The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students pursuing broad areas
of study and exploration in an area of emphasis as described below. Option 1 enables
students to complete the requirements for the Associate Degree.
The Natural Science and Mathematics are a gateway to a very large number of occupations, many of which require specific coursework for transfer and/or admission to professional schools. In general, careers in the natural sciences require strong computational, communication and analytical thinking skills.
The degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Natural Science and Mathematics prepares students for further study and employment as life and physical scientists, health practitioners, engineers and science technicians.
Option 1: Cañada College Pattern
Provides an opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, which covers a broad area of study and is intended for students who may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university.
A. Complete basic competencies, including 2 units of Physical Education activity courses, and specific areas (A, B, C, D, E) of the General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree (19 units).
B. Complete 18 units in the Natural Science and Mathematics area of emphasis as shown below.
C. Select 23 degree applicable units in consultation with a counselor to fulfill lower-division preparation and/or electives and complete the required 60 degree applicable units for an Associate Degree.
Interdisciplinary Studies with Areas of Emphasis (AA) Requirements
|I. Introductory Science Courses**, select a minimum of 9 units:||Units|
|1. Biology: a student may choose up to 2 of the following courses to meet this requirement:|
|BIOL 110||Principles Of Biology||4 units|
|BIOL 130||Human Biology||3 units|
|BIOL 132||Human Biology Laboratory||1 unit|
|BIOL 310||Nutrition||3 units|
|2. Chemistry: a student may choose 1 of the following courses to meet this requirement:|
|CHEM 192||Elementary Chemistry||4 units|
|CHEM 210||General Chemistry I||5 units|
|CHEM 410||Chemistry for Health Sciences||4 units|
|3. Physics: a student may choose 1 of the following courses to meet this requirement:|
|PHYS 210||General Physics I||4 units|
|PHYS 250||Physics with Calculus I||4 units|
|4. Other sciences: a student may choose up to 3 of the following courses to meet this requirement:|
|ANTH 125||Physical Anthropology||3 units|
|ASTR 100||Introduction to Astronomy||3 units|
|ASTR 101||Astronomy Laboratory||1 unit|
|CIS 118||Introduction to Computer Science||4 units|
|ENGR 100||Introduction to Engineering||3 units|
|ENVS 115||Environmental Science||3 units|
|GEOG 100||Physical Geography||3 units|
|GEOL 100||Introduction to Geology||3 units|
|GEOL 101||Geology Laboratory||1 unit|
|HSCI 100||General Health Science||3 units|
|HSCI 116||Women's Health Issues||3 units|
|METE 100||Meteorology - Weather and Climate||3 units|
|OCEN 100||Oceanography||3 units|
|OCEN 101||Oceanography Lab||1 unit|
|II. Mathematics Competency, select a minimum of 3 units:||Units|
|MATH 125||Elementary Finite Mathematics||3 units|
|MATH 130||Analytical Trigonometry||4 units|
|MATH 200||Elementary Probability and Statistics||4 units|
|MATH 222||Pre-Calculus College Algebra/Trigonometry||5 units|
|MATH 225||Path to Calculus||6 units|
|MATH 241||Applied Calculus I||5 units|
|MATH 251||Analytical Geometry and Calculus I||5 units|
|III. Advanced Courses**, select a minimum of 6 units:||Units|
|BIOL 225||Biology Of Organisms||5 units|
|BIOL 230||Cell and Molecular Biology||5 units|
|BIOL 240||General Microbiology||4 units|
|BIOL 250||Human Anatomy||4 units|
|BIOL 260||Human Physiology||5 units|
|CHEM 220||General Chemistry II||5 units|
|CHEM 231||Organic Chemistry I||5 units|
|CIS 242||Computer Architecture and Assembly Language||3 units|
|CIS 262||Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science||3 units|
|MATH 252||Analytical Geometry and Calculus II||5 units|
|MATH 253||Analytic Geometry and Calculus III||5 units|
|PHYS 220||General Physics II||4 units|
|PHYS 260||Physics with Calculus II||4 units|
|PHYS 270||Physics with Calculus III||4 units|
Refer to Option 1 listed above for information on additional degree requirements that
must be fulfilled in order to complete the total of 60 transferable, degree applicable
units for an Associate Degree.
Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.