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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science, A.S.

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The Associate of Science is a transfer program with achievement indicating the student has successfully completed a course of study including pre-requisite courses equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Science does not include a major or a minor, instead, students complete a 20-24 credit program of study pathway leading in most instances to transfer to a STEM related Bachelor Degree. Through the utilization of enhanced advising practice, the Associate of Science will advise, retain, and facilitate student transfer from Highlands College to related degree programs at Montana Tech or other Baccalaureate granting institutions across Montana.

Objective 1: Prepare students for entry into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Healthcare, other non-STEM related fields or appropriate Applied Science degrees through completion of all developmental, and prerequisite coursework leading to early transfer.

Objective 2: Graduate students with 60 credits of rigorous 100 & 200 level coursework while maximizing credits awarded by combining general education and program specific pathway courses leading to an Associate of Science degree.

General Education Core (30-32 credits)

Mathematics Core (6 credits)

Please refer to the General Education Requirements  1

Physical & Life Sciences Core (6-7 credits MUST INCLUDE 1 LAB)

Please refer to the General Education Requirements  2

Social Sciences Core (6 credits)

Please refer to the General Education Requirements  

Humanities/Fine Arts Core (6 credits)

Please refer to the General Education Requirements  

Additional Required Courses (1/2 credits)

Program Electives (28 credits)

  • Any 1XX and 2XX level coursework in any discipline within an identified Bachelor’s Degree Program (28 credits) 
  • Electives do not include any remedial (0XX) courses such as M 065. Also, Activity credits (including ACT, ACTV credits) are limited to 4 credits.



Total Credits Required for Degree: 60 credits


1. Students must register for math as indicated by college entrance or Accuplacer exams and follow the required sequence. This may increase the total degree credits. 

2. Physical & Life Science must contain at least 1 lab component. Choose appropriate courses that will count towards BS in chosen field (Engineering, Biology, Nursing, Business, etc.)


Upon completion of the 30-31 credits required in the core, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in General Studies. The Certificate recognizes the completion of the core and is approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents. Students may use this certificate to demonstrate completion of the general education core when transferring within the MUS or as a milestone to earning an Associate of Science degree at Highlands College. Please see Enrollment Services to apply for this certificate

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