The Associate in Arts in General Studies Pattern I with an emphasis in Natural Sciences degree covers a broad area of study and is intended for students who may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university or who may need to explore possibilities before committing themselves to a major. The courses that fulfill the Natural Sciences area of emphasis will examine the physical universe, its’ life forms and natural phenomena. The courses are designed to develop students’ appreciation and understanding of the scientific method, and encourage an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities.
Students are required to:
- Complete Oxnard College’s General Education requirements to include areas A-F
- Choose an area of emphasis from one of three categories listed below.
- Complete a minimum of 18 units in the chosen area of emphasis with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P”) in each of the courses selected within the chosen area.
- Complete a minimum of 6 of the 18 units within a single discipline.
- Complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units.
- Complete competency requirements in Mathematics and English
- Complete requirements in scholarship (2.0 minimum cumulative degree-applicable GPA)
- Complete residency requirements.
- Students must complete at least 12 semester units in residence at Oxnard College in order to receive a degree from Oxnard College. The same policy applies to all colleges in the district: a minimum of 12 semester units must be completed at the college granting the degree.
NOTE: Students planning to transfer to a four-year university are advised that this curriculum may not adequately prepare them for transfer. General Studies Patterns II and III are designed for transfer students.
Students will select a minimum of 18 units from the courses below, with a minimum of 6 units in a single discipline.
|ANAT R101||General Human Anatomy||4|
|ANTH R101||Introduction to Biological Anthropology||3|
|ANTH R101H||Honors: Introduction to Biological Anthropology||3|
|ANTH R101L||Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab||1|
|ANTH R118||Introduction to Forensic Science||3|
|AST R101||Introduction to Astronomy||3|
|AST R101L||Astronomy Laboratory||1|
|BIOL R100||Marine Biology||3|
|BIOL R100L||Marine Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL R101||General Biology||3|
|BIOL R101H||Honors: General Biology||3|
|BIOL R101L||General Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL R120||Principles of Biology I||4|
|BIOL R120L||Principles of Biology I Lab: Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology||1|
|BIOL R122||Principles of Biology II||4|
|BIOL R122L||Principles of Biology II Laboratory||1|
|BIOL R155||Principles of Botany||3|
|BIOL R155L||Principles of Botany Laboratory||1|
|BIOL R170||Biological Marine Resource Management||1|
|CHEM R104||General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry||5|
|CHEM R110||Elementary Chemistry||5|
|CHEM R112||Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry||5|
|CHEM R120||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM R122||General Chemistry II||5|
|CHEM R130||Organic Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM R132||Organic Chemistry II||5|
|ESRM R100||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|ESRM R100L||Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory||1|
|GEOG R101||Elements of Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG R101L||Physical Geography Laboratory||1|
|GEOG R103||Introduction to Weather and Climate||3|
|GEOL R101||Physical Geology||3|
|GEOL R101L||Physical Geology Laboratory||1|
|GEOL R103||Introduction to Oceanography||3|
|GEOL R103L||Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory||1|
|GEOL R114||Historical Geology||3|
|GEOL R114L||Historical Geology Laboratory||1|
|GEOL R121||Earth Science with Laboratory||4|
|GEOL R130||Environmental Geology||3|
|MICR R100||Principles of Microbiology||3|
|MICR R100L||Principles of Microbiology Laboratory||2|
|MST R100||Marine Biology||3|
|MST R100L||Marine Biology Laboratory||1|
|MST R103||Introduction to Oceanography||3|
|MST R103L||Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory||1|
|PHSC R170||Concepts in Physical Science||4|
|PHSO R101||Human Physiology||5|
|PHYS R101||College Physics 1||4|
|PHYS R101L||College Physics 1 Laboratory||1|
|PHYS R102||College Physics 2||4|
|PHYS R102L||College Physics 2 Laboratory||1|
|PHYS R121||Physics with Calculus 1||5|
|PHYS R122||Physics with Calculus 2||5|
|PHYS R131||Physics for Scientists and Engineers 1||5|
|PHYS R132||Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2||5|
|PHYS R133||Physics for Scientists and Engineers 3||5|
|PSY R105||Introduction to Physiological Psychology||3|
|Total Required Major Units||18|
|Oxnard College General Education||29|
|Double-counted Units||- 3-6|
|Free Electives Required||16-19|
|Total Units Required for the A.A. Degree||60|
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Utilize critical thinking skills in evaluating reports of scientific information regarding source, bias, and the scientific method.
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method
- Express an understanding of the relationships between science and other human activities which may include recognizing components of scientific decision making and apply personal and social values within the process of decision making in scientific endeavors.
- Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to interpret and analyze pertinent data.