UNM Los Alamos

AS Science

AS Science

About the Program

This program represents the first two years of course work in general science with an emphasis in physics, chemistry, and biology. Completion of this degree will enable students to transfer to a four-year institution for additional studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. It will also provide background studies for students wishing to enter the work force as technicians in science.

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. in the particular area of interest in science (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and planetary science, physics, astrophysics) 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 (6 CREDIT HOURS)

Including:

  • MATH 162: Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 163: Calculus II (4)

Note: MATH 180 & 181 may be substituted for MATH 162 and 163, but will only be accepted for some bachelor’s degrees in science (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 courses 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) 24 CREDIT HOURS

Technical Core Requirements

PHYSICAL/NATURAL SCIENCES (20 CREDIT HOURS)

Including:

  • CHEM 121/123L: General Chemistry I(3)/General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CHEM 122/124L: General Chemistry II(3)/General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • PHYC 160: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 160L: General Physics Lab (1)
  • PHYC 161: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 161L: General Physics Lab (1)

And additional course (4 credit hours) selected from:

  • BIOL 201: Molecular and Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 202: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 203L: Ecology and Evolution (4)
  • BIOL 204L: Plant and Animal Form and Function (4)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and BioChemistry (4)
  • EPS 101: How the Earth Works–An Introduction to Geology (3)
  • EPS 105L: Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
  • EPS 201L: Earth History (4)
  • ENVS 101: The Blue Planet (3)
  • ENVS 102L: The Blue Planet Laboratory (2)
  • PHYC 167: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 168: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 262: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 262L: General Physics Lab (1)
  • PHYC 267: Problems in General Physics (1)

NOTE: CHEM 131L and 132L could be substituted for CHEM 121/123L and 122/124L , although it is not usually offered at UNM-LA. PHYC 151, 151L, 152. 152L may be substitute or PHYC 160, 160L, 161, 161L but will not be acceptable for some baccalaureate degrees in science (biology B.A. or B.S., Chemistry B.A., earth & planetary science B.A.)

OTHER (22 CREDIT HOURS)

To complete the required number of hours for this degree, other courses (22 credit hours) may be chosen from the following if not already counted in your degree program:

Writing and Speaking (Maximum of 3 credit hours)

  • ENGL 219: Technical Writing (3)

Physical/Natural Sciences

Select From:

  • BIOL 201: Molecular and Cell Biology (4)
  • BIOL 202: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 203L: Ecology and Evolution (4)
  • BIOL 204L: Plant and Animal Form and Function (4)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated organic Chemistry and BioChemistry (4)
  • EPS 101: How the Earth Works–An Introduction to Geology (3)
  • EPS 105L: Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
  • EPS 201L: Earth History (4)
  • ENVS 101: The Blue Planet (3)
  • ENVS 102L: The Blue Planet Laboratory (2)
  • PHYC 167: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 168: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 262: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 262L: General Physics Lab (1)
  • PHYC 267: Problems in General Physics (1)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 264: Calculus III (4)

Computer Science

  • CS 151L: Computer Programming Fundamentals for Non-Majors (3)

Humanities (Maximum of 3 credit hours)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum courses in this area.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (Maximum of 3 credit hours)

Select any UNM Core Curriculum course in this area.

TOTAL TECHNICAL CORE REQUIREMENTS 42 CREDIT HOURS

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 66 CREDIT HOURS