The A.A.S. degree is a vocational-oriented degree with an outcome to prepare students to enter and advance in their specific career field. While the primary aim is to prepare students for work, each degree program has a limited number of general education courses.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed for employment purposes and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in the degree can be transferred to another institution. While a few institutions accept some courses in A.A.S. programs, the general rule is that courses in A.A.S. degrees are not accepted in transfer toward bachelor's degrees. Students to whom transfer is important should get assurances in writing, in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.