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 proper use of laboratory instrumentation to perform measurements and data acquisitions during laboratory sessions.
  • Create sketches, diagrams, and graphs to describe physical process and problem solving.
  • Construct a mathematical model of a real-world problem, translate the model into a mathematical problem, determine the solution(s) of the problem and interpret the solution(s) both mathematically and in real-world terms.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of the psychological and biochemical process in a variety of organisms and the interrelationship of living systems.
  • Students acquire laboratory competence by developing and refining technical and analytical skills, demonstrate the ability to work with peers during 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

Free Elective‡‡

Total Credit Hours:3

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

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.