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A.A. degree vs. A.S. degree vs. B.S./B.A.S degree
At Daytona State you'll find several options for your academic future; like earning an Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree or a certificate.

Bachelor of Science in Education Programs
The Bachelor of Science in Education is an approved program leading to teacher certification in the State of Florida in the areas of Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, and Specializations of Secondary Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Earth/Space Science Education. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to become effective educators.  The BS in Education programs require students to complete as Associate of Arts degree and specialized core courses.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology prepares individuals who already have skills in specific technical areas for supervisory and management roles and positions for the professional focuses primarily on analyzing, applying, implementing and improving existing technologies and is aimed at preparing graduates for the practice of engineering closest to the product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions.  The BS in Engineering Technologyprograms require students to complete as Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and specialized core courses.

What is the B.A.S. degree?
Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management
program prepares individuals who already have skills in specific technical areas for supervisory and management roles and positions. Associate Degree programs have prepared these individuals to enter the job market at entry-level or mid-level positions. Upper-level coursework in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management program broadens their knowledge in applied management practices and prepares them for supervisory and management opportunities within their technical fields.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree
An Associate of Arts (A.A.) program is a 60 credit-hour degree program that includes the core courses needed to complete the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree in Florida. The 60 credits must fulfill specific area requirements i.e. Math, English, Physical Science, etc. The credits that you earn at Daytona State through the A.A. degree are transferable to most Florida four-year colleges or universities. View the current catalog AA degree requirements.

Associate of Science (A.S.) degree
The Associate in Science (A.S.) varies in length, depending on the academic discipline. A.S. programs provide you with the knowledge and workforce skills necessary to perform in a particular profession. The General Education credits earned in an A.S. degree program can be transferred to a four-year college or university. Unlike the A.A. degree, however, the A.S. curriculum is not considered equal to the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Program specific courses ordinarily do not transfer to colleges/universities, even as electives.

What is the difference between an A.S. and an A.A.?
The main difference between the AA and AS degrees are the General Education courses.  A.S. Degrees have fewer general education requirements than the AA degree. The AS degree is really designed for individuals who want to get college-level training in a workforce discipline and do not intend to go further with a degree in the future.

Vocational Certificate Programs
Many of today's high-paying, high-demand careers don't require a college degree. These programs blend classroom instruction and practical, real-world training - often in the actual work environment. Some of our vocational certificates include: Nursing Assistant, Correctional Officer, Automotive Technician, and Law Enforcement Officer.

College Credit Certificates. These certificates include college-credit courses also required in our A.S. degrees. They are a great start if you cannot commit to the full program right away. Some include: Computer Programming, Medical Records Transcribing and Network Communications.

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Last updated: 2020-10-02T18:59:39.967Z