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    May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Health Sciences, AS

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The Health Sciences Program is dedicated to offering a quality program that will meet the lifelong learning needs of our students and prepare them for transfer to a California State University or a University of California in order for them to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or other related allied health professions.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Communicate scientific processes and ideas effectively in written and oral forms.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the mechanisms driving evolution.
  • Effectively apply current technology and scientific methodologies for problem solving.
  • Identify and explain relationships between form and function of biological structures at the molecular, cellular, organismal level.
  • Locate and evaluate various types of scientific information including primary research articles, mass media sources and World Wide Web information.
  • Recognize and apply basic ethical principles to biological practices and understand the role of scientists and biological science in society.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how organisms interact with one another and with their environment.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental biological processes of metabolism, homeostasis, growth, reproduction, development, genetics and whole organism physiology.
  • Apply the metric system using standard laboratory equipment to systematically collect, organize, interpret, and assess data in graphs, tables or figures then integrate the acquired knowledge to make informed judgments and conclusions.

Total Units Required: 20-21

To earn the associate degree:

See Earning an Associate Degree  for associate degree graduation requirements.

To transfer:

Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transferring at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution .


See an IVC counselor for course substitution if a course is not available.

Third-party credentialing:

Third-party credentialing may be subject to change without notice. This information is accurate as of the publication date of this catalog. For the most current information, please consult with the area dean.

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