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2008-2010 Catalog 
2008-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Science-Humanities and Social Science/Math, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 0221
Campus Location: North
Liberal Arts Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, Math II, Math III
Recommended High School Courses and/or Experiences: Math 12, Advanced Algebra
Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Transfer to Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Math, Computer

The Liberal Arts curriculum has a dual purpose. The courses provide students subject matter enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or university. However, the curriculum is also designed to provide general education for those who desire it.

Requirements are listed on the following pages for programs granting Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. The Associate in Arts requirements are designed to give students a balanced distribution of courses in English, humanities and social sciences. The Associate in Science requirements are designed to give a student a balance between mathematics and laboratory sciences. These programs have been formulated to ensure a maximum level of acceptance for the transfer student regardless of the program for which he/she applies at a four-year institution.

Students interested in a flexible exploratory course of study and the option of a self-structured curriculum may pursue Liberal Arts—General Studies. This program offers the student a course of study leading to an Associate in Science degree and an opportunity to experience courses in other curricula.

SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts degree program outcomes. These General Education requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of this catalog.

Program Description

Mathematics is the foundation of many fields. Jobs for individuals with mathematical training are available in industry, education and scientific research. The Mathematics degree program is a liberal arts concentration, which provides the coursework necessary for the first two years of a four-year degree in mathematics or related areas such as statistics, mathematics-education, actuarial science, applied technology, natural science, or applied math.

The primary goal of the Liberal Arts—Mathematics curriculum is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution as third-year students in a mathematics or math-related program. In addition to the required mathematics courses, the program includes courses in English, science, humanities and social science, thereby giving the student a background in the different areas of liberal arts.

All Liberal Arts—Mathematics students are required to study calculus and differential equations. Students interested in math education can apply to be tutors in the math lab. Articulation meetings are held with neighboring colleges and universities to ensure optimal transferability.

The two-year curriculum in Liberal Arts—Mathematics is a liberal arts concentration, meaning that the successful student can transfer to a four-year school to complete the requirements of a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a related field. For those students who are unable to continue their education, careful selection of electives under faculty advisement can make job market entry more viable.

Special Admission Requirements

Applicants should have previously taken pre-calculus and have at least an 85 percent (B) average in math. Those who do not meet these requirements may be provisionally accepted for an extended program to include math courses prerequisite to calculus.


Total Degree Credits: 62.0-69.0


All degree candidates must complete a minimum of 62 credit hours for graduation. An intended mathematics major who has a need for preparatory work before taking MT 181 should consider taking courses in the summer preceding the first semester.

NOTE: Student should become aware of the course requirements of the college to which they are transferring. The final selection of courses is to be made after advisement by a faculty adviser of the mathematics department.

NOTE: Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education degree – Erie Community College has completed or is in the process of completing Dual Admissions/Cooperative Degree programs with Western New York colleges for students wishing to pursue a Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education degree. Because course requirements vary somewhat with each four-year school, it is strongly recommended that prospective students contact the Department Head for Teacher Preparation Programs at (716) 270-5211 to discuss appropriate courses within this associate degree program to insure a seamless transfer to the four year college of choice.

Mathematics Electives: choose from MT 167, MT 180, MT 191, or MT 292.

Sequential Laboratory Sciences: Lecture-laboratory combination courses count as single courses; i.e., CH 300 and CH 301 count as one unit. A two-semester sequence from Physics, Chemistry, or Biology is recommended.

Liberal Arts Electives: MT 143 and CS 111 are recommended.

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