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Liberal Arts & Sciences - Mathematics & Science A.S. Physical Science Concentration

The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)

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.

Allied Health & Biological Sciences

Physical Science

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.

Physical Science Concentration

Students matriculating into the physical science concentration should have a substantial background in mathematics and science laboratory course work at the high school level. Completion of the degree requirements prepares students for transfer to upper division institutions. Pursuit of the degree in the science concentration provides exposure to coursework which can lead to vocations including, but not limited to, chemist, geologist, physicist, educator, water quality analyst, oceanographer, and mineralogist. 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 Physical Science 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 the physical sciences. The physical science concentration is the pathway for students who wish to pursue careers in the following vocations:

  • Chemist
  • Analytic Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Hazardous Waste Manager
  • Pulp and Paper Chemist
  • Water Quality Analyst
  • Geologist
  • Mineralist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Resource Manager
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Astronomer/Astrophysicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Petroleum Geologist/Engineer
  • Oceanographer
  • Geochemist
  • Geophysicist
  • Physicist
  • Secondary Science Educator

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 Cobleskill, Fermentation Science, 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 Fall 2018)
Credit Hours
Math & Science Requirements (35 credit hours and at least one physics course)
MTH 185 or higher (2 courses)
CHE 131: General Chemistry 1
CHE 132: General Chemistry 2
One of the following science sequences:
PHY 131/132 or CHE 211/212 or PHY 143/145 or GEO 131/132
Science* or Math** Electives (3 courses)
Computer Information Systems Requirements (3 credit hours)
Computer Science Elective1 (1 course)
English Requirements (6 credit hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition
ENG 102: Literature and Composition
Humanities  Requirements (3 credit hours)
Humanities Elective2
Social Science Requirements (6 credit hours)
Social Science Electives3 (2 courses)
Electives (10 credit hours)
Humanities/Social Science Elective
Free Electives
Physical Education (1 credit hours)

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

  • Math:  ** MTH 174 and higher
  • Biology: BIO 131 and higher
  • Chemistry: CHE 131 and higher
  • Geology: GEO 131 and higher
  • Physics: PHY 131 and higher
  • Science: SCI 199

1  CIS 116, Introductory Programming, is strongly recommended for those intending to pursue a career in the physical sciences.  However, CIS 110 or higher will be accepted.

2  One course must be selected from either The Arts or Foreign Language General Education Category Course Listing.

3***  Courses must include offerings from two different General Education Category Course Listings in the areas of Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations.

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