The Natural Science degree provides students with an introduction to the nature of
living things, our physical environment, matter, energy, and their interactions. The
core areas covered by the degree are biology, chemistry, geology, geography, mathematics,
and physics. Additionally, students pursuing this major have the option of exploring
such diverse fields as environmental science and physical science. Many of the courses
emphasize exploration and study Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, a natural lab
of outstanding beauty and richness.
Program Learning Outcomes
• Apply the scientific method to analyze science-related organisms, structures, processes,
and issues in local, regional, national, and global level.
• Illustrate and convey how the particulate nature of matter corresponds to the microscopic
properties of substances.
• Dissect, model, and communicate the complexity of the natural environment into its
competent interconnected systems.