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, earth and planetary sciences, environmental science, 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 and Advising Information

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 FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215, or MATH 1215X, MATH 1215Y, and MATH 1215Z – or place into MATH 1220;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239+ (A & F)/22+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II)   3
COMM 1130 Public Speaking  3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
  3
Please see below in the General Science Core Requirements.
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
  4
Please see below in the General Science Core Requirements.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
  3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (3 credits)
  3
Select course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Langauge (3 credits)
  3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
  3
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
  6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
Mathematics Area of General Science Core (6-10 credits)
Sequence 1 Option
MATH 1220 (College Algebra)  3
MATH 1430 (Applications of Calculus I) or MATH 1250 (Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus)   3-5
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor of science degree in Biology or a bachelor of arts degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Sequence 2 Option
MATH 1230 (Trigonometry)  3
MATH 1240 (Pre-Calculus)  3
MATH 1512 (Calculus I)  4
Select Sequence 2 for a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, or Environmental Sciences.
Sequence 3 Option
MATH 1215 (Intermediate Algebra) or MATH 1215X/1215Y/1215Z  3
MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics)  3
Select Sequence 3 for a bachelor of science degree in Nursing.
Sequence 4 Option
MATH 1512 (Calculus I)  4
MATH 1522 (Calculus II)  4
Select Sequence 4 for a bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry or Physics.
Physical and Natural Sciences Area of General Science Core (12-16 credits)
Biology Sequence 1 Option
BIOL 2110C (Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Lecture + Lab)  4
BIOL 2410C (Principles of Biology: Genetics Lecture + Lab)  4
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor’s degree in Biology or Biochemistry.
Biology Sequence 2 Option
BIOL 1140/1140L (Biology for Health Sciences and Lab)  4
Biology Sequence 3 Option
BIOL 2210/2210L (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab)  4
Select Sequence 2 or 3 for health sciences programs.
Chemistry Sequence 1 Option
CHEM 1215/1215L (General Chemistry I and Lab)  4
CHEM 1225/1225L (General Chemistry II and Lab)  4
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Emergency Medical Services, Engineering, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Medical Laboratory Science, Nutrition, or Physics.
Chemistry Sequence 2 Option
CHEM 1120C (Introduction to Chemistry for Non-Majors Lecture + Lab)  4
Select Sequence 2 for a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, or Physical Education.
Geology/Earth and Planetary Science/Environmental Science Sequence 1 Option
GEOL 1110/1110L (Physical Geology and Lab)  4
GEOL 2110C (Historical Geology + Lab)  4
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Geology/Earth and Planetary Science/Environmental Science Sequence 2 Option
GEOL 1120/1120L (Environmental Geology and Lab) or GEOL 1110/1110L (Physical Geology and Lab)  4
Select Sequence 2 for a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
Physics Sequence 1 Option
PHYS 1230/1230L (Algebra-Based Physics I and Lab)  4
PHYS 1240/1240L (Algebra-Based Physics II and Lab)  4
Select Sequence 1 for a bachelor’s degree in Biology or Biochemistry.
Physics Sequence 2 Option
PHYS 1310/1310L (Calculus-Based Physics I and Lab)  4
PHYS 1320/1320L (Calculus-Based Physics II and Lab)  4
Select Sequence 2 for a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics, Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Science or Physics.
*Choose one or two sequence(s) for 8 to 12 credits in one discipline area. Also pick at least one other science course with a laboratory from those listed above in a different discipline area to complete the 12 to 16 credits.
Elective Requirements (18 credits)
  
Select up to 18 credits from among the following disciplines/courses: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, CS 108, BCIS 1110, ENGL 2210 OR ENGL 2120, GEOL, MATH 1350, NUTR 2110, PHYS, PSYC 1110.
Total required (60 credits)