Associate in Science & Arts Degree (ASA)

The Associate in Science and Arts degree is generally pursued by students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Students who want to explore the curriculum also frequently pursue the ASA degree.

Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Minimum 30 Group 1 credits with at least a 2.0 grade for each course30
ENG 111English Composition4
ENG 112English Composition4
Two Group 1 classes from different departments: art, history, humanities, literature, music, philosophy, second-year foreign language6
One Group 1 mathematics class 13
Two Group 1 classes from different departments: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics. One class must include a lecture/lab6
Social Science
Two Group 1 classes from different departments: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology6
A combination of credits from Group 1 or Group 2 to equal the minimum earned credits for the degree.1
Total Credits60

Total Degree Credits: Minimum of 60 earned semester credits

Group 1 and 2 courses

Completing the General Education Requirements of 30 credits will qualify for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

Other Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours with a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete one course designated as Cultural Perspective/Diversity.
  • Complete a minimum 15 of the 60 credits through NMC classes.


  • A maximum of two physical education credits, two professional development seminar credits, and four Academic Service Learning Internship credits may be used toward a degree.
  • Courses with numbers below 100 level do not count toward graduation, but the grades do count toward your cumulative GPA. They may be prerequisites for other courses needed to complete degree or certificate requirements and may add to the total number of credits taken. Review course prerequisites carefully.
  • For elective courses to count toward graduation, a course must be completed with a grade of 1.0 or higher.
  • To receive the MTA with the ASA, a minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all General Education Requirements.