Public Administration

Option offered through Business
This program offers a strong foundation for students wishing to major in either public and/or business administration. The program includes courses in statistics, computer programming, and management. The courses are designed to develop analytical and quantitative skills, as well as familiarity with the basic characteristics of government and business organizations.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and electronic formats
  • Describe the principles and practices in the field of public administration management
  • Utilize technology as it applies to business practices and research
  • Describe the application of macroeconomic and microeconomic theories and concepts in a mixed economy based market
  • Enumerate the principles governing ethical behavior in the public administration profession

Public Relations

Option offered through Communications
This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Course work includes theory and practice of public relations. Internships in professional organizations are available. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
Other Communications Degrees Include:
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Radio
  • Television
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • State the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning
  • Evaluate the ethical implications of institutional policies and individual practices

American Studies

Option offered through Liberal Arts

The American Studies Option provides opportunities for students who wish to understand the richness and diversity of American culture. This option offers a solid foundation in American history, politics, and literature accompanied by the study of related areas in the American experience. For many professions, such as teaching and law, this general education background is essential. In addition, the American Studies Option is also recommended to students who enter college without a definitive vocational goal and wish to explore the opportunities offered by many fields before deciding upon a career.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of some of the major concepts in the areas of American history, politics, and literature;
  • the ability to think critically about some of the major political issues that concern our nation today;
  • an appreciation of the contributions that some American authors have made to developments in literature;
  • sensitivity to the problems faced by some of the various groups that have made up the American experience, i.e., slaves, immigrants, native Americans;
  • familiarity with how knowledge of the humanities and the social sciences enables an individual to better appreciate the kinds of cultural developments that have taken place in America;
  • an ability to communicate clearly in both the spoken and written word.

Biology

The Biology Department offers a degree program that combines basic biological courses with additional course work in chemistry, mathematics, and the liberal arts. The degree program prepares students primarily for advanced study at a four-year institution. Students should note that the Department has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions.

Candidates for the program should present two years of high school algebra, one year of geometry or trigonometry, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry. High School Physics is also strongly recommended.

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

  • Demonstrate a broad base of knowledge in the biological sciences as indicated by their ability to utilize the terminology, concepts, and principles of biology in oral and written work.
  • describe the scientific method and apply it to hypothetical or laboratory problems.
  • describe the relationship between mankind and the natural world.
  • utilize critical thinking skills to understand and solve problems.
  • communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
  • demonstrate information literacy skills and the use of technology for gathering information.

Business

The Associate in Arts Degree in Business prepares students for a career in business or for advanced study at a four-year institution. The College has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions. For further information, please see an advisor for transfer services. The degree requirements consist of general education requirements and electives in preparation for a major area of study.

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

  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and electronic formats
  • Describe the practice and principles of a mixed economy based market business
  • Describe the application of macroeconomic and microeconomic theories and concepts as it relates to a mixed economy based market
  • Develop and maintain an accounting system and analyze statistical data
  • Utilize technology as it applies to business practices and research
  • Enumerate the principles governing ethical behavior in business

Chemistry

The Chemistry Department offers a degree program that combines basic chemistry courses with additional course work in biology, mathematics, physics, and the liberal arts. The degree program prepares students primarily for advanced study at a four-year institution. Students should note that the Department has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions.

Candidates for the program should present two years of algebra, one year each of geometry, chemistry, physics, and trigonometry, as high school entrance credits. High school biology is also strongly recommended.

All students enrolled in the Chemistry Program must take a mathematics placement test. Test scores will determine the sequence of mathematics courses required.

Consultation with a Chemistry faculty member is advised.

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

  • Evaluate how chemical theories explain the natural world;
  • Identify a chemical problem and analyze it in terms of its significant parts and the information needed to solve it;
  • Differentiate between theory and practice in the chemical sciences;
  • Perform laboratory experiments and measurements that include graphing and analyzing data;
  • Assess and effectively communicate oral and written chemical information;
  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal and electronic formats.