Before planning your class schedule, it is important to know the
program options that are available at Phoenix College. Speak with
an academic advisor to determine which program would best meet your
needs. If you are not sure of your goals or need assistance selecting
a major or career goal, the Career
Center can help you explore your options.
For students seeking career skills that lead to employment, Phoenix
College offers nearly 200 programs.
- Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) –
Offered in specific occupational areas and generally take two
years of full-time study to complete.
- Certificate of Completion (CCL) – Also
offered in specific occupational areas, these programs are one
year or less. Many students choose to earn a CCL to gain
job skills and then go on to complete the AAS degree to enhance
Students planning to complete a baccalaureate or higher degree
at a college or university are generally best served by completing
a transfer degree at Phoenix College.
These degrees are part of the state-wide transfer system. They
are designed to transfer to any Arizona public university (Arizona
State University, Northern Arizona University and University of
Arizona) to meet degree requirements for associated majors. Completion
guarantees that students have met admission competencies and university
lower-division general education requirements. See az.transfer.org
or speak with an academic advisor for more information about these
degree programs. These degree programs are also appropriate for
many private and out-of-state public universities. Phoenix College
has articulation agreements with many other colleges and universities,
view them at: www.maricopa.edu/academic/ccta/artic/partner_list.php.
- Arizona General Education Certification (AGEC)
– The AGEC certification is included in all of the statewide
transfer degrees mentioned above, but can also be earned without
completing a degree. It is a 35-credit block of courses that meets
lower-division university general education requirements and admission
competency requirements at Arizona public universities.
- Associate in Transfer Partnership (ATP) –
These degree programs are designed for students completing specific
majors at a specific university. They specify the exact courses
that a student would need to complete a degree. For more information
or speak with an academic advisor.
General Academic Programs
For students whose interests require more flexibility, we offer
a general studies degree and academic certificates.
- Associate in General Studies (AGS) –
This degree is a flexible academic degree. It is not designed
to meet requirements at Arizona public universities but may be
appropriate for transfer to other institutions. It allows any
course numbered 100 or higher to be used as an elective.
- Academic Certificate (AC) – This certification
indicates expertise in an academic area and can be completed as
part of most transfer programs or on its own.