2016-2017 College Catalog 
    
    Jan 27, 2023  
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies - Natural Sciences, A.A.


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The General Studies Associate degree provides an opportunity for students to earn a comprehensive Associate of Arts (AA) and is intended for the student who may not be planning to transfer to a university in the near future. Completion of an associate degree may support efforts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.

Students planning to transfer to California State University (CSU), the University of California (UC) or an institution which accepts certification should complete general education requirements for the associate degree by completing CSU General Education (CSU-GE) certification requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (37-39 units).

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain the values of a culture as expressed through its art or language.
  • Demonstrate effective expository and persuasive writing skills.
  • Develop a reasoned solution to a problem.
  • Evaluate new and accepted ideas about the natural universe using testable methodology.
  • Evaluate the methods of inquiry and evidence used in the behavioral and social sciences.

Select 18 units from one of the following areas of emphasis:

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.

ANTH 1 and 1L*(ANTH 1L must be taken concurrently with
ANTH 1 or within one year after completing ANTH 1)
ASTR 20 and 25 combined
BIO 3A*, 3B*, 11*, 15*, 19*, 20, 113
CHEM 1A*, 3*, 108*
ENV 18, 24
GEOG 1 and 1L* (GEOG 1L must be taken concurrently with GEOG 1 or after completting GEOG1)
GEOL 1, 20, 23/ENV 23
HORT 20
MS 4, 20
PHYS 2A*, 4A*, 20

Total Units for the Major: 18


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

Associate in Arts Degree


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