Contact Information

Contact Information
Sciences and Mathematics
Megan D'Errico
Associate Dean
Keely Carroll
Division Office
V 211, Rocklin Campus


Courses from the following departments are included in the interdisciplinary Natural Science associate degree:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology


Natural Science

AA or AS Degree

The Natural Science degree is designed for students who are pursuing transfer majors in the Natural Sciences, including Astronomy, Biological Science, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Physics and related disciplines. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Required Courses

Select 18 units from the following:18
Food, Society and the Environment
Introduction to Soil Science
Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology Laboratory
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Introduction to Planetary Systems
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Life in the Universe
Elementary Astronomy
Observational Astronomy
Astrophotography and Imaging
Frontiers in Astronomy
General Biology
General Zoology
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Introduction to Biology
Concepts of Biology
Natural History, Ecology and Conservation (also ESS 0014)
Marine Biology
Introduction to Plant Science (also AGRI 0156)
Wildland Trees and Shrubs (Dendrology)
Introduction to Zoology
General Human Anatomy and Physiology
Biology: A Human Perspective
Biology: A Human Perspective Laboratory
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Chemistry I
Introduction to Chemistry II
General Chemistry I - Part 1
General Chemistry I - Part 2
Chemistry - Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Physical Geology
Physical Geology Laboratory
California Geology
Historical Geology
Historical Geology Laboratory
Introduction to Earth Science
Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
Energy, Environment, and Climate (Also ESCI 0007)
California Water
Conservation of Natural Resources
Physical Geography
Physical Geography Laboratory
Weather and Climate
College Algebra
Elementary Statistics
Calculus for Social and Life Sciences
Calculus for Social and Life Sciences
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
Analytical Geometry and Calculus III
Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
Business Calculus
Basic Concepts in Physics
Basic Concepts in Physics Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Principles of Physics: Mechanics
and Principles of Physics Laboratory: Mechanics
Principles of Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
and Principles of Physics Laboratory: Electricity and Magnetism
Principles of Physics: Heat, Waves and Modern Physics
and Principles of Physics Laboratory: Heat, Waves and Modern Physics
Introduction to Biopsychology
Biopsychology Laboratory
Total Units18