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2017-2018 Official General Catalog 
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S.T.E.M. Division: Liberal Arts Associate in Science (LAAS) - Science, A.S.

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Associate in Science

CIP CODE: 5649.00

In SUNY Broome's LAAS Science Program you will experience small class sizes, connect with faculty mentors and advisors, and enjoy the opportunity to explore unique classes designed to help students excel in University science programs.

The program's flexibility allows it to be adapted for students who have clear transfer and career goals as well as those who are as yet unsure of what scientific discipline they would like to study.

This program is designed for students planning careers in such areas as:

  • Health Care - Physician, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Dentist, Veterinarian, etc.
  • Biological Science - Environmental Scientist, Forester, Wildlife Biologist, Microbiologist, Geneticist, Marine Biologist, etc.
  • Chemistry - Biochemist, Marine Chemist, Forensic Chemist, Food Scientist, etc.
  • Physical Science - Astronomer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Paleontologist, Physicist, etc.
  • Science Education - Science Teachers (Elementary, Middle, or High School), College Professors, etc.

The LAAS Program has transfer articulations with several colleges and universities including Cornell University, Binghamton University, St. John Fisher College of Pharmacy, and Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.  LAAS students also transfer to: all SUNY Colleges and University Centers (Binghamton, Buffalo, Albany, and Stony Brook), Colgate University, St. Bonaventure University, Unity College, Syracuse University as well as many others.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the various methods scientists use to explore the natural world including:  observation, hypothesis, theory development,
    measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.

  2. Compare and contrast the limitations of the scientific method with reference to other epistemological methods with emphasis on the
    concept of essential tension in science.

  3. Analyze the use of scientific data, concepts and models in the natural sciences with reference to their effects on the human condition.

Program supervised by:
Dr. Richard F. Firenze
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor - Department Chair, Biology
Office: Natural Science Center, Room 207E
Telephone: 607 778-5114

Academic Planning Seminar - 1 Credit

Requird for all first-time students.

Western Civilization or Other World Civilizations (HIS) - 3 Credits

U.S.History or other Civic Education Course - 3 Credits

Arts (ART, MUS, THR, HUM, LIT) - 3 Credits

Physical Education - 1 Credit

Must be earned in a cardiovascular course (CV) or in a varsity sport.

Social Science Elective - 3 Credits

Total number of credits: 61 minimum

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