Associate in Science Degree

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This curriculum is designed to serve the interests of those students with goals and strengths in the mathematics and science fields while broadening their knowledge in allied disciplines and clarifying career objectives. In collaboration with a faculty advisor, students can plan a program of study that will prepare them to transfer to a baccalaureate program.

Goal 1 To provide students with a core foundation of knowledge of the liberal arts

  • Students will successfully complete courses in 10 out of 10 SUNY General Education areas
  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective ways of utilizing technology as an aid to learning

Goal 2 To provide students with core concepts in multicultural education

  • Students will identify educational issues within a multicultural, diverse society
  • Students will complete 4 diversity tutorials.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 2 courses that meet the DGV requirements.

Goal 3 To provide students with core concepts in special education

  • Students will describe educational strategies used with special education populations

Goal 4 To provide students with an opportunity to explore education as a career path

  • Students will complete 45 hours of classroom observation.
  • Students will analyze teaching strategies and how they apply to teaching theory.
  • Students will analyze child behavior and apply developmental theories.
  • Students will interact with a diverse population of students.

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: 62 - 63

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.

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.

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 introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages.

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Second Semester

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 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 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.

Students must take either MA110 or MA150

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Third 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.

Natural Science options: BI105, BI201, BI202, BI216, BI217, CH247, CH248, GL101, GL102, PH141, PH142, PH151, PH152, or WE101.

Natural Science options: BI105, BI201, BI202, BI216, BI217, CH247, CH248, GL101, GL102, PH141, PH142, PH151, PH152, or WE101.

BM101 Survey of Economics, PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, SO101 Introduction to Sociology, AN101 Biological Anthropology, or PS101 American National Government or GE101

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Fourth Semester

This survey course develops a comprehensive overview of American history as well as a deeper understanding of how its geography, people, institutions, and culture interact to define the American experience. It begins with American colonization and concludes on the eve of the Civil War.

This course continues to survey the development of the American story from an agricultural, frontier society to an urban, industrial nation. Emphasis is placed on the economic revolution of the post-Civil War era, its social, political, and military aspects, and the emergence of America as a world leader. It begins with the Civil War and concludes with the present.

BM101 Survey of Economics, PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, SO101 Introduction to Sociology, AN101 Biological Anthropology, or PS101 American National Government or GE101

Natural Science options: BI105, BI201, BI202, BI216, BI217, CH247, CH248, GL101, GL102, PH141, PH142, PH151, PH152, or WE101.

This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication.

EN150, EN153 or MA115.

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(a) Mathematics Electives include: MA110 OR MA150

(b) Natural Science Electives include: BI105, BI201, BI202, BI216, BI217, CH247, CH248, GL101, GL102, PH141, PH142, PH151, PH152, OR WE101.

(c) Social Science Electives include: BM101, PY101, SO101, AN101, OR PS101.

(d) History Electives include: HI111, OR HI112.

(e) Restrictive Electives include: EN150, EN153 or MA115.