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A.A. Degree with Science Diploma

Degree Type: A.A.
Major Code: SCIEN-AA
CIP: 1192401010

The Science Diploma and the Science Merit Diploma have been instituted for students who plan to major in a science, engineering or the pre-medical field. These diplomas certify that students have completed a well-rounded math-science core curriculum. They provide a foundation that will give students a competitive edge in transferring into limited-access programs.

The Science Diploma Program is restricted-access. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Provide official transcripts indicating completion of high school with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or have a minimum 3.3 GPA on completed college courses;
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 25 or a combined SAT score of 1100;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from previous English, mathematics or science instructors. Note: Applicants who have completed the following high school courses with at least an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) are preferred: English II Honors, Algebra II Honors, Chemistry Honors, Physics Honors and Biology Honors.
Major Prerequisite Courses
Choose two:
Not availableISC1932Science Seminar - Research
The purpose of this course is to expose students to some of the different types of research being done in the Central Florida area and the way by which research is presented in a scientific context. Each student will write and present a research paper on an approved science topic.
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Not availableISC1933Science Seminar - Careers
This course will focus on careers in science. Various scientific professionals from the community will be presenting information about their work followed by a question and answer period. Research into a variety of scientific careers will be required.
1
AvailableISC1937Science Seminar - Environmental
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the relationship between science and the environment. Students will be required to participate in field trips and/or service projects.
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Not availableMAC1118Applications of Trigonometry
This course is team-taught with biology, chemistry and physics faculty. How concepts from trigonometry are applied to the fields of biology, chemistry and physics will be examined.
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Not availableMAC1148Applications of Precalculus
This course is team-taught with biology, chemistry and physics faculty. How concepts from precalculus are applied to the fields of biology, chemistry and physics will be examined.
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To satisfy the seminar requirement for the Science Diploma, at least one seminar option must have an ISC prefix.
Choose one track:
Biology, Chemistry, Health Field or Pharmacy Track
AvailableBSC1010CGeneral Biology I
This course is primarily for science majors or students with a strong biology background. It is a study of the molecular and cellular composition and function of living organisms. Emphasis will be given to structure, chemical metabolism and genetic mechanisms. Laboratory illustrates basic biological principles. Lab fee required.
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AvailableBSC1011CGeneral Biology II
A continuation of General Biology I, this course is designed for science majors or students requiring a full year of biology. Emphasis will be given to evolutionary relationships of living organisms. Structure, form and function of both plants and animals will be studied and ecological principles summarized. Required laboratory will correlate with lecture topics. Lab fee required.
4
AvailableCHM2045CGeneral Chemistry I
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required.
4
AvailableCHM2046CGeneral Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis
This course serves as a continuation of CHM 2045C. Topics covered include chemical bonding models, properties of solutions, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. The course stresses integration of chemical knowledge. The laboratory is primarily qualitative analysis. Lab fee required.
4
AvailableMAC2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
This is a first course in analytic geometry and the theory and application of calculus. Selected topics include a review of functions, limits and continuity, the derivative, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions and their inverses, the Mean Value and Intermediate Value Theorems, extrema and graph sketching, area and the definite integral, anti-differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration of transcendental functions and their inverses. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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or higher level mathematics course
Choose one group:
AvailablePHY1053CGeneral Physics I
This course contains a descriptive and quantitative study of kinematics, mechanics, energy and applications of mechanics. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. Lab fee required.
4
AvailablePHY1054CGeneral Physics II
This course contains the descriptive and quantitative study of electricity, magnetism and applications of electromagnetism. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. Lab fee required.
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Not availablePHY2048CPhysics with Calculus I
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab fee required.
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Not availablePHY2049CPhysics with Calculus II
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied include electricity, magnetism and topics of electromagnetism. Lab fee required.
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Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Engineering or Physics Track
AvailableCHM2045CGeneral Chemistry I
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required.
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AvailableCHM2046CGeneral Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis
This course serves as a continuation of CHM 2045C. Topics covered include chemical bonding models, properties of solutions, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry. The course stresses integration of chemical knowledge. The laboratory is primarily qualitative analysis. Lab fee required.
4
AvailableMAC2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
This is a first course in analytic geometry and the theory and application of calculus. Selected topics include a review of functions, limits and continuity, the derivative, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions and their inverses, the Mean Value and Intermediate Value Theorems, extrema and graph sketching, area and the definite integral, anti-differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration of transcendental functions and their inverses. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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AvailableMAC2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
This course is a continuation of MAC 2311. Selected topics include conics, translation and rotation of axes, techniques of integration, arc length and other applications of the definite integral, polar coordinates, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, infinite sequences and series and Taylor's Formula. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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AvailableMAC2313Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
This course is a continuation of MAC 2312. Selected topics include parametric equations, vectors in the plane and 3-space, directional derivatives and curvature, quadric surfaces, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, differential calculus of functions of two and three variables and multiple integration. A graphing calculator and a computer algebra system will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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Not availablePHY2048CPhysics with Calculus I
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab fee required.
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Not availablePHY2049CPhysics with Calculus II
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied include electricity, magnetism and topics of electromagnetism. Lab fee required.
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2000-Level Science or Mathematics Electives2
Must be a 2000-level science or mathematics course appropriate to the track the student has chosen. See Coordinator of Science Diploma program for recommended elective for specific pre-majors. Electives may be fewer based on Mathematics General Education courses selected.
Recommended:
AvailableBSC2093CAnatomy and Physiology I
This is the first part of a two-semester course that investigates in detail the structure and function of humans. The course is primarily designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We will utilize a "system" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic rather than the dysfunctional individual. Lab fee required.
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AvailableBSC2094CAnatomy and Physiology II
This course is the second part of a two-semester course that investigates the structure and function of humans. The course is designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We utilize a "systems" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on homeostatic rather than dysfunctional individuals. Lab fee required.
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AvailableCHM2210COrganic Chemistry I
This course provides a basic introduction to all organic functional groups and nomenclature followed by detailed treatment of the relationship between structure and reactivity of organic molecules. Other topics include stereochemistry and synthesis. Lab fee required.
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AvailableCHM2211COrganic Chemistry II
This course provides a continuation of CHM 2210C. Topics covered include the chemistry and reactions of alcohols, ethers, sulfur compounds, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and amines. Various types of spectroscopy will be covered. Emphasis will be on reactivity, mechanisms and synthesis. Lab fee required.
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Not availableGLY2010CPhysical Geology with Laboratory
This course provides a survey of introductory ideas in physical geology including Earth materials, geologic hazards, plate tectonics, the water cycle and surficial landforms. Laboratory work will consist of identification of minerals and rock specimens, interpretation of stratigraphic units and work with topographic, physiographic and geologic maps and imagery. Field trips may be required. Lab fee required.
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AvailableMAC2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
This course is a continuation of MAC 2311. Selected topics include conics, translation and rotation of axes, techniques of integration, arc length and other applications of the definite integral, polar coordinates, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, infinite sequences and series and Taylor's Formula. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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AvailableMAC2313Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
This course is a continuation of MAC 2312. Selected topics include parametric equations, vectors in the plane and 3-space, directional derivatives and curvature, quadric surfaces, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, differential calculus of functions of two and three variables and multiple integration. A graphing calculator and a computer algebra system will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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AvailableMAP2302Elementary Differential Equations
This is a first course in ordinary differential equations with applications including boundary value problems, methods of solution of first order differential equations and the solution of higher order linear equations by methods which may include undetermined coefficients, operators, variation of parameters, Laplace transforms and series solutions. The graphing calculator and a computer algebra system will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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AvailableMCB2010CMicrobiology
This fundamental course in Microbiology is designed to fulfill the needs of nursing students as well as other allied health majors. The course stresses the structure, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism and introductory genetics of bacteria. An introduction to fungi, parasites and viruses is included. Laboratory experience in techniques and primary isolation will be provided. Lab fee required.
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AvailableSTA2023Statistical Methods I
This course introduces probability and statistical inference including estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, small sample methods, the study of random variables, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business related field. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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General Education Courses
AvailableENC1101English I
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
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AvailableENC1102English II
In this course students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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AvailableSPC1608Introduction to Oral Communication
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.
3
History General Education course3
Humanities General Education courses6
Social Science General Education course3
Mathematics General Education course (for biology, chemistry, health field or pharmacy track)3
AvailableMAC2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
This course is a continuation of MAC 2311. Selected topics include conics, translation and rotation of axes, techniques of integration, arc length and other applications of the definite integral, polar coordinates, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, infinite sequences and series and Taylor's Formula. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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suggested or
AvailableMAC2313Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
This course is a continuation of MAC 2312. Selected topics include parametric equations, vectors in the plane and 3-space, directional derivatives and curvature, quadric surfaces, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, differential calculus of functions of two and three variables and multiple integration. A graphing calculator and a computer algebra system will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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suggested or
AvailableSTA2023Statistical Methods I
This course introduces probability and statistical inference including estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, small sample methods, the study of random variables, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business related field. This course partially satisfies the mathematics requirement S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
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For engineering and physics track:
Biological or Earth Science General Education course3
Total Credits:60

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Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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