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Associate in Science

Associate in Science

The Associate in Science (A.S.) affords students the opportunity to emphasize natural sciences/applied sciences/quantitative skills in their program of study. Its curricula integrates the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), which allows students’ general education coursework to become transferable within the state.

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OHIO Southern first-year students received financial aid in Fall 2021*

Associate in Science Courses

The A.S. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours. Areas of emphasis might include math and physics if you are preparing for an engineering degree or biology/chemistry if you are preparing for a pre-med degree.  


Sample Curriculum

  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Humanities: Arts
  • Humanities: Texts and Contexts
  • Social or Behavioral Science or Connected World
  • Natural Science or Natural World

Major Hours Requirements (complete at least 15 hours in the following courses)

Natural Science, Applied Science and Quantitative Skills Concentration

  • ANTH 2010 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 3460 - Introduction to Human Osteology
  • ANTH 3550 - Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 4470 - Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 4730 - Human Evolution
  • ANTH 4480 - Blood, Bones, and Violence
  • ANTH 4960 - Human Diversity

Arts and Humanities

  • AAS 1060 - Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAS 1500 - Africana Media Studies

Social Sciences

  • BUSL 2000 - Law and Society
  • BUSL 2550 - The Legal Environment of Business
  • BUSL 3570 - Law of Commercial Transactions
  • BUSL 3850 - International Business Law

    Potential Careers

    Many entry positions now require an associate degree. A liberal arts degree, like the Associate in Science, can also provide the foundation for a future bachelor’s degree.

    • As of 2022, quality control analysts earn an annual median wage of $50,290.
    • Employment demand for STEM occupations — those related to science, technology, engineering, and math — are expected to grow 8.8 percent by 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters).

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn more.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.

Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer and Current OHIO Students

You are a transfer applicant if you have completed nine or more semester (12 quarter) hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed fewer than nine semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant. To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

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