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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics and Sciences (Science Option) - AS

The Instructional Program

The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum is designed to provide the first two years of education for students planning to transfer to a four-year program leading to a bachelor degree. The Science option is intended for students who plan to seek bachelor's degrees in a science or science-related field such as environmental conservation, healthcare, or science education. The requirements for this program are very focused and therefore best suited for students who are certain about their choice of a major in the sciences.


SUNY Curriculum Code: 0645

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. See the additional notes below, and consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.


Advisement Option: Science  

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 CITA ___

Introduction to Software Applications or higher


 ENGL ____

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1


 ____ ___

ENGL/LITR Elective


 ____ ___

HUMN/ARTS Elective from GE8 or GE9


 ____ ___

HUMN/ARTS or social science electives


 ____ ___

HUMN or social science from GE 3, 4, 5, or 6


 MATH 115

Statistics 2


 MATH ___

Pre-Calculus or higher 2


 ____ ___

Science Restricted Electives by advisement 3


 UNIV 100

Freshman Seminar 


 ____ ___

Unrestricted Electives by advisement 4


Degree Requirement: 62 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 The first mathematics course is by placement according to competency.

3 Science Restricted Electives

In consultation with a student's advisor, a two-semester course sequence in two of the three natural sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics) is required:

Natural Science Course Sequence
Biology BIOL 130 General Biology I 
BIOL 135 General Biology II
  BIOL 210 Botany
BIOL 215 Zoology
  BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Chemistry CHEM 180 General Chemistry I
CHEM 185 General Chemistry II

CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II

Physics PHYS 150 General Physics I
PHYS 155 General Physics II

Introduction to Physics I
Introduction to Physics II

4 Most of the Unrestricted Electives should be taken in additional mathematics and science courses.

Additional Notes:

  1. General Education Requirement: All students in the Science program must take at least one course from each of the five following General Education subject areas: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Basic Communication. In addition, students must take at least one American History, Western Civilization, or Other World Civilizations course, and at least one Arts or Foreign Language course.
  2. For this program, HONR (Honors) courses count as English, literature, humanities, or social science electives.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Math and Science A.S. program (Science Option) should be able to:

  1. Express him/herself effectively through written and oral communication.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for literature.
  3. Demonstrate a solid grounding in science, with a specific emphasis in chemistry, the biological sciences, or physics. Between 27 and 28 credits of laboratory science are completed by the science major.
  4. Display a fundamental understanding of the social sciences.
  5. Discuss various areas within the humanities, based upon the courses he/she has selected to take.
  6. Demonstrate a solid foundation in mathematics based upon the credit hours earned in this area.

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