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Science A.S.


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This curriculum provides the first two years of a typical four-year curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree in a science- or mathematics-related field. Five tracks are available in the curriculum: chemistry and biochemistry, environmental science and policy, life science, mathematics, and physics. Within each track, completion of all requirements for this curriculum will lead to the award of the A.S. in science.

The curriculum is designed to provide academic flexibility in order to meet requirements of various transfer institutions. To identify appropriate courses for transfer, students should consult with the transfer institutions, use ARTSYS (transfer information maintained by the University of Maryland System for Maryland community college students at http://artweb.usmd.edu), and seek assistance from a counselor or adviser.


 Chemistry and Biochemistry: 412D

Science A.S.

The chemistry and biochemistry track is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in chemistry or biochemistry.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
English foundation
3
  Health foundation 1 
MA 181 Calculus I  (MATF) 4 
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts distribution 3 
  Humanities 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution 6
CH 101-102 Principles of Chemistry I and II (NSLD) 8
Program Requirements
BI 107 Principles of Biology I 4
CH 203-204 Organic Chemistry I and II 10
MA 182 Calculus II 4
PH 161, 262 General Physics I and II 7
Electives (Select at least 4 credit hours)
Any computer science, mathematics, or physical/natural science course. If a 3-credit course is chosen, then a second general elective ranging from 1 to 4 credits must also be selected.
Total credit hours  60 – 63
Program Outcomes for the Chemistry & Biochemistry, Science, A.S. Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of general and organic chemistry by an ability to apply concepts specified in course outcomes.
  • Use equipment widely found in employment and undergraduate settings, such as UV-Vis spectrophotometers, gas chromatographs, infra-red spectrometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, melting-point apparatus, polarimeters, and refractometers.
  • Use laboratory techniques commonly encountered in an undergraduate setting, including titrations, filtrations, distillations, and chromatography.
  • Solve problems in general and organic chemistry using basic mathematical and computational tools (algebra, statistics, spreadsheet software); set up multi-step problems with a logical problem-solving structure.
  • Construct physical or computer models of atomic and molecular structure, and demonstrate understanding of their relationship to physical and chemical properties.
  • Apply the core concepts of introductory general and organic chemistry to problems which require integrating these concepts to achieve the best solutions.
  • Demonstrate competency in accessing chemical information using basic scientific references and literature.
  • Demonstrate clear and organized written and oral skills in communicating basic scientific concepts and procedures, and in reporting and explaining results of experiments.
  • Demonstrate competency in the laboratory and calculation skills expected of a student entering the third year of a baccalaureate degree program.

Environmental Science and Policy: 412E

Science A.S.

The environmental science and policy track is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in environmental science or policy. Working closely with a counselor or adviser, students will be able to tailor their program of study to fit the needs of most, if not all, colleges and universities offering a degree in environmental science or environmental policy.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses
  English foundation 3
  Health foundation 1
MA 160 Elementary Applied Calculus I (MATF)  
  or     
MA 180 Precalculus (MATF)  
  or     
MA 181 Calculus I (MATF) 4
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts distribution 3
  Humanities 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution* 6
BI 107 Principles of Biology I  (NSLD)

OR

   
BI 108 Principles of Biology II (NSLD) 4
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I  (NSLD) 4
Program Requirements
  Literature course with an EN designator† 3
Electives  (Select at least 26 credit hours)
Students interested in environmental science should select natural science, physical science, and mathematics courses required by the four-year program chosen. Students interested in environmental policy should select social science courses. Students are strongly advised to consult with transfer institutions to identify specific course requirements for each program or specialization. Select from the following courses:
BA 210 Statistics for Business and Economics 3
BI 105A Environmental Biology 3
BI 105B Environmental Biology Laboratory 1
BI 107 Principles of Biology I 4
BI 108 Principles of Biology II 4
BI 203 Microbiology 4
BI 207 Ecology 4
BI 209 General Genetics 4
CH 102 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CH 120 Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry 4
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I 5
CH 204 Organic Chemistry II 5
EC 201 Principles of Economics I 3
EC 202 Principles of Economics II 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing ‡ 3
GE 101 Introduction to Geography I 3
GE 102 Cultural Geography 3
GE 104 Physical Geography 4
GL 101 Physical Geology 4
MA 160 Elementary Applied Calculus I  

OR

   
MA 181 Calculus I 4
MA 182 Calculus II 4
PH 161 General Physics I (non-lab)

OR

   
PH 203 General Physics I 3-4
PH 204 General Physics II  

 OR

   
PH 262 General Physics II 4
PS 101 American Government 3
PS 102 State and Local Government 3
PS 201 Comparative Politics and Governments 3
PS 203 International Relations 3
Total credit hours  60

* Recommended courses are EC 202, GE 101, or one of the following: PS 101, PS 102, or PS 201.

† Check with your transfer institution.

‡ EN 101 if needed for EN 102/109 or general elective.

 
Program Outcomes for the A.S. Degree - Environmental Science

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Complete adequate course work to transfer to a four-year university with a major in environmental science or environmental policy at or close to the junior-year level.
  • Make observations, collect data, and analyze data.
  • Apply basic biological and chemical principles to explain experimental results.
  • Apply and integrate knowledge of the social sciences and the natural sciences to evaluate new claims or new information.
  • Describe connections between the environment and human societies, including how humans affect the environment and how the environment in turn affects human welfare.

Life Science: 412A

Science A.S.

Revised:  Effective - Spring 2012

The life science track is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in one of the life sciences. Working closely with a counselor or adviser, students will be able to tailor their program of study to fit the needs of most if not all colleges and universities offering a degree in biology or the biological sciences. Also, students planning to transfer to a four-year institution prior to attending medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, podiatry, or chiropractic school will find all or most of the prerequisite courses needed for admission to these professional schools. Finally, students planning to transfer to pharmacy, medical technology, or optometry school programs that accept students after two years of undergraduate education will find all the courses needed for admission into these programs.

Students are strongly advised to work closely with a biology or chemistry faculty member or an academic transfer counselor in order to select courses that will prevent or minimize the loss of credits upon transfer.

General Education Requirements 
Foundation Courses    
  English foundation* 3
  Health foundation 1
MA 180 Precalculus  (MATF)  

 OR

MA 181 Calculus  (MATF) 4
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts distribution 3
  Humanities distribution 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution†  3
BI 107 Principles of Biology I 4
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I 4
Electives (Select at least 29 credit hours)
BI 108 Principles of Biology II 4
BI 203 Microbiology 4
BI 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BI 207 Ecology 4
BI 209 General Genetics

OR

   
BI 222 Principles of Genetics 4
BI 230 Molecular Cell Biology 4
CH 102 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I 5
CH 204 Organic Chemistry II 5
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
MA 181 Calculus I 4
MA 182 Calculus II 4
PH 203 General Physics I (non-engineering)

OR

PH 161 General Physics I 3-4
PH 204 General Physics II (non-engineering)  

 OR

   
PH 262 General Physics II 4
Total credit hours  60 – 61

*  EN 101, if needed, for EN 102/109 or general elective

† The two BSSD course must be from different disciplines

Program Outcomes in the A.S. Degree - Life Science

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Have an adequate biology background to be able to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in the life sciences at or close to the junior-year level.
  • Identify, describe and explain basic biological concepts.
  • Integrate natural sciences to build a solid foundation in the life sciences.
  • Design simple life science experiments based on the scientific method. They will be able to perform the experiment, collect data, analyze the data to get results, and present the data in written or oral form.

Mathematics: 412B

Science A.S.

The mathematics track is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in mathematics.

General Education Requirements (31 credit hours) 
Foundation Courses    
English foundation 3
  Health foundation 1
MA 181 Calculus I (MATF) 4
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution courses    
  Arts distribution 3
  Behavior and social sciences distribution 6
  Humanities distribution 3
PH 262-263 General Physics II and II (NSLD)   

OR

   
CH 101-102 Principles of Chemistry I and II (NSLD) 8
Program Requirements (Select 18-20 credit hours)
MA 182 Calculus II 4
MA 280 Multivariable Calculus 4
MA 282 Differential Equations 3
MA 284 Linear Algebra 4
PH 161 General Physics I  

OR

   
CH 203 Organic Chemistry 3-5
Electives* (Select at least 9-11 credit hours) 
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CH 102 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I 5
CH 204 Organic Chemistry II 5
CS 226 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing * 3
ES 102 Statics 3
ES 220 Mechanic of Materials 3
ES 221 Dynamics 3
ES 240 Scientific and Engineering Computation 3
PH 161 General Physics I 3
PH 262 General Physics II 4
PH 263 General Physics III 4
Total credit hours  60 – 64

 

* EN 101, if needed, for EN 102/109 or general elective

Students may select courses not on this list with approval from an adviser.

Program Outcomes for the Science A.S.  -  Mathematics

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Have a mathematics background equivalent to the level of a second-year mathematics major in a bachelor program.
  • Use a command-line driven mathematical software package such as MATLAB or
  • MAPLE for tasks in multivariable calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.
  • Students should be able to make arguments for proving mathematical results inductively as well as deductively.

Physics: 412C

Science A.S.

The physics track is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in physics.

General Education Requirements 
Foundation Courses
  English foundation 3
  Health foundation 1 
MA 181 Calculus I 4 
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts distribution 3
  Behavior and social sciences distribution 6
  Humanities distribution 3
PH 262-263 General Physics II and III (NSLD) 8
Program Requirements
CH 101-102 Principles of Chemistry I and II 8
MA 182 Calculus II 4
MA 280 Multivariable Calculus 4
MA 282 Differential Equations 3
MA 284 Linear Algebra 4
PH 161 General Physics I 3
Electives (Select one course)
CS 226 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ 3
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
ES 240 Scientific and Engineering Computation 3
Total credit hours  60
Program Outcomes for the Science A.S.  -  Physics

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Have adequate physics background and be able to transfer to a four-year university with a major in physics at or close to the junior level.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve basic physics problems.
  • Integrate natural sciences to build solid foundation in physics applications using appropriate mathematical skills.
  • Use computer application software such as Vernier, Interactive Physics, and MATLAB in physics.
  • Design simple physics experiments based on the scientific method. They should be able to perform the experiment, collect data, and analyze the data to get results.

Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements
.


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