The Associate of Science degree is designed for students who intend to transfer with junior status to a four-year college or university for a bachelor of science degree.

This degree allows early choices for those planning a professional career in mathematics, science, engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture or related field.

The mission of the Associate of Science Degree Program is to provide the academic knowledge and skills for successful transfer to meet higher education goals.

The successful student will:

  • Meet the institutional student learning outcomes (1-6).
  • 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.
  • Be prepared to succeed at transfer institution.

Bachelor Degree Pathways

WNC has 2+2 partnerships with UNR and many other institutions to make completing your degree at WNC and transferring later as smooth as possible. The Associate of Science degree is designed so students may tailor it to meet degree requirements for a variety of majors at transfer institutions.

A strong foundation in biology can lead to many career paths in health and environmental science, education, research and more.

A solid background in science and mathematics can lead to careers in education, industry, government, medicine and more. Students will have hands-on experience in a lab environment throughout college studies.

Community Health Science/Nutrition/Kinesiology
Explore health from many perspectives: emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and physical. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of public and private positions, such as hospital administration, community health educator and fitness trainer.

Computer Science
Enter a field that is growing at a rapid pace, learning to solve societal problems with computers. Because students are provided a well-rounded education in computer science and computer engineering, they will have the versatility employers are seeking.

There are many fields in engineering to consider: Civil, mining, mechanical, environmental, chemical and biomedical, computer, metallurgical and geological. These fields are well-compensated and offer promising futures.

Environmental Science
Make a difference by preparing to solve a wide variety of environmental problems and focus on areas such as policy, environmental pollution and more. Students will become knowledgeable in animal science, wildlife science, soils, botany and ecology.

Learn about the major earth systems and the geologic processes that create and shape them. Find work in energy companies, engineering firms, research institutions, government agencies, colleges and universities.

Individuals with a skill for math and calculations can balance their abilities with arts, humanities, and other general studies for careers in education, finance, computing, science and more.

Program Requirements
A minimum of 18 units chosenfrom the following:

12 units

Choose a minimum of 8 units from Group A.

6 units

Mathematics: 126, 127, 128, 176, 181,
182, 283, 285, 330
Statistics: 152

Anthropology: 102 & 110L
Biology: 190, 191, 251
Chemistry: 121, 122
Geology: 101, 102
Geography: 103 & 104, or 121
Physics: 151, 152, 180 & 180L, 181 & 181L, 182 & 182L

Astronomy: 109, 110, 120
Atmospheric Sciences: 117
Biology: 200, 223, 224
Chemistry: 220
Computer Engineering: 201
Computer Science: 135, 202
Engineering Science: 100
Environmental Studies: 100, 101
Geography: 116
Geology: 105, 201
Mechanical Engineering: 241, 242

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

Transfer Requirement & 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.

Course Title Units
General Education Requirements 18-23 Units
English/Communications 6-8 Units
English: 100 or 101, 102
Fine Arts 3 Units
Art: 100, 101*, 124, 135, 141, 160, 211, 214, 231, 260, 261
English: 261
History: 203
Humanities: 101
Music: 121, 124, 125, 176
Music: Ensemble: 101*, 131, 135
Theatre: 100, 105*, 180
* Course may not meet the fine arts requirement at all universities. Please see a counselor.
Humanities 3 Units
Core Humanities: 201, 202, 212
English: 200, 223
History: 105, 106, 207, 208, 209, 247
Philosophy: 101, 135, 200, 203, 204, 207, 210, 224, 245
UNR transfer students, choose at least one of the following courses:
Core Humanities: 201, 202
History: 105, 106
Philosophy: 200, 207, 245
See Program Requirements
See Program Requirements
Social Sciences 3 Units
Anthropology: 101, 201, 202, 212, 215
Core Humanities: 203
Criminal Justice: 101, 102, 104
Economics: 100, 102, 103
Geography: 106, 200
History: 101, 102, 111, 217
Political Science: 101, 103, 208, 231
Psychology: 101, 102, 233, 234, 240, 257, 261
Sociology: 101
U.S. & Nevada Constitution 3-6 Units
Must meet both requirements. Choose from:
Core Humanities: 203
History: 111
History: 101 and one of the following:
HIST 102, HIST 217, PSC 100, PSC 208
Political Science: 101, 103
History & Political Science Combination (History 101 and Political Science 208)

Suggested Course Sequence

Course Title Units
Year One
First Semester
ENG 100 or 101 3
HIST 101 U.S. History to 1877 3
EPY 150 Strategies for Academic Success 3
MATH 181 Calculus I 4
Fine Arts Requirements 3
Second Semester
ENG 102 Composition II 3
U.S./Nevada Constitution 3
MATH 182 or STAT 152 3-4
Science (Group A) 4-6
Year Two: Third & Fourth Semester
Take courses that meet requirements for the major at intended transfer school.