Natural History, Associate in Arts (AA)
The Natural History major is designed to provide a broad survey of the diversity of Earth’s life forms and their evolutionary and environmental relationships. By carefully choosing electives, a student may emphasize specialized areas for transfer, including aquatic biology, zoology, botany and environmental biology.
Associate Degree Graduation Requirements
Complete all of the following:
- All Department Requirements listed below with a “C” or better or “P” in each course (at least 20% of the department requirements must be completed through SBCC).
- One of the following three General Education options:
- A total of 60 degree-applicable units (SBCC courses numbered 100 and higher).
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all units attempted at SBCC.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all college units attempted.
- A total of 15 units through SBCC.
|BIOL 110||Natural Science||3-4|
|or BIOL 110H||Natural Science, Honors|
|or BIOL 120||Natural History|
|or BIOL 140||Principles Of Biology|
|BIOL 112||Evolution And Adaptation||3|
|or BIOL 150||Biodiversity|
|BIOL 123||Ecology Laboratory||1|
|or ERTH 141/GEOG 101||Physical Geography|
|BOT 121||Plant Diversity 1||4|
|ZOOL 122||Animal Diversity 2, 3||3|
|Select 9 units of Natural History Electives 4||9|
ZOOL 123 Animal Diversity Laboratory recommended
In addition, 9 units of elective credit, selected in consultation with the Natural History Faculty Adviser, are required to complete the major field requirements.
Students may choose Natural History elective courses from the areas of Anthropology, Art, Biology, Bio-Medical Sciences, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences (Geology), Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. Students intending to transfer with an AA Degree in Natural History should include introductory courses in general and organic chemistry, physics and statistics. Natural History electives must be selected in consultation with the Natural History Adviser and should be made carefully to avoid problems with departmental approval and transfer.
Make an appointment with your SBCC academic counselor through Starfish to create a Student Education Plan that reflects a recommended course sequence for this program that is tailored to your individual needs.
The following sample program illustrates a course sequence that emphasizes general Natural History. This program will satisfy department and college requirements for graduation with an AA Degree and includes elective courses to meet departmental requirements of many four-year colleges and universities.
& BIOL 123
and Ecology Laboratory 1
|BIOL 144||Biogeography 1||3|
|CHEM 155||General Chemistry I 2||5|
|ENG 110||Composition and Reading 1||3|
|BIOL 120||Natural History 1||4|
& ZOOL 123
and Animal Diversity Laboratory 1, 2
|CHEM 156||General Chemistry II 2||5|
|ENG 111||Critical Thinking and Composition Through Literature 1||3|
|BIOL 112||Evolution And Adaptation 1||3|
& BIOL 141
|Principles Of Biology
and Biology Laboratory 1, 2
|MATH 117||Elementary Statistics 1||4|
|POLS 101||American Government And Politics 1||3|
|BIOL 142||Marine Science 1, 2||3|
|BOT 121||Plant Diversity 1||4|
|ZOOL 137||Ornithology 1, 2||3|
|ART 215||Survey Of Non-Western Art 1||3|
|COMM 121||Interpersonal Communication 1||3|
Natural History Electives must be selected in consultation with the Natural History Faculty Adviser.