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General Studies - Natural Sciences Associate of Arts

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The General Studies Associate Degree with an area of emphasis in the Natural Sciences provides an opportunity for students to design a program of study meaningful and appropriate to their own needs and academic interests. This degree, which is multidisciplinary in nature, provides a broad foundation in the natural sciences and seeks to examine the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Develop a reasoned solution to a problem.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the attained knowledge foundation to illustrate concepts and compare examples.
  • Apply scientific method to solve practical problems in the sciences.

Natural Sciences:

Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method and an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities. Choose 18 units from:

Course ID Title Units
ANTH 1  or Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 1H   Honors Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 1L  * Biological Anthropology 1
ASTR 20   General Astronomy 3
ASTR 25  * Observational Astronomy 3
BIO 3AH  * Honors General Biology I 5
BIO 3BH  * Honors General Biology II 5
BIO 4A  * Principles of Cellular Biology 4
BIO 4B   Principles of Organismal Biology 4
BIO 11  * Human Anatomy 4
BIO 12  * Human Physiology 4
BIO 15  * General Microbiology 5
BIO 19  * Marine Biology 4
BIO 20   Introduction to Biology 4
BIO 113   Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
CHEM 1A  * General Chemistry 5
CHEM 2 * General Chemistry Principles 5
CHEM 3  * Fundamental Chemistry 4
CHEM 106  * Bascis of Chemistry 2
CHEM 108   Introduction to General Organic, and Biochemistry 4
ENV 18   Introduction to Ecology 4
ENV 23  or Environmental Geology 4
GEOL 23   Environmental Geology 4
ENV 24   Natural History of California 4
GEOG 1  or Physical Geography 4
GEOG 1H   Honors Geography 3
GEOG 1L  * Physical Geography Laboratory 1
GEOL 1   Introduction to Physical Geology 4
GEOL 20   Introduction to Earth Science 4
GEOL 23  or Environmental Geology 4
ENV 23   Environmental Geology 4
HORT 20   Introduction to Horticultural Science 4
MS 4   Southern California Coastal Ecology 4
MS 20   Introduction to Oceanography 4
PHYS 2A  * Introduction to Physics 5
PHYS 4A  * General Physics 5
PHYS 20   The Ideas and Events of Physics 4
PHYS 30  * Physics and Chemistry for Elementary Educators 4
PSYC 3  * Biological Psychology 4



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

Associate of Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with all overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed a Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

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