Natural Science

Associate of Science

61 credit hours

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The Associate of Science Degree in Natural Science is intended to provide the graduate with a foundational understanding of the core sciences that will be universally transferable to any four-year institution. This course of study includes instruction in biology, chemistry and physics. Students may choose an emphasis in Wildlife or Conservation Ecology, which is intended to transfer directly to the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology program at New Mexico State University, and which will provide graduates with the skills necessary to pursue entry-level positions in natural resources management or related fields. Students not interested in pursuing further studies or employment in natural resources may instead opt for the Human Biology emphasis, which is designed to transfer to four-year programs in medical or related fields including nursing, pre-medicine, pharmacology, or genetics. Graduates completing the Human Biology emphasis will be qualified for entry-level positions in the healthcare industry. Students working toward this degree will be eligible for a Common Core Certificate of Completion.

Upon program completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exhibit basic understanding of mathematics and statistics.
  • Display foundational knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Apply their learning to pursue entry-level employment in natural resources management or healthcare related fields.

*Additional hours may be required for program requirements for transfer students who are NMGEC complete.

To learn more about the program requirements, click on the links below:

Natural Science AS
Natural Science AS Pathway