Associate in Science
The NCCC Approach
The Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science program is both exciting and challenging. The required courses provide the necessary concepts and foundations for a variety of college majors. The program parallels the first two years of a baccalaureate program at many four-year institutions. Students in this curriculum are highly successful in transferring to baccalaureate programs in mathematics, sciences or engineering after completion of their studies at Niagara County Community College
The Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science program provides students with a strong math and science background, while offering an introduction to other disciplines in liberal arts including, humanities, arts and social sciences. When choosing electives from these areas, students are encouraged to consider those that meet the SUNY general education requirements. Many four-year SUNY institutions recommend that transfer students complete coursework in all 10 areas prior to transfer. Through consultation with an academic advisor and careful selection of courses, all 10 knowledge and skill requirements can be met while completing the AS degree. For more information consult the SUNY general education requirements area of this catalog for specific information.
NCCC is distinguished by its nationally recognized faculty and modern teaching methodologies dedicated to the study of mathematics and science. The Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science curriculum is a broadbased program designed to educate students in the basic principles of mathematics and science and enable them to successfully transfer to four year institutions.
Suggested Associate in Sciences Study Areas or Fields of Academic Interest
By appropriate course selection in consultation with an academic adviser, a student pursuing the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science degree program may prepare for transfer to upper-division study in major subject areas such as those listed below
|Adolescent Education (Math or Science subject areas)
Students admitted in September and January. Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring semester.
|SUNY College at Brockport
|SUNY College at Buffalo
|SUNY College at Fredonia
|SUNY at Buffalo
|SUNY College of Environmental Science
Consult with the Admissions Office.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Students will be prepared for successful transfer to baccalaureate programs in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or related areas of study.
- Students who are underprepared can begin study in mathematics and/or science, an option that may not be available to them at the freshman level at a four year college or university.
- Students will be provided with a well rounded liberal arts education.
- Students will be able to meet seven of the ten SUNY General Education Requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Given numerical data or graphs that involve relationships that are linear, polynomial, exponential or periodic in nature, students will use differential or integral calculus to identify patterns and relationships.
- Students will extract relevant information from given situations in the areas of physical sciences, business, engineering or the social and biological sciences; construct mathematical models and use differential or integral calculus to draw meaningful conclusions.
- Students will use the methods employed by scientists to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence and employment of mathematical analysis.
- Students will apply scientific data, concepts and models in one or more of the natural sciences.
- Students will produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms.
- Students will research a topic and develop an argument with supportive details.
- Students will perform basic operations of personal computer use.
- Students will integrate data from other applications into a computer spreadsheet or program and perform analysis consistent with the requirements of college-level mathematics and science courses.
To promote the smooth transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, faculty members at NCCC have consulted with faculty at colleges to which our students transfer. Together, we have identified courses which meet the degree requirements for the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science degree at NCCC and parallel required courses at the transfer college.
Students in mathematics, engineering or computer science related curricula should consider completing MAT 222, MAT 223 and MAT 230 as part of their mathematics and sciences electives. In addition, engineering students may want to consider certain Computer Science (CPS) electives, as well as certain technology electives. Science electives are available from among the major disciplines of Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHE), Physics (PHY) and Engineering Sciences (ENS). The choice of which electives to take depends on the student’s orientation toward a particular career or major.
Graduates of the Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science curriculum have transferred to a wide-range of programs to pursue a bachelor’s degree. A sample of the colleges and programs to which they have transferred, based on follow-up studies of graduates and information from SUNY, is listed below.
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo
SUNY at Buffalo
Nuclear Medicine Technology
SUNY at Fredonia
New York Institute of Massage
Secondary Education in Math
Rochester Institute of Technology