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Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics & Science A.S. Allied Health & Biological Sciences Concentration

The Program (HEGIS Code 5649) - Effective Spring 2018

The Liberal Arts Mathematics and Science A.S. degree program is designed to prepare the student for transfer to a four year institution and provide the student with the basic sciences, mathematics, and liberal arts courses necessary for transfer. This degree is appropriate for students who wish to pursue a variety of careers in the sciences, medical and health professions, architecture, and education.

The student, assisted by his/her advisor, must choose one of the following concentrations that best fits his/her career interest.

Physical Science

Allied Health & Biological Sciences

A Math/Science student is expected to have completed three or four years of high school mathematics, two or three years of traditional sciences and four years of English. Lack of this preparation may lengthen the time necessary to complete the degree requirements.

Mathematics and science students are expected to understand arithmetic, algebraic, geometric and statistical methods and to learn the general nature of scientific investigation, including the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena. Graduates of this program should be able to combine scientific data and concepts with quantitative reasoning in problem solving and to interpret formulas and graphs, as well as evaluate alternatives, so as to select optimal results.

Allied Health & Biological Sciences Concentration

The Allied Health and Biological Sciences Concentration of the Mathematics & Science A.S. degree program is designed to prepare students for transfer to institutions offering baccalaureate degrees in various life sciences and health professions. A number of careers are available via this concentration including, but not limited to, biotechnology, cardiovascular perfusion technology, dental hygiene, dietetics, environmental science, forensic science, forestry, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiation therapy technology, radiography, respiratory therapy technology, veterinary science and wildlife biology. In order to be prepared for entrance into the A.S. degree program, potential students should have a background in high school biology, chemistry and algebra course work.  The degree requirements are flexible to allow a student to emphasize a particular scientific interest through targeted course selection.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Liberal Arts and Science:  Mathematics and Science A.S. degree program concentration in Allied Health & Biological Sciences will:

  • Recognize the components of the scientific method.
  • Conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and evaluate experimental hypotheses.
  • Demonstrate application of scientific information to understanding of natural science concepts.
  • Successfully meet 7 of the 10 SUNY General Education categories.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mathematics & Science degree program with this concentration are prepared to continue their education at a transfer institution in a variety of life sciences and allied health majors. The allied health and biological sciences concentration is the pathway for students who wish to pursue careers in the following vocations:

  • Agriculture Biotechnologist
  • Biologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forester
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician/Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Secondary Science Educator (Biology)
  • Surveyor
  • Veterinarian/Veterinary Technologist
  • Wildlife Biologist

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with:

Clarkson University, Environmental & Occupational Health, B.S.
Clarkson University, Environmental Science & Policy, B.S.
Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Science - Various Programs
New York’s Chiropractic College
Paul Smith’s College
SUNY Alfred State College, Forensic Science Technology, B.S.
SUNY Cobleskill, Agricultural Biotechnology, B.S.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Potsdam
SUNY Upstate Medical University
University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2018)
Credit Hours
Mathematics & Sciences Requirements (31 Credit Hours)
Mathematics:  MTH 165 or higher (2 courses)
BIO Sequence (BIO 131-132, BIO 217-218, or BIO 251-252)
BIO Elective*
CHE 131: General Chemistry 1
Science Elective*
Mathematics* or Science Electives* (2 courses)
Computer Science
CIS 110: Introduction to Computing with Microcomputers or higher
Humanities  (9 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition
ENG 102: Literature and Composition
Humanities Elective (one course must be selected from either the Arts or Foreign Language in the SUNY General Education Course Listing)
Social Science (6 Credit Hours)
Social Science Electives (2 courses) (Courses must include two different offerings from the SUNY General Education Course Listing  within the areas of Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations.)
Social Science/Humanities Elective (3 Credit Hours)
Free Electives (9 Credit Hours)
Physical Education (1 Credit Hour)

* Restricted Elective courses in mathematics, laboratory sciences, and science are:

  • Biology: BIO 131 and higher (BIO 221 is not open to students who have passed either BIO 251 or BIO 252)
  • Chemistry: CHE 130 and higher
  • Geology: GEO 131 and higher
  • Physics: PHY 131 and higher
  • Science: SCI 199
  • Math:  MTH 165 and higher


For More Information

Jeff Kiggins, Assistant Professor of Biology

Linda Dittrich, Associate Vice President for Math/Science, Technology, and Health

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522