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General Studies

GENERAL STUDIES IN SCIENCE

Associate of Science Degree

The General Studies in Science program is designed for students desiring to pursue a flexible plan in the area of mathematics or science. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university are encouraged to obtain information about the course requirements for at least two possible majors of interest from their four-year college or university and choose their courses appropriately. Students who do not choose their courses very carefully should expect to spend an additional five or six semesters in order to complete a bachelor's degree with a specific science major.

To receive an Associate of Science in General Studies in Science, students must: (a) make a minimum grade of C in all required math and science courses and (b) have an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.

Mathematics is a critical part of scientific study, and students should consult with a mathematics advisor to determine where they should begin their mathematics study. They may need to take one or more courses prior to taking the math courses identified in this degree. Students are encouraged to begin higher in the mathematics sequence if they meet the prerequisites. Students who will need to take more than one semester of calculus for their four–year degree are very strongly encouraged to take all calculus courses at the same school in order to avoid changing textbooks in the middle of the sequence.

  Semester I Credit Hours
    History3 3
  ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    Humanities4 3
  ___
  17
  Semester II
  MATH 2413 Calculus I5 4
  ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
    Fine Arts4 3
  ___
  14
  Semester III
  Natural Sciences6 3-4
    GOVT 2305 United States Government 3
    History3 3
  ___
  15-17
  Semester IV
  Natural Sciences6 3-4
    GOVT 2306 Texas State and Local Government 3
    Humanities4 3
  ___
  15-18
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  TOTALS 61-66

  +Prerequisites: See Course Descriptions
  1These natural science courses must be four–hour courses in the same discipline from the Core Curriculum List. Only one of PHYS 1401, PHYS 1405, and PHYS 2425 may apply towards the degree. Only one of PHYS 1402, PHYS 1407, and PHYS 2426 may apply towards the degree.
  2MATH 1316, MATH 2413, or MATH 2414 may be substituted.
  3Select from the following courses: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2327, HIST 2328, HIST 2381. Courses may only be taken once. Courses may be taken in any order.
  4Select from the appropriate section of the Core Curriculum Course List.
  5MATH 2414 or MATH 2415 may be substituted.
  6These natural science courses must be selected from the appropriate section of the Core Curriculum list. Sophomore-level natural science courses from other institutions may also be used to fulfill this requirement. Only one of PHYS 1401, PHYS 1405, and PHYS 2425 may apply towards the degree. Only one of PHYS 1402, PHYS 1407, and PHYS 2426 may apply towards the degree.
  7Select from any 3-4 hour course in MATH, ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, GEOL, or PHYS. ANTH 2301 and GEOG 1301 may also be used.
  8Select any Speech course from Communications in the Core Curriculum Course List.
  9Select from any 3-5 hour courses in American Sign Language (SGNL), computer information technology (BCIS), computer science (COSC), foreign language (ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, JAPN, LATI, RUSS, SPAN), nursing (RNSG), mathematics (MATH), natural sciences (ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, GEOL, PHYS, ANTH 2301, GEOG 1301), or psychology (PSYC).