2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Natural Science (NTSC2-AS), A.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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Associate of Science

Natural Science is intended for students who have a general interest in science but who are not ready to choose a specific field of study. The program also is intended to provide students with preparatory course work if previous academic experiences require fundamental improvements. During the first year, you take coursework necessary to fulfill the general education requirements common to all college degrees. You also choose courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and other sciences to build fundamental skills in these disciplines. During the second year, you continue selecting similar courses to assist you in focusing on an appropriate career direction. Coursework is extremely flexible and advisors work with you to plot a program of courses that suits your interests, goals and needs.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will explain major concepts in the natural sciences.
  2. Graduates will apply natural science theories or principles to analyze and solve problems.
  3. Graduates will utilize the scientific method to investigate problems of the natural sciences.
  4. Graduates will perform laboratory and field techniques appropriate for the natural sciences.
  5. Graduates will collaborate in various team settings.
  6. Graduates will clearly communicate scientific information in both written and oral forms.

Admission Requirements

New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Minimum Composite ACT Score of 17/SAT 900 (optional)

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • At least 12 credits

University Requirements - 30 to 31 Credits Required

First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - 0 to 1 Credit Required

All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100 , or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 30 Credits Required

Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for an associate degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 9 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)

  • Choose 1 of 5

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Any MATH Course Higher Than MATH 115 ; Consult Advisor for Exceptions
  • Official Pre-2016 Math SAT Score of 560 or Higher
  • Official Post-2016 Math SAT Score of 580 or Higher
  • Official Math ACT Score of 24 or Higher

Natural Sciences Competency - Credits Required Met in College Requirements

Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

Culture Competency - 9 Credits Required

Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one 200 level or higher course.

Self and Society Competency - 9 Credits Required

Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines, have at least one 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course.

College Requirements - 30 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for an associate degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 15 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.

Contact Information

Jenice Winowiecki
(231) 591-2555
[email protected]

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