2020-2021 Catalog

General Science, Associate of Science

(90 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.

Students in the General Science A.S. Program are advised by the faculty members of the Life Science Department. 

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)

BIOS233Molecular and Cellular Biology I

5

BIOS235Cellular and Molecular Biology II

5

BIOS237Molecular and Cellular Biology III

5

Chemistry:

CHEM150Principles of General Chemistry I

3

CHEM151Principles of General Chemistry I Laboratory

2

 

CHEM152Principles of General Chemistry II

3

CHEM153Principles of General Chemistry II Laboratory

2

 

CHEM270College Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

5

Health

BIOS138Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOS139Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BIOS158Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOS159Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

BIOS178Anatomy and Physiology III

4

BIOS179Anatomy and Physiology III Lab

1

Math

MATH111Calculus II

5

MATH112Calculus III

5

MATH235Multivariable 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

PHYS201College Physics I

5

PHYS203College Physics II

5

PHYS205College Physics III

5

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

Curriculum

Fall (First Year)

BIOS108Biology of Living Systems

4

BIOS109Biology of Living Systems Laboratory

1

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

ENGL101English Composition I

3

MATH100College Algebra

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Winter (First Year)

CHEM124Introduction to General & Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

4

CHEM125Introduction to General & Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry lab

1

MATH108Advanced Functions & Modeling

3

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

ENGL203Technical Writing for STEM Majors

3

OR

ENGL202English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring (First Year)

BIOS130Introduction to Microbiology

4

BIOS131Introduction to Microbiology Lab

1

MATH109Trigonometry

3

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

PSYC 110Introduction to Psychology - Social Science General Education

5

Total Credit Hours:16

Fall (Second Year)

ELECTIVEGeneral Science Core Elective

5

ELECTIVEGeneral Science Math or Science Elective

3

ELECTIVEFine Arts Humanities General Education from List

3

LFSC225Science Ethics and Responsible Conduct I

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Winter (Second Year)

LFSC245Bioinformatics I

3

NASD210Introduction to Indigenous Science

3

ELECTIVEGeneral Science Core Elective

5

ELECTIVEGeneral Science Math or Science Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Spring (Second Year)

MATH241Statistics

5

ELECTIVEGeneral Science Core Elective

5

ELECTIVEGeneral Science Math or Science Elective

3

ELECTIVEHumanities Intro General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 90

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