The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree will be awarded with the satisfactory completion of a prescribed curriculum presented in later sections of this catalog. The A.A.S. degree is intended to prepare individuals for employment in a specific field. The Illinois Community College Board has prescribed that each associate degree curriculum shall include a specific general education component consisting of coursework in communication, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematics and sciences. Within these parameters, the A.A.S. degree must represent at least 15 semester hours of coursework in general education. The general education requirements for an A.A.S. degree at Joliet Junior College are listed below. Students should consult their major programs to determine if specific courses required by their major are in the groups listed below.
Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion
Joliet Junior College awards two types of certificates for satisfactory completion of a prescribed curriculum intended to prepare an individual for employment in a specific field. The Certificate of Achievement (C.A.C.) requires successful completion of 30-50 semester hours. Within the 30-50 semester hours, many Certificates of Achievement require six or more semester hours of general education from Groups I-IV of the A.A.S. degree requirements. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required in the area of concentration.
The Certificate of Completion (C.C.O.) requires successful completion of a prescribed curriculum of 4-29 semester hours and a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the area of concentration.
Specific requirements for various C.A.C.s and C.C.O.s may be found below.
|Requirement/Elective Definitions for A.A.S. Degrees and Certificates
General Education Requirements
Minimum of 15 hours for A.A.S.; must include English, social science, and math or science.
Major Core Requirements
Mandatory courses for degree/certificate.
Major Core Electives
List of courses will be provided.
Choose from courses as listed or from within the major department.
Includes core electives, department electives, and any other course the college offers for credit,
100-level or higher, not already taken in the core electives and/or department electives.
A.A.S Degrees, Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Completion are available. Please scroll down the page to see each category.