Bakersfield College

Public Health Science

Associate of Science Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer focuses on disease and injury prevention strategies for community and individual wellness. The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer is designed to provide students a clear transfer pathway to the CSU within the health science field major and the completion of baccalaureate degree, with guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

Additionally, the Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer focuses on providing job related and introduction to the various career pathways within this field. The public health field includes disciplines such as patient health navigator, health education outreach, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, environmental health, behavioral health, and occupational health. Skill competencies include knowledge of public health models, health risk assessments, health screenings, health promotion programming, and surveillance of disease outbreaks in a community.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply the multi-dimensional approach of public health sciences.
  • identify proactive factors for disease prevention and risk factors for disease and disability.
  • demonstrate and apply behavior-changing techniques to maximize health and wellness.
  • demonstrate the concepts of research, program planning and evaluation strategies.

Total Units: 32

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
PBHS B21 Personal Health and Wellness 3.0
PBHS B20 Introduction to Public Health 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
BIOL B11 Concepts of Biology 4.0
CHEM B2A Introduction to General Chemistry 4.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0
BIOL B32 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOL B33 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
List A: Select 3 units from the following:
ECON B1 Principles of Microeconomics - Micro 3.0
ECON B2 Principles of Macroeconomics - Macro 3.0
PSYC B30 Human Sexuality 3.0
PBHS B23 Health and Social Justice 3.0
PBHS B22 Drugs, Health and Society 3.0
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 32 32
General Education 39 37
Possible double counting of GE's 12-15 13-16
Electives (CSU Transferrable) 1-4 4-7
Degree Total 60 60
Kern Community College District