Terms to Know

The following are important definitions that aid understanding of this section:

An associate degree requires no fewer than 60 credit hours and can be completed in two years or less, except for the AAS in Radiologic Technology and the AAS in Veterinary Technology which require a minimum of three years to complete.

A bachelor's or baccalaureate degree requires no fewer than 120 credit hours and can be completed in four years or less.

An area is a field of specialization requiring not less than 48 credit hours, which can be completed in place of a major-minor combination.

A major is a principal field of specialized study in which a student plans to obtain a degree. A major requires no fewer than 30 credit hours of designated coursework and must be accompanied by a minor or second major.

A minor is a secondary field of study of no fewer than 21 credit hours of designated course work.

A program of study is the major-minor combination or area which the student elects to pursue.

A teacher certification program is a state-approved course of study that leads to certification as a public school teacher.