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Associate in Science

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Associate in Science Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Associate in Science program offers you the basic courses required of first- and second-year science majors at many four-year institutions, helping prepare you to continue your studies in science, mathematics or related fields.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science concentration, graduates will be able to analyze and solve quantitative problems, reason logically from hypothesis to conclusion, apply mathematics techniques in scientific problem solving, and use laboratory technology, equipment, and techniques critically and safely to investigate scientific problems using proper scientific methods.

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University

COA has a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) with certain universities for students in specific programs of study, allowing you to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at COA.

Be sure to check the minimum transfer admissions requirements for the programs you’re interested in. Most University of North Carolina (UNC) system universities require at least 30 credit hours, and that transfer students meet the specific admission requirements for their major.

For more information about college transfer and links to four-year college transfer admissions websites, please visit the college transfer web page.

Transfer Agreements

Engineering

Pharmaceutical Science – Clinical

Pharmaceutical Science – Biotechnology

Curriculum Guide

First Year

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a n/a 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 011 ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a ENG 111 3
Mathematics 8
Select two courses from:
MAT 171 (MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152), MAT 172 (MAT 171 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 263 (MAT 171 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 271 (MAT 172 with a grade of “C” or higher), or MAT 272 (Mat 271). Note: Students cannot receive credit for both MAT 163 and MAT 271.
n/a n/a varies varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
n/a n/a varies varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
Natural Sciences 8
Select a two-course sequence from:
BIO 111-112 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), CHM 151-152 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2, and either CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), PHY 151-152 (MAT 171 or MAT 271), or PHY 251-252 (MAT 271 and corequisite MAT 272).
n/a n/a varies varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
n/a n/a varies varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
Computer Science 3
Select one course from:
CIS 110 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1) or CIS 115 (MAT 003 Tier 1).*
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Select two courses from different disciplines (one course each year):
ECO 251 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), ECO 252 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), HIS 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 112 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 131 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 132 (ENG 002 Tier 1), POL 120 (ENG 002 Tier 1), PSY 150 (ENG 002 Tier 1), or SOC 210 (ENG 002 Tier 1).
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Health/Wellness 2 – 3
Select 2 – 3 credit hours from:
HEA 110 – 3 credit hours (ENG 002 Tier 1), PED 110 – 2 credit hours (none), or two 1-credit-hour PED activity courses (Level 1 and Beginning activity courses have no prerequisites; Level 2 and Intermediate activity courses have a prerequisite of the corresponding Level 1 or Beginning activity courses).
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parentheses varies
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree — First Year 31 – 32

Second Year

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Mathematics/Natural Sciences 6 – 8
Select two courses from:
MAT 172 (MAT 171 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 263 (MAT 171 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 271 (MAT 172 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 272 (MAT 271 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 273 (MAT 272 with a grade of “C” or higher), BIO 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), BIO 112 (BIO 111), CHM 151 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2; and CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), CHM 152 (CHM 151), PHY 151 (MAT 171 or MAT 271), PHY 152 (PHY 151), PHY 251 (MAT 271 and corequisite MAT 272), or PHY 252 (MAT 272 and PHY 251). Note: Students cannot receive credit for MAT 263 if they have taken MAT 271-272. Students can only receive credit for one PHY sequence in this degree.
n/a n/a varies varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
n/a n/a varies varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Foreign Language 3
Select one course from:
SPA 111 (none), FRE 111 (none), or any foreign language course coded as GEN ED: Humanities/Fine Arts in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). Students may use a higher level SPA or FRE course in place of SPA 111 or FRE 111.
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Select one course from:
ART 111 (none), ART 114 (ENG 002 Tier 1), ART 115 (ENG 002 Tier 1), DRA 111 (none), ENG 231 (ENG 112), ENG 232 (ENG 112), ENG 241 (ENG 112), ENG 242 (ENG 112), MUS 110 (none), MUS 112 (none), or PHI 240 (ENG 111).
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 2 – 3
Select two courses from different disciplines (1 course each year):
ECO 251 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), ECO 252 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), HIS 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 112 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 131 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 132 (ENG 002 Tier 1), POL 120 (ENG 002 Tier 1), PSY 150 (ENG 002 Tier 1), or SOC 210 (ENG 002 Tier 1). Note: This course must be from a different discipline than the first-year social/behavioral science course.
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a ENG 111 3
Other Required Mathematics/Sciences 3 – 4
Select one course from:
MAT 172 (MAT 171 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 263 (MAT 171 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 271 (MAT 172 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 272 (MAT 271 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 273 (MAT 272 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 280 (MAT 271 with a grade of “C” or higher), MAT 285 (MAT 272 with a grade of “C” or higher), BIO 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), BIO 112 (BIO 111), BIO 163 (ENG 002 Tier 1), BIO 168 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2, and either BIO 090 or one unit of high school Biology, and either CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), BIO 169 (BIO 168), BIO 275 (BIO 111 or BIO 163 or BIO 168), CHM 130 (CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), CHM 15 1 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2), CHM 152 (CHM 151), PHY 151 (MAT 171 or MAT 271), PHY 152 (PHY 151), PHY 251 (MAT 271 and corequisite MAT 272), or PHY 252 (MAT 272 and PHY 251). Note: Students cannot receive credit for BIO 163 if they have taken BIO 168-169. Students cannot receive credit for CHM 130 if they have taken CHM 151-152. Students cannot receive credit for MAT 263 if they have taken MAT 271-272. Students can only receive credit for one PHY sequence in this degree.
n/a n/a n/a varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Additional Coursework 4 – 8
Select 4 – 8 additional credit hours from the College of The Albemarle list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses. 4 – 8
n/a n/a n/a varies varies
n/a n/a n/a varies varies
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61**

*This requirement demonstrates the student has a proficiency in computer literacy. Taking the required course is one way to demonstrate this proficiency. Students may opt to take a credit by exam, or use a course substitution to demonstrate this proficiency. If computer literacy proficiency is demonstrated in another way, the student must take 3 credit hours of General Education electives from CAA list to meet the hour requirements.

**The total number of elective hours needed is based upon course choices made in the Mathematics/Natural Sciences and Health/Wellness areas. A student must have 60-61 credit hours to complete the degree.