Liberal Arts & Sciences - Math & Science (AA)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Kathleen Ebert
Coordinator Email:

360 Virtual TourThe mathematics and science emphasis serves students who wish to transfer and enter career programs which depend upon a background in mathematics and/or science.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • MATHEMATICS: demonstrate competence in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning.
  • NATURAL SCIENCES: demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.
  • COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION: Employ proficient written and verbal communication skills, including the appropriate uses of technology
  • GENERAL EDUCATION: Demonstrate foundational knowledge required to be an informed citizen in a global community
  • REASONING: identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others' work and develop well-reasoned argument
  • INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: perform the basic operations of personal computer use, understand and use basic research techniques and locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry; Biology; Chemistry or Physics
Recommended: Both Chemistry and Physics

Features & Facilities: 
  • Wide range of options for transfer
  • Maximum program flexibility
  • Approachable, dedicated faculty
  • Small class size
  • Suitable for students who are somewhat undecided but who have strong backgrounds in math and/or science
Articulation Agreements: 

Articulation agreements are available with SUNY Pre-Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse (environmental science), New York Chiropractic College, and SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse (joint admission).

Graduation Requirements: 

A minimum of 61 credit hours is required for graduation with a cumulative index of 2.0. Students must also have a cumulative index of at least 2.0 in mathematics and science sequence courses.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State liberal arts & sciences: math and science graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

This program offers two options: liberal arts & sciences: math & science or pre-environmental science & forestry. The first allows students the opportunity to concentrate in either math and/or science. This program is designed in such a way that the student and adviser work together to match courses at Alfred State with first- and second-year courses at the desired transfer school so that the student may enter a baccalaureate program as a full third-year student. Some typical fields of study which graduates choose to enter are mathematics, statistics, math or science education, physical education, biology, chemistry, physics, physical therapy, athletic training, engineering, pre-med, pre-vet, dentistry, or pharmacy.

Typical Semester Layout: 

A full-time student typically enrolls each semester in five courses which is equivalent to 15-18 credit hours. Most three-credit-hour courses meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 50 minutes or Tuesday, Thursday for 1 hour 15 minutes. Four-credit-hour math courses meet four times per week, while lab science courses meet three times, with a two-four hour lab once a week.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
 xxx3Psychology or Sociology3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
Second Semestercredits
LITRxxx3 Literature3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
 xxxxComputer Language or Philosophy3
Third Semestercredits
 xxxxMathematics and/or Science6-8
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
 xxxxOpen Elective6
Fourth Semestercredits
 xxxxMathematics and/or Science6-8
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
 xxxxOpen Elective6

Also required: One unit of physical education.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees4810
Responding to Survey4 (100%)4 (50%)7 (70%)
Employed in Field------
Transferred4 (100%)4 (100%)7 (100%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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