New Degrees, Building Prepare Students for Science Careers

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Construction on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building is under way on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus. The $16 million project will feature science labs, computer labs, office space and will be home to the Air Traffic Control and Aviation Studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute.

Four new science degrees will be offered in the facility: Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Radiologic Technology. The programs are pending state approval to begin in fall 2013.

“We worked closely with Richard Stockton College to make our science degrees more focused on transferability, instead of offering them as options,” explained Dr. Ronald McArthur, Dean of Instruction at Atlantic Cape. “Students can attend Atlantic Cape for two years, and have a seamless transfer, making their education more affordable.”

Students can also pursue transfer to dozens of other four-year colleges and universities Atlantic Cape has articulation agreements with.

Students completing the Biomedical Science Associate in Science degree will develop a strong base in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to transfer to a four-year degree program in human medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, physician assistant, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, optometry, medical technology or pharmacy. Program electives allow students to tailor their program to a specific scientific discipline.

The Environmental Science Associate in Science degree will provide a foundation in the application of the scientific method as it applies to environmental science. Through exploring the historical as well as contemporary issues in science, students will be able to write and speak intelligently in scientific terms, collect and record accurate data and critically evaluate experimental and fieldwork results.

Students completing the Chemistry Associate in Science degree will study chemistry, physics and mathematics so they can transfer to a four-year program in chemistry, pharmacy, human medicine, dentistry, environmental science and chemical engineering. Program electives allow students to tailor their program to a specific scientific discipline.

The Radiologic Technology Associate in Applied Science degree is a cooperative program designed in conjunction with the Shore Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology and meets the degree requirements for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists for license examination.

“Shore Medical Center approached us to partner with them, due to recent updates in state licensing requirements,” McArthur explained. “New legislation requires students to obtain an associate degree from an accredited institution to be eligible to sit for the ARRT licensing examination. The creation of this program meets the needs of those students.”

The core radiologic technology courses and clinical phase will be completed at the Shore Medical Center and are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of X-ray Compliance (NJDEP).

The 32,475-square-foot, two-story STEM building, designed by Philadelphia firm Stantec Architects, will be eligible for LEED Silver certification for its “green” design.  Construction began this spring and the facility is expected to be completed for the fall 2014 semester.

Kathy B. McGowan

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