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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 10 Introduction to Agricultural Sciences3.00
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
ANTHRO 1 Physical Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 1L Physical Anthropology Lab1.00
APTECH 90A Applied Mathematics4.00
APTECH 90B Quantitative Reasoning in Applied Technology4.00
ASTRON 12 Astronomy Observational Lab1.00
ASTRON 3 Stellar Astronomy3.00
ASTRON 3L Stellar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 4 Astronomy of the Solar System3.00
ASTRON 4L Solar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 5 Solar Astronomy with Laboratory4.00
BIO 10 Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13 Human Biology3.00
BIO 15 The Future of Rainforests3.00
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 20 Human Genetics3.00
BIO 25 Marine Biology4.00
BIO 26 Biology of Marine Mammals4.00
BOTANY 10 Plant Biology4.00
BOTANY 60 Field Botany4.00
CHEM 10 Chemistry and Today's Society3.00
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1A General Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1B General Chemistry5.00
CHEM 42 Introductory General Chemistry4.00
CHEM 4A General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 4B General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 60 Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences5.00
CHEM 8 Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
ELEC 50A Survey of Electronics3.00
ELEC 90B Electronic Mathematics 23.00
ENGL 12 Children's Literature3.00
ENGR 12 How Stuff Works - The Science Behind Things4.00
ENVS 12 Population, Resources & Environment3.00
FDNT 10 Elementary Nutrition3.00
GEOG 4 Physical Geography3.00
GEOL 1 The Earth3.00
GEOL 11 Geology of California3.00
GEOL 1L Geology Lab1.00
HLC 50 Basic Physical & Biological Science3.00
MATH 10 Nature of Mathematics3.00
MATH 15 Elementary Statistics with Computer4.00
MATH 16 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis4.00
MATH 1A Calculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1B Calculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 25 College Algebra3.00
MATH 27 College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
MATH 4 Discrete Mathematics4.00
MATH 58 Trigonometry3.00
MATH 60 Geometry for Liberal Studies3.00
MATH 8A Brief Calculus I3.00
MATH 8B Brief Calculus II3.00
MATH 9 Finite Mathematics3.00
METRO 10 Introduction to Meteorology3.00
METRO 10L Weather Analysis Forecasting & Climatology 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 10 Descriptive Introduction3.00
PHYS 10L Introduction to Physics Lab1.00
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 Engineers2.00
PHYSIO 1 Human Physiology5.00
PHYSIO 58 Introduction 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 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30 Introduction 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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