2016-2017 College Catalog 
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2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Science, A.A.

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The associate degree in Physical Science may be appropriate for transfer students who are planning to major in one of the physical sciences such as astronomy, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental sciences, geological sciences, or physics or a preprofessional program requiring completion of physical science courses such as prechiropractic, predental, premedicine, preoptometery, and prepharmacy.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret data, charts and graphs using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Recognize and construct valid arguments using deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Evaluate new and accepted ideas about the natural universe using testable methodology.

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).

Please consult with a counselor for assistance in selecting courses appropriate for transfer majors and/or preprofessional programs.

Select 18 units from the following courses:

ASTR 20, 21, 25*
CHEM 1A*, 1B*, 3*, 12A*, 12B*, 108
ENV 23, 25, 30, 105*, 106
GEOG 1, 1L*, 2, 3, 38, 102, 110*
GEOL 1, 2*, 3, 4, 7, 20, 21, 23
MATH 3A*, 3B*
MS 4, 20
PHYS 2A*, 2B*, 4A*, 4B*, 4C*, 20

*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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