The mission of the Natural Science Program is to provide broad training across the natural science disciplines for students seeking interdisciplinary and applied science careers for which a broad science background is useful.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Knowledge. Students demonstrate understanding of the natural world in terms of core concepts, principles, and processes across the fields of biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and space science.
- Proficiency. Students are able to apply the scientific process, including inquiry, hypothesis building, designing and conducting investigative experiments, to solve problems.
- Proficiency. Students possess intellectual skills necessary for completing scientific investigations, including
- writing scientific proposals and papers,
- locating, retrieving, and evaluating information pertinent to a scientific problem,
- using computers and other technology to organize and analyze data
- interpreting graphs and tables,
- using mathematics and statistics to evaluate evidence,
- distinguishing between fact and opinion with scientific evidence,
- applying principles of laboratory safety,
- working effectively in groups, and
- presenting and communicating the results of scientific investigations in oral and written formats.
- Place and Community. Students can describe the physical and biological environments of the Los Angeles River.
- Place and Community. Students can explain the historical development of the Los Angeles River and how natural and artificial factors contribute to its present status.
- Transformation. Students recognize that science is a human endeavor grounded in human activity and requiring ethical conduct as humans change the natural world and human society.
- Transformation. Students recognize that science is relevant to everyday life and appreciate its importance to areas such as education, human health, the natural environment, and technological advances.