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Degrees, Certificates and Areas of Study

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Collin College has programs to fit your interests and skills.

What learning opportunity is right for me? Find your answers here.

Collin College offers a variety of plans designed to prepare students for a college or university degree. Some options include pursuing an associate degree of arts or science (AA or AS) or an associate of arts in teaching (AAT); completing the General Education Core Certificate; a Field of Study; or beginning coursework in a pre-professional program. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees and certificates prepare a student for immediate employment. And our new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity (BAT) offer students the opportunity to complete their four year degree at Collin College.

Alphabetic listing of all degrees, certificates and areas of study

If your career goals include transferring to a 4-year college to complete your education, these transfer programs are for you. Collin College offers many ways to ensure that you are selecting the best classes that will fully apply to your chosen degree. 

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The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Sciences are the most common degrees students seek at Collin College. If you are planning to finish at a 4-year college but you aren't sure of your direction yet, these might be a good start for you. 

Associate of Arts

Associate of Sciences

A Field of Study is a carefully selected list of courses that will transfer to any public university in Texas and apply toward a degree in that field. 

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Computer Science

Criminal Justice




Fine Arts


Political Science



An Emphasis Area is a list of courses that fit within a discipline and may fulfill requirements for a degree. Since each university might have different coursework, Collin College offers a wide variety of course so you can select the ones that work for your chosen transfer school. Collin College does not offer degrees in these areas so you must check with the college you intend to transfer to for information on the courses they want you to take. 











Environmental Science

Foreign Languages













Sign Language


Social Work

Solar Technology


Many Texas colleges have joined together to provide you degree plans that begin at Collin College and are completed at a Texas university.  Talk to your adviser for assistance in deciding which of these best fit your interests. 

Click here for more information about Pre-Admission partnerships.

Certain courses that are not specific to your area of study will be included in your degree plan. These courses help you develop the foundational skills that every employer is looking for in a job candidate. 

The Texas Core includes 42 hours of these general education courses and if you complete all of them at Collin College, any  public university in the state is required to accept them as your completed core.  "Core Complete"  will be noted on your transcript when you have completed all courses.

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Collin College offers workforce programs to jump-start your career. In some cases you can be prepared to get your first job in less than a year.

Workforce certificates are usually stackable. You can get a certificate then return for a few more courses and all will apply toward your degree. This allows you to continue improving your skills and moving up in your career.

Though these degrees are not intended to transfer to 4-year schools, some universities are developing programs that will accept this coursework and apply it to a Bachelor’s degree.  

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Non-Credit courses that do not offer college credit toward a degree. You can find non-credit courses in the Continuing Education and Developmental Education Programs.

Developmental Education

Continuing Education 


Our new Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) offer students the opportunity to complete their four year degree at Collin College.

BAT - Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity

BSN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)


New Collin College Programs! Enroll Today!

Banking and Financial Services (New, Spring 2021) 

The Banking and Financial Services degree and certificate program at Collin College is designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in the Banking and Financial Services sector. Students will learn about the frameworks of laws and regulations in the banking and financial services sector as well as gain a broad knowledge of business activities.

For more information, contact Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Workforce Andrea Szlachtowski at 

Urban Sustainable Agriculture (New, Spring 2021)

Are you interesting in vertical farming, beekeeping, animal science, or hydroponics? In this program, you can put scientific principles to work and gain hands-on experience from industry professionals in topics ranging from urban farming to animal husbandry.

For more information, contact Anne Thornton, Director of Agricultural Studies, at or visit

Vocational Nursing Program (New, Spring 2021)

Once licensed, an LVN can perform basic nursing duties independently and assist RNs and physicians in more complex nursing situations. LVNs, also known as LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), work in a variety of healthcare settings including many areas of acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes), assisted-living facilities, long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals, memory units, dialysis centers, schools, clinics, adult and child daycare centers, correctional facilities, psychiatric and substance abuse facilities, doctor offices, surgery centers, hospice, home healthcare, and insurance companies.

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Automotive Technology (New, Fall 2020)

Today's automotive service technicians provide reliable repair and service solutions using the latest technology to diagnose and repair vehicles of all kinds. With the population growth expected in Collin County, the demand for qualified technicians at repair shops, service centers, and car dealerships will increase as well. If you are looking for an in-demand job that lets you work with your hands and the latest car care technology, an automotive service technician is the right choice for you.

For more information, contact Shaun Smith, Director of Automotive and Collision Technology at

Activity Care Professional (New, Fall 2020)

The Activity Care Professional program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to work in long-term care, nursing homes, adult day centers, and memory care facilities, in addition to working in rehabilitation services, in PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly), hospice, home care, assisted living facilities, geriatric services, Special Olympics, Veterans’ Affairs, balance recovery, brain health and memory care services, in-home rehabilitation, and athletic and sports rehabilitation services. 

For more information, contact Juli Westcott, Director of Activity Care Professional, Health Professions, and Medical Assisting at

Biomedical Equipment Technology (New, Fall 2020)

Modern medicine runs on technology and someone has to keep that technology in top working order. Graduates of Collin College's Biomedical Equipment Technology program have the training and experience to ensure lifesaving medical technology is in top working order. This career is perfect for people with an interest in the growing health care field but who do not want to work with patients. Top employers include hospitals, medical offices, and large clinics which provide tests for patients. 

For more information, contact Tripat Baweja, Director of Biomedical Equipment Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Industrial Automation, and Engineering Field of Study Programs at .

Collision Technology (New, Fall 2020)

Drivers take pride in their vehicles. As a Collision Repair Technician with an education from Collin College, you will help them get that pride back after their vehicle has suffered body damage as a result of an accident. You will be skilled in estimating damages, repairing dents, replacing parts that are beyond repair, matching and mixing paint colors, painting repairs, and refinishing vehicles using the latest technologies. 

For more information, contact Shaun Smith, Director of Auto and Collision Repair at

Construction Technology  - Carpentry (New, Fall 2020)

A career in carpentry is about more than putting a roof over your head. Carpenters can earn good wages working on a wide variety of projects in the construction industry, either with a company or as independent contractors. From framing houses and installing cabinets to laying floors and finishing exteriors, the carpentry program at Collin College is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce with the knowledge you need to earn the living you deserve.

For more information, contact Craig Johnson, Director of Architecture and Construction Programs at

Construction Technology - Electrical (New, Fall 2020)

Harness the power of a career in electrical work with an education from Collin College. The construction boom in Collin County and beyond means the need for well-trained electricians is at its peak. Collin College’s Electrical program builds on foundational construction principles and basic electrical theory to teach the National Electrical Code, residential wiring, industrial wiring, and commercial wiring, as well as an introduction to construction management.

For more information, contact Craig Johnson, Director of Architecture and Construction Programs at

Construction Technology - Facilities Management (New, Fall 2020)

Take charge with a career in facilities management,  working with a staff to ensure a business or other facility’s systems work together to provide a stable, comfortable, and safe environment for its occupants. Facility managers must understand both the technical and managerial side of maintenance, find solutions for difficult problems, and provide helpful services to individuals using the spaces under their management.

For more information, contact Craig Johnson, Director of Architecture and Construction Programs at

Construction Technology - Plumbing (New, Fall 2020)

Looking for career that challenges you every day and has a steady flow of income? Plumbing could be the answer. Plumbers are problem solvers with new puzzles to figure out every day, from water pressure issues to plumbing design and installation. With its focus on the construction side of the business, Collin College’s plumbing program will provide you with the foundation to work in new homes and businesses or to repair existing plumbing systems, making your career in plumbing virtually recession-proof. No matter how bad an economy gets, people will always need plumbers to keep the water flowing.

For more information, contact Craig Johnson, Director of Architecture and Construction Programs at

Construction Technology - Safety (New, Fall 2020)

Safety is job one on construction sites. You can be the person who makes sure everyone goes home in one piece. With a degree or certificate from Collin College, you will have training in material handling, construction site safety, safety engineering, advanced risk management, and accident prevention, inspection and investigation, along with other vital aspects of construction. You will provide a service not only to your fellow construction workers, but also to the people who will live or work in the facilities being built.

For more information, contact Craig Johnson, Director of Architecture and Construction Programs at

Industrial Automation (New, Fall 2020)

Automation makes manufacturing more efficient, improving production in most processes. Electro-mechanical technicians make sure that machines used in that automation are efficient as well. From servicing and testing robots and unmanned equipment to designing processes to achieve maximum output for an assembly line, these technicians use the knowledge of industrial automation to ensure smooth production lines. Collin College's Industrial Automation program will prepare you to enter that field in the most efficient way possible.

For more information, contact Michael Coffman, Dean of Academic and Workforce Programs at

Medical Assisting Advanced Practice (New, Fall 2020)

Medical Assistants can be hired in hospitals, clinics, urgent care facilities, and every specialty doctor’s offices.  They are the most versatile of entry level medical professions. Industry trends show that more and more clinics, offices, and health care providers are hiring Medical Assistants (MA).

For more information, contact Juli Westcott, Director of Activity Care Professional, Health Professions, and Medical Assisting at

Veterinary Technology (New, Fall 2020)

The Veterinary Technology program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to work in veterinary clinics, hospitals, and shelters, performing basic nursing care for the animals, providing dental cleanings, assisting in surgery, taking radiographs, and assisting the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

For more information, contact Sabrina Cummings, Director of Veterinary Technology at



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