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Guidelines for Selecting the Appropriate Science Course(s)

The best way to approach an understanding of what science course(s) to take is to ask yourself about your major.

Courses for Science Transfer Students

The following courses are designed for Science Transfer Majors  (Biology TransferChemistry TransferMathematics Transfer, and Physics Transfer) and Engineering Science. These courses have multiple high school laboratory sciences and mathematics prerequisites and in most cases are NOT appropriate for non-science majors. Please speak with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center to learn the appropriate prerequisites for these courses.

  • BIO 123 and 124 (General Biology I and II)
  • CHM 121/125 and 122/126 (General Chemistry I and II)
  • PHY 123/124 and 124/126 (General Physics I and II)

If you are a Computer Science Transfer major, the 4-credit science sequence must end with 117 or higher.

3 Credit Science Courses

Students enrolled in A.A.S. programs in Business (except Dietetic Technology) are required to one 3 credit science course.  You can choose a 4 credit science if you have the appropriate prerequisites.

Liberal Arts majors who started prior to 2008 have the option of taking a 3 credit science plus a 4 credit science OR two 4 credit sciences.  Liberal Arts majors should check with a Transfer Counselor before choosing a 3 credit science elective to be sure that the school to which you are transferring will accept the 3 credit science.

Liberal Arts majors who started in Fall 2008 can graduate with two GE sciences and one GE Math OR one GE Science and two GE Maths. Liberal Arts-Business Majors must register for two GE Math classes.

Fine Arts majors may choose two science and/or math classes as long as the two courses equal at least 6 credits.

The following 3 credit science courses have NO high school laboratory science or mathematics prerequisites. These courses may be used as the science prerequisite for BIO 105 and BIO 106 if you are a student without a high school laboratory science. The following is a list of all current 3 credit science courses. Please consult a Transfer Counselor to learn of their ability to transfer to another institution.

  • BIO 103--Plants, People and Culture
  • BIO 104--Mysteries of the Microbial World
  • BIO 140--Biodiversity and Issues in Ecology
  • ENV 207--Environmental Issues in Our Diverse  Society
  • SCI 206--Introduction to Forensic Science

4 Credit Science Courses

Business Administration majors who declared this major prior to Fall 2008 are required to take one 4 credit science course. Business Administration majors who declared this major in the Fall 2008 or later can take a 3 or 4 credit science course.  Please consult with the Department of Counseling and Career Services for proper transfer advice.

Liberal Arts majors are required to take either two 4 credit science courses OR one 3 credit science and one 4 credit science.  Liberal Arts majors who started in Fall 2008 can graduate with two GE sciences and one GE Math OR one GE Science and two GE Maths. Liberal Arts-Business Majors must register for two GE Math classes

Criminal Justice majors have the option of taking two GE 4 credit science courses OR two GE mathematics classes.  Fine Arts majors may choose to mix and match two science and/or math classes as long as the two courses equal at least 6 credits.

The following 4 credit science courses have a high school laboratory science with a "C" or better or BIO 010 or CHM 010 and MAT 013 or a passing score on the College Placement Test as prerequisites:

  • BIO 105--Heredity, Evolution, and Society (may use a 3 credit science course as a prerequisite)
  • BIO 106--Human Biology, Biomedical Issues and Society (may use a 3 credit science course as a prerequisite)
  • BIO 117--Biology I (must be taken as part of a sequence for Liberal Arts majors)
  • BIO 118--Biology II (must be taken as part of a sequence for Liberal Arts majors)
  • CHM 117--Chemistry I (must be taken as part of a sequence for Liberal Arts majors)
  • CHM 118--Chemistry II (must be taken as part of a sequence for Liberal Arts majors)
  • ENV 211--Critical Issues in Air and Water Pollution
  • ENV 212--Global Environmental Issues

The following 4 credit sciences fall into special categories:

SCI 155--Introduction to Geology

SCI 156--Introduction to Astronomy

SCI 157--Introduction to Meterology

 

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