Students can complete their first two years of study at Moraine Valley for virtually any bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. Each of the Moraine Valley’s associate degrees—Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)—are a combination of core general education courses and major specific electives. For a successful transfer, students must consider which four-year college or university they wish to attend and will need to select coursework carefully. Moraine Valley academic advisors are available to help students develop an individual educational plan.

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

These programs are for students who plan to major in liberal arts disciplines such as art, criminal justice, education, English, foreign language, geography, history, law, music, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, speech, and theater.

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

These programs are for students who plan to major in a science-related discipline such as biology, chemistry, computer science, dentistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, medical technology, nursing, pharmacology, occupational and physical therapy, physics, and veterinary medicine. They are also for transfer business majors such as accounting, business administration, finance, human resources, marketing, and management.

Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

This degree is designed for students who have nontraditional educational goals or are transferring to schools with an atypical general education core curriculum. It’s also for students completing career certificate programs that don’t otherwise have an associated associate degree option, such as welding or medical assistant.

Associate in Fine Arts Degree (A.F.A.)

The A.F.A. is designed to meet the unique needs of students who plan to major in art or music. Typically, the bachelor’s degree for art or music majors requires students to complete a sequential list of courses to support a portfolio in the major during their freshman and sophomore years, and will require that students complete additional general education at the transfer school. Students who are interested in art education are recommended to earn an A.A. degree rather than an A.F.A. degree.

Want to ensure a smooth transfer to your four-year school?

Students who know their intended transfer institution are advised to meet with an academic advisor to create a detailed education plan that will make the transfer process simple and easy. Also, refer to the Illinois Articulation Initiative for assistance in transferring between Illinois higher education institutions.

Undecided? You’re not alone.

Many Moraine Valley students are unsure of what major would work best for them. Meet with a Moraine Valley career counselor to discuss career options and/or an academic advisor to develop a flexible education plan that will apply to various majors.

Sample Academic Plans for Students Uncertain of Their Transfer School

Architecture and Engineering
Engineering (A.S.)
Technology (A.S.)

Arts and Design
Art (A.F.A.)

Business and Financial
Business (A.S.)

Computer and Information Technology
Computer Science—Information Technology (A.S.)
Computer Science—Technical (A.S.)

Education, Training and Library
Early Childhood Education (A.A.)
Elementary Education (A.A.)
Special Education (A.A.)

Music (A.F.A.)
Theater Arts (A.A.)

Life, Physical and Social Science
Biological Sciences (A.S.)
Chemistry (A.S.)
History (A.A.)
Physics (A.S.)
Political Science (A.A.)
Psychology (A.A.)
Sociology (A.A.)

Mathematics (A.S.)

Media and Communication
English (A.A.)
Mass Communication (A.A.)

Protective Service
Criminal Justice (A.A.)