Natural Science A.S. (NSLS)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

The Natural Science program is intended for students who plan to transfer in the areas of study listed below. The student can choose either the Horticulture and Plant Science, Life Science or the Physical Science option.

Life Science Option

The Life Science option is intended for Allied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, or related areas.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • understand concepts, laws, and principles of natural science and apply them to the solution of problems.

  • demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving abilities.

  • demonstrate good experimental techniques, including making observations and measurements, constructing a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test it, and analyzing and interpreting experimental results.

  • demonstrate effective communication skills, including the writing of laboratory reports based on experiments.

  • demonstrate effective teamwork and work ethics through group laboratory projects.

  • demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical skills to the level of at least college algebra.

  • demonstrate an ability to work with computers, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.

  • demonstrate competency in use of the international system of units.

  • demonstrate effective library research skills.

  • have a general education base for the social sciences and humanities.

  • have a foundation for continuing learning and the competencies necessary to solve new problems as they arise.

  • have a background sufficient to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Transfer information for this program is on file in the Transfer Center. For more information, contact an academic advisor or counselor.

Natural Science A.S. (NSLS)
First Semester   Credits
BIO 110 General Biology I 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 105 College English I 3
MAT 160 or higher College Algebra 3
Elective** Free Elective 3-4
  Semester Total 17-18
     
Second Semester    
BIO 111 General Biology II 4
CHE 112 General Chemistry II 4
ENG 106 College English II 3
Elective Group H 3-4
Elective Group C 3
  Semester Total 17-18
     
Third Semester    
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 201 Introduction to Physics I  
or 210* or General Physics 4-5
Elective Group B 3
Elective** Group G 3-4
  Semester Total 14-16
     
Fourth Semester    
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 202 Introduction to Physics II  
or 215* or General Physics II 4-5
Elective** Courses numbered 101or above 4
Elective Group D 3
  Semester Total 15-16
  Credit Total 63-68

*Students taking PHY 210/215 must take MAT 190/195 or higher.

**Students should check with transfer four-year college or university for the most appropriate course.

Group B electives: ECO 201, 202, 237; HIS 123, 124, 125, 126, 130, 131, 210, 220, 224, 225; PSC 130, 230, 231, 233, 235, 236, 237, 239.

Group C electives: GEO 110 and 115; PSY 140, 145, 241, 242, 245, 257, 283; SOC 150, 151, 154, 155, 250, 251, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 259, 268, 283, 287.

Group D electives: ARB 105, 106; ART 101 and 212; CHN 105,106, 205, 206; ENG 201, 202, 205, 206, 210, 211, 215, 220, 227, 230, 232, 237, and 238; FRN 105, 106, 205, and 206; GRM 105 and 106; IDS 214; MUS 101, 105, and 107; PHI 201 and 205; REL 201; ENG 111; and SPN 105, 106, 124, 125, 205, 206, 224, and 225.

Group G electives: BIO 106, 112, 115, 116, 117, 120, 122, 124, 163, 164, 205, 206, 220, 270.

Group H electives: MAT 150, 165, 170, 190, 195, 200, 205, 230.