Science has to do with the tested and proven laws concerning the universe and how physical items function and interact. Applying scientific principles and knowledge often involves mathematical skills.
While not all math-based careers involve science, many careers in the sciences require the use of math. Some careers that involve both math and science are postsecondary computer science teachers, pharmacists, forensic science technicians, chemical engineers, and hazardous materials removal workers.
The Associate in Science degree in Math/Science is often a degree earned by students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in transfer majors such as Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. It is also commonly earned by students planning to enter a Nursing program. To explore a bachelor's degree in these fields, visit assist.org. Please stop by the Transfer Center in Building 23 or make an appointment with a counselor if you have questions.
State Control Number: 04976
Program Code: MASC.AS
Approved for Federal Financial Aid: Yes
To earn this degree, complete the major coursework with “C” grades or better and all of the following graduation requirements: 60 minimum degree-applicable units (including a maximum 4 units of activity); 2.0 minimum overall GPA; 12 degree-applicable units through VVC; Information Competency; Global Citizenship; Kinesiology, and the VVC General Education pattern. Courses may count in one area only, either in the major or in a general education category. Courses counted in one AA/AS major may not be used in another AA/AS major.
The Math/Science major requires 18 units from any of the following courses.
ELCT 57 Technical Mathematics for Electronics I
ELCT 58 Technical Mathematics for Electronics II
ELCT 59 Technical Calculus for Electronics I
ELCT 60 Technical Calculus for Electronics II
MATH 104 Trigonometry
MATH 105 College Algebra
MATH 105H Honors College Algebra
MATH 120 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 120S Introduction to Statistics With Skills Support
MATH 129 Independent Study
MATH 132 The Ideas of Math
MATH 226 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 226H Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 227 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 227H Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
MATH 228 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
MATH 228H Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculs III
MATH 231 Linear Algebra
MATH 270 Differential Equations
PSYC 215 Introduction to Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences
AGNR 123 Introduction to Plant Science
ANTH 101 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 101L Physical Anthropology Laboratory
BIOL 100 General Biology
BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology
BIOL 110 Introduction to Human Nutrition
BIOL 118 Principles of Heredity
BIOL 201 Biology of Cells
BIOL 202 Biology of Organisms
BIOL 203 Population and Environmental Biology
BIOL 211 Human Anatomy
BIOL 213 Sexually Transmitted Diseases
BIOL 215 Human Gross Anatomy
BIOL 221 General Microbiology
BIOL 231 Human Physiology
BIOL 233 Pathophysiology
HLTH 102 Contemporary Problems in Personal and Community Health
AGNR 131 Introduction to Soil Science
AGNR 170 Environmental Science and Sustainability
ASTR 101 Descriptive Astronomy
CHEM 100 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 201 General Chemistry
CHEM 202 General Chemistry
CHEM 206 Introductory Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry
CHEM 207 Introductory Chemistry III: Biochemistry
CHEM 281 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 282 Organic Chemistry II
GEOG 101 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEOG 101L Geography 1 Laboratory
GEOG 103 Geography of California
GEOG 130 Introduction to Weather and Climate
GEOL 101 Physical Geology
OCEA 101 Oceanography
PSCI 101 Principles of Physical Science
PHYS 100 Introductory Physics
PHYS 201 Engineering Physics I-Mechanics
PHYS 202 Engineering Physics II - Fluids, Sound, and Thermodynamics
PHYS 203 Engineering Physics III Electricity And Magnetism
PHYS 204 Engineering Physics IV-Optics and Modern Physics
PHYS 221 General Physics I
PHYS 222 General Physics II
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are statements of the kind of learning a program hopes a student will achieve. The PLOs describe the knowledge, skills, problem-solving, communication and values that apply to all certificates and/or degrees within that program. For the IGETC program, PLOs link to the college's Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs).
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Communication: Read and write analytically including evaluation, synthesis, and research; deliver focused and coherent presentations.
- Computation: Apply complex problem-solving skills using technology, computer proficiency, decision analysis (synthesis and evaluation), applications of mathematical concepts and reasoning, and the analysis and use of numerical data.
- Creative, Critical and Analytical Thinking: Apply procedures for sound reasoning in the exercise of judgment and decision making; demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a respect for learning; solve problems through analysis, synthesis, evaluation and creativity; identify, evaluate and appropriate use of multiple sources of information.
- Social and Personal Responsibility: Evaluate the relationship between natural, social and economic systems and the significance of sustainability; demonstrate responsible attitudes toward cultural diversity, citizenship, personal contribution to local and international communities, and the effect of human actions on the environment.
- Information Competency: Students demonstrate information competency and critical thinking skills through their ability to effectively locate, retrieve, evaluate and utilize use library and information resources within the guidelines of academic standards to meet collegiate and personal information needs.
- Health and Human Flourishing: Synthesize educational aims into a holistic approach to the many facets of human flourishing; apply principles of physical, psychological and emotional health and fitness; demonstrate scholarly skills that support intellectual virtues for life-long learning; embrace concepts of fiscal responsibility; and define goals that extend beyond oneself.