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Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Mathematics and Science A.S. – Health Science Concentration

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School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Biology
HEGIS: 5649


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2022 to Summer 2023. 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.

Program Description

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:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in mathematics that indicates readiness for calculus.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific process and how it is applied in the natural sciences.
  3. 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 (

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 (

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ENG 101   3  
BIOL 101        4  
CHEM 113   4  
PSYCH 101     3  
Semester Total Credits     14  

Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ENG 102   3  
BIOL 121   4  
NUTR 101     3  
The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations Gen Ed Elective       3  
 Free Elective     3  
Semester Total Credits     16  

Semester 3

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
MATH 131    4  
BIOL 123   4  
MATH 140   4  
American History or Western Civilization Gen Ed Elective       3  
Semester Total Credits     15  

Semester 4

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
MATH 161   4  
BIOL 221   4  
Free Elective     3  
Free Elective     4  
Semester Total Credits     15  


Minimum Total Credits: 60

Transfer Opportunities

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process to ensure that graduates of the college are prepared to transfer with junior status, and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer. View 4-year institutions’ transfer agreement information by program here.

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