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.
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.
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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 692-0921