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Award Plans

Please visit catalog 2019-2020 award plans to view instructional programs’ list of degrees and certificates for this academic year, along with a current list of course descriptions.

Courses shown in boldface within the award plans are Core Curriculum courses. Please contact the appropriate program’s instructional department for further information about any specific degree requirements. Note: American Sign Language may substitute for the foreign language requirements in any degree plan with the exception of the Associate of Arts degree in Foreign Language.

ACC requires all new students with fewer than 12 successful college credit hours on their transcript to take a Student Success course. This requirement will ensure that you learn more about setting and pursuing your academic and career goals, managing your college course load, mastering effective study skills, and creating a realistic college plan. Every associate degree plan at ACC includes a Success course in the first semester of the program map. The options include Effective Learning: Strategies for College Success, Humanities: Prehistory to Renaissance: Great Questions Seminar, College to Career Success, or Student Success for Health Professionals. Prior to registering for your first semester at ACC, consult with an Area of Study advisor or instructional department’s advisor to ensure you take the appropriate Success course that is part of your degree plan.

You can view current and past award plans by clicking here or visiting

Degree Options

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is specifically designed to prepare graduates of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and nursing diploma programs, who already hold a Registered Nursing (RN) license, with additional skills in management, leadership, theory, and research to succeed and be promoted within the nursing profession.

The Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are specifically designed to allow for the transfer and application of credits earned at Austin Community College to the bachelor degree requirements of most public colleges and universities. In addition, completion of the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees at ACC also guarantees completion of the state-mandated core curriculum and the acceptance in transfer of a minimum of 42-semester credit hours toward the general education requirements in a bachelor’s degree at all state supported higher education institutions in Texas. The Associate of Science degree differs from the Associate of Arts degree primarily in the amount or level of mathematics required for degree completion so students will be prepared to transfer as a junior majoring in the sciences, math or engineering.

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees are designed to prepare students to transfer to a Texas public university as a junior with a specific teaching major: Early Childhood-Grade 6, Grades 4-8, or Grades 8-12 .

The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) degrees, offered in technical programs, are designed to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. While this degree is not focused on transfer, ACC has formal agreements with partner universities that allow transferability of courses in some ACC programs. Within many of the technologies, short-term certificate programs, also preparation for employment, are offered which can be completed in less than two years.

See the Programs and Awards section of this catalog for more information on semester credit hours (SCH) requirements for each degree option.

Online Degrees and Certificates

Fully online programs and courses are offered at ACC. Visit for more information.

Program Maps

Austin Community College offers 10 Areas of Study, making it simple to plan and follow a guided pathway to your academic and career success. Over 100 programs’ award plans in these 10 areas lead to college credentials that include technical certificates, two-year associate degrees, and advanced technical awards.

Program maps are students guided pathways to academic and career success. They are designed to assist you with persisting at ACC through graduation and prepare you for employment, career advancement, or university transfer. Visit catalog 2019-2020 award plans to view related program maps by discipline. To access the current list of program maps within each Area of Study, visit Online Program Maps.

Please always check online at or meet with your Area of Study advisor or instructional department’s advisor to ensure that you are viewing the latest and most accurate information.

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