Programs

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Academic Programs Offered by the Natural Sciences Division

Astronomy

Curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts Degree. This degree requires 18 units of which 17 are in required courses; an additional 1 unit must be chosen from restricted electives.

Please consult the most recent edition of the Fullerton College Catalog for the latest details on this program.

Biology

The Biology Associate in Arts Degree Program requires a total of 18 units of which 7-10 units are in required courses. An additional 8-11 units may be chosen from required courses or restricted electives.

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Biological Technician

The Biological Technician Associate in Science Degree program requires a total of 18 units, of which 9-10 units are in required courses. An additional 8-9 units must be chosen from restricted electives.

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Chemistry

Curriculum leads to the Chemistry Associate in Arts Degree. This degree requires 18 units of which 10 units are in required courses; the additional 8 units must be chosen from restricted electives.

Please consult the most recent edition of the Fullerton College Catalog for the latest details on this program.

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Associate in Arts Degree program requires a total of 18-20 units of which 8 units are in required courses. An additional 10-12 units may be chosen from restricted electives.

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Foods and Nutrition

The Nutrition and Foods Associate in Arts Degree includes coursework that is applicable to a transfer program at selected universities and colleges in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition. This degree requires completion of 18 units of which 9 units are in required courses. An additional 9 units must be chosen from restricted electives.

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Geology

The Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer (AS-T) Degree, also called the Geology AS-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor’s degrees in geology. Students earning the Geology AS-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as a Geology major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 26 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of “C” or better in all major coursework. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students with a degree in geology may pursue careers in a variety of industries such as education, environmental technology, mineral (fossil fuels, metals) discovery and extraction, archeology, research, and more. The Geology AS-T Degree requires a total of 26 units of required courses. Recommended courses are not required for the degree but are highly recommended if you plan to pursue the Bachelor’s in Science degree in geology.

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Health Education

The Health Education departmenet currently offers no degrees or certificates. The department offers two courses that promote awareness of personal and public health topics.

HED 140 F Health Science is a general education course that includes lectures, discussions and videotapes on modern medical concepts.

HED 197 F Internship in Health Education helps students in selecting an area of career interest within the biological, allied health and related science fields. Students areassisted in obtaining internships in the medical field.

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Horticulture

The horticulture department offers the following combination of academic and vocational programs:

  • Greenhouse and Nursery Production
  • Landscape Management
  • Landscape Design/Management
  • Landscape Horticulture
  • Landscape Irrigation
  • Nursery Management
  • Ornamental Horticulture
  • Pest Management

Please consult the most recent edition of the Fullerton College Catalog for the latest details on this program.

Industrial Lab Technician (Chem)

Curriculum leads to an Industrial Laboratory Technician Associate in Arts Degree for employment in the research and product-testing departments of petroleum companies, soil laboratories, food processing plants, chemical plants, etc. It is not intended to fulfill requirements to transfer for a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. High School Preparation: Three years of college-preparatory mathematics, chemistry, further mathematics, biology, and physics recommended. This degree requires completion of 18 units of which 10 units are in required courses. An additional 8 units must be chosen from restricted electives.

Please consult the most recent edition of the Fullerton College Catalog for the latest details on this program.

Industrial Technology

Curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts Degree. This degree requires 18 units from required courses.

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Medical Technology

The Medical Technology Associate in Arts Degree Program requires a total of 18 units of required courses.

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Microbiology

The Microbiology Associate in Arts Degree Program requires a total of 18 units of which 9-10 units are in required courses. An additional 8-9 units chosen from restricted electives.

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Physics

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer, also called the Physics AS-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to fouryear universities that offer bachelor’s degrees in physics. A student earning the Physics AS-T Degree will be granted priority for admission as a physics major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU-transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC, 12 units in physics, and 16 units in mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title V requires that students earn a grade of “C” or better in all major coursework. There are no additional graduation requirements. The main purpose of an AS-T degree in physics is to provide the lower-division coursework needed in order to continue in a bachelor’s-degree program; however, the AS-T also provides valuable quantitative and problem-solving skills that are in demand by employers hiring, e.g., lab technicians, or in a variety of fields such as manufacturing and education. Of people who obtain a terminal bachelor’s degree in physics, about half work in industry, in fields such as aerospace, military, software, and electronics. Most of the other half work either as high school teachers or as lab technicians at universities or government-funded laboratories. PhD’s in physics are qualified for teaching at the university level and for scientific research, as well as for higher-level jobs in the same areas as those with bachelor’s degrees. The Physics AS-T Degree requires a total of 28 units of required courses.

Please consult the most recent edition of the Fullerton College Catalog for the latest details on this program.

Pre-Nursing

This Associate in Arts Degree is designed to give students the necessary background needed to enter the field of nursing. This degree prepares students for further study toward an ASN or BSN degree. 18-19 units of required courses are required.

Fullerton College does not have a nursing program, but we do offer courses that nursing programs require. The flow diagram below shows the progression of Fullerton College science courses that students should take to complete the prerequisites for entrance into most nursing programs at other colleges. Almost all nursing schools require the core sequence of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and a semester of chemistry. Most Bachelors’ in nursing programs require a second semester of chemistry. Other entrance requirements (GE pattern, sociology, psychology, math) differ, so you should contact a Fullerton College counselor and the specific school you would like to enter to determine the appropriate coursework.

Recommended Pre-nursing Course Sequence in the sciences
Pre-Nursing course sequence

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