Associate of Science - Natural Resources

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science - Natural Resources degree prepares students to work in the environmental science, natural resources, or earth sciences fields. It also provides a foundation if you intend to continue your education at a baccalaureate degree granting college or university by offering Liberal Arts courses equal to those found in the first two years of a four-year degree.

Students completing this degree and planning to transfer to UW-Stevens Point are eligible to attend the Treehaven summer camp before transferring and will enter any of the College of Natural Resources bachelor’s degree programs with junior standing.

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Program Outline

Course # Course Title Credits
2080121900 English Composition I

Develops expository writing and critical thinking skills, including clarity, concision, concreteness, and completeness of expression, supported by reasoning, organization, and language conventions. Lecture.

2080122300 English Composition II

Advances composition skills, emphasizing well-reasoned argumentative research papers. Lecture. Credits: 3. Prerequisite(s): 2080121900 English Composition I (D- or better) or 1080119500 W ritten Communication (B or better).

2081020100 Fundamentals of Speech

Examines theory and process of communication, the role of speech in self- development, the art of persuasion, topic selection, the use of research-based evidence, and audience analysis. Includes organizing speech content, speech delivery, and critique via presentation of informative and persuasive speeches and development of effective extemporaneous speaking style. Students gain self-confidence, proficiency, and poise.

N/A Humanities
Course Number Title Credits
20809226 Environmental Ethics 3
20815230 Native American Art 3
N/A Social Sciences
Course Number Title Credits
20809287 Principles of Macroeconomics 3

Or 20803259

World History to 1500
World History since 1500

N/A Mathematics & Natural Science
Course Number Course Title Credits
20804224 Algebra For Calculus (or higher) 4
20806210 General Ecology 4
20806211 Intro to Soil and Water Resources 4
20806232 Intro to Forestry Fisheries Wildlife 4
20806215 Environmental Science 3

Plus an additional 5 credits from

20806209 General Botony 5
20806213 General Zoology 5
20806245 College Chemistry I 5
20806249 College Chemistry II 5


N/A Health/Wellness/Physical Education
N/A Diversity/Ethnic Studies

Courses that meet this requirement may also count toward Humanities or Social Science. These credits are not in addition to the 60 credits required for the degree.

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N/A World Language

May be met with one year high school, with a grade of “C” or better, or one semester in college.

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N/A Electives

May be 18 credits if students satisfy the world language requirement with one year of high school (C or better).

Select any college transfer courses beyond the minimum requirements. One credit of health and PE beyond the Health/Wellness/PE credit may be selected.

Suggested if not used to meet natural science requirement:

20806209 General Botony 5
20806213 General Zoology 5
20806245 College Chemistry I 5
20806249 College Chemistry II 5
20806212 Geographic Information Systems 3
20804230 Statistics 3

At A Glance

Flexible Options


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Term Start Dates

Spring 2020: January 8 Summer 2020: May 8 Fall 2020: September 2

Approximate Cost


Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on transfer-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Employ effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills in diverse professional and social contexts
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills at the appropriate undergraduate level
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills at the appropriate undergraduate level
  • Demonstrate effective use of scientific method skills in a variety of contexts at the appropriate undergraduate level
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, political, and historical dimensions of our world at the appropriate undergraduate level
  • Demonstrate a heightened awareness of our physical, chemical, and biological environment at the appropriate undergraduate level
  • Demonstrate an increased responsibility for self-directed learning and personal wellness

Possible Bachelor's Degree Majors

  • Fisheries/Water Resources
  • Forestry
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Paper Science and Engineering
  • Soil and Waste Resources
  • Wildlife Ecology

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