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Math & Science (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.S.)

Study math and science at JCC

With an emphasis on the study of mathematics, science, or both, this program parallels the first two years of course content for the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees offered by many four-year colleges or universities. Working with faculty advisors, students can carefully select courses at JCC which will prepare them for transfer into baccalaureate programs in mathematics, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and environmental science and forestry. Many students interested in careers in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medical technology, and related areas begin their studies in this degree program. It is very important for a student to learn the requirements of the first two years of any college to which he or she may wish to transfer. Students can choose to earn the general degree or can choose to earn the degree with a track in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or nutrition (each a SUNY Transfer Path).



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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
20 credit hours
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
Social Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives

(up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

MAT 1600: Precalculus

(or higher)

Laboratory Science Electives4
Core Requirements
16 credit hours
Includes any courses not already required numbered 1500 or higher within the AST, BIO, CHE, GLG, MAT (1540+), MET, and PHY (1600+) disciplines.16
24 credit hours

(up to 10 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

Important Points
  • A GPA of at least 2.0 in math/science coursework is required for graduation.
  • CHE 1500 and CHE 1530 - only one may count as a program core elective. If both are taken, one will count as a program core elective and the other as an additional liberal arts & sciences and/or career elective.
  • A maximum of four 1-credit hour (non-lab) courses may count as program core electives. If more are taken, the credit(s) will count as additional liberal arts & sciences and/or career elective(s).
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis. (SUNY Gen. Ed. outcome #1)
  2. Analyze ethical dilemmas raised by science and technology, attempt to identify personal values that affect how one thinks about these dilemmas, and consider diverse perspectives in the process.
  3. Demonstrate application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences. (SUNY Gen. Ed. Outcome #2)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to create, interpret, and analyze graphs and charts that communicate quantitative or relational information.
  5. Show competence in the following quantitative reasoning skills and be able to :
    1. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.
    2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
    3. Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric, and statistical methods to solve problems.
    4. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness, determine alternatives, and select optimal results.
    5. Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods. (SUNY Gen. Ed. outcome: Mathematics)
  6. Use computer (or other appropriate) technology to collect data; use computer (or other appropriate) technology to represent data; use computer (or other appropriate) technology to analyze data and /or to solve numerical or conceptual problems.

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