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Natural Sciences Division


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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    • 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
      $52.03

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $56,697.35
      Annual Job Openings
      67

      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
      $58.79

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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
      $71,905.58
      Annual Job Openings
      261

      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
      $63.94

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $70,606.31
      Annual Job Openings
      359

      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
      $82.52

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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $95,390.34
      Annual Job Openings
      710

      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
      $70.84

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $111,029.33
      Annual Job Openings
      384

      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
      $55.73

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $71,461.30
      Annual Job Openings
      246

      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
    • Foresters

      Foresters

      SOC Career Code: 19-1032.00

      Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $58.50

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $74,656.54
      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
    • 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
      $61.49

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $92,350.19
      Annual Job Openings
      91

      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. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $75.34

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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
      $108,379.17
      Annual Job Openings
      2,691

      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
      $113.94

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $161,844.80
      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
    • 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
      $91.18

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $111,820.80
      Annual Job Openings
      221

      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
      $86.89

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $123,656.00
      Annual Job Openings
      143

      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
      $64.33

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $79,207.38
      Annual Job Openings
      1,068

      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
      $75.01

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $111,300.80
      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
    • 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 the health of the population. 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
      $69.22

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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $87,555.11
      Annual Job Openings
      1,811

      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, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $76.90

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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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
      $93,790.63
      Annual Job Openings
      601

      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, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $75.01

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $95,315.12
      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
    • Chiropractors

      Chiropractors

      SOC Career Code: 29-1011.00

      Assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $74.43

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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $58,864.39
      Annual Job Openings
      217

      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
    • Dentists

      Dentists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1021.00

      Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $138.68

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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $143,509.90
      Annual Job Openings
      1,108

      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
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

      Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

      SOC Career Code: 29-1022.00

      Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $193.13

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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
      $218,357.26
      Annual Job Openings
      47

      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
    • Prosthodontists

      Prosthodontists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1024.00

      Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $182.44

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      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $194,519.18
      Annual Job Openings
      3

      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
    • Dietitians and Nutritionists

      Dietitians and Nutritionists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1031.00

      Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $54.37

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      • Master's Degree
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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $76,723.70
      Annual Job Openings
      924

      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
    • Optometrists

      Optometrists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1041.00

      Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $104.28

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      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $119,260.49
      Annual Job Openings
      309

      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
    • Pharmacists

      Pharmacists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1051.00

      Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $92.62

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $147,513.40
      Annual Job Openings
      1,778

      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
    • Anesthesiologists

      Anesthesiologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1061.00

      Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $334.27

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      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $376,281.14
      Annual Job Openings
      161

      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
    • Family and General Practitioners

      Family and General Practitioners

      SOC Career Code: 29-1062.00

      Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $167.05

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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
      $201,861.07
      Annual Job Openings
      606

      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
    • Internists

      Internists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1063.00

      Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $170.51

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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $198,520.48
      Annual Job Openings
      166

      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
    • Obstetricians and Gynecologists

      Obstetricians and Gynecologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1064.00

      Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $193.29

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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
      $233,882.33
      Annual Job Openings
      77

      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
    • Pediatricians

      Pediatricians

      SOC Career Code: 29-1065.00

      Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $160.41

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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
      $189,699.02
      Annual Job Openings
      136

      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
    • Psychiatrists

      Psychiatrists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1066.00

      Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $188.75

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $245,625.09
      Annual Job Openings
      214

      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
    • Surgeons

      Surgeons

      SOC Career Code: 29-1067.00

      Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $198.27

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $225,347.93
      Annual Job Openings
      144

      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
    • Dermatologists

      Dermatologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1069.02

      Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $170.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $232,861.79
      Annual Job Openings
      1,654

      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
    • Neurologists

      Neurologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1069.04

      Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $170.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $232,861.79
      Annual Job Openings
      1,654

      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
    • Ophthalmologists

      Ophthalmologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1069.06

      Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries of the eyes and related structures.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $170.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $232,861.79
      Annual Job Openings
      1,654

      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
    • Pathologists

      Pathologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1069.07

      Diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $170.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $232,861.79
      Annual Job Openings
      1,654

      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
    • Radiologists

      Radiologists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1069.10

      Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $170.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $232,861.79
      Annual Job Openings
      1,654

      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
    • Physician Assistants

      Physician Assistants

      SOC Career Code: 29-1071.00

      Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $87.92

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $124,728.53
      Annual Job Openings
      1,167

      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
    • Podiatrists

      Podiatrists

      SOC Career Code: 29-1081.00

      Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $124.33

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $101,043.24
      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
    • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

      Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

      SOC Career Code: 29-2041.00

      Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $34.36

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 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
      $36,961.60
      Annual Job Openings
      2,135

      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
How to Complete the Program

Guided Pathways

Program Guided Pathways
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  • Natural Sciences Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Natural Sciences Division


    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
    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 80
    Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 81
    Organic Chemistry II
    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
    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 25
    Conservation 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

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    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

Contacts

Department Contact

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

Office Contact

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