Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 2838.SCI
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.
The Natural 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.
Upon graduation with a Natural Science (AS) degree, the graduate will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to evaluate relationships; and
- demonstrate generally accepted practices for use in a lab setting.
- demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practices within at least one scientific discipline through a concentration of courses
For students transferring course credit into the Natural Science program from another college or university: A minimum grade of C must have been earned in previous coursework in order for the course to be accepted for credit in the Natural Science program.
For students transferring from SUNY Erie to another college or univerity: Articulation agreements are in place with:
- Buffalo State College
- Empire State College
- Niagara University and
- University at Buffalo
SUNY Transfer Path Requirement
Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. A minimum grade of C or better is required for majors courses being tranferred into the Natural Sciences program. Speak to your adviser for details.
Total Degree Credits: 62.0