School of Pure and Applied Sciences

School of Pure and Applied Sciences

The School of Pure and Applied Sciences supports Florida SouthWestern State College’s Associate of Arts Degree by offering a rigorous curriculum in math and science. A student’s successful completion of the general education and discipline-specific aspects of the degree establishes a foundation for lifelong learning and prepares the student to be a thoughtful, informed, global citizen. This educational experience fosters academic excellence, interdisciplinary dialog, respect for self and others, and social responsibility.

Programs of Study

AA in General Studies

The mission of Florida SouthWestern State College's General Education Program is to provide students with trans-disciplinary learning experiences that empower them to be active, informed and ethical citizens.

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AS in Science and Engineering Technology

The Associate in Science (AS) in Science and Engineering Technology program offers a sequence of courses that presents coherent and rigorous content needed to prepare for employment and/or promotion in occupations where a general knowledge of scientific and/or engineering methodologies is required.

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Certificate in Scientific Workplace Preparation

The College Credit Certificate (CCC) in Scientific Workplace Preparation prepares students for entry-level employment in a science or engineering laboratory. It improves the student's communication, information technology, and math skills while developing basic scientific laboratory skills.

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Honors Scholar Program

Florida SouthWestern State College's Honors Scholar Program offers students an enriched and challenging educational experience that extends learning beyond the classroom. We strive to cultivate academic excellence, skillful leadership, and commitment to social responsibility. As a rigorous, transdisciplinary program, we inspire students to seek out transformative experiences and participate in the world in new ways.

Program Highlights

FSW Turtle Relocation Research

This summer Professor Jordan Donini and some of his FSW student researchers made a positive impact on the SWFL ecosystem by releasing illegally captured turtles back into their natural environment after they were confiscated by FWC during a reptile poaching bust. This is all new research being done by FSW students that will hopefully lead to new data which will help FWC and other wildlife organizations relocate more illegally captured reptiles in the future.

CRISPR Experiment At FSW

What is CRISPR? It's cutting-edge technology and it's being used right here at FSW. Students in Dr. Anzalone's microbiology class were the first FSW students to use CRISPR to successfully edit the genes of bacteria. This successful experiment is just another example of how FSW is preparing students for the high-tech world of tomorrow.