Associate of Science Degree - Community Health Science Emphasis

The Associate of Science community health science emphasis affords students a broad, integrated, and interdisciplinary perspective on a variety of health topics and allows for them to begin developing an understanding of personal, public, and community health issues. The emphasis provides the lower division coursework towards potential bachelor degrees in community health, public health, health education and other related areas, and satisfies the lower division major requirements towards UNR’s bachelor of science in community health sciences.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Recognize how the social, cultural, economic, political, geographical and biological environments affect personal and community health.
  • Describe and apply behavioral strategies to promote personal health and wellness, and disease and illness prevention.
  • Demonstrate the ability to gather and interpret evidence-based information, and effectively communicate, in both written and oral formats, on topics related to community health.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.

Required Coursework

General Education Requirements
English3-6
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Mathematics 3
MATH 126 or Higher
Science6
Social Science3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Science 2[6]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
Degree Requirements
BIOL 190
190L
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CHS 101Introduction to Community Health Sciences3
CHS 102Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness3
CHS 200Introduction to Public Health Biology3
CHS 230Introduction to Environmental Health3
STAT 152Introduction to Statistics3
Any two PEX or DAN courses (two activities)2
Additional GE Science unit1
Elective Requirements
Select six units of the following:6
General Microbiology
Current Topics in Infectious Disease
Biopsycho-Social Factors in Addiction
Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts and Insights
Treatment Planning and Case Management
Humans and the Environment
Lifespan Human Development
Introduction to Families
Medical Component
Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions
Issues in Substance Abuse
Life Span Development
Advanced Therapeutic Interventions
Environmental Pollution
Conservation, Humans and Biodiversity
Medical Terminology
Intro to Safety and Health
Bioethics
Introduction to Research Methods
Introduction to Social Psychology
Principles of Sociology
Contemporary Social Issues
Total Units60
1

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective units.

2

Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Recommended courses are listed in the course sequence; however, other courses may apply. Please see an advisor or the department.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CHS 101
Introduction to Community Health Sciences
or Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness
3
English 4 3
Fine Arts/Diversity 3 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I (or higher) 3
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
BIOL 190
190L
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHS 101
Introduction to Community Health Sciences (Degree)
or Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness
3
English 4 3
Science 3 4
Any PEX or DAN course 1
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
Social Science/Diversity 1 3
BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHS 200
Introduction to Public Health Biology
or Introduction to Environmental Health
3
STAT 152 Introduction to Statistics 3
Any PEX or DAN course 1
 Semester Total14
4th semester
Elective 4 6
BIOL 224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHS 200
Introduction to Public Health Biology
or Introduction to Environmental Health
3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions/Humanities 3 3
 Semester Total16
 Total Units60
3

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.

4

See program recommendations or requirements.