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The Mathematics/Science Program provides the fundamentals in mathematics and the sciences, enabling students to continue their education in mathematics, the physical sciences, the biological sciences and computer science. Students may enter the areas of science and technology, or should use the program for pre-medicine or transfer to a four-year institution, etc. Students should consult with the STEM Division early to determine specific electives.

The Chemistry Option provides preparation for employment in these industries: 

  • alternative energy 
  • chemical engineering 
  • environmental materials 
  • pharmaceutical

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning a positions as a Laboratory Technician. 
  • This degree and all of its courses are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students may transfer to a Bachelor's program in mathematics or the natural sciences. For students interested in pursing a Bachelor's in biological sciences, chemistry, geology, or physics, the requirements for NVCC's associate of arts degree in mathematics & science allow seamless transfer to most four-year colleges in order to successfully complete a bachelor's degree in those areas without loss of credit or time. CSCU Pathway Transfer Degrees are also available for many of these ares of study. To learn more about these areas of study click on the program name.
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This degree serves students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in astronomy, the natural sciences, or mathematics.

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Choose the best teaching format for your learning style.  Standard, online,self-paced, and applied are some options.

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A variety of organizations and companies hire mathematicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 22% employment growth for mathematicians from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

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An affordable path to getting the fundamentals, and continuing your education in math or science.

The Mathematics/Science Program provides the fundamentals in mathematics and the sciences, enabling students to continue their education in mathematics, astronomy, the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and computer science. Students may enter the areas of science and technology, or should use the program for pre-engineering, pre-medicine, or transfer to a four-year institution, etc. Students should consult with the STEM Division early to determine specific electives.

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Program Requirements

Mathematics/Science A.A.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra or higher 3-4
Scientific Knowledge and
Understanding
See footnote 4
General Elective Choose any credit-bearing course 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Scientific Reasoning See footnote 4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature & Composition OR ENG*H200 Advanced Composition OR ENG*H202 Technical Writing 3
Program Requirement Choose any Directed Elective1 (choose from list below). If a pre-requisite for Calculus I is needed, choose MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions or MAT*H186 Pre-Calculus 3-4
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed (except HRT*H202) 3
Program Requirement MAT*H254 Calculus I 4
Program Requirement Choose any Directed Elective1 (choose from list below) 4
General Elective Choose any credit-bearing course 3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge and Understanding Choose any Historical Knowledge and Understanding listed 3
Program Requirement Choose any Directed Elective1 (choose from list below) 4
Program Requirement Choose any Directed Elective1 (choose from list below) 4
General Elective Choose any credit-bearing course 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 Directed electives: AST*H101 or H111 BIO*H121 or above CHE*H121 or above GLG*H121 MAT*H167 or above MET*H101 PHY*H121 or above RES H200

For Scientific Knowledge and Understanding and Scientific Reasoning, students must pick one of the following course sequences: BIO*H121 General Biology I and BIO*H122 General Biology II (spring only) OR BIO*H155 General Botany and BIO*H145 General Zoology (spring only) (SCSU transfer only) OR CHE*H121 General Chemistry I and CHE*H122 General Chemistry II (spring only) OR PHY*H221 Calculus-Based Physics I†† and PHY*H222 Calculus-Based Physics II††

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively.
  2. Be proficient in mathematics through calculus.
  3. Have strong, varied science background.
  4. Transfer to four-year institutions.

Mathematics/Science Chemistry Option A.A.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning/Information Literacy and Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
General Elective Choose any credit-bearing course(s) 1-3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding CHE*H121 General Chemistry I 4
SECOND SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Scientific Reasoning CHE*H122 General Chemistry II
(spring only)
4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature & Composition OR ENG*H200 Advanced Composition OR ENG*H202 Technical Writing 3
Program Requirement MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions 3
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirement MAT*H254 Calculus I 4
Program Requirement CHE*H211 Organic Chemistry I1 4
Program Requirement PHY*H121 General Physics I OR PHY*H221 Calculus-Based Physics I†† (for students that wish to transfer into an American Chemical Society certified program) 4
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge and Understanding Choose any Historical Knowledge and Understanding listed 3
Program Requirement MAT*H256 Calculus II 4
Program Requirement CHE*H212 Organic Chemistry II1 4
Program Requirement PHY*H122 General Physics II OR PHY*H222 Calculus-Based Physics II2 (for students that wish to transfer into an American Chemical Society certified program) 4

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 Not currently offered at NVCC. Course is offered at Tunxis, Gateway, WCSU, CCSU, and SCSU. 2Summer only at NVCC. Course is offered in the fall and spring at Housatonic, Gateway, Tunxis, Norwalk, WCSU, CCSU, and SCSU.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand atomic theory, chemical bonding, solution chemistry, acid-base theory, titration curves, reduction, oxidation, kinetics, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry.
  2. Demonstrate good laboratory practice in the areas of handling gases, liquids, and solids, using vacuum pumps, heating reagents and the measurement of temperature, filtration, and distillation.
  3. Be able to utilize mathematics, including calculus to solve problems in chemistry.
  4. Understand organic chemistry nomenclature.
  5. Understand inorganic chemistry nomenclature.
  6. Perform basic organic synthesis reactions.
  7. Utilize a computer to present data in a proper technical report.
  8. Utilize a computer to generate graphs from data, and then interpret the graph.
  9. Calibrate and operate analytical equipment.
  10. Utilize material safety data sheets and safely handle hazardous materials.
  11. Safely work with compressed gases.
  12. Understand the scientific principles associated with electricity, the laws of motion, mechanics, light, and sound.
  13. Communicate orally and in written form.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Mathematics Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions1 OR

MAT*H186 Precalculus1
3-4
Program Requirement Choose any unrestricted elective any credit bearing course2 3
SECOND SEMESTER
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirement MAT*H254 Calculus I1 4
Program Requirement CSC*H113 Programming I OR CSC*H205 Visual Basic I 3
SUMMER SEMESTER
Program Requirement MAT*H256 Calculus II1 4
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Introductory Science Course Sequence4 4
Program Requirement MAT*H268 Calculus III: Multivariable (fall only)3 4
Program Requirement Choose any unrestricted elective any credit bearing course2 3-4
FOURTH SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning Introductory Science Course Sequence4 4
Program Requirement Math Elective5 3-4
Program Requirement Choose any unrestricted elective - any credit bearing course2 3-4

Total Credits: 60

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 If student is MAT*H254 Calculus I-ready, student should enroll in MAT*H254 Calculus in 1st semester and MAT*H256 Calculus II in 2nd semester. If student is not MAT*H185 or H186-ready, use unrestricted electives to take MAT* prerequisite courses, e.g. MAT*H137 or MAT*H172.

2 8-10 credits to reach 60 total program credits. Amount needed depends on choice of MAT*H185 or H186 and Math Elective.

3 Course only offered in the Fall Semester.

4 Choose from BIO*H121 & BIO*H1225 OR BIO *H155 & BIO *H1455 (SCSU transfer only) OR

CHE*H121 and CHE*H1225 OR

PHY*H121 and PHY*H1225 OR

PHYH2216& PHY*H2226

5 Choose from MAT*H274 Linear Algebra, H285 Differential Equations or H287 Foundations of Mathematics 8.

Mathematics/Science Areas of Study

Areas of Study You Can Further Pursue with an Associate Degree in Mathematics/Science

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

Whether you desire a rigorous background for a degree in the sciences, a foundation for healthcare careers or an excellent liberal arts education, our biology courses provide you with opportunities to learn in a student-centered environment.

You'll get hands-on laboratory and field experiences using investigation methods and experimental techniques that reflect the current state of biological science.

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in Biology is available.

The field of chemistry is a central discipline in the understanding of natural phenomena and the creation of products useful to humanity. Chemists are at the forefront of exciting research in medicine and environmental technologies, such as fuel cells. It is because of this key role in emerging research that the employment prospects for chemists in the coming years are good. Students interested in immersing themselves in challenging problems at the forefront of science should consider majoring in chemistry.


A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in chemistry is available.

Geology is the study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. It includes the study of organisms that have inhabited our planet. An important part of geology is the study of how Earth’s materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time.

Geologists work to understand the history of our planet. The better they can understand Earth’s history the better they can foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future.

An Environmental Science degree may be an area of interest for you as well.

Briefly defined, physics is the science that tries to understand the laws of nature and the relationship between energy and matter.

It might be more appropriate, however, to define physics as a way of thinking rather than as a profession. The field of physics trains students to take a logical, problem-solving approach in whatever situations they might find themselves. Physics students explore concepts and methods of science that can be applied in many different professional areas and research topics.

Some of the better-known careers for physics majors include academic and industrial research, electronics, alternative energy development, communications or the vital area of medical physics. Physicists are in demand for their analytical skills in many financial, fund management and research roles, in law, as weather forecasters, computer programmers, and as physics and science teachers.

A CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree in physics is available.

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This degree serves students interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in astronomy, the natural sciences, mathematics, or physics. Students may also enter the area of technology, or can use the program for pre-engineering, pre-medicine, or transfer to a four-year institution, etc.  A CSCU transfer pathway degree offers you a seamless transfer to a Connecticut State College or University in the following areas:


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Students may enter the areas of science and technology, or should use the program for pre-engineering, pre-medicine, or transfer to a four-year institution, etc.

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Transfer to a Bachelor's program in mathematics or the natural sciences 

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