Liberal Arts Degree with Area of Emphasis: Natural Science-Life Science


The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis: Natural Science-Life Science is intended for students not planning to transfer to a four-year university. This degree is designed to prepare students for life in the global community by developing a core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for personal and professional success.

The Liberal Arts degree with an Area of Emphasis: Natural Science-Life Science courses emphasize experimental methodology, testing hypotheses, and the power of systematic questioning. Students will develop a comprehension of the basic concepts of physical and biological sciences, and a sophisticated understanding of science as a human endeavor, including the limitations as well as the power of scientific inquiry.

Earnings Potential

The California Community Colleges (CCC) provides the following five-year data on an associate degree in liberal arts. Different programs and areas of emphasis will have variations of this range. An associate degree in liberal arts and sciences offers the salary potential of $29,882 two years after graduation, with expected increases to $42,063 at five years. These do not reflect salaries with a four-year degree.1

1 California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Salary Surfer. 2021. Accessed 19 April 2023.

Program Requirements

To earn an  Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis: Natural Science-Life Science, students must complete: (1) all course requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in each course; and (2) complete General Education Graduation Requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.

See the degree requirements in the Taft College Catalog. Please note: This links to an external website. 

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the Liberal Arts Area of Emphasis: Natural Science-Life Science major, a student will be able to:

  1. Employ evidence-based reasoning when analyzing information in the completion of non-computational life science problems.

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