Science, A.S.

Program Code: 2SCAL_AS

Entrance to Major

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Science, a minimum of 67 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 61

15 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes 15 credits: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 3 credits of GQ, GWS, GH, or GN courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement   

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
or CHEM 202 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
Select one of the following:4-6
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
and Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course 1
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Individuals in Society Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Philosophy of Science Keystone/General Education Course
Environmental Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course
PHIL 221
Select one of the following:3
Computer Fundamentals and Applications
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Microcomputer Applications in Business
Select one of the following:6-8
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course 1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 20-25 credits from approved departmental list of BIOLOGICAL/MATH/PHYSICAL SCIENCES20-25

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Altoona

Richard Bell
Associate Professor of Chemistry
104 Science Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5712
rcb155@psu.edu

Career Paths

Careers

Students may pursue careers in health sciences, practical health care professions, and technical service industries.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduates of the program may qualify for admission to baccalaureate degree programs in mathematics and the sciences. Students planning on continuing in baccalaureate degrees are encouraged to work closely with their advisers.

Contact

Altoona

DIVISION OF MATHEMATICS AND NATURAL SCIENCES
104 Science Building
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5172
rcb155@psu.edu

https://altoona.psu.edu/academics/associate-degrees/science