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Associate of Arts Degree
General Studies with an Emphasis in Science and Mathematics

The General Studies degree with an area of emphasis is designed to give students a broad introduction to an area of knowledge represented by related disciplines and topics. This degree is intended for students who may not be intending to pursue a specific occupational major, nor are they necessarily planning to transfer. However, careful educational planning with a counselor will help to ensure that, if a student did decide at a later date to transfer to a university, they would have a foundation in the transfer planning process. Students will select an “Area of Emphasis” from the following four options based on their interests and educational goals.

These courses emphasize the natural sciences, which examine the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena. As mathematics is the language of science, courses in mathematics help students develop 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 will also examine the influence that the acquisition of scientific knowledge has on human experience. This emphasis includes lower-division coursework that prepares students for potential careers in science, engineering, math, and health-related fields.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2019-2020 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course


Program Learning Outcomes


Given the description of a real-world problem, students will construct correct equations and/or inequalities to represent the problem and determine the correct solution or set of solutions.


Students will critique and interpret data presented in appropriate graphical and/or verbal formats.


Students will effectively employ calculators, computers, and other relevant technology in solving mathematical problems.


Students evaluate quantitative and/or qualitative data and develop a reasonable hypothesis based on these results.


Presented with an argument promoting a particular hypothesis, students will critique the stated assertions and access whether or not the given hypothesis may be valid.


Students will utilize appropriate scientific apparatus to obtain quantitative and/or qualitative data and correctly document the resulting measurements.


Given a problem of scientific interest, students will develop and execute a procedure to investigate the problem.


Students will evaluate the strengths and limitations of scientific models employed to describe a particular phenomenon.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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Whittier, CA 90601

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