The Liberal Arts Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Science is designed for students who are interested in a science-related career, but are unsure of which specific sub-discipline in which they want to pursue. This program provides opportunities for students to explore a range of interests and to learn how science may be integrated with other fields. For example, a student interested in pursuing medical laboratory work concurrently with biology would have the option of taking medical laboratory courses as electives. This program enables students to transfer into four-year degree programs.
We have just expanded our Liberal Arts Associate of Arts degree to include areas of concentration. This flexibility aligns with students exploring various academic pathways in their first two years of college.
Liberal Arts at River Valley caters to each students’ passions to help them succeed in the job field or in their next academic steps.
- Transfer to any four-year institution!
The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts aspires to create a community of inspired learners by offering challenging courses designed to cultivate scholarly inquiry, social responsibility and academic integrity. Liberal Arts faculty create a rigorous academic environment, characterized by mutual respect and collegiality, in which students are encouraged to discover their true potential and purpose.
The goal of the Liberal Arts program is to engage students in study across multiple disciplines with the goal of cultivating a broad knowledge base and strong skill set that prepares students for the workforce or continued study towards a bachelor’s degree. Through study in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences, students learn to think critically, communicate in multiple mediums, conduct research, solve complex problems, demonstrate ethical reasoning and system thinking, and grow as globally responsible citizens.
Upon completion of the Liberal Arts program, students will be able to:
- Synthesize and apply knowledge from multiple perspectives to evaluate social, ethical, cultural and global issues
- Assimilate a variety of intellectual and practical skills to solve sophisticated problems
- Communicate complex ideas and concepts both orally and in writing across multiple disciplines
- Address real-world problems by exercising mental agility, analytical and creative thinking and interpersonal negotiation
- Develop a foundation sufficient for transfer to a four-year college or university
(*Students should consult their content advisors for appropriate major courses which are dependent upon their career and transfer goals and objectives.)
If students are transferring to a four-year program focusing on Biology or Chemistry fields:
- Lab Science Electives: students are advised to take BIOL101R (bio 1), BIOL102R (bio 2), CHEM140R (chem 1), and CHEM141R (chem 2) for their first 4 lab science electives and either BIOL205R (micro)/BIOL201R (A&P 1)/BIOL202R (A&P 2) for their 5th lab science course. Any additional lab science courses could be taken using the two “open elective” course requirements.
- Mathematics Electives: students are advised to take either MATH110R (functions and modeling 1), MATH120R (functions and modeling 2), MATH210R (calc 1), MATH 211R (calc 2), or MATH106R (stats 1) for their three math elective courses, depending on what field they want to study after transferring to a four year degree program. Any additional math courses could be taken using the two “open elective” course requirements.