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Natural Science

Natural Science

The Liberal Arts curriculum has a dual purpose. The courses provide students subject matter enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or university, but the curriculum is also designed to provide general education for those who desire it.

Requirements are listed on the following pages for programs granting Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. The Associate in Arts requirements are designed to give students a balanced distribution of courses in English, humanities and social sciences. The Associate in Science requirements are designed to give a student a balance between mathematics and laboratory sciences. These programs have been formulated to ensure a maximum level of acceptance for the transfer student regardless of the program for which he/she applies at a four-year institution.

Students interested in a flexible exploratory course of study and the option of a self-structured curriculum may pursue Liberal Arts-General Studies. This program offers the student a course of study leading to an Associate in Science degree and an opportunity to experience courses in other curricula.

Natural Science curriculum is a liberal arts concentration designed to provide the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Biology, chemistry and physics lectures and laboratories are conducted in small classes under the direction of faculty who have indicated and demonstrated that teaching is their primary concern.

Graduates generally continue their studies in the sciences, physical therapy, pharmacy and other health specialties requiring a baccalaureate degree. Some will become physicians, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors and other health professionals.

Because requirements vary greatly for different baccalaureate degree programs at different institutions, it is extremely important for students to be aware of the course requirements of the college of intended transfer. Close contact with faculty advisers at their future college will ensure individually tailored programs designed to enhance flexibility and transferability.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with a Natural Science (AS) degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to evaluate relationships; and
  • demonstrate generally accepted practices for use in a lab setting.

Admission/Academic Advisement

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your adviser for details.

Admission/Graduation Criteria

SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts Program outcomes. These General Education requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of the College Catalog. Social Science students are required to fulfill the General Education Requirement in order to graduate.

Articulation Agreements/Transfer Agreements

An articulation agreement is in place with:

  • Buffalo State College
  • Canton
  • Daemen
  • Empire State College
  • Niagara University and
  • University at Buffalo

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 62.0

Courses
  • EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3    
  • EN 102 - Composition for the STEM Disciplines Credit Hours: 3    
  • 2 Mathematics Electives Credit Hours: 8 **
    Note: at least one course must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Mathematics category.    
  • 6 Lecture/Laboratory Science Electives Credit Hours: 24-26 ***
    Note: at least one lecture/lab sequence must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Natural Science category.    
  • 2 Social Science Electives Credit Hours: 6 **
    Note: two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be met - Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, or Other World Civilizations.    
  • 2 Humanities Electives Credit hours: 6 **
    Note: two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be met - Humanities, Arts, or Foreign Language.    
  • 2 Liberal Arts Electives Credit Hours: 6 **    
  • 2 Open Electives Credit Hours: 6-9 **

Note: Student should consult academic adviser prior to registering.

General Education Requirement: Students must fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement in order to graduate. The requirement calls for at least seven out of ten of SUNY's General Education areas to be fulfilled and for at least 30 units to be  taken in General Education. General Education credits can simultaneously fulfill requirements in the Science major.

Electives:

***Lecture Laboratory Science Electives
Lecture laboratory courses count as one unit. Six units are required. Units should be selected from at least two science areas. They are the following:

Astronomy:
AS 180 - Astronomy Credit Hours: 3 
AS 181 - Lab for AS 180 Credit Hours: 1

Biology:
Recommended for the first year:
BI 110 - Biology I Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 115 - Laboratory for BI 110 Credit Hours: 1
and

BI 112 - Biology II Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 117 - Laboratory for BI 112 Credit Hours: 1

Suggested electives for the second year include:
BI 150 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 151 - Laboratory for BI 150 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 152 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 153 - Laboratory for BI 152 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 212 - General Microbiology Credit Hours: 2 and
BI 213 - Laboratory for BI 212 Credit Hours: 2

BI 220 - Genetics Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 221 - Laboratory for BI 220 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 230 - Microbiology Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 231 - Lab for BI 230 Credit Hours: 1

Chemistry:
The following sequences are recommended for students intending to transfer as chemistry majors.
All campuses:
CH 180 - University Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 181 - Lab for CH 180 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 182 - University Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 183 - Lab for CH 182 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 220 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 221 - Lab for CH 220 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 222 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 223 - Lab for CH 222 Credit Hours: 1

North Campus:
CH 240 - Analytical Chemistry Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 241 - Lab for CH 240 Credit Hours: 1

Physics:
Recommended for most liberal arts Associate in Science students:
PH 270 - College Physics I Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 271 - Lab for PH 270 Credit Hours: 1
and

PH 272 - College Physics II Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 273 - Lab for PH 272 Credit Hours: 1

Recommended for chemistry and physics majors:
PH 280 - Physics for Science & Engineering I Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 281 - Lab for PH 280 Credit Hours: 1
and

PH 282 - Physics for Science & Engineering II Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 283 - Lab for PH 282 Credit Hours: 1

May be required for some engineering and medical schools:
PH 284 - Physics for Science and Engineering III Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 285 - Lab for PH 284 Credit Hours: 1

Note: One physics sequence (maximum) may be used to satisfy the laboratory science requirement.

Geology:
The following count as one lecture laboratory science unit:
GL 160 - Physical Geology Credit Hours: 3 and
GL 161 - Lab for GL 160 Credit Hours: 1

**Mathematics:
The following, as well as higher numbered courses, are acceptable (except as indicated in course descriptions):
MT 125 - College Mathematics Credit Hours: 4
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4
MT 140 - Elementary Inferential Statistics Credit Hours: 4
MT 143 - Introductory Statistics I Credit Hours: 4

Chemistry and Physics:
Required for transfer with junior status.
MT 181 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Credit Hours: 4
MT 182 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Credit Hours: 4

Biology and Health Sciences:
Required for transfer with junior status
MT 175 - Survey of Calculus I Credit Hours: 4
MT 176 - Survey of Calculus II Credit Hours: 4

For transfer to baccalaureate programs in the sciences, the following science and mathematics courses are suggested:
Chemistry:

CH 180 - University Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 181 - Lab for CH 180 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 182 - University Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 183 - Lab for CH 182 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 220 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 221 - Lab for CH 220 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 222 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 223 - Lab for CH 222 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 240 - Analytical Chemistry Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 241 - Lab for CH 240 Credit Hours: 1 

PH 280 - Physics for Science & Engineering I Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 281 - Lab for PH 280 Credit Hours: 1

PH 282 - Physics for Science & Engineering II Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 283 - Lab for PH 282 Credit Hours: 1

MT 181 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Credit Hours: 4
MT 182 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Credit Hours: 4

Physics:
PH 270 - College Physics I Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 271 - Lab for PH 270 Credit Hours: 1

PH 272 - College Physics II Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 273 - Lab for PH 272 Credit Hours: 1
or

PH 280 - Physics for Science & Engineering I Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 281 - Lab for PH 280 Credit Hours: 1

PH 282 - Physics for Science & Engineering II Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 283 - Lab for PH 282 Credit Hours: 1

PH 284 - Physics for Science and Engineering III Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 285 - Lab for PH 284 Credit Hours: 1

MT 181 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Credit Hours: 4
MT 182 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II Credit Hours: 4

Biology:
BI 110 - Biology I Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 115 - Laboratory for BI 110 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 112 - Biology II Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 117 - Laboratory for BI 112 Credit Hours: 1
or
BI 225 - Botany Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 226 - Laboratory for BI 225 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 121 - Zoology Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 122 - Laboratory for BI 121 Credit Hours: 1

BI 150 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 151 - Laboratory for BI 150 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 152 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 153 - Laboratory for BI 152 Credit Hours: 1 

BI 230 - Microbiology Credit Hours: 3 and
BI 231 - Lab for BI 230 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 180 - University Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 181 - Lab for CH 180 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 182 - University Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 183 - Lab for CH 182 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 220 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 221 - Lab for CH 220 Credit Hours: 1 

CH 222 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3 and
CH 223 - Lab for CH 222 Credit Hours: 1 

MT 125 - College Mathematics Credit Hours: 4
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4

PH 270 - College Physics I Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 271 - Lab for PH 270 Credit Hours: 1

PH 272 - College Physics II Credit Hours: 3 and
PH 273 - Lab for PH 272 Credit Hours: 1

**Social Science Elective
Choose six degree credit hours from the following disciplines: anthropology (AN), economics (EC), geography (GP), government (GO), history (HI), human services (HU), psychology (PS), sociology (SO), or social science (SS). Two of the following SUNY General Education areas must be met - American History, Other World Civilizations, Social Science, or Western Civilization.

**Humanities Electives
Choose six degree credit hours from the following disciplines: EN 114, 140, 141, 150, 151, and EN 205 or higher, music (MU), dance (DN), drama-theatre (DT), art (AT), philosophy (PY), French (FR), Sign Language (SL), Spanish (SP). Two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be met - Humanities, The Arts, or Foreign Language.

**Liberal Arts Electives
Choose six degree credit hours from the following disciplines: art (AT), dance (DN), drama-theatre (DT), music (MU), English (EN), French (FR), Spanish (SP), Sign Language (SL), foreign language (FL), philosophy (PH), astronomy (AS), biology (BI), chemistry (CH), physics (PH), geology (GL), anthropology (AN), economics (EC), geography (GP), government (GO), history (HI), human services (HU), psychology (PS), sociology (SO), social science (SS) or computer science (CS).

**Open Electives
Choose any six to nine degree credit hours from courses listed in the college catalog.

Note:

*See adviser
**Recommended
***Minimum

NOTE: Secondary Science Teacher Education degree - Erie Community College has completed or is in the process of completing Dual Admission/Cooperative Degree programs with Western New York colleges for students wishing to pursue a Secondary Science Teacher Education Degree. Because course requirements vary somewhat with each four-year school, it is strongly recommended that prospective students contact the Department Head for Teacher Preparation Programs at (716) 270-5211 to discuss appropriate courses within this associate degree program to insure a seamless transfer to the four-year college of choice.

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Physics
Math III

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I
Math II
9th-year Science
Biology
Chemistry

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program Depending on Science Major

Hegis Code:

5649

Curriculum Code:

2838.SCI

Division:

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts - Science

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Liberal Arts and Science – Science Interest

Angela Crocker
City Campus
Room 346
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-5275
Thomas Franco
North Campus
Room T239
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 270-5970
Beverly Roe
South Campus
Room 3226C
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1793