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Natural Sciences Division
A8988

An emphasis in Natural Sciences provides the student with an understanding of living and non-living systems and promotes an appreciation of the methodologies and tools of science. Students may select courses that focus on a specific major and then select complementary courses to strengthen their selected focus or they may select courses that strengthen and broaden their overall understanding of the Natural Sciences.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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    • Natural Sciences Managers

      Natural Sciences Managers

      SOC Career Code: 11-9121.00

      Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $74.47

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $198,577.60
      Annual Job Openings
      1,441

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Clinical Research Coordinators

      Clinical Research Coordinators

      SOC Career Code: 11-9121.01

      Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $74.47

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $198,577.60
      Annual Job Openings
      1,441

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Water Resource Specialists

      Water Resource Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 11-9121.02

      Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $74.47

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $198,577.60
      Annual Job Openings
      1,441

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Biostatisticians

      Biostatisticians

      SOC Career Code: 15-2041.01

      Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $42.29

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $124,279.98
      Annual Job Openings
      338

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Biomedical Engineers

      Biomedical Engineers

      SOC Career Code: 17-2031.00

      Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $44.06

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      Median Salary Earnings
      $108,950.40
      Annual Job Openings
      226

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Chemical Engineers

      Chemical Engineers

      SOC Career Code: 17-2041.00

      Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $44.31

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      Median Salary Earnings
      $114,501.18
      Annual Job Openings
      135

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Environmental Engineers

      Environmental Engineers

      SOC Career Code: 17-2081.00

      Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $40.06

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $111,966.40
      Annual Job Openings
      481

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Mining and Geological Engineers

      Mining and Geological Engineers

      SOC Career Code: 17-2151.00

      Conduct subsurface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes, and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.37

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $132,503.63
      Annual Job Openings
      68

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Nuclear Engineers

      Nuclear Engineers

      SOC Career Code: 17-2161.00

      Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $53.32

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Some College
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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $154,090.74
      Annual Job Openings
      75

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Petroleum Engineers

      Petroleum Engineers

      SOC Career Code: 17-2171.00

      Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $38.35

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $133,305.96
      Annual Job Openings
      116

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Animal Scientists

      Animal Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1011.00

      Conduct research in the genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of domestic farm animals.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.62

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $123,736.12
      Annual Job Openings
      34

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Food Scientists and Technologists

      Food Scientists and Technologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1012.00

      Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $32.00

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $85,960.68
      Annual Job Openings
      316

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Soil and Plant Scientists

      Soil and Plant Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1013.00

      Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.46

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $78,895.84
      Annual Job Openings
      270

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Biochemists and Biophysicists

      Biochemists and Biophysicists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1021.00

      Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.10

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $127,364.69
      Annual Job Openings
      648

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Microbiologists

      Microbiologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1022.00

      Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.19

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $102,278.26
      Annual Job Openings
      313

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

      Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1023.00

      Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $30.45

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $83,516.56
      Annual Job Openings
      169

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Bioinformatics Scientists

      Bioinformatics Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1029.01

      Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.18

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,854.02
      Annual Job Openings
      1,548

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Molecular and Cellular Biologists

      Molecular and Cellular Biologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1029.02

      Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.18

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,854.02
      Annual Job Openings
      1,548

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Geneticists

      Geneticists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1029.03

      Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.18

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,854.02
      Annual Job Openings
      1,548

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Biologists

      Biologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1029.04

      Research or study basic principles of plant and animal life, such as origin, relationship, development, anatomy, and functions.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.18

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,854.02
      Annual Job Openings
      1,548

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Conservation Scientists

      Conservation Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1031.00

      Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $28.05

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $76,702.41
      Annual Job Openings
      241

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Epidemiologists

      Epidemiologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1041.00

      Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.02

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $99,221.28
      Annual Job Openings
      127

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Medical Scientists

      Medical Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-1042.00

      Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $50.08

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $128,019.07
      Annual Job Openings
      1,903

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Astronomers

      Astronomers

      SOC Career Code: 19-2011.00

      Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $55.06

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $138,964.80
      Annual Job Openings
      31

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Physicists

      Physicists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2012.00

      Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $67.56

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $178,692.80
      Annual Job Openings
      408

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Atmospheric and Space Scientists

      Atmospheric and Space Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2021.00

      Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $47.67

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $114,899.20
      Annual Job Openings
      112

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Chemists

      Chemists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2031.00

      Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $35.72

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $97,179.48
      Annual Job Openings
      933

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Materials Scientists

      Materials Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2032.00

      Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $51.72

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $130,182.73
      Annual Job Openings
      83

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Environmental Scientists and Specialists

      Environmental Scientists and Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2041.00

      Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $36.72

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $95,840.78
      Annual Job Openings
      1,248

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Geoscientists

      Geoscientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2042.00

      Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, and oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.04

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $101,453.85
      Annual Job Openings
      412

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Hydrologists

      Hydrologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2043.00

      Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation and its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and return to the ocean and atmosphere.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.70

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $111,349.09
      Annual Job Openings
      84

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Biological Technicians

      Biological Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4021.00

      Assist biological and medical scientists. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, collect data and samples, make observations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $23.35

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $62,691.20
      Annual Job Openings
      1,806

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Chemical Technicians

      Chemical Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4031.00

      Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $22.32

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,886.39
      Annual Job Openings
      979

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Environmental Science Technicians

      Environmental Science Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4042.00

      Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $22.39

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $58,406.31
      Annual Job Openings
      678

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Geological Technicians

      Geological Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4043.00

      Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in laboratory, exploration, and production activities to obtain data indicating resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $24.19

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $65,852.79
      Annual Job Openings
      102

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Nuclear Technicians

      Nuclear Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4051.00

      Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $24.00

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $79,352.00
      Annual Job Openings
      39

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

      Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4051.02

      Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $24.00

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $79,352.00
      Annual Job Openings
      39

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Forensic Science Technicians

      Forensic Science Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 19-4092.00

      Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $35.87

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $89,177.13
      Annual Job Openings
      380

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers

      Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1042.00

      Teach courses in biological sciences. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $40.38

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,749.62
      Annual Job Openings
      19,486

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers

      Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1052.00

      Teach courses pertaining to the chemical and physical properties and compositional changes of substances. Work may include providing instruction in the methods of qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $40.38

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,749.62
      Annual Job Openings
      19,486

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Secondary School Teachers

      Secondary School Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-2031.00

      Teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.65

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $100,944.94
      Annual Job Openings
      7,630

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Museum Technicians and Conservators

      Museum Technicians and Conservators

      SOC Career Code: 25-4013.00

      Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $22.33

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 25 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $59,887.77
      Annual Job Openings
      274

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages

Certificate & Degree Details

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  • Natural Sciences Emphasis

    Natural Sciences Division
    A8988

    An emphasis in Natural Sciences provides the student with an understanding of living and non-living systems and promotes an appreciation of the methodologies and tools of science. Students may select courses that focus on a specific major and then select complementary courses to strengthen their selected focus or they may select courses that strengthen and broaden their overall understanding of the Natural Sciences.

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Choose a minimum of 18 units from the following with at least one GE lab from each group:18-22
    Group 1A: Physical Science Lecture Courses
    (May take one or more courses from Group 1A)
    ASTR 5
    Introduction to Astronomy
    or ASTR 5H
    Introduction to Astronomy - Honors
    ASTR 7
    Geology of the Solar System
    ASTR 8
    Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
    ASTR 11
    Introduction to Astrophysics
    CHEM 9
    Chemistry of Everyday Life
    GEOG 1
    Physical Geography
    or GEOG 1H
    Physical Geography - Honors
    GEOL 7
    Geology of California
    GEOL 8
    Earth Science
    or GEOL 8H
    Earth Science - Honors
    GEOL 9
    Environmental Geology
    GEOL 10
    Natural Disasters
    GEOL 30
    Global Climate Change
    METO 3
    Weather and the Atmospheric Environment
    OCEA 10
    Introduction to Oceanography
    or OCEA 10H
    Introduction to Oceanography - Honors
    Group 1B: Physical Science Lab Courses
    (Must take at least one course from either Group 1B or 1C)
    ASTR 5L
    Astronomical Observing Laboratory
    GEOG 1L
    Physical Geography Laboratory
    or GEOG 1LH
    Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
    GEOL 8L
    Earth Science Laboratory
    GEOL 9L
    Environmental Geology Laboratory
    METO 3L
    Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
    OCEA 10L
    Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
    Group 1C: Physical Science Lecture-Lab Courses
    (Must take at least one course from either Group 1B or 1C)
    CHEM 10
    Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
    CHEM 20
    Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
    CHEM 40
    Introduction to General Chemistry
    CHEM 50
    General Chemistry I
    or CHEM 50H
    General Chemistry I - Honors
    CHEM 51
    General Chemistry II
    or CHEM 51H
    General Chemistry II - Honors
    CHEM 55
    Chemistry for Engineers
    CHEM 80
    Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 81
    Organic Chemistry II
    ENGR 1
    Introduction to Engineering
    ENGR 1C
    Engineering Critical Thinking
    ENGR 6
    Introduction to Engineering Programming Concepts and Methodologies
    ENGR 8
    Properties of Materials
    GEOL 1
    Physical Geology
    GEOL 24
    Geologic Field Studies: Central California
    or GEOL 25
    Geologic Field Studies: Southern California
    GEOL 29
    Special Topics in Field Geology
    PHSC 3
    Energy Science
    PHSC 9
    Physical Science
    PHYS 1
    Physics
    PHYS 2AG
    General Physics
    PHYS 2BG
    General Physics
    PHYS 4A
    Engineering Physics
    PHYS 4B
    Engineering Physics
    PHYS 4C
    Engineering Physics
    PHYS 6A
    General Physics with Calculus
    PHYS 6B
    General Physics with Calculus
    Group 2A: Life Sciences Lecture Courses
    (May take one or more courses from Group 2A)
    ANTH 1
    Biological Anthropology
    or ANTH 1H
    Biological Anthropology - Honors
    BIOL 6
    Humans and the Environment
    BIOL 17
    Neurobiology and Behavior
    BIOL 20
    Marine Biology
    BIOL 34
    Fundamentals of Genetics
    MICR 26
    Introduction to Immunology
    Group 2B: Life Science Lab Courses
    (Must take at least one course from either Group 2B or 2C)
    Choose at least one from the following:
    ANTH 1L
    Biological Anthropology Laboratory
    BIOL 6L
    Humans and the Environment Laboratory
    BIOL 21
    Marine Biology Laboratory
    BIOL 34L
    Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
    Group 2C: Life Science Lecture-Lab Courses
    (Must take at least one course from either Group 2B or 2C)
    BIOL 1
    General Biology
    BIOL 2
    Plant and Animal Biology
    BIOL 3
    Ecology and Field Biology
    BIOL 4
    Biology for Majors
    or BIOL 4H
    Biology for Majors - Honors
    BIOL 8
    Cell and Molecular Biology
    BTNY 3
    Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
    MICR 1
    Principles of Microbiology
    or MICR 22
    Microbiology
    Total Units18-22

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How to Complete the Program

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Contacts

Department Contact

Contact: Natural SciencesTitle: DivisionContact: nsdiv@mtsac.edu

Office Contact

Location: Building 61-2505Phone: (909) 274-4425