Natural Sciences or Mathematics AS: General Curriculum Degree

Code: AS.NSM.GEN

The A.S. Degree Program in Natural Science and Mathematics prepares students to transfer into baccalaureate programs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or the Earth and Environmental Sciences. The program is designed to give STEM students the maximum flexibility to choose course sequences that will transfer as program requirements at the four year school of their choice. Students are encouraged to research those programs with the STEM Counselor and /or their faculty advisor early on.

Traditional STEM occupations in Research, Quality Control, Laboratory Technology, Engineering and Environmental Science are all options available to students that complete this degree and then focus their studies at the baccalaureate level.  This program is also well suited for students interested in Pre-Med or Science Education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of the psychological and biochemical process in a variety of organisms and the interrelationship of living systems. · Demonstrate laboratory competence by developing and refining technical and analytical skills, demonstrate the ability to work with peers during experiments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically examine information and discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific meaning.
  • Construct a mathematical model of a real-world problem.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of functions and relations, be able to work with function notation, and understand how functions are used to represent real-world applications.
  • Work with formulas, including formula evaluation and solving a formula for any of the variables.
  • Solve equations and apply various mathematical techniques.
  • Identify and clearly describe in his or her, own words the concept and meaning behind the physical principles and laws.
  • Create sketches, diagrams, and graphs to describe physical process and problem solving.
  • Demonstrate proper use of laboratory instrumentation
  • Demonstrate a growing sense of potential error sources and the contribution of those sources to the overall success of experiments.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 4
  Natural Sciences Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Second Semester

MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics, Computer Science, or Information Technology Elective*† 4
  Natural Sciences Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester



MAT

CIS 
Natural Science Electives 
and/or 
Mathematics Electives 
and/or 
Computer Science Electives
8
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours:14

Fourth Semester



MAT

CIS 
Natural Science Electives 
and/or 
Mathematics Electives 
and/or 
Computer Science Electives
8
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Free Elective‡‡
3

Total Credit Hours:16-18

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics*  
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-4
  Natural Science Electives* 4-8
Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

Total Credit Hours: 22-24

Program Support Requirements

Two general education courses* to be selected 6 from the following fields, with no more than one In any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

One general education course* to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT). 

Total Credit Hours: 9

Free Elective‡‡

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

MAT-280 Calculus I is required for all students in the AS Degree General Curriculum in Natural Sciences or Mathematics (AS.NSM.GEN). Each specific Natural Sciences or Mathematics Option (Aircraft Operations, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics) designates its own Mathematics requirements.

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.

Note: It is recommended that students select their advanced courses in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics.