UW-Whitewater at Rock County


Associate Degree Programs in Wisconsin

Get closer to a four-year degree while earning an associate degree as a stepping stone along the way. 

Offered by UW-Whitewater’s College of Integrated Studies at the Rock County campus in Janesville, the Associate of Arts and Sciences program is an accessible, affordable and highly transferable degree. 

The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program is also flexible and convenient: You’ll be able to take classes at our Rock County and Whitewater campuses, as well as online.

Degree plan


About the Associate of Arts and Sciences

This two-year degree program is grounded in a strong liberal arts and sciences degree curriculum, which will prepare you well to continue your college education, no matter what you choose to major in. 

This well-rounded associate degree is also immediately applicable to the workforce. The blend of courses gives you the critical thinking, research and communication skills today’s employers are looking for.

As part of the program, you’ll take general education classes and electives in several subject areas.

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Gain an understanding of the human condition, culture, and society with classes in social sciences, humanities, fine arts and world languages:

  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Popular Culture in the Media
  • Ancient History
  • Business in Society

Get to know the workings of the natural world and physical universe with a few courses that touch on numbers and nature, such as:

  • Physical Anthropology
  • Biology of Women
  • Astronomy
  • Statics
  • Chemistry in the Kitchen

Learn more about people and society, today and in the past, by analyzing issues and producing logical and innovative responses with courses related to:

  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Terrorism

Read, write, listen and speak more effectively as well as increase information literacy with subjects such as:

  • Public Speaking
  • Intermediate Composition
  • Business Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers

Learn to live and work in diverse contexts by building cross-cultural communication, interaction, and empathy with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Courses include:

  • Spanish
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Gender and Communication
  • Multicultural Literature

Gain the foundation for lifelong learning and the intellectual tools for engaging ethically as members of society. Courses include:

  • Ethics
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • Global Climate Change
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies

Prepare for a career in today’s diverse world with courses that raise your cultural awareness and sensitivity, such as:

  • History of Minorities in America
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Food, Culture and Identity
  • Education in a Pluralistic Society
  • Asian Philosophy

High-Impact Practice courses engage in higher-order thinking including analysis, evaluation, application, and/or creation of original work. Studies will complete one High-Impact Practice experience which could be a first-year seminar, writing emphasis course, undergraduate research, collaborative learning, service learning, internship, e-portfolio or internship.

Pathway to in-demand careers

The AAS features two specialty tracks in pre-engineering and pre-nursing — areas in which there is a high demand and a shortage of employees in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Your success is our priority

Small class sizes (24 students on average)

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Most affordable tuition in the UW System

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Advisors readily available to help you plan your schedule

Student support and organizations

Tutoring extravaganza

An annual event during finals week that helps you prepare for success as you finish the semester.

Dedicated commencement

The College of Integrated Studies holds its own commencement ceremony; with a smaller student body, this means a more intimate experience.


Student involvement

The College of Integrated Studies and our Rock County campus offer several student organizations that might appeal to liberal arts and sciences majors:

  • English Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Club
  • Latinos Unidos
  • The Alliance
  • Multicultural Student Union
  • Veterans Club

Our faculty

99% of our faculty have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. 

Our faculty members are also active researchers in their field.

For example, Tom Klubertanz, professor of biology, studies birds and mayflies. He recently published a book titled “Mayfly Larvae of Wisconsin,” collaborates with student researchers and coordinates a local research project monitoring bird populations.  Read a news article about his work. 

Meet our faculty

After the associate degree

If you’re looking to continue on to a bachelor’s degree program, UW-Whitewater at Rock County’s Guaranteed Transfer Program ensures admission to the four-year schools in the UW System.

You’ll also be able to transfer credits to bachelor’s programs at colleges and universities across Wisconsin and around the country; the College of Integrated Studies is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Want to learn more about earning an associate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Rock County campus?  Contact us »

To earn an associate degree at UW-Whitewater, you’ll typically need to complete 60 college credits.

To apply to UW-Whitewater at Rock County, you’ll first complete the UW System application. You’ll also need:

  • High school transcripts (or copy of GED or HSED diploma/test scores)
  • Transcripts for any college work already completed

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More to explore

Campus Location

2909 Kellogg Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546

Admissions Office

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Roseman Building 2060 
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1791

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