Best Online Associate in General Science

Find top-ranked online associate in general science degree programs to prepare students to further their education in related undergraduate programs or enter the workforce as community health workers and science technicians.

Best Online Associate in General Science

Frequently Asked Questions About General Science Degrees

Why get an associate in general science?

Pursuing an associate degree in general science can be an affordable way to earn the perquisite courses needed for higher level degrees and careers in the science, healthcare, and education fields.

Programs are available both online and in person, making it easier for students to earn the roughly 60 credits needed for graduation.

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What kinds of topics will the courses cover while getting an associate in general science?

Courses typically cover topics like biology, math, chemistry, environmental science, and physics. Many programs will also include lab work. Students will also investigate scientific methods, research practices, and theories.

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What can I do with an associate in general science?

Students who graduate with an associate degree in general science will be prepared to further their education in related undergraduate programs or enter the workforce as community health workers and science technicians.

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Best Online Associate in General Science Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online general science associate degree programs?

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Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Associate in General Science Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    #646 institution's historical influence
    #1294 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Rochester, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Applied Arts and Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    #839 institution's historical influence
    #235 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/21

    Fairbanks, AK

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Associate of Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    City College of San Francisco

    #1575 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    San Francisco, CA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Arts and Humanities
    • Communication
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Science and Mathematics
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Albany State University

    #2500 institution's historical influence
    #1300 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    815/16

    Albany, GA

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Associate Of Science

    Concentrations

    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Health Science
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Saddleback College

    #3680 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    13K

    Mission Viejo, CA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Natural Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Santa Barbara City College

    #3027 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    10K

    Santa Barbara, CA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Arts & Humanities
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • Science & Mathematics
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Montgomery College

    #2264 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    14K

    Rockville, MD

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    Online Degrees

    AA in General Studies

    Concentrations

    • Science
    • Technology
    • Engineering And Math
    • Humanities
    • Arts
    • Communication And Languages
    • Social Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Computer Science And Technologies

    Concentrations

    • Computer Science
    • Information Systems
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Lewis–Clark State College

    #6489 institution's historical influence
    #404 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/19

    Lewiston, ID

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Liberal Arts

    Concentrations

    • Natural Science And Mathematics
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Radiographic Science
    • Required Credits: 98
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Behavioral Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Pima Community College

    #4425 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $2K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    14K

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Liberal Arts

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Administration of Justice
    • Anthropology
    • Biology
    • Communication
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary Education
    • English
    • Ethnic
    • Gender and Transborder Studies
    • Fashion Design
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Social Services
    • Sociology
    • Translation and Interpretation Studies
    • Required Credits: 60-64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Empire State College

    #1511 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    7K

    Saratoga Springs, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Science, Mathematics and Technology
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Social Science
    • Required Credits: 64
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Allan Hancock College

    #4503 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    7K

    Santa Maria, CA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Liberal Arts

    Concentrations

    • Mathematics & Science
    • Social & Behavioral Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Northern Virginia Community College

    #3453 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    29%

    Student body

    30K

    Annandale, VA

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Science

    Concentrations

    • Math Specialization
    • Required Credits: 61-64
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 61-63
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Social Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in General Studies – Health

    Concentrations

    • Health Science
    • Required Credits: 60-62
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Jackson College

    #4703 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    3K

    Jackson, MI

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    Online Degrees

    AAS in Allied Health

    Concentrations

    • Health Management
    • Science
    • Psychology / Human Behavior
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Northwestern Michigan College

    #5297 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    2K

    Traverse City, MI

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    Online Degrees

    ASA in Science and Arts
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Alaska Southeast

    #3086 institution's historical influence
    #149 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    1K

    Juneau, AK

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Associate of Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Cape Fear Community College

    #7092 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    6K

    Wilmington, NC

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    Online Degrees

    AS-Transfer in Associate in Science
    • Required Credits: 34
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Bluegrass Community and Technical College

    #6536 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    7K

    Lexington, KY

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    Online Degrees

    Associate in Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Trinity Valley Community College

    #5442 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    4K

    Athens, TX

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Physical Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Biomedical Sciences Pre-Professional Program
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

    #1072 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    4K

    Elizabethtown, KY

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    Online Degrees

    Associate in Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    College of Southern Idaho

    #5985 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    26%

    Student body

    4K

    Twin Falls, ID

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Science, Technology, Engineering And Math
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Animal Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Economics

    Concentrations

    • Social Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Fire Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Political Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AA in Library And Information Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Monterey Peninsula College

    #5657 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    4K

    Monterey, CA

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    Online Degrees

    AA in General Studies

    Concentrations

    • Natural Science
    • Social Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Paradise Valley Community College

    #8868 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $2K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    4K

    Phoenix, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AS in Biological Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60-74
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance
    • Required Credits: 63-72.5
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Food Science and Technology
    • Required Credits: 60-71
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AS in Computer Science
    • Required Credits: 60-64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Fire Science
    • Required Credits: 60-88
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Forensic Science
    • Required Credits: 60-65
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Political Science
    • Required Credits: 60-64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    AA in Nutritional Science
    • Required Credits: 60-64
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    Associate in Science
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Nyack College

    #2212 institution's historical influence
    #1082 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    945/20

    New York, NY

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    Online Degrees

    AA in Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Thomas Nelson Community College

    #7417 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    5K

    Hampton, VA

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    Online Degrees

    AS in Science
    • Required Credits: 60-63
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Fire Science Technology
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AAS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 66
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    University of the Cumberlands

    #3465 institution's historical influence
    #580 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1035/21

    Williamsburg, KY

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    Online Degrees

    Associate in Applied Science
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    AAS in General Studies

    Concentrations

    • Business
    • Health and Fitness
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Information Science and Technology
    • Education
    • Media Studies
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Christian Studies
    • STEM
    • Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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