Liberal Arts: Math and Science
Liberal Arts: Math and Science Associate in Arts Degree (60 units total, 18 units in the major): The Liberal Arts degrees are designed for students who wish to have a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an "Area of Emphasis". This emphasis allows students to satisfy general education requirements as well as focus on transferable course work. It is ideal for students who plan on transferring to California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) for a major in education or for a major that Cerro Coso does not offer. Please consult with a counselor for information regarding your intended major at the specific college or university of your choice.
Courses in Liberal Arts: Math & Science AA degree emphasize the natural sciences which examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. Courses in math emphasize the development of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills beyond the level of intermediate algebra. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies of science as investigative tools. Students completing this degree may be able to transfer to a four-year degree program in teaching, various health career programs, or environmental studies.
Courses required for the associate degree major at Cerro Coso Community College may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor and http://www.assist.org/ to identify the courses needed from the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals.
You must complete a minimum of 60 units, including the courses listed in the major and general education requirements, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a grade of "A", "B", or "C" in all courses for the major. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Cerro Coso Community College.
Your transfer institution may require some of the courses to be taken for a grade. Please consult a counselor and http://www.assist.org/ to determine any limitations on Pass/No Pass grading in major preparation courses.
Completion of the Cerro Coso local General Education Pattern DOES NOT prepare a student for transfer. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year school, depending on your transfer goal, you should select Option B or C only. For more information refer to the general education section of the catalog.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to
- Demonstrate a general understanding of the nature of science, the methods applied in scientific investigarions, and the value of those methods in developing a rigorous understanding of the physical world.
- Apply multiple approaches to problem solving, using algebraic, graphical, and numerical methods to solve applied problems in other areas of mathematics, natural sciences, computer graphics, and computer animation.
- Demonstrate mastery of the Scientific Method, including the experimental and empirical methodologies characteristic of science and the modern methods and tools used in scientific inquiry.
- Perform hands-on laboratory and/or field experiments of all science classes safely.
- Identify the difference between science and other fields of knowledge. Perform a critical analysis of a topic in order to determine science from pseudoscience.
- CC Online [Degree Pathway]
- Ridgecrest Indian Wells Valley Campus [Degree Pathway]
- Lake Isabella Kern River Valley Campus [Degree Pathway]
- Bishop/Mammoth Lakes Eastern Sierra Center Campus
Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.
Select a minimum of 18 units from the following courses. At least one course must be from Mathematics and at least two courses from the sciences, including one laboratory or field experience course (*).
|ANTH C121||Physical Anthropology||3 Units|
|BIOL C101||Principles of Biology||3|
|or BIOL C101H||Principles of Biology - Honors||4|
|BIOL C102*||Principles of Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL C105*||Concepts of Biology||4|
|or BIOL C105H*||Concepts of Biology - Honors||5|
|BIOL C111*||General Biology I||5|
|or BIOL C111H*||General Biology I - Honors||6|
|BIOL C112*||General Biology II||5|
|or BIOL C112H*||General Biology II - Honors||6|
|BIOL C125*||Survey of Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|or BIOL C121||Survey of Anatomy and Physiology Lecture||3|
|BIOL C122*||Survey of Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL C145*||Environmental Studies||4|
|or BIOL C141||Environmental Studies Lecture||3|
|BIOL C142*||Environmental Studies Laboratory||1|
|BIOL C251*||Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL C255*||Human Physiology||4|
|BIOL C261*||General Microbiology||4|
|CHEM C101*||Introduction to Chemistry||4|
|CHEM C111*||General Inorganic Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM C113*||General Inorganic Chemistry II||5|
|or CHEM C113H*||General Inorganic Chemistry II - Honors||6|
|CHEM C221*||Organic Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM C223*||Organic Chemistry II||5|
|or CHEM C223H*||Organic Chemistry II - Honors||6|
|GEOG C101||Physical Geography Lecture||3|
|GEOG C102*||Physical Geography Laboratory||1|
|GEOG C111*||Physical Geography||4|
|GEOL C111*||Physical Geology||4|
|MATH C121||Elementary Probability and Statistics||4|
|or MATH C121H||Elementary Probability and Statistics Honors||5|
|MATH C130||Finite Mathematics||4|
|MATH C131||Business Calculus||4|
|MATH C141||College Algebra||4|
|MATH C151||Analytical Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|MATH C152||Analytical Geometry and Calculus II||5|
|MATH C251||Analytical Geometry and Calculus III||5|
|MATH C255||Ordinary Differential Equations||4|
|MATH C257||Linear Algebra||4|
|PHSC C105*||General Earth Sciences||4|
|or PHSC C101||General Earth Sciences Lecture||3|
|PHSC C102*||General Earth Sciences Laboratory||1|
|PHSC C115*||Physical Science||1|
|or PHSC C111||Physical Science Lecture||3|
|PHSC C112*||Physical Science Laboratory||1|
|PHSC C121||Elementary Astronomy||3|
|PHSC C122*||Elem. Astronomy Laboratory||1|
|PHSC C131||Introduction to Meteorology||3|
|PHSC C132*||Intro Meteorology Laboratory||1|
|PHYS C113*||Electricity and Magnetism||5|
|PHYS C211*||Waves, Optics and Modern Physics||5|
|CSCI C251||Introduction to Visual Basic Programming||3|
|CSCI C252||Introduction to Computer Science||3|
|CSCI C265||Introductory C++ Programming||3|
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
|OPTION A||Cerro Coso Local General Education Pattern|
|OPTION B||CSU General Education Breadth|
|OPTION C||IGETC - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum|