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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Public Administration program is designed to meet the needs of employees of government agencies and those desiring employment or advancement in government agencies. The program covers the history, present and future of public administration. Courses include topics on finance, communication, organizational behavior, teamwork and management styles.

CIPS Code: 52.0204

Associate in Applied Science in Public Administration

Required Courses 18
Certificate Title Credits
Certificate of Completion in Public Administration 18

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Students must choose twenty-one (21) industry/job specific elective credits from the list of Restricted Electives below and have them approved by the department chair. A student may choose no more than 9 credits within a discipline.
Course # Course Title Credits
ACC111 Accounting Principles I 3

Accounting Principles II (3) OR
Uses of Accounting Information I (3)

Managerial Accounting (3) Shared Unique Number Number ACC2202 OR
Uses of Accounting Information II (3)
ECN211 Macroeconomic Principles Shared Unique Number Number ECN2201 3
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles Shared Unique Number Number ECN2202 3
GBS151 Introduction to Business 3
GBS205 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3
GBS233* Business Communication 3
MGT175 Business Organization and Management 3
MGT229 Management and Leadership I 3
POS221 Arizona Constitution 1
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Shared Unique Number Number PSY1101 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Shared Unique Number Number SOC1101 3
SOC212 Gender and Society 3
CISxxx Any CIS Computer Information Systems course
HCCxxx Any HCC Health Core Curriculum course
HCRxxx Any HCR Health Care Related course
HSAxxx Any Human Services Administration course
LBSxxx Any LBS Library Skills course
LETxxx Any LET Law Enforcement Technology course
PADxxx Any PAD Public Administration course


General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 22-25
General Education Core 12-15
Course # Course Title Credits
First-Year Composition
First-Year Composition Shared Unique Number Number ENG1101 (3) OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
First-Year Composition Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 (3) OR
First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 
Oral Communication
Introduction to Human Communication Shared Unique Number Number COM1100 (3) OR
Small Group Communication (3) Shared Unique Number Number COM2271
Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
Intermediate Algebra (3)
Critical Reading
College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
0 - 3
General Education Distribution 10
Humanities and Fine Arts
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Natural Sciences
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
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  • The total amount of credits required for this degree is 61-64.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • xxx Indicates any suffixed courses.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00
  • ** Not all classes are offered every semester. Contact an academic advisor for additional information
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