Academic Catalogs

Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Science, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_LASCI
Control number: 19438
Financial aid: Eligible 

This program is designed for students who desire a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences, plus additional course work in an “Area of Emphasis.” This program would be an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC), as the student may satisfy their general education requirements plus focus on transferable course work relating to baccalaureate majors at these institutions. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to fulfill requirements for an emphasis should be selected with the assistance of GWC Counselor.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a strong factual framework of knowledge about the natural world.
  2. Use critical thinking skills.
  3. Use a variety of experimental and analytical techniques.
  4. Use a variety of data collection and display methods.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

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
Choose any combination of the following list to total at least 18 units: 118
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
ANTH G185LPhysical Anthropology Lab1
ASTR G100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR G100LIntroduction to Astronomy Lab1
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
BIOL G104Marine Life3
BIOL G104LMarine Life Laboratory1
BIOL G110Ecology And Field Biology3
BIOL G120Health and Disease3
BIOL G221Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL G160Physiology And Disease Mechanisms3
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology5
BIOL G182Zoology4
BIOL G183Botany4
BIOL G200Pharmacology - Medications And Drugs3
BIOL G210General Microbiology5
CHEM G110Introduction To Chemistry5
CHEM G130Preparation for General Chemistry4
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
CHEM G220Organic Chemistry A5
CHEM G225Organic Chemistry B5
GEOG G180Physical Geography3
GEOL G110Physical Geology4
GEOL G105General Geology3
GEOL G106Earth Science For Teachers4
PHSC G100Introductory Physical Science4
PHYS G110Conceptual Physics3
PHYS G111Conceptual Physics Lab1
PHYS G120Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS G125Algebra Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
PHYS G185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS G280Calculus Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism4
PHYS G285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
MATHOne class at level Math G115 or above
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
Major Total18
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60