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Fall 2014 Catalog 
Fall 2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Science-Mathematics and Science/Science, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 0220
Campus Location: City, North, South
Liberal Arts Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, 9th-year Science, Biology, Chemistry, Math II
Recommended High School Courses and/or Experiences: Physics, Math III
Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Transfer to Bachelor’s Degree Programs depending on Science Major

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, but 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 Program outcomes. These General Education Requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of this catalog.

Program Description

The Liberal Arts and Science – Science curriculum is a liberal arts concentration designed to provide the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. Biology, chemistry and physics lectures and laboratories are conducted in small classes under the direction of faculty who have indicated and demonstrated that teaching is their primary concern.

Graduates generally continue their studies in the sciences, physical therapy, pharmacy and other health specialties requiring a baccalaureate degree. Some will become physicians, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors and other health professionals.

Because requirements vary greatly for different baccalaureate degree programs at different institutions, it is extremely important for students to be aware of the course requirements of the college of intended transfer. Close contact with faculty advisers at their future college will ensure individually tailored programs designed to enhance flexibility and transferability.


Total Degree Credits: 63.0 - 71.0


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • 2 Mathematics Electives Credit Hours: 8 ** Note: at least one course must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Mathematics category.
  • 6 Lecture/Laboratory Science Electives Credit Hours: 25-27 *** Note: at least one lecture/lab sequence must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Natural Science category.
  • 2 Social Science Electives Credit Hours: 6 ** Note: two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be met - Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, or Other World Civilizations.
  • 2 Humanities Electives Credit hours: 6 ** Note: two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be met - Humanities, Arts, or Foreign Language.
  • 2 Liberal Arts Electives Credit Hours: 6 **
  • 2 Open Electives Credit Hours: 6-9 **


Student should consult academic advisor prior to registering.

General Education Requirement: Students must fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement  in order to graduate. The requirement calls for at least seven out of ten of SUNY’s General Education areas to be fulfilled and for at least 30 units to be  taken in General Education. General Education credits can simultaneously fulfill requirements in the Science major.


*** Lecture Laboratory Science Electives:

Lecture laboratory courses count as one unit. Units should be selected from at least two science areas. They are the following:



Recommended for the first year:

Suggested electives for the second year include:


The following sequences are recommended for students intending to transfer as chemistry majors:

All Campuses:

North Campus


Recommended for most liberal arts Associate in Science students:

Recommended for chemistry and physics majors:

May be required for some engineering and medical schools:


One physics sequence (maximum) may be used to satisfy the laboratory science requirement.


The following count as one lecture laboratory science unit.


The following, as well as higher numbered courses, are acceptable (except as indicated in course descriptions).

Chemistry and Physics:

Required for transfer with junior status:

Biology and Health Sciences:

Required for transfer with junior status:

For transfer to baccalaureate programs in the sciences, the following science and mathematics courses are suggested:




**Social Science Elective:

Choose six degree credit hours from the following disciplines: anthropology (AN), economics (EC), geography (GP), government (GO), history (HI), human services (HU), psychology (PS), sociology (SO), or social science (SS). Two of the following SUNY General Education areas must be met - American History, Other World Civilizations, Social Science, or Western Civilization.

**Humanities Electives:

Choose six degree credit hours from the following disciplines: EN 114, 140, 141, 150, 151, and EN 205 or higher, music (MU), dance (DN), drama-theatre (DT), art (AT), philosophy (PY), French (FR), Sign Language (SL), Spanish (SP). Two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be met - Humanities, The Arts, or Foreign Language.

**Two Liberal Arts Electives:

Choose six degree credit hours from the following disciplines: art (AT), dance (DN), drama-theatre (DT), music (MU), English (EN), French (FR), Spanish (SP), Sign Language (SL), foreign language (FL), philosophy (PH), astronomy (AS), biology (BI), chemistry (CH), physics (PH), geology (GL), anthropology (AN), economics (EC), geography (GP), government (GO), history (HI), human services (HU), psychology (PS), sociology (SO), social science (SS) or computer science (CS).

**Open electives:

Choose any six to nine degree credit hours from courses listed in the college catalog.


*See adviser

NOTE: Secondary Science Teacher Education degree - Erie Community College has completed or is in the process of completing Dual Admission/Cooperative Degree programs with Western New York colleges for students wishing to pursue a Secondary Science 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.

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