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Liberal Arts and Sciences - Natural Science Emphasis

The Liberal Arts and Sciences degree prepares students for life in the global community by helping them develop a core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for personal and professional success. The associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences is available in four areas of emphasis: Humanities, Multicultural Studies, Natural Science, and Social Science. Please refer to the following descriptions for the specifics of each area of emphasis. A total of 60 units are required for the degree. Students must complete COSGE pattern and a minimum of 18 units in the areas of emphasis. Consult with a counselor or advisor for course selections.

The Natural Science Area of Emphasis is an interdisciplinary option for students who desire a broad study in the natural science disciplines that include Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Science, and Physics. The Natural Science Area of Emphasis may also help you prepare to transfer to a university. Courses completed to satisfy the Area of Emphasis requirements below may also count toward satisfying College of the Siskiyous and university transfer general education requirements. Consult with your advisor or counselor to develop an education plan that is appropriate for your academic goals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Area of Emphasis, the student should be able to:

  • Determine whether or not a question can be addressed by science and, if so, outline the steps a scientist would follow to develop and test a proposed explanation.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of a natural science discipline‚Äôs major facts and concepts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply scientific principles to make informed decisions about matters of science and technology that are likely to confront an educated citizen.
  • Correctly set-up, solve, and interpret the results of a variety of computational and non-computational problems relevant to the natural sciences by applying the language, critical thinking, and mathematical skills acquired in previous courses.


For information or questions regarding this or other programs at College of the Siskiyous contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Email: Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: (530) 938-5201