The Associate of Science (AS) degree is awarded by most community colleges and some 4-year institutions.
For students with science-oriented career goals it is used most frequently as a transfer degree that provides an educational foundation, but does not provide direct career training.
If you are interested in a career in the sciences or medicine an AS degree with a biological sciences emphasis provides excellent preparation for a 4-year college or university. Most importantly, it will significantly speed up matriculation.
Degrees from accredited institutions are permanent. They do not have time limits and the areas of concentration transfer to other institutions in the U.S., and many areas around the world.
The majority of science students at CSN will transfer to a 4-year university within one or two years. Most frequently, students transfer to either the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) or the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). While the individual courses taken at CSN are all designed to transfer seamlessly with these two institutions, out-of-state institutions may not matriculate all CSN courses.
There is also the issue of time. Unforeseen circumstances may force a student to relocate or suspend his/her college training for a period of time. It is not unusual for degree requirements to change, or for prerequisite courses to have a time limit.
Having the associate degree can remove many of those problems.