Program Description

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).

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program requirements, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a life or physical science.
  2. Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including hypothesis development, observation, experimentation, measurement, data analysis, and data presentation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Earth Systems and Environmental Science option requirements, students will
be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of research and theory of plate tectonics.
  2. Apply research skills to successfully classify rock samples or unknown chemicals.
  3. Write an essay to clearly explain discipline-specific ideas.

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Curriculum Coordinator: Dr. Sheldon Skaggs

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