Board of Governors Associate in Applied Science

The Board of Governors Associate in Applied Science (BOG AAS) is a flexible degree program designed for busy adult students.

All of West Virginia's public community and technical colleges offer the program. BOG AAS is perfect for working adults or individuals with family commitments or other obligations because BOG AAS students can create an individualized degree plan by combining:

  • Previously earned college credits;
  • Credits earned for work and prior learning experience;
  • Credits awarded through standardized testing; and
  • Traditional or distance-learning courses offered through the West Virginia's ten community and technical colleges.

That means the program is perfect for adults who have completed some college classes because any credits you have earned in the past can often count toward your degree - even if you have been out of school for a long time. You may even be able to count some of the knowledge you've gained from work and prior learning experience toward college credit. Plus, you can take classes to finish earning your degree at your own pace and on your own schedule.

BOG AAS allows you to build a degree program that works for you. But you've got to take the first step.

Admission Requirements:
Students are eligible for admission to the program two years after high school graduation. Students must not hold a degree from an accredited institution nor be enrolled simultaneously in another degree program.

There is no special application fee for admission to the program. Registration and service fees for enrollment in courses are determined according to the established fee schedule at each college. A fee of $300 is charged for a portfolio evaluation of work and prior learning experience.

Degree Requirements:
The Board of Governors Associate in Applied Science program consists of 60 credit hours. These hours include 21 credit hours of general education courses in communications, social science, computer literacy, and math/science. The remainder consists of 39 credit hours of general electives which may be met through your individual educational degree plan.

More information:
For more information, please contact one of West Virginia's community and technical colleges or the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia at 866.TWO.YEAR (866-896-9327).



Finding classes to take that fit into the schedule of the adult learner can be difficult. In an effort to make college more accessible to all West Virginians, the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), with assistance from WVNET, developed a web portal, the West Virginia Remote Online Collaborative Knowledge System (WVROCKS). WVROCKS is designed to be a collaborative effort between all West Virginia higher education institutions who offer the Board of Governors degree. Courses offered on the portal are all 100-200 level courses. The courses are all 100% online and offered in an eight week time frame. It is possible for students taking classes on the portal to complete 12 hours of course credit per year by taking one course at a time.

Students interested in taking WVROCKS classes must enroll and be admitted to the Board of Governors program at an affiliated institution.

Faculty teaching classes are all West Virginia higher education faculty who have a master's degree or higher in their field and who have been trained on best practices for online course development and teaching.

Courses are offered online in an eight-week compressed format and have been designed to meet Quality Matters (QM) Standards. Students have the opportunity to begin classes twice during the regular semester with efforts being made to increase the number of enrollment opportunities.

Thanks to WVROCKS, there's never been a better time to complete your degree. But, you've got to take the first step:

Step 1: Find the Participating College that is Right for You: Several colleges and universities in West Virginia are offering enhanced opportunities for adult students through the WVROCKS program. Begin by exploring the school that you're most interested in attending. If you're not sure, you might start with the one located closest to where you live.

  1. Bridgevalley Community and Technical College
  2. Mountwest Community and Technical College
  3. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Download the WVROCKS FAQ for more information.