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Associate Degrees

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In two years, an associate's degree can prepare you to take your next step into a rewarding career. Additionally, an associate's degree will advance you towards a bachelor's degree, should you decide to pursue the next level in education.

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Arts & Humanities

An Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences is a general studies degree meant to allow students the freedom to tailor a degree to their exact needs. This version of the the degree is intended for students who eventually plan to move into a bachelor's degree program.

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An Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences is a general studies degree meant to allow students the freedom to tailor a degree to their exact needs. This version of the the degree is intended for students who plan to eventually pursue a bachelor's degree.

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 AFA Creative Arts Enterprise – This hybrid degree combines art and business courses that give students a foundation of entrepreneurial skills to develop arts related businesses. The degree program prepares students to establish a boutique, art gallery and studio, photography studio, and many other creative arts related businesses. The direction is ultimately up to the student. 

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Dwelling at the intersection of art and business, graphic designers translate abstract concepts into tangible visuals. The objective of the Associate of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is to provide an introductory level of understanding of the field of design – from print publishing to interface design and more. The use of both conceptual and industry-based design problems helps to foster the technical skills and the confidence to be competitive in the market place. The program is focused on cultivating creativity and fluency in the visual language.  

Graphic Design within the Arkansas State University - Beebe Art Department gives students a very hands-on understanding of visual communication. This is done with Adobe software as well as traditional media like drawing and photography. Students also study the history of art and design to become more fluent communicators. With this broad range of skills, ASUB students with an Associate of Fine Arts in Graphic Design begin great careers or continue their studies at four-year universities.

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For students wishing to pursue a career in music, our Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Music allows students to get a full range of freshman and sophomore music classes, including Music Theory and Ear Training, Applied Lessons, Music Composition, and Class Piano to name a few. Many of these courses give you the skills necessary for a variety of careers in music, from music education to performance and the like. You will also be prepared to transfer to a four-year university.

Members of The Symphonic Band may also join the band service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. ASU-Beebe is home to the Nu Lambda Chapter of this organization, which serves the band, the university, and the community.

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The Theatre Department administers the Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre degree program, which offers a variety of theatre and communication coursework.

These courses and practical experiences with the craft of theatre will enrich your academic, professional, and cultural life.  Emphasis is given to the development of an abstract, critical and societal appreciation for the human experience.  You may take advantage of these opportunities through enrollment in departmental courses or through participation in the co-curricular theatre productions.

Students pursuing the Associate of Fine Arts in Theatre receive in-depth coursework in performance or technical and design aspects. We offer courses that prepare you for a career in theatre or for transfer to a university theatre program.

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The Early Childhood Education (Daycare) program is designed to provide students exposure to practical application as it relates to the development of children from conception to age eight. In addition, students will gain a broad understanding of the state and federal laws pertaining to child care and education, and the laws and accommodations related to special needs children.

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ASUB is dedicated to providing exemplary classes with a sound liberal arts education using core curriculum and courses to prepare students for employment through the Daycare Program (Early Childhood Education) or for transfer to a four-year institution. Students can obtain an Associate of Science in Education K-6 and Mid-Level (4-8). Baccalaureate programs in Education K-6 and Mid-Level and Master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction are available on the Beebe campus through ASU-Jonesboro. Interested students should contact the education department or the ASU-Jonesboro program office.

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Career Education

Students learn hands-on skills working in the plant and soil science labs and the on-site farm, giving the graduates the necessary abilities to fill high demand positions in agriculture-related businesses and industries. 

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 The Department of Business offers associate degrees in several areas of study for students interested in pursuing a business degree. Academic advisors can provide assistance in selecting courses which apply toward a bachelor’s degree in accounting, administrative services, business education, business administration, economics, finance, management, marketing, or other business-related areas.

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 Computer Information Systems intertwines technology with managing business and solving operational problems. This program prepares the student to enter the challenging field of computer information systems with knowledge of programming, database management and systems analysis. The program is designed to meet the business community's demand for properly trained information systems specialists, as well as providing the student with a solid background to advance in this rapidly expanding field. Students learn how to develop, design, manage and maintain business technology infrastructure, and be able to inform businesses of their specific technology needs. Students acquire knowledge in topics which include widely used programming languages, database development and manipulation as well as application softwares. 

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 ASU-Beebe currently offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in four different areas: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Forensic and Wildlife Enforcement Officer. This program is offered both on the Beebe campus and online.

In addition to the AAS degree, we offer Technical Certificates and Certificate of Proficiency in four areas: Law Enforcement, Community Corrections, Criminal Investigation Science and Wildlife Enforcement.

In cooperation with the Criminal Justice Institute, an Associate of Applied Science in Crime Scene Investigation and Law Enforcement Administration, is also offered. These programs are open only to licensed law enforcement officers.

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Automotive Technology focuses on training students like you to perform as highly skilled and respected technicians in a career field where reliable job opportunities abound. You will gain the upper hand in employment pursuits through this formal automotive knowledge in the maintenance and repair of automobiles and light trucks. Today, vehicles are more advanced than ever before. This program provides training in which you will practice the skills you learn in the classroom, hands-on out in the shop. The shop is set up, like the shops you will be working in upon graduation, to expose you to the work ethic, skills, technology and the cars and light trucks of all makes and models that you will encounter when you enter the workforce. You will be well prepared to graduate and go to work.

The Automotive Technology program meets the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards of quality for the training of automobile technicians, and is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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 The Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology is a two-year degree designed for students who do not plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree and wish to prepare to directly enter the workforce. Emphasis in Computer Applications, Management/Marketing, Medical Records and Health Information, and Public Procurement are available as courses of study. The following degree plans list the requirements for each option.

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 Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) is a hands-on based degree program using a wide variety of CADD software packages, including Autodesk products like AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Inventor, and Revit, Dassault Systèmes' SolidWorks, and Creo (formerly known as ProEngineer).

CADD graduates will have the skills to create, revise, and detail, 2D or 3D CADD files such as:

Solid model parts and assemblies using state of the art parametric solid modeling software titles such as SolidWorks, Inventor, Revit, and Creo
Produce professional quality drawings for complete shape, size, and form dimensions and necessary specifications, for parts, assemblies, buildings, structures, and earth projects
Residential and structural construction modeling and detail drawing using AutoCAD and Revit
Develop land parcel drawings, contour mapping, plan and profile views using Civil 3D
Use ESRi'S ArcGIS to perform attribute queries, spatial queries, vector and raster geoprocessing and address locating
Students completing the courses EGT 2144 Introduction to SolidWorks and  EGT 2244 SolidWorks II are prepared and have the opportunity to complete the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) exam on campus.

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 Computer Coding Department offers a two year Associate of Applied Science, with a Technical Certificate and a Certificate of Proficiency awarded after the first year is completed. Experts say, learning coding skills is becoming a great way to change career paths or to boost your resume. Graduates can work in multiple settings including: Database Operator, Software Debugger, Software Administrator, Computer Coding, and Mobile App Designer.

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 Computer Systems and Networking Technology is a hands-on approach to teaching PC/Networking and Computer Hardware/Software. This program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science, with a Technical Certificate and Certificate of Proficiency being offered after the completion of the first year. Emphasis is not only placed on the hardware skills of computer systems, but also on the soft skills (written and verbal communications) that business and industry are demanding of their employees. A CSNT graduate will have the skills to: design, install, configure and support Microsoft Windows 20XX Server for local, national and global businesses. Upgrade, repair and maintain computer hardware and software. Configure and maintain current operating systems such as Windows Server 20XX, Windows 7 and higher, Linuxas and virtual systems, secure a networked environment and complete basic computer forensics investigations. Students who complete this degree will be prepared to sit for nationally recognized certification exams such as the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security +, CompTIA Network + and PC Pro. A student may also decide to continue their education in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Technology which is offered right here on the ASU-Beebe Campus. Our graduates can expect to work in professional work environments ranging from PC consulting firms, large multi-national companies or small family-owned businesses.

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 The John Deere Agriculture Technology (Ag Tech) program is designed to advance the skill level of new John Deere service technicians and prepare them to excel in today's high-tech, fast-paced field of agricultural mechanization, a career path with excellent employment opportunities.

Students who complete the two-year program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture Equipment Technology.

Students learn within an environment that stresses a balanced rotation of classroom theory and hands-on labs outfitted with advanced training aids and the latest equipment. Students gain valuable, practical insight and real-world experience by applying what they have learned during paid internships at John Deere dealerships - a wonderful opportunity for students to earn while they learn.

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 Welding Technology degrees prepare students for entry-level positions in a wide range of industries. Industry job include aerospace, automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding or pipeline construction. Welding is the joining of metal together with heat and a filler metal, connecting beams and columns in buildings, bridges, and much more. Students will be introduced to the most commonly used processes: GTAW, SMAW, GMAW and FCAW. The curriculum used for this program centers around the National Center for Construction Education and Research in Welding (NCCER). Students can earn NCCER credentials recorded in a database accessible online by potential employers. In addition, students can earn a certification through the American Welding Society (AWS). Welding Technology classes are on the Searcy and Heber Springs campuses, and offers: a Certificate of Proficiency (8 hrs), a Technical Certificate (30 hrs), and an Associates of Welding Technology degree (60 hrs).  

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Math & Science

 The life sciences comprise the branches of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms – such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and human beings. These courses are designed to meet the needs of the general student wishing to secure an understanding of the fundamental biological principles. Students taking life science courses desire to pursue a degree or certificate in health-care professions, transfer to four-year institutions offering programs in life science fields of study, or have other related interests concerning life science. The courses offered range from a general study of biology to more specialized offerings in microbiology and human anatomy & physiology.

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 Arkansas State University-Beebe offers both Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic Level Training on the Searcy campus through the Emergency Medical Services Program. The coursework for this program prepares students to challenge the national licensure exam, and begin a career in the field of EMS. Career opportunities available to EMS professionals include, but are not limited to, ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, urgent care and family practice clinics.   

Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of qualified EMS providers. This shortage allows graduates of ASU-Beebe's EMS program numerous job opportunities not only throughout Arkansas, but throughout the country as well.     

Classes are offered during the week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) at night. ASU-Beebe offers the only 10-month, night-time paramedic course in the state. EMT classes are offered each Fall (August) and Spring (January) and last one semester. Paramedic cohorts begin in June of each year and are completed in July of the following year.

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 Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) prepares you for work in a medical lab under the direction of a pathologist performing procedures in hematology, serology, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology and urinalysis.

MLT graduates from ASU-Beebe will obtain skills to:

Analyze components of bodily fluids, isolation and identification of microorganisms
Study blood components, perform pre-transfusion tests and determine immune responses
Develop data that may be used in the diagnosis of disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment
Perform tests to assist physicians in the diagnosis of patients and aid in the prognosis of patients
A graduate can expect to work in pathology laboratories of hospitals or private pathology labs, doctor's offices, reference labs and industries. Work hours may vary with the needs and support of the medical staff. A graduate can also become a sales representative for laboratory supply companies. Eligibility to take the exam for medical laboratory technicians is given by several nationally recognized boards such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and American Medical Technologists (AMT).

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 The pharmaceutical field is a structured, fast-paced environment, and pharmacy technicians are committed to their profession and the people they serve. The Pharmacy Technician Program at ASU-Beebe is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  ASU-Beebe offers three options in this field of study —Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology.

Due to the shift in job responsibilities, pharmacists are now serving functions that are more clinical in the pharmacy environment. This shift places a greater demand on the need for qualified pharmacy technicians to serve the distributive function within pharmacy. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (2017), "employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow much faster than average" through 2024. The annual average starting pharmacy technician salary is $28,225 for the state of Arkansas (Salary.com, 2017). Pharmacy technicians are in demand for both full and part-time positions, making this career a flexible choice.

In this area of study, hands-on experience complements classroom learning. These experiences help prepare you for national certification, a distinction that creates valuable opportunities with employers across the country. With basic and intermediate level competencies developed within a well-rounded curriculum, the certification and the credentials give you a definitive edge when entering the highly competitive field of pharmacy. Currently, the ASU-Beebe Pharmacy Technician Program has 100% job placement for graduates and 100% pass rate on the national certification exam.

The ASU-Beebe Pharmacy Technician Program has been recognized for educational excellence by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. The program was ranked first among two-year colleges in the nation. For more information, open the following link to view the Pharmacy Technician Award.

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 The Veterinary Technology Program conducted by ASU-Beebe is granted Full Accreditation effective March 14, 2014, by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Committee of Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). This program provides hands-on education in veterinary technology operations. Students will develop entry level competencies necessary to obtain employment in veterinary hospitals and industry. Students are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) after graduation from the program. Successfully completing the degree and passing the VTNE, students can then be certified in the State of Arkansas. ASU-Beebe offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology.

Students will be assigned kennel duties and be responsible for the care and welfare of live animals.

All General Education Core and Veterinary Technology courses must be passed with a “C” or better to remain in the Veterinary Technology program. Students who do not pass any course with a “C” or better will not be allowed to continue the program. Students will be dropped from the program. Readmission to the program will be considered if space is available.  For readmission to the Veterinary Technology Program, students will resubmit an application and complete the application process.  Students must complete this program within 3 years from the date they first received provisional admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.  Students who cannot complete the program within 3 years will not be readmitted.

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