Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Mathematics and Sciences

Contact Information

Dean: Al Taccone

Office: Building 4800, 760.795.6881

Full-Time Faculty

Joanne Benschop

Associate in Arts Degree

Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Mathematics and Sciences

The science courses in this category examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. These courses assist the student in developing an appreciation of the scientific method and encourage an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities. The mathematics courses encourage the understanding of mathematical concepts through the development of quantitative reasoning skills. This area of emphasis provides students with lower-division preparation for a variety of majors within the scientific disciplines, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as preparation for mathematics majors. Additionally, students may prepare for nursing, kinesiology, public health, and other health science majors. Many of the courses will assist students in prerequisite preparation for graduate programs within the health sciences.

Select a minimum of 18 units from the following courses. At least one course must be a mathematics course. Courses outside of the mathematics discipline that are approved for the quantitative reasoning requirement on Plans B and C may be used in lieu of a course with the MATH prefix.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement:

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to develop communication, critical thinking, and intellectual skills that effectively prepare him/her for lifelong learning and for advanced study in a wide range of majors at the university level.
ANTH 101Biological Anthropology3
or ANTH 101H Biological Anthropology (Honors)
ANTH 101LBiological Anthropology Laboratory1
ANTH 105Evolution of Human Behavior3
ANTH 190Primate Behavior and Ecology3
ASTR 101Descriptive Astronomy3
ASTR 101LDescriptive Astronomy Laboratory1
ASTR 120Life in the Universe3
ASTR 201Introductory Astronomy3
BIO 100General Biology (Lecture and Lab)4
or BIO 101
  & 101L
General Biology
   and General Biology Laboratory
BIO 102Ecology and Environmental Biology4
BIO 103Animal Diversity3
BIO 105Genes and Technology in Society3
BIO 150General Botany4
BIO 170Marine Biology4
BIO 172Marine Ecology3
BIO/BTEC 180Biostatistics4
BIO 202Foundations of Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity, and Organismal Biology4
BIO 204Foundations of Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology4
or BIO 204H Foundations of Biology: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology (Honors)
BIO 210Human Anatomy4
or BIO 210H Human Anatomy (Honors)
BIO 220Human Physiology4
BIO 230Introduction to Microbiology5
BUS 204Business Statistics3
CHEM 100Introductory Chemistry4
or CHEM 100H Introductory Chemistry (Honors)
CHEM 102Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry4
CHEM 104Chemistry of Living Things (Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry)5
CHEM 108Preparatory Chemistry4
CHEM 110General Chemistry5
or CHEM 110H General Chemistry (Honors)
CHEM 111General Chemistry5
or CHEM 111H General Chemistry (Honors)
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I5
or CHEM 210H Organic Chemistry I (Honors)
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II5
or CHEM 211H Organic Chemistry II (Honors)
EART 106Earth and Space Science3
GEOG 101Physical Geography3
GEOG 101LPhysical Geography Laboratory1
GEOL 101Physical Geology3
or GEOL 101H Physical Geology (Honors)
GEOL 101LPhysical Geology Laboratory1
or GEOL 101LH Physical Geology Laboratory (Honors)
GEOL 120Environmental Geology: Earth Hazards and Humanity3
HORT 116Plant Science4
MATH 103Statistics4
MATH 105Concepts and Structures of Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 106Concepts and Structures of Elementary Mathematics II3
MATH 112Mathematical Analysis for Business3
MATH 115Calculus with Applications4
MATH 126Pre-Calculus I: College Algebra4
MATH 131Pre-Calculus II: Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry4
MATH 150Calculus and Analytic Geometry I5
or MATH 150H Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Honors)
MATH 155Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 226Discrete Mathematics4
MATH 260Calculus and Analytic Geometry III4
or MATH 260H Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (Honors)
MATH 265Differential Equations4
MATH 270Linear Algebra4
OCEA 101Introduction to Oceanography3
or OCEA 101H Introduction to Oceanography (Honors)
OCEA 101LIntroductory Oceanography Laboratory1
PHSN 101Fundamentals of Physical Science3
PHSN 106Energy, Motion, and Matter: An Introduction to Physics and Chemistry3
PHSN 108Introduction to Climate Change3
or PHSN 108H Introduction to Climate Change (Honors)
PHYS 111Introductory Physics I4
PHYS 112Introductory Physics II4
PHYS 151Principles of Physics I4
or PHYS 151H Principles of Physics I (Honors)
PHYS 152Principles of Physics II4
or PHYS 152H Principles of Physics II (Honors)
PHYS 253Principles of Physics III4
or PHYS 253H Principles of Physics III (Honors)
PSYC/SOC 104Statistics for Behavioral Science4
or PSYC/SOC 104H Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)
PSYC 260Physiological Psychology3