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Associate in Science - SCI.AS


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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The Associate in Science degree is ideally suited for students seeking a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in areas such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, among others.

Lewis and Clark offers A.S. degree program majors in the following areas of study:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

If you plan on majoring in one of these at a four-year institution, you should work closely with your academic advisor to verify the program requirements an course transferability at the institution you plan on attending.

In fall 2016, all Illinois community colleges were required to offer a new A.S. model.  This degree has a modified general education package which allows students the opportunity to remain on track with their cohorts at the 4-year institutions and complete a couple of general education courses after they transfer to their institution of choice.  Under the A.S. degree model, students will take one additional math course and one science course, which will delay two GECC course in the Humanities & Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences categories  The GECC package remains intact; however, a student will complete the package upon transfer to a university. 

Online and Web-Blended Learning Option: Lewis and Clark offers an Associate in Science degree option which enables the student to complete most of the required coursework by combining online and/or Web-blended courses. (Note: some courses may require on-campus visits.)

If you are interested in pursuing this degree option, please contact an Academic Advisor for assistance with course selection.

General Education Requirements: 37 Credit Hours


Communications (9 Credit Hours)


Three courses total: two courses in writing (with grade of “C” or better) and one course in oral communications. See general education core list.

Mathematics (6 Credit Hours)


Two courses total: two courses from the Mathematics general education core list.

Physical & Life Sciences (10 Credit Hours)


Three courses total: one course from the life science group and one course from the physical science group. The additional course can be selected from either group. In addition, one of the courses must be a lab course. See general education core list.

Humanities & Fine Arts (6 Credit Hours)


Two courses total: one course from the humanities group and one course from the fine arts group. In addition, at least one of the courses must be a western culture course. Note: A.S. degree seeking students must complete one non-western culture course in either humanities/fine arts or social/behavioral sciences. See general education core list.

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 Credit Hours)


Two courses total: courses must be selected from at least two disciplines (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC). Note: A.S. degree seeking students must complete one non-western culture course in either humanities/fine arts or social/behavioral sciences. See general education core list.

Human Relations Requirement


Students must satisfy the State of Illinois human relations course requirement by successfully completing one of the following Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science courses as part of the 37 General Education credit hours:

Humanities/Fine Arts courses:


Social/Behavioral Science courses:


Major Field and Elective Course Requirements: 23 Credit Hours


Elective Course Requirements


Residency Requirement


Students must complete 15 semester credit hours of the degree at Lewis and Clark Community College.

Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement


2.00 minimum GPA at L&C

Total Credit Hours Required: 60 Credit Hours


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