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A.S. 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 may pursue an associate of science degree with designation in the following areas: biology, chemistry*, geology, fermentation scienceshorticulture business managementmathematics, physics, or psychology

Many students find tailoring the AS Degree works well when transferring in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Students should work with an advisor to determine which pathway is best for them.

While a student may tailor the general 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 an indication of a more specific area of study unless the student completes the requirements for an associate of science degree with designation.  

*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 1021English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

ENG 1022English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Students may also complete ENG 1022 and a gtPathways CO3 course.

Oral Communication

Select one course (3 credits) from below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 1150Public Speaking

3

COM 1250Interpersonal Communication: GT-SS3

3

COM 2300Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics

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

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 1340College Algebra: GT-MA1

4

MAT 1420College Trigonometry: GT-MA1

3

MAT 1440Pre-Calculus: GT-MA1

5

MAT 2410Calculus I: GT-MA1

5

or higher

Total Credit Hours:3-5

Arts and Humanities

Select two gtPathways Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (Arts and Expression • Arts GT Courses - 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 1110Planetary Astronomy w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

AST 1120Stellar Astronomy w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Biology (General College)
Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 1111General College Biology I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

BIO 1112General College Biology II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:10
Biology (Human Anatomy and Physiology)
Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 2101Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

BIO 2102Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Chemistry
Course NumberTitleCredits
CHE 1111General College Chemistry I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

CHE 1112General College Chemistry II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:10
Geography
Course NumberTitleCredits
GEO 1011Physical Geography: Landforms w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

GEO 1012Phys Geo: Weather, Climate, Eco w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Geology
Course NumberTitleCredits
GEY 1111Physical Geology w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

GEY 1112Historical Geology w/Lab: GT-SC1

4

Total Credit Hours:8
Physics (Algebra-Based)
Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 1111Physics: Algebra-Based I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

PHY 1112Physics: Algebra-Based II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:10
Physics (Calculus-Based)
Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 2111Physics: Calculus-Based I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

PHY 2112Physics: Calculus-Based II w/Lab: GT-SC1

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

Mathematics and Science Electives

Select two additional courses (minimum of 8 credits) from the courses below. Credits over 8 will be applied to the electives.

- ANT 1005

- AST 1110, AST 1120

- BIO 1005 or higher

- CHE 1011 or higher

- CSC 1019 or higher

- ENV 1111

- GEO 1011, GEO 1012, GEO 1060

- GEY 1111 or higher

- MAT 1240 or higher

- MET 1050

- PHY 1105 or higher

- SCI 1105 or higher

Total Credit Hours:8-10

Electives

  • Select 6-13* credits from the Approved Elective List or log into eWOLF to see elective requirements in DegreeCheck.
  • Selection of elective credits should be done with a Front Range advisor and your intended transfer institution.

*The number of electives remaining will vary since these are determined by selection of Natural and Physical Science coursework between 12-15 credits, Mathematics coursework between 3-5 credits, and Mathematics and Science electives between 8-10 credits.

Total Credit Hours:6-13

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.
  • Submit Graduation Application, transfer credits, and Prior Learning Assessment Credit to the Registrar's Office by published deadline.
  • Students must complete at least 25% of their degree/certificate credit requirements at Front Range in order to earn their award from Front Range.
  • Continuing students without a 12 month lapse in enrollment are allowed to select a catalog published during their enrollment that best aligns with their completed coursework toward their intended program of study.