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Natural Sciences (AS) Area Majors Total Units: 19
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Term Effective: Fall 2009


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. This associate degree will not be awarded concurrently with or subsequent to a degree in a related discipline, including Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Health and Fitness, Mathematics, Natural Resource Conservation, Physics, or Physiology.

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 10Introduction to Agricultural Sciences3.00
AGRI 20Introduction to Plant Science3.00
ANAT 1General Human Anatomy5.00
ANAT 40Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4.00
ANAT 58Introduction to Human Anatomy3.00
ANTHRO 1Physical Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 1LPhysical Anthropology Lab1.00
APTECH 90AApplied Mathematics4.00
APTECH 90BQuantitative Reasoning in Applied Technology4.00
ASTRON 12Astronomy Observational Lab1.00
ASTRON 3Stellar Astronomy3.00
ASTRON 3LStellar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 4Astronomy of the Solar System3.00
ASTRON 4LSolar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 5Solar Astronomy with Laboratory4.00
BIO 10Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 12Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13Human Biology3.00
BIO 15The Future of Rainforests3.00
BIO 2.1Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2.2Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.00
BIO 2.3Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.00
BIO 20Human Genetics3.00
BIO 25Marine Biology4.00
BIO 26Biology of Marine Mammals4.00
BOTANY 10Plant Biology4.00
BOTANY 60Field Botany4.00
CHEM 10Chemistry and Society3.00
CHEM 12AOrganic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12BOrganic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1BGeneral Chemistry5.00
CHEM 42Introductory General Chemistry4.00
CHEM 4AGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 4BGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 60Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences5.00
CHEM 8Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
ELEC 50ASurvey of Electronics3.00
ELEC 90BElectronic Mathematics 23.00
ENGL 12Children's Literature3.00
ENGR 12How Stuff Works - The Science Behind Things4.00
ENVS 12Introduction to Environmental Science3.00
FDNT 10Elementary Nutrition3.00
GEOG 4Physical Geography3.00
GEOL 1The Earth3.00
GEOL 11Geology of California3.00
GEOL 1LGeology Lab1.00
HLC 50Basic Physical & Biological Science3.00
MATH 10Nature of Mathematics3.00
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
MATH 16Introduction to Mathematical Analysis4.00
MATH 1ACalculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1BCalculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 25College Algebra3.00
MATH 27College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
MATH 4Discrete Mathematics4.00
MATH 58Trigonometry3.00
MATH 60Geometry for Liberal Studies3.00
MATH 8ABrief Calculus 13.00
MATH 8BBrief Calculus 23.00
MATH 9Finite Mathematics3.00
METRO 10Introduction to Meteorology3.00
METRO 10LWeather Analysis Forecasting & Climatology Lab1.00
MICRO 5General Microbiology5.00
MICRO 60Fundamentals of Microbiology4.00
NRM 12Introduction to Environmental Conservation3.00
NRM 51Wildland Trees and Shrubs3.00
PHYS 1Introduction to Physics Problem Solving3.00
PHYS 10Descriptive Physics3.00
PHYS 10LIntroduction to Physics Lab1.00
PHYS 20General Physics Lecture Part I3.00
PHYS 20LGeneral Physics Lab Part I1.00
PHYS 21General Physics Lecture Part II3.00
PHYS 21LGeneral Physics Lab Part II1.00
PHYS 40Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
PHYS 42Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers4.00
PHYS 43Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers2.00
PHYSIO 1Human Physiology5.00
PHYSIO 58Introduction to Human Physiology3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2009

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.

Term Inactive: Spring 2010

Previous Versions:

Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2008
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2007
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2006
Natural Sciences - effective Fall 2004

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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