Career Services

Program Definitions
Associate of Arts Degree
(A.A.)
Purpose: The Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is awarded to students who fulfill the requirements in, Art, Criminal Justice, Drama, General Liberal Arts, General Studies, Music, Psychology, Sociology or Sports & Human Performance curriculum. Students who complete these curriculums normally transfer to a four-year college.

Program Requirements: These curriculums include the general education courses and introductory specialty courses that are usually required in the first two years of equivalent baccalaureate programs. When planning a program and selecting electives, the student should become acquainted with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which he/she expects to transfer.


Associate of Science Degree (A.S.)
Purpose: The Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) is awarded to students who fulfill the requirements of the Biological Science, Business Administration, Communications, Computer Information Systems, Health science, Mathematics, or Physical Science curriculum. Students who complete these curriculums normally transfer to a four-year college.

Program Requirements: Although the major emphasis in these curriculums is in mathematics, biological science, and physical science, the curriculums also include courses in the computer science, humanities and social sciences. When planning a program and selecting electives, the student should become acquainted with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which he/she expects to transfer.


Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is awarded to students who fulfill the requirements. These programs are two years in length, and prepare the student for immediate occupational employment.

Requirements: Capstone – the capstone is a learning experience which results in a consolidation of a student’s educational experience and certifies mastery of entry-level workplace competencies. The Capstone experience must occur in the last semester of the student’s educational program.


Certificate Programs
Alvin Community College offers a variety of academic programs. Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete approved programs.


Online Programs & Degrees
Taking distance education classes is a great option for people who don’t have time to attend face to face classes, work irregular hours, or have other time commitments. Alvin Community College has different ways that you can take distance education courses: Internet (IN) An Internet (IN) class is conducted almost if not entirely online. Some instructors may require that students come to campus for orientations, field trips, or to take tests in an approved testing location. Students must have access to the Internet, as all classes are conducted through MyBlackboard. Hybrid (HY) Hybrid courses combine online learning and face-to-face instruction in a manner that reduces the number of face-to-face classroom meetings. Students attend a portion of the class in the traditional classroom at regularly scheduled times and complete the remaining portion of the class online using MyBlackboard.