Associate of Science in Natural Science

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The Associate of Natural Sciences degree is an excellent, flexible, associates degree that prepares you for a technical job, as well as allowing you to transition into a 4-year BS degree if you want to.

Degree Requirements, 2016–2017 Catalog

First Year Experience (FYE) Class (1–2 hours)

  • UNIV1100 (1 hour), or
  • HONR1101 (2 hours)

The FYE requirement is waived for all transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours.

General Education Requirement (24 Hours)

Complete the following categories of the General Education Program
English Composition (6 hours)
Quantitative Reasoning (This will be met by the math requirement of this degree)
Natural Sciences (This will be met by the science requirement of this degree)
Oral Communication (This will be met by the COMM1103 requirement of this degree)
Fine and Performing Arts (3 hours)
Global Perspectives (3 hours)
Historical Perspectives (3 hours)
Human Behavior (3 hours)
Engaged Citizenry (3 hours)
Literature (3 hours)


Natural Science Concentration Area (16 Hours)

Choose any BIOL/CHEM/GEOL/PHYS/NTSC courses numbered above 1110 (NTSC1110 may be used also.), including at least 2 courses selected from the GEP Natural Sciences list.

Note: Credit only allowed for one of the following courses in each pair: CHEM1121/1141 and CHEM2200/3305. 

Mathematics Requirement (3–4 Hours)

Choose one course below: 

STAT1150 Principles of Statistics 3 hours
MATH1250 Trigonometry 3 hours
MATH1700 Applied Finite Mathematics 3 hours
MATH1900 Brief Calculus with Applications 3 hours
MATH2110 Calculus I 4 hours

Communications Requirement (3 Hours)

  • COMM 1103 - Public Speaking/Human Comm


General Electives (11–13 Hours)

Choose any course in any area until 60 total credit hours have been earned.


Total Credit Hours (60)


Additional Minimum Graduation Requirements

  • TWO courses flagged as Writing Intensive (WI) - may be satisfied by courses already counted in the GEP

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Andy Napper, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815 or

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