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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog (2017 - 2018)

Liberal Arts & Sciences (A.A.)


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A.A. Degree

Program Description

Liberal Arts & Sciences is a flexible program designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year institution; those who are looking for personal enrichment; and those who are uncertain about their major area of study. With the careful guidance of an academic advisor, students can tailor their studies to best address their objectives.

The Liberal Arts & Sciences program offers maximum flexibility for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. The 30-credit general education core offers courses that transfer smoothly and seamlessly to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities and other local colleges and universities.

The large number of open electives enables students to tailor their program to their individual needs and interests.

The degree also offers students the opportunity to explore the entire curriculum and discover a variety of possibilities for future careers.

Students can develop their creativity in literature and arts; explore the potential of technology; expand awareness of global cultures and the human condition; enhance mathematical and scientific reasoning; and refine oral and written communication skills.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Effectively design a plan for successful transfer into the chosen four-year major and make an informed decision in order to choose a proper career path.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and interact (both in writing and orally) with a diverse population.
  • Apply skills to solve basic technical and mathematical problems.
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation for the creative process in art, music, literature, and/or language.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Liberal Arts & Sciences Degree, the student must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements of the degree.

Concentrations (Optional)

Students may pursue one of four concentrations within this Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree.  Concentration courses are taken as part of the open elective course requirements of the degree. Please note that Concentration Electives cannot be used to satisfy General Education Requirements.

Communication

In order to earn the Concentration in Communication, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of the following Concentration Electives.

  • COM 110 - Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 115 - Introduction to Communication
  • COM 120 - Organizational Communication
  • COM 125 - Effective Presentation Skills
  • COM 200 - Media and Society
  • COM 210 - Group Dynamics
  • MPR 100 - Introduction to Production
  • MPR 130 - Radio Production
  • MPR 150 - Television Production
  • MPR 200 - Scripting for Radio, Television and e-Media
  • MPR 250 - Video Production
  • MPR 270 - New Media Production
  • MPR 290 - Media Literacy

English

In order to earn the Concentration in English, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of the following Concentration Electives. Students must take at least 9 credits (3 courses) consisting of one British, one American, and one World Literature.                                  

  • ENG 205 - Research Writing
  • ENG 215 - Creative Writing
  • ENG 220 - Business Letter and Report Writing
  • ENG 225 - Technical Writing
  • ENG 230 - Survey of American Lit I
  • ENG 235 - Survey of American Lit II
  • ENG 240 - Survey of British Lit I
  • ENG 245 - Survey of British Lit II
  • ENG 250 - Women and Literature
  • ENG 255 - Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • ENG 260 - Monsters in Literature
  • ENG 271 - World Literature

History

In order to earn the Concentration in History, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of the following Concentration Electives.

  • CIV 100 - Western Civilization: Ancient through Renaissance
  • CIV 110 - Western Civilization: Renaissance to Present
  • GEO 100 - Introduction to Geography
  • GEO 110 - World Regional Geography
  • GOV 100 - Introduction to American National Government
  • GOV 210 - Current Events and Contemporary Issues
  • HIS 100 - U.S. History I: Discovery through Reconstruction
  • HIS 110 - U.S. History II: Reconstruction to Present
  • HIS 200 - American Immigration
  • HIS 205 - American Popular Culture
  • HIS 210 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 220 - The Vietnam War
  • HIS 250 - World War II through Film

Nanotechnology

Students pursuing certification in Nanotechnology will complete this Liberal Arts and Science Degree, and then will enroll in the following courses (18 credits) offered through the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership at Penn State University's Main Campus.

  • ELT 220 - Material, Safety and Equipment Overview for Nanofabrication
  • ELT 221 - Basic Nanofabrication Processes
  • ELT 222 - Materials in Nanotechnology
  • ELT 223 - Lithography for Nanofabrication
  • ELT 224 - Materials Modification in Nanofabrication
  • ELT 225 - Characterization, Testing of Nanofabricated Structures and Materials

The courses listed above are offered in one 15-week semester at Penn State University in State College, PA. Students must make arrangements to attend classes in State College, including room and board.

Areas of Interest (Optional)

Make the most of your Liberal Arts & Sciences degree by exploring an area of interest. The Liberal Arts & Sciences major is designed with maximum flexibility for those who plan to transfer to a four-year institution; those who are looking for personal enrichment; and those who are uncertain about their major area of study. Students are encouraged to use elective opportunities to explore an area of study which interests them. Completing coursework from an area of interest can assist a student with choosing a future degree or career path and can add additional focus to the Liberal Arts & Sciences degree.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult their transfer institution for guidance regarding maximum transferability of coursework completed at Pennsylvania Highlands. With the careful guidance of an academic advisor, students can tailor their studies to best address their long-term objectives.

Sample Areas of Interest:

Art and Music

  • ART 101 - Introduction to Art History
  • ART 105 - Drawing Fundamentals
  • ART 110 - Introduction to Painting and Sculpting
  • MUS 100 - Introduction to Music
  • MUS 200 - Popular American Music in the Twentieth Century
  • HIS 205 - American Popular Culture

Biological Sciences

  • BIO 104 - Principles of Biology I AND BIO 114 Principles of Biology I Lab
  • BIO 106 - Principles of Biology II AND BIO 116 Principles of Biology II Lab
  • BIO 108 - Forensic Biology AND BIO 118 Forensic Biology Lab
  • BIO 206 - Microbiology AND BIO 216 Microbiology Lab
  • BIO 207 - Ecology AND BIO217 Ecology Lab
  • BIO 208 - Genetics AND BIO 218 Genetics Lab
  • CHM 120 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM 122 - General Chemistry II
  • MAT 200 - Probability and Statistics
  • PHI 240 - Bioethics

Film and Theater

  • FLM 110 - Introduction to American Cinema
  • HIS 205 - American Popular Culture
  • HIS 250 - World War II through Film

Mathematics

  • MAT 170 - Pre-calculus
  • MAT 200 - Probability and Statistics
  • MAT 204 - Discrete Mathematics
  • MAT 210 - Calculus I
  • MAT 220 - Calculus II
  • MAT 230 - Calculus III

Philosophy and Religion

  • PHI 100 - Critical Thinking
  • PHI 110 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 200 - Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI/PSY 205 - Death and Dying
  • PHI/BUS 225 - Business Ethics
  • PHI 240 - Bioethics
  • REL 100 - World Religions/Religious Studies
  • REL 200 - Understanding the Bible
  • REL/PHI 235 - Philosophy of Religion

Technology

  • CIT 110 - Theory of Computing
  • CIT132 - Local Area Networks
  • CIT165 - Hardware Components
  • CIT173 - Windows Enterprise Desktop Operating Systems
  • CIT222 - Linux Operating System

General Education Requirements


Recommended Sequence of Courses


Total Credits (16)


Semester II


Total Credits (15)


Semester III


Elective - Humanities or Social Science
Elective - Social Science (Track 2)
Elective - Science
Elective - Open
Elective - Open

Total Credits (16)


Semester IV


Total Credits (15)


Minimum credits to earn A.A. degree: 62


Nanotechnology Option


Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.  To learn more about nanotechnology, visit http://www.cneu.psu.edu/hmWhatIsNano.html.

Through our partnership with the NACK (Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge) Network and Penn State University Nanotechnology, Penn Highlands is able to connect its students with coursework and careers in the growing field of nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able:

  • To demonstrate leadership skills based on a sense of professional and personal integrity, self-esteem, and willingness to receive and give constructive praise and criticism.
  • To apply information literacy skills.
  • To demonstrate strong communications and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving, editing, and presenting skills.
  • To demonstrate skills in mathematics and logic applied to technology.
  • Operate nanofabrication processing equipment with a focus on safety, environmental and health issues.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the materials handling procedures related to advanced electronic and manufacturing technologies.
  • Identify material and physical hazards associated with basic semiconductor processing equipment.
  • Communicate advanced technical concepts in an oral, written, and graphical form.
  • Use the computer in reporting, analyzing, and researching technical information.
  • Provide an active problem-solving link between engineers and production personnel.
  • Record relevant information in a working lab notebook.
  • Identify industries using nanofabrication technology such as opto-electronics, biomedical, sensors, flat panel displays, information storage, micro-electromechanical devices, micro-fluidics, solar cells, and microelectronics.

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements for the program include:

  • Have a history of course completion.
  • Demonstrate maturity.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.
  • Have no history of disciplinary problems.
  • Work well with others.
  • Have shown a genuine interest in the NMT field and be registered as a nanofabrication student.
  • Complete the required prerequisites.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Obtain a recommendation from the program lead.

To be accepted into the PSU Nanotechnology capstone program, students must:

  • Contact the program liaison at Penn Highlands for program application instructions and information: William Wolff, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, 814.262.6479, wwolff@pennhighlands.edu.
  • Apply to Penn State and provide the necessary documentation, including a letter of reference.
  • If accepted, students must provide acceptance letter to the Registrar for course scheduling.
  • Pay the required tuition, fees, and materials for the program. Costs will include room and board for the semester at Penn State Main Campus, a program fee of $2,500, Penn Highlands' tuition and fees, books, and materials.

Students may contact the Penn State University NMT program directly for more information and the application: Sue Barger, Administrative Support Coordinator, 814.865.9635, sbarger@engr.psu.edu.

Course Information

Students pursuing certification in Nanotechnology will complete the Liberal Arts and Science Degree at Penn Highlands Community College first, and then enroll in the following courses (18 credits) offered through the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership at Penn State University's Main Campus. These courses listed are offered in one 15-week semester. Students must make arrangements to attend classes in State College, including room and board. 

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