Associate of Science

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degree places greater emphasis on science and mathematics. It also provides a foundation if you intend to continue your education at a baccalaureate degree granting college or university by offering Liberal Arts courses equal to those found in the first two years of a four-year degree.

By completing this degree, you have the benefit of a degree-to-degree transfer, where universities grant junior status and automatically waive specific lower division requirements, such as general degree requirements, regardless of individual courses taken at Nicolet. If you do not intend to pursue a bachelor's degree, the Associate of Science signify achievement of diverse skills and knowledge that are valued in today's work environments.

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    Program Outline

    Course # Course Title Credits
    2089010100 Foundations of University Learning 1.00
    20801219 English Composition I 3.00

    Develops expository writing and critical thinking skills, including clarity, concision, concreteness, and completeness of expression, supported by reasoning, organization, and language conventions. Lecture.

    20801223 English Composition II 3.00

    Advances composition skills, emphasizing well-reasoned argumentative research papers. Lecture. Credits: 3. Prerequisite(s): 2080121900 English Composition I (D- or better) or 1080119500 W ritten Communication (B or better).

    20810201 Fundamentals of Speech 3.00

    Examines theory and process of communication, the role of speech in self- development, the art of persuasion, topic selection, the use of research-based evidence, and audience analysis. Includes organizing speech content, speech delivery, and critique via presentation of informative and persuasive speeches and development of effective extemporaneous speaking style. Students gain self-confidence, proficiency, and poise.

    N/A Humanities 6.00

    Select courses from at least two disciplines: art, journalism/writing, history, literature, music, philosophy, theatre/film, world language.

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    N/A Social Sciences 6.00

    Select courses from at least two disciplines: anthropology, economics, political science, history, psychology, geography, sociology.

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    N/A Mathematics & Natural Science 20.00

    Algebra for Calculus (20-804-224) or higher required. Must include 2 lab sciences from at least two disciplines: biology; chemistry; geography (selected courses); geology; physics.

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    N/A Health/Wellness/Physical Education 1.00
    N/A Diversity/Ethnic Studies 0.00

    Courses that meet this requirement may also count toward Humanities or Social Science. These credits are not in addition to the 60 credits required for the degree.

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    N/A World Language 4.00

    May be met with one year high school, with a grade of “C” or better, or one semester in college.

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    N/A Electives 13.00

    Select any college transfer courses beyond the minimum requirements. One credit of health and PE beyond the Health/Wellness/PE credit may be selected.

    May be 18 credits if students satisfy the world language requirement with one year of high school (C or better).

    At A Glance

    How You'll Learn


    On Campus


    Online Classes

    Term Start Dates

    Fall 2024: August 26 Spring 2025: January 13 Summer 2025: May 19

    Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

    Program Tuition*


    Books & Supplies*


    *Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

    Financial Aid Eligible

    You may experience these additional costs, not charged by Nicolet, estimated based on length of program.

    Personal Expenses

    What You'll Learn

    • Apply forms of effective communication in various contexts
    • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning
    • Demonstrate critical and/or creative thinking
    • Apply scientific methods
    • Demonstrate cultural awareness
    • Apply ethics to individual, social, environmental, and informational contexts

    Possible Bachelor's Degree Majors

    • Architecture
    • Business (management, marketing, human resources, accounting, finance, economics)
    • Communication (English, journalism, mass media)
    • Education (early childhood, elementary, secondary, physical)
    • Engineering
    • Health (dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, chiropractic, physical therapy, veterinary, pharmacy)
    • Information Technologies
    • Mathematics
    • Sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, sport/ exercise science)
    • Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, social work, geography, geology, political science)

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