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Public Health Science, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AST_PHLTH
Control number: 41125
Financial aid: Eligible

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer Degree is designed for prospective California State University(CSU) students who are preparing to transfer and complete a bachelors degree with a major in Public Health Science or a related field. This degree prepares students to become competent professionals in a wide variety of health-related disciplines, including but not limited to, health education, health agencies, medical centers, long-term care facilities, private and public health organizations, and local, state, and federal health departments. This degree will allow students to become the new generation of health professionals prepared to face the emerging challenges to human health.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate strategies or tactics to improve health inequalities, such as advocacy, community organizing, and/or policy change.
  2. Apply personal and public health topics to real life settings.
  3. Identify credible information resources on personal and public health current issues.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
HLED G100Personal Health3
HLED G220Introduction to Public Health3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics3-4
or ECON G160 Statistics for Business and Economics
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology5
CHEM G130Preparation for General Chemistry4-5
or CHEM G180 General Chemistry A
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
BIOL G220
BIOL G225
Human Anatomy
and Human Physiology
8
List A
Select one of the following:3
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
HLED G135Nutrition3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Major Total32-34
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double counted13-19
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)2-8
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
COMM G100Interpersonal Communication3
or COMM G110 Public Speaking
HLED G100Personal Health3
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
Units15
Course Title Units
Semester 2
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature (Area A3: Critical Thinking course)4
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology5
Area C1: Arts course3
HLED G220Introduction to Public Health3
Units15

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
PSYC G140Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3-4
or MATH G160 Introduction To Statistics
or ECON G160 Statistics for Business and Economics
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Select one of the following:
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
HLED G135Nutrition3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Units13-14
Course Title Units
Semester 4
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Units16
Total minimum units required60