Environmental Sciences - Biology Emphasis

A.S. - Transfer Degree

Intended for students pursuing a career in fields such as environmental consulting, natural resource management, science education, or graduate school in the sciences. Two emphases are available: Applied Geology and Biology. Students may complete the BS degree with a Biology Emphasis entirely at NAU in Yuma. The Applied Geology Emphasis requires transfer to NAU in Flagstaff or elsewhere for the BS degree.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in environmental sciences that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the interdependence of all species and the importance of biological diversity in the functioning of the biosphere.
  • Explain why microbes are vital to life on earth.
  • Be familiar with the various technical tools used by environmental scientists including GIS, GPS, remote sensing and other mapping tools and describe how these various tools work together to assist environmental biologists.
  • Describe the nature of scientific inquiry and be able to identify when research, monitoring, or taxonomy is appropriate to apply to environmental issues.
  • Discuss the role of biological diversity in the functioning of ecosystems

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation  (AGEC-S certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 181 General Biology I 4 Departmental Requirement
MAT 150183
MAT 151 & 183
MAT 187 *
College Algebra w/ ReviewPlane Trigonometry
College Algebra: Standard & Plane Trigonometry
Precalculus *
Pre-requisite for MAT 220 
(counts towards elective credits)
ENG 101 
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
ART Choose one course from Arts 3 GE-Arts
HUM Choose one course from Humanities 3 GE-Humanities
  * MAT 187 has a pre-requisite of MAT 121 or MAT 150 or MAT 151 18-20  


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 182 General Biology II 4 Departmental Requirement
MAT 220 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 5 GE-Mathematics
ENG 102 
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENV 230 Foundations of Enviromental Science 4 Major Requirement
BIO 205 Microbiology 4 Departmental Requirement
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (Writing Intensive)


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENV 280 Physical and Chemical Processes in the Environment 4 Major Requirement
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science 4 Departmental Requirement
MAT 270 Applied Statistics 4 Departmental Requirement
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (Writing Intensive)


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BS Biology (Environmental Science) None
Northern Arizona University BS Biological & Natural Resource Sciences None
University of Arizona  BS Environmental Science: The Biosphere Emphasis: 2nd Semester Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.