About the Associate of Science in General Education Degree
Earning an associate degree can be a stepping stone toward achieving the more advanced goals you have set for yourself. Celebrating this milestone can help you refocus your attention toward achieving a baccalaureate degree simply by serving as a half-way point toward degree completion. If one of your educational goals includes earning a baccalaureate degree, you and your advisor should choose classes that will satisfy the degree requirements for both the associate degree and the baccalaureate degree desired.
While earning an associate degree might not specifically qualify you to start working in the area of interest, it can help to prove your seriousness toward completing goals that you set for yourself. Potential employers are always looking for an employee who is not only able to set goals but also one who can meet the goals he or she sets.
The student seeking an associate degree must meet the following requirements. See the Academic Catalog for any additional requirements.
- A minimum of 60 semester hours.
- At least 50% of the degree program must be traditional academic credit (excludes credit by correspondence, challenge exams, etc.).
- No more than 25% of the degree may be earned using portfolio-based credit. (See Specialized Curricula- Experiential Learning Credit in the Academic Catalog.)
- At least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree must be completed in residence with Troy University. See the Academic Evaluation available on Student Planning.
- Nine semester hours must be completed in residence at Troy University in the major area of concentration. See Residency in the Academic Catalog for additional information.
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