Associate of Science

About this degree

 

The Associate of Science (AS) degree helps develop comprehensive knowledge and good communications skills, while providing a firm grounding in mathematics and the natural sciences. An Associate of Science degree is foundational for students looking toward biological, health and medical undergraduate degrees. Students who plan on going into business, engineering or agriculture may also want to consider this degree.

The Associate of Science degree is a transfer degree designed for students planning to continue their education by transferring to one of the three Arizona public universities. The general education component of our AS degree fulfills all the requirements of the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-S). When completed, the AGEC-S will transfer to any of the three public Arizona state universities as a block meeting all lower division general
education requirements.


NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with a grade of “C” or better in all courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond 64 credits. These courses, too, require a grade of “C” or better. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements. Specific courses, as noted, meet the requirement for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

Degree Requirements

  • General Education Credits

Completion of the 36 general education course credits fulfills requirements for the Arizona General Education Education Curriculum (AGEC-S) for the Associate of Science degree.

English • 6 credits

  • ENL 101 College Composition I • 3 credits
  • ENL 102 College Composition II • 3 credits


Mathematics • 4 credits

  • MAT 221 Calculus I • 4 credits  (or a mathematics course for which
    MAT 221 is a prerequisite)


Arts and Humanities • 6 credits

Select two courses from at least two disciplines.

  • ART 101 Understanding Art • 3 credits
  • ART 115 Art History I • 3 credits
  • ART 116 Art History II • 3 credits
  • ART 215 Native American Art • 3 credits
  • ENL 220 World Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 221 World Literature II • 3 credits
  • ENL 224 English Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 225 English Literature II • 3 credits
  • ENL 230 American Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 231 American Literature II • 3 credits
  • HUM 150 Humanities in the Western World I • 3 credits
  • HUM 151 Humanities in the Western World II • 3 credits
  • MUS 150 Music Appreciation • 3 credits
  • MUS 250 World Music • 3 credits
  • PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy • 3 credits
  • PHL 105 Introduction to Ethics • 3 credits
  • SPT 130 Introduction to Theatre • 3 credits
  • SPT 150 Introduction to Film • 3 credits
  • SPT 155 History of Television • 3 credits


Physical and Biological Sciences • 8 credits

Select two courses from the SAME discipline.

  • BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 cr.,
  • BIO 182 General Biology II • 4 credits
  • CHM 151 General Chemistry I • 4 credits
  • CHM 152 General Chemistry II • 4 credits


Social and Behavioral Sciences • 6 credits

Select two courses from two different disciplines, with at least one asterisk (*) course to meet requirements for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

  • *ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology • 3 credits
  • ANT 120 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes • 3 credits
  • BUS 140 Principles of Economics - Macro • 3 credits
  • BUS 141 Principles of Economics - Micro • 3 credits
  • *GEO 110 World Regional Geography • 3 credits
  • GEO 120 Human Geography • 3 credits
  • *HIS 105 U.S. History to 1877 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 106 U.S. History since 1877 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 155 Western Civilization to 1700 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 156 Western Civilization since 1700 • 3 credits
  • POS 110 American Government • 3 credits
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology • 3 credits
  • PSY 200 Psychology of Adjustment • 3 credits
  • PSY 240 Developmental Psychology • 3 credits
  • SOC 120 General Sociology • 3 credits
  • SOC 121 Social Problems in America • 3 credits
  • SOC 130 Racial, Ethnic & Gender Relations in Modern
        Society • 3 credits
  • SOC 225 Sociology of the Family • 3 credits


Science/Mathematics Option • 6 credits

Select two courses not taken to satisfy Physical and Biological Sciences requirements.

  • BIO 105 Environmental Biology • 4 credits
  • BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 182 General Biology II • 4 credits
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II • 4 credits
  • BIO 205 Microbiology • 4 credits
  • CHM 151 General Chemistry I • 4 credits
  • CHM 152 General Chemistry II • 4 credits
  • GEO 111 Physical Geography • 4 credits
  • GLG 101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical • 4 credits
  • GLG 102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical • 4 credits
  • MAT 231 Calculus II • 4 credits
  • MAT 241 Calculus III • 4 credits
  • MAT 261 Introduction to Differential Equations • 4 credits
  • PHY 113 General Physics I • 4 credits
  • PHY 114 General Physics II • 4 credits

Electives

Electives: 

28 credits  

An additional 28 credits should be chosen carefully based on lower division and common course requirements for majors at the college or university to which the student plans to transfer. To ensure you are selecting appropriate electives for transfer, see your NPC academic adviser.

The electives component must consist of credits that transfer to all three public Arizona universities as defined in the Course Equivalency Guide for the year in which the course is completed. Access to information about degrees and pathways, common courses, Course Equivalency Guides, and Arizona college and university catalogs is available through an academic adviser or directly on the Internet at www.AZTransfer.com.


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