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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.

The Geography and Geology programs at Lake Tahoe Community College each provides students with general background knowledge through lecture, lab, and field-based courses. Students will gain a broader understanding of their physical environment and the interconnectedness between it and other disciplines.

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Degrees

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.

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.

 Program Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in geography.
• Evaluate how human activities are not only influenced by the physical world, but also how these activities influence our natural environment.
• Communicate the complexity of society and the natural environment into its component interconnected systems.

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, students must complete the following requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
See current catalog for details.

B. REQUIRED COURSES
28-30 units distributed as follows:

1. Both courses from the following (9 units):
GEG 101 Physical Geography (5)
GEG 102 Human Geography (4)

2. Select three of the following courses (11.5-12 units):
GEG 103 World Regional Geography (4)
GEG 106 California Geography (4)
GEG 113 Meteorology (4)
GEG 134/CIS 135A Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.5)

3. Select two of the following courses (7.5-9 units):
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology (4)
GEG 108 Water Resources (4)
GEG 114 Economic Geography (4)
GEG 135/CIS 135B Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3.5)
GEL 102 Physical Geology (5)
Any course not already selected in Area B.2.

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.

 Program Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends.
• Apply the scientific method to analyze geologic structures, processes and issues on a local, regional, national and/or global level.
• Communicate the complexity of the natural environment into its component interconnected systems.

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Geology for Transfer degree, students must complete the following requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
See current catalog for details.

B. REQUIRED COURSES

All courses from the following (42.25 units):

CHM 101 General Chemistry I (5.75)
CHM 102 General Chemistry II (5.75)
CHM 103 General Chemistry III (5.75)
GEL 102 Physical Geology (5)
GEL 103 History of Earth and its Life (5)
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)

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.

 

 Certificates

This employable skills certificate in GIS is designed to provide opportunities to learn the fundamentals of computerized mapping and data analysis. The courses serve as both a career-readiness certificate leading to employment or continued study leading to a more advanced certificate or degree.

All courses from the following (7 units):
GEG 134/CIS 135A Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.5)
GEG 135/CIS 135B Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3.5)

 
Degrees and certificates are also offered in the field of Environmental Technology and Sustainability, with concentrations in Biological Resources, Physical Resources, and Sustainability.

Career Outlook
A Biology degree can lead to many different occupations and career paths. Below are just two career ideas:

Nurse Practitioner: The median wage in 2015 for Nurse Practitioners in California was $115,633 annually, or $55.60 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Microbiologist: The median wage in 2015 for Microbiologists in California was $90,801 annually, or $43.65 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.