The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree combines classroom instruction with hands-on training in a variety of technical, business, health, and service-related career fields. These programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter the job market. The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for employment purposes, and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in the degree can be transferred to another institution. While a few institutions have begun transferring the A.A.S. degree into Bachelor of Applied Science degree, the general rule is that courses in A.A.S. degrees are not accepted for transfer toward bachelor’s degrees. Students to whom transfer is important should get assurances in writing in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.