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Associate in Science

campus entrance

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 none none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry none ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines none ENG 111 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking none ENG 111 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Select one course from:
ART 111 (none), ART 114 (DRE 098), ART 115 (DRE 098), MUS 110 (none), MUS 112 (none), PHI 215 (ENG 111), or PHI 240 (ENG 111)
none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (two courses from different disciplines) 3
Select two courses from:
ECO 251 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), ECO 252 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), HIS 111 (DRE 098), HIS 112 (DRE 098), HIS 131 (DRE 098), HIS 132 (DRE 098), POL 120 (DRE 097), PSY 150 (DRE 097), or SOC 210 (DRE 098)
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathematics 8
Select two courses from:
MAT 171 (DMA 010-080), 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 263 and MAT 271
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
Natural Sciences 8
Select a two course sequence from:
BIO 111-112 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), CHM 151-152 (DMA 010-080; and CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), PHY 151-152 (MAT 171 or MAT 271), or PHY 251-252 (MAT 271 and corequisites MAT 272)
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree — First Year 35

Second Year

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Literature or Foreign Language 3
Select one Literature from:
ENG 231 (ENG 112), ENG 232 (ENG 112), ENG 241 (ENG 112), ENG 242 (ENG 112), ENG 261 (ENG 112), or ENG 262 (ENG 112) (If transferring without the full AS degree, then either ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241,or ENG 242 is recommended as these are coded as Universal General Education Transfer Component Courses)
or
Select one Foreign Language 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)
none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Computer Science 3
Select one course from:
CIS 110 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), or CIS 115 (DMA 010-040)
none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathematics/Natural Sciences 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 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), BIO 112 (BIO 111), CHM 151 (DMA 010-080; 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 corequisites 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 none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
Health/Wellness 2 – 3
Select 2 to 3 credit hours from:
HEA 110 – 3 credit hours (DRE 098), PED 110 – 2 credit hours (none), or two one credit hour PED activity courses (Level I and Beginning activity courses have no prerequisites; Level 2 and Intermediate activity courses have prerequisites of the corresponding Level 1 or Beginning activity courses)
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses varies
n/a n/a none varies – prerequisites in parentheses varies
Other Required Mathematics/Sciences 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), BIO 111 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), BIO 112 (BIO 111), BIO 140, BIO 163 (DRE 098 and BIO 090 or one unit of high school Biology), BIO 168 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 and BIO 090 or one unit of high school Biology, and 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 151 (DMA 010-080, 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 corequisites 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.
none varies – prerequisites in parentheses 4
Additional Coursework 5 – 6
Select five to six additional credit hours from the COA list of CAA courses; If a student plans to major in Engineering, he or she is strongly encouraged to take EGR 150 (none) and EGR 220 (PHY 251 and corequisites MAT 272) 5 – 6
n/a n/a none varies varies
n/a n/a none varies varies
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 62