Liberal Arts and Science- Math and Science AS

Associate of Science

Division: STEM and Health Professions

Division Chair: Kathy Hopkins,

Department Chair: Melanie Rie,

Department Support Staff: Susan Kapral,

Department Office: Academic I, Room 1101, Phone: 845-574-4203

Why Study Science?

Courses in mathematics and science provide students with a foundation for more specialized and advanced areas of study in a baccalaureate program. Courses for these degree areas are composed of a variety of disciplines, including mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and science.

The AS degree is recommended for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, engineering or science.

The AA degree is recommended for students whose transfer plans require math and/or science, but who will be working toward other majors.

Related disciplines include Engineering Science and Environmental Science.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

Upon completing the program, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution where they can further their education in an area of their choosing. Students who are successful in this degree program and the programs to which they may transfer can find positions in education, biology, chemistry, law, engineering, finance, business and other related areas.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Science at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Save up to $100,000 by attending RCC before transferring to a four-year school. Financial aid and scholarships available.
  2. CAREER: Career Services Center provides assistance in locating internships and job opportunities both off and on campus.
  3. TRANSFER agreements with many four-year colleges: The degree meets core requirements for several other degrees. High-achieving students transfer to the Ivy League and other top schools.
  4. STUDY ABROAD: Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to study at Cambridge University.
  5. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, more individual attention, free tutoring.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are more than 40 student clubs with special interests and socializing opportunities. Activities include sports, student government and clubs like Robotics, Video Game & Animé, Chess, Computers, Art, Christian Fellowship, Environment, Haitian, Habitat for Humanity, Hillel, and Outlook, the award-winning student newspaper.

Program Goals:

The program will provide students with a general understanding of mathematics and science courses as well as a foundation in other general liberal arts courses required for transfer into a baccalaureate program. Students will engage in the exploration of mathematics and science and will build and reinforce confidence in their abilities to be successful in this discipline.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop critical knowledge in the areas of mathematics, biology, chemistry, engineering or physics
  • Develop research skills and an understanding of the scientific method
  • Develop an understanding of the role and responsibility of the mathematics and scientific community in the solution to global problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally
  • Understand the use of technology in research, learning, direct investigation and experimental analysis
  • Demonstrate the ability to employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry or statistics to solve problems