The Associate in Science degree in Biological and Physical Science is suggested for students who plan to continue their studies in the sciences at a four-year university with a goal of obtaining a bachelor’s or higher degree in the sciences or a medical related field.
Program Learning Outcomes: Students will apply the scientific method to analyze physical and biological processes; use scientific terminology appropriately; evaluate results from laboratory activities; assess the relationships between natural science, human activities and society; identify levels of organization within natural systems, and relate to biological and/or physical processes; describe the structure and properties of matter, transfer of energy, and the relationships between matter and energy within biological and/or physical systems; explain and apply knowledge of basic physical, chemical and/or biological processes; apply the appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and solve problems in physical systems.
The Associate in Science degree in Biological and Physical Science may be awarded to students who complete the Porterville College Graduation Requirements for an Associate in Arts degree through any of the three general education patterns (the Porterville College General Education checklist, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements, or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum), including major requirements of at least eighteen (18) units in the biological and physical sciences from the following list (at least one course must be taken from each group):
Group I - Biological Sciences (5 or more units are required from this group)
BIOL P105 - Introductory Biology 5 units
BIOL P106 - Introductory Biology 5 units
MICR P106 - Microbiology 5 units
PHYL P101 - Introductory Physiology 5 units
Group II - Physical Sciences (4 or more units are required from this group)
CHEM P101A - General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM P101B - General Chemistry II 5 units
CHEM P106 - Introduction to Chemical Principles 4 units
PHYS P102A - General College Physics 4 units
PHYS P102B - General College Physics 4 units
PHYS P104A - Physics for Scientists & Engineers 4 units
PHYS P104B - Physics for Scientists & Engineers 4 units