Liberal Arts: Math & Science, AS

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This major allows students to receive a broad foundation in mathematics and science, while also giving the student the opportunity to either explore different disciplines to better understand their interests, or specialize in a particular area of math, biology, chemistry, or physics. Students who know that they are interested in math and science but are not yet certain of what path to take may benefit from this major.

Related Interests

  • Numbers and the patterns that they make?
  • Watching Animal Planet and documentaries about the health and behavior of animals and humans?
  • Human health, medical technology, and the treatment of diseases?
  • The science or math courses you have taken in the past?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math
  • Introduction to lab techniques and instrumentation
  • Experience writing and presenting on a broad range of topics
  • Basic lab protocols and best practices

What makes this major unique?

This major overlaps with our other math and science majors. What distinguishes Liberal Arts: Math & Science from these majors is its flexibility. A student has the ability to cater the classes they choose towards transferring to a particular program at a four-year institution. It is also an ideal major for students who want to explore various interests because flexibility in the curriculum allows students to take a variety of courses, resulting in a well-rounded background in reading, writing, science, and mathematics.

Career Possibilities

  • Chemical Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Technical / Science writer
  • Health or Research Technician
  • Meteorologist
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Actuary
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Clinical health: Physician/Physician’s Assistant/Nurse/Physical Therapist/Pharmacist/Dentist/Veterinarian
  • Research Scientist
  • Physicist or Astronomer
  • Mathematician or Statistician
  • College Professor

Transfer Opportunities

  • BS in Biology
  • BS in Mathematics
  • BS in Physics
  • BS in Health, Nutrition or Food Science

Degree Requirements

This program has a waiver to require STEM courses in the Common Core.

A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101/ENA101 English Composition I – 3 (depending on placement scores)
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • ENG102 Writing though Literature – 3
    • ENG259 Technical Writing – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits*
Select one of the following courses: 3

  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (Depending on placements)

Life & Physical Sciences: 4 credits*
Select one of the following courses: 4

  • SCB201 General Biology I (STEM)
  • SCC201 General Chemistry I (STEM)
  • SCP201 Fundamentals of Physics I (STEM)
  • SCP231 General Physics I (STEM)

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 20 Credits
Select one course from each of the first four flexible core categories and two courses (as specified below) from the Scientific World category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society


Scientific World* – Students are required to select SCB202/SCC202/SCP202/SCP232 to complete the sequence begun in the Life and Physical Sciences category and MAT200. Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement.

To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
LMF101: First Year Seminar for Math and Science 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science and Technology (capstone) 3
Humanities: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
HUA103 Beginning Drawing
HUC106 Public Speaking
HUC150 Art of Film
HUM210 American Music
HUP104 Ethics and Moral Issues
Social Science: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
SSE103 Introduction to Microeconomics
SSE104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
SSP101 U.S. Power and Politics
SSP200 Global Politics
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
SSY101 General Psychology
SSH102 Themes in American History since 1865
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
Mathematics: 3-4 Credits
Select one of the following:
MAT120 Elementary Statistics I 3
MAT201 Calculus I 4
Math/Science Electives: 11-12 Credits
Select three to four courses from the following:
Students are advised to complete science sequences to ensure course-to-course transfer to 4-year colleges
MAT120 Elementary Statistics I 3
MAT121 Elementary Statistics II 3
MAT201 Calculus (STEM) 4
MAT202 Calculus II (STEM) 4
MAT203 Calculus III (STEM) 4
MAT204 Elementary Differential Equations 4
MAT210 Linear Algebra 3
MAT212 Linear Algebra and Vector Analysis 3
MAT221 Introduction to Probability 4
MAT231 Introduction to Discrete Math 3
SCB115 Principles of Biology 4
SCB201 General Biology I 4
SCB202 General Biology II 4
SCB203 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SCB204 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
SCB208 Vertebrae Anatomy and Physiology I 3
SCB209 Vertebrae Anatomy and Physiology II 3
SCB252 Fundamentals of Biotechniques 3
SCB255 Cell Biology 4
SCB260 General Microbiology 4
SCB265 Ecology 4
SCC201 General Chemistry I 4
SCC202 General Chemistry II 4
SCC251 Organic Chemistry I 5
SCC252 Organic Chemistry II 5
SCG120 Introduction to Oceanography 3
SCG150 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
SCP201 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
SCP202 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
SCP231 General Physics I 4
SCP232 General Physics II 4
SCP233 Introduction to Modern Physics 4
Experiential Learning 3
SCI204 Research in Natural Sciences
LIB204 Experiential Learning in Liberal Arts
Unrestricted Elective: 0-1 Credit

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