Associate of Arts in University Studies - Pathway to Math and Science (AA)

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This degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year university. Students completing this degree will have an introductory foundation in mathematics and science. Students will gain an understanding of basic mathematical concepts, quantitative reasoning and their application, experimental methodology, hypotheses testing, and the power of systematic questioning. Students will also develop a comprehension of the basic concepts of physical and biological sciences, and a sophisticated understanding of science as a human endeavor, including the limitations, as well as the power of scientific inquiry.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of science and mathematical concepts relevant to inquiry at the university level by being prepared for transfer into a STEM program. 

Transfer & Career Opportunities

The College maintains articulation with most CSU and UC campuses and some private colleges and universities. Course requirements vary between colleges and universities and students are encouraged to consult and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection. This degree prepares students for baccalaureate majors including, but not limited to: Atmospheric Science, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Engineering, Enology, Food, and Nutritional Sciences, Genetics, Health Science, Hydrology, Kinesiology, Natural Science, Pre-Nursing (B.S.N.), Physics, and many pre-professional majors: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary Med, and Pre-Chiropractic.

Select one of the following General Education patterns:
California State University General Education (CSU-GE) *
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) **
College of the Sequoia's Associate Degree General Education (COS GE)
Students completing the COS GE option must complete the minimum 30 unit GE admission requirement for the CSU or UC (consult with a COS Counselor to create student education plan.)
Exemptions for High Unit Majors: Students who have met the minimum admissions requirements to a UC or CSU campus in a major such as Science or Engineering, where completion of the CSU GE or IGETC is not recommended due to excessive units, can be granted an Associate degree with the completion of the COS Associate Degree General Education requirements. The PE (section 4A), and HW (section 4B) subject requirements, and the Information Competency (section 5C) requirement will be waived and the additional 3 units required per Title 5 will be met with numerous additional science and math courses required for these majors.
Complete a minimum of 18 units with a "C" grade or better, including at least one mathematics course and at least one science course from the lists below. Courses used to fulfill the general education requirements listed above may be counted as part of the 18 unit minimum.
BUS 020Business Statistics *3
BUS 119Quantitative Methods *3
MATH 005Modern Mathematics4
MATH 010Structure and Concepts 1 *4
MATH 011Structures and Concepts 2 *4
MATH 021Introduction to Statistics *4
MATH 035Precalculus A4
MATH 044College Algebra4
MATH 054Precalculus B4
MATH 070Precalculus *5
MATH 065Calculus 1 *4
MATH 066Calculus 2 *4
MATH 067Calculus 3 *4
MATH 080Linear Algebra *4
MATH 081Differential Equations *5
SSCI 025Statistics - Social Sciences *4
AG 002Environmental Conservation3
AG 004Soil Science3
ANTH 011Biological Anthropology3
ASTR 010Introduction to Astronomy *3
BIOL 001Principles of Biology 1 *5
BIOL 002Principles of Biology 2 *5
BIOL 020Frontiers in Biology *4
BIOL 021Plant Biology *3
BIOL 022Animal Biology *3
BIOL 025Human Ecology *3
BIOL 030Human Anatomy *4
BIOL 031Human Physiology *4
BIOL 040General Microbiology *4
CHEM 001General Chemistry 1 *5
CHEM 002General Chemistry 2 *5
CHEM 010Introduction to Chemistry4
CHEM 020Introduction to General Chemistry *4
CHEM 021Organic/Biological Chemistry *4
GEOG 001
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab *
GEOG 005Introduction to Weather and Climate3
GEOL 001Physical Geology *4
GEOL 005Earth History *4
GEOL 012Environmental Geology *3
NUTR 018Nutrition3
PHYS 020General Physics 1 *5
PHYS 021General Physics 2 *5
PHYS 055Physics 1: Mechanics & Waves *4
PHYS 056Physics 2: E&M and Heat *4
PHYS 057Physics 3: Modern Physics *5
PLSI 001Introduction to Plant Science3
PSCI 020Physical Science *4
Select additional transferable courses numbered 1-199 to achieve 60 units.

Courses meet General Education requirement and 6-9 units may be double counted above in A1 (CSU GE).


0-10 units may be double counted above in 1B (IGETC).  

The Associate of Arts in University Studies- Pathway to Math and Science requirements include completion of the 60 unit program defined above with at least 12 units taken in residence at College of the Sequoias with a “C” (2.0) average (see Transfer Information and Requirements for additional details).