Academic Catalog

General Studies: Science

Program Description

Because of the increasingly technological nature of our society, science majors will find an impressive array of options and exciting opportunities. A science major can provide preparation for a career in fields related to biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, astronomy or engineering. 

Learn more about the program on the Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to integrate the various fields of science in order to critically evaluate and interpret scientific information.
  • Students will be able to assess how relevant scientific information could be used to inform their own personal economic, political and social decisions.

Career Opportunities

There is a need for scientifically trained people in non-traditional areas such as marketing and sales, scientific information, patent law, and health and safety.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree

Units Required

  • Major: 39.5

Additional Information

Note: Courses used to meet the major requirements may be used to satisfy any graduation general education requirement.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (39.5 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Select 20 units from Category I and 19.5 units from Category II.

Core Courses
Category I: Biology
Select at least one course each from Area A and Area B. At least one course in this category must include a laboratory:20
Area A
EVOLUTION, SYSTEMATICS & ECOLOGY 1
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 2
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY 3
GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES 1
HUMAN BIOLOGY 1
Area B
PRINCIPLES OF CELL BIOLOGY 1
FORM & FUNCTION IN PLANTS & ANIMALS 1
BASIC NUTRITION
HUMAN GENETICS
MARINE BIOLOGY 1
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 1
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 1
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY III 1
MICROBIOLOGY 1
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN NUTRITION
Category II: Physical Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics & Engineering
Select at least five units from Area A, at least 4.5 units from Area B, at least five units from Area C, and at least five units from Area D:19.5
Area A: Chemistry
GENERAL CHEMISTRY
HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY
HONORS GENERAL CHEMISTRY
GENERAL CHEMISTRY & QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS
CHEMISTRY OF COOKING
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
and HONORS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY
SURVEY OF INORGANIC & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
SURVEY OF ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY
Area B: Engineering/Computer Science/Astronomy/PSE
GENERAL ASTRONOMY: SOLAR SYSTEM
GENERAL ASTRONOMY: STARS, GALAXIES, COSMOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL ASTRONOMY: STARS, GALAXIES, COSMOLOGY
ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
HONORS INSTITUTE SEMINAR IN ASTRONOMY
OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING METHODOLOGIES IN JAVA
INTERMEDIATE SOFTWARE DESIGN IN JAVA
ADVANCED DATA STRUCTURES & ALGORITHMS IN JAVA
INTERMEDIATE ALGORITHM & DATA STRUCTURE METHODOLOGIES IN JAVA
OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING METHODOLOGIES IN C++
INTERMEDIATE SOFTWARE DESIGN IN C++
ADVANCED DATA STRUCTURES & ALGORITHMS IN C++
INTERMEDIATE ALGORITHM & DATA STRUCTURE METHODOLOGIES IN C++
OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING METHODOLOGIES IN PYTHON
INTERMEDIATE SOFTWARE DESIGN IN PYTHON
ADVANCED DATA STRUCTURES & ALGORITHMS IN PYTHON
INTERMEDIATE ALGORITHM & DATA STRUCTURE METHODOLOGIES IN PYTHON
COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE & ORGANIZATION
PROGRAMMING IN C#
PYTHON FOR PROGRAMMERS
INTERMEDIATE PYTHON PROGRAMMING
JAVASCRIPT FOR PROGRAMMERS
RUBY & FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING
INTRODUCTION TO LINUX
LINUX SHELL PROGRAMMING
LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
ADVANCED LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION: NETWORK SERVICES
INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING METHODOLOGIES
DATA VISUALIZATION
FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
NETWORK BASICS (CCNA)
INTRODUCTION TO CLOUD COMPUTING IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES
DATABASE ESSENTIALS IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES
COMPUTE ENGINES IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES
SECURITY IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES
AWS CLOUD PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION PREPARATION
AWS CERTIFIED SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT ASSOCIATE PREPARATION
DEVELOPING APPLICATIONS FOR IOS
WRITING APPS FOR THE ANDROID IN JAVA
DATA ANALYTICS & MANAGEMENT
OPEN SOURCE CONTRIBUTION
3-D GRAPHICS PROGRAMMING
INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWARE QUALITY ASSURANCE
DATABASE-DRIVEN WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
DISTRIBUTED DATABASES
ENGINEERING GRAPHICS
INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING
PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM-SOLVING IN MATLAB
STATICS
INTRODUCTION TO CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
DYNAMICS
ENGINEERING PROFESSION
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Area C: Mathematics
CALCULUS
HONORS CALCULUS I
and HONORS CALCULUS I SEMINAR
CALCULUS
HONORS CALCULUS II
and HONORS CALCULUS II SEMINAR
CALCULUS
CALCULUS
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
LINEAR ALGEBRA
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
INTEGRATED STATISTICS II
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
MATH FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS
PRECALCULUS I
PRECALCULUS II
PRECALCULUS III
ENHANCED MATHEMATICS LEARNING WITH MATHEMATICA
Area D: Physics
GENERAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS: CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT
GENERAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS: CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT
GENERAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS: CALCULUS SUPPLEMENT
GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS)
GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS)
GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS)
GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS)
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
Total Units39.5