The Associate in Arts Degree program in General Studies with Emphasis in Natural Science outlines a course of study that emphasizes breadth in the physical and life sciences.  Students will learn to apply scientific methods to investigate both physical and biological aspects of the environment. Students completing this program will satisfy lower division science and general education requirements for CSU.  Students must complete each required area of emphasis course with a grade of ‘C’ or better to be awarded the degree.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply scientific method to solve practical problems in the sciences.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret scientific data.
  • Properly and safely use common scientific laboratory and field equipment.
  • Relate fundamental concepts and properties of matter and energy to biological and physical processes.

Required Courses

Area of Emphasis Requirements                                   

Course Title Units
Select a minimum 10 units of Life Science courses: 10

BIOL 021

General Biology  

BIOL 025

Forensic Biology  

BIOL 062

Plants and Human Welfare  

BIOL 063


BIOL 064

Marine Biology  

BIOL 065

Wildlife Biology  

BIOL 080

Field Biology  


Field Biology - Zion National Park  


Environmental Science 1  
Select a minimum of 8 units of Physical Science courses: 8


Introduction to Astronomy  


Introductory Astronomy Lab  

CHEM 015

Fundamentals of Chemistry  


Environmental Science 1  


Descriptive Oceanography  


Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics I  

ENVIR 010 can satisfy either Life Science or Physical Science requirement, but can only be used once.

Total Requirements

Course Title Units
Area of Emphasis Requirements 18
Electives (AA applicable courses) 2
General Education Requirements 39
Physical Activity 1
Total Units 60

What is a Program Map?

A program map is a suggested semester-by-semester plan to help you complete the courses required for a particular degree or certificate. It is based on the major sheet for the particular degree or certificate you are interested in. It includes courses required for the major, general education and any necessary electives. 

A program map is a representation of the major sheet. It includes the specific specialty courses in a major, general education courses and any necessary electives. 

What is a Major Sheet?

A major sheet includes a description of the program you are interested in, what you can expect to learn once you have completed the program (Program Learning Outcomes) and the specific specialty courses you will need to complete within a major.