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Natural Science, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_NS
Control Number: 14412

Complete eighteen (18) units from the following and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. If a student chooses this degree option, a plan must be developed with a counselor and placed on file prior to petitioning for graduation.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
All coursework must be 100-level or higher
Environmental Science and Ecology
Marine Science
Natural Science
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Degree Units60
NS A1124 Units (54 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
Introduction to Physical Science  
Prerequisite(s): MATH A010.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

An introduction to the basic physical principles that govern the universe. This course will present an overview of the general aspects of physics and chemistry including: forces, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, heat, waves, light, the atom, acids and bases. Satisfies part of the laboratory science requirement for the Elementary Education transfer degree.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing NS A112