Program Description

This area of emphasis offers a broad and interdisciplinary foundation in the sciences necessary for continued training at the upper division (or advanced) level for many bachelor degree programs in the natural sciences including biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and many others. It is a starting point for students who are preparing for careers in business, industry, medicine, health sciences, education, and government, where scientific and technical skills are in great demand.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Successfully apply the scientific method to solve problems and act as a responsible global citizen.
  2. Synthesize the major paradigms in 3 of the 5 disciplines in the Natural Sciences Division.
  3. Demonstrate adequate preparation for advanced study in one focal discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.

Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001-099. Students must complete 18 units with at least 3 units in three of the following five categories listed below:

Biological Sciences:

  • ANTH 001-  Physical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 001L - Laboratory in Physical Anthropology (1)
  • ANAT 025 - General Human Anatomy
    or PYSO 002A - Physiology and Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL 001A - Principles of Biology – Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 001B - Principles of Biology – Cellular and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIOL 001C - Principles of Biology – Introduction to Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 002 - Animal Biology (4)
  • BIOL 003 Topics in Human Biology (4)
  • BIOL 004 Plant Biology (4)
  • BIOL 005A - Topics in Applied Botany/Urban Tree Identification & Biology (1) 
  • BIOL 005B - Topics in Applied Botany: Botany for School Gardens (1) 
  • BIOL 010A - Cellular Biology, Genetics and Evolution (5)
  • BIOL 010B - The Diversity of Life on Earth: Structure, Function and Ecology (5)
  • BIOL 010C - Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 011 - General Biology (4)
  • BIOL 014 - Field Biology (4)
  • BIOL 016 - Marine Biology (4)
  • BIOL 025 - Field Studies (1)
  • BIOL 026 - Biology Field Studies (2)
  • BIOL 028 - Introduction to Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOL 030 - Field Botany (3)
  • BIOL 035 - Introductory Oceanography (3)
  • BIOL 038 - Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 039 - Modern Human Genetics (4)
  • MICR 002 - Microbiology (4)
  • NUTR 011 - Human Nutrition (3)
  • PYSO 001 - Human Physiology (4)
    or PYSO 002B - Physiology and Anatomy (4)
  • PSYC 002 - Elementary Physiological Psychology (3)

Chemistry:

  • CHEM 001A - General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (5)
  • CHEM 001B - General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis (5)
  • CHEM 002A - Chemistry – General, Organic, and Biochemistry (4)
  • CHEM 002B - Chemistry – General, Organic, and Biochemistry (4)
  • CHEM 008A - Organic Chemistry (5)
  • CHEM 008B - Organic Chemistry (5)
  • CHEM 022 - Introductory Chemistry (4)

Environmental Studies:

  • ENVS 001 - Introduction to Environmental Science (4)
  • ENVS 002 - Human Impact on the Environment (3)
  • ENVS 003 - Chemistry and the Environment (3)
  • ENVS 030 - Environmental Field Investigations (2)
  • ENVS 040 - Environmental Field Laboratory (1)

Geosciences:

  • GEOG 001 - Physical Geography (3)
  • GEOG 001L - Physical Geography Laboratory (1)
  • GEOG 004 - Weather and Climate (3)
  • GEOL 001 - Physical Geology (4)
  • GEOL 001F - Physical Geology Field Studies (1)
  • GEOL 002 - Historical Geology (4)
  • GEOL 002F - Historical Geology Field Studies (1)
  • GEOL 003 - Earth and Space Science (4)
  • GEOL 003F - Earth and Space Science Field Laboratory (1)
  • GEOL 004 - Geology of California (3)
  • GEOL 006 - Mineralogy (4)
  • GEOL 008 - Petrology (4)
  • GEOL 012 - Physical Oceanography (3)
  • GEOL 012F - Physical Oceanography Field Studies (1)
  • GEOL 012L - Physical Oceanography Laboratory (1)
  • GEOL 016 - Introduction to Planetary Science (3)
  • GEOL 022 - The Age of Dinosaurs (3)
  • GEOL 023 - Natural Disasters (3)
  • GEOL 024 - Science of Atmosphere (3)
  • GEOL 030 - Geological Field Investigation (2)
  • GEOL 030A – Channel Islands–Coastal California (2)
  • GEOL 030C – Coast Ranges–San Andreas Fault (2)
  • GEOL 030D – Sierra Nevada (2)
  • GEOL 030E – Owens Valley–Death Valley (2)
  • GEOL 030F – Geological Field Investigation–Rocky Mountains (2)
  • GEOL 030G – Klamath Mountains–Northern California (2)
  • GEOL 030H – International Study Areas (2)
  • GEOL 030I – Problems in Structural Geology (2)
  • GEOL 030J – Colorado Plateau (2)
  • GEOL 030K – Problems in Regional Stratigraphy (2)
  • GEOL 030L – Applications of Global Positional System (2)
  • GEOL 030M – Geological Field Investigation–Pacific Rim /Pacific Islands (2)
  • GEOL 040 Geological Field Laboratory (1)

Mathematics and Statistics:

  • MATH 003 - College Algebra (4)
  • MATH 005A - Single Variable Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 005B - Single Variable Calculus II (5)
  • MATH 005C - Multivariable Calculus (5)
  • MATH 007A - Mathematical Analysis 1 (4)
  • MATH 007B - Mathematical Analysis 2 (4)
  • MATH 008 - Trigonometry (4)
  • MATH 009 - Precalculus Mathematics (5)
  • MATH 010 - Linear Algebra and Applications (5)
  • MATH 022 - Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 055-  Differential Equations (5)
  • STAT 050 - Elementary Statistics (4)

Physics & Physical Sciences:

  • ASTR 001 - Elementary Astronomy (4)
  • ASTR 012 - Descriptive Introduction to Astronomy (3)
  • PHSC 003 - Physical Sciences (3)
  • PHSC 003L - Laboratory for Physical Sciences (1)
  • PHYS 001A - General Physics (5)
  • PHYS 001B - General Physics (5)
  • PHYS 001C - General Physics (5)
  • PHYS 001D - General Physics (5)
  • PHYS 002A - General Physics (4)
  • PHYS 002B - General Physics (4)
  • PHYS 010 - Descriptive Introduction to Physics (3)
  • PHYS 010L - Descriptive Physics in the Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 031A - General Physics (4)
  • PHYS 031B - General Physics (4)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow. 


 

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