2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Associate of Science

A minimum of 60 credits are required.

The AS degree, as a regionally accredited degree, is a transfer degree because it satisfies the majority of lower division general education requirements and should be accepted at four-year institutions.

Depending on the requirements of the receiving institution, students may be required to complete additional courses to meet specific institutional graduation requirements.

Students earn the AS degree by completing a certificate and the general education requirements.

AS Degree with Certificate Credits
Religion 8
Certificate 15-29
General Education (GE) 30
College Success 3
Electives (students may need up to 4 elective credits) 4
Total 60-74

Required credits include religion, general education, college success courses, internship, certificate requirements, and if applicable, electives.

At least 50% of required credits must be earned directly from Ensign College.

Overview

General Education courses at Ensign College focus on empowering learners personally, spiritually, civically, professionally, and into the eternities. Learning experiences and environments are designed around principles from Doctrine & Covenants 88. Students are asked to seek wisdom and embrace truth “that they may be prepared in all things” (Doctrine & Covenants 88:80).

General Education courses support the College’s mission, to develop capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ. Learning happens not only in classrooms, but in the mind, heart, hands, and whole soul of learners as they seek the presence, guidance, and influence of the Holy Ghost. Learning by study and faith is the bedrock for learning and teaching endeavors. Seeking truth, light, knowledge, and understanding is a common pattern in these courses, along with principles and themes from Doctrine & Covenants 88.

Using the 4I framework, the GE courses offer real and relevant immersive learning experiences and environments, helping students to achieve Deep Learning—to know, do, and become. Students are tasked with responsibility for their learning, just as Nephi on the shores of Bountiful when he was asked to build a ship. Common patterns of learning include seeking, discovering, inquiry-based thinking, and problem-solving while critically reflecting throughout the learning process.

Learners act as agents of their learning in ambiguous situations, thus becoming more agile as they demonstrate mastery of program and course outcomes through practice, demonstration, and purposeful application. The College-Wide Capabilities are integrated and interwoven throughout the GE experience with immediate application of lifelong skills.

General Education courses are designed to offer transformational learning experiences as students are magnified in mind and heart, discovering their purpose and personal mission of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ.

General Education Outcomes

  • Students graduating from Ensign College with an Associate of Science degree will:
  • Reinforce the acquisition of College-Wide Capabilities for the development of spiritual and temporal self-reliance
  • Demonstrate the integration of knowledge and skills through “thinking and doing” to solve real and relevant problems
  • Increase in self-awareness while demonstrating empathy and examining perspectives of self, others, and place in the global world
  • Discern truth from error through discovery, analysis, synthesis, and engage in big questions, both contemporary and enduring
  • Critically reflect by articulating ways of learning and thinking

General education courses are part of the requirements for the Associate of Science degree. This degree is designed for students who want to transfer to four-year institutions and continue their education. To maximize transferability, students should complete all the general education requirements for the AS degree and graduate from Ensign College. Students desiring to transfer should meet with an Ensign College academic advisor to learn more about transferability of courses and degrees.

Ensign College works to establish articulation agreements with other colleges and universities for students in their continued pursuits of lifelong learning and academics. Students interested in transferring credits to another college or university should review that institution’s transfer guidelines and policies. Students are encouraged to contact the four-year institutions to which they plan to transfer and check degree requirements and departmental prerequisites. Ensign College makes no guarantee of credit transfer and cannot negotiate or change the graduation requirements of another higher education institution.

Career Opportunities

The Associate of Science degree gives students a quick entry into the marketplace now as well as the option for continued education to advance their careers in the future. The eternal truths acquired in this distinctly LDS environment help build family and prepare the student for leadership in employment, the Church, and community. You will find career opportunities on the web pages for each certificate.

Course Requirements

Required credits include religion, general education, college success courses, internship, certificate requirements, and if applicable, electives. The Associate of Science requires completion of an Ensign College certificate.

Religion Cornerstone

Course NumberTitleCredits
REL 200The Eternal Family

2 credits

REL 225Foundations of the Restoration

2 credits

REL 250Jesus Christ & Everlast Gospel

2 credits

REL 275Teach & Doct of Book of Mormon

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

Religion Electives

Course NumberTitleCredits
REL *** Choose 2 Elective Courses

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:4

Quantitative Literacy

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 107Quan Analysis & Per Finance

3 credits

MAT 110College Algebra

4 credits

MAT 108Math for the Real World,Online

3 credits

MAT 111Calculus

3 credits

MAT 252Statistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 101Intro to College Writing

3 credits

ENG 201Inter. College Writing

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

American Institutions

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIST 101American Foundations

3 credits

HIST 170American Civilizations

3 credits

POLS 110American Government

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

College Success

Course NumberTitleCredits
BAP 115Excel and Intro. to Technology

1 credit

CAR 101College Success

1 credit

CAR 299Internship

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:3

Fine Arts

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 101Survey of Art History

3 credits

ART 110Survey of Visual & Performing

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Humanities

Course NumberTitleCredits
COM 122Interpersonal Communications

3 credits

HUM 110ADiscovering the Humanities

3 credits

HUM 110BFoundation of Humanities

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Life Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
LS 103Nutrition and Health

3 credits

LS 265Anatomy & Physiology

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Physical Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
GEO 111Physical Geology, Online

3 credits

PS 120Intro. to Physical Geography

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Social Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
ANTH 101Intro to Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

ECON 161Microeconomics

3 credits

ECON 162Econ Prin and Problem-Macro

3 credits

GEOG 130World Political Geography

3 credits

PSYCH 101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SS 160Leadership & Human Behavior

3 credits

SOC 111Introduction to Sociology, Onl

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

General Education Student Choice

Course NumberTitleCredits
Fine Arts DISTRIBUTION

3 credits

Humanities DISTRIBUTION

3 credits

Life Science DISTRIBUTION

3 credits

Physical Science DISTRIBUTION

3 credits

Social Science DISTRIBUTION

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Note: MAT 252 will also count towards the Student Choice GE Requirement

Electives

Students may need up to 4 elective credits.
Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:4

Certificate Requirement

In addition to the above requirements, students must complete at least one Certificate.

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
BAP 115Excel and Intro. to Technology

1 credit

CAR 101College Success

1 credit

CERTIFICATE 2 Certificate Classes

6 credits

DISTRIBUTION Humanities (GE)

3 credits

ENG 101Intro to College Writing

3 credits

RELIGION Cornerstone Religion or Religion Elective

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
CERTIFICATE 2 Certificate Classes

6 credits

DISTRIBUTION Fine Arts (GE)

3 credits

ENG 201Inter. College Writing

3 credits

RELIGION Cornerstone Religion or Religion Elective

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
American Institutions American Institutions (GE)

3 credits

CERTIFICATE 1 Certificate Class

3 credits

DISTRIBUTION Life Science (GE)

3 credits

Quantitative Literacy Quantitative Literacy (GE)

3-4 credits

RELIGION Cornerstone Religion or Religion Elective

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-15

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
CAR 299Internship

1 credit

DISTRIBUTION Social Science (GE)

3 credits

DISTRIBUTION Physical Science (GE)

3 credits

DISTRIBUTION General Education Student Choice

3 credits

ELECTIVES If Applicable

4 credits

RELIGION Cornerstone Religion or Religion Elective

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 60

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete Certificate, Religion, and General Education courses as outlined
  2. Complete minimum AS program hours of 60 credits
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  4. MAPP Post-Assessment