AA : Colorado Plateau Studies
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. The degree is not only inter-disciplinary in its curriculum but may also be adapted to give students an emphasis in one of three academic areas: Arts and Culture, Science, and Business. The emphasis in Arts and Culture meets the requirements for the AGEC-A; the emphasis in Science meets the AGEC-S; and the emphasis in Business can lead to the two year AAS degree. Students interested in meeting the requirements for one of the emphasis areas should see their advisor for details. Students completing this degree will transfer 60-64 credits to all Arizona public universities.
The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets
that graduates will possess at the end of their program of study.
• Describe and evaluate contemporary issues pertaining to the Colorado Plateau region with an historical perspective.
• Demonstrate and explain the need for stewardship for the natural resources and human populace of the region.
• Analyze and discuss historical, geographical, and cultural aspects of the Colorado Plateau.
• Analyze and discuss the art and art history of the Colorado Plateau.
• Discuss and analyze literature of the Colorado Plateau and the influences on the writers.
• Describe the unique geology of the Colorado Plateau utilizing theories and concepts of historical and structural geology.
• Describe, discuss and summarize contemporary issues affecting the Colorado Plateau.
• Document their observations and responses to the land, cultures and future concerns of the Colorado Plateau region
Minimum credit hours required: 61
AGEC Requirements: 35-37³ credit hours
See General Education Courses that can be used to satisfy AGEC requirements.
ENG 101¹ College Composition I (3)
ENG 102¹ College Composition II (3)
MAT 220¹ Calculus & Analytical
Geometry I (5) or a higher course selected from the approved AGEC courses in the Mathematics category.
ART 221¹ Art History of the Southwest (3)
ART 103 Native American Art of the Southwest (3)
ENG 238¹ Literature of the Southwest (3)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6)
ANT 230 Peoples of the Southwest (3)
SOC 142 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
Physical/Biological Sciences (8-10)
BIO 181 Unity of Life I: Life of the Cell & BIO 182¹ Unity of Life II: Multi-cellular Organisms (8)
CHM 151¹ General Chemistry I &
CHM 152¹ General Chemistry II (10)
PHY 161¹ University Physics I &
PHY 262¹ University Physics II (8)
Any three credit hour course from the approved General Education course list
Emphasis Area Core Requirements
Required: 20 credit hours from the list below.
Recommended Emphasis Area Courses:
CPS 100 Overview of the Colorado Plateau (3)
BIO 109 Natural History of the Southwest (4)
GLG 232 Geology of the Colorado Plateau (4)
ENG 220 Writers on the Colorado Plateau (3)
ANT 230 Peoples of the Southwest (3)
CPS 290 Capstone Seminar (3)
Elective Course List(6)
Any two courses form the list below:
ANT 101 Intro. to Physical Anthropology
ANT 102 Intro. to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 110 Exploring Archeology
ART 201/202¹ Art History I/II
ENG 270/271/272¹ Creative Writing
ENG 229¹ Native American Literature
ENV 111 Local Environmental Issues
ENV 112¹ Regional Environmental Issues & Ethics
GLG 101 Physical Geography
GLG102¹ Historical Geology
GLG 111 Geology of Northern Arizona
GLG 112 Geology of the Grand Canyon
HUM 241/242¹ Humanities I/II
HUM 237¹ Mexican Arts and Ideas
HIS 131 U. S. History I
HIS 132 U.S. History II
HIS 135 History of Mexico
HIS 238 Navajo History
SOC 101 Intro. To Sociology
BIO 105¹ Environmental Biology
PHY 253¹ Archeo-Astronomy
¹ Placement test and/or prerequisite required.
² 0-6 hours may be taken in the Options category as needed to complete the minimum 35 hours required for the AGEC.
³ The Arizona General Education Curriculum courses are attached. Any credits over the 35 minimum must be in accordance with the degree core requirements in order to be counted towards graduation.
This catalog was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication. All information is subject to change without notice, obligation, or liability.