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Natural Sciences (AS) Area Majors Total Units: 19
Term Effective: Fall 2020


The Natural Sciences major focuses on the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. This degree program is intended for the student who wants to explore the natural sciences as a foundation for lifelong learning, or as an introduction to the various related disciplines in the natural sciences, including astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, meteorology, physics, and physiology.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the facts and principles that form the basis of one discipline within the natural sciences;
  2. outline the scientific method and describe how this method is used to study the natural world; and
  3. apply critical thinking skills and knowledge of the scientific method to the observation and exploration of natural phenomena.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Natural Sciences (AS) program are:

  • Complete 19 units from
    • Natural Sciences Major Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Natural Sciences Major Requirements - complete 18.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 18.00 units from the following:
AGRI 20 Introduction to Plant Science3.00
ANAT 1 General Human Anatomy5.00
ANAT 40 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4.00
ANAT 58 Introduction to Human Anatomy3.00
ANSCI 20 Basic Animal Science3.00
ANTHRO 1 Biological Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 1L Biological Anthropology Lab1.00
ASTRON 3 Stellar Astronomy3.00
ASTRON 3L Stellar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 4 Astronomy of the Solar System3.00
ASTRON 4L Solar System Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 12 Astronomy Observational Lab1.00
BIO 2.1 Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2.2 Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.00
BIO 2.3 Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.00
BIO 10 Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13 Human Biology3.00
BIO 14 Current Issues in Biology3.00
BIO 16 Introduction to Biology For Non-Majors4.00
BIO 20 Human Genetics3.00
BIO 25 Marine Biology4.00
BIO 27 Biology of Marine Mammals3.00
BOTANY 10 Plant Biology4.00
BOTANY 60 Field Botany4.00
CHEM 3A General Chemistry Part 1: Lecture3.00
CHEM 3AL General Chemistry Part 1: Lab2.00
CHEM 3B General Chemistry Part 25.00
CHEM 8 Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 42 Introductory General Chemistry4.00
CHEM 60 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry5.00
ENVS 12 Introduction to Environmental Science3.00
FDNT 10 Elementary Nutrition3.00
GEOG 4 Physical Geography3.00
GEOG 10 Introduction to Weather and Climate3.00
GEOL 1 The Earth3.00
GEOL 1L Geology Lab1.00
GEOL 11 Geology of California3.00
GEOL 20 Natural Disasters3.00
MATH 1A Calculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1B Calculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 4 Discrete Mathematics4.00
MATH 9 Finite Mathematics3.00
MATH 10 Nature of Mathematics3.00
MATH 15 Elementary Statistics4.00
MATH 16 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis4.00
MATH 25 Precalculus Algebra3.00
MATH 27 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
MATH 58 Precalculus Trigonometry3.00
MATH 154 Elementary and Intermediate Algebra For Business and STEM8.00
MATH 155 Intermediate Algebra4.00
MATH 156 Intermediate Algebra for Business and STEM Majors5.00
MATH 161 Mathematics Preparation for Statistics and Liberal Arts4.00
METRO 10 Introduction to Weather and Climate3.00
METRO 10L Weather and Climate Lab1.00
MICRO 5 General Microbiology5.00
MICRO 60 Fundamentals of Microbiology4.00
NRM 12 Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51 Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
PHYS 1 Introduction to Physics Problem Solving3.00
PHYS 11 Conceptual Physics4.00
PHYS 20 General Physics Lecture Part I3.00
PHYS 20L General Physics Lab Part I1.00
PHYS 21 General Physics Lecture Part II3.00
PHYS 21L General Physics Lab Part II1.00
PHYS 40 Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41 Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
PHYS 42 Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers4.00
PHYS 43 Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers3.00
PHYSIO 1 Human Physiology5.00
PHYSIO 58 Introduction to Human Physiology3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2020

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2019
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2018
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2017
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2016
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2015
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2013
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2011
Natural Sciences - effective Spring 2010
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2009
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2008
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2007
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2006
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2004

Program Requirements Notes:

Students must complete at least 18 units from the list below; course choices must include at least one course from three different science disciplines: chemistry, earth & space sciences, life sciences, math, and physics. In addition, students must complete 1 unit for the Learning Information Resources requirement.

Students may only count 1 course each from the following three groups toward the major requirements: ANAT 1 or ANAT 40 or ANAT 58; MICRO 5 or MICRO 60; PHYSIO 1 or PHYSIO 58.

No course may be counted twice to fulfill the major requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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