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Degrees at Columbus State

Columbus State is a community college offering two-year associate degrees. We offer degrees through our Career & Technical Division and our Arts & Sciences Division.

Career & Technical Division

Through our Career & Technical Division, you can get a associate degree that allows you to get a job immediately. An associate degree can often be completed in two years. Career & Tech also includes a number of certificates.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): When you've finished with this degree, you're qualified to go out and get a job in your field.

Associate of Technical Studies (ATS): This degree combines two or more programs into one two-year degree. Some departments offer predesigned ATS degrees, or you can design a custom major. Meet with your advisor to determine your course plan.

2+ 2 Transfer Programs: We have dozens of agreements with four-year schools in which you can complete an associate degree, then count that toward your bachelor's degree. There are also 3+1 programs, in which you complete an associate degree, take another year of courses at Columbus State, then finish your bachelor's degree in one year at another college.

Certificates: Many departments offer certificates, which develop skills in as little as two quarters. Some are a good way to enter a field, and others are designed for people who already have a degree but want to add to their skills. Check with each department to find certificate programs.

Arts & Sciences Division:

Through our Arts & Sciences Department, you can take the first two years of your bachelor's degree, then transfer to another college to finish up. See your advisor to determine how to transfer to the four-year college you're planning to attend.

Associate of Arts (AA): This two-year degree fulfills most of the requirements of the first two years of a bachelor degree. After earning this degree, students can finish up their bachelor's degree at a four-year school.

Associate of Science (AS): This degree also fulfills the requirements for the first two years of a bachelor's degree, although it is designed for students interested in pursuing bachelor's degrees with an emphasis on math and science.


Ohio Transfer Module: The Ohio Transfer Module is a set of courses that fulfills general education requirements for all Ohio public colleges. Some students complete the module rather than a full degree.



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