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Liberal Arts:  Science Concentration

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science degreeThe Associate in Arts Degree with a Concentration in Science offers students the opportunity to explore an array of science courses which span the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physical science, and physics.  Students receive a strong foundation in the scientific method and the physical world.

The Science Concentration prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and to pursue further study in the fields of biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, health careers, laboratory work, scientific research, teaching, or pharmaceuticals.

Because requirements vary at four-year colleges and universities, students should work closely with their academic advisors to make sure they enroll in courses appropriate for the institutions to which they plan to transfer.

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS:  SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
SCIN103 General Biology I 3 3 4
SCIN142 General Chemistry I
3 3 4
ENGN101 College Composition 4 0 4
General Education:  Group E Elective (Methematics) 4 0 4
        16
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
SCIN104 Principles ofl Biology II - OR -      
SCIN160 Genetics 3 3 4
SCIN143 General Chemistry II 3
General Education:  Group E Elective (Mathematics)* 4 0 4
General Education: Group F (Humanities) or G (World language)** Elective 3 0 3
General Education: Group A (English) Elective 3 0 3
        18
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
SCIN215 Microbiology - OR -      
SCINxxx Science Elective 3 3 4
PSYN101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
SCIN280 Research Track: SCIN280 Scientific Inquiry 1 3 2
  Non-Research Track: SCIN220 Ecology 3 3 4
General Education:  Group D Elective (Non-Behavioral Social Science) Elective 3 0 3
General Education: Group F (Humanities) or G (World language)** Elective 3 0 3
        15/17
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
SCIN284 Non-Research Track: SCIN284 Advanced Topics in Biology -OR- Research Track: SCIN285 Science Capstone Experience 3
2
0/3
5
3/4
4
SCIN2xx Science Elective 3 3 4
General Education:  Group C (Behavioral Science) or D (Non-Behavioral Social Science) Elective 3 0 3
General Education: Group F (Humanities) or G (World language)** Elective 3 0 3
General Education:  Open Elective 3 0 3
        16/17
Total 65-68 Credits
All students in the Science concentration are required to complete the following courses:  SCIN101 Biology I.  Two physical science courses of the same series:  SCIN142 General Chemistry I/SCIN143 General Chemistry II, or SCIN131 Physics I/SCIN132 Physics II, or SCIN231 Calculus-Based Physics I/SCIN232 Calculus-based Physics II.
SCIN215 Microbiology
SCIN280 Scientific Inquiry and Techniques
SCIN285 Science Capstone Experience
*Two college level MTHNxxx courses. 

Recommended:  SCINxxx Science Electives (SCIN102 Biology II, SCIN160 Genetics, SCIN201 Anatomy and Physiology I/SCIN202 Anatomy and Physiology II, SCIN220 Ecology.)

MTHNxxx Math Electives (MTHN210 Calculus I/MTHN211 Calculus II)

HUMNxxx Humanities Electives (HUMN109 Introduction to Philosophy, HUMN110 Critical Thinking Skills, HUMN130 Music Composition.)

LNGNxxx World Language Electives (2 courses of the same language) 

Students are recommended to consult with advisors at both Nashua Community College and the college(s) to which they wish to transfer for guidance about course selection.  Careful planning is required to ensure that mathematics and science courses will fulfill bachelor degree requirements. 

Program Outcomes

Upon the completion of the degree in Liberal Arts, a graduate is able to: 

  1. Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and evaluate critically what they hear and read.

  2. Demonstrate comprehension and skill with research methods and scientific inquiry.

  3. Apply the logic of mathematical reasoning and demonstrate proficiency in computational methods and mathematical concepts and applications.

  4. Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, to evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and to interpret information.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary information technology to gather information resources for personal and professional obligations.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues and values.

  7. Embrace the importance of cultural diversity and the role of a global perspective in modern society.

In addition, a student graduating with a Concentration in Science is also able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles of a range of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate mathematics to problems found in the physical and biological sciences.

  3. Demonstrate a wide variety of laboratory techniques in the physical and biological sciences.

  4. Generate and maintain accurate lab documentation, including a laboratory notebook.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from generated scientific data, and be able to present and defend the findings.