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Guided Pathways

Natural Sciences Emphasis, AA A8988

Program: A8988
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Suggested Sequence of CourseworkIndicates Courses Offered Online
Fall Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4.0
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 5.0
ASTR 5 Introduction to Astronomy 4.0
ASTR 7 (or) Geology of the Solar System
ASTR 8 (or) Stars, Galaxies & the Universe
ASTR 5L (or) Astronomical Observing Lab
GEOG 1 (or) Physical Geography
GEOG 1L (or) Physical Geography Laboratory
GEOL 8 (or) Earth Science
GEOL 8L (or) Earth Science Laboratory
GEOL 9 (or) Environmental Geology
GEOL 9L (or) Environmental Geology Lab
METO 3 (or) Weather & Atmospheric Environ
METO 3L (or) Weather & Atmospheric Lab
OCEA 10 (or) Introduction to Oceanography
OCEA 10L (or) Intro to Oceanography Lab
CHEM 10 Chemistry-Allied Health Majors 4.0
CHEM 40 (or) Introduction General Chemistry
CHEM 50 (or) General Chemistry I
CHEM 51 (or) General Chemistry II
CHEM 55 (or) Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 80 (or) Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 81 (or) Organic Chemistry II
GEOL 1 (or) Physical Geology
GEOL 24 (or) Field Studies Central CA
GEOL 25 (or) Field Studies Southern CA
GEOL 29 (or) Special Topic in Field Geology
PHSC 3 (or) Energy Science
PHSC 9 (or) Physical Science
PHYS 1 (or) Physics
PHYS 2AG (or) General Physics
PHYS 2BG (or) General Physics
PHYS 4A (or) Engineering Physics
PHYS 4B (or) Engineering Physics
PHYS 4C (or) Engineering Physics
PHYS 6A (or) General Physics with Calculus
PHYS 6B (or) General Physics with Calculus
ENGR 1 (or) Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 1C (or) Engineering Critical Thinking
ENGR 6 (or) Programming for Engineers
ENGR 8 (or) Properties of Materials
Total:   17.0
Select Group 1A: one class Select Group 1B: one lab with class from group 1A Select Group 1C if no class taken from group 1B
Winter Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4.0
SPCH 2 (or) Survey Communication Studies
Total:   4.0
Spring Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3.0
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3.0
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course 1.0
BIOL 1 General Biology 4.0
BIOL 2 (or) Plant and Animal Biology
BIOL 6 (or) Humans and the Environment  
BIOL 6L (and) Humans and the Environment Lab
ANTH 1 (or) Biological Anthropology  
ANTH 1L (and) Biological Anthropology Lab
BIOL 20 (or) Marine Biology  
BIOL 21 (and) Marine Biology Laboratory
BIOL 34 (or) Fundamentals of Genetics  
BIOL 34L (and) Fundamentals of Genetics
BIOL 4 (or) Biology for Majors  
BIOL 8 (or) Cell and Molecular Biology
BTNY 3 (or) Plant Structure and Diversity
MICR 1 (or) Principles of Microbiology
MICR 22 (or) Microbiology
Total:   11.0
Select Group 2: Life Science w/lab 2 classes
Summer Semester (Year 1)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3.0
Total:   3.0
Fall Semester (Year 2)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3.0
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 4.0
ANTH 1 Biological Anthropology 8.0
ANTH 1L (or) Biological Anthropology Lab
ASTR 5 (or) Introduction to Astronomy
ASTR 5L (or) Astronomical Observing Lab
ASTR 7 (or) Geology of the Solar System
ASTR 8 (or) Stars, Galaxies & the Universe
ASTR 11 (or) Introduction to Astrophysics
BIOL 1 (or) General Biology
BIOL 2 (or) Plant and Animal Biology
BIOL 3 (or) Ecology and Field Biology
BIOL 4 (or) Biology for Majors
BIOL 6 (or) Humans and the Environment
BIOL 6L (or) Humans and the Environment Lab
BIOL 8 (or) Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 17 (or) Neurobiology and Behavior
BIOL 20 (or) Marine Biology
BIOL 21 (or) Marine Biology Laboratory
BIOL 25 (or) Conservation Biology
BIOL 34 (or) Fundamentals of Genetics
BIOL 34L (or) Fundamentals of Genetics
BTNY 3 (or) Plant Structure and Diversity
CHEM 9 (or) Chemistry of Everyday Life
CHEM 10 (or) Chemistry-Allied Health Majors
CHEM 20 (or) Intro Organic and Biochemistry
METO 3 (or) Weather & Atmospheric Environ
METO 3L (or) Weather & Atmospheric Lab
CHEM 40 (or) Introduction General Chemistry
CHEM 50 (or) General Chemistry I
CHEM 51 (or) General Chemistry II
CHEM 80 (or) Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 81 (or) Organic Chemistry II
GEOG 1 (or) Physical Geography
GEOG 1L (or) Physical Geography Laboratory
GEOL 1 (or) Physical Geology
GEOL 7 (or) Geology of California
GEOL 8 (or) Earth Science
GEOL 9 (or) Environmental Geology
GEOL 10 (or) Natural Disasters
GEOL 24 (or) Field Studies Central CA
GEOL 25 (or) Field Studies Southern CA
GEOL 29 (or) Special Topic in Field Geology
GEOL 30 (or) Global Climate Change
MICR 1 (or) Principles of Microbiology
MICR 22 (or) Microbiology
MICR 26 (or) Introduction to Immunology
OCEA 10 (or) Introduction to Oceanography
OCEA 10L (or) Intro to Oceanography Lab
PHSC 3 (or) Energy Science
PHSC 9 (or) Physical Science
PHYS 1 (or) Physics
PHYS 2AG (or) General Physics
PHYS 4A (or) Engineering Physics
PHYS 4B (or) Engineering Physics
PHYS 4C (or) Engineering Physics
PHYS 6A (or) General Physics with Calculus
PHYS 6B (or) General Physics with Calculus
ENGR 1 (or) Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 1C (or) Engineering Critical Thinking
ENGR 6 (or) Programming for Engineers
ENGR 8 (or) Properties of Materials
Total:   15.0
Select 8-11 units from electives course listed
Winter Semester (Year 2)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
Total:   3.0
Spring Semester (Year 2)
Course Prefix Title Units
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3.0
Total:   12.0
Additional Science course to meet 18 units minimum Natural Sciences Emphasis, AA A8988 Submit petition to Admissions & Records Take electives to reach 60 degree applicable units
Program Notes

Degree requirements include reading competency. This requirement is met by attaining eligibility for READ 100 or by completing READ 90.  Complete the online Assessment Questionnaire (AQ) at https://www.mtsac.edu/assessment/aq/   

An emphasis in Natural Sciences will provide the student with an understanding of living and non-living systems and promote an appreciation of the methodologies and tools of science. Select courses that focus on a specific major and then select complementary courses to strengthen the selected focus or select courses that strengthen and broaden overall understanding of the Natural Sciences.  https://catalog.mtsac.edu/programs/programsaz/natural-sciences/

Choose a minimum of 18 units from the following two categories of Physical and Life Sciences:

PHYSICAL SCIENCES (Required one course and lab + or embedded lab 4-5 units)

Astronomy
ASTR 5 and ASTR 5L   Introduction to Astronomy & Lab+
ASTR 7 and ASTR 5L   Geology of the Solar System & Lab+
ASTR 7 and ASTR 5L   Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe+
ASTR 11   Introduction to Astrophysics^

Chemistry
CHEM 9     Chemistry of Everyday Life^
CHEM 10   Chemistry for Allied Health Majors*
CHEM 20   Introductory Organic and Biochemistry*
CHEM 40   Introduction to General Chemistry*
CHEM 50   General Chemistry I*
CHEM 51   General Chemistry II*
CHEM 80   Organic Chemistry I*
CHEM 81   Organic Chemistry II*

Geography
GEOG 1  and GEOL 1L   Physical Geography & Lab+

Geology
GEOL 1   Physical Geology^
GEOL 7   Geology of California^
GEOL 8 and GEOL 8L   Earth Science and Lab+
GEOL 9 and GEOL 9L    Environmental Geology and Lab+
GEOL 10   Natural Disasters^
GEOL 24   Geologic Field Studies: Central California^ or 
      GEOL 25   Geologic Field Studies: Southern California^
GEOL 29   Special Topics in Field Geology^
GEOL 30   Global Climate Change^

Meteorology
METO 3 and METO 3L   Weather and the Atmospheric Environment & Lab+

Oceanography
OCEA 10 and OCEA 10L   Introduction to Oceanography & Lab+

Physics:
PHYS 3   Energy Science*
PHYS 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*

LIFE SCIENCES (Required one course and lab + or embedded lab 4-5 units)

Anthropology:
ANTH 1 and ANTH 1L   Biological Anthropology and Lab+

Biology
BIOL 1   General Biology*
BIOL 2   Plant & Animal Biology*
BIOL 3   Ecology & Field Biology*
BIOL 4   Biology for Majors*
BIOL 6  & BIOL 6L   Humans and the Environment & Lab+
BIOL 8   Cell & Molecular Biology*
BIOL 17   Neurobiology and Behavior^
BIOL 20 & BIOL 21   Marine Biology & Lab+
BIOL 25    Conservation Biology^
BIOL 34  & BIOL 34L   Fundamentals of Genetics & Lab+
BTNY 3   Plant Structures, Function, & Diversity*
MICR 1   Principles of Microbiology*
MICR 26    Introduction to Immunology^

Additional PHYSICAL SCIENCES & LIFE SCIENCES courses: (select a combination of courses from one or both of these areas that include lab +/* or no lab ^ to meet the 18 units for the major)

 

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