Associate of Science

Earn your Associate of Science degree at UAF and gain a strong foundation of skills in fast-growing fields

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations (those related to science, technology, engineering and math) are expected to grow 8.8 percent by 2028.

The Associate of Science degree is a great place to start your college journey and complete the core requirements you’ll need for a bachelor’s degree. Offering a broad-based course of study with an emphasis in the sciences, this program will prepare you for entry-level careers and serve as a stepping stone for a science-related bachelor’s program.

What is an Associate of Science Degree?

An Associate of Science is a two-year degree with a broad curriculum that emphasizes mathematics and natural sciences. This degree provides a strong academic foundation but not specific career training, leaving the door open for a wide range of professional pathways depending on your goals.

Who Is the Associate of Science Degree Designed For?

The Associate of Science program is designed for students who want to complete foundational studies that can be applied toward a four-year degree. The degree is also a great starting point for entry-level technical and science-based careers. If your interests are more in the areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Why Earn Your Associate of Science at UAF?

  • Earn your Associate of Science degree at one of the top research universities in the nation.
  • Gain specialized knowledge and training for living and working in Alaska and the circumpolar North.
  • Complete all the core requirements for a bachelor’s degree before declaring a major.

Degree Type

  • Associate of Science (A.S.)
  • Offered as major and minor


  • In-person
  • Hybrid
  • Online

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Earn your Associate of Science Degree Online

Online Classes at UAF

At UAF, online courses typically do not have set meeting times but do have weekly deadlines. While there are some standard practices, each course is designed by the instructor to best teach the material. Most courses run the full length of the 16-week semester.