Programs of Study

Degrees & Certificates Awarded

Normandale's academic awards include certificates (4-30 credits), Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) certification (40 credits), and degrees (60 or more credits).

Except for a few of the technical certificates, all awards require some general education. MnSCU colleges define general education in terms of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. All degrees require that some number of MnTC goals be completed. Three MnTC goals must be completed for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, 6 goals for the Associate of Science (AS), and all 10 goals for the Associate of Arts (AA). General Education credits for the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) programs vary.

Certificates will always require the completion of a specific set of specialized coursework. Except for the AA, all degrees also have specialized course requirements in the form of a major and/or emphasis.

The AA degree major is always Liberal Education. It allows up to 20 elective credits. However, students are encouraged to complete one of several available emphases consisting of up to 20 credits of specialized coursework.

The AFA, AS, and AAS degrees each have a major that corresponds to the program of study. The number of credits required in the majors is 30 credits for the AS, 40 credits for the AAS and varies for the AFA.

It is often possible to earn one or more certificates on the way to completing degree requirements. It is also common for those who already have earned degrees to continue to earn specialized certificates throughout their careers.

 

Cert

AA*

AAS

AS

AFA

Path

Business, Management, and Marketing

 

 

 

 

 

Accounting

Cert

 

 

AS

 

Business

 

 

 

 

 

AS

Business: Marketing and Management

 

 

AAS

 

 

Computers/Information Management

Cert

 

AAS

 

 

Human Resource Management

Cert

 

 

 

 

Management

Cert

 

 

 

 

Marketing

Cert

 

 

 

 

Small Business Management

Cert

 

 

 

 

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Education

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary Education Foundations

 

 

 

AS

 

Special Education Foundations

 

 

 

AS

 

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Health Science

 

 

 

 

 

Community Health Education

 

 

 

AS

 

Community Health 
Worker/Navigator

Cert

 

 

 

 

Dental Hygiene

 

 

 

AS

 

Dietetic Technology

 

 

AAS

 

 

Exercise Science

 

 

AS

 

 

Exercise Specialist

Cert

 

 

 

 

Health Sciences
Broad Field

 

 

AS

 

 

Healthcare Systems Technology

 

 

AAS

 

 

Nursing

 

 

 

AS

 

Nursing Assistant

Cert

 

 

 

 

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Hospitality and Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

Casino Operations and Management

Cert

 

 

 

 

Food and Beverage Management

Cert

 

 

 

 

Hospitality Management

 

 

AAS

 

 

Hotel Operations

Cert

 

 

 

 

Hotel Marketing and Sales

Cert

 

 

 

 

Tourism Operations and
Management

Cert

 

 

 

 

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Law Enforcement and
Criminal Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Criminal Justice

 

 

 

AS

 

Law Enforcement

Cert

 

 

AS

 

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Science, Engineering and
Mathematics

 

 

 

 

 

Biology

     

 

 

 AS

Computer Science

 

 

 

AS

 

Engineering Broad Field

 

 

 

AS

 

Food Science

 

 

 

AS

 

Mathematics

 

AA

 

AS

 

Physics

 

AA

 

 

 

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Social Science

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropology

 

AA

 

 

 

Archaeology

 

AA

 

 

 

Communication

 

AA

 

 

 

Field Archaeology

Cert

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

AA

 

 

 

Global Studies

Cert

 

 

 

 

History

 

AA

 

 

 

Literary Studies

 

AA

 

 

 

Philosophy

 

AA

 

 

 

Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

AA

Religious Studies

Cert

 

 

 

 

Sociology

 

AA

 

 

 

Women's Studies

 

AA

 

 

 

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Technology

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Technology

Cert

 

AAS

 

 

Vacuum and Thin Film Technology

 

 

AAS

 

 

Vacuum Maintenance Technician

Cert

 

 

 

 

Vacuum Technology

Cert

 

 

 

 

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Visual and Performing Arts

 

 

 

 

 

Art

 

AA

 

 

AFA

Creative Writing

Cert

 

 

 

AFA

Music

AFA

Photography

 

AA

 

 

 

Theatre Performance

 

 

 

 

 

AFA

Theatre Production and Design

 

 

 

 

 

AFA

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World Languages and Cultures

 

 

 

 

 

French

 

AA

 

 

 

German

AA

Spanish

 Cert

AA

 

 

 

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Other

 

 

 

 

 

Individualized Studies

 

 

 

AS

 

*Denotes area of emphasis offered within the AA degree.