Associate of Science Degree

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The Health Science program provides foundational learning for students who desire entry into any of a number of different health and health-related professions.  It is designed for students who want to focus on healthcare careers in fields such as nursing, radiological technology, surgical technology, and biotechnology.  The Health Science program is also a transfer program that meets the requirements of the SUNY Health Education Transfer Pathway.  Students interested in careers in community health, health education, health counseling, or public health can utilize this pathway as a foundation for transfer to programs leading to these health-related careers.

  1. Identify and access resources that provide accurate, evidence-based health information.
  2. Use critical thinking skills to analyze information related to health and wellness.
  3. Respond appropriately to people’s needs within diverse cultures and communities.
  4. Communicate effectively in various formats, which may include written, oral, and technology-related methods.
  5. Evaluate healthcare/community issues, options, and strategies related to quality of life, chronic disease, and death.

Total Credit Hours: 62

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: Appropriate high school GPA or placement test score or EN090 Basic Writing Skills or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition or SL145 ESOL Advanced Composition

This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: Appropriate high school GPA or placement test score or MA089 Arithmetic.

This course introduces the field of healthcare for people interested in the field. Topics include an introduction to the healthcare delivery system, a brief historical overview of U.S. healthcare, healthcare settings and programs, members of the healthcare delivery team, roles of healthcare professionals, legal and professional ethics, healthcare organizations and agencies, medical record content, risk management, continuous quality improvement, epidemiology (morbidity and mortality), and interpersonal communication skills.

This is a one-semester introductory chemistry course for students in health professions. The course examines the history of chemistry, its impact on society and its connection to other disciplines. Topics include scientific method, atomic theory, bonding and reactions, introduction to oxidation-reduction, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, properties of solutions, and introduction to organic chemistry and its biochemical applications. The laboratory sequence supports the above topics and emphasizes careful observation and analysis of data to develop both qualitative and quantitative reasoning ability. This course does not meet graduation requirements for Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, or Engineering majors. Co-requisite MA110 Elementary Statistics or higher.

Second Semester

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 EN105 English Composition for Speakers of Other Languages or EN106 English 1: Composition & Reading.

This is the first of a two-semester course covering the central concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of life, energy transformations, and classical and molecular genetics. Laboratory exercises mirror lecture topics and include opportunities for the student to practice the scientific method, data collection, and lab report writing.

This course includes a study of the language of medicine, including roots, prefixes and suffixes and the proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms. All body systems and functions, including the structure, meaning, and use of medical terms related to diseases and operations of the human body are covered. An introduction to pharmacology (medications) is included. (Online Only)

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 course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting, and delivering the speech based on factual material. It includes topic selection, audience analysis, fact vs. opinion, outlining, supporting material, and visual support. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented. Elements of interpersonal communication, logic, and persuasion are discussed. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN105 English Composition for Speakers of Other Languages or EN106 English 1: Composition & Reading.

Third Semester

This course covers the structure and function of the human organism and the regulatory processes that operate within a living system. It introduces general anatomical, physiological, and chemical organization, and includes the integumentary (skin), skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: High School Biology or its equivalent is recommended.

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 interdisciplinary course is both theoretical and practical. The theoretical aspect entails exploring the basic concepts and principles of moral philosophy, and the general thinking process for making moral judgments. The practical aspect involves the application of principles and strategies to specific cases derived from the humanities, such as imaginative literature, and from other disciplines, such as science and business. Prerequisite: EN102 English 2: Ideas &Values in Literature.

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.

This course provides a general understanding of the science of nutrition. Topics include nutrients, nutrient requirements, food sourses, food safety dietary assessments, the role that nutrients play in maintaining health and physical well-being, and physiological functions such as digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. This course is for Nutrition and Dietetics majors. Prerequisite: High school chemistry or equivalent.

Fourth Semester

This course, which is a continuation of BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, involves the study of structure, function, and regulation in the human organism. Topics include blood, peripheral nerves, the cardiovascular system, lymphatics, the respiratory system, the excretory system, the endocrine system, the reproductive systems, the digestive system, and metabolism. Laboratories involve vertebrate dissection, the use of prosected human cadavers and human skeletal materials, microscope work, non-invasive human experimentation, and possibly animal experimentation. Prerequisite: BI216 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1.

Students can take PY202 Childhood & Adolescence, PY203 Abnormal Psychology OR PY207 Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Students can take HU111 American History 1492 - 1950 OR HI112 American History 1850 - Present

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 assists in making intelligent health-conscious decisions through topics such as wellness, aging, sexuality, drugs and alcohol, and communicable diseases. It introduces activities and skills for leading healthy lifestyles including fitness assessment, weight management, and exercise.


  1. Psychology elective should be selected from the following: PY202-Child and Adolescence, PY203-Abnormal Psychology, or PY207-Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  2. History elective should be selected from the following: HI111 American History 1492-1850 or HI112 American History 1850-Present