Liberal Arts and Science, A.S. Degree

Program Design

The Liberal Arts and Science associate in science degree program provides students with a broad background preparing them for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at another college or university or to move directly into the workforce. Students planning to continue their education in a baccalaureate degree major such as agriculture, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics or psychology will be well served by the Liberal Arts curriculum. By following the curriculum guidelines detailed on this page and by working with an advisor to choose courses related to the student’s interests, a student can, in a sense, customize his or her own degree program.

Curriculum

Students may enroll in this program full-or part-time. For any student who is not prepared for the required mathematics and English courses, MCC offers a wide range of developmental classes.

General Education Requirements 

ENG* 101 Composition 3
ENG* 200 Advanced Composition 3
Gen Ed Mode 1 3
Gen Ed Choose two of the following:
MAT* 146, MAT* 148, MAT* 165, MAT* 186, MAT* 222, MAT* 254 (formerly MAT* 250), MAT* 256
6-9
Gen Ed natural science — choose one of the following sequences:
BIO* 121 and BIO* 122, or
CHE* 121 and CHE* 122, or
PHY* 121 and PHY* 122 or
PHY* 221 and PHY* 222
8
Gen Ed social science — choose one
ANT* 101, PSY* 111 or SOC* 101
3
Gen Ed choose one additional course in any mode  3
      Subtotal: 29-32

 Liberal Arts and Science Requirements 

ENG* 110 Introduction to Literature 3
Choose one ENG* 232, ENG* 263, ENG* 243, ENG* 221,
ENG* 222, ENG* 245, ENG* 246, or ENG* 262
3
Philosophy: Choose one of the following:
PHL* 101, PHL* 111, PHL* 131, or PHL* 151
3
History:   Choose one of the following:
HIS* 101, HIS* 102, HIS* 121 or HIS* 122,
Choose one of the following:
HIS* 201, HIS* 202, HIS* 215, HIS* 218,
HIS* 224, HIS* 242, HIS* 270, HIS* 280,
HIS* 272, or HIS* 284
3
Choose one ECN* 101, ECN* 102, GEO* 101, GEO* 111,
POL* 101, POL* 111, POL* 112
3
      Subtotal: 18

 Electives

Elective   Choose four liberal arts courses from the list below and
one free elective
ANT*, ART*, AST*, BIO* (with the exception of
BIO* 112), CHE*, COM*, EAS*, ECN*, ENG* (with the
exception of ENG* 043, 003, 066 and 093), EVS*,
FRE*, GEO*, GLG*, MET*, HIS*, HUM*, MAT*
(with the exceptions of MAT* 075, 095 and
096), MUS*, OCE*, PHL*, PHY*, POL*, PSY*,
SOC*, SPA*, THR*
15
       Total Credits Required: 62-65

Foreign Language Requirements

Although the associate in science degree does not require the study of a language, the college or university to which a student wishes to transfer may require two to four semesters of the same foreign language. These requirements may be met at MCC.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Liberal Arts and Science associate degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Read, write and communicate analytically in forms that involve and document outside sources.
  2. Understand the major literary, artistic and philosophical features of western and non-western cultures.
  3. Define the concept and function of culture.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in western
    civilization.
  5. Understand world events in terms of social scientific theories and paradigms.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct meaningful research.
  7. Use mathematical tools and technology to create mathematical models.
  8. Analyze and solve problems numerically, graphically and symbolically.
  9. Use appropriate techniques to gather and analyze data.
  10. Apply the scientific method to solving problems.
  11. Understand and apply scientific principles.
  12. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Students selecting the Liberal Arts and Science as a major who have completed 16 transferable credits or fewer may be eligible to enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program with the University of Connecticut (UConn). The Guaranteed Admissions Program is designed for students choosing to transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, or the School of Business at UConn.

In addition to following the requirements for an A.S. degree, the courses listed below are suggestions of applicable courses to take if you are interested in transferring to a certain major. Be sure and meet with the academic chair of the particular department to confirm the selected courses.

BIOLOGY: For students who want to transfer into bachelor's degree programs in ecology, human biology, biotechnology and secondary education, as well as pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary studies.

BIO* 211, BIO* 212, ENG* 114, MAT* 254 (formerly MAT* 250), MAT* 256 and MAT* 165. It is also recommended that students take BIO* 121, BIO* 122, and CHE* 121, CHE* 122.

CHEMISTRY: For students who want to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to job opportunities in such fields as industrial chemistry, chemical and pharmaceutical sales and service, education, dentistry and medicine.

MAT* 165, MAT* 285, MAT* 268, CHE* 211, CHE* 212, CHE* 121, CHE* 122, PHY* 221, PHY* 222

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: For students who want to transfer into bachelor's degree programs in agricultural resource management, environmental studies, earth sciences, or ecology and evolutionary biology.

EVS* 100, GLG* 121, BIO* 121 and BIO* 122, PHY* 221, PHY* 222, CHE* 121, CHE* 122, MAT* 254 (formerly MAT* 250) are strongly recommended. Note that GEO* 246 and MAT* 165 are also suggested.

MATHEMATICS: For students who want to transfer into bachelor's degree programs in mathematics, computer science, information services or related fields. Mathematics graduates may find positions in statistics, actuarial science, operations research, computer programming, systems analysis and teaching.

MAT* 272, MAT* 268, MAT* 285, MAT* 287, CSC* 213, PHY* 121, PHY* 122

PSYCHOLOGY: For students who want to transfer into bachelor's degree programs in psychology.

PSY* 111, PSY* 112 and at least two of the following, PSY* 201 or PSY* 203, PSY* 240, PSY* 243, PSY* 245. It is also recommended that students take MAT* 165, SOC* 101 or ANT* 101, and BIO* 105 or BIO* 115 or BIO* 121.

PHYSICS: For students who want to transfer into bachelor's degree majors in physics, engineering physics, physical science or earth science. Physics graduates are prepared to pursue a wide variety of employment opportunities ranging from basic research and development to technical sales and services.

PHY* 221, PHY* 222, PHY* 223, MAT* 268, MAT* 285

Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Program (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, and Optometry): Students are advised to check with the transfer institution and confer with their advisor.

In addition to following the requirements for an A.S. degree, you may want to include the following suggested courses as electives in your program of study.

Nutrition: For students interested in nutrition or dietetics.

CHE* 121, CHE* 122, BIO* 121, BIO* 122, CHE* 210, BIO* 111, BIO* 211, BIO* 212.

Division of Liberal Arts: 860-512-2660

Source: 2011-2012 Course Catalog

Last Update: June 03 2011
For Additional Information, Contact: 860-512-2663