Bakersfield College

Public Health Sciences

Public Health Science Associate of Science Degree for Transfer

The Associate Science in Public Health Science for Transfer Degree (AS-T) focuses on disease and injury prevention strategies for community and individual wellness. The AS-T in Public Health Science is designed to provide students a clear transfer pathway to the California State University (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 (but not to a particular campus or specific major), and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. This degree eliminates the additional Bakersfield College graduation requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply the multidimensional 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.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the 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.

Total Units: 32-33

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
PBHS B21 Contemporary Health Issues 3.0
PBHS B20 Introduction to Public Health 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
or
PSYC B5 Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
BIOL B11 Concepts of Biology 4.0
CHEM B2A Introduction to General Chemistry 4.0
or
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
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:

Course # Name Units
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

Recommended Sequence

Semester 1 (14 units— suggested GE listed)

Course # Name Units
PBHS B20 Introduction to Public Health 3.0
MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4.0
or
PSYC B5 Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
BIOL B11 Concepts of Biology 4.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0

Semester 2 (14-15 units— suggested GE listed)

Course # Name Units
BIOL B32 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
CHEM B2A Introductory General Chemistry 4.0
or
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
PBHS B21 Contemporary Health Issues 3.0

Semester 3 (13 units— suggested GE listed)

Course # Name Units
BIOL B33 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
PHIL B12 Ethics of Living and Dying 3.0
PBHS B22 Drugs, Health and Society 3.0

Semester 4 (15 units— suggested GE listed)

Course # Name Units
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0
HIST B17B History of the United States Since 1870 3.0
PHIL B7 Introduction to Logic 3.0
or
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition 3.0
or
ENGL B1B Introduction to Types of Literature 3.0
or
ENGL B2 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking 4.0
or
COMM B5 Rhetoric and Argumentation 3.0
CSU GE Area C.1 (any CSU Transfer C.1 course) 3.0
PBHS B23 Health and Social Justice 3.0

Semester 5 Summer (6 units— suggested GE listed)

Course # Name Units
CSU GE Area C.2 (any CSU Transfer C.2 course) 3.0
NUTR B10 Elementary Nutrition 3.0

*It is recommended that students complete additional GE units prior to entering the program if they choose not to take more than 15 units per semester.

Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 32-33 32-33
General Education 39 37
Possible double counting of GE’s 12-15 13-16
Elective Units (CSU Transferrable) 1-4 4-7
Degree Total 60 60