Types of Degrees & Certificates
At Columbus State, we have degrees and certificates to help you reach your academic
goals, no matter what they may be. Many degrees can transfer toward a four-year bachelor's
Associate of Science Degree
The A.S. degree fulfills the requirements for the first two years of a bachelor of
science, with guaranteed credit transfer to any Ohio public and many private colleges/universities.
Associate of Arts Degree
The A.A. degree fulfills the requirements for the first two years of a bachelor of
arts, with guaranteed credit transfer to any Ohio public institution and many private
Associate of Applied Science Degree
An A.A.S. degree provides skills and credential to enter the workforce immediately,
with select transfer options to continue on for a bachelor’s degree in the same discipline.
Associate of Technical Studies
Combines two or more programs into one two-year degree. Some departments offer predesigned
A.T.S. degrees, or you can work with your advisor and program chair(s) to design a
A certificate provides intensive study (usually 1-2 semesters) in a specific discipline.
Earning a certificate does not qualify you to transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree,
although some certificates combine to lead to an associate degree.