Natural Sciences Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree A8988
An emphasis in Natural Sciences provides the student with an understanding of living and non-living systems and promotes an appreciation of the methodologies and tools of science. Students may select courses that focus on a specific major and then select complementary courses to strengthen their selected focus or they may select courses that strengthen and broaden their overall understanding of the Natural Sciences.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Choose a minimum of 18 units from the following with at least one GE lab from each group:18
Group 1A: Physical Science Lecture Courses
(May take one or more courses from Group 1A)
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Astronomy - Honors
Geology of the Solar System
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Introduction to Astrophysics
Chemistry of Everyday Life
Physical Geography
Physical Geography - Honors
Geology of California
Earth Science
Earth Science - Honors
Environmental Geology
Natural Disasters
Global Climate Change
Weather and the Atmospheric Environment
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Oceanography-Honors
Group 1B: Physical Science Lab Courses
(Must take at least one course from either Group 1B or 1C)
Astronomical Observing Laboratory
Physical Geography Laboratory
Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
Earth Science Laboratory
Environmental Geology Laboratory
Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
Group 1C: Physical Science Lecture-Lab Courses
(Must take at least one course from either Group 1B or 1C)
Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I - Honors
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II - Honors
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Physical Geology
Geologic Field Studies: Central California
Geologic Field Studies: Southern California
Special Topics in Field Geology
Energy Science
Physical Science
Physics
General Physics
General Physics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics
Group 2A: Life Sciences Lecture Courses
(May take one or more courses from Group 2A)
Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology - Honors
Humans and the Environment
Neurobiology and Behavior
Marine Biology
Conservation Biology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Introduction to Immunology
Group 2B: Life Science Lab Courses
(Must take at least one course from either Group 2B or 2C)
Choose at least one from the following:
Biological Anthropology Laboratory
Humans and the Environment Laboratory
Marine Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Genetics Lab
Group 2C: Life Science Lecture-Lab Courses
(Must take at least one course from either Group 2B or 2C)
General Biology
Plant and Animal Biology
Ecology and Field Biology
Biology for Majors
Biology for Majors - Honors
Cell and Molecular Biology
Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Total Units18

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Analyze and model chemical, physical or biological systems using scientific and/or mathematical methods.
  • Analyze and model chemical, physical or biological systems using scientific and/or mathematical methods.
  • Critically read, interpret, and analyze a range of complex text and data to make connections and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Identify and model the professional and ethical responsibilities of a scientist.
  • Communicate scientific principles and applications effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Describe the impact of humans and our technology in an environmental and societal context.
  • Pursue further study or life-long learning in the sciences.
  • Work collaboratively to reach a common goal or solve a problem.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
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