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Science and Math, Associate of Arts Degree Area of Emphasis

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Banner Code: 3_AA_SCMA

Control Number: 18055

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Courses in the Science and Math area develop an understanding of mathematical and scientific methods and knowledge. Continuing study in science and math will prepare students for a wide range of careers in technology, the health field, education, research, engineering, and business.

Some university majors within Science and Math include: Accounting, Astronomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Geography, Marketing, Math, Medicine, Microbiology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physics, and Veterinary Medicine.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Design and apply the process of science to address a hypothesis.
  2. Find, select, evaluate, and communicate scientific information present in primary research literature, mass media, online, or other sources.
  3. Adequately explain thinking and mathematical processes, and justify mathematical solutions effectively and accurately.

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Requirements for the Major section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — AA/AS Local Degree GE: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Requirements for the Degree

Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
Select at least 18 units of the following: At least one course should be a science course and at least one should be a math course.18
Physical Anthropology
Introduction to Astronomy
Astronomy Laboratory
Stellar Astronomy
Tools of Astronomy
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Biology Lecture/Lab
Introduction to Biology Lab
Introduction to the Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Marine Science
Marine Science Lab
Medical Terminology for Health Professionals
Human Ecology
Human Ecology
Biology of Aging
Cell and Molecular Biology
Diversity of Organisms
General Microbiology
Human Anatomy
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Human Physiology
Work Based Learning Llimited to a maximum of 3 units.
Work Based Learning Llimited to a maximum of 3 units.
Principles of Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry
Preparation for General Chemistry
Survey of Chemistry and Physics
Survey of Chemistry and Physics
General Chemistry A
General Chemistry A Lab
General Chemistry B
General Chemistry B Lab
Organic Chemistry A
Organic Chemistry A Lab
Organic Chemistry B
Organic Chemistry B Lab
Physical Geography
Physical Geography Lab
General Geology
Geology Lab
California Geology
Historical Geology
Historical Geology Lab
Introduction to Marine Science
Marine Sciences Lab
Liberal Arts Mathematics
Statistics for Elementary Teachers
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
Geometry for Elementary Teachers
College Algebra
Business Calculus
Finite Mathematics With Applications
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus 1
Calculus 2
Calculus 3
Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics Lab
Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics
Algebra Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
Calculus Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
Calculus Based Physics: Modern Physics
Units Required for Area of Emphasis18
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC patternVaries
Electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60