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Liberal Arts: Math and Science Associate in Arts

Program Details

The Liberal Arts degrees are designed for students who wish to have a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an "Area of Emphasis". This emphasis allows students to satisfy general education requirements as well as focus on transferable course work. It is ideal for students who plan on transferring to California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) for a major in education or for a major that Cerro Coso does not offer.

Courses in Liberal Arts: Math & Science AA degree emphasizes the natural sciences, which examine the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. Courses in math emphasize the development of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills beyond the level of intermediate algebra. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies of science as investigative tools.

Students completing this degree may be able to transfer to a four-year degree program in teaching, various health career programs, or environmental studies. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to apply multiple approaches to problem solving, using algebraic, graphical, and numerical methods to solve applied problems in other areas of mathematics, natural sciences, computer graphics, and computer animation; demonstrate mastery of the Scientific Method, including the experimental and empirical methodologies characteristic of science and the modern methods and tools used in scientific inquiry; perform hands-on laboratory and/or field experiments of all science classes safely; and identify the difference between science and other fields of knowledge; and perform a critical analysis of a topic in order to determine science from pseudoscience.


Graduates of accredited high schools; or have the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) certificate or the General Education Development (GED) certificate; or be 18 years of age or older and able to benefit from the college's instructional programs.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)