UNM Los Alamos

AS Environmental Science

AS Environmental Science

About the Program

This program provides students with the first two years of study toward a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or Earth and Planetary Science at UNM Albuquerque Campus or other four-year institutions. It can also be applied toward a B.S. in Biology with a Concentration in Conservation Science. As a terminal degree, it is sufficient preparation for certain technician jobs in areas such as environmental testing and remediation.

A minimum of 66 credit hours with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. At least 15 of these 66 hours must be UNM-LA catalog credit courses taken in residence. It is strongly recommended that the student check the specific requirements for the B.S. or B.A. of interest if planning to transfer in order to make the best choices among the optional courses below.

General Education Requirements

WRITING AND SPEAKING (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)

or

  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)

or

  • ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 120: Composition III (3)

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

  • MATH 162: Calculus I (4)

Note: Math 180 may be substituted for Math 162, but will only be accepted for some bachelor’s degrees (e.g. biology.)

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum course in this area.

HUMANITIES (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum course in this area.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum course in this area.

FINE ARTS (3 CREDIT HOURS)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum course in this area.

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (NOT INCLUDING SCIENCE) 21 CREDIT HOURS

Technical Core Requirements

PHYSICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (21 CREDIT HOURS)

Must include:

  • BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors (3)
  • BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors Lab (1)
  • CHEM 121/123L: General Chemistry I(3)/General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • ENVS 101: The Blue Planet (3) 

and

  • ENVS 102L: The Blue Planet Laboratory (1)

or 

  • EPS 101: How the Earth Works–An Introduction to Geology (3)

and

  • EPS 105L: Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
  • PHYC 160: General Physics (3)

And an additional 6 credit hours selected from:

  • BIOL 202: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 203L: Ecology and Evolution (4)
  • BIOL 204L: Plant and Animal Form and Function (4)
  • CHEM 122/124L: General Chemistry II(3)/General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)
  • EPS 201L: Earth History (4)
  • PHYC 161: General Physics (3)

Note: BIOL 201 may be substituted for BIOL 123/124L. BIOL 201 is generally a prerequisite for BIOL 202, 203L, or 204L, but an environmental science major has permission from UNM-Albuquerque to go directly from BIOL 123/124L to BIOL 203L. Biology majors must eventually complete BIOL 201, 202, 203L, and 204L. CHEM 131L and 132L could be substituted for CHEM 121/123L and 122/124L although it is not usually offered at UNM-Los Alamos. PHYC 151 could be substituted for PHYC 160, but it will only be acceptable for some of the baccalaureate degrees (e.g. biology B.A. or B.S., earth and planetary science B.A.).

OTHER (24 CREDIT HOURS)

To complete the required number of hours for this degree, other courses (24 credit hours) may be chose from the following if not already counted in your degree program:

Writing and Speaking (Maximum of 3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 219: Technical Writing (3)
  • ENGL 220: Expository Writing (3) 
  • ENGL 290: Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 163: Calculus II (4)

Any math course above MATH 163.

Physical and Natural Sciences

  • ASTR 270: General Astronomy (3)
  • BIOL 202: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 203L: Ecology and Evolution (4)
  • BIOL 204L: Plant and Animal Form and Function (4)
  • CHEM 122/124L : General Chemistry II(3)/General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)
  • EPS 201L: Earth History (4)
  • EPS 203: Energy and the Environment (3)
  • EPS 251: Meteorology (3)
  • PHYC 160L: General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYC 161: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 161L: General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYC 167: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 168: Problems in General Physics (1)

Humanities (Maximum 3 credit hours)

Select any UNM core course in this area.

Note: For UNM students working toward a B.S. in ENVS or a B.S. or B.A. in EPS, selected courses in engineering, computer science, anthropology, or geography may also be used, but only with permission from the main campus departments of ENVS or EPS.

TOTAL TECHNICAL CORE REQUIREMENTS 45 CREDIT HOURS

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 66 CREDIT HOURS