Natural Sciences or Mathematics AS: General Program


The A.S. 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/CIS Mathematics/ Computer Science Elective*  4
  Natural Science Elective in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics** 4
  Free Elective 3
WRT-101English Composition I


Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

MAT/CIS Natural Science or Mathematics/ Computer Science  Elective 4
COM Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102  3
  Social Science Elective** 3
MAT-280Calculus I


WRT-201English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

  Natural Science or Mathematics/ Computer Science / Information Technology Electives 12
  Humanities Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours:15

Fourth Semester

Natural Science or Mathematics/ Computer Science Elective / Information Technology 8
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Free Elective

Total Credit Hours:14

General Education Requirements


COM-100Speech Communication



COM-102Public Speaking


WRT-101English Composition I


WRT-201English Composition II


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

1 or 2 General Education courses in Mathematics(MAT), Computer Science(CIS) or Information Technology(INF). One of which must  be MAT-280.

1 or 2 General Education courses to be selected from the following fields: Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Physics and Physical Science (PHY)

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

To be assigned in accordance with needs of the program

Total Credit Hours:24

Free Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s).

IST-123 can be used to fulfill 3 Free Elective credits for students who place into the program.