Students who complete an AAS degree at one of Arizona’s community colleges have two credit hour options for transferring to a BAS degree program at ASU, NAU or UA.
The 60-60 Credit Hour Model*
In this model, students can transfer their AAS degree as a 60 credit hour block toward fulfilling the requirements of the BAS degree. Students then complete 60 credit hours of specified courses at the university granting the BAS degree.
The 75-45 Credit Hour Model **
In this model, students may take an additional 15 credit hours of specified General Studies courses beyond the credit hours required for the AAS degree, for a total of 75 transferable hours. Student then complete an additional 45 credit hours of specified courses at the university granting the BAS degree.
Students must complete the additional 15 hours of lower division credits by taking general studies courses that meet Arizona General Education Curriculum criteria. The five courses are selected from six (6) areas of study depending upon the nature of the AAS degree. The six areas are:
1. Mathematics/Computer Science
2. Natural Sciences
3. Humanities Fine Arts
4. Social and Behavioral Sciences
6. Cultural/Global/Historical Awareness
Students must complete a mathematics course equivalent to or higher than College Mathematics. If the math requirement is met by the program requirements of a specific AAS degree, students may take the additional three hours in any one of the five remaining areas. The following table illustrates the relationship between AAS type and the possible distribution of the 15 credit hours. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to plan their course of study and to determine how their AAS degree aligns with program offerings at the university to which they plan to transfer.
*NAU’s model is based on 64 credits for the AAS; 56 completed at NAU
** There are models with more than 75 credits which can be transferred. Check with an academic advisor.