Degree Programs


  1. The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) represents the first two years of study for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  2. The Associate in Science degree (A.S.) represents the first two years of study for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. The Associate in Engineering Science degree (A.E.S.) is intended for students who wish to prepare for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting school in the field of engineering.
  4. The Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) represents the completion of study in a career and technical education program. Students earning this degree may seek employment following graduation or transfer to a baccalaureate-granting college or university that has articulation agreements with College of DuPage for these programs of study.
  5. The Associate in General Studies degree (A.G.S.) is designed for students who desire to arrange a program of courses to meet their personal interests.
  6. The Associate in Fine Arts degree in Art (A.F.A.) is intended for students who wish to prepare for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting school with a Bachelor in Fine Arts program.
  7. The Associate in Fine Arts degree in Music (A.F.A.) is intended for students who wish to prepare for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting school with a Bachelor in Music program.

Degrees are awarded at the close of each semester. However, when a student completes all requirements for a degree, the completion date is recorded on the student's permanent academic record. The requirements for each degree are recommended by the faculty and approved by the president of the College.

Graduation Requirements for All Associate's Degrees

Students are subject to the degree requirements that are in effect during the academic year in which they originally enroll, as well as subsequent applicable changes. Some state certification programs may require students to be subject to the most current requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to verify the appropriate degree requirements with a counselor or advisor and the Records office. 

Each candidate for a degree shall:

  1. Complete at least 64 credits in courses numbered 1000 or above (or equivalent) as specified for each degree.
  2. Possess a minimum 2.0 ("C") average in the combined grade point average of all College of DuPage courses numbered 1000 and above and all courses accepted for transfer from other institutions.
  3. Complete a minimum of 20 applicable credits toward a degree at College of DuPage.
  4. File an Application for Degree or Certificate completion no sooner that one semester before the anticipated completion date. Run a degree audit online to check the progress towards a degree.
  5. Satisfy all financial obligations and other specific requirements.
  6. Be in good academic standing at the time final credits for the degree are earned.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

In 2009 COD faculty approved a set of General Education Student Learning Outcomes which they later modified and reaffirmed in 2018 for students enrolled in all associate degree programs. General Education refers to a broad body of knowledge and skills common to all educated people, regardless of their profession. A strong general education curriculum includes courses in the arts; the humanities which include literature, history, philosophy and foreign languages; mathematics, natural sciences and the social sciences. 

Associate Degree Areas of Study:


Air Conditioning (See HVAC)

American Sign Language Interpreting

Anesthesia Technology




Automotive Service Technology

Baking and Pastry Arts


Botany (Biology)



Clinical Laboratory Science

Computer Information Systems

Computer and Information Technology

Construction Management


Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts

Cybersecurity and Defense

Dental Hygiene

Diagnostic Medical Imaging

Early Childhood Education and Care

Earth Science



Electro-Mechanical Technology

Electronics Technology



Fashion Studies

Fire Science


Graphic Design

Health Information Technology

Health Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration



Hospitality Management & Tourism

Human Services


Integrated Engineering Technology

Interior Design


Library and Information Technology


Manufacturing Technology


Mass Communications


Medical Assistant

Motion Picture/Television


Nursing (Pre-BSN)

Office Technology Information

Paralegal Studies



Physical Education

Physical Therapist Assistant


Political Science




Pre-Physical Therapy




Religious Studies

Respiratory Care

Restaurant Management

Social Science/Sociology


Speech Communication

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Surgical Technology

Teacher Preparation


Travel & Tourism (See Hospitality & Tourism)


Zoology (Biology)

Faculty Spotlight

  • Spotlight: Lubna Haque

    Lubna HaqueChemistry

    “I always encourage students to think of chemistry not as a prerequisite but as something to learn from and treasure for the rest of their lives. Positive encouragement is very, very important for students. It’s really the simple things we do as teachers that have the most impact."

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  • Spotlight: Carol Carlson-Nofsinger

    Carol Carlson-NofsingerParalegal Studies

    “I tell my students regularly that an education is never wasted, even though they may end up pursuing other careers and goals unrelated to their discipline. I want to see them succeed, grow professionally and eventually give back to the community.”

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  • Spotlight: Derrick Willis

    Derrick WillisAnthropology

    "I find that education is transformative, where you start out and where you end up. I’m always looking for ways to apply those things my students read about in books and see how it fits in their real lives."

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  • Spotlight: Amy Yarshen

    Amy YarshenNuclear Medicine

    "I hope my students remember that the little things they do or don’t do while interacting with patients can make a big difference. I hope they learn how important it is to critically think and ethically act in the workplace."

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  • Spotlight: Ken Gray

    Ken GrayPsychology

    “I like connecting with students, especially when I say something and immediately see it resonate with them.”

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    Edith JacoLanguages

    "Teaching allows me to help my students discover themselves and understand others. It gives me immense satisfaction to see my students flourish as they learn and enjoy their achievements in the new language."

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  • Spotlight: John Rangel

    John RangelMotion Picture/TV

    "Every semester, without fail, my students bring ideas and perspectives I couldn't even fathom, and it is entirely inspiring to watch them turn those things into movies."

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  • Spotlight: Trina Sotirakopulos

    Trina SotirakopulosEnglish

    "My students know more than they know they do. My job is to get them to articulate their knowledge on the page, sounding credible while doing so."

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  • Spotlight: Sam Shamsuddin

    Sam ShamsuddinComputer Information Systems, CIT

    "I want students to be mindful that attitudes make a difference in whatever you do. If you think you can accomplish something, you have a chance at success."

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