Aug 12, 2022
School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Biology
Curriculum Chair: Chad Thompson
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined
The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The Liberal Arts & Sciences/Mathematics and Science (LAMS) program leads to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. This LAMS concentration in Health Science with an emphasis in mathematics and the natural sciences, serves as the foundational coursework for a career in one of the health sciences: nursing, pharmacy, and many other allied health career fields. Qualified graduates of this program most often continue their studies at four-year colleges and universities to further their education towards a one of a number of allied health professions whose competitive admission requirements require coursework in mathematics and/or natural science at the majors-level.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate proficiency in mathematics that indicates readiness for calculus.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific process and how it is applied in the natural sciences.
- Demonstrate knowledge of foundational concepts in math and/or science necessary for applying competitively to four-year nursing or other similar allied health programs, with completed prerequisite courses.
Advice for Graduates Transferring to Bachelor’s Programs in Health Science
The distribution of courses to meet the requirements for the A.S. degree varies depending on the student’s interests, so it is very important that a student review the requirements for the first two years of any colleges to which he or she might transfer. Course selection can then be made with advice from an Academic Counselor or the Liberal Arts Math and Science (LAMS) Curriculum Chair (Chad.Thompson@sunywcc.edu).
Additionally, students who are ultimately interested in professional programs related to Health Science (medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, etc.), should also carefully review the admission requirements to those career programs in order to make informed decisions as to specific math and science courses that need to be taken within the LAMS program, and possibly consider the Biology or Chemistry Concentrations, which may be more appropriate for certain professional school interests (i.e., medical school, veterinary school, dental school, etc.).
Advice for Prospective Students Interested in Allied Health Programs at Westchester Community College
Many students with an interest in being accepted into one of the college’s allied health programs (i.e., Nursing AAS, Radiologic Technology AAS, and Respiratory Technology AAS) major in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math and Science (LAMS) while they work on their entrance requirements. For these students, it is very important to understand, not only the entrance requirements for the prospective program, but also the specific math and science requirements for the LAMS degree.
In many cases, the entrance requirements for specific allied health programs deviate from the higher level math and science requirements of LAMS. Therefore, it is essential that before a student begins to work on the entrance requirements for a competitive allied health degree, the student should be aware of how the math and science requirements overlap between the two programs, and where they do not. Informed course selections can then be made with advice from an Academic Counselor or the Health Science Counselor (Sabrina.Hochberg@sunywcc.edu).
General Education Requirements - 35
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (12 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)
Select a course from ONE of the following categories:
American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)
Select a course from ONE of the following categories:
Degree Requirements - 25 Credits
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
State University of New York (SUNY) Transfer Paths
This program of study is an approved SUNY Transfer Path, which guarantees SUNY two-year associate of arts and associate of science graduates a seamless transfer path from the associate’s degree level of study to the bachelor’s degree level within the SUNY system. This applies to degrees received in the same discipline at both institutions in a designated SUNY Transfer Path. Students will have junior status upon transfer, which allows for the completion of a bachelor’s degree within two additional years of full-time study. Visit SUNY Transfer Paths for more information about how to advance your academic career within the State University of New York.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.