Academic Programs

SEARK College offers several degree and certificate programs to accommodate learners in all stages of their career. Students can choose from these seven options:

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is a planned, integrated sequence of technical classroom and laboratory experiences at the postsecondary collegiate level, two years in length, designed to prepare students for a wide range of job opportunities in well-identified fields of technology.

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree is a two-year program of study designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university in pursuit of a bachelor's degree.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree is designed for students preparing to transfer to a 4-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree in a specific field of study.  This degree is accepted at most 4-year public universities in Arkansas upon completion of the entire degree.  SEARK College offers the Associate of Science Degree in Business.  Students pursuing this degree should contact the university where they plan to transfer to obtain the baccalaureate degree(s) aligned with the Associate of Science (AS) in Business.  

Associate of General Studies Degree

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree program is designed to allow flexibility for students whose needs are not met by other degree programs. Individual courses may fulfill requirements for transfer toward baccalaureate degree, direct employment, or educational enrichment. Fifteen hours must meet general education requirements. The 45 remaining hours are selected from both academic transfer and technical career course offerings.

Certificate of General Studies

The Certificate of General Studies (CGS) is designed to recognize 38 credit hours of general education core courses successfully completed by students.  This certificate serves as an intermediate step toward attaining an Associate of Arts degree or transferring to a baccalaureate institution.  The program will document the student’s mastery of skills and competencies needed to be successful in the workforce and function in today’s world.

Technical Certificate

The Technical Certificate (TC) is awarded to individuals who successfully complete a one-year planned program of classroom and laboratory work at the collegiate level. It recognizes the completion of a specified level of competency in an occupational field.

Certificate of Proficiency

The Certificate of Proficiency (CP) is awarded to students who have demonstrated their mastery of skills or knowledge with specified performance standards as defined by the College.  The award is granted for programs of one semester or less.