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Liberal Arts: Mathematics & Science (Nontransfer)

Award Type: Associate in Arts

The Associate Degree in Liberal Arts is designed for students who wish to have a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an “Area of Emphasis.” The curriculum in liberal arts allows students to develop an appreciation of the beauty and values that have shaped and enriched our culture. The graduate of the AA Program in Liberal Arts (Non Transfer) will: • Complete Allan Hancock College AA degree General Education, Graduation and Proficiency Requirements 21-30 units. • Complete 18 units in one “Area of Emphasis” from those listed below. • Complete a total of 60 associate degree applicable units. Courses emphasize the natural sciences which examine the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena. Courses in mathematics emphasize the development of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills beyond the level of intermediate algebra. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies of science as investigative tools. Students will also examine the influence that the acquisition of scientific knowledge has on the development of the world’s civilizations.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts: Mathematics & Science (Nontransfer) will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think logically and critically in solving problems; explaining conclusions; and evaluating, supporting or critiquing the thinking matters of others.
  • Students will develop the use of logical thought, clear and precise expression, and require critical evaluation of communication in whatever symbol system the student uses.
  • Understand the facts and principles that form the foundations of living and non-living systems.
  • Understand experimental methodology, the testing of hypothesis, the power of systematic questioning and the influence of the scientific method on the world’s civilizations.

Program Requirements

A total of 18 major units is required for the degree with a minimum of one course in biological science, one course in physical science and one course in mathematics. Biological Sciences

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3.0
ANTH 110 Biological Anthropology Lab 1.0
BIOL 100 Introductory Biology 4.0
BIOL 120 Humans and the Environment 3.0
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOL 125 Human Physiology 4.0
BIOL 128 Microbiology 4.5
BIOL 132 Marine Biology 4.0
BIOL 150 Cellular Biology 5.0
BIOL 154 General Botany 5.0
BIOL 155 General Zoology 5.0


Course Number Course Title Units
MATH 100 Nature of Modern Mathematics 3.0
MATH 105 Mathematics for Teachers 4.0
MATH 121 Trigonometry 3.0
MATH 123 Elementary Statistics 4.0
MATH 131 College Algebra 3.0
MATH 135 Calculus with Applications 4.0
MATH 141 Precalculus 6.0
MATH 181 Calculus 1 4.0
MATH 182 Calculus 2 4.0
MATH 183 Multivariable Calculus 4.0
MATH 184 Linear Algebra/Differential Equations 5.0

Physical Sciences

Course Number Course Title Units
ASTR 100 Elementary Astronomy 3.0
CHEM 110 Chemistry and Society 4.0
CHEM 120 Introductory Chemistry 4.0
CHEM 150 General Chemistry 1 5.0
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 2 5.0
GEOG 101 Physical Geography 3.0
GEOL 100 Physical Geology 4.0
GEOL 114 Oceanography 3.0
GEOL 131 Geology Of California 3.0
GEOL 141 Environmental Geology 3.0
PHSC 111 Matter, Energy and Molecules 4.0
PHSC 112 Earth and the Universe 4.0
PHYS 100 Concepts In Physics 3.0
PHYS 110 Introductory Physics 3.0
PHYS 141 General Physics 1 4.0
PHYS 142 General Physics 2 4.0
PHYS 161 Engineering Physics 1 4.0
PHYS 162 Engineering Physics 2 4.0
PHYS 163 Engineering Physics 3 4.0

General Education Requirements

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