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Natural Sciences (AS) Area Majors Total Units: 19
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Term Effective: Fall 2013


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 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
ASTRON 12Astronomy Observational Lab1.00
ASTRON 3Stellar Astronomy3.00
ASTRON 3LStellar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 4Astronomy of the Solar System3.00
ASTRON 4LSolar System Astronomy Laboratory1.00
BIO 10Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 12Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13Human Biology3.00
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 25Marine Biology4.00
BIO 26Biology of Marine Mammals4.00
BOTANY 10Plant Biology4.00
BOTANY 60Field Botany4.00
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 5Quantitative Analysis4.00
CHEM 60Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences5.00
CHEM 8Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
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
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
MATH 16Introduction to Mathematical Analysis4.00
MATH 1ACalculus, First Course5.00
MATH 1BCalculus, Second Course5.00
MATH 25Precalculus Algebra3.00
MATH 27Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
MATH 4Discrete Mathematics4.00
MATH 58Precalculus Trigonometry3.00
MATH 8ABrief Calculus 13.00
MATH 8BBrief Calculus 23.00
MATH 9Finite Mathematics3.00
METRO 10Introduction to Meteorology3.00
METRO 10LMeteorology 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 11Descriptive Physics4.00
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
MATH 10Nature of Mathematics3.00
MATH 155Intermediate Algebra4.00
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 2013

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: Fall 2015

Previous Versions:

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 and 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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