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College Catalog Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

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.


Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


Transfer Student:



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. 

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 62

Major Courses Required - 38-40 credit hours

Course No. Course                                                 Cr. Hrs.
CHEM 180 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 185 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 150 General Physics I 4
  Other science courses per advisement tracks below1  

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 22-24 credit hours

Course No. Course                                                 Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ____ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 2 3
MATH 115 Statistics 3 3

UNIV ___

UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar or UNIV 101 Student Success by advisement 1-3
  ARTS/HUMN/LITR Elective from GE 7 or 8 3
  Social Science from GE 4 3
  Social science from GE 3 OR Western Civilization from GE 5 3
  Other World Civ. from GE 6 OR Foreign Language from GE 9 3

Unrestricted Electives by Advisement4


1 Science Courses

In consultation with a student's academic advisor, a student must choose one of the following science tracks:

Biology BIOL 130 General Biology I 4
  BIOL 135 General Biology II 4
  BIOL 240 Genetics 4
  BIOL 245 General Ecology 4
  PHYS 155 General Physics II 4
Chemistry MATH 128 College Algebra 3
  MATH 150 Pre-Calculus 3
  MATH 210 Calculus I 4
  MATH 215 Calculus II 4
  PHYS 155 General Physics II 4
  Unrestricted Elective4 4
Natural Science BIOL 130 General Biology I 4
  BIOL 135 General Biology II 4
  BIOL 210 Botany 4
  BIOL 215 Zoology 4
  BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  BIOL 225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  BIOL 230 General Microbiology 4
  BIOL 240 Genetics 4
  BIOL 245 General Ecology 4
  MATH 150 Pre-Calculus or higher math 3-4
  PHYS 155 General Physics II 4
  PLUS Unrestricted Elective4 0-1


2 English is by placement according to competency.

The first mathematics course is by placement according to competency.

4 Since the number of Unrestricted Elective credits will vary depending on the number of credits earned in the other areas, students must work closely with their academic advisor to determine the number of courses needed to graduate.

Additional Note:

  1. For this program, HONR (Honors) courses count as English, literature, humanities, or social science electives.


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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