Associate of Applied Science Programs (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science degree provides students with the applied knowledge, theory and experience needed to pursue employment in specific occupational areas. While not intended for transfer, these degrees may transfer into the academic curriculum at other four-year colleges and universities. Students who intend to transfer may find it beneficial to take additional general education courses, but because course requirements vary, it is recommended that students pursuing an AAS with intent to transfer discuss goals with a representative from the desired transfer institution.
Associate of Arts Concentrations (AA)
An associate of arts degree provides background in general education and is equivalent to the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree in the humanities, social sciences, general studies or fine arts. To provide maximum transferability of courses, the general education component of the AA degree fulfills the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) requirements. Students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact an admissions representative from that school to assure that elective courses will transfer.
Associate of Science Concentrations (AS)
An associate of science degree provides background in general education and is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree in the sciences, social sciences, mathematics and selected pre-professional programs. To provide maximum transferability of courses, the general education component of the AS degree fulfills the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) requirements. Students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university should contact an admissions representative from that school to assure that elective courses will transfer.
Associate of Individualized Studies (AIS)
The Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) degree is awarded for the satisfactory completion of an individually planned program designed to serve an educational objective that could not be served through another degree program at Owens Community College. The program must contain an area of concentration consisting of a minimum of 20 semester credit hours (30 quarter credit hours), which is formed according to one of the following models: a) an interdisciplinary, but coherent combination of courses drawn from a minimum of two and a maximum of four instructional areas; b) up to forty semester credit hours (60 quarter credit hours) awarded by the college for documentable educational experiences or courses completed at other institutions of higher education or educational enterprises judged by the institution to be of college level; or c) an unusual but academically coherent combination of technical and general studies courses.
This degree is meant for students planning to attend a four-year college or those with unusual career goals as it allows for students to choose from both general education and technical courses.
Associate of Technical Studies (ATS)
The Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree program is structured around the needs of students for whom existing associate degree programs do not fulfill educational goals.
There are two technical studies programs. The Type A program requires 30 credit hours from two technical areas with a minimum of 21 credit hours in one area and nine credit hours in the other. The Type B program offers up to 30 credit hours of “block credit” for individuals with educational and occupational experiences not previously granted college credit. For example, a registered radiographer who has obtained a certificate from a hospital-based radiography program may receive block credit toward a degree, as may a journeyperson who has completed a formal apprenticeship program.
Interested students must discuss goals with an Advisor and complete a separate application for the ATS program. Admission to the College is a prerequisite.
Owens Community College offers a variety of certificates designed for individuals who want to enter the job market or those who need to upgrade their skill levels. Individuals pursuing certificates receive training consistent with current and emerging market needs.