SCIENCE, SOCIAL SCIENCE, & MATH FAQS

Science, Social Science, & Math FAQs

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What courses are required for my major?

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To see a list of courses needed for any major in the science/social science/math areas, click on the Programs and Majors link on the Natural Science, Social Science, and Mathematics page.

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How do I change my major?

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To change your major, contact the Department Chairperson at (620) 665-3438 or paramoret@hutchcc.edu.

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Where do I find out more about the Biotechnology program?

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Information about the Biotechnology program is available on the Programs & Majors link on the Natural Science, Social Science, and Mathematics page. You may also contact Dr. Rob Holmes at (620) 665-3549 or holmesr@hutchcc.edu.

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If I enroll in Physical Geology, do I have to take the lab?

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The answer is NO. Physical Geology PY103 does not require that you take both the lab and the lecture. Here are your options:

1. If you want to use Physical Geology as a lab science credit toward graduation, you can enroll in the lecture PY103 and the Physical Geology lab (PY104L) in the same semester. Or you can take the lecture PY103 and then take the lab PY104L in a later semester.

2. If you do not plan to use Physical Geology as a lab science credit, you can enroll in the lecture PY103 only.

3. If you are interested in taking the lab PY104L, keep in mind that the lecture PY103 is a pre- or co-requisite for the lab, so you will have to take the lecture PY103 either before enrolling in the lab or concurrently.

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I already have credit for a science lecture from another institution. Can I just enroll in a lab at HCC?

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The answer is NO. Most lab sciences at HCC have combined lecture and lab. For instance, when you enroll in General Biology BI101 it is worth 4 credit hours which combines the lecture and lab credit into one grade for the course. The lecture and lab cannot be taken in different semesters. The only exception to this rule is for Physical Geology where the lecture PY103 and lab PY104L are separate courses.

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Is there a prerequisite for Human Anatomy & Physiology?

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Yes, there is a prerequisite for Human Anatomy & Physiology BI103. 

To take A&P, a student must either successfully complete a full semester of college level biology OR they must complete BI100 Basic Concepts for Allied Health Studies with a grade of C or better.

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How do labs work in online classes?

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There are three ways that a laboratory science class may be offered at HCC.  1) The class can be offered face-to-face in which both the lecture and the lab are offered in a classroom on one of our campuses. 2) The class is offered fully online. In this scenario, both the lecture and the lab are offered fully online and the student does not ever set foot in a classroom or lab. 3) The class is offered in hybrid format. This scenario involves most of the lecture being online, but the lab meets face-to-face on one of our campuses. Different courses are offered in different formats, so it’s a good idea to contact your HCC academic advisor for guidance. If you are using Dragon Zone to self-enroll, be sure to read the sticky notes next to each course section for important course enrollment instructions!

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Will HCC courses transfer to a university

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The answer to this question starts with “it depends on the course.”  All universities have Transfer Equivalency Guides available on their websites for current and potential students to utilize.  Typically these guides are found under the Admissions tab on those sites or anywhere information about transfer students is available.  Most courses offered through HCC’s Science, Social Science and Mathematics department will transfer either as a direct equivalent or as an elective to other colleges and universities in the state.  If you have a question about how a specific course transfers, contact your HCC academic advisor who can provide you with the information you need.

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How do I know which math class to enroll in?

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Placement into math classes is determined by your ACT Math score, or your ACCUPLACER or Compass score, or successfully completed courses from another accredited institution.  The ACCUPLACER and/or Compass tests may be taken on campus.  Contact your HCC academic advisor for further information.
 

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What careers are available to psychology majors?

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There are many jobs for bachelor degree-level psychology majors.  This degree helps students develop skills that are important in a variety of careers including management and administration, sales, labor-relations, personnel training, real estate, business services and insurance, and marketing, among others.  In the area of human or social services, the career opportunities include case management, career counseling, and rehabilitation specialist.   For students interested in careers in the clinical fields of psychology, a master’s degree or Ph. D. is required.  The clinical field includes clinical psychologists, who assess, diagnose, and treat individuals suffering from mental or emotional illnesses.  It also includes counselors, who help individuals overcome issues affecting daily life.