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Degrees Options

SLCC operates on a semester schedule and offers:

 

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 for upper-division work in baccalaureate programs or prepare for employment.

Board of Regents policy requires a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 63 credit hours, which include 30 to 39 credit hours of general education, for an associate’s degree.

SLCC requires a minimum of 34 credits in General Education and 61 credits overall. 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 and select pre-major requirements. 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 a special application as well as a competitive GPA.

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.
For further information about transferring, see the tHings you should know section of this catalog.

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 a special application and 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 coordinators or academic advisors for specifics.

At SLCC, the AAS degree requires a minimum of 14 credits of general education (11-14 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 University, Weber State University, University of Utah 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 programs consists of 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 are awarded through the various Schools. Programs are comparatively short-term (generally one year in length) and may be measured by credit hours or clock hours.

Certificate of Completion programs at SLCC are generally 30-40 credit hours. Any program of 30 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).


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

Diplomas are awarded by various schools within Salt Lake Community College. They are comparatively short-term and require approximately 40-62 credit hours.

Additional Opportunities

Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts:

  1. On-the-job training is provided by a sponsor who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all phases of a particular craft;
  2. Classroom-related instruction is designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of theoretical and technical aspects of their craft. Total completion of an apprenticeship program will take up to five years, depending upon the craft. 

Continuing Education (CE) focuses on programs designed to meet the needs of business, industry, agencies, and professionals in their fields. Programs range from on-going career oriented programs to upgrade and customized training focused on development of a particular skill. Continuing Education also focuses on on-site delivery of programs and courses. 

School of Applied Technology  -- provides high-quality career and technical education to individuals seeking job skills for  quick entry into the workforce.

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