AS, Environmental Science

The Associate of Science, Environmental Science focuses on issues that are of relevance to all citizens of the United States and all countries. With growth and development comes the need for people trained in environmental sciences that can deal with environmental issues. Sustainable development is a local and regional concern, especially as Nevada’s growth continues to lead the nation. The Associate of Science emphasis in environmental science is specifically designed to transfer seamlessly into the environmental science curriculum at the University of Nevada, Reno. It will also prepare students for transfer into similar programs at other four-year institutions.

Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Perform both laboratory and field experiments using the scientific method, which requires observation, hypothesis testing, data collection, and the application of basic ecological principles to explain results.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, teamwork and collaboration in scientific, mathematical, and other settings.
  • Explain the impacts of different environmental pollutants and critically evaluate various pollution mitigation efforts in the context of regional and global policies, economics, and politics.
  • Explain major impacts of human activities on environmental quality and identify and assess solutions to current and potential environmental problems, such as global climate change, biodiversity loss, and human population growth and use of natural resources.

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.
General Education Requirements
English3-6
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Recommended:
American Experiences and Constitutional Change 2
Mathematics 3
Required:
MATH 127Pre-Calculus II3
or MATH 181 Calculus I
Science
Required:
CHEM 121General Chemistry I4
CHEM 122General Chemistry II4
Social Science3
Recommended:
World Regional Geography 4
Additional College Requirements
Diversity[3]
Recommended:
World Regional Geography
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions[3]
Recommended:
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements
BIOL 190A
BIOL 190L
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 191A
BIOL 191L
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Intro to Organismal Biology Lab
4
GEOG 210Introduction to Geotechnology3
GEOL 101Geology: Exploring Planet Earth4
NRES 100Prin of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences3
NRES 210Environmental Pollution3
NRES 217Natural Resource Ecology3
STAT 152Introduction to Statistics3
Elective requirements
Select 7 units from the following: 57
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I
General Physics I
Organic Chemistry for Scientists and Professionals I
Geology of Geothermal Energy Resources
General Microbiology
Total Units60
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
MATH 127
Pre-Calculus II
or Calculus I
3
Fine Arts 6 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
3
NRES 100 Prin of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences 3
BIOL 190A
BIOL 190L
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
3
STAT 152 Introduction to Statistics 3
GEOL 101 Geology: Exploring Planet Earth 4
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
NRES 210 Environmental Pollution 3
CH 203 American Experiences and Constitutional Change 3
GEOG 210 Introduction to Geotechnology 3
Elective 7 3-4
 Semester Total16
4th semester
BIOL 191A
BIOL 191L
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Intro to Organismal Biology Lab
4
GEOG 200 World Regional Geography 3
NRES 217 Natural Resource Ecology 3
Elective 7 3-4
 Semester Total14
 Total Units60