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General Science
Associate of Science

Program Description

  • The degree program provides the first two years of study for a student who plans to transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree in science. It prepares students to enter into any one of a number of fields of science or healthcare. This degree provides a pathway for students who are interested in the sciences, and allows them to explore various areas in the scientific realm.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The associate degree program includes many requirements for a bachelor's degree in the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics in the UNM College of Arts and Sciences or health occupations such as dental hygiene, medical laboratory sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician's assistant programs and radiography. Students interested in applying to medical school, the physical therapy, or master’s in occupational therapy program must first complete a baccalaureate degree. Students planning to transfer to a 4-year institution for a bachelor's degree must see an advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate for their major.

Contact

Information about the associate of science in general science degree is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505-925-8600.


Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 120 and MATH 106 – or place into MATH 121;

Credit Hours: 3 and 1; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 104-120 (Elementary Algebra)/22


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (9-10 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
3
Select an additional course from ENGL 219 or 220, CJ 130 or PHIL 156. Please note that the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM-Main requires no more than 6 credits from one subject under the Writing and Speaking area.
Mathematics (6-10 credits)
Mathematics Sequence 1
MATH 121 (College Algebra)3
MATH 180 (Elements of Calculus I)3
MATH 181 (Elements of Calculus II)3
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor's degree in Biology.
Mathematics Sequence 2
MATH 123 (Trigonometry)3
MATH 150 (Pre-Calculus)3
MATH 162 (Calculus I)4
Select Sequence 2 for a bachelor's degree in Engineering or Physics.
Mathematics Sequence 3
MATH 120 (Intermediate Algebra)3
STAT 145 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Select Sequence 3 for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (6 credits)
Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language.
Core requirements (12-16 credits)
Biology Sequence 1
BIOL 201L (Molecular and Cell Biology)4
BIOL 202L (Genetics)4
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor's degree in Biology or Medical Technology or a PharmD in Pharmacy.
Biology Sequence 2
BIOL 123/124L (Biology for Health-Related Sciences plus Lab)4
Select sequence 2 for health sciences programs.
Chemistry Sequence 1
CHEM 121/123L (General Chemistry I plus Lab)4
CHEM 122/124L (General Chemistry II plus Lab)4
Select sequence 1 for a bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Medical Technology or a PharmD in Pharmacy.
Chemistry Sequence 2
CHEM 111 (Elements of General Chemistry) or CHEM 121/123L (General Chemistry I plus Lab)4
CHEM 212 (Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry)3
Select sequence 2 for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Dental Hygiene.
Physics Sequence 1
PHYC 151/151L (General Physics plus Lab)4
PHYC 152/152L (General Physics plus Lab)4
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor's degree in Biology or a PharmD in Pharmacy.
Physics Sequence 2
PHYC 160/160L (General Physics plus Lab)4
PHYC 161/161L (General Physics plus Lab)4
Select Sequence 2 for a bachelor's degree in Biology or a PharmD in Engineering.
Electives ( credits)
3-4
3-4
3-4
3-4
3-4
3-4
3-4
3-4
Select up to 19 credits from among the following disciplines: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, EPS, ENGL 219, or 220, NUTR 244, PSY 105 or PHYC. Total credit hours for degree must equal at least 60.
Total required (60 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.