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Natural Sciences (AS) Area Majors Total Units: 19
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Term Effective: Spring 2010

Description:

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 Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Outline the steps of the scientific method and describe how this method is used to study the natural world;
  2. apply critical thinking skills and knowledge of the scientific method to the observation and exploration of natural phenomena;
  3. compare and contrast the major topics of study from within three different areas of natural science: biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space sciences; and
  4. apply knowledge from one or more natural science disciplines to advanced courses offered in a four year university.

Program Requirements:

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

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

Natural Sciences Major Requirements - complete 12.00 units
Complete a combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
BIO 10 ORIntroduction to Principles of Biology4.00
CHEM 42 ORIntroductory General Chemistry4.00
PHYS 10 AND
Descriptive Physics3.00
PHYS 10L ORIntroduction to Physics Lab1.00
GEOL 1 AND
The Earth3.00
GEOL 1L ORGeology Lab1.00
ASTRON 3 AND
Stellar Astronomy3.00
ASTRON 3L ORStellar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 4 AND
Astronomy of the Solar System3.00
ASTRON 4L ORSolar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 5Solar Astronomy with Laboratory4.00
 
Natural Sciences Major Electives - complete 6.00 units
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
BIO 10 ORIntroduction to Principles of Biology4.00
CHEM 42 ORIntroductory General Chemistry4.00
PHYS 10 AND
Descriptive Physics3.00
PHYS 10L ORIntroduction to Physics Lab1.00
GEOL 1 AND
The Earth3.00
GEOL 1L ORGeology Lab1.00
ASTRON 3 AND
Stellar Astronomy3.00
ASTRON 3L ORStellar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 4 AND
Astronomy of the Solar System3.00
ASTRON 4L ORSolar Astronomy Laboratory1.00
ASTRON 5 ORSolar Astronomy with Laboratory4.00
ANAT 40 ORIntroduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4.00
BIO 2.1 ORFundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2.2 ORFundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.00
BIO 2.3 ORFundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.00
BIO 12 ORBasic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13 ORHuman Biology3.00
BIO 15 ORThe Future of Rainforests3.00
BIO 20 ORHuman Genetics3.00
BIO 25 ORMarine Biology4.00
BIO 26 ORBiology of Marine Mammals4.00
BIO 31 ORTropical Biodiversity and Conservation2.00
BOTANY 10 ORPlant Biology4.00
BOTANY 60 ORField Botany4.00
MICRO 60 ORFundamentals of Microbiology4.00
CHEM 1A ORGeneral Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1B ORGeneral Chemistry5.00
CHEM 4A ORGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 4B ORGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 8 ORIntroductory Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 10 ORChemistry and Society3.00
PHYS 1 ORIntroduction to Physics Problem Solving3.00
PHYS 20 ORGeneral Physics Lecture Part I3.00
PHYS 20L ORGeneral Physics Lab Part I1.00
PHYS 21 ORGeneral Physics Lecture Part II3.00
PHYS 21L ORGeneral Physics Lab Part II1.00
PHYS 40 ORClassical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41 ORWaves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
PHYS 42 ORElectricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers4.00
PHYS 43 ORModern Physics for Scientists and Engineers2.00
GEOL 7 ORGeology Field Trip1.00-3.00
GEOL 11 ORGeology of California3.00
GEOG 4Physical Geography3.00
 
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
CourseDescriptionUnits
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2010

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 2011

Previous Versions:

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 the listed survey course(s) in three out of the five areas listed in the Natural Sciences Major Requirements block totaling 12 units. 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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