An associates degree is the halfway point of a bachelors degree. Typically, those with academic deficiencies (or those savvy enough to want to save money) attend community colleges before going on to traditional universities. These community colleges offer two-year programs featuring the 100- and 200-level basic courses required by universities. A person with an A.A. essentially has completed the first two years of a B.A. However, this can be misleading since at the 100- and 200-level, the student has taken fewer advanced courses in his or her field than the typical traditional college student.