The Science/Mathematics/Technology (SMT) Division offers the following natural sciences:
Skyline College offers an Associate in Science with a Major in Natural Science and provides pathways for transfer in Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or related disciplines.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the ability to use appropriate models to solve problems.
- Apply the knowledge of natural sciences to distinguish between observations, inferences, relationships, and testimonials under investigation.
- Demonstrate the ability to use scientific knowledge to assess personal and environmental health.
- Use the scientific knowledge and skills necessary for active citizenship.
Programs in the natural sciences prepares students for further study and employment as life and physical scientists, health diagnosing practitioners and some health treating professionals, engineers, and science technicians. Careers as biologists, biochemists, chemists, geologists, meteorologists, and physicists and astronomers usually require a graduate degree. A bachelor's degree is normally required for engineering positions while science technician jobs may require a bachelor's or associate degree.
The natural science degree program provides students with an opportunity to meet the prerequisites to continue preparation for careers as chiropractors, dentists, optometrists, physicians, podiatrists, veterinarians, pharmacists, physical therapists, and nutritionalists.
Science based career opportunities are widely distributed among business, industry, government, and education. With experience and additional training, workers may advance to supervisory and management positions.
The natural sciences are a gateway to a very large number of occupations, many of which require very specific coursework for transfer and/or admission to professional schools. In compeleting a natural science major and preparing for transfer, students must assume the responsibility to be certain that they complete all prerequisites for the transfer major they have selected. Natural science majors are advised to construct an education plan with a counselor and their instructors as eary as possible and to use the services of the Transfer Center to assist in preparing for transfer.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS NEEDED
The education, skills, and abilities required for careers in the natural sciences vary significantly between professions. Majors are encouraged to use the electronic and print resources of the Transfer Center to obtain information about necessary qulifications for the careers that interest them. In general, careers in the natural sciences require strong computational, communication, and analytical thinking skills. Scientists must be good problem-solvers and be able to work independently or as part of a team. Science, engineering, and medical personnel requently must work long hours under pressure and must maintain a program of continuous study to keep up with intellectual advances and new technologies.