Natural Science

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The Natural Science degree program at Lake Tahoe Community College 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.

Lake Catherine, Ansel Adams Wilderness 

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.

Degree

A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
See current catalog for details.

B. REQUIRED COURSES
30.5-37.25 units distributed as follows:
1. Three courses selected from the following (min. 15 units):
(Courses under this section cannot be double-counted for Area B.3.)
BIO 101 Principles of Biology I (5)
BIO 102 Principles of Biology II (5)
BIO 103 Principles of Biology III (5)
CHM 101 General Chemistry I (5.75)
CHM 102 General Chemistry II (5.75)
CHM 103 General Chemistry III (5.75)
GEG 101 Physical Geography (5)
GEL 102 Physical Geology (5)
GEL 103 History of the Earth and its Life (5)
GEL 114 Introduction to Earth Sciences (5)
PHS 117 Oceanography (5)
PHY 104 General Physics I (5)
PHY 105 General Physics II (5)
PHY 106 General Physics III (5)
PHY 107 General Physics (Calculus) - Mechanics (5)
PHY 108 General Physics (Calculus) - Waves, Thermodynamics and Light (5)
PHY 207 General Physics (Calculus) -Electricity and Magnetism (5)
PHY 208 General Physics (Calculus) - Optics and Modern Physics (5)

2. One course selected from the following (4-5 units):
MAT 102 Survey of Mathematical Ideas (4)
MAT 103A College Algebra (Part I) (4)
MAT 103B College Algebra (Part II) (4)
MAT 104 College Trigonometry (4)
MAT 105 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part I) (5)
MAT 106 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part II) (5)
MAT 107 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part III) (5)
MAT 118 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (5)
MAT 201 Elementary Statistics (5)
MAT 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Part IV) (5)
MAT 203 Linear Algebra (5)
MAT 204 Differential Equations (5)

3. Three courses selected from the following (11.5-17.25 units):
(Courses under this section cannot be double-counted for Area B.1.)
ANT 103 Physical/Biological Anthropology (4)
BIO 101 Principles of Biology I (5)
BIO 102 Principles of Biology II (5)
BIO 103 Principles of Biology III (5)
BIO 110* Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (5)
   *May not be taken as an elective, if BIO 101 has been taken for credit
BIO 111** Introduction to Plant and Animal Biology (5)
    **May not be taken as an elective, if BIO 102 has been taken for credit
BIO 112 Systems Biology (5)
BIO 113 Field Methods in Wildlife Ecology (4)
BIO 115 Forensics (5)
BIO 121 Musculoskeletal Anatomy (4)
BIO 149 Ecology (5)
BIO 201 Botany (5)
BIO 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (5)
BIO 204 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (5)
BIO 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology III (5)
BIO 210 Microbiology (5)
BIO 212 Zoology (5)
CHM 100 Introduction to General Chemistry (5)
CHM 101 General Chemistry I (5.75)
CHM 102 General Chemistry II (5.75)
CHM 103 General Chemistry III (5.75)
CHM 116 Introduction to Organic Chemistry (5)
CHM 117 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (5)
CIS 135A/GEG 134 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.5)
EVS 102 Environmental Science: System Dynamics (4)
EVS 103 Environmental Science: Human Impacts (4)
EVS 104 Laboratory Methods (1.5)
EVS 105 Field Methods (2)
GEG 101 Physical Geography Conservation of Natural Resources (5)
GEG 108 Water Resources (4)
GEG 113 Meteorology (4)
GEL 101 Geology of California (4)
GEL 102 Physical Geology (5)
GEL 103 History of the Earth and its Life (5)
GEL 110 Geology of the National Parks and Monuments (5)
GEL 114 Introduction to Earth Sciences (5)
PHS 102 Survey of Concepts in Chemistry and Physics (5)
PHS 111 Astronomy (4)
PHS 117 Oceanography
PHY 104 General Physics I (5)
PHY 105 General Physics II (5)
PHY 106 General Physics III (5)
PHY 107 General Physics (Calculus) - Mechanics (5)
PHY 108 General Physics (Calculus) - Waves, Thermodynamics, and Light (5)
PHY 207 General Physics (Calculus) - Electricity and Magnetism (5)
PHY 208 General Physics (Calculus) - Optics and Modern Physics (5)
PSY 210 Introduction to Biological Psychology (4)

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.

 
Transfer degrees are also offered in Geography and Geology.