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College Catalog: Science, Technology, and Computing: Science

Program: Science
Award: Associate of Arts and Science
Plan Code: 881
Length: 61 credits
Varies.  Designed for both part-time and full-time students.
Lead Faculty: Alicia Howell, Carolyn Ashby

Purpose: The University Parallel Program leads to the Associate in Arts and Science degree (AA&S). It is the first two years of a four-year college or university degree, usually the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

This course of study is recommended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree, usually the Bachelor of Science degree, in the pre-professional or scientific fields. Students should learn the specific requirements for their major from the four-year school to which they plan to transfer. They should also consult with their academic advisor. In the course of study, “Elective” means any course for which a student can receive credit at the school to which he/she intends to transfer. “Humanities Elective” means a transferable course in Art, Drama, English, Foreign Language, Humanities, Literature, Music, or Philosophy. “Social Science Elective” means a transferable course in Economics, Government, History, Psychology, or Sociology. “Natural Science (Lab)” means a transferable course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Natural Science, or Physics that includes both lecture and laboratory sessions.

Admission Requirements: General Admission to the college is required.

Student Learning Outcomes.  The general education outcomes/core competencies include:

  • Communication: Interact with others using all forms of communication, resulting in understanding and being understood.
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate evidence carefully and apply reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act.
  • Information Literacy: Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Possess the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues.
  • Scientific Reasoning: Adhere to a self-correcting system of inquiry (the scientific method) and rely on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena.
  • Cultural and Social Understanding: Possess an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities.

Personal Development: Strive for physical well-being and emotional maturity.

Transfer Options: Agriculture, Mathematics, Biology, Nursing, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Forestry, Physical Therapy, Geology, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Lab Technology, Science Education

Science (881)
Sample Schedule
Fall Term
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MTH 161 Pre-Calculus I 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or CSC xxx 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Science Elective BIO 101, or CHM 111 4
Health/Physical Education Elective 1
Total Semester Credits 15
Spring Term  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
MTH 162 Pre-Calculus II 3
Science Elective BIO 102 or CHM 112 4
Humanities elective 3
Health/Physical Education elective 1
Total Semester Credits 14
Fall Term
Science Elective BIO 200 level elective or CHM elective 4
Area Elective MTH 261, MTH 263, MTH 245, 3
Social Science ECO, PLS, PSY, SOC elective 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
HIS 121 or HIS 111 US History I or History of World Civilizations I 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Spring Term  
Science Elective BIO 200 level elective or CHM elective 4
Area Elective MTH 262, MTH 264, MTH 245, 3
Humanities elective 3
Social Science elective 3
HIS 122 or HIS 112 US History II or Western Civilization II 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Total Program Credits 61
1.Some universities require literature in the second year.
2.Students and their advisors need to be aware of the transfer institution’s requirements.