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