2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2020-2021 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science, AS

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PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year college and major in a science program such as biology, chemistry, physics, pre-med, pre-dentistry, and environmental science.

CREDENTIALS: An Associate of Science (AS) degree is a major related to an area such as business administration, engineering, science, and social sciences that takes 2 years for full time students to complete. Students receiving an AS degree intend to transfer to four-year colleges.

TRANSFER INFORMATION: This program is designed for transfer. Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university programs of study. More information can also be found at www.jtcc.edu/academics/transfer/

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

Many of the required courses will require that a student test out of or complete developmental courses prior to taking the course.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:  By the completion of this program, students will be expected to:

1.     Explain the process and limitations of scientific inquiry.  

2.     Communicate fundamental laws, theories, and concepts of science.  

3.     Show an understanding of the fundamental laws, theories, and concepts of inorganic chemistry.  

4.     Show an understanding of the function concept in graphical form, including linear, polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. 

5.     Analyze data and interpret charts, graphs, and tables to draw valid conclusions. 

6.     Show an understanding of the fundamental laws, theories, and concepts of physics at an introductory level, an understanding of concepts within the discipline of physics.

Required Courses

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 60


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report by accessing the Student Information System (SIS) through the myTyler portal.

Science students must complete 9 math credits. Students may choose from the following math courses: MTH 161, MTH 162, MTH 167, MTH 245, MTH 263, MTH 264, and MTH 265. Please note that students cannot receive credit for both MTH 167 and MTH 161/MTH 162. Students intending to transfer to VCU must take MTH 161 and MTH 162 to receive credit for the VCU Precalculus course. MTH 263 and MTH 264 are recommended for chemistry and physics majors. Biology majors should consult with their intended transfer institution and their advisor to choose the most appropriate math courses.

PHY 201 /PHY 202  is recommended for Biology or Chemistry majors and PHY 241 /PHY 242  is recommended for Physics majors. Other lab science courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. Please see your advisor to discuss this further.

Students must complete either the General Biology sequence or Advanced Math. The following courses will count for the Advanced Math requirement: MTH 263, MTH 264, MTH 265. MTH 263, MTH 264, MTH 265 is preferred for chemistry and Physics majors. BIO 101  and BIO 102  is preferred for Biology, Biochemistry , and Environmental Science majors. Pre-med students should meet with their advisor to determine the best course option.

Students who have not satisfied the foreign language requirement at their intended transfer institution should consider taking foreign language for this course requirement.

Elective course: Students who are interested in pursuing a career in science education should take EDU 200  for the elective course. Students should consult with their advisor and/or transfer institution to determine the most appropriate elective.

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