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Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences (ASLAS) degree is designed for students who wish to take the first two years of a four-year program with specific transfer requirements before transferring to a four-year university. Students who know where they will transfer and what their major will be should be able to plan their degree, with the help of an ASU-Beebe advisor, to maximize transfer. The ASLAS degree meets the Arkansas General Education Core standards. A significant number of classes for the ASLAS can be taken via the Internet. (See for more information.)

Under Arkansas Act 747 of 2011, all associate of arts and associate of science degrees will transfer to all state-supported universities. Furthermore, these degrees will satisfy the general education core requirements as determined by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board.  In some core areas, such as Mathematics, higher-level courses may be required as a pre-requisite at the four-year institution.  For students pursuing an Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, it is important to know as soon as possible which university they intend to transfer to.  In this way, the ASU-Beebe advisor can assist the student into courses that maximize transfer hours.

The ASLAS offers greater flexibility for students, who choose 25 elective hours to complete the degree. These electives may be chosen from any discipline.

Area of Study

Liberal Arts and Sciences



Total Program

60 Credit Hours


The fourth digit in the course number indicates the number of credit hours. 

University Requirement - 1 or 3 hours

University Requirement  Department
The 3-hour credit course is required for students who must take at least one remedial course. Students who are not required to take a remedial course may take the 3-hour credit course. In both situations, the courses (1-hour or 3-hour) count toward electives.
UNIV 1001 Principles of Academic Success I University
UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III University

General Education Core - 35 hours

English/Communications - 9 hours

English/Communications  Department
ENG 1003 Freshman English I English
ENG 1013 Freshman English II English
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications Speech

Mathematics - 3 hours

Mathematics  Department
MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy Mathematics
 Students and advisors should check the four-year degree requirements in their chosen major. Students may take a math course higher than MATH 1043.

 Literature - 3 hours

Literature  Department
 Choose one course below. 
ENG 2003 World Literature I English
ENG 2013 World Literature II English
PHIL 1103 Introduction to Philosophy Philosophy

 Fine Arts/Humanities - 3 hours

Fine Arts/Humanities  Department
Choose one course below.
ART 2503 Fine Arts-Visual Art
MUS 2503 Fine Arts-Musical Music
THEA 2503 Fine Arts-Theatre Theatre
THEA 2513 Fine Arts-Film Theatre
HUM 2003 Introduction to Humanities I: Greece and Rome Humanities
HUM 2013 Introduction to Humanities II: Europe Humanities

 U.S. History/Government - 3 hours

U.S. History/Government  Department
Choose one course below. 
POSC 2103 Introduction to United States Government Political Science
HIST 2763 The United States to 1876 History
HIST 2773 The United States Since 1876 History

World History - 3 hours

World History  Department
Choose one course below. 
HIST 1013 World Civilization to 1660 History
HIST 1023 World Civilization since 1660 History

Social Science Electives - 3 hours

Social Sciences Electives  Department
Select one course not already taken from the departments below. 
HIST (History), SOC (Sociology), POSC (Political Science), ECON (Economics), PSY (Psychology), or GEOG (Geography)

 Life Sciences - 4 hours

Life Science  Department
Choose one course below. 
BIOL 1004 Biology for General Education Biological Science
BIOL 1014 Principles of Biology Biological Science
BIOL 1024 Ecology Biological Science
BIOL 2104 Microbiology Biological Science
BOT 1104 General Botany Botany
ZOOL 1014 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology Zoology
ZOOL 1304 Principles of Zoology I Zoology
ZOOL 1314 Principles of Zoology II Zoology
ZOOL 2004 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Zoology
ZOOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Zoology

Physical Science - 4 hours

Physical Science Department
Choose one course below. 
CHEM 1014 General Chemistry I Chemistry
CHEM 1024 General Chemistry II Chemistry
CHEM 1034 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Chemistry
CHEM 2104 Organic Chemistry I Chemistry
CHEM 2114 Organic Chemistry II Chemistry
ESCI 1004 Introduction to Environmental Science Environmental Science
PHSC 1204 Physical Science Physical Science
PHSC 1304 Earth Science Physical Science
PHYS 1014 Applied Physics for Health Science Physics
PHYS 2054 General Physics I Physics
PHYS 2064 General Physics II Physics
PHYS 2074 University Physics I Physics
PHYS 2084 University Physics II Physics

Electives - 25 hours

 Electives  Department

Select electives appropriate to the degree plan.

Technical courses may not be included as electives.


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