The Associate in Arts Degree program in General Studies with Emphasis in Health Science outlines a course of study for students interested in allied health careers.  Students will learn to apply scientific methods to explore human structure and function, and health aspects of microbiology.

The program satisfies CSU GE requirements and includes courses for students planning careers in health science fields.  Students must complete each required area of emphasis course with a grade of ‘C’ or better.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Use library databases and the Internet to efficiently find information relevant to health science.
  • Use appropriate terminology to express physical measurements, describe biological processes. identify body structures, and name chemical entities.
  • Apply scientific principles to solve practical problems in microbiology, physiology, and chemistry.
  • Analyze and interpret experimental or clinical data.
  • Demonstrate use of the light microscope to view cells and tissues.
  • Describe hemostatic controls and specific functions of the human body.
  • Describe relationships between microbes and hosts, as well as between different taxonomic groups of microbes.
  • Assess physical, chemical, and antibiotic measures to control or prevent microbial growth.
  • Identify and describe common microbes, diseases caused, their modes of transmission, and means to reduce their transmission.
  • Describe components of innate and adaptive immune systems and how protection against infections is provided.
  • Describe the biology of DNA and microbial genetics.
  • Explain how gases, liquids, solids, and solutions behave.
  • Predict chemical reactivity, bond types, and molecular polarity from the periodic table and elements.

Required Courses

Area of Emphasis Requirements                                       
Course Title Units


Introduction to Chemistry 4

BIOL 071

Human Anatomy 5

BIOL 072

Human Physiology 5

BIOL 074

General Microbiology 5
Total Requirements
Course Title Units
Area of Emphasis Requirements 19
Electives (AA applicable courses) 2
General Education Requirements 39
Physical Activity 1
Total Units 61