Science

Associate In Science Degree (AS_SCID)

studentsThis degree program is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in science or a related field. Such fields include, but are not limited to, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental geology, environmental science, forensics, forestry, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, home economics, marine biology, meteorology, mortuary science, nutrition (or dietetics), oceanography, optometry, pharmacy, physical education, physics or plant science. This program also is intended for those who wish to pursue medical, dental or veterinary degrees.

Note: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is usually required of individuals planning to work in science or a related area. Therefore, students should take the CCRI Associate in Science degree program with the expectation of transferring to a four-year college or university. The choice of which elective credits to select should be made in consultation with an advisor from one of the science departments in accordance with transfer requirements of the four-year school. Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.

Students should consult the transfer requirements of their intended school of transfer.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, applicants must have a minimum level of math preparation in order to take and successfully complete MATH 1200 (College Algebra) in the first semester.

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE
  • First semester: ENGL 1010; MATH 2111 OR above; Social Science Elective; 2 CHEM, BIOL AND/OR PHYS courses
  • Second semester: Literature Elective; MATH 1220 OR MATH 1240; Humanities, Math/Science OR Social Science Elective; 2 CHEM, BIOL AND/OR PHYS courses
  • Third semester: COMM 1100; Science courses
  • Fourth semester: Science courses; BIOL, CHEM, PHYS OR MATH
General Education Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
ENGL 1010 Composition I ENGL – All students take a placement test and enroll in ENGL 1005 or ENGL 1010. Students required to take ENGL 1005 then will have to take ENGL 1010. ENGL 1005 may be used as elective credit. 3
ENGL   Literature elective 3
MATH 2111 
OR above
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
OR above
MATH – Placement test required. If placement test indicates enrollment in MATH 0099 or 0100 or 0101 is necessary, these courses, although required, are not accepted as degree credit. Students should take a placement test prior to enrolling. Note: It is recommended that students wishing to transfer for a bachelor’s degree in the physical sciences take the complete calculus sequence (MATH 2141, 2142 and 2243). 4
MATH 1220 
OR MATH 1240
Scientific Programming
OR Statistical Analysis I
  3
COMM 1100 Public Speaking ENGL – All students take a placement test and enroll in ENGL 1005 or ENGL 1010. Students required to take ENGL 1005 then will have to take ENGL 1010. ENGL 1005 may be used as elective credit. 3
Social Science Elective   See this page for a complete list of courses that fulfill the SSCI attribute. 3
Humanities, Math/Science
OR
Social Science Elective
  See this page for a complete list of courses that fulfill the SSCI attribute. 
All students are encouraged to consult the requirements of the intended transfer school to learn if there is a foreign language requirement.
3

Total General Education Requirements Credits 22

Select two pairs of sequential courses from the following for a total of 16 to 18 credits.

Major Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
BIOL 1001 AND BIOL 1002
OR BIOL 1000
Introductory Biology: Organismal 
AND Introductory Biology: Cellular
OR Cell Biology for Technology
  8
AND/OR
CHEM 1030 AND CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I 
AND General Chemistry II
  10
AND/OR
PHYS 1030
AND PHYS 1040
General Physics I 
AND General Physics II
   
Additional Science Requirements   Select 8 to 10 credits from astronomy (ASTR), biology (BIOL), chemistry (CHEM), geology (GEOL), oceanography (OCEN) or physics (PHYS) 8
BIOL 2500
OR CHEM 2500
OR PHYS 2500
  Applications in Science and Math 1

Total Major Requirements Credits 27

Electives
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
Electives   Take 9 to 13 credits. All students are encouraged to consult the requirements of the intended transfer school to find out which electives will best suit their transfer needs. 9

Total Electives Credits 9

Total Minimum Required Program Credits 60

IMPORTANT:

Select two pairs of sequential courses from the top three in the list above (BIOL, CHEM or PHYS) for a total of 16 to 18 credits. If you select CHEM 1030, contact the Chemistry Department for information regarding a placement exam (to be taken prior to enrolling).

BIOTECHNOLOGY TRANSITION OPTION

Biotechnology credits can be used toward the completion of the Science track leading to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. The four-credit Cell Biology for Technology (BIOL 1000) is one of the suggested science courses. Eight of the Biotechnology certificate program credits (BIOL 1300, 1310 and 2480) would count as science credits and the remaining six credits could be used as elective credits. See the Biotechnology certificate program for more information.

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Last Updated: 11/8/18