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Liberal Arts: Math and Science

Liberal Arts: Math and Science AA

The Liberal Arts: Math and Science AA Degree

  • Is set up to satisfy general education requirements for transfer students.
  • Emphasizes the natural sciences which examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates Degree
  • Transfer to a 4-year degree program
  • To demonstrate a general understanding of the nature of science, the methods applied in scientific investigations, and the value of those methods in developing a rigorous understanding of the physical world.
  • To apply multiple approaches to problem solving, using algebraic, graphical, and numerical methods to solve applied problems in other areas of mathematics, natural sciences, computer graphics, and computer animation.
  • To demonstrate mastery of the Scientific Method, including the experimental and empirical methodologies characteristic of science and the modern methods and tools used in scientific inquiry.
  • To perform hands-on laboratory and/or field experiments of all science classes safely.
  • To identify the difference between science and other fields of knowledge. Perform a critical analysis of a topic in order to determine science from pseudoscience.

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Select a minimum of 18 units from the following courses.

At least one course must be from Mathematics and at least two courses from the sciences, including one laboratory or field experience course (*).

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course examines humans as biological organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Areas covered include concepts, methods, findings, and issues in the study of the order primates, including relationships between fossil monkeys, apes and humans, and the significance of genetic diversity among modern populations. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course examines humans as biological organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Areas covered include concepts, methods, findings, and issues in the study of the order primates, including relationships between fossil monkeys, apes and humans, and the significance of genetic diversity among modern populations. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is a survey course in general biology for non-majors. Topics cover principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, reproduction (plants and animals), ecology, evolution, diversity, and animal behavior. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is an introductory course in biological science with laboratory experience for non-majors. The course illustrates the principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, and reproduction (plant and animal), ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The course is not open to students with credit in BIOL C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This is an introductory course in biological science with laboratory experience for non-majors. The course illustrates the principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, reproduction (plant and animal), ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The course is not open to students with credit in BIOL C101. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C055. Advisory: CHEM C101, ENGL C070

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers: principles of cell biology, metabolism, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and physiology. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070, MATH C055. Advisory: CHEM C101.

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers: principles of cell biology, metabolism, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and physiology. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C055, ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C101

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetics and Biodiversity, Anatomy and Physiology of Plants, and Ecology. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070, MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C101.

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetics and Biodiversity, Anatomy and Physiology of Plants, and Ecology. The Honors Section will also cover a subset of these topics in greater depth beyond the scope of Biology C112. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an introductory anatomy and physiology course for students in health career programs. Emphasis is on the structure and function of human cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Human development and heredity are also covered. The laboratory component provides a hands-on approach to learning anatomical structures and their physiology. Not open to students who have completed BIOL 121. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is an introductory anatomy and physiology course. Emphasis is on the structure and function of human cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Human development and heredity are also covered. Not open to students who have completed BIOL 125. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course explores environmental science with a focus on the scientific method. It explores human interactions with the environment and their consequences for living and nonliving systems. Topics include ecologic principles, environmental resources and ways of protecting these resources. Critical evaluation of environmental issues and problems is a focus of this course. Lab, field and computer tools will be used to study the scientific method, experimental design, sampling methods, data gathering and analysis for handson experience of environmental sciences. Not open to students who have completed BIOL C141. Field trips required. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course explores environmental science with a focus on the scientific method. It explores human interactions with the environment and their consequences for living and nonliving systems. Topics include ecologic principles, environmental resources and ways of protecting these resources. Critical evaluation of environmental issues and problems is a focus of this course. Not open to students who have completed BIOL C145. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course includes the study of microscopic and gross anatomy of body systems including skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, reproductive and integumentary systems. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: BIOL C125 or BIOL C251, CHEM C101, MATH C055.

This course provides students with an understanding of the function and regulation of the human body and physiological integration of the organ systems to maintain homeostasis. Course content includes functions of the integumentary system, neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic & immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: CHEM C101, BIOL C255.

This course offers an introduction to major topics and sub-disciplines in microbiology including microbial diversity and classification, microbial anatomy and physiology, microbial genetics, microbial ecology, medical microbiology and immunology, epidemiology and public health, and biotechnology. The course is designed for students interested in health careers. 54 hours lecture/108 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course covers measurement and in chemistry, properties of matter, the structure of the atom, inorganic compounds, organic compounds, the periodic table, calculations from balanced chemical equations, basic chemical bonding, the ideal gas law, properties of aqueous systems, solutions and other liquids. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course covers matter and measurement, atoms, molecules, ions, calculations with chemical formulas and equations, aqueous reactions and solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the electronic structure of atoms, periodic properties of the elements, concepts of chemical bonding, molecular geometry and bonding theories, the gaseous state, intermolecular forces in solids and liquids, modern materials, and properties of solutions. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: CHEM C111

This course covers modern materials, properties of solutions, kinetics, chemical and aqueous equilibrium, acids and bases, environmental chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, metallurgy, chemical trends in the periodic chart, coordination compounds, and organic chemistry. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: CHEM C111, ENGL C070.

This course covers modern materials, properties of solutions, kinetics, chemical and aqueous equilibrium, acids and bases, environmental chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, metallurgy, chemical trends in the periodic chart, coordination compounds, and bioorganic chemistry. The honors course provides more content in the form of advanced topics in chemistry and requires greater intensity and depth of study above and beyond that of the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: CHEM C111

This course covers structure and bonding, polar bonds, alkanes, cycloalkanes, stereochemistry, synthesis, structure and reactivity of alkenes, synthesis, structure and reactivity of alkynes, handedness in chemistry, synthesis, structure and reactivity of alkyl halides, carbocations, the concept of resonance, nucleophilic substitutions and eliminations, basic biochemistry, mass spectrometry, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and ultraviolet spectroscopy and aromaticity. This Organic Chemistry I course is taught according to standards developed by the American Chemical Society. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: CHEM C221

This course covers the chemistry of aromatic compounds alcohols, thiols, ethers, epoxides and sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acid and carboxylic acid derivatives, amino acids, proteins, amines, phenols, carbohydrates, lipids, heterocycles, polymers and biological systems. Pericyclic carbonyl condensation, alpha substitution and other reaction mechanisms are also covered. This Organic Chemistry II course is taught according to the standards developed by the American Chemical Society. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: CHEM C221, ENGL C070.

This course covers the chemistry of aromatic compounds, alcohols, thiols, ethers, epoxides and sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acid and carboxylic acid derivatives, amino acids, proteins, amines, phenols, carbohydrates, lipids, heterocycles polymers, biological systems. Pericyclic, carbonyl condensation, alpha substitution and other reaction mechanisms are also covered. This Organic Chemistry II honors course is taught according to the standards developed by the American Chemical Society. This honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors Organic Chemistry class. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system, including Earth-Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types and regions, ecosystems, soils, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding humanland relationships and examining current world problems from a geographical perspective. Not open to students who have completed GEOG C111. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture and laboratory course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system. Lecture topics include Earth-Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types and regions, ecosystems, soils, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding human-land relationships and examining current world problems from a geographical perspective. Meanwhile, laboratory provides practical experience in field techniques and supplemental exercises that enhance and reinforce topics covered in lecture. Not open to students who have completed GEOG C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the study of the earth as an integrated system of hydrologic, tectonic, atmospheric, and human processes, including the origin and evolution of continents, mountains, earth materials, oceans, and life forms. It also covers geologic hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, groundwater contamination, and global climate change. Laboratories are designed to complement and reinforce topics covered in the lecture and will apply geologic principles to local geologic and land use issues such as earthquake hazards, flash floods, and the evolution of landforms in eastern California. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055

This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. 72 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: MATH C053 or C055.

This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

Finite Mathematics is designed for students majoring in Business/ Economics, Computer Information Systems, and Social Sciences. Topics to be covered include matrices, linear programming, mathematics of finance, sets and Venn diagrams, descriptive statistics, probability and combinations. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course emphasizes the concepts of differential calculus and integral calculus as they relate to business and economics. The course integrates rates of change, interest formulas, concepts of demand and elasticity, as well as exponential and logarithmic applications. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This pre-calculus course is an intensive study of algebraic functions and relations and their graphical representations, exponential and logarithmic functions and their applications, theory of equations, matrices, sequences, series, mathematical induction, the binomial theorem, and an introduction to the theory of limits. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

Trigonometry is an intensive study of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, the graphical representations of these functions, solving trigonometric equations, verifying identities, solving triangles in the plane and on the sphere, complex numbers and De Moivre's theorem. Topics in analytic geometry in two and three dimensions, such as polar coordinates and vectors, and their applications are also covered. A symbolic manipulation processor or a graphing calculator is strongly recommended. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C141, MATH C142

This course provides the student with a good foundation in differential and integral calculus with emphasis on both basic skills and applications. Topics covered include functions; limits; derivatives of polynomial, trigonometric, parametric, and implicit functions; applications of differentiation; the indefinite integral; the definite integral; applications of the definite integral. 90 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C151

This course is a continuation of Analytic Geometry and Calculus I, extending the skills of differentiation and integration by learning new techniques and working with the transcendental functions. Other major topics include sequences, series, polar coordinates and parameterization of plane curves. 90 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C152

This course is a continuation of Analytical Geometry and Calculus II, extending the skills of differentiation and integration by learning new techniques and working with partial derivatives and double and triple integrals. Other major topics include cylindrical and spherical coordinates, quadric surfaces, vector functions, vector analysis, Green's theorem and Stoke's theorem. 90 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C251. Advisory: A computer algebra system or graphing calculator and basic computer skills are strongly recommended

This course provides students with a foundations of differential equations of change, motion, and growth within chemical, physical, biological, and business systems with problem solving and applications. Students are introduced to modeling using mathematical software used in industry to solve complex problems. First, second, and higher order differential equations including Euler's Method, Eigenvalues, Numerical Methods, Nonlinear Systems, and La Place Transforms are covered. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C152

This course covers the following topics: systems of linear equations; matrices; n-dimensional real vector spaces; general vector spaces; linear transformations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; and applications of the above topics. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture and laboratory course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system. Lecture topics include Earth surface processes, tectonics and mountain building, surface water and groundwater, Earth- Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types, soil types, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding geologic issues important to society. Meanwhile, laboratory provides practical experience in field methods and enhancement of lecture topics such as topographic map reading, air photo interpretation, soils, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, Earth-Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types and regions, ecosystems, and the ocean. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system, including Earth surface processes, tectonics and mountain building, surface water and groundwater, Earth- Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types, soil types, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding geologic issues important to society. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C105. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070

This course covers conceptual topics in physics and chemistry, with applications to the earth sciences and astronomy, for the non-science major. Topics such as motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, atoms, chemistry and chemical reactions are covered. The laboratory portion of this course covers conceptual experiments in physics and chemistry, with applications to the earth sciences and astronomy. Experiments in motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, atoms, chemistry and chemical reactions are performed. Not open to students who have completed PHSC 111. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C040

This course covers conceptual topics in physics and chemistry, with applications to the earth sciences and astronomy, for the non-science major. Topics such as motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, atoms, chemistry and chemical reactions are covered. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C115. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C040, MATH C050.

This lecture course is a general survey of the physical Universe from the standpoint of modern astronomy. The course first introduces the methods and tools used in astronomy and then applies them to investigate the many scales of physical structure and phenomena in the Universe. Topics include Solar System scale objects, such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids; stellar scale objects, such as stars, star clusters, and nebulae; galactic scale objects, such as galaxies and galaxy clusters; and finally the entire Universe itself. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C125.

Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C040.

This lecture and laboratory course is a general survey of the physical Universe from the standpoint of modern astronomy. The course first introduces the methods and tools used in astronomy and then applies them to investigate the many scales of physical structure and phenomena in the Universe. Topics include Solar System scale objects, such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids; stellar scale objects, such as stars, star clusters, and nebulae; galactic scale objects, such as galaxies and galaxy clusters; and finally the entire Universe itself. The laboratory portion of this course covers optical principles, the use of telescopes and binoculars, the use of star charts and sky simulation software, and the observation of celestial objects and phenomena. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C121. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

This lecture course in introductory meteorology emphasizes meteorology's interdisciplinary physical science basis and methods. The course covers the following concepts: atmospheric composition and structure, solarterrestrial relations, radiation, heat, temperature, air pressure, humidity, atmospheric stability, clouds and cloud systems, precipitation, wind and circulation, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes, weather analysis and forecasting, and climate. 54 hours lecture.

Co-requisite: PHSC C131

This course provides laboratory experience that will make the topics covered in the Introductory Meteorology lecture more meaningful and realistic to the student. Interdisciplinary Physical Science concepts and methods are used to explain weather phenomena. Included in the course are measurement of basic weather parameters (such as temperature, pressure, wind, and humidity), weather map interpretation, data plotting and interpretation, instrument usage, and weather analysis and forecasting. Field activities emphasize the interaction between weather phenomena and human activity. Designed for the non-science major. 54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MATH C151

This course covers the fundamental laws of nature governing the motion of bodies and their relation to external forces. Motion in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions is covered as well as energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, gravitation, fluids, oscillations, and simple harmonic motion. 63 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: PHYS C111, MATH C152 or concurrent enrollment

This course covers electromagnetic principles such as charge and matter, electric and magnetic fields, potential, capacitors, dielectric materials, resistance, current, AC and DC circuits, induction, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. 63 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: PHYS C113

This course covers the laws governing wave motion, thermodynamics, optics, atomic physics, quantum physics, and other aspects of modern physics. 63 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Advisory: CSCI C101.

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and models of application development including the basic concepts of program design, data structures, programming, problem solving, programming logic, and fundamental design techniques for event-driven programs. Students receive hands-on experience with a modern application programming language and development platform. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH C055. Advisory: CSCI C101

This course explores topics that provide students with a foundation in computer science. This course covers the fundamental issues of algorithms, computer organization, software, computational theory, fundamental object oriented programming and social and ethical issues of computing. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: CSCI C252 or CSCI C251

This course is an introduction to C++ object-oriented programming, including fundamentals, logic, algorithm development, classes, functions and inheritance. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

The classes needed for this degree are available at nearly all of our campuses. Some of the other courses and general education courses may also be available online and at other campuses. Consult a counselor at your local campus for degree pathway options.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

Dennis Jensen
Science and Engineering
Phone: (760) 872-5305 / (760) 924-1616
Email: djensen@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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