Science

Does exploring the mysteries and vast frontiers of the universe, its unknown origins, its potential life forms, and strange new worlds interest you more than just watching it as a science fiction movie? Were you the kid who thought that one day you might come up with a cure for cancer? Were you the kid that built mighty bridges from LegosTM and Tinker ToysTM dreaming that one day you would be designer of tomorrow’s gleaming sky scrapers? Were you fascinated by the Jurassic Park movies? Were you the one that was always wrapping your dog’s leg with bandages as you pretended to be that good ol’ country veterinarian? Students who major in science are individuals inspired to understand why some aspect of the natural world functions the way it does and who marvel at the complexity and simplicity of nature. The science degree at DCC prepares students for careers requiring a firm foundation in mathematics and basic science while ensuring that graduates have a firm understanding of humanities and social science disciplines as well. If your future career plans include medicine, nursing, architecture, laboratory research, science education, or environmental studies, then the science degree can be tailored to help you achieve your goals.

Program Outcomes:

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific and mathematic principles in everyday life.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in conducting experiments and recording and interpreting data.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of mathematics to all areas of science.
  4. Communicate appropriately within the respective disciplines of mathematics and science.
  5. Work independently and collaboratively in the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Curriculum Map:

Science graduates will be able to: Required Course 1 Required Course 2 Required Course 3 Required Course 4 Required Course 5 Required Course 6
Outcome 1
Understand how the disciplines of Science and Math differ from other disciplines.
MTH course MTH course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course
Outcome 2
Demonstrate proficiency in conducting experiments and recording and interpreting data.
Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course  
Outcome 3
Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of math to all areas of Science.
MTH course MTH course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course
Outcome 4
Communicate appropriately within the respective disciplines of math and Science.
ENG 111 ENG 112 MTH course MTH course Lab science course Lab science course
Outcome 5
Work independently and collaboratively in the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course Lab science course  

For more information consult the College Catalog

Course Sequence

      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
First Semester      
ENG 111   College Composition I 3 0 3
SDV 100   College Success Skills 1 0 1
HIS   History Elective 3 0 3
MTH   Math requirement
(MTH 161/167 or higher)
3-5 0 3-5
    Natural Lab Science 3 3 4
HLT/PED   Approved Wellness Elective 1 0-2 1
    Total 14-16 3-5 15-18
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Second Semester      
ENG 112   College Composition II 3 0 3
HIS   History Elective 3 0 3
MTH   Math requirement (200-level) 3-5 0 3-5
    Natural Lab Science 3 3 4
    Approved Elective 3 0 3
    Total 15-17 3 16-18
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Third Semester      
ENG   Literature I 3 0 3
    Social Science Requirement 3 0 3
    Natural Lab Science 3 3 4
    Approved Elective 3 0 3
    Natural Lab Science 3 3 4
    Total 15 6 17
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fourth Semester      
ENG   Literature II 3 0 3
    Social Science Requirement II 3 0 3
    Natural Lab Science 3 3 4
    Approved Elective 2-4 0 2-4
    Total 11-13 3 12-14

Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Science: 60

*Acceptable literature sequences are:  ENG 241-242 Survey of American Literature I-II; ENG 243-244 Survey of English Literature I-II; or ENG 251-252 Survey of World Literature I-II.

*Students must complete a full year of social science coursework by taking one of the following sequences:  ECO 201 and ECO 202; PLS 211 and PLS 212; SOC 201 and SOC 202; or SOC 200 and one sophomore level sociology course excluding SOC 201 and 202, or PSY 201 and PSY 202, or PSY 200 and one sophomore-level psychology course excluding PSY 201 and 202.

Student Worksheet