Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Common Core Requirements

Course listing table for the degree
Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-119: College Algebra1 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-201: General Biology I2 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Scientific World (Recommended: PSYC-101) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. (Required: CH-1272 or CH-1512) 4
Subtotal 322

Major Requirements

Major requirements for the degree program
Courses Credits
BI-202: General Biology II 4
BI-150: Organization and Delivery of Health Care 2
IS-151: The Health of the Nation 2

MA-336: Statistics
MA-440: Precalculus Mathematics1 


Subtotal 11-12

Major Electives

Major Electives for the degree
Courses Credits
Advised major electives selected from the list and guided by appropriate transfer articulations3: 15.5
Subtotal 15.5


Major Electives for the degree
Courses Credits
Free elective 0-1
Subtotal 0-1

Total Credits Required


1 Students who are exempt from or placed out of MA-119, required under 1B above, will use one of courses under Requirements for the Major to satisfy 1B in Common Core.

2 Students are required to take STEM Variants in 1C  and 2E; if students do not take STEM variants in common core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements. Please Note: The revised curriculum has received a waiver to specify a particular course requirement in 1B, 1C and 2E and a particular sixth course in the Flexible Core.

3 Major/Course Distribution based on transfer articulations:

Choose from: ANTH-101ARTS-132ARTH-100, BI-115, BI-150, BI-151, BI-235*, BI-250BI-301 , BI-302BI-311BI-356BI-403BI-421*, BI-453, BI-456, BI-457, BI-461, BI-510, BI-550, BI-551BU-101BU-201, BU-500, CH-127CH-128CH-151CH-152CH-251CH-252CS-100ECON-101ENGL-211ENGL-212ENGL-213ENGL-214ET-501HE-101HE-103HE-105HE-106HE-110HE-111IS-151, IS-210, IS-220, MA-336MA-440MA-441, MU-110, MU-271, MU-272, PE-441, PE-530, PH-101PH-301PH-302PH-303PHIL-101PLSC-101PSYC-220, PSYC-225, PSYC-230PSYC-270SOCY-101

* BI-301 and BI-302 may be substituted for BI-235 and BI-421.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Health Sciences

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in factual knowledge and conceptual understanding required for transfer to the junior year in a baccalaureate program in health sciences.
  2. Disciplinary learning
    1. Use algebra and statistics to solve problems in the health sciences
    2. Proficiently acquire, process, and analyze scientific information in all its forms
    3. Proficiently convey information specific to the health sciences, through technical writing or oral presentation
    4. Use current technology to demonstrate concepts related to the field of health sciences
    5. Work collaboratively to acquire and analyze data, or solve problems in the health sciences
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities in the field of health sciences

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Campus Cultural Centers

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.