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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees combine career-technical courses with general education courses. This degree prepares students for employment in the career-technical specialty area of their choice. Williston State College offers the following AAS programs.

Career and Technical Education Program Requirements

WSC is designated by the North Dakota State Board of Career and Technical Education as an area career and technology center. WSC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Below are program requirements for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs available at WSC. Transfer curriculum plans are available for students wishing to begin their studies at WSC before transferring to a baccalaureate campus.

  1. Completion of at least 62 semester credits (varies by program), including 15 general education credits consisting of one course from each of the following areas:
    • Communication
    • Math, Science, Technology, and Business
    • Humanities or Social Science
    • Wellness
  2. 2.00 (C) minimum institutional grade point average or higher (GPA required in select programs)
  3. Completion of prescribed career-technical curriculum
  4. Successful completion of UNIV 100 College Strategies (1 credit) or UNIV 101 College Transitions (1 credit)
  5. Program coordinator’s approval
  6. Minimum of 16 credits completed in residence (remedial coursework DOES NOT count)
  7. Maximum of 12 S/U graded credits (program approval required for 13 credits or more)
  8. Maximum of 15 credits of non-traditional college credit (i.e. AP, CLEP, military training, WSC Challenge exam credit, portfolio development, industry training, prior learning, and courses covered under high school articulation agreement)

Program Certificate (PC)

A Program Certficiate (PC) represents completion of a one-year or less curriculum in a prescribed career-technical program.


A program certificate is a course of study requiring least nine credit hours at the undergraduate level or eight credit hours at the graduate level. A certificate program can be completed in one year of study or less. 

Certificate of Completion (COC)

A certificate awarded for the completion of:
A. a non-credit course of study, or
B. an undergraduate course of study of less than nine credit hours, or
C. a graduate course of study of less than eight credit hours.
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