Do the credits earned for an AA count as part of your BA credits?

Generally most AA credits will count toward a four-year college degree in one way or other. However, acceptance of credits is at the discretion of the BA-degree-granting institution. And some transfer credits may count toward the number of credits required to graduate but still not meet any of the particular requirements of a specific degree. A four-year college will want to see that the proposed transfer credits are equivalent or superior to those earned at their institution. Of course, if the AA graduate is continuing toward a BS degree at the same school, or even within the same state school system, there is rarely a problem related to the quality of the courses. But while 4-year schools that also grant 2-year degrees structure some of their AA curricula to match the requirements of their 4-year degrees, some subject areas (for example, automotive tech or paramedic certificate) may not be related to any offered BS degrees. In those cases, many fewer credits may be accepted, or they may be accepted only toward elective requirements. The school may judge acceptability of credits based on:
- Equivalent school accreditations.
- Equivalent level of difficulty.
- Subject matter match (to coursework required toward the degree).
- Required number of course hours.
- The grades earned in the courses. About the only way to learn which of your credits will transfer in and whether they would apply to a particular BS degree is to discuss the matter in a meeting with an academic advisor at the school you wish to attend. Call the school to make an appointment or go in to the school during an "open advising" period. Bring your transcript of completed courses, along with the course catalog of the school at which you earned the credits. The advisor will review the courses and tell you which credits will count and how. Your own explanation of the coursework may help make your case on transferring in questionable credits. Appeals may be possible, but they will be difficult. There may also be the opportunity to test out of some of the required material. If you are disappointed that some coursework won't transfer in, remember that the school is interested in your success and wants you to have the knowledge background necessary to succeed. Along those lines, you could be wise to repeat a subject you are weak in, even if the credits would count. This is especially so in subjects such as mathematics, where every class builds upon the previous-course knowledge. Once the adjudication of transferrable credits is made, and you enroll, those credits become part of your new school record. Typically, though, your GPA calculation begins anew.