Associate in Applied Science Degree

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This program prepares students to work as technicians in chemical, environmental, and related laboratories. The laboratory technician, as a trained professional, uses experimentation to obtain the information upon which chemical decisions may be made. Two High School mathematics courses or their equivalent and chemistry are required.

Goal 1 Provide students with the necessary skills to communicate in writing, to communicate data and results mathematically, and to follow written direction.

  • Students will communicate conclusions and error analysis of scientific inquiry through written lab reports
  • Students will communicate data and results of scientific inquiry through written lab reports
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to follow written protocol

Goal 2 Provide students the opportunity to organize and display data and results

  • Students can maintain lab records
  • Students will use computer software to aid in the organization, processing and display of data
  • Students can use appropriate reference materials to find physical constants for laboratory materials

Goal 3 Prepare students to work effectively as part of a group

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to function effectively within a group to complete laboratory assignments

Goal 4 Prepare students with scientific methodology for collecting and assessing laboratory data and demonstrating skills necessary for Chemical Technology

  • Students can apply a quantitative and scientific approach to problem solving
  • Students demonstrate techniques for the creation, and graphic analysis of data sets
  • Students will evaluate and process the laboratory data

Goal 5 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information

Total Credit Hours: 60 - 61

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

This course introduces to the field of chemistry for science and engineering students. Topics include dimensional analysis, stoichiometry, periodicity, atomic structure and bonding, the states of matter, solutions, and acid and base concepts. The laboratory exercises exemplify chemical principles and develop individual problem-solving abilities. The laboratory experience includes preparation of the laboratory report and notebook. Prerequisites: High School Chemistry; and an appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1, or MA139 College Algebra or a corequisite of MA125 College Algebra and Trigonometry.

This course provides hands-on training and experience involving scientific word processing, computer-based data analysis, graphical analysis techniques, interfacing hardware and software, data management concepts, scientific simulation methods, imaging technology, and presentation software. It uses a variety of hardware and software currently in the scientific community. Prerequisite: One year of college preparatory mathematics.

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee.

This course prepares students for MA150 Precalculus. Topics include linear and quadratic equations; inequalities; rational expressions; trigonometric functions; graphs of linear, quadratic, piecewise, and trigonometric functions; and, systems of equations. Algebraic and trigonometric manipulations and problem-solving are emphasized. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

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Second Semester

This course is a continuation of CH141 General Chemistry 1. Topics include chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, chemical and solution equilibrium, descriptive organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry of elements. Prerequisite: CH141 General Chemistry 1.

This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading.

This is the first of a two-semester course dealing with the central concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations, plant structure related to function, and plant reproduction. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: One year of laboratory science in high school or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course is a continuation of BI141 General Biology 1. Topics include classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary processes, and speciation illustrated with trends observed in the simpler animal phyla. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course covers classical ecology, with a study of the interrelationships of organisms and their environment. Topics include basic ecological principles, natural selection and speciation, population dynamics, community structure, ecosystem diversity, energy flow, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, and relevant environmental issues. Fieldtrips may be taken during laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1. - Spring Semester Only

This course introduces the principles and methods of physical science. It stresses the structure and properties of materials and their interactions. Careful measurement, observation, and the scientific method are covered in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate

Mathematics Placement test result.

This course covers basic practices in hydraulics and hydrology, as well as environmental topics encountered in the civil engineering field. Prerequisites: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 and CT151 Surveying 1.

This course explores the composition and formation of minerals and rocks that make up the Earth. Additionally, the primary surface and subsurface properties that continually shape the Earth are discussed. In the laboratory, the common rock-forming minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are examined. Additionally, the concepts of surface and groundwater flow are discussed as well as topographic map interpretation and construction. Field trips may be taken during laboratory periods.

This course introduces the concepts of light and optics. Topics include the historical development of optical instruments, electromagnetic spectrum, lenses and image formation, light-sensitive materials and processes, color filters, Kirlean imaging, and holography. Examples are chosen from a variety of fields, including photography, human vision, and nature. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH112 Science of Light 1 and applies scientific principles to the analysis of the materials and processes of imaging. Topics include the historical development of color theory, color emulsions and their processing, physics of light sources, diffraction, interference, sensitometry, image evaluation, and digital image processing. Prerequisite: PH112 Science of Light 1.

This course provides an overview of the science underlying the field of digital imaging. Topics include the historical development of digital imaging technology, introduction to computers, color theory and color calibration, how image input and output devices work, the science of digital image manipulation, computer generation and display of 3-D images, and real-world applications and their impact upon the individual and society. Image manipulation software is used to demonstrate and explore concepts. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH151 General Physics 1 and includes topics in electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PH151 General Physics 1.

This non-calculus Physics course for technology, business administration, computer science, and liberal arts and sciences students covers topics in mechanics, wave motion, and heat. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1, or MA125 College Algebra & Trigonometry.

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Third Semester

This course introduces organic chemistry for science and engineering students. It includes a systematic study of classes of carbon compounds. It stresses reaction mechanisms, methods of synthesis, structured optical activity, chemical physical properties, and nomenclature. Topics included alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: CH141 General Chemistry 1 and CH142 General Chemistry 2.

This is the first of a two-semester course dealing with the central concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations, plant structure related to function, and plant reproduction. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: One year of laboratory science in high school or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course is a continuation of BI141 General Biology 1. Topics include classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary processes, and speciation illustrated with trends observed in the simpler animal phyla. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course covers classical ecology, with a study of the interrelationships of organisms and their environment. Topics include basic ecological principles, natural selection and speciation, population dynamics, community structure, ecosystem diversity, energy flow, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, and relevant environmental issues. Fieldtrips may be taken during laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1. - Spring Semester Only

This course introduces the principles and methods of physical science. It stresses the structure and properties of materials and their interactions. Careful measurement, observation, and the scientific method are covered in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate

Mathematics Placement test result.

This course covers basic practices in hydraulics and hydrology, as well as environmental topics encountered in the civil engineering field. Prerequisites: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 and CT151 Surveying 1.

This course explores the composition and formation of minerals and rocks that make up the Earth. Additionally, the primary surface and subsurface properties that continually shape the Earth are discussed. In the laboratory, the common rock-forming minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are examined. Additionally, the concepts of surface and groundwater flow are discussed as well as topographic map interpretation and construction. Field trips may be taken during laboratory periods.

This course introduces the concepts of light and optics. Topics include the historical development of optical instruments, electromagnetic spectrum, lenses and image formation, light-sensitive materials and processes, color filters, Kirlean imaging, and holography. Examples are chosen from a variety of fields, including photography, human vision, and nature. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH112 Science of Light 1 and applies scientific principles to the analysis of the materials and processes of imaging. Topics include the historical development of color theory, color emulsions and their processing, physics of light sources, diffraction, interference, sensitometry, image evaluation, and digital image processing. Prerequisite: PH112 Science of Light 1.

This course provides an overview of the science underlying the field of digital imaging. Topics include the historical development of digital imaging technology, introduction to computers, color theory and color calibration, how image input and output devices work, the science of digital image manipulation, computer generation and display of 3-D images, and real-world applications and their impact upon the individual and society. Image manipulation software is used to demonstrate and explore concepts. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH151 General Physics 1 and includes topics in electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PH151 General Physics 1.

This course presents the biological and evolutionary history of humans. Basic concepts of evolutionary theory, human genetics, human biological adaptation and diversity, and the hominid fossil record are explored. It includes the behavior and ecology of living non-human primates.

This course introduces economic theory and its relevance to daily life in a market economy. Topics include scarcity, supply and demand, choice, economic growth, taxation, and the role of government in the economy. Attention is given to current economic issues and their impact upon everyday life.

This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training.

This course gives an understanding of and a feeling for the society in which we live. The concepts and theories discussed relate to humanity, its culture and society, and to those forces that contribute to the smooth operation of this society as well as those forces that contribute to conflict and social problems. Topics include culture, socialization, stratification, population, and patterns of social organization.

This is the first of a two-semester course dealing with the central concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations, plant structure related to function, and plant reproduction. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: One year of laboratory science in high school or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course is a continuation of BI141 General Biology 1. Topics include classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary processes, and speciation illustrated with trends observed in the simpler animal phyla. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course introduces the morphology, physiology, and genetics of microorganisms and their impact on health and environment. Organisms studied include bacteria, fungi, virus, and protozoa. Laboratories emphasize safe handling and culturing of live bacteria, as well as identification procedures. Prerequisites: BI141 General Biology 1, or BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2.

This course covers classical ecology, with a study of the interrelationships of organisms and their environment. Topics include basic ecological principles, natural selection and speciation, population dynamics, community structure, ecosystem diversity, energy flow, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, and relevant environmental issues. Fieldtrips may be taken during laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1. - Spring Semester Only

This course introduces the principles and methods of physical science. It stresses the structure and properties of materials and their interactions. Careful measurement, observation, and the scientific method are covered in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate

Mathematics Placement test result.

This course is a study of force systems and their actions on bodies at rest. Topics include force systems, equilibrium, distributed forces, centroid, moment of inertia, and friction. Prerequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1. (Spring, Summer semester)

This course covers basic practices in hydraulics and hydrology, as well as environmental topics encountered in the civil engineering field. Prerequisites: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 and CT151 Surveying 1.

This course explores the composition and formation of minerals and rocks that make up the Earth. Additionally, the primary surface and subsurface properties that continually shape the Earth are discussed. In the laboratory, the common rock-forming minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are examined. Additionally, the concepts of surface and groundwater flow are discussed as well as topographic map interpretation and construction. Field trips may be taken during laboratory periods.

This course introduces the concepts of light and optics. Topics include the historical development of optical instruments, electromagnetic spectrum, lenses and image formation, light-sensitive materials and processes, color filters, Kirlean imaging, and holography. Examples are chosen from a variety of fields, including photography, human vision, and nature. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH112 Science of Light 1 and applies scientific principles to the analysis of the materials and processes of imaging. Topics include the historical development of color theory, color emulsions and their processing, physics of light sources, diffraction, interference, sensitometry, image evaluation, and digital image processing. Prerequisite: PH112 Science of Light 1.

This course provides an overview of the science underlying the field of digital imaging. Topics include the historical development of digital imaging technology, introduction to computers, color theory and color calibration, how image input and output devices work, the science of digital image manipulation, computer generation and display of 3-D images, and real-world applications and their impact upon the individual and society. Image manipulation software is used to demonstrate and explore concepts. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH151 General Physics 1 and includes topics in electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PH151 General Physics 1.

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Fourth Semester

This course introduces analytical chemistry and develops the skills and perspectives necessary to solve problems. Topics include sampling, gravimetry, titrimetry, stoichiometry, equilibria, redox, potentiometry, and spectrophotometry. Samples are chosen to illustrate typical industrial and environmental problems. As time allows, field trips supplement the campus experience. Prerequisite: CH141 General Chemistry 1 and CH142 General Chemistry 2.

This course is a continuation of CH247 Organic Chemistry 1 in developing the topics of: spectroscopy, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids and their functional derivatives, aldehydes and ketones, carbanions, amines, and phenols. The laboratory exercises introduce multi-step synthesis and the analysis of organic compounds. Prerequisite: CH247 Organic Chemistry 1.

This is the first of a two-semester course dealing with the central concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations, plant structure related to function, and plant reproduction. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: One year of laboratory science in high school or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course is a continuation of BI141 General Biology 1. Topics include classical and molecular genetics, evolutionary processes, and speciation illustrated with trends observed in the simpler animal phyla. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1 or permission from the Dean of Life and Health Sciences.

This course introduces the morphology, physiology, and genetics of microorganisms and their impact on health and environment. Organisms studied include bacteria, fungi, virus, and protozoa. Laboratories emphasize safe handling and culturing of live bacteria, as well as identification procedures. Prerequisites: BI141 General Biology 1, or BI217 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2.

This course covers classical ecology, with a study of the interrelationships of organisms and their environment. Topics include basic ecological principles, natural selection and speciation, population dynamics, community structure, ecosystem diversity, energy flow, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, and relevant environmental issues. Fieldtrips may be taken during laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: BI141 General Biology 1. - Spring Semester Only

This course introduces the principles and methods of physical science. It stresses the structure and properties of materials and their interactions. Careful measurement, observation, and the scientific method are covered in lecture and laboratory to develop quantitative reasoning ability. Prerequisite: An appropriate

Mathematics Placement test result.

This course is a study of force systems and their actions on bodies at rest. Topics include force systems, equilibrium, distributed forces, centroid, moment of inertia, and friction. Prerequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1. (Spring, Summer semester)

This course covers basic practices in hydraulics and hydrology, as well as environmental topics encountered in the civil engineering field. Prerequisites: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 and CT151 Surveying 1.

This course explores the composition and formation of minerals and rocks that make up the Earth. Additionally, the primary surface and subsurface properties that continually shape the Earth are discussed. In the laboratory, the common rock-forming minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are examined. Additionally, the concepts of surface and groundwater flow are discussed as well as topographic map interpretation and construction. Field trips may be taken during laboratory periods.

This course introduces the concepts of light and optics. Topics include the historical development of optical instruments, electromagnetic spectrum, lenses and image formation, light-sensitive materials and processes, color filters, Kirlean imaging, and holography. Examples are chosen from a variety of fields, including photography, human vision, and nature. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH112 Science of Light 1 and applies scientific principles to the analysis of the materials and processes of imaging. Topics include the historical development of color theory, color emulsions and their processing, physics of light sources, diffraction, interference, sensitometry, image evaluation, and digital image processing. Prerequisite: PH112 Science of Light 1.

This course provides an overview of the science underlying the field of digital imaging. Topics include the historical development of digital imaging technology, introduction to computers, color theory and color calibration, how image input and output devices work, the science of digital image manipulation, computer generation and display of 3-D images, and real-world applications and their impact upon the individual and society. Image manipulation software is used to demonstrate and explore concepts. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra.

This course is a continuation of PH151 General Physics 1 and includes topics in electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. Prerequisite: PH151 General Physics 1.

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(a) Laboratory Science Restricted Electives: BI141, BI142, BI202, CH101, CT232, GL101, PH112, PH113, PH114, PH152.

(b) Social Science Restricted Electives: AN101 Biological Anthropology, BM101 Survey of Economics, PY101 Introduction to Psychology, SO101 Introduction to Sociology.

(c) Restricted Electives may be from the following: BI141, BI142, BI202, CT151, CT232, GL101, PH112, PH113, PH114, PH152.

Restricted Electives that need Department Advisor Approval

CH101 Physical Science, BI141 General Biology 1, BI142 General Biology 2
BI201 Microbiology, BI202 Ecology, EV100 General Industrial Safety,  PH152 General Physics 2,  CT121 Statics, CT232 Environmental Engineering, PH112 Science of Light 1, PH113 Science of Light 2, PH114 Digital Imaging Science, GL101 Physical Geology.