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Associate of Science

Specializations:
Science
Computer Science
Mathematics
Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation

PURPOSE: The associate degree in Science is intended for those who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor of science degree in the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, or computer science. There are four specializations in this degree program that enable students to complete courses that align with their intended majors at a four-year college or university.

The Science specialization is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the natural or physical sciences and mathematics. With the many advances taking place in all areas of science, the opportunities for persons with expertise in this area are rapidly increasing. This program provides the necessary training for transfer into a broad range of scientific fields ranging from botany to zoology and from chemistry or geology to physics. In addition, the Science specialization is designed to meet the requirements for admission to a professional school or upper-division major for career preparation in many of the medical professions including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and veterinary medicine.

The Computer Science specialization is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the sciences, mathematics, and computer science. Student familiarity with or expertise in computer science is frequently a requirement for study in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, science education, engineering, manufacturing, and related fields. This program will provide the opportunity to obtain this needed preparation. In this rapidly changing field, students should regularly meet with their advisor to keep up with course and curriculum updates.

The Mathematics specialization is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the sciences, mathematics, and computer science. The Mathematics specialization includes the courses usually required in the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program in mathematics.

The Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation specialization is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in a major that requires a background in the sciences and/or mathematics, and who plan to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level. The Teacher Preparation in Mathematics and Science specialization enables the student to participate in field experiences in area schools.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: The following high school units are strongly recommended for the Science specialization: four units of English, three units of college preparatory mathematics, one unit of laboratory science, and two units of foreign language.

The following high school units are strongly recommended for the Computer Science and Mathematics specializations: four units of English; four units of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra (two units), geometry and trigonometry (or advanced math); two units of laboratory science; and one unit of social studies. Students in the Computer Science and Mathematics specializations are urged to begin their programs of study during the fall semester because many courses are sequential and only offered once a year.

Students are encouraged to seek information from the upper-division college, university, or professional school to which transfer is intended as to specific requirements for a particular major or specific admission requirements.

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS: Students who wish to be licensed to teach in Virginia should earn a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts, science, or mathematics field. Students should consult with their advisor regarding elective choices that match their desired teaching endorsement area(s). While enrolled at the community college, students should prepare for and successfully complete Praxis I, the initial teacher licensure examination. Students preparing to take the Praxis I examination may wish to enroll in Reynolds courses MTH 50 and ENG 50.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by passing the computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, or by completing CSC 155, Computer Concepts and Applications. Students not passing the computer competency exam for CSC 155 may retake the exam only once.

CURRICULUM: Science Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

___ ___1,3

Approved Laboratory Science I

3

3

4

MTH 166 
or 
MTH 173
2

Precalculus with Trigonometry or 
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

5

0

5

CSC___

Computer Science Elective

3-4

0

3-4

TOTAL

15-16

3

16-17

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

___ ___1,3

Approved Laboratory Science II

3

3

4

MTH 240 or 
MTH 270 or 
MTH 173 
or 
MTH 174
2

Statistics or 
Applied Calculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or 
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

3-5

0

3-5

___ ___1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

TOTAL

12-15

3-5

14-16

___ ___1

Approved Mathematics, Laboratory Science, or Computer Science Elective

3-5

0-3

3-5

___ ___1,3

Approved Laboratory Science

3

3

4

HIS 101 
or 
HIS 121

History of Western Civilization I or 
United States History I

3

0

3

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Approved Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15-17

3-6

16-18

___ ___1

Approved Mathematics or Laboratory Science Elective

3-5

0-3

3-5

___ ___1,3

Approved Laboratory Science II

3

3

4

HIS 102 
or 
HIS 122

History of Western Civilization II or 
United States History II

3

0

3

___ ___1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

___ ___1

Approved Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15-17

3-6

16-18

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in  Science, Science Specialization 62

1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

2 MTH 173-174 are recommended for students planning to major in Physics or Chemistry. Students not prepared for MTH 173 may be required to take MTH 166 prior to taking MTH 173.

3 Approved Laboratory Science I and II should be a year-long laboratory science, e.g. BIO 101-102 and PHY 201-202.

CURRICULUM: Computer Science Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

___ ___1

Laboratory Science I

3

3

4

MTH 173

Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

5

0

5

MTH 287

Mathematical Structures

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

3

16

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

___ ___2

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

___ ___1

Laboratory Science II

3

3

4

MTH 174

Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

5

0

5

CSC 201

Computer Science I

4

0

4

TOTAL

15-16

3-5

17

___ ___3

Approved Mathematics, Laboratory Science, or Computer Science Elective

3-5

0-3

3-5

CSC 202

Computer Science II

4

0

4

HIS 101 
or 
HIS 121

History of Western Civilization I or 
United States History I

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

13-16

0-3

13-15

CSC 205

Computer Organization

4

0

4

___ ___3

Approved Elective

3

0

3

HIS 102 
or 
HIS 122

History of Western Civilization II or 
United States History II

3

0

3

___ ___2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

___ ___2

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Science, Computer Science Specialization 62

1 Selection of lab science depends upon the transfer institution selected. Students should consult their advisor for appropriate courses. Students transferring to VCU should take CSC 200 as a computer science elective and move the lab science sequence to the 3rd and 4th semesters. Approved Laboratory Science I and II should be a year-long laboratory science, e.g. BIO 101-102 and  PHY 201-202.

2 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

3 Students must see their advisor for appropriate courses.

CURRICULUM: Mathematics Specialization

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

___ __1,7

Approved Laboratory Science I

3

3

4

MTH 1732

Calculus with 
Analytic Geometry I

5

0

5

CSC___3

Computer Science Elective

3-4

0

3-4

TOTAL

15-16

3

16-17

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

___ __1,7

Approved Laboratory Science II

3

3

4

MTH 174

Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

5

0

5

___ __4

Approved Elective

3-4

0-3

3-4

TOTAL

14-15

3-6

15-16

MTH 277

Vector Calculus

4

0

4

MTH 2405

Statistics

3

0

3

HIS 101 
or 
HIS 121

History of Western Civilization I or 
United States History I

3

0

3

___ __1

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

___ __1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

___ __6

Approved Mathematics, Laboratory Science, or Computer Science Elective

3-5

0-3

3-5

MTH 287

Mathematical Structures

3

0

3

___ __1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

HIS 102 
or 
HIS 122

History of Western Civilization II or 
United States History II

3

0

3

___ __1

Humanities/
Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

12-15

0-5

13-15

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Science, Mathematics Specialization 60

1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

2 Students not prepared for MTH 173 may be required to take 
MTH 166 prior to taking MTH 173. MTH 166 does not meet the graduation requirements for the Mathematics Specialization.

3 Students may take CSC 201 or another CSC programming course.

4 Approved electives include CSC 202, CSC 205, MTH 285, or another course approved by the student’s advisor.

5 MTH 240 transfers as an elective for students majoring in mathematics at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. At VCU, MTH 240 transfers for a mathematics major if the student takes an additional upper-level statistics course at VCU; in this case, the student will receive credit for both MTH 240 and the upper-level statistics course.

6 It is expected that most students intending to major in mathematics will take MTH 279, Ordinary Differential Equations, for this elective. For additional elective options, students should consult the list of approved electives in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

7 Approved Laboratory Science I and II should be a year-long laboratory science, e.g. BIO 101-102 and PHY 201-202.

CURRICULUM: Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 101

Orientation to Teacher Preparation

2

0

2

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

___ __1

Approved Laboratory Science I

3

3

4

MTH 166 
or 
MTH 173
2

Precalculus with Trigonometry or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

5

0

5

CSC ___

Computer  Science Elective

3-4

0

3-4

TOTAL

16-17

3

17-18

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

___ __1

Approved Laboratory Science II

3

3

4

MTH 240 or 
MTH 270 or 
MTH 173 
or 
MTH 174
2

Statistics or 
Applied Calculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

3-5

0

3-5

GEO 210

People and the Land: Introduction to Cultural Geography

3

0

3

___ __1

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

TOTAL

12-15

3-5

14-16

___ __3

Approved Mathematics, Laboratory Science, or Computer Science Elective

3-5

0-3

3-5

___ __1

Approved  Laboratory Science I

3

3

4

HIS 101 
or 
HIS 121

History of Western Civilization I or  United States History I

3

0

3

EDU 200

Introduction to Teaching as a Profession

2

2

3

TOTAL

11-13

5-8

13-15

___ __3

Approved Mathematics or Laboratory Science Elective

3-5

0-3

3-5

___ __1

Approved Laboratory Science II

3

3

4

HIS 102 
or 
HIS 122

History of Western Civilization II orUnited States History II

3

0

3

___ __1

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

ECO 201 
or

ECO 202

Principles of Economics I-Macroeconomics or Principles of Economics II-Microeconomics

3

0

3

TOTAL

15-17

3-6

16-18

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in Science – Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Specialization 60

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1 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

2 MTH 173-174 are recommended for students planning to major in Physics or Chemistry. Students not prepared for MTH 173 may be required to take MTH 166 prior to taking MTH 173.

3 Students completing the Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Specialization with the intention of being a science teacher must check with their transfer institution to determine the appropriate elective. Students completing the Teacher Preparation Specialization in Mathematics and Science with the intention of being a mathematics teacher are recommended to take an approved mathematics elective and are strongly encouraged to contact their transfer institution to determine the appropriate elective.