Natural Science: Associate in Science Degree (Physical Sciences)

The purpose of the Associate in Science in Natural Science (A.S.N.S.) degree is to address the needs of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Students can use the A.S.N.S. degree to better market their science background or in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution. The A.S.N.S. in Physical Sciences provides a clear pathway to properly prepare students for transfer with core introductory courses and laboratories in chemistry, mathematics, and physics typically required in the first two years of a broad range of Physical science baccalaureate degrees at four-year universities.

Natural Science Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) approved 03/01/2013:

  1. Analyze data effectively using currently available technology.
  2. Communicate scientific ideas and principles clearly and effectively.
  3. Analyze and apply fundamental mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts and techniques to scientific issues.
  4. Apply fundamental concepts and techniques in their chosen natural science field of student, such as biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, etc.

Fall (Semester 1)

Course
Course Title/Category
Credits
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
  1. CHEM 161: This course fulfills the Diversification: Physical Sciences (DP) category.
  2. CHEM 161L: This course fulfills the Diversification: Laboratory (science) (DY) category.
  3. MATH 241: This course fulfills the Foundations: Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) category.
  4. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits are required. The FG courses should be taken in Semesters 1 and 2. Any two courses with different FG designations are required.

Spring (Semester 2)

Course
Course Title/Category
Credits
3
Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (3 credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
17-20
  1. Foundations: Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG): A total of 6 credits are required. The FG courses should be taken in Semesters 1 and 2. Any two courses with different FG designations are required.

Fall (Semester 3)

Course
Course Title/Category
Credits
3
Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (6 credits)  +
6
Sub-Total Credits
14

Spring (Semester 4)

Course
Course Title/Category
Credits
Electives: Any 100-level or higher course (11 credits)  +
11
Sub-Total Credits
15

Graduation Requirements

Course
Course Title/Category
Credits

Graduation requirements must be satisfied within the 61-64-credit A.S. degree.

Total credits:
61-64