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Culture, Science and Technology

The Culture, Science and Technology A.A. degree curriculum is designed to provide students with the educational foundation necessary to deal with the complex interrelationships among technical, scientific and societal changes in the modern world. The program is designed for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional schools after study at Community College of Philadelphia, for students selecting a specialized associate's degree, for students planning to enter certain select programs at a later date and for students undecided about their long-term educational goals.

Students are expected to consult with an academic advisor or counselor upon entry to the program and in subsequent semesters. Planning should begin early so that the student can gain the most benefit from the curriculum. Students who follow the Culture, Science and Technology curriculum and plan to attend a specific four-year college after graduation should choose elective courses that duplicate as closely as possible those in the first two years of the program of that college. Students who plan to apply for admission to one of the College's select programs should meet with an advisor or counselor for course selection.

Students can choose to follow a Science/Technology concentration or a Health Careers concentration. The Science/Technology concentration is appropriate for students interested in careers in science and technology. The Health Careers concentration is appropriate for students who want to study in a health-related field. This concentration is specifically for students interested in one of the College's allied health programs, the College's Nursing program, or in transferring to a baccalaureate program in a discipline such as nursing, public health, therapeutic recreation, health information management, occupational therapy or other health careers.

Students with specialized academic interests or plans to major in a certain subject after transfer should consider one of the more specialized degree programs offered by the College.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in mathematics beyond the intermediate level.
  • Demonstrate a depth of understanding in a scientific or technological discipline.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of subject matter in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Transfer successfully to a four-year university.
  • Successfully transition to a program in health care or science.

Program Entry Requirements:
Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of the degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the A.A. degree in Culture, Science and Technology, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). Students are required to take five core courses, five concentration courses, three Social Science electives, two Humanities electives and four general electives to bring the total to 60 credits.

The five core courses are: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 118 and a second math course (level 135 or higher) and CIS 103. Students can choose either a Science/Technology concentration or a Health Careers concentration.

View a list of courses that can be used as social science and humanities electives.

Health Careers Concentration:
To earn the degree in this concentration students are required to successfully finish five concentration courses referred to as the Science and Health requirement and three Social Science courses. To provide both breadth and depth, the Science and Health requirement includes four Natural Science courses with labs and one Health course. One of the Natural Science courses must be in a different discipline than the other three courses, to satisfy the breadth requirement. Three Natural Science courses have to be in the same discipline to satisfy the depth requirement. Students must take either AH 103 - Medical Terminology or DIET 111 - Introduction to Nutrition or AH 101 - Introduction to the Health Care Profession for the Health requirement. Students planning to transfer to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs or other bachelors programs in health care are often required to take Statistics (ECON 112 or MATH 251). Students should first check the requirements of the transfer institutions before selecting a second math course.

Science/Technology Concentration:
To earn the degree in this concentration students are required to successfully finish five concentration courses. The Science/Technology concentration is satisfied with one of two options: 1) Students complete four Natural Science courses with labs and one technology course. One of the Natural Science courses must be in a different discipline than the other three courses, to satisfy the breadth requirement. The depth option is satisfied by taking three Natural Science courses in the same discipline. 2) Students complete two Natural Science courses with labs in two different disciplines to satisfy breadth requirement and three technology courses in the same discipline which satisfies the depth requirement.

Technology courses acceptable for the Science/Technology concentration include Architecture Design and Construction (ADC) 103, 163 or 263, Paralegal Studies (PLS) 115, or any courses in Computer Information Systems (CIS) with the exception of CIS 103, Computer Science (CSCI), Computer Forensics (CF) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Each technology course must be a minimum of 3 credits.

For purposes of this curriculum, the natural sciences include biology, chemistry and physics. Courses in these disciplines, as well as STS 101, will fulfill the natural science requirement.

Students with specialized academic interests or plans to major in a certain subject after transfer should consider one of the more specialized degree programs offered by the College.

Culture, Science and Technology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

English 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
Math 118 - Intermediate Algebra or above   3 Mathematics
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
Natural Science Course with Lab (depth requirement)   4 Natural Science

Second Semester

Second Math or Statistics course1   3/4  
English 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Social Science Elective   3  
Natural Science Course with Lab (depth requirement)   4  
Humanities Elective   3 Humanities

Third Semester

Concentration Elective2   3  
Natural Science Course with Lab or Technology Requirement ((depth requirement)   3/4  
Social Science Elective   3  
Humanities Elective   3  
General Elective   3  

Fourth Semester

Natural Science Course with Lab or Technology Requirement (breadth requirement)   3/4  
General Elective   3  
General Elective   3  
General Elective3   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1Take second math course at MATH 135 level or higher.

Students planning to transfer to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs or other bachelors programs in health care are often required to take Statistics (ECON 112 or MATH 251). Students should first check the requirements of the transfer institutions before selecting a second math course.

2Science/Technology concentration: choose elective from list of technological disciplines. Health Career concentration: choose either DIET 111 or AH 101 or AH 103.

3Students will need to complete enough credits in elective courses so that their total number of credits is 60 or higher. The actual number of elective credits needed depends on the credit count of courses chosen to fulfill other degree requirements.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.