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    Nov 13, 2018  
2013-14 Gaston College Catalog 
    
2013-14 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]

Science Diploma (D10400)


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The Diploma in Science shall be granted for planned programs of study consisting of a minimum of 44 and a maximum of 47 semester hours of approved college transfer courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Within the diploma program, the college shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Use computers and other educational technologies to achieve academic and work-related goals. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.
    2. Integrate the use of a calculator or Excel to construct, analyze, solve, and graph solutions to problems.
  2. Communicate non-verbally by reading analytically and writing fluently. Students will meet this outcome by completing both of the following requirements:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, and execute the college level expository essay.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver an oral presentation.
  3. Analyze problems and make logical decisions. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Synthesize mathematical criteria to determine an appropriate solution to satisfy the given conditions of a problem.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the empirical nature of science and the scientific method and use this knowledge to analyze problems and make rational decisions.
    3. Identify and analyze arguments.
    4. Develop a logically structured expository essay for an academic audience.
  4. Examine the arts/humanities and social behavioral sciences from cultural and historic perspectives. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Evaluate and explain patterns in human political, cultural, and economic life and their impact on human societies.
    2. Differentiate and discuss how cultural groups express themselves through the humanities/arts.
    3. Explain patterns of human development throughout the lifespan and discuss contextual factors that may influence the developmental patterns.
    4. Evaluate and explain patterns in various human social groups and their interrelatedness.
  5. Analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data. Students will meet this outcome by doing at least one of the following:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to perform fundamental algebraic concepts and skills to analyze and interpret quantitative data.
    2. Given relevant information and practicing math skills necessary for the sciences, analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data.

General Education Courses (44 SHC)


English Composition (6 SHC)


ENG 111 is required. Students will only receive credit for one of the following: ENG 112, ENG 113, or ENG 114.

Humanities/Fine Arts (9 SHC)


Select three courses from at least three of the following discipline areas. One course must be a literature course. Only one course may be taken from the communication discipline.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC)


Select three courses from at least three of the following discipline areas.

One course must be a history course.

Economics


Students may not receive credit for ECO 151 if they have received credit for ECO 251 or ECO 252.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (20 SHC)


Natural Sciences (8 SHC): A two-course sequence in general biology, general chemistry, or general physics is required.

Mathematics (7 SHC)

Total Semester Hour Credits: 44-47


Note(s):


Students must meet the receiving university's foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

The courses taken in this diploma program may be applied toward the Associate in Science degree. See the associate degree listing for specific degree requirements.

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