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Associate of Science

Associate of Science

The University Transfer Liberal Arts Program provides a foundation for success to students who intend to continue their education at a baccalaureate degree granting college or university by offering Liberal Arts courses equal to those found in the first two years of a four-year degree.

Students who complete a Associate of Arts or  Associate of Science degree often have the benefit of a degree-to-degree transfer, where universities grant junior status and automatically waive specific lower division requirements, such as general degree requirements, regardless of individual courses taken at Nicolet.

For students who do not intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree, the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees signify achievement of diverse skills and knowledge that are valued in today's work environments.

Program Outcomes

•Employ effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills in diverse professional and social contexts

•Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills at the appropriate undergraduate level

•Demonstrate critical thinking skills at the appropriate undergraduate level

•Demonstrate effective use of scientific method skills in a variety of contexts at the appropriate undergraduate level

•Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, political, and historical dimensions of our world at the appropriate undergraduate level

•Demonstrate a heightened awareness of our physical, chemical, and biological environment at the appropriate undergraduate level

•Demonstrate an increased responsibility for self-directed learning and personal wellness


Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.


About the Liberal Arts Degrees

The breadth and depth of University Transfer Liberal Arts courses introduce students to a full range of communications, humanities, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences.  Each of these degrees includes courses that enhance students' fundamental knowledge of the forces that have shaped and continue to direct our cultural identity and increase their ability to think critically about complex subjects and present their conclusions coherently and precisely. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are designed for students who want a broad general education, whether or not they intend to complete a baccalaureate degree. Graduates have acquired skills and knowledge that are valuable in today's world.

• The Associate of Arts degree provides a greater concentration on social sciences and humanities.

• The Associate of Science degree places greater emphasis on science and mathematics.

• The Associate of Science degree with Natural Resources Emphasis prepares students to work in the environmental science, natural resources, or earth sciences fields. Students completing this degree and planning to transfer to UW Stevens Point are eligible to attend the Treehaven summer camp before transferring, and will enter any of the College of Natural Resources bachelor's degree programs with junior standing.


Degree Requirements

Students who intend to transfer should inform their academic advisors at Nicolet of their intent to transfer and identify colleges or universities of interest as early as possible in their education process. Students in occupational applied associate of science degree programs may find it advantageous to substitute university transfer courses for the general education courses required in their degree programs. Advisors work with individual students to select courses at Nicolet that meet both the general education requirements and the requirements for the student's major at the transfer institution. Advisors use TIS - UW Transfer Information System to verify equivalencies and transferability of courses. They can also help students choose an appropriate college or university to meet the student's goals.

A liberal arts education is one that...
• prepares students to live responsible, productive, and creative lives in a dramatically changing world
• includes substantial content, rigorous methodology and an active engagement with the societal, ethical, and practical implications of their learning
• pursues intellectual work that is honest, challenging, and significant
• embraces the diversity of ideas and experiences that characterize the social, natural, and intellectual world as a commitment and a social responsibility
• prizes curiosity and seeks to expand the boundaries of human knowledge
• aims to free us from the constraints of ignorance, sectarianism, and myopia
• fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions
• prepares students to use knowledge and power in responsible ways

A liberal arts education requires that students...
• understand the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture and society
• master core skills of perception, analysis, and expression
• cultivate a respect for truth
• recognize the importance of historical and cultural context
• explore connections among formal learning, citizenship, and service to our communities

Baccalaureate majors, and subsequent graduate studies, students have started successfully at Nicolet include:
• Education (early childhood, elementary, secondary, physical education)
• Fine Arts (art, music, theatre)
• Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
• Natural Resources
• Mathematics
• Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, social work, geography, geology, political science, history)
• Communication (English, journalism, mass media)
• Graphic Design
• Literature
• Physical Education
• History
• Anthropology
• Political Science
• Health (dentistry, medicine, optometry, chiropractic, physical therapy, veterinary, pharmacy)
• Engineering
• Architecture
• Business (management, marketing, human resources, accounting, finance)
• Information Technologies
• International Studies

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