Code: F_AS_AS

Campus: Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, Westminster Campus, and Online Learning

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree provides students with both breadth and depth of knowledge in science and math that prepares them for transfer into a bachelor degree program at a four-year college or university. Students looking to transfer with guaranteed junior standing in a specific field of study should pursue an associate of science degree with designation in the following areas: biology, chemistry*, geology, horticulture business management, mathematics, physics, or psychology.   

More information on these degree plans can be found in the Associate Degrees with Designation section of this catalog.  

While a student may tailor the generic Associate of Science (AS) Degree to prepare for specific transfer options, all official documents and diplomas issued by the college will only indicate the awarding of an Associate of Science Degree without any indication of a more specific area of study unless the student completes the requirements for one of the areas of designation noted above.

*Please note that the AS degree with designation in chemistry requires a student to complete a reverse transfer within 30 hours or 12 calendar months.  The student must transfer one gtPathways approved course in Arts and Humanities and in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the university back to FRCC to earn their AS degree with a Chemistry designation.  

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written Communication

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I

3

ENG 122English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Students may also complete ENG 122 and a gtPathways CO3 course

Oral Communication

Select one course (3 credits) from below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 115Public Speaking

3

COM 125Interpersonal Communication

3

COM 220Intercultural Communication

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Note: Completing Communication courses is a Colorado Community College System requirement; not a gtPathways requirement.

Mathematics

Select one gtPathways Mathematics (GT-MA1) course from the listing below.  Credits over 3 will be applied to electives. 

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 121College Algebra

4

MAT 122College Trigonometry

3

MAT 166Pre-Calculus

5

MAT 201Calculus I

5

or higher

Total Credit Hours:3-5

Arts and Humanities

Select two gtPathways Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4).

Total Credit Hours:6

History

Select one gtPathways History course (GT-HI1)

Total Credit Hours:3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Select two gtPathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)

OR 

Select one gtPathways Social and Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1GT-SS2, or GT-SS3

AND 

Select one gtPathways History course (GT-HI1)

Total Credit Hours:6

Natural and Physical Sciences

Select one pair of gtPathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses listed below. Credits over 8 will be applied to electives.

Total Credit Hours:8-10
Astronomy
Course NumberTitleCredits
AST 101Astronomy I with Lab

4

AST 102Astronomy II with Lab

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Biology (General College)
Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab

5

BIO 112General College Biology II with Lab

5

Total Credit Hours:10
Biology (Human Anatomy and Physiology)
Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

BIO 202Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Chemistry
Course NumberTitleCredits
CHE 111General College Chemistry I with Lab

5

CHE 112General College Chemistry II with Lab

5

Total Credit Hours:10
Geography
Course NumberTitleCredits
GEO 111Physical Geography-Landforms with Lab

4

GEO 112Physical Geography-Weather & Climate with Lab

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Geology
Course NumberTitleCredits
GEY 111Physical Geology with Lab

4

GEY 112Historical Geology with Lab

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Physics (Algebra-Based)
Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 111Physics: Algebra-Based I with Lab

5

PHY 112Physics: Algebra-Based II with Lab

5

Total Credit Hours:10
Physics (Calculus-Based)
Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 211Physics: Calculus-Based I with Lab

5

PHY 212Physics: Calculus-Based II with Lab

5

Total Credit Hours:10

Natural & Physical Science Elective

Select one additional gtPathways Natural & Physical Science course (GT-SC1).  Credits over 4 will be applied to electives.

Total Credit Hours:4-5

Electives

*The number of electives remaining will vary since these are determined by selection of Natural and Physical Science coursework between 12-15 credits and Mathematics coursework between 3-5 credits.

Total Credit Hours:16-21

Total Credit Hours: 60

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • No developmental courses may be applied to this degree.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (all grades "C" or better) to be eligible to graduate.
  • Transfer Students must complete at least 15 semester credit hours that are part of their degree requirements at Front Range in order to earn a degree from Front Range.
  • Submit Graduation Application, transfer credits, and Prior Learning Assessment Credit to the Registrar's Office by published deadline.
  • Continuing students who have not had a 12 month lapse in enrollment will be allowed to use the requirements listed in any catalog published while continuously attending.