Associate degree programs are ideal if you seek a two-year program as either your final degree in higher education or the foundation for further study at the bachelor's level. The General Studies associate degree is designed to provide a solid foundation for further academic achievement. Discipline-specific associate degrees provide you with an opportunity to focus on courses that develop knowledge, skills, and abilities that are readily applicable to personal or professional interests. All associate degrees require a minimum of 60 semester hours and a 2.0 GPA for graduation.