A student interested in the Associate in Science (AS) degree in Science has to choose one of four options: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Systems and Environmental Science, or Physics. Each option prepares students for transfer to a complementary four-year degree program. Students in the Chemistry and the Earth Systems and Environmental Science options
transfer to four-year science programs (biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, etc.), teacher education programs, pharmacy schools, or engineering programs (biomedical, chemical, environmental). Enrichment programs are offered to encourage students to continue their education beyond the bachelor degree by attending graduate or other
professional programs (e.g., medical school, physician assistant programs, physical therapy programs).
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program requirements, students will be able to:
- Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical science.
- Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including hypothesis development,
observation, experimentation, measurement, data analysis, and data presentation.
- Interpret and draw appropriate inferences from quantitative representation such as formulas, graphs, or tables and represent quantitative problems expressed in natural language in a mathematical format.
- Use algebraic, numerical, graphical, or statistical methods to solve mathematical problems and to apply mathematical methods in a scientific field.
Upon successful completion of the Chemistry option requirements, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate their knowledge in general, organic and analytical chemistry by identifying, analyzing, and solving the problems.
- Interpret experimental outcomes, carry out organic syntheses, interpret instrumental analysis data and possess working knowledge of lab safety.
- Write lab reports using the experimental data, perform computations, analyze graphs and utilize software programs such as “Chem Draw”.
- Apply chemistry principles by participating with faculty on research projects, by gaining industrial experience through department administered internships, or by giving oral presentations at STEM conferences.
- Gain experience in operating the following instrumentation: FT-IR, NMR, GC/MS, and HPLC, Ion Chromatograph, Spectrofluorimeter, UV/Vis Spectrophotometer, 3D printers.