The Associate of Science in Individualized Studies is designed for students who are currently working or have experience in a professional career. The student defined curriculum is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop career related goals and pursue a program which is uniquely special and focuses on educational and professional development. There is a separate application required for this degree program.

The Associate of Science in Individualized Studies is designed to articulate to:

  • Metropolitan State University B.A. in Individualized Studies degree

Nhcc ProgramList Block

Program Planning Course
Course Code Title Course Outlines Goal Areas Credits
PLA 1010 Individualized Studies Development View-PLA 1010 n/a 2
Individualized Program Courses
25 credits are designed by the student to fit their career goals
Program Courses
Course Code Title Course Outlines Goal Areas Credits
CIS 1000 CIS1101 - 1 course
CIS 1101 Business Computer Systems I or View-CIS 1101 n/a 3
CSCI 1000 Computer Basics View-CSCI 1000 n/a 3
General Education Courses
Course Code Title Course Outlines Goal Areas Credits
College Writing I
ENGL 1200 Gateway College Writing or View-ENGL 1200 n/a 4
ENGL 1201 College Writing I View-ENGL 1201 n/a 4
ENGL 1202 College Writing II View-ENGL 1202 n/a 2
COMM 1010 COMM1110 - 1 course
COMM 1010 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or View-COMM 1010 n/a 3
COMM 1110 Principles of Interpersonal Communication View-COMM 1110 n/a 3
NHCC Residency and GPA
15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
Total Credits Required 60

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

  • Develop a background of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds particularly in relationship to one’s educational and/or career objectives.

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Use clear and effective communication skills.
  • Understand the relationship between chosen course work and career goals.
  • Apply critical thought to problems and situations
  • Develop computer skills necessary for personal use and a competitive job market.

Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement

  • Create plans and actualize goals for achieving personal, educational and/or career objectives.

Integrative and Applied Learning

  • Effectively utilize the components of credit for prior learning to make educated decisions regarding future higher education goals.
  • Plan and execute a program focus that matches career goals and/or further education goals and provides a liberal arts background.

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​If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelorandrsquo;s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.

A student shall:

  • Earn a minimum of 60 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
  • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College. A student must complete at least 50% of career specific courses at North Hennepin Community College.
  • Earn 30 credits in at least 6 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas.
  • Earn 30 professional/technical credits.
  • Have four years to complete the graduation requirements as published in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the fouryear period preceding their graduation.

Completion of an A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

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