College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences

The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences provides students with innovative and engaging courses, programs, and experiences, including opportunities to participate with our distinguished faculty in research and scholarship, and to engage in community service and research. The College seeks to increase the scientific literacy of all students; prepares majors for careers in scientific research, math/science education, and applied science fields; and supports the mission of the University by providing education, scholarship and service that are accessible and transformative.

Anthropology B.S.: Applied

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Applied Anthropology is designed to provide students with a strong background in general anthropology, applied anthropology and research methods. Anthropology explores the multiple dimensions of the human experience through the formal study of archaeology, biology, culture and language, and applies this knowledge to critical issues facing humans in contemporary societies. What distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines is its holistic perspective of the human condition and its central concern with the concept of culture. The Applied Anthropology concentration stresses research methodology, field research, data collection, statistical methodology and service learning. One of the pillars of focus in applied anthropology is community engagement and application of anthropological theoretical framework to the field.

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Anthropology B.S.: Archaeology

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology is designed to provide students with a strong background in general anthropology, archaeology and cultural preservation. Anthropology explores the multiple dimensions of the human experience through the formal study of archaeology, biology, culture and language, and applies this knowledge to critical issues facing humans in contemporary societies. What distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines is its holistic perspective of the human condition and its central concern with the concept of culture. In the face of rapid population expansion and increased development, public concern has grown to protect the quickly diminishing cultural resources related to our ancestral and traditional heritage. The Archaeology concentration focuses on anthropological theory, archaeological methodology, field research, data collection, area studies, and applications of the field to cultural resource management.

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Anthropology B.S.: Biological

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Biological Anthropology is designed to provide students with a strong background in general anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and research methods. Anthropology explores the multiple dimensions of the human experience through the formal study of archaeology, biology, culture and language, and applies this knowledge to critical issues facing humans in contemporary societies. What distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines concerned with people is its holistic perspective of the human condition and its central concern with the concept of culture. The Biological concentration focuses on biological anthropology research methodology, field research, data collection, and statistical methodology.

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Anthropology B.S.: General Anthropology

The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology is designed to provide the undergraduate student with a strong background in general anthropology, archaeology and cultural preservation. Anthropology explores the multiple dimensions of the human experience through the formal study of archaeology, biology, culture and language, and applies this knowledge to critical issues facing humans in contemporary societies. What distinguishes anthropology from other disciplines concerned with people is its holistic perspective of the human condition and its central concern with the concept of culture. The General Anthropology concentration focuses on theory, methodology, research, and applications of the field to cultural resource management.

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Behavioral Science B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science is designed to provide students with a broad systematic understanding of human behavior, and the biological, psychological, cultural, political and social factors that influence such behavior. The program emphasizes the mastery of key behavioral science concepts; exposure to significant behavioral science theories drawn from psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science; the development and utilization of rigorous investigation, observation and research skills common to the behavioral sciences; and the ability to integrate knowledge across the behavioral sciences. The program provides practical knowledge and skills with enduring career applicability.

Biochemistry B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry provides world class academic excellence across the chemical society by engaging students with faculty that will strive for the finest quality of service to provide cutting edge research. The program prepares the next generation of critical thinkers, scientists, and industry leaders. Students can pursue graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry; teaching positions in chemistry in secondary schools; employment with industry or government; entry into professional schools such as medicine or dentistry; or entry into law school with a view toward specialization in patent or environmental law. The department is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Biology B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Biology is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science. Students have opportunities to actively participate in research, present reports at scientific meetings, publish their findings, and in receive national recognition for the high quality of their work.

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Biology B.S.: Cellular and Molecular Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an option in Cellular and Molecular Biology is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science. This degree can fulfill the major entrance requirements for professional schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry and medical technology, or prepare the student for further graduate study in biology.

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Biology B.S.: Ecology and Environmental Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an option in Ecology and Environmental Biology is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science. The Ecology and Environmental Biology option can prepare students for graduate studies or careers with federal, state, and local agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), consultants and careers in teaching.

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Biology B.S.: Microbiology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with an option in Microbiology is designed to provide students with intensive, progressive and balanced learning experiences in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, population and community biology, and environmental science. The Microbiology option provides training in microbiology, medical microbiology, immunology, and related courses (virology, mycology, and parasitology) for students interested in a career in applied biology, biomedical research or allied fields.

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Chemistry B.A.: Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry fulfills the need of those students who are pursuing pre-medical or pre-dental programs as well as those who plan to enter fields such as business, environmental or patent law, where a background in chemistry can be of great utility. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides world class academic excellence across the chemical society by engaging students with faculty that will strive for the finest quality of service to provide cutting edge research. The program prepares the next generation of critical thinkers, scientists, and industry leaders. Students graduating with this degree will be certified to the Society and will receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society.

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Chemistry B.S.: General Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides world class academic excellence across the chemical society by engaging students with faculty that will strive for the finest quality of service to provide cutting edge research. The program prepares the next generation of critical thinkers, scientists, and industry leaders. Students graduating with this degree will be certified to the Society and will receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry fulfills the need of those students who are pursuing pre-medical or pre-dental programs as well as those who plan to enter fields such as business, environmental or patent law, where a background in chemistry can be of great utility.

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Computer Science B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science provides the necessary theoretical background for graduate study in the field and allows a flexible response to a dynamic and growing profession. The field involves an amalgam of logic, mathematics, engineering, electronics, communications and ergonomics. The curriculum gives students a firm foundation in the basic areas of computer science and related areas of mathematics, and a wide choice of electives allow them to tailor their program to their specific interests. The program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Students are prepared for professional careers in the areas of software design and applied computer science.

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Computer Technology B.A.: General Track

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Technology General Track prepares students as they pursue professional careers in computer technology and leadership roles in society. The program provides students with a strong foundational base, state-of-the art techniques, methodologies, and tools to specify, design and develop technology-based solutions to complex system problems. Students learn to combine the power of computing with the management of multimedia information. Program faculty consist of traditional academics as well as industry professionals in order to provide curricular content that is on the cutting edge of industry trends.

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Computer Technology B.A.: Homeland Security

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Technology Homeland Security Track prepares students as they pursue professional careers in computer technology and leadership roles in society. The program provides students with a strong foundational base, state-of-the art techniques, methodologies, and tools to specify, design and develop technology-based solutions to complex system problems. Students learn to combine the power of computing with the management of multimedia information. Program faculty consist of traditional academics as well as industry professionals in order to provide curricular content that is on the cutting edge of industry trends.

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Computer Technology B.A.: Professional Track

The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Technology Professional Track prepares students as they pursue professional careers in computer technology and leadership roles in society. The program provides students with a strong foundational base, state-of-the art techniques, methodologies, and tools to specify, design and develop technology-based solutions to complex system problems. Students learn to combine the power of computing with the management of multimedia information. Program faculty consist of traditional academics as well as industry professionals in order to provide curricular content that is on the cutting edge of industry trends.

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Earth Science B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science offers a cross-disciplinary program that trains students for careers involving earth system science, which broadly includes the physical science behind the interactions of the lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. The Earth Science program examines the contribution of those systems to natural landscapes and geological hazards, during the modern era and through geological time. It also considers the relationship of human populations to these geosystems.

Geography B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography studies the spatial distribution of features across Earth’s landscape, such as the location of landforms, water bodies, and the organization of climate zones. It also considers the human landscape including how populations are distributed, why they migrate, and the ways they alter natural and urban environments. As a tool to advance these spatial analyses, the Geography program teaches the use of both traditional and computer-based geotechnical skills (geotechniques) such as cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning, and the expertise and international focus of the faculty provide opportunities for engaged students to participate in diverse research projects.

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Information Technology B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology prepares student for lifelong learning as they pursue professional careers in informational technology and leadership roles in society. The curriculum provides students with a strong foundational base, state-of-the art techniques, methodologies, and tools to specify, design and develop technology-based solutions to complex system problems. Information Technology forms the technological infrastructure of modern commerce, as the driving force of every industry. Students learn to combine the power of computing with the management of multimedia information.

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Mathematics B.S.: Mathematics Education

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with an option in Mathematics Education prepares students for exciting and rewarding work in industry, careers in teaching, and advanced post-baccalaureate study. Mathematics is about number operations and algebra, motion and change (calculus and differential equations), logical analysis, scientific visualization, structure and geometry, the prediction of random events (probability), the extraction of useful information from large sets of data (statistics), the discovery of the best ways to do things (optimization). It is abstract and theoretical, and intensely down-to-earth and practical, all at the same time. The calculus, differential equations, analysis, and probability and statistics courses enable science students to analyze data and predict outcomes in static and dynamic situations. The foundations, discrete math, and algebra courses give students the tools they need for rigorous logical and structural analysis and a deep conceptual understanding of quantitative situations. The Mathematics Education option prepares students to be outstanding teacher leaders with a deep knowledge of mathematics and the best practices in teaching.

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Mathematics B.S.: Mathematics Option

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with an option in Mathematics prepares students for exciting and rewarding work in industry, careers in teaching, and advanced post-baccalaureate study. Mathematics is about number operations and algebra, motion and change (calculus and differential equations), logical analysis, scientific visualization, structure and geometry, the prediction of random events (probability), the extraction of useful information from large sets of data (statistics), the discovery of the best ways to do things (optimization). It is abstract and theoretical, and intensely down-to-earth and practical, all at the same time. The calculus, differential equations, analysis, and probability and statistics courses enable science students to analyze data and predict outcomes in static and dynamic situations. The foundations, discrete math, and algebra courses give students the tools they need for rigorous logical and structural analysis and a deep conceptual understanding of quantitative situations.

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Physics B.S.: Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with an option in Electrical Engineering provides a strong foundation of the foundation of the natural world; from the smallest particles of matter (quarks and leptons), nuclei, atoms, and molecules; through forces and motions which determine properties of solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas; to descriptions of the behavior of matter on all scales up to stars, galaxies, and even the origin and fate of the universe. As such it is the basis of other disciplines such as biology, medicine, chemistry, computer science, geology, astronomy and engineering. For students intending to pursue graduate work or employment in Electrical Engineering, the department offers an Electrical Engineering option, intended to facilitate a seamless transition after graduation. An agreement in place with the CSU Fullerton College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science allows students to satisfy all of the course requirements for admission to an MS program at CSU Fullerton.

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Physics B.S.: General Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with an option in General Physics provides a strong foundation of the foundation of the natural world; from the smallest particles of matter (quarks and leptons), nuclei, atoms, and molecules; through forces and motions which determine properties of solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas; to descriptions of the behavior of matter on all scales up to stars, galaxies, and even the origin and fate of the universe. As such it is the basis of other disciplines such as biology, medicine, chemistry, computer science, geology, astronomy and engineering. The General Physics option provides access to advanced theoretical and technical careers. In addition, students may gain experience by participating in research projects including neutrino experiments, nuclear physics experiments, and physics education research.

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Physics B.S.: Physical Science

The Bachelor of Science in Physics with an option in Physical Science provides a strong foundation of the foundation of the natural world; from the smallest particles of matter (quarks and leptons), nuclei, atoms, and molecules; through forces and motions which determine properties of solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas; to descriptions of the behavior of matter on all scales up to stars, galaxies, and even the origin and fate of the universe. As such it is the basis of other disciplines such as biology, medicine, chemistry, computer science, geology, astronomy and engineering. The Physical Science Option is tailored to meet education standards and satisfy waiver requirements for a single subject teaching credential. The Physics faculty are committed to teaching excellence, and to teacher education in the sciences. The department provides essential laboratory hands-on experience in understanding and demonstrating science.

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Political Science B.A.: General Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science offers excellent opportunities for the study of government and politics. Students develop an understanding of human behavior as it relates to politics. They learn to discuss and analyze critically current public policy issues facing the United States and the world. They are taught how to critically observe and understand world affairs and comparative politics. They are trained in appropriate research techniques for the study of political processes. Graduates have pursued a broad variety of careers, including teaching, law, law enforcement, public administration, business, journalism, and international service.

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Psychology B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides a solid foundation in the theories and scientific methods of psychology, offering courses in aspects of the empirical knowledge base of scientific psychology and applied psychology. The discipline studies people's behavior and people's experience. Psychologists teach and do research or applied work on subjects relating to the social and behavioral sciences. In order to discover more about behavior, psychologists study both humans and animals. Psychology covers a wide range of topics, from the way our social environment influences us to the inner workings of our bodies. The department sees its mission as offering these educational experiences within a framework which values and encourages diversity.

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Sociology B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of social processes and structures and to apply the tools of social analysis to a broad range of professional, academic and community situations. The methods and knowledge developed by sociologists reflect the complexity of human organization, social life, inequalities and social justice. The department is composed of a diverse, innovative and stimulating faculty who teach and pursue research in a variety of areas that are important in today's global societies. The department offers a range of opportunities to engage in service learning, applied research and community studies and organizing. Students may concentrate their studies in a variety of areas including applied research, community studies, criminology and justice studies, the helping professions and social change in global context. Sociology prepares students for careers in social work, law, criminal justice, government, non-profit and community and international organizations, education, gerontology, medicine, community service, urban planning, politics, business, academia, human resources and applied research.

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