Northwest Community College

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Mission
The Liberal Arts and Sciences degree is designed for students planning to continue their education for a baccalaureate degree. Courses include the General Education classes required by four year colleges and universities. Advisors help choose the best electives according to a student’s area of interest.

See the Academic Information section of this catalog for degree requirements for Associate in Art versus Associate in Science degrees. Following are “Special Transfer Programs” for Biology, English, History, Psychology and Teaching Careers Transfer Pathways. 

Faculty
Assigned according to student’s area of interest.

Outcomes
The General Education component in all programs of study at NCCC, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programs, encompass the following competency or knowledge-based learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking skills.
2. Effective verbal, written, oral and visual communication skills.
3. Familiarity with multiple areas of traditional knowledge supporting intellectual excellence and openness.
4. Integrated studies among disciplines.
5. Commitment to social accountability and responsibility.
6. Awareness of the word at large.
7. Information literacy.
8. Appreciation for lifelong learning.

The courses listed by intended baccalaureate major age suggested below. Consultation with an academic advisor prior to actual course selection is highly recommended.
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:
PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits
PSY* 112 General Psychology II - 3 credits
Psychology Electives - 6 credits
MAT* 167 Principles of Statistics - 3 credits

COMPUTER SCIENCE: 
CSC* 105 Programming Logic - 3 credits
Programming Languages - 3 credits
MAT* 167 Principles of Statistics - 3 credits
CSC* 250 Systems Analysis & Design - 3 credits

MATHEMATICS:
CSC* 105 Programming Logic - 3 credits
MAT* 254 Calculus I - 4 credits
MAT* 256 Calculus II - 4 credits

NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCE:
BIO* 121 General Biology I - 4 credits
BIO* 122 General Biology II - 4 credits
CHE* 121 General Chemistry I - 4 credits
CHE* 122 General Chemistry II - 4 credits
PHY* 121 General Physics I - 4 credits
PHY* 122 General Physics II - 4 credits

Coursework
This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years.
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits​
MAT* Mathematics Elective higher than MAT* 137 (MAT* 186 recommended) - 3/4 credits​

Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2 
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits​
HIS* 101 HIS* 102 HIS* 201 HIS* 202 Western Civilization I OR Western Civilization II OR US History I OR US History II - 3 credits​
Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits​
Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits​
Elective - 3 credits​
SEMESTER 3
ECN* GEO* POL* Economics Elective OR Geography Elective OR Political Science Elective - 3 credits
Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
Art or Music Elective - 3 credits
Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 4
PHL* Philosophy Elective - 3 credits
Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
Elective - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 62(63)