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Liberal Studies

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This Associate in Arts degree program offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program.  Students may choose one of three paths, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts with a major in Psychology or Liberal Arts with a concentration in Health Sciences. Upon completion of one of these programs, students have an academic background sufficient to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.  The program also provides a foundation for the acquisition of skills and abilities essential for jobs requiring a broader base of arts and sciences. 

Students may start this degree program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

Upon completion of a Liberal Arts degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Solve problems using critical, creative and scientific reasoning
  • Critically employ quantitative methods to organize, analyze, and interpret data toward the express goals of informing themselves and solving problems
  • Demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human or technical problems
  • Interpret facts and evaluate issues from multiple perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and subcultures, with an eye toward broadening their global and historical perspectives.
  • Reflect on their interactions with other individuals and their communities, as well as their role in a global society
  • Use technology to retrieve, process, and communicate information

In this flexible program, students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer.  Working with an advisor, students design a program that best meets their future plans.  It is recommended that students identify the college to which they plan to transfer and discuss a transfer plan with their advisor as soon as possible.

The following courses satisfy Liberal Arts requirements:

English               Courses with ENGL prefix and HUMA1600L

Humanities         ENGL2230L, ENGL2240L, ENGL2460L, ENGL2500L, ENGL2540L, ENGL2550L, ENGL2560L, ENGL2570L, and courses with ARTS, FREN, HIST, HUMA, PHIL and SPAN prefix

Literature            ENGL2230L, ENGL2240L, ENGL2460L, ENGL2500L, ENGL2540L, ENGL2550L, ENGL2560L, ENGL2570L

Mathematics       Courses with MATH prefix

Science              Courses with BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL, PHYS prefix

Social Science  HUMA1310L, HUMA1500L, HUMA1510L, HUMA2500L, HUMA2520, and courses with HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC and SOSC prefix

LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE

 

First Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ESNT1200L College Essentials 1 0 1
ENGL100L English Composition 4 0 4
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Science Elective w/lab 4 0 4
  Total 15 0 14
 

First Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 04
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Science Elective w/Lab 3 1 4
  Total 16 1 16
 

Second Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Open Elective (computer course recommended) 3 0 3
  Total 15 0 15
 

Second Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Total 15 0 15

Total Credits: 61 (minimum)

LIBERAL ARTS: HEALTH SCIENCE DEGREE

The Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts: Health Science degree serves as a foundation degree for those students interested in pursuing a career within the healthcare profession. The program provides a student with a foundation in the liberal arts with a focus on Life Sciences, and an emphasis on preparation for continued study in a health science field. In addition, the course of studies also lends itself as a transfer degree into a large number of four-year university majors that require a strong background in the biological sciences and related areas of physical sciences and mathematics. Here the program provides many first and second year courses for a diverse set of majors ranging from Athletic Training to Speech-Language Pathology to Marine Biology.

 

First Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
ESNT1200L College Essentials 1 0 1
ENGL1200L English Composition 4 0 4
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
  Biological Science Elective 4 0 4
  Total 15 0 15
 

First Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  Biological Science Elective 4 0 4
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Total 16 0 16
 

Second Year
Fall Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
  Biological Science Elective 4 0 4
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  Physical Science Elective w/Lab 3 0 4
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 17 0 17
 

Second Year
Spring Semester

     
Course Number Title Lecture Lab Credits
  Science Elective w/Lab 4 0 4
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Total 16 0 16

Total Credits: 63/68

 

Recommended courses for Liberal Arts: Health Science Degree:

The following list shows courses in the sciences, mathematics, English, humanities and social science that are commonly required for many Life/Health/Biological Science majors or are required for some majors within this diverse set of professions. Please meet routinely with your program advisor while selecting the courses appropriate for your career path.

Biological Sciences: BIOL1270L Nutrition for Health and Fitness; BIOL1520L Ecology; BIOL1450L Anatomy & Physiology I; BIOL1460L Anatomy & Physiology II; BIOL1480L General Biology I; General Biology II; BIOL1530L Introduction to Plant Biology; BIOL2410L Microbiology; BIOL2460L Introduction to Genetics.

Physical Sciences: CHEM1360L Principles of Chemistry; CHEM1380L General Chemistry I; CHEM1390L General Chemistry II; PHYS2200L College Physics I; PHYS2210L College Physics II.

Mathematics: MATH2160L Statistics; MATH2350L Pre-Calculus; MATH2700L Calculus I.

English: ENGL1220L Technical Communications; ENGL2500L Introduction to Literature; ENGL2600L Public Speaking.

Humanities: ENGL2500L Introduction to Literature; PHIL2270L Ethical Issues.

Social Science: PHIL2270L Ethical Issues; PSYC1260L Human Growth & Development; SOSC1240L Introduction to Sociology.