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Animal Science Associate Degree Requirements

Aims offers two degree tracks for the animal science associate degree: 

  1. The liberal arts associate of science (A.S.) degree with designation lets you transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a participating public four-year Colorado school. Working with an Aims advisor to ensure that all credits will transfer, this degree track allows you to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree in animal science at a fraction of the cost. 
  2. The two-year associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree allows you to start your career immediately after graduating from the program. See the requirements for the associate of applied science degree below.

“We work very hard to make sure any credits you earn are transferable.” -Dr. Bill Bennet, animal science instructor at Aims

In addition to general education credit requirements, coursework for these degrees includes classroom and hands-on lab experience. Study global food systems, agricultural economics, animal anatomy, physiology, nutrition and health, housing, feeds and feeding, and live animal carcass evaluation.

Elective courses may include agricultural management, finance, accounting and marketing.

Animal Science Liberal Arts Associate of Science Degree With Designation

Click here to read more about the animal science liberal arts degree requirements.

Animal Science Associate of Applied Science Degree

Row Groupings Degree Requirements: Credits
required

Focuses on economic principles and decision-making by consumers, firms and government with emphasis on their application to the food, fiber and natural resource sectors of the economy. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Provides students with practical experience in applying principles of economics, business, marketing and finance to the management of a farm/ranch operation. Three credits.

3
required

Studies the agricultural marketing system and methods of marketing crops and livestock. Emphasizes hedging with futures options. Three credits.

3
required

Covers the study of world population and food production and distribution. Problems and opportunities concerning population and food are discussed in a global context. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-SS3. Three credits.

3
required

Studies the basic fundamentals of livestock production pertaining to principles of breeding, genetics, nutrition, health, and physiology of beef, sheep, swine, dairy, and horses. Focuses on the Animal Science Industry in general and each species industry in regard to history, current situation, and future direction. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the basic nutrients, common feeds and feed additives, anatomy of digestive systems, and basic feeding practices for beef, sheep, and dairy. The lab portion of the class is devoted to calculating and balancing rations to fulfill nutrient requirements for farm animals for growth, finishing, reproduction, lactation, work, and wool production. Explores least cost ration balancing on the computer.Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

4
required

Introduces students to the basic concepts of farm animal anatomy and physiology with emphasis on concepts relating to nutrition, reproduction, immunology, and growth of the basic farm species. Anatomy & Physiology is taught in the context of applying basic principles to production practices in the industry including reproductive management, livestock nutrition management, and animal health practices.  Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. One to five credits.

1 to 5
(must be for 3 credits) (ASC 180 must be taken for 3 credits)
required

Explores meat carcass evaluation and the related yield and quality grading system. Emphasizes selection of breeding stock based on performance data. Covers comparative selection, grading, and judging of market and breeding classes of livestock based on knowledge of phenotype, performance, information, and/or carcass merit. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Provides experiential learning with beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and sheep. Zero to twelve credits.

Course Prerequisites

ASC 100 with a grade of "C" or better

0 to 12
(must be for 2 credits) (ASC 288 must be taken for 2 credits)
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
Total Major Requirement Credits 33
Row Groupings General Education Courses: Credits
required

Examines the fundamental molecular, cellular and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals. Includes cell structure and function, and the metabolic processes of respiration, and photosynthesis, as well as cell reproduction and basic concepts of heredity. The course includes laboratory experience. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-SC1. Five credits.

Course Prerequisites

BIO 105 with a grade of "C" or better. Students who have completed one year of high school biology within the last seven years with a grade of "C" or better or have scored 70% or higher on the BIO 105 test out exam may be eligible for a prerequisite override

5
required

Combines the basic theory of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support, and audience analysis. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on the study of the national economy, emphasizing business cycles and long-run growth trends. Explores how macroeconomic performance is measured, including Gross Domestic Product and labor market indicators. Examines the saving-investment relationship and its relationship to Aggregate Supply and Aggregate Demand. Discusses money and banking, international trade, fiscal and monetary policy. Explores the macroeconomic role of the public sector. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS1 category. Three credits.

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 093. Three credits.

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor.  Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Four credits.

4
Total General Education Credits 18
Row Groupings Degree Electives:
row Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following courses:
required

Emphasizes principles of finance and their application to agriculture and agribusiness, including the time value of money, net present value analysis, interest, credit lending institutions, financial statements and financial ratios. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the biology of horticultural plants, and basic horticultural practices. Four credits.

4
required

Introduces applied geospatial principles and advanced technologies in Agriculture, including: coordinate systems, mapping use, general navigation, computer technology, Precision Agriculture concepts, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing. Attention is also given to the history, development and future of these technologies. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces various methods in precision navigation of agricultural equipment utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other support networks. Focus is placed on working with control consoles, equipment, GIS data integration, field planning, zone management, and variable rate applications. Attention is also given to differential correction systems, error sources, environmental variables, and precision accuracy. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on production and adaptation of cultivated crops, principles affecting growth, development, management, and utilization. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on formation, physical properties, chemical properties and management of soils emphasizing conditions that affect plant growth. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SC1 category. Four credits.

4
required

Covers safety, proper tool use, tool reconditioning, A.C. electricity, D.C. electricity, domestic water supply and farm sanitation systems. Two credits.

2
required

Teaches the theory of operation and maintenance of small engines and related power equipment used on the farm. Two credits.

2
required

Emphasizes the safe operation, construction, purpose, maintenance and adjustment of farm machinery. Three credits.

3
required

Develops basic welding skills, principles, and practices in arc and oxy-acetylene welding. Three credits.

3
Total Elective Credits 9
Total Credits for Animal Science A.A.S. Degree 60