Associate of Science


The Associate of Science (AS) offers students the opportunity to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at relatively low cost and to transfer seamlessly to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. Students pursuing the AS may take courses that fit a variety of four-year major pathways. The state has created Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways where students can choose areas of concentration within the AS.


Associate of Science Pathways

Associate of Science

Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree and have an interest in the sciences generally can complete an AS without an area of concentration which allows them to take courses in a variety of areas. 

Associate of Science - Business

Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business can complete an Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Business. 

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete an associate degree.  The Associate of Science has a plan of study for each area of concentration listing courses that can be taken.


HECC Cross-Registration Program


The Higher Education Council of Columbus (HECC) has set up a system of cross-registration for regularly enrolled, full-time undergraduate students at participating colleges and universities in and around Franklin County.

The primary objective of cross-registration is to allow a student to be exposed to an area of study unavailable at COTC without having to seek admission to another institution as a transient or part-time student. Cross-registration allows a student who wants to enrich his/her educational experience to register at one of the other HECC member institutions on a space-available basis for certain credit courses not available at COTC.  Some Associate of Arts and/or Associate of Science concentration plans of study require students to complete a course at another institution (course share) in order to complete the program.  HECC provides an opportunity for students to complete these requirements at no cost. Please note that each HECC participating institution will have specific dates for when they begin accepting cross-registered students.



COTC’s Associate of Science is designed to allow graduates to move seamlessly to bachelor’s degree programs at all state-supported colleges and universities in the state of Ohio, as well as at many private institutions. In fact, every course on the AS plan of study is fully transferable to any school that accepts the Ohio Transfer Module or Transfer Assurance Guides.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

At COTC, students have the flexibility to take classes face-to-face and online.

What colleges or universities can I transfer to?

Students can transfer to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. COTC also has agreements with some colleges and universities for specific areas of study.

COTC has agreements with five universities specifically for the Associate of Science degree.

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.