2017-2018 Catalog

General Science, Associate of Science

(92 credits)

Program Description

The A.S. in General Science program has been structured to provide the greatest possible options for students coming to SKC with either an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), but not knowing which area to pursue. The program is also designed as a “2+2” transfer program for individuals who wish to start their studies at SKC and then transfer to another institution.

Career Outlook

The knowledge gained within this program will prepare students for a wide range of career options in science. These include a research graduate track, as well as healthcare, industry and government. Depending on the choice of courses, you could go on to become a pharmacist, a medical doctor, dentist, research scientist, medical technologist, cell biologist, toxicologist, biochemist, or microbiologist.

Program Information

The general structure of the A.S. in General Science program is a common first year with the basics in math, biology and chemistry. The second year provides a “focus” or “track” by requiring the student to choose a particular area of interest as an approved “core” of 15 credits. Ideally, a 3-quarter sequence of 5-credit courses in the area of interest makes up the 15 credit “core.” The student will need to work in concert with an advisor to choose the sequence that best fits her/his need.

Requirements

A student must earn a “C” or better in all required core courses and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in order to continue and graduate with the A.S. in General Science.

Students may need to strengthen math, English and writing skills with additional coursework prior to entering the program. Math and science courses that are more than five years old may need to be repeated within the General Science degree program. Your Academic Advisor will help you plan coursework that meets your specific needs and goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of science in western and Native societies
  • Present scientific information in written and oral presentations in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate understanding of essential concepts in scientific field of choice
  • Apply critical thinking to the essential concepts in an area of interest
  • Assess and solve quantitative problems using appropriate mathematical tools

Some example core sequences are given below.

Biology (cellular/molecular)

BIOS 230Molecular and Cellular Biology I

4

BIOS 232Molecular and Cellular Biology II

4

BIOS 234Biochemistry of the Cell

4

The BIOS 230 – 234 courses are 4-credit courses. This would require an additional 3-credit BIOS course to complete the core.

Chemistry:

CHEM 150Principles of General Chemistry I

3

AND

CHEM 151Principles of General Chemistry I Laboratory

2

 

CHEM 152Principles of General Chemistry II

3

AND

CHEM 153Principles of General Chemistry II Laboratory

2

 

CHEM 154Principles of General Chemistry III

3

AND

CHEM 155Principles of General Chemistry III Laboratory

2

Engineering

ENGG 107Engineering Laboratory I

2

ENGG 108Engineering Laboratory II

2

ENGG 109Engineering Laboratory III

2

Math

MATH 111Calculus II

5

MATH 112Calculus III

5

MATH 235Multivariable Calculus

5

MATH 110 (Calculus I) is a required course in the AS program. It requires only two courses to complete the calculus sequence. Additional math course(s) would have to be selected, such as MATH 223, MATH 231 or MATH 235 to fill out the core.

Physics

PHYS 201College Physics I

5

PHYS 203College Physics II

5

PHYS 205College Physics III

5

Core sequences may also be in Forestry, Hydrology or Wildlife and Fisheries.

Curriculum

Fall (First Year)

BIOS 108Biology of Living Systems

4

BIOS 109Biology of Living Systems Laboratory

1

IDST 101SKC Seminar

3

ENGL 101English Composition I

3

MATH 100College Algebra

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (First Year)

CHEM 110Fundamentals of General Chemistry

4

CHEM 111Fundamentals of General Chemistry Laboratory

1

ENGL 203Technical Writing for STEM Majors

3

MATH 108Advanced Functions & Modeling

3

NASD 101History of Indians in the United States

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring (First Year)

BIOS 130Introduction to Microbiology

4

BIOS 131Introduction to Microbiology Lab

1

CHEM 140Fundamental Organic and Biological Chemistry

5

MATH 109Trigonometry

3

SPCH 100Basic Communications

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fall (Second Year)

MATH 110Calculus I

5

ELECTIVE General Science Core Elective

5

ELECTIVE General Science Math or Science Elective

3

ELECTIVE Fine Arts Humanities General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (Second Year)

MATH 241Statistics

5

NASD 210Introduction to Indigenous Science

3

ELECTIVE General Science Core Elective

5

ELECTIVE General Science Math or Science Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring (Second Year)

ELECTIVE General Science Core Elective

5

ELECTIVE General Science Math or Science Elective

3

ELECTIVE Social Science General Education from List

5

ELECTIVE Humanities Intro General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 92

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