Sep 27, 2021  
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements

AAS degrees are intended to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce. AAS degrees may also help to prepare students for career advancement, occupational licensure, or further study at the baccalaureate level. These are general requirements for all Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. See individual AAS programs for specific requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Lane degrees and certificates are aligned with Lane's Institutional Learning Outcomes . Associate of Applied Science degrees also have program-specific learning outcomes. See individual programs for details.

Degree Requirements

This degree will be awarded based on the following criteria. Students in specific AAS programs must also meet any program-specific criteria for degree completion.

  • Complete a minimum of 90 credits. 
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits at Lane.
  • Unless otherwise specified by individual programs, complete all courses with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.
  • Maximum 16 credits "Pass" may be used toward degree. This limit does not include courses only offered P/NP.
  • Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0 when the Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded.

General Education

GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be a minimum of 3 credits each. AAS degree programs must contain general education instruction in the areas of communication (writing), computation (mathematics), and human relations. Students in AAS degree programs must complete one course from each of the following categories.


Students who complete the Writing requirement will be able to:

  • Apply effective communication skills
  • Identify appropriate communication style (face-to-face, written, digital, etc.) for specific audiences

See your program for specific required courses. If not specified, take one course, minimum 3 credits, selected from the following:


Students who complete the Mathematics requirement will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate mathematical concepts or quantitative reasoning to solve problems
  • Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to specific industry or organizational contexts

See your program for specific required MTH courses. If not specified, take one course, minimum 3 credits, selected from the following:

Human Relations

Students who complete the Human Relations requirement will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with others in industry or organizational contexts 
  • Identify barriers to communication and how to overcome them
  • Demonstrate characteristics of an effective team member
  • Apply ethical decision-making in the workplace 
  • Demonstrate honesty and respect for other viewpoints

Three credits minimum, as specified by program, or if not specified, select from the following list:

Program Core Requirements

AAS degree programs include core courses that are aligned with program learning outcomes and are designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to enter into a specific career or industry. See individual program information  for specific course requirements.


  • College-level courses are numbered 100 or higher. Courses numbered 001-099 are considered skills based/developmental.
  • Courses numbered 180, 197, 199, 280, 297, 298, or 299 count as electives, and do not meet General Education requirements. Courses numbered 199 and 299 are experimental, and may later be reviewed and approved for this program.
  • Credit-by-Exam and Credit-by-Assessment may comprise up to 25% of total degree credits.
  • See the list of Course Types by Prefix . Policies on accepting career technical credits vary at four-year institutions in Oregon. Consult an academic advisor if considering transferring after earning an AAS.
  • Only the Academic Requirements Review Committee (ARRC) may waive a college-related instruction requirement. Petitions are available from Enrollment Services at
  • Students may use up to 18 credits of Cooperative Education toward a degree/certificate at Lane Community College. Cooperative Education may be used as part of Program Core Courses, not as General Education.
  • HE 252 can be used in the Health/Wellness/Fitness category if taken in Summer 1997 or after.  Prior to this, HE 252 would be considered an elective. 
  • Students may only use one BI 101 , one BI 102 , and one BI 103  to meet requirements for any Lane degree, regardless of letter option.