Associate of Science - Natural Resources

Associate of Science

Prepares students to work in the environmental science, natural resources, or earth sciences fields. 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
    2089010100 Foundations of University Learning 1.00
    20801219 English Composition I 3.00

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

    20801223 English Composition II 3.00

    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).

    20810201 Fundamentals of Speech 3.00

    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 6.00
    20-809-226 Environmental Ethics 3 credits
    20-815-230 Native American Art 3 credits
    N/A Social Sciences 6.00
    20-809-287 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 credits


    or 20-803-259

    World History to 1500

    or World History since 1500

    3 credits
    N/A Mathematics & Natural Science 20.00

    20-804-224 Algebra for Calculus (or higher) - 4 credits
    20-806-210 General Ecology - 4 credits
    20-806-211 Intro to Soil and Water Resources - 4 credits
    20-806-232 Intro to Forestry Fisheries Wildlife - 4 credits
    20-806-215 Environmental Science - 3 credits

    Plus an additional 5 credits from:
    20-806-209 General Botany - 5 credits
    20-806-213 General Zoology - 5 credits
    20-806-245 College Chemistry I - 5 credits
    20-806-249 College Chemistry II - 5 credits

    N/A Health/Wellness/Physical Education 1.00
    N/A Diversity/Ethnic Studies 0.00

    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 4.00

    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 13.00

    Suggested (if not used to meet natural science requirement)
    20-806-209 General Botany - 5 credits
    20-806-213 General Zoology - 5 credits
    20-806-245 College Chemistry I - 5 credits
    20-806-249 College Chemistry II - 5 credits
    20-806-212 Geographic Information Systems - 3 credits
    20-804-230 Statistics - 3 credits

    At A Glance

    How You'll Learn


    On Campus


    Online Classes

    Term Start Dates

    Summer 2024: May 6 Fall 2024: August 26 Spring 2025: January 13

    Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

    Program Tuition*


    Books & Supplies*


    *Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

    Financial Aid Eligible

    You may experience these additional costs, not charged by Nicolet, estimated based on length of program.

    Personal Expenses

    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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