Freshwater Studies AAS Program Requirements

Associate in APPLIED Science (AAS)

General – NMC Code 490

The Freshwater Studies degree program is offered by NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. The program is designed to prepare students for both current and emerging career pathways in water related fields. The Freshwater Studies degree program combines unique courses and opportunities for field experiences available through Northwestern Michigan College and our university partners. In addition to the partners in the Great Lakes region, our program has collaborators in selected sites overseas. This freshwater focused program has an interdisciplinary approach designed to offer students the ability to gain unique competencies and credentials of value. The core program of study includes Introduction to Freshwater Studies, Watershed Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Oceangraphy, Meteorology and Climatology, Water Policy and Sustainability, and an Internship experience either locally or overseas. The degree is intended both for students who plan to enter professional fields as well as those who wish to further their studies and complete a bachelor's degree with university partners located in Traverse City and offsite.

Effective: Fall 2017

General Education Requirements Credits: 17-18

Class

Credits

Communications: ENG 111 and either BUS 231 or ENG 112 or ENG 220

7-8

Humanities: PHL 105 Critical Thinking or PHL 202 Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas

3

Math competency: Placement into MTH 111 or higher, or completion of MTH 23

-

Natural Science: ENV 117 Meteorology & Climatology

4

Social Sciences: GEO 115 Introduction to GIS

3


Core Requirements Credits: 17

Class

Credits

ENV 131 Oceanography

4

ENV 140 Watershed Science

4

WSI 105 Intro to Freshwater Studies

3

WSI 230 Water Policy and Sustainability

3

WSI 290 Freshwater Studies Internship

3

Approved electives by Area of concentration:

General

Class

Credits

ANT 113 Intro to Cultural Anthrolology

3

BIO 115 Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology

4

BIO 116 Genetic, Evolution, Animal Biology

4

CHM 150 General Chemistry I

4

ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics

3

MTH 121 College Algebra

4

MTH 131 Intro to Probability and Statistics

3

Economy and Society

Class

Credits

BIO 110 Essential Biology

4

BUS 101 Introduction to Business

3

BUS 261 Business Law I OR
MGT 241 Principles of Management

3

ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics OR
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics

3

MGT 245 Principles of Entrepreneurship

3

MTH 131 Intro to Probability and Statistics

3

Global Freshwater Policy and Sustainability

Class

Credits

BIO 110 Essential Biology

4

GEO 109 World Regional Geography

3

MTH 131 Intro to Probability and Statistics

3

SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish II or
SPN 227A Spanish for Environmental Management

3-4

Science and Technology

Class

Credits

BIO 115 Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology or
CHM 150 General Chemistry I or
PHY 121 General Physics I

4-5

MTH 141 Calculus

5

Minimum Program Requirements credit Hours: 60

Please consult an NMC Freshwater Studies program advisor for scheduling guidelines.

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