Liberal Arts and Sciences: Math/Science
The liberal arts and sciences - math/science degree emphasizes the development of strong analytical skills and the background you need to excel in a changing technological world. A broad range of courses is available, including calculus, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, physics, and computer programming. Recent graduates have transferred to a variety of colleges and universities and majored in Adolescence Education, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Nutrition Sciences, Physics, and Science Writing for the Public.
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While the curriculum for this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, skills learned relate directly to some positions in the math and science fields.
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Recent transfer institutions include:
- Binghamton University
- Canisius College
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- SUNY College at Cortland
- SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- SUNY College at Geneseo
- Hobart and William Smith Colleges
- Ithaca College
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Thomas Jefferson University
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.
Haley Pantle of Candor, New York, graduate from Tompkins Cortland in May of 2018 with highest honors, earning an A.S. in Liberal Arts: Math/Science. She transferred into Ithaca College as a Junior and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in pre-med. After her anticipated graduation in 2020, Haley plans to continue on to medical school.
Why did you choose to attend Tompkins Cortland?
Going into my senior year of high school, I did not have a career in mind. I was interested in and did best in my science and health-related courses, and felt that taking higher level courses in that area would fit me best. I attended Tompkins Cortland because it was a perfect fit to have a comfortable transition into the college setting. I was still able to commute from home and continue waitressing at an Ithaca restaurant I had worked at for years.
How did your college experience at Tompkins Cortland prepare you for what came next (career and/or transfer)?
Tompkins Cortland Community College did more for me than I could have ever asked for. In high school, I did not excel in my courses, nor did I apply myself. I struggled with my attendance and had no motivation toward learning the coursework of most classes. Immediately, upon starting classes at Tompkins Cortland I began growing relationships with faculty and peers, and looked forward to my drive in the morning to begin a new day of classes. My confidence immediately starting growing as I began to take higher level courses and succeed in them. I then decided that because I had the ability to succeed in the college setting I would transfer to a four-year school and continue building the courses needed to obtain a career in the medical field. As that confidence continued to grow throughout the past three years, I decided to pursue a career as a doctor, a career I never felt was attainable before my matriculation at Tompkins Cortland.
What is your current position and how do you draw on your Tompkins Cortland coursework in your job?
At Ithaca College, I am constantly using material learned at Tompkins Cortland. Many of the courses I am now taking are building blocks that require knowledge in the sciences that Tompkins Cortland provided for me. I also use the coursework while shadowing doctors in the operating room and at my job position as a care provider at an assisted living home. My two years at Tompkins Cortland also allowed me to transfer into Ithaca College as a junior as they accepted every college credit that I had coming into the school.
Who at TC3 had the greatest positive impact on your experience or your future?
There were an innumerable amount of faculty and staff members who helped me get to the place I am in now. From professors, those working in the transfer department, and those in the admissions department, I had an easy transition into, through, and out of Tompkins Cortland. Dr. Jacobs in the biology department at Tompkins Cortland had a significant impact on my college career. He reached out to me during my first semester and allowed me to meet with him so that we could talk through my future aspirations. Although he was not my advisor, he helped to lead me in the right direction of courses I should take in order to obtain my goals. Later, he became my professor in General Biology and further helped me to realize my passion for the sciences with his investment for the subject during class. His course is still one of the most challenging I have taken thus far, and I feel as though it helped to seal my dedication for college and one day becoming a medical professional.