Area of Emphasis in Scientific Studies

These courses emphasize the study of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills and impart knowledge of the facts and principles that form the foundations of living and non-living systems. Students recognize and appreciate the methodologies of science as investigative tools, as well as the limitations of scientific endeavors. This area is divided into the following specializations: Biological Science, Mathematics and Pre-engineering, Physical and Earth Sciences.

Associate in Arts Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Scientific Studies Biological Sciences Specialization

The specialization in Biological Science is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree at a transfer institution in a biology-related major.

Common university majors in this field include: Agricultural Science, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell Biology, Conservation, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Entomology, Life Science, Genetics, Marine Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Natural Sciences, Neuroscience, Psychobiology, Toxicology, and Zoology/Animal Sciences.

This degree is designed to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to complete this major should be selected with the assistance of a San Diego City College counselor.

Courses Required for the Major:

Students should complete a minimum of 18 units in Biological Science courses:

  • BIOL 101, Issues in Environmental Biology (C)
  • BIOL 107, General Biology - Lecture and Laboratory
  • BIOL 110, Introduction to Oceanography (C, M)
  • BIOL 111, Cancer Biology
  • BIOL 115, Marine Biology
  • BIOL 130, Human Heredity
  • BIOL 135, Biology of Human Nutrition
  • BIOL 180, Plants and People
  • BIOL 200, Biological Statistics (C, M) or
  • MATH 119, Elementary Statistics or
  • PSYC 258, Behavioral Science Statistics
  • BIOL 205, General Microbiology
  • BIOL 210A, Introduction to the Biological Sciences I
  • BIOL 210B, Introduction to the Biological Sciences II
  • BIOL 215, Introduction to Zoology
  • BIOL 230, Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 235, Human Physiology
  • CHEM 200, General Chemistry I - Lecture
  • CHEM 200L, General Chemistry I - Laboratory
  • CHEM 201, General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM 201L, General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CISC 190, Java Programming
  • CISC 192, C/C++ Programming
  • PHYS 125, General Physics
  • PHYS 126, General Physics II
  • PHYS 180A, General Physics I
  • PHYS 180B, General Physics II
  • PHYS 181A, General Physics Lab I
  • PHYS 181B, General Physics Lab II
  • PHYS 195, Mechanics
  • PHYS 196, Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 197, Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
Total Units = 18

Associate in Arts Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Scientific Studies Mathematics and Pre-Engineering Specialization

The specialization in Mathematics and Pre- Engineering is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree at a transfer institution in a mathematical, computer science or engineering related major.

Common university majors in this field include: Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology, Information Systems, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Structural Engineering.

This degree is designed to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to complete this major should be selected with the assistance of a San Diego City College counselor.

Courses Required for the Major:

Students should complete a minimum of 18 units including both Mathematics and Pre-Engineering courses:

  • BIOL 200, Biological Statistics or
  • MATH 119, Elementary Statistics or
  • PSYC 258, Behavioral Science Statistics
  • CBTE 114, Introduction to Microsoft Windows
  • CBTE 161, Learning the Internet
  • CBTE 162, Web Page Creation
  • CBTE 164, Introduction to Microsoft Outlook
  • CBTE 180, Microsoft Office
  • CBTE 210, Computers in Business
  • CHEM 200, General Chemistry I - Lecture
  • CHEM 200L, General Chemistry I - Laboratory
  • CHEM 201, General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CISC 130, Introduction to Local Area Networks
  • CISC 132, Intermediate Local Area Networking
  • CISC 150, Introduction to Computer and Information Sciences (C, M)
  • CISC 152, Introduction to the Linux Operating System
  • CISC 181, Principles of Information Systems
  • CISC 186, Visual Basic Programming
  • CISC 187, Data Structures and Object-Orientation
  • CISC 189A, Introduction to Programming I and
  • CISC 189B Introduction to Programming II  or
  • CISC 190, Java Programming
  • CISC 192, C/C++ Programming
  • CISC 205, Object Oriented Programming using C++
  • CISC 220, Fundamentals of Computer Game Programming
  • ELCT 111, Electrical Theory I
  • ELCT 111L, Electrical Laboratory I
  • ELCT 121, Electrical Theory II
  • ELCT 121L, Electrical Laboratory II
  • ELDT 124, Basic DC/AC Electronics
  • ELDT 124L, Basic DC/AC Laboratory
  • ELDT 125, DC/AC Circuit Analysis with Pspice
  • ELDT 125L, DC/AC Circuit Analysis Laboratory
  • ELDT 230, Advanced Computer Designs
  • ELDT 230L, Advanced Computer Designs Laboratory
  • ENGE 101, Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGE 116, Computational Methods in Engineering
  • ENGE 151, Engineering Drawing
  • ENGE 152, Engineering Design
  • ENGE 210, Properties of Materials 
  • ENGE 240, Digital Systems
  • ENGE 250, Dynamics
  • ENGE 260, Electric Circuits
  • ENGN 110, Science for Technical Applications
  • INWT 120, Network + Training
  • MATH 104, Trigonometry
  • MATH 107, Introduction to Scientific Programming
  • MATH 107L, Introduction to Scientific Programming Lab
  • MATH 115, Gateway to Experimental Statistics
  • MATH 116, College and Matrix Algebra
  • MATH 118, A Survey of Modern Mathematics
  • MATH 119, Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 121, Basic Techniques of Applied Calculus I
  • MATH 122, Basic Techniques of Applied Calculus II
  • MATH 141, Precalculus
  • MATH 150, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 151, Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 245, Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 252, Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
  • MATH 254, Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 255, Differential Equations
  • MCTR 102A, DC Circuits
  • MCTR 120B, Basic Physics for Technical Applications II
  • MFET 101, Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering Technology or
  • MFET 101A, Introduction to Manufacturing I
  • MFET 110, Industrial Safety
  • MFET 120, Manufacturing Processes
  • MFET 210, Statistical Process Control
  • PHYS 180A, General Physics I
  • PHYS 181A, General Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 195, Mechanics
  • PHYS 196, Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 197, Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
  • TEHW 101, Introduction to Technical Writing
Total Units = 18

Associate in Arts Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Scientific Studies Physical and Earth Sciences Specialization

The specialization in Physical and Earth Sciences is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree at a transfer institution in a physical and earth science-related major.
Common university majors in this field include: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Engineering Physics, Geographic Information Science, Geology, Hydrologic Sciences, Meteorology, Natural Sciences, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physical Science and Physics.
This degree is designed to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to complete this major should be selected with the assistance of a San Diego City College counselor.

Courses Required for the Major:

Students should complete a minimum of 18 units including both Physical and Earth Science courses:

  • AGRI 100 Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
  • ASTR 101 Descriptive Astronomy
  • ASTR 109 Practice in Observing
  • ASTR 111 Astronomy Laboratory
  • BIOL 200 Biological Statistics or
  • MATH 119, Elementary Statistics or
  • PSYC 258, Behavioral Science Statistics
  • CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 111 Chemistry in Society
  • CHEM 111L Chemistry and Society Laboratory
  • CHEM 130 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • CHEM 130L Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 152 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHEM 152L Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 200 General Chemistry I - Lecture
  • CHEM 200L General Chemistry I - Laboratory
  • CHEM 201 General Chemistry II - Lecture
  • CHEM 201L General Chemistry II - Laboratory
  • CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I - Lecture
  • CHEM 231L Organic Chemistry I - Laboratory
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry II - Lecture
  • CHEM 233L Organic Chemistry II - Laboratory
  • CHEM 251 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CISC 181 Principles of Information Systems
  • CISC 190 Java Programming
  • CISC 192 C/C++ Programming
  • GEOG 101 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 101L Physical Geography Laboratory
  • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 104 World Regional Geography
  • GEOL 100 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 101 Physical Geology Laboratory
  • GEOL 104 Earth Science
  • GISG 104 Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning
  • GISG 110 Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Systems
  • MATH 119 Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 151 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 252 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
  • PHYN 100 Survey of Physical Science
  • PHYN 101 Survey of Physical Science Laboratory
  • PHYS 100 Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 125 General Physics
  • PHYS 126 General Physics II
  • PHYS 180A General Physics I
  • PHYS 180B General Physics II
  • PHYS 181A General Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 181B General Physics Laboratory II
  • PHYS 195 Mechanics
  • PHYS 196 Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 197 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
  • SUST 101 Introduction to Sustainability
  • SUST 102 Environmental Ethics
Total Units = 18