Academic Catalog

Public Health Science, AS-T

Program Description

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for Public Health majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to determine the lower division course requirements for specific CSUs. This degree may also provide excellent preparation for other majors. The major in Public Health prepares students for careers in the health professions, local state and federal agencies, health departments, educational institutions, healthcare organizations and health insurance companies, research organizations, crisis agencies, and many other fields. This degree is designed to prepare graduates for public health and related programs at the bachelor's degree level.

Learn more about the program on the Biological and Health Sciences website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify, assess, utilize and articulate credible information resources on personal and public health current issues, such as the internet, social media, media outlets, and libraries.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate strategies or tactics to improve health inequalities, such as advocacy, community organizing, and/or policy change.
  • Students will obtain a critical understanding and apply knowledge of Personal and Public Health in real life settings from the sub-disciplines of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Statistics, Chemistry, and Psychology.

Units Required

  • Major: 48-51

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (48-51 units, of which 25-35 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses 

Core Courses
BIOL 1APRINCIPLES OF CELL BIOLOGY5-6
or BIOL 10 GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES
or BIOL 14 HUMAN BIOLOGY
BIOL 40AHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I5
BIOL 40BHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II5
BIOL 40CHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY III5
CHEM 25FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY5
or CHEM 30A SURVEY OF INORGANIC & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
HLTH 20INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH5
HLTH 21CONTEMPORARY HEALTH CONCERNS4
MATH 10ELEMENTARY STATISTICS5
or MATH 17 INTEGRATED STATISTICS II
or PSYC 7 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
PSYC 1GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY5
or PSYC 1H HONORS GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
Support Courses
Complete one course from the following:4-6
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I
MICROBIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN NUTRITION
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
HEALTH & SOCIAL JUSTICE
DRUGS, HEALTH & SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
HUMAN SEXUALITY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Total Units48-51