Porterville College

Biological and Physical Science

Associate in Arts Degree AA

The Associate of Arts degree in Biological and Physical Science is suggested for students planning entry into an allied health program or a career in the sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes: Students will apply the scientific method to analyze physical and biological processes; use scientific terminology appropriately; draw appropriate conclusions from laboratory activities; identify 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 basic physical, chemical and/or biological processes; select the appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze physical systems.

The Associate of Arts degree in Biological and Physical Science may be awarded to students who complete the Porterville College graduation requirements for an Associate of Arts degree through any of the three general educational 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 l - Biological Sciences (4 or more units are required from this group)

ANAT P110 - Human Anatomy

4 units

BIOL P105 - Introductory Biology

5 units

BIOL P106 - Introductory Biology

5 units

BIOL P110 - Principles of Biology

4 units

BIOL P118 - Nutrition

3 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)

ASTR P101 - Elementary Astronomy

4 units

CHEM P101A - General Chemistry I

5 units

CHEM P101B - General Chemistry II

5 units

CHEM P106 - Introduction to Chemical Principles

4 units

ERSC P110 - Introduction to Earth Science

4 units

GEOL P110 - Introduction to Geology

4 units

PHSC P112 - Physical Science

4 units

PHYS P102A - General College Physics

4 units

PHYS P102B - General College Physics

4 units

PHYS P104A - Physics for Scientists and Engineers

4 units

PHYS P104B - Physics for Scientists and Engineers

4 units

Total to a minimum of 18 combined units

JSC Job Skills Certificate
CA Certificate of Achievement
AA Associate in Arts Degree
AS Associate in Science Degree
AA-T Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
AS-T Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
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