Science

The Associate of Science degree offers the choice of three different optional concentrations, which allow for an easier transition into a baccalaureate science major depending on the student’s choice of major.  This degree differs from the Associate of Arts degree in that there is a heavy emphasis in science and mathematics, a requirement for any Bachelor of Science degree.  In order to earn an Associate of Science degree, the student must earn at least 16 credits in laboratory sciences. This degree meets all the New Mexico Common Core requirements necessary to complete a bachelor degree.

Graduation Requirements

ENGL 1110G Composition I with a C or higher; placement into college-level math and reading courses or completion of developmental courses with a C or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  A minimum of 15 of the 60 credits for the associate’s degree must be completed at NMSU or one of its community colleges. Individual academic programs may have additional requirements.  A grade of C- or better is required for all courses for the degree.  TOTAL CREDIT REQUIRED FOR DEGREE:  60

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO CHOOSE A CONCENTRATION listed below.

Additional approved lab science classes can be found in Area III of the NM Common Core list, in the NMSU-C catalog.  Any lab science class not listed below from the NM Common Core list must be approved through a sub/waiver request process in consultation with an advisor.

Options

(Options are optional)

Biology Option

BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution & BIOL 2610L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory (4 cr.)

BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology & BIOL 2110L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory (4 cr.)

CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (4 cr.)

CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (4 cr.

Natural Resources Option

ENVS 1110G Environmental Science I (4 cr.)

BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution & BIOL 2610L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory (4 cr.)

CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (4 cr.)

CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (4 cr.)

Physical Sciences Option

CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (4 cr.)

CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (4 cr.)

PHYS 1230G Algebra-Based Physics I & PHYS 1230L Algebra-Based Physics I Lab (4 cr.)

PHYS 1240G Algebra-Based Physics II & PHYS 1240L Algebra-Based Physics II Lab (4 cr.)

Recommended electives for each Option:

Biology Option

PHYS 1230G Algebra-Based Physics I & PHYS 1230L Algebra-Based Physics I Lab (4 cr.)

PHYS 1240G Algebra-Based Physics II & PHYS 1240L Algebra-Based Physics II Lab (4 cr.)

MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4 cr.)

MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4 cr.)

MATH 1521G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4 cr.)

Natural Resources Option

BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology & BIOL 2110L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory (4 cr.)

CHEM 2115 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory (4 cr.)

GEOL 1110G Physical Geology (4 cr.)

MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4 cr.)

MATH 1521G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4 cr.)

FWCE 1110G Introduction to Natural Resources Management (3 cr.)

FWCE 2110 Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management (3 cr.)

PHYS 1310G Calculus -Based Physics I & PHYS 1310L Calculus -Based Physics I Lab (4 cr.)

Physical Sciences Option

MATH 1250G Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus (4 cr.)

MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4 cr.)

MATH 1521G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4 cr.)

BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution & BIOL 2610L Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory (4 cr.)

BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology & BIOL 2110L Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory (4 cr.)

GEOL 1110G Physical Geology (4 cr.)