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Health Sciences Cuyamaca

Biological Sciences: Pre-Allied Health Associate in Science

This program provides students with a pathway into allied health programs at baccalaureate institutions. Required science courses provide training in the methods of scientific inquiry, the fundamental principles of natural science, and the principle laws and theories governing the physical and life sciences. Recommended general education courses expose students to the necessary base of knowledge that will serve them well in any of the allied health fields. This degree prepares students for transfer to a baccalaureate institution or for advanced studies in an allied health major. Prior to enrolling in several courses in this major, students must take general biology and general biology laboratory as prerequisites. It is recommended that students check with transfer institutions for specific program requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the principles and laws of living systems with particular reference to human disease and human performance, including the role of scientific inquiry in life/medical science, cell theory, the hierarchy of structure and function in living organisms and principles of heredity.
  • Describe the normal relationships between structure and function relationships of humans, alterations in normal structure/function that characterize disease; the structure, function, classification and epidemiology of pathogenic microorganisms; and normal cellular and nutritional biochemistry.
  • Exhibit competency in the methods used to study living systems, with a focus on human biology including applying principles and procedures of research and experimental design, and gathering, organizing interpreting, evaluating and communicating data.
  • Exhibit confidence and ability to function as a health care professional including the ability to conduct independent and collaborative investigation skills, communicate scientific information effectively in oral and written form, and utilize technology effectively and appropriately.
  • Exhibit the ability to integrate the content, skills and abilities gained in courses and practice independent, self-directed learning.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

BIO-140Human Anatomy4
BIO-141Human Physiology3
BIO-141LLaboratory in Human Physiology1
BIO-152Paramedical Microbiology5
CHEM-102Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry5
COMM-122Public Speaking3
PSY-120Introductory Psychology3
SOC-120Introductory Sociology3
Total Units27

Plus General Education Requirements

Recommended Electives: CD-125 Child Growth and Development or PSY-150 Developmental PsychologyMATH-160 Elementary Statistics