Associate Degree Programs

Sixty-seven percent of employees in pharmaceutical manufacturing and biomanufacturing are trained at Community College level or less in North Carolina.   Life science degree programs range from agricultural biotechnology to bioprocess technology to marine technology to many other options.

A.A.S.  in NC Community Colleges
For entry-level employment training, individuals can enter Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs. These degree programs offer practical job-oriented training in science and technology. 

Certain courses in associate degree programs may be accepted by a four-year college or university for transfer credit in an associated field.  Check with the directors of the community college in your area to find out more about these programs.

A.S. Degrees in Community Colleges
Associate in Science degree programs typically can be completed by full-time students in two years and constitute the first two years of B.S./B.A. degree programs. Students who successfully complete an Associate in Science Degree Program will earn 64-65 semester hours of college transfer credits to continue their education at a four-year institution.

Associate in Science degree programs require 44 semester hours of General Education Core courses and a minimum of 14 semester hour credits of college transfer courses in mathematics, natural sciences or computer science.

Check with the community college where you enroll to determine the best program for your career goals.