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Transferring an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

THE TRANSFERABILITY OF THE A.A.S. DEGREES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE COURSES IS DEPENDENT UPON A NUMBER OF FACTORS. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE TRANSFER OF A.A.S. DEGREES SHOULD REVIEW THE FACTS LISTED BELOW AND TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:

Fact #1

The programs in which students earn A.A.S. degrees are called career programs. The A.A.S. degrees were not designed for transfer to four-year schools. The College of Lake County awards other degrees for transfer purposes- Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Engineering Science (AES), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA). However, earning the A.A.S. degree does not necessarily preclude transfer to a four-year school.

Fact #2

The A.A.S. degree programs were created to provide specific skills and knowledge in a field so that students in that career area can either find a job or upgrade their current status in that specific career field when they leave CLC.

Fact #3

The career programs include two categories of courses. One category consists of courses with even-numbered middle digits, e.g., ENG 121 - these courses were designed to transfer. The other category consists of courses with odd-numbered middle digits; some of these courses may transfer, and others may not. It is important to talk with a CLC counselor, CLC advisor, CLC faculty member, or a representative from the school to which you plan to transfer to discuss course acceptance.


WITH THESE FACTS IN MIND, STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS TO ASSIST THEM WITH MAKING A DECISION ABOUT TRANSFERRING AN A.A.S. DEGREE:

Action #1

Meet with a CLC advisor, counselor, or faculty member as soon as possible when it comes to planning your course of study. You will be able to discuss your future career and transfer plans if you are undecided about a specific career and/or if you need help determining what type of associate or higher degree is appropriate for you chosen career path. Instructional faculty may also provide information to help you select an appropriate degree beyond the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Action #2

If you are in your first year of studies and are currently undecided about an A.A. degree versus an A.A.S. degree, when it is possible take even-numbered middle digit courses to satisfy A.A.S. degree requirements (i.e., ACC 121 instead of ACC 112). Also, note that CMM 121 is the preferred course to meet an oral communication, general education requirement when considering transfer.

Additional Information

When you meet with your advisor, counselor, or faculty member, find out if the College of Lake County has a formal Articulation Agreement for your program with four-year schools which states the conditions under which an A.A.S. degree or a specific program or courses will transfer. For example: which courses will transfer as major requirements, which as electives, which will not transfer at all, and which will satisfy prerequisites for courses at the four-year school.

View a complete list of CLC's current Articulation Agreements.

If there is not a formal Articulation Agreement for your career program, there may be a transfer guide available that lists if an A.A.S. degree will be accepted or which CLC career courses will be accepted by various programs at various institutions.

View a complete list of CLC's current Transfer Guides.

The table below highlights some of the articulation agreements and transfer guides that are specific to the transferability of CLC career programs/courses:

Articulation Agreements and Transfer Guides Specific to CLC Career Programs/Courses
CLC Career Program Transfer College/University Articulation Agreement or Transfer Guide Link to Information
Accounting DeVry University Transfer Guide Link
Accounting Roosevelt University Transfer Guide Link
Administrative Office Systems DeVry University Transfer Guide Link
Automotive Technology Ferris State University, Minnesota State University, Southern IL University Carbondale Transfer Guide Link
Computer Information Technology Southern IL University Carbondale Articulation Agreement Contact Business Division
Construction Management Technology Illinois State University Articulation Agreement Link
Construction Management Technology Purdue Calumet Transfer Guide Contact E.M.P.S. Division
Criminal Justice Roosevelt University Transfer Guide Link
Dental Hygiene Southern IL University Carbondale Articulation Agreement Contact Biological & Health Sciences Division
Early Childhood Education Kendall College Articulation Agreement Contact Social Sciences Division
Electrical Engineering Technology DeVry University Transfer Guide Contact E.M.P.S. Division
Electrical Engineering Technology Michigan Tech Articulation Agreement Contact E.M.P.S. Division
Electrical Engineering Technology Milwaukee School of Engineering Articulation Agreement Contact E.M.P.S. Division
Electrical Engineering Technology Southern IL University Carbondale Articulation Agreement Contact E.M.P.S. Division
Electronics Engineering Technology Northern IL University Transfer Guide Link
Electronic Systems Technology Southern IL University Carbondale Articulation Agreement Contact E.M.P.S. Division
Fire Service Management University Center of Lake County- SIUC Transfer Guide Link
Healthcare Leadership National Louis University Transfer Guide Link
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Ferris State University Transfer Guide Link
Hospitality Management Lexington College Articulation Agreement Link
Industrial Technology University Center of Lake County- SIUC Transfer Guide Link
Management & Management Information Systems National Louis University Transfer Guide Link
Mechanical Engineering Technology Northern IL University Transfer Guide Link
Paralegal Studies California University of Pennsylvania Articulation Agreement, Transfer Guide AAS to BA in Jurisprudence
Paralegal Studies Roosevelt University Articulation Agreement, Transfer Guide AAS to BPS in Criminal Justice

AAS to BPS in Paralegal Studies

AAS to BLS in Political Science

AAS to BPS in Professional Administration
Paralegal Studies Southern Illinois University Carbondale Articulation Agreement Link
RN-BSN Nursing completion program Elmhurst College Transfer Guide Link
RN-BSN Nursing completion program Indiana Wesleyan Transfer Guide Link
RN-BSN Nursing completion program Olivet Nazarene University Transfer Guide Link
RN-BSN Nursing completion program Rockford University Transfer Guide Link
RN-BSN Nursing completion program St. Xavier University Transfer Guide Link
RN-BSN Nursing completion program University of St. Francis Transfer Guide Link

For more information on any of the above listed Articulation Agreements, please contact the appropriate CLC Academic Division Office.

Biological & Health Sciences: (847) 543-2042
Business: (847) 543-2041
Communication Arts: (847) 543-2040
Engineering, Math, & Physical Sciences: (847) 543-2044
Social Sciences: (847) 543-2047

For more information on any of the above listed Transfer Guides, please contact the CLC Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center (847-543-2060) or the appropriate CLC Academic Division Office.

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