Math and Natural Sciences

Math and Natural Sciences

The Math and Natural Sciences division offers math, biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and physics courses. General education core courses provide transfer credit for Nashville State’s Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Science two-year degrees for students transferring to a university. Courses also support career oriented one-year technical certificate programs and two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees.


Tennessee Transfer Pathways
Biology A.S. Degree
Chemistry A.S. Degree
Mathematics A.S. Degree
Physics A.S. Degree
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major. The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit for more TTP information. View TTP video

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Area of Emphasis
AA and AS degree areas of emphasis include 41 credit hours of required general education core courses, and 19 credit hours of recommended area of emphasis courses. AA and AS degree areas of emphasis suggest the courses that are most likely to transfer, but are not guaranteed. It is always best to contact your selected transfer university as early as possible. In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisor to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.

Learning Support Math

Initial Course Placement
The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in reading, writing and/or math before enrolling in college-level courses or that students enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop the necessary competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in reading, writing, and/or math. Students who place into the lowest levels in reading, writing and math should take the necessary course and co-requisites in reading and writing before attempting mathematics.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites for NSCC Courses
All entering students will be assigned to a placement level in Math depending on their ACT, COMPASS, or SAT scores in those areas. Successful completion of Level 1 progresses students to Level 2. Students who completed all Learning Support competencies in those areas prior to Fall 2015 are categorized as Level 2.

When advising, use these learning support PDF documents to place students into an appropriate co-requisite experience to gain learning support competencies using the model below.

Advising for Learning Support English and Reading (PDF)
Learning Support Advising Quick Sheet (PDF)

Levels for Mathematics

Level ACT Math sub-score COMPASS Algebra SAT Placement
1 18 or below 37 or below Math: 450 or below MATH 1000 + 0815, MATH 1010 + 0825, MATH 1530 + 0835, MATH 1630 + 0845
2 19-26 38-83 Math: 460 or above MATH 1000 (for SAILS completers only), 1010, 1130, 1410, 1530, 1630, or 1710
3 27 or higher 84 or above Composite: 1220-1280 MATH 1720, 1830 or below
4 29 or higher 93 or above Composite: 1290 or higher MATH 1910 or below


Contact Information

All students should talk to an advisor regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.

Math and Sciences Division
Kisber Building, Suite K-240
Email: Math&
Division Fax: 615-353-3730

Sarah Roberts, Dean, K-240B
Phone: 615-353-3117

Helen Kunkel, Secretary III, K-240A
Phone: 615-353-3369

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