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Natural Science

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 64/65 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

In the Natural Sciences, you will develop careful skills of observation and analysis, whether in laboratory situations or in research or in business. You will hone problem-solving skills that will be applicable throughout your career.

As a Natural Science graduate, you are prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a major such as chemistry, physics, or math.

 

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Use mathematically sophisticated models to make predictions concerning the natural world.
  2. Demonstrate technical precision through writing and reporting.
  3. Demonstrate mathematical reasoning through application problems and analytical techniques.
  4. Read and interpret text from scientific journals.

 

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 16/17 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
 OR 
 TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits 
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
 TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits 
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Second Semester- 17 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
PSYC 106Human Growth and Development 3.00
 TAOC Category Three - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 17 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
 TAOC Category Three or Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Five or Six - 3 credits 
 TAOC Category Six - 3 credits 

Fourth Semester - 14 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00
 TAOC Category Three or Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Six - 3 credits 

Course Descriptions

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

PSYC 106 - Human Growth and Development

This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3