Degree Requirements for an Associate of Science (A.S.)

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. A minimum of 60 semester credit hours. Of these, at least 28 credits must be taken in programs that meet Bethel residency requirements. Specific courses in a program may be required to be taken in residence.
  3. Completion of required courses, lower-division general education curriculum and electives, distributed as indicated. Also, the required courses for a major.
  4. Upon completion of requirements 1–3, participation in a commencement ceremony is expected. The Application for Commencement must be submitted to the College of Adult & Professional Studies.

General requirements allow for inclusion of credits from a higher level. Students graduate under the requirements of the most current catalog at the time they enter Bethel for the last time. Any substitutions are determined by the College of Adult & Professional Studies. A bachelor’s degree will not be awarded until at least one academic term after an associate’s degree has been awarded.

Courses required in the major are in addition to the requirements below.

Goal Area 1: Communication

2 courses including an Academic Research Writing (R category) course.

Goal Area 2: Critical Thinking

1 course:   SOCS 110 Succeeding in College is required in residence for Transfer Levels 1, 2 and 3.  

Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences

2 courses

Goal Area 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning

1 course

Goal Area 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

2 courses

Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

2 courses