Overview of Degrees and Certificates Offered


The Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs are included under the accreditation of Truckee Meadows Community College. Bachelor degrees are designed to grow professional skills and respond to the demand for highly technical professionals in the workplace.  Bachelor degrees contain a minimum of 40 upper-division units, and 32 units must be earned at TMCC.   

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science

Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. Satisfactory completion of an AA or AS guarantees fulfillment of lower-division General Education requirements at UNR, UNLV, or NSC.  Students planning to transfer should refer to the catalog of the institution they plan to transfer to or an applicable transfer agreement.

Students may choose from the following options:

  • The Associate of Arts or Associate of Science General degrees uses approved curriculum to fulfill General Education, Diversity, U.S./Nevada Constitutions, Foreign Language (AA only), additional Science (AS only) and Elective requirements. Students in a general AA or AS track should work closely with Academic Advising to choose at least 15 units in a field of study which aligns with a designated major at a four-year institution.
  • An AA or AS degree in a particular discipline, such as the Associate of Arts - Fine Arts or the Associate of Science - Chemistry, which has specific degree requirements and may require specific courses to fulfill General Education, Diversity, U.S./Nevada Constitutions, and/or Electives. 

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is a non-transfer degree designed for students who seek employment and/or certification following completion.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement is a non-transferable certificate within an AAS degree program.

Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) is a non-transfer degree designed for students who desire a well-rounded education.

Certificate of Achievement General Studies

The Certificate of Achievement-General Studies (AGS) is a non-transferable certificate within the AGS degree.

Skills Certificate

Skills certificates may be designed as stackable credentials within existing associate degree tracks and are intended to provide training for entry level positions or career advancement. They are shorter and narrower in focus than certificates of achievement and do not have a General Education component. Skill certificates prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certification or licensing examinations. Please note that while skills certificate programs provide this instruction and training, TMCC does not guarantee that a student will pass the intended certification or licensing exam.