Whether you want to get your associate’s degree, earn a certificate, or transfer to a four-year university, NSC has a wide variety of programs to choose from. In this segment, you’ll learn about a few of those programs. If you’re undecided about your major, this will be a good introduction to a lot of different programs and careers. If you do have a major picked out already, you’ll still want to pay attention. We’ll be going over a lot of important information related to program requirements.
NSC offers college transfer programs and career training programs. The degree or major you choose will put you on different paths. So, let’s get started.
Associate Degrees & Certificates
NSC offers several kinds of associate degrees. These degrees require the completion of at least 90 credits of coursework, including core major courses, general education classes and electives. The required sequence of courses needed to complete an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year college or university will vary by major and the college/university to which a student plans to transfer.
These degrees are for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. At North, there are five transfer degrees which are discussed in more detail in the next section, "Transfer Degree Program Overview."
Fine Arts Degree
North offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Art. The AFA degree does not currently transfer to area four-year colleges with the same transfer rights as the transfer degrees. If you are seeking a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, you should consult with your faculty advisor and your intended university when deciding whether or not to pursue the AFA.
Career Training Degrees
These degrees are for students interested in obtaining skills for employment in specific fields and generally do not transfer to universities; however, some courses in the degree may be transferable. A career training degree is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and is very different from the transfer degrees.
NSC also offers a large number of certificates that can generally be completed in a shorter amount of time than the Associate of Applied Science degrees and are primarily career training programs in fields such as Accounting, Business, Electronics and Health & Medical. However, NSC also offers certificates in fine arts in art and jewelry design.
Transfer Degree Program Overview
Many students attend NSC with the intention to transfer to a four-year college or university. This plan allows you to complete your general education and foundation courses at more affordable tuition, with smaller class sizes and a wider variety of support services. Every student’s transfer plan is different, depending on the destination school(s) you have chosen and the major you wish to pursue. In order to ensure a smooth transfer, it is vital to visit with an advisor to prepare an Educational Plan that outlines which courses you need to take in order to successfully transfer. An advisor can also present you with your options and help you make informed choices about transfer and course selections. There are five transfer degree options at NSC, and each of these 90-credit transfer degrees are designed to prepare you for transfer to a four-year college. These include the Associate of Arts, Associate in Business, and Associate of Science general, option 1, and option 2.
Associate of Arts Degree (AA)
This degree provides a broad liberal arts education for students intending to transfer to a four-year university or college and pursue a baccalaureate degree in major areas in the arts, humanities and social sciences. To earn the AA degree, you must complete coursework in English composition, quantitative symbolic reasoning, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and electives.
Integrated Studies is a great option for many of our transfer degrees, although it is only required for the AA transfer degree. If you are seeking the AA degree, it is important to take an Integrated Studies course at the beginning of your two years of study and to consult with an advisor prior to taking it to ensure that needed degree requirements are being met. In an Integrated Studies course, you have the opportunity to explore a central theme through different disciplines, form a collaborative learning community, and engage with other students in lively discussion seminars. Integrated Studies courses are composed of two to three different classes ranging from 8 -15 total credits.
Associate in Business Degree (AB)
This degree is designed for students who plan to attend a four-year college or university and major in business. To earn the AB degree, you must complete coursework in English composition, math, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and specific business requirements. Completing the AB degree fulfills general education and business major prerequisites for many Washington state four-year colleges and universities.
Associate of Science Degree: General (AS)
Intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and receive a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field, this degree is designed to fulfill many of the general education requirements for most four-year degrees in arts and sciences and, at the same time, provide you with an opportunity to concentrate in a major area of study in math or science.
This degree is a good option for majors that do not require more than 40 credits of prerequisite math and science classes, allowing you to complete general education credits that you would otherwise need to complete at the four-year college or university. Also, if you begin taking math at college preparatory levels, you are able to take general education coursework while earning the math prerequisites for the required or recommended math or science courses in your major area of study.
Associate of Science Degree Option #1
Intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in biological, environmental, earth or resource sciences, chemistry, or geology, this degree allows you to complete approximately 70 math/science credits required or recommended for admission into these majors. The remaining 20 credits of the 90-credit degree include 5 credits of English composition and 15 general education credits (humanities and social sciences).
Associate of Science Degree Option #2
Intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in engineering, computer science, physics or atmospheric science, this degree is designed to allow you to complete approximately 70 math/science credits required or recommended for admission into these majors. The remaining 20 credits of the 90-credit degree include 5 credits of English composition and 15 general education credits (humanities and social sciences).
Career Training Programs
Career training programs at NSC can jumpstart your career plans in a wide variety of industries. Hands-on coursework will equip you with marketable skills that are currently in demand by employers and support entry-level employment or advancement in your current field.
Certificates or degrees are awarded upon successful program completion.
Each career training program has a faculty coordinator, who advises students about career options and job market conditions. You should meet regularly with your faculty coordinator as well as a career training advisor to track your progress towards the certificate or degree you are pursuing.
Because career training programs need to meet industry demands, the programs offered at North are constantly evolving. Visit the programs page on the NSC Web site for a list of current career training programs.
Keep in mind that what you have read here was just a tiny sample of the programs and opportunities at NSC. Whatever career path you end up choosing, NSC is sure to provide you with the skills and support necessary for success.