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Minimum credits Required: 60

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The Associate of Arts in Colorado Plateau Studies degree is designed for transfer to all Arizona public universities. This is an inter-disciplinary degree that includes courses from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences in its core.


AGEC Requirements (35 credits)

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 Collge Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics 5
Arts/Humanities (6 credits)    

ART 221

Art History of the Southwest


ENG 238 Literature of the Southwest 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)    
ANT 110 Exploring Archeology 3
SOC 215 Race & Ethnic Relations 3
Physical/Biological Sciences (8 credits)    

Two courses, excluding BIO 100.


BIO 109 Natural History of the Southwest or a higher BIO course

General Education Options (0-6 credits)     
Any AGEC coursework to complete 35 credits. 0-6
Special Requirements  
Must be met within the General Education requirements by a minimum of 2 courses.
Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry "W"
Ethnic/Race/Gender Awareness "E"
Contemporary Global/International Awareness or Historical Awareness "C"

Degree Core Requirements (13 credits)

Course Course Title Hours
ANT 230 Peoples of the Southwest 3
CPS 100 Overview of the Colorado Plateau 3
CPS 290 Capstone Seminar 3
GLG 102 or GLG 232 Historical Geology or Geology of the Colorado Plateau 4

Electives (12 credits)

Any transferable coursework to complete 12 credit hours.
Course Course Title Hours
ANT 101 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 4
ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ART 201 Art History I 3
ART 202 Art History II 3
BIO 105 Environmental Biology 4
ENG 270 Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENG 271 Creating Writing: Poetry 3
ENG 272 Creating Writing: Non-Fiction 3
ENV 111 Local Environmental Issues 3
GLG 101 Physical Geography 4
GLG 102  Historical Geology (4)  4
GLG 112                             Geology of the Grand Canyon 2
GLG 232 Geology of the Colorado Plateau 4
HIS 131 U.S History to 1877     3
HIS 132 U.S. History from 1877 3
HUM 241 Humanities I 3
HUM 242 Humanities II 3
PHY 253 Archeoastronomy 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3



The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates will possess at the end of their program of study.

  • To give students an inter-disciplinary overview of the people, arts, and ecology of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Transfer to academically relevant university degree programs.
  • Professional and occupational preparation and workforce development.
  • New levels of qualified, educated personnel in the regional workplace.
  • To give students the opportunity for collaboration with public and private entities, organizations, and agencies (i.e. The Museum of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon Trust, National Park Service, Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, local artists and scientists, United States Geological Survey, etc., per development and suggested membership of CPS advisory council).

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