Learn About Different Types of College Degrees!

Certificates

What are they?

-Certificates take around a year and usually 30 credits to finish.


What can I do with them?

-Certificates are helpful for jobs that do not require work experience or for students working towards an associate’s degree in jobs like nursing, accounting and business administration.


What can I study?

-Certificates cover a wide range of subjects like healthcare, computer systems and construction technology. 

Here are some certificates that are offered by the University of Alaska:

Dental Assisting (UAA)

Dental Assisting (UAA)

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  • 34 Credits
  • Students will be able to start as a dental assistant quickly.

Automotive Technology (UAF)

Automotive Technology (UAF)

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  • 34 Credits
  • Provides the education and training needed to become a beginning automotive tech. 

Residential Building Science (UAS)

Residential Building Science (UAS)

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  • 30 Credits
  • When students finish they will have the skills to work as energy raters for the state, weatherization testers and home inspectors. 

Associates

 
 
What are they?

-Associates degrees take two years and usually 60 credits to complete.

What can I do with one?

-Associates degrees can be used in jobs that are technical in nature and are sometimes a stepping stone to a bachelor’s degree. They are also good for folks who would like to go to college but aren’t sure what they want to study or if they want to study for four years.

 
 
What can I study?

You can study many different subjects, from nursing, to business, to automotive to emergency responders. There are three different types of associate degrees offered by the University of Alaska.

·          Associate of Science

-Covers a wide range of educational topics with an emphasis on science

·          Associate of Arts

-Broad based and is usually the beginning of many minors and bachelor’s degrees

·          Associate of Applied Science

-Used for specific employment opportunities and usually does not transfer to a bachelor’s degree (though it depends on the program).

Here are some Associate of Applied Science degrees offered by the University of Alaska:

Professional Piloting (UAF)

Professional Piloting (UAF)

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  •   60 credits
  •   While taking piloting courses, you will learn about private and commercial flying, the importance of weather, how to survive in the arctic and how to care for an aircraft. 

Business Computer Information Systems (UAA)

Business Computer Information Systems (UAA)

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  • 60-61 credits
  • You will be able to work as a programmer, web-designer, help desk tech, database admin and similar positions. 

Law Enforcement (UAS)

Law Enforcement (UAS)

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  • 61 Credits
  • You will learn about the criminal justice system, human behavior, and governmental structure. With this degree you will be prepared for local and state jobs in the criminal justice field.   

Bachelor's

 
What is it?

-A bachelor’s degree takes four years and at least 120 credits to accomplish.

What can I do with one?

- A bachelor’s degree creates new employment opportunities that may not be available with a lower level degree; writers, educators, engineers and beginning managers usually have these types of degrees.

What can I study?

-You can study almost anything in a bachelors program; the University of Alaska offers thirteen different types of bachelor’s degrees!

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

-Covers a large number of interests that focus mainly on humanities, social sciences and art. Here are some examples from the University of Alaska:

Special Education (UAS)

Special Education (UAS)

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    • 120 Credits
    • This degree helps future teachers to create and apply special education services for students with disabilities.
    • When you complete this program, you can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with a Certification in Special Education.

Journalism and Public Communication (UAA)

Journalism and Public Communication (UAA)

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  • 126 credits
  • Gets you ready for a career.
  • This degree gives you an understanding and helps you recognize the importance of being able to give information to a large amount of people.
  • Students that have graduated from this program have worked in communications for ConocoPhillips, Anchorage Daily News, KTUU and other news sources. They have also been able to work for the Sullivan Arena and GCI. 

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

-Is the study of how to run successful businesses. Here are some examples from the University of Alaska:

Business Administration (UAF)

Business Administration (UAF)

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  • 120 Credits
  • Prepares you to deal with technical, economic and social problems. This degree will also allow you to apply leadership to the needs of the industry and organizations.

Marketing (UAA)

Marketing (UAA)

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  • 120 Credits
  • Provides the knowledge of the promotion, selling and distribution of services and/or goods to consumers.
  • Students that have this degree usually work in the part of business that deals with people, or customers. Some of the jobs are advertising, researching and trying to guess what people might want and other jobs that will help a business sell a product.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

-Focuses mostly on natural sciences, math, engineering and computer science. These are examples from the University of Alaska:

Marine Biology (UAS)

Marine Biology (UAS)

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  • 120 Credits
  • Students learn the principles and skills for Marine Biology through lab and field courses. The instructors have a wide range of knowledge about specific subjects that relate to Marine Biology. 

Petroleum Engineering (UAF)

Petroleum Engineering (UAF)

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  •  133 Credits
  • You will learn about the creation of crude oil and natural gas through research. You will also learn about Alaska's petroleum resources and how to deal with special problems that occur with it. 
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