Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics and Science

Associate in Arts Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5649 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 00170

Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Arts degree. Generally, students in this program intend to transfer to colleges granting the baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, or physics. Though the minimum requirements for the degree are listed, students are urged to seek advice regarding specific electives from faculty advisors in order to ensure smooth transfer to a four‐year school.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics & Science Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Effectively write grammatically correct essays with a focused main idea, logically developed with supporting details including the incorporation of information from secondary sources, properly cited;
  • Critically read and orally present researched information in an organized, effective manner;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct and document research, including gathering information, logically analyzing problems, drawing inferences, and proposing solutions;
  • Apply appropriate mathematical procedures and quantitative methods to solve practical problems in mathematics and the natural or physical sciences;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific principles of inquiry including hypothesis formation, designing and conducting experiments, and formulating conclusions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of good laboratory practice;
  • Recognize and interpret major historical events of Western and non‐Western cultures and their impact on contemporary society;
  • Understand and critically analyze human society, behavior, and our institutions;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arts, such as literature, philosophy, music, visual arts and/or performing arts and their relationship with history, society and culture.

Employment Potential

Students earning a baccalaureate degree from a four‐year transferring institution have many professional opportunities in the world of teaching, research, field work, and business and industry upon graduation.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirement or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here.

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
ENG 101 College English I 3

HIS 101 or

HIS 102

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II


BIO 105 or

CHE 103 or
ESC 104 or

PHY 109 *

General Biology I or General Chemistry I or

Physical Geology or General Physics I

MAT 170 Calculus I 4
Elective Open Elective 3
Semester Credits 17
Second Semester
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1

HIS 103 or

HIS 104

American History I or American History II 3

BIO 106 or

CHE 104 or
ESC 105 or

PHY 110 *

General Biology II or General Chemistry II or
Earth History or General Physics II

MAT 160 or

MAT 211 or

MAT Elective

Precalculus or Elementary Statistics or

Math Elective above MAT 170

Semester Credits 14-15
Third Semester

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

Elective ** Math or Natural Science Elective 3-4
Elective*** SUNY General Education Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
Electives Math or Natural Science Elective 3
Electives Math or Natural Science Elective 3-4
Elective Humanities Elective 3
Elective Social Science Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-17
Total Credits 61-64
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* A two-semester sequence must be taken.
Select PHY 101, CHE 103, BIO 105, ESC 104, PHY 109, or a mathematics course for which MAT 170 is a prerequisite.: the ARTS (A), Foreign language (F), Other World Civilizations (O), or Social Sciences (S).
*** Select the General Education course from one of the following categories

ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all history courses. ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all 200-level sociolgy courses.





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