of certificates that a student may earn:

     Certificate of Completion (900+ hours)
     Certificate of Proficiency (600+ hours)
     Certificate of Achievement (under 600 hours)


An SLCC department, division, or School may award a Certificate to students completing particular courses or sequences of courses.  The Certificate indicates a stand-alone specialization and certifies mastery or competency in the specific course(s) taken.  These certificate programs are not financial-aid eligible and, by themselves, do not lead to graduation. 

School of Applied Technology students who receive a Certificate also receive a competency transcript for any course or program completed. 


Most two-year degrees may be completed in four semesters if students enroll full time in 15 credits or more.  Students must carefully plan their academic calendars based on required prerequisites and class availability by semester.  Consulting with an SLCC academic advisor is recommended for such planning. 

Schedules shown within program offerings are labeled as “Sample Schedules;” they must be adjusted to meet each individual student’s needs. Consulting with an SLCC academic advisor is strongly recommended.  


Courses at Salt Lake Community College are identified by an alphabetic prefix (two to four letters) followed by a four-digit number.  Numbers beginning with a “1” generally indicate a course designed primarily for freshman (such as ENGL 1010); numbers beginning with a “2” generally indicate courses designed primarily for sophomores (such as MATH 2010); numbers beginning with a “0” are non-transferable (such as DE 0900.)

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