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General Studies - Science 2017-2018

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Because of the increasingly technological nature of our society, science majors will find an impressive array of options and exciting opportunities. A science major can provide preparation for a career in fields related to biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, astronomy or engineering.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will be able to integrate the various fields of science in order to critically evaluate and interpret scientific information.
• Students will be able to assess how relevant scientific information could be used to inform their own personal economic, political and social decisions.

Career Opportunities:

There is a need for scientifically trained people in non-traditional areas such as marketing and sales, scientific information, patent law, and health and safety.

Units required for Major: 40

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (40 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.

Additional Information:

NOTE: Courses used to meet the major requirements may be used to satisfy any graduation general education requirement.

Core Courses (40 units)

Select 20 units from Category I and 20 units from Category II.

1. Category I: Biology
Select at least ONE course each from Area A and Area B. At least one course in this category must include a laboratory.
Area A:
BIOL 1C* Evolution, Systematics & Ecology (6 units)
BIOL 9 Environmental Biology (may be taken with BIOL 9L to satisfy laboratory requirement) (4 units)
BIOL 9L Environmental Biology Laboratory (only if taken with BIOL 9) (1 unit)
BIOL 10* General Biology: Basic Principles (5 units)
BIOL 14* Human Biology (5 units)
* Course includes a laboratory component.

Area B:
BIOL 1A* Principles of Cell Biology (6 units)
BIOL 1B* Form & Function in Plants & Animals (6 units)
BIOL 8 Basic Nutrition (5 units)
BIOL 12 Human Genetics (4 units)
BIOL 13* Marine Biology (5 units)
BIOL 40A* Human Anatomy & Physiology I (5 units)
BIOL 40B* Human Anatomy & Physiology II (5 units)
BIOL 40C* Human Anatomy & Physiology III (5 units)
BIOL 41* Microbiology (6 units)
BIOL 45 Introduction to Human Nutrition (4 units)
* Course includes a laboratory component.

2. Category II: Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics & Engineering
Select at least 5 units from each of Areas A through D.
Area A: Chemistry
CHEM 1A General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1AH Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1BH Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1C General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis (5 units)
CHEM 9 Chemistry of Cooking (5 units)
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry (4 units)
and CHEM 12AL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units) or CHEM 13AH Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 units)
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry (4 units)
and CHEM 12BL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units) or CHEM 13BH Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 units)
CHEM 12C Organic Chemistry (4 units)
and CHEM 12CL Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 units) or CHEM 13CH Honors Organic Chemistry Laboratory (3 units)
CHEM 20 I Matter: Introduction to Green Chemistry & the Environment (5 units)
CHEM 25 Fundamentals of Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 30A Survey of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 30B Survey of Organic & Biochemistry (5 units)

Area B: Engineering/Computer Science/Astronomy/PSE
ASTR 10A General Astronomy: Solar System (5 units)
ASTR 10B General Astronomy: Star, Galaxies, Cosmology (5 units)
or ASTR 10BH Honors General Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, Cosmology (5 units)
ASTR 10L Astronomy Laboratory (1 unit)
ASTR 54H Honors Institute Seminar in Astronomy (1 unit)
ASTR 77 Seminar on Exciting Topics in Astronomy (1 unit)
C S 1A Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Java (4.5 units)
or C S 1AH Honors Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Java (4.5 units)
C S 1B Intermediate Software Design in Java (4.5 units)
C S 1C Advanced Data Structures & Algorithms in Java (4.5 units)
C S 2A Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in C++ (4.5 units)
or C S 2AH Honors Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in C++ (4.5 units)
C S 2B Intermediate Software Design in C++ (4.5 units)
C S 2C Advanced Data Structures & Algorithms in C++ (4.5 units)
C S 2M Intermediate Algorithm & Data Structure Methodologies in C++ (4.5 units)
C S 3A Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Python (4.5 units)
C S 10 Computer Architecture & Organization (4.5 units)
C S 21A Python for Programmers (4.5 units)
C S 21B Intermediate Python Programming (4.5 units)
C S 26A Ruby & Functional Programming (4.5 units)
C S 49 Foundations of Computer Programming (2 units)
ENGR 6 Engineering Graphics (4 units)
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering (5 units)
ENGR 11 Programming & Problem-Solving in MATLAB (5 units)
ENGR 35 Statics (5 units)
ENGR 37 Introduction to Circuit Analysis (5 units)
ENGR 39 Energy, Society & the Environment (5 units)
ENGR 40 Introduction to Clean Energy Technology (5 units)
ENGR 45 Properties of Materials (5 units)
ENGR 49 Engineering Profession (1 unit)
ENGR 62A Introduction to 3-D Printing & Rapid Prototype Design (4 units)
ENGR 62B Basic Model Making (5 units)
ENGR 62C 3-D Printing: Advanced Model Making (5 units)
ENGR 62D 3-D Rapid Model Making & Prototype Development (5 units)
ENGR 83A Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (5 units)
ENGR 83B Design & Manufacturing in the Biomedical Engineering Field (5 units)
ENGR 83C Introduction to Medical Device Regulations (5 units)
ENGR 83D Introduction to Quality Assurance (5 units)
ENGR 83E Introduction to Documentation (5 units)
PSE 51 Frontiers in Science (1 unit)

Area C: Mathematics
MATH 1A Calculus (5 units)
or MATH 1AH Honors Calculus I (5 units) and MATH 1AHP Honors Calculus I Seminar (1 unit)
MATH 1B Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1C Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1D Calculus (5 units)
MATH 2A Differential Equations (5 units)
MATH 2B Linear Algebra (5 units)
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics (5 units)
MATH 11 Finite Mathematics (5 units)
MATH 12 Calculus for Business & Economics (5 units)
MATH 17 Integrated Statistics II (5 units)
MATH 22 Discrete Mathematics (5 units)
or C S 18 Discrete Mathematics (5 units)
MATH 42 Math for Elementary School Teachers (5 units)
MATH 44 Math for the Liberal Arts (5 units)
MATH 48A Precalculus I (5 units)
MATH 48B Precalculus II (5 units)
MATH 48C Precalculus III (5 units)
MATH 67 Enhanced Mathematics Learning with Mathematica (3 units)

Area D: Physics
PHYS 2A General Physics (5 units)
PHYS 2AM General Physics: Calculus Supplement (1 unit)
PHYS 2B General Physics (5 units)
PHYS 2BM General Physics: Calculus Supplement (1 unit)
PHYS 2C General Physics (5 units)
PHYS 2CM General Physics: Calculus Supplement (1 unit)
PHYS 4A General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4B General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4C General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 4D General Physics (Calculus) (6 units)
PHYS 6 Introductory Physics (5 units)
PHYS 12 Introduction to Modern Physics (5 units)
PHYS 54H Honors Institute Seminar in Physics (1 unit)


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2017-2018 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2017-04-11 09:40:24 | Dept Code: PSE

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