Natural Sciences – Associate in Science Degree

Top Code: 4902.00

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, environmental science, geology, mathematics, plant science, physics, and many others. It is a starting point for students who are preparing for careers in health sciences, medicine, business, agriculture, 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.
  2. Collect and analyze data related to the natural world.  
  3. Complete  preparation for advanced study in one focal discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.

Requirements for the area of Emphasis

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 six categories listed below:

Biological Sciences
ANTH 001PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
or ANTH 001H HONORS PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 001LLABORATORY IN PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY1
ANAT 025HUMAN ANATOMY4
BIOL 002ANIMAL BIOLOGY4
BIOL 003HUMAN BIOLOGY4
BIOL 004BOTANY/PLANT DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 005ATOPICS IN APPLIED BOTANY/URBAN TREE IDENTIFICATION & BIOLOGY1
BIOL 005BTOPICS IN APPLIED BOTANY: PLANT BIOLOGY IN DEMONSTRATION GARDENS1
BIOL 005CTOPICS IN APPLIED BIOLOGY - MEDICINAL PLANTS1
BIOL 010ACELLULAR BIOLOGY, GENETICS AND EVOLUTION5
BIOL 010BTHE DIVERSITY OF LIFE ON EARTH: STRUCTURE, FUNCTION AND ECOLOGY4
BIOL 010CGENETICS3
BIOL 011GENERAL BIOLOGY4
or BIOL 011H HONORS GENERAL BIOLOGY
BIOL 014FIELD BIOLOGY4
BIOL 016MARINE BIOLOGY4
BIOL 025FIELD STUDIES1
BIOL 026BIOLOGY FIELD STUDIES2
BIOL 028INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS3
BIOL 038CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY4
BIOL 039MODERN HUMAN GENETICS4
MICR 002MICROBIOLOGY4
NUTR 011HUMAN NUTRITION3
PYSO 001HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY4
PSYC 002INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Chemistry
CHEM 001AGENERAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS I5
CHEM 001BGENERAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS5
CHEM 002ACHEMISTRY - GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY I4
CHEM 002BCHEMISTRY-GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY II4
CHEM 008AORGANIC CHEMISTRY I5
CHEM 008BORGANIC CHEMISTRY II5
CHEM 022INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY4
Environmental Sciences
ENVS 001INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE4
ENVS 002HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT3
ENVS 003CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENVS 010ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE3
ENVS 011SOIL SCIENCE3
ENVS 012PLANT MATERIALS AND USAGE I3
ENVS 030ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD INVESTIGATIONS2
ENVS 040ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD LABORATORY1
Geosciences
GEOG 001PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 001LPHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
GEOG 004WEATHER AND CLIMATE3
GEOG 011INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3
GEOG 012MAP INTERPRETATION AND SPATIAL ANALYSIS3
GEOG 113DATA ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT3
GEOL 001PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 001FPHYSICAL GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES1
GEOL 002HISTORICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 002FHISTORICAL GEOLOGY FIELD STUDIES1
GEOL 003EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE4
GEOL 003FEARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FIELD LABORATORY1
GEOL 004GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA3
GEOL 006MINERALOGY4
GEOL 012PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY3
GEOL 012FPHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY FIELD STUDIES1
GEOL 012LPHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
GEOL 022THE AGE OF DINOSAURS3
GEOL 023NATURAL DISASTERS3
GEOL 030ACHANNEL ISLANDS - COASTAL CALIFORNIA2
GEOL 030CCOAST RANGES - SAN ANDREAS FAULT2
GEOL 030DSIERRA NEVADA2
GEOL 030EOWENS VALLEY - DEATH VALLEY2
GEOL 030FGEOLOGICAL FIELD INVESTIGATION-ROCKY MOUNTAINS2
GEOL 030GKLAMATH MOUNTAINS - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA2
GEOL 030HINTERNATIONAL STUDY AREAS2
GEOL 030IPROBLEMS IN STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY2
GEOL 030JCOLORADO PLATEAU2
GEOL 030KPROBLEMS IN REGIONAL STRATIGRAPHY2
GEOL 030LAPPLICATIONS OF GLOBAL POSITIONAL SYSTEM2
GEOL 030MGEOLOGICAL FIELD INVESTIGATION - PACIFIC RIM /PACIFIC ISLAND2
GEOL 040GEOLOGICAL FIELD LABORATORY1
Mathematics & Statistics
MATH 003COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR STEM5
MATH 005ASINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I5
or MATH 005AH HONORS SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I
MATH 005BSINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II5
or MATH 005BH HONORS SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II
MATH 005CMULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS5
or MATH 005CH HONORS MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS
MATH 008PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY4
MATH 009PRECALCULUS MATHEMATICS5
MATH 010LINEAR ALGEBRA AND APPLICATIONS5
MATH 022DISCRETE MATHEMATICS4
MATH 055DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS4
STAT 050ELEMENTARY STATISTICS4
STAT 050HHONORS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS4
Physics & Physical Sciences
ASTR 001ELEMENTARY ASTRONOMY4
ASTR 012DESCRIPTIVE INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY3
PHSC 003PHYSICAL SCIENCES3
PHSC 003LLABORATORY FOR PHYSICAL SCIENCE1
PHYS 001APHYSICS FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS I: MECHANICS5
PHYS 001BGENERAL PHYSICS5
PHYS 001CGENERAL PHYSICS5
PHYS 001DGENERAL PHYSICS5
PHYS 002AGENERAL PHYSICS4
PHYS 002BGENERAL PHYSICS4
PHYS 010DESCRIPTIVE INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS3
PHYS 010LDESCRIPTIVE PHYSICS IN THE LABORATORY1
PHYS 031ACALCULUS-BASED COLLEGE PHYSICS I5
PHYS 031BCALCULUS-BASED COLLEGE PHYSICS II5

Visit the Program Mapper for a suggested sequence of courses.

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