Natural Sciences Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Natural Sciences and see sample pathways to graduation.

VIEW NATURAL SCIENCES ACADEMIC LEARNING COMPACT

Area of Concentration Requirements

The goals of an Area of Concentration in Natural Sciences are normally achieved by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of at least 6 introductory courses distributed among at least three Natural Sciences disciplines (chosen from biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics). This usually involves the successful completion of the introductory sequence (2 semester courses) in each of three disciplines.
  2. A minimum of an additional two semester courses beyond the introductory sequence in one discipline. The faculty will entertain requests for exceptions to these specific requirements as long as work of sufficient breadth and depth has been done in the division.
  3. At least one Independent Study Project in the Natural Sciences.
  4. A senior thesis in some area of the natural sciences is sponsored by a faculty member of the Natural Sciences Division.

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • LAC Course #1
  • LAC course #2
  • Nat Sci Discipline 1, also LAC
  • Nat Sci Discipline 2, also LAC
  • ISP #1
  • LAC Course #5
  • LAC course #6
  • Nat Sci Discipline 1
  • Nat Sci Discipline 2
Year 2
  • Diverse Perspectives LAC
  • Nat Sci Discipline 3, also LAC
  • Nat Sci Discipline 1, upper level
  • any course
  • Nat Sci ISP, ISP 2
  • Nat Sci Discipline 3
  • Nat Sci Discipline 1, upper level
  • any 2 courses
Year 3
  • any 4 courses
  • ISP #3
  • any 3 courses
  • Nat Sci thesis tutorial
Year 4
  • any 3 courses
  • Nat Sci thesis tutorial
  

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Nat Sci Discipline 3
  • Upper level Nat Sci
  • any 2 courses
  • Nat Sci ISP
  • Nat Sci Discipline 3
  • Upper level Nat Sci
  • any 2 courses
Year 4
  • any 2-3 courses
  • Nat Sci thesis tutorial
  • ISP 
  • any 2 courses
  • Nat Sci thesis tutorial

 

Note: Assumes student took the intro sequence in at least 2 different Nat Sci disciplines as part of the AA degree.