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 PrefixCourse NameUnits
Choose a minimum of 18 units from the following with at least one GE lab from each group:18
Group 1: Physical Sciences
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Astronomy - Honors
Geology of the Solar System
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry II
Physical Geography
Physical Geography - Honors
Geology of California
Earth Science
Earth Science - Honors
Environmental Geology
Natural Disasters
Geologic Field Studies: Central California
Geologic Field Studies: Southern California
Weather and the Atmospheric Environment
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Oceanography - Honors
Group 1: Physical Sciences GE Labs
Choose at least one from the following:
Astronomical Observing Laboratory
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I - Honors
General Chemistry II
Physical Geography Laboratory
Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
Physical Geology
Earth Science Laboratory
Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
Energy Science
General Physics
General Physics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics
Group 2: Life Sciences
Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology - Honors
Humans and the Environment
Neurobiology and Behavior
Marine Biology
Conservation Biology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
Group 2: Life Sciences GE Labs
Choose at least one from the following:
Biological Anthropology Laboratory
General Biology
Plant and Animal Biology
Ecology and Field Biology
Biology for Majors
Biology for Majors - Honors
Humans and the Environment Laboratory
Cell and Molecular Biology
Marine Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Genetics Lab
Principles of Microbiology
For Area of Emphasis
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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