Associate of Science (ASG)
View the required classes for the Associate of Science.
The Associate of Science degree parallels the first two years of liberal arts coursework
in a Bachelor of Science degree (or in alternate degrees like Engineering, Business,
or Agriculture), leading to a range of possible majors in mathematics and natural/physical
sciences, to be completed in the third and fourth years of work towards a bachelor’s
For students who have a general interest in sciences, the Associate of Science degree
is preferable over the Associate of Arts degree.
The Associate of Science degree will provide a broad knowledge of arts and humanities,
as well as social and behavioral sciences, but will include more concentration in
mathematics and the natural and physical sciences. A range of elective courses offers
the flexibility to explore areas of interest before deciding on a specific major
program in science or a related field for completion at your selected four-year
The Associate of Science degree requires a minimum of 65 semester credit hours for
graduation. These hours are composed of a minimum of 53 hours of general education
courses selected within categories and enough electives to complete the 65-hour
requirement. To see the categories of courses and range of options available, check
out the List of Course Requirements and Electives for AS Degree.
Free electives may be used to fulfill four-year institutional prerequisite requirements
within programs. Free electives may be selected from any transferable college-level
course offered by Belmont. You must take care to select transferable courses wisely,
as prescribed by your target four-year institution, in consultation with advising.
In the future Belmont College will have concentration available, and in that case,
a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the concentration will be required, plus
enough electives to complete the 65-hour requirement.
To envision a program and plan your options, check out the Suggested Course Sequence
for AS Degree. In preparation for semester conversion, adhering to the Suggested
Course Sequence will be mandatory, to prevent inconvenience and duplication of course
materials across courses.
Interdisciplinary learning is the fundamental strength and value of a liberal arts
education. The formulation of outcomes is based on recognition of the transformative
potential of higher education in the liberal arts and an appreciation of how the
knowledge gained (in particular, human understanding) leads to actions. Outcomes
will be assessed in the Associate of Science degree through a portfolio process
that will allow students to achieve individualized goals, in keeping with their
chosen interdisciplinary path of study.
- Pursue Knowledge: Students learn through discipline-specific and interdisciplinary discovery processes, think critically, and synthesize resulting knowledge.
- Understand Self: Students achieve self-understanding as conscious and engaged human beings in relation to others and develop a realistic understanding of life and its opportunities.
- Integrate Socially: Students develop a defined sense of human community, take responsibility for their roles, and integrate successfully in collaborative environments.
- Demonstrate Open-Mindedness: Students cultivate intellectual curiosity, flexibility in thinking, problem solving strategies, and a broad critical perspective that values diversity of thought.
- Be Globally Responsible: Students recognize the interdependence of global forces and local contexts, becoming culturally proficient citizens sensitive to the issues of diverse cultures.
- Behave Ethically: Students form personal values based on belief in the worth and dignity of human beings, apply ethical principles in making decisions, and accept the social consequences of actions.
- Communicate Effectively: Students demonstrate the abilities to read and listen with understanding and express complex ideas in spoken and written forms.