Associate of Arts / Associate of Science

The Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) programs are two-year college programs which require college admission. The AA and AS degrees are the equivalent of the first two years of a Bachelor's degree. The AA and AS degrees are also referred to as general education transfer degrees. The AA and AS degrees do not include a major or minor course of study, however, course selection, in consultation with an academic advisor, is guided by the student's planned baccalaureate major.

Students may also accumulate general education and elective credits to transfer to another college or university. The Bitterroot College offers courses in all six discipline areas required to satisfy the Montana University System (MUS) Transfer Core, Montana's transferable general education curriculum (up to 30 semester credits). All MUS institutions accept the MUS Transfer Core to satisfy their lower division general education requirements.

Download Associate of Arts Information Sheet

Download Associate of Science Information Sheet

Admission, Tuition & Fees, and Start Dates

  • Admission
  • Tuition & Fees
    • $2,031 per semester for a fullltime, resident student (12 or more credits)
    • Federal Financial Aid available; visit Pay for College
    • For more Tuition & Fees information, visit Pay for College
  • Start Dates
    • Fall, spring, and summer semesters; visit Academic Calendar
    • Recommendation: allow 8-10 weeks for application, registration, and Federal Financial Aid processing

Employment Outlook

Students often pursue an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree to make themselves more competitive in the job market. Having an AA or AS degree demonstrates to potential employers college-level reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills.


Academic development and oversight of all college-credit programs provided by Missoula College UM. All college courses taken and certificates/degrees earned through attendance at Bitterroot College UM are accredited through and transcripted by Missoula College UM.

Lea Guthrie
Academic & Student Services Director
(406) 375-0100