Programs of Study

Earning a DegreeDegrees & Certificates Awarded

Normandale's academic awards include certificates (4-30 credits), Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) certification (40 credits), and degrees (60 or more credits).

Except for a few of the technical certificates, all awards require some general education. Minnesota State colleges define general education in terms of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. All degrees require that some number of MnTC goals be completed. Three MnTC goals must be completed for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, 6 goals for the Associate of Science (AS), and all 10 goals for the Associate of Arts (AA). General Education credits for the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) programs vary.

Certificates will always require the completion of a specific set of specialized coursework. Except for the AA, all degrees also have specialized course requirements in the form of a major and/or emphasis.

The AA degree major is always Liberal Education. It allows up to 20 elective credits. However, students areCommencement encouraged to complete one of several available emphases consisting of up to 20 credits of specialized coursework.

The AFA, AS, and AAS degrees each have a major that corresponds to the program of study. The number of credits required in the majors is 30 credits for the AS, 40 credits for the AAS and varies for the AFA.

It is often possible to earn one or more certificates on the way to completing degree requirements. It is also common for those who already have earned degrees to continue to earn specialized certificates throughout their careers.

Associate of Arts Degree 
Accounting Transfer Pathway (Associate of Science) 
Accounting Certificate
Anthropology (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Archaeology (Associate of Arts Emphasis)
Archaeology, Field (Certificate)
Art Transfer Pathway (Associate of Fine Arts)
Art (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Biology Transfer Pathway (Associate of Science)
Business: Marketing & Management (Associate of Applied Science)
Business Transfer Pathway (Associate of Science)
Business Enrichment Certificates 
Casino Operations & Management (Certificate)
Chemistry Transfer Pathway (Associate of Science) 
Communication Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts)
Community Health Education (Associate of Science)
Community Health Worker/Navigator (Certificate) 
Computers/Information Management (Associate of Applied Science) 
Computers/Information Management (Certificate) 
Computer Science Transfer Pathway (Associate of Science)
Computer Technology (Associate of Applied Science) 
Computer Technology (Certificate) 
Creative Writing (Associate of Fine Arts)
Creative Writing (Certificate) 
Criminal Justice (Associate of Science)
Data Analytics (Associate of Science)
Dental Hygiene (Associate of Science) 
Dietetic Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
Economics Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts) 
Elementary Education Transfer Pathway (Associate of Science) 
Engineering Broad Field (Associate of Science)
Exercise Science Transfer Pathway(Associate of Science) 
Exercise Specialist (Certificate) 
Food and Beverage Management (Certificate)
Food Science (Associate of Science)
French (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Geography (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
German (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Global Studies (Certificate)
Health Sciences Broad Field (Associate of Science)
Healthcare Systems Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
History Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts) 
Hospitality Management (Associate of Applied Science)
Hospitality Management Certificates
Hotel Marketing and Sales (Certificate) 
Hotel Operations (Certificate) 
Human Resource Management (Certificate) 
Individualized Studies (Associate of Science)
Law Enforcement (Associate of Science)
Law Enforcement (Certificate)
Literary Studies (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Management (Certificate) 
Marketing (Certificate) 
Mathematics Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts) 
Mathematics, Applied (Associate of Science)
Music (Associate of Fine Arts) 
Nursing (Associate of Science) 
Nursing Assistant (Certificate) 
Nutrition Studies (Certificate) 
Philosophy (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Photography (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Physics (Associate of Arts Emphasis) 
Political Science Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts)  
Psychology Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts) 
Religious Studies (Certificate)
Small Business Management (Certificate)
Sociology Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts)
Spanish Transfer Pathway (Associate of Arts) 
Spanish (Certificate)
Special Education Transfer Pathway(Associate of Science)
Theatre Performance Transfer Pathway(Associate of Fine Arts)
Theatre Production and Design Transfer Pathway (Associate of Fine Arts) 
Tourism Operations and Management (Certificate) 
Vacuum and Thin Film Technology(Associate of Applied Science) 
Vacuum Maintenance Technician (Certificate)
Vacuum Technology (Certificate) 
Women's Studies (Associate of Art Emphasis)