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Science AS


View Chemistry and Biochemistry: 412D
View Environmental Science and Policy: 412E
View Life Science: 412A
View Mathematics: 412B
View Physics: 412C


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 AS 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 AS

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.

First Semester
CHEM 131
Principles of Chemistry (NSLD)
4
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing 3
MA 181 Calculus I  (MATF) 4 
  Health foundation
1
  Speech foundation 3
Second Semester
BIOL 150
Principles of Biology I 4
CHEM 132
Principles of Chemistry II (NSLD) 4
ENGL 102
Critical Reading, Writing, and Research (ENGF) 3
MATH 182 Calculus II 4
Third Semester
CHEM 203
Organic Chemistry I
5
PHYS 161
General Physics I
3

Arts distribution
3

Behavioral and social sciences distribution*
3
  Mathematics and science program elective
1
Fourth Semester
CHEM 204
Organic Chemistry II
5
PHYS 262
General Physics II
4
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution*
3
  Humanities distribution
3
Total credit hours  60 

* The two behavioral and social sciences courses must be in different disciplines.


Program Outcomes for Science AS Degree:   Chemistry & Biochemistry

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

  • Apply knowledge of general and organic chemistry to analyze data, draw conclusions and solve problems. 
  • Apply safe practices to execute laboratory techniques and use equipment and instrumentation to carry out experimental procedures.
  • Access scientific information using basic scientific references and literature and evaluate technical information critically. 
  • Communicate in an ethical, clear and organized manner, scientific concepts, experimental results and properly cited reference material. 
  • Work effectively in groups, as leaders or team members, to solve problems and interact productively with a diverse group of peers.
  • Apply knowledge of general and organic chemistry to analyze data, draw conclusions and solve problems.



Environmental Science and Policy: 412E

Science AS

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.

First Semester
CHEM 131
Principles of Chemistry (NSLD)
4
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing  
 OR    
  General elective or program elective*
3
MATH 160
Elementary Applied Calculus (MATF)
 
OR
   
MATH 180
Precalculus (MATF)
 
OR
   
MA 181 Calculus I (MATF) 4
  Arts distribution
3
Health foundation
1
Second Semester
BIOL 150
Principles of Biology I  (NSLD)  
OR    
BIOL 151
Principles of Biology II (NSLD)

Behavioral and social science distribution‡
4

English foundation
3

Humanities distribution 3 
  Program elective **
3-4
Third Semester

Behavioral and social sciences distribution‡
3
Program elective**
3-4
  Program elective **
3-4
  Program elective **
3-4
Fourth Semester

Speech foundation
3

Program elective**
3-4
Program elective**
3-4
Program elective**
3-4
  Program elective ** (if needed)
3-4
Total credit hours 60

* Take an additional program elective or general elective if ENGL 101 is not required for ENGL 102/103 English foundation.

† Mathematics:  choose based on requirement of transfer institution(s).

‡  The two BSSD courses must come from two different disciplines,  Select from and BSSD on the College's general education list and/or BSSD courses noted in the following program electives.  ECON, GEOG and POLI, depending on transfer institution.  


**Program Electives   
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:
BSAD 210 Statistics for Business and Economics 3
BIOL 105
Environmental Biology 3
BIOL 106
Environmental Biology Laboratory 1
BIOL 151
Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 210
Microbiology 4
BIOL 217
Ecology 4
BIOL 220
General Genetics
OR
   
BIOL 222
Principles of Genetics
4
CHEM 132
Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 150
Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHEM 203 Organic Chemistry I 5
CHEM 204 Organic Chemistry II 5
ECON 201 Principles of Economics I 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics II 3
GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography I 3
GEOG 105
Cultural Geography 3
GEOGG 124 Physical Geography 4
GEOL 101 Physical Geology 4
MATH 150
Elementary Applied Calculus I  
MATH 181 Calculus I 4
MATH 182 Calculus II 4
PHYS 161 General Physics I (non-lab)
PHYS 203 General Physics I

 OR

   
PH 262 General Physics II 3-4
PHYS 204
General Physics II
4
POLI 101 American Government 3
POLI 203
International Relations
3
POLI 211
Comparative Politics and Governments
3
POLI 242
State and Local Government 3
Total credit hours  60

 

 Program Outcomes for the AS Degree - Environmental Science

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

  • Make observations, collect data, and analyze data.
  • Apply basic biological and chemical principles to explain experimental results.
  • 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 AS

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.

First Semester
CHEM 131
Principles of Chemistry (NSLD)
4
MATH 165
Precalculus (MATF)

OR
MATH 181
Calculus (MATF)
4

Behavioral and social sciences distribution *
3

English foundation 3

Health foundation
1
Second Semester
BIOL 150
Principles of Biology I  (NSLD) 4
CHEM 132
Principles of Chemistry II
4

Arts distribution
4

Humanities distribution 3
Program elective †
4
Third Semester
BIOL 151
Principles of Biology II  (NSLD)
4

Speech foundation
3
Program elective †
4
Program elective †
4-5
Fourth Semester
BIOL 220
General Genetics
 
OR
  
BIOL 222
Principles of Genetics ‡
4

Behavioral and social sciences distribution*
3

Program elective †
3
Program elective †
4
Program elective †
4
Total credit hours  62-65

* The two BSSD courses mush come from two different disciplines.

† Program electives:  (Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer institution when selecting electives.  It is recommended that in a 2 semester chemistry sequence, both courses be taken at the same institution, e.g. CHEM 203 & CHEM 204.)  BIOL 210, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, BIOL 217, BIOL 26, BIOL 228, BIOL 230 CHEM 203, CHEM 204, ENGL 101, MATH 182, PHYS 161, PHYS 203, PHYS 204, PHYS 233, PHYS 234, PHYS 262, PHYS 263, SCIR 297.

‡  Students planning to transfer to UMCP, UMBC or USG should take BIOL 222.


Program Outcomes in the AS Degree - Life Science

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

  • Identify, describe and explain basic biological concepts.
  • Use an interdisciplinary approach to explain and solve life science concepts (from knowledge learned in biological, chemical, and physical sciences and mathematics).
  • Utilize the scientific method to analyze problems in the life sciences.

Mathematics: 412B

Science AS

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

First Semester
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing (if needed or track elective)  3
MATH 181 Calculus I (MATF) 4
 Arts distribution
3
 Behavioral and social sciences distribution*
3
Humanities distribution
3 
Second Semester
 English foundation
3
MATH 182 Calculus II 4
 Natural sciences distribution with Lab†
4
 Speech foundation
3
 
Behavioral and social sciences distribution*
3
Third Semester
MATH 280
Multivariable Calculus I
4

Natural sciences distribution with lab†
4

Track electives
6-8
Fourth Semester **
MATH 282
Differential Equations
3
MATH 284 Linear Algebra
4
Health foundation
1
Track electives (two courses)††
6-8
Total credit hours 61-65 

*  The two BSSD courses must be in different disciplines.

† Students are strongly encouraged to take two consecutive lab sciences courses.

** Apply for the College's graduation after registering four fourth semester courses.

†† Students should choose electives carefully based on the requirements of their intended transfer institution.  Students are encouraged to take a two-semester sequence of courses that fulfills their transfer goals.

Track Electives include:  ACCT 221, ACCT 222, BIOL 150, BIOL 151, BIOL 210, CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 203, CHEM 204, CMSC 140, CMSC 203, ECON 201, ECON 202, ENGL 101, ENES 102, ENES 220, ENES 221, ENES 240, ENEE 140, PHYS 161, PHYS 262, or PHYS 263.  Students must take at least one 200 level track elective.

Program Outcomes for the Science AS  -  Mathematics

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

  • Effectively communicate the concepts of single and multivariable calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra using appropriate mathematical language.
  • Apply mathematical approaches from single and/or multivariable calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra to analyze and solve problems in mathematics and other disciplines.
  • Appropriately use current mathematical software, such as MATLAB or MAPLE, for tasks in multivariable calculus, differential equations, and/or linear algebra.

Physics: 412C

Science AS

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

First Semester
CHEM 131
Principles of Chemistry (NSLD)
4
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing* 3
MA 181 Calculus I (MATF) 4
Behavioral and social sciences distribution
3 
Speech foundation 3
Second Semester
CHEM 132
Principles of Chemistry II (NSLD) 4
MATH 182 Calculus II 4
PHYS 161
Mechanics and Heat
3
 English foundation
3
Third Semester
MATH 280
Multivariable Calculus
4
MATH 282
Differential Equations 3
PHYS 262
General Physics II (NSLD)

4


Arts distribution
Health distribution
1
Fourth Semester
MATH 284
Linear Algebra
4
PHYS 263
Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics (NSLD)
4
Behavioral and social sciences distribution
3
Humanities distribution
3
Total credit hours 60

*  ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103 or CMSC 226 or ENES 240.


Program Outcomes for the Science AS  -  Physics

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

  • Identify, formulate, and solve basic physics problems.
  • Integrate natural sciences to build solid foundation in physics applications using appropriate mathematical skills.
  • Use appropriate and varied computer application software in physics.
  • Design, perform, collect, and analyze data for simple physics experiments using the scientific method. 

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


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