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Program Outcomes - Associate of Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain cellular processes
  2. Explain patterns of inheritance and their molecular mechanisms
  3. Use evolutionary relationships to classify organisms
  4. Describe the flow of energy through biological systems

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science Degree program with an emphasis in Chemistry, the learner will also be able to:

  1. Define the rate of a reaction and the rate law, determine the components of the rate law, and describe the effects of concentration, temperature and catalysts on the rate of a reaction
  2. Write and calculate equilibrium constants for a chemical reaction, calculate equilibrium concentrations from initial concentrations, apply Le Châtelier’s principle to a chemical reaction and predict how changes in concentration, temperature, pressure, and volume influence the equilibrium system
  3. Distinguish between Arrhenius and Brønsted acids and bases, identify conjugate acid/base pairs, predict the direction of a neutralization reaction, determine dissociation constants (Ka,Kb), pH and pOH in aqueous solutions, and relate molecular structure to acid strength

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Science Degree program with an emphasis in Physics, the learner will also be able to:

  1. Show improvement in the application of physical laws when analyzing natural phenomena and the interaction of physical objects
  2. Demonstrate understanding of electric and magnetic fields, and their interaction with matter, by predicting outcomes in a variety of physical situations
  3. Apply the principle of conservation of energy to systems of changed particles
  4. Apply conservation laws and the concepts of current and voltage to analyze and predict the behavior of electrical circuits