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2018-2019 Catalog Year
Associate of Science

All Degrees & Certificates

The Associate of Science degree is designed to help students use the methods of observation, special analysis and logic by which we understand the mathematical, biological and physical nature of the world. The AS degree allows early choices for those planning a professional life in mathematics, science, engineering, medicine or agriculture.

The AS degree is primarily for the student who plans to transfer with junior standing to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. Satisfactory completion of an AS degree guarantees completion of the lower division general education requirements at UNR, UNLV or NSC. Students intending to transfer to other schools should see a counselor or follow the catalog of the transfer school.

Courses with a number under 100 (such as ENG 95) are not applicable toward this degree. All courses counted toward this degree must be university transferable. Courses that are not transferable to an NSHE institution do not apply toward an AS degree and are indicated with a non-transferable course attribute in the myWNC course catalog.

A maximum of six units of special topics classes in one subject area may apply toward any WNC degree.


The purpose of the Associate of Science degree is to provide the academic knowledge and skills for successful transfer to meet higher educational goals.

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree at WNC are expected to demonstrate that they:

  • have met the general education student learning outcomes.
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the fundamental tenets of scientific inquiry.
  • present accurate calculations and symbolic operations, and explain how such calculations and operations are used in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.
  • Use critical thinking and creativity to select and apply recognized experimental or observational techniques suitable for examining contemporary or enduring problems in the sciences.
  • can succeed at their transfer institutions.


See a WNC counselor for the most up-to-date information regarding UNR and other university transfer requirements.

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements

Completion of the Associate of Science program requirements, fulfills the respective mathematics and science general education requirements.

Science Requirement: 12 Units (Credits)

Choose a minimum of eight units from Group A.

Group A

Group B

Mathematics Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)

MATH 181 or higher required.

Transfer Requirements and General Electives (19–24 units)

Students should utilize this area to take courses that meet requirements for their major at their intended transfer school. Those who have not yet selected a major may choose from among any university transferable courses to explore their options. Students planning to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno should obtain a transfer handout from WNC Counseling Services or the UNR Transfer Center.

General Education Requirements

English/Communications Requirement: 6–8 Units (Credits)

Fine Arts Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

* Course may not meet the fine arts requirement at all universities. Please see a counselor.

Humanities Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

UNR students choose at least one of the following courses: CH 201, CH202, HIST105, HIST106, PHIL200, PHIL207

Mathematics Requirement: See Program Requirements

Science Requirement: See Program Requirements

Social Sciences Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements: 3 or 6 Units (Credits)

  • Core Humanities: 203
  • History: 111
  • HIST 101 and one of the following: HIST 102, HIST 217, PSC 100, PSC 208
  • Political Science: 103
  • History and Political Science Combination (History 101 & Political Science 208)