Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students who wish to pursue broad areas of knowledge in arts and sciences plus additional knowledge in an "Areas of Emphasis." This degree is designed for students who wish to explore different disciplines (subject areas) before deciding on a definite major program prior to transferring to a four-year university, or for students who may not be planning to transfer but wish to earn a degree in a particular area of study that interests them.

Note: A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied to any area of emphasis in this major.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year university are cautioned that this degree may not meet all of the lower division requirements for transfer into a particular major; however, through careful educational planning with a counselor, this degree would offer a solid foundation in the transfer process. Students should consult with a coun selor for specific information regarding their intended major at their target transfer institution.

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete Residency, Scholarship, Basic Compe-tency, Specific Area, and General Education require-ments for the Skyline College Associate Degree
    1. Meet the Basic Competency requirements in Writing/Reading, Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning, and Information Literacy
    2. Meet the Specific Area requirements in American History and Institutions, English, Physical Education and Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
    3. Complete Skyline General Education Requirements
  2. Successfully Complete 18 units in one of the following areas of emphasis

This area of emphasis integrates the study and application of scientific methodology from two perspectives, that of the social sciences which consider the human world in several aspects, and that of the natural sciences which consider the world in its physical and biological aspects.

Program Requirements

Choose at least 9 units from courses listed below: Units
ANTH 125 Biological Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 127 Biological Anthropology Laboratory 1 unit
ASTR 100 Introduction To Astronomy 3 units
ASTR 101 Astronomy Laboratory 1 unit
BIOL 101 Our Biological World 4 units
BIOL 110 Principles of Biology 4 units
BIOL 111 Natural History of California 4 units
BIOL 130 Human Biology 3 units
BIOL 140 Animals, People, and Environment 3 units
BIOL 145 Plants, People & Environment 3 units
BIOL 150 Introduction to Marine Biology 3 units
BIOL 215 Organismal Biology: Core I 5 units
BIOL 230 Introduction to Cell Biology: Core II 5 units
BIOL 240 General Microbiology 4 units
BIOL 250 Human Anatomy 4 units
BIOL 260 Human Physiology 5 units
CHEM 112 Chemistry in Action 4 units
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 5 units
CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry I 3 units
CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry II 3 units
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2 units
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2 units
CHEM 410 * Chemistry for Health Sciences 4 units
ELEC 110 * Fundamentals of Electronics
GEOG 100 Physical Geography 3 units
GEOG 101 Physical Geography Lab 1 unit
GEOL 100 Survey of Geology 3 units
GEOL 105 Environmental Earth Science 3 units
GEOL 210 General Geology 4 units
GEOL 220 Historical Geology 4 units
OCEN 100 Survey of Oceanography 3 units
PHYS 105 Conceptual Physics
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
PHYS 220 General Physics II 4 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
PHYS 270 Physics with Calculus III 4 units
Choose at least 9 units from courses listed below: Units
ADMJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 units
ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 125 Biological Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 150 Introduction to Archaeology: Bones, Beads and the Basics of Material Culture 3 units
ANTH 155 Human Prehistory: Discovering Ancient Civilizations 3 units
ANTH 165 Sex and Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives 3 units
ANTH 180 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion 3 units
ANTH 360 American Indians of North America 3 units
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business 3 units
BUS. 101 * Human Relations at Work 3 units
BUS. 201 Business Law 3 units
ECE. 201 Child Development 3 units
ECE. 212 Child, Family & Community 3 units
ECON 100 Principles of Macro Economics 3 units
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3 units
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 units
GEOG 110 Cultural Geography 3 units
GEOG 150 World Regional Geography 3 units
HIST 108 Survey of American History 3 units
HIST 201 United States History I 3 units
HIST 202 United States History II 3 units
HIST 203 The United States Since 1945 3 units
HIST 235 History of Ethnic Groups in the United States 3 units
HIST 240 History of Ethnic Groups in CALIFORNIA 3 units
HIST 244 African American History 3 units
HIST 248 Women and the American Experience 3 units
HIST 310 California History 3 units
IBUS 200 * Introduction to International Business 3 units
IBUS 210 * International Finance 3 units
JOUR 110 Mass Media and Society 3 units
PHIL 280 * Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 units
PLSC 115 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics 3 units
PLSC 130 Introduction to International Relations 3 units
PLSC 200 National, State & Local Govt 3 units
PLSC 210 American Politics 3 units
PLSC 280 * Introduction to Political Philosophy 3 units
PLSC 310 * California State and Local Government 3 units
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
PSYC 110 * Courtship, Marriage and Family 3 units
PSYC 200 Developmental Psychology 3 units
PSYC 201 Child Development 3 units
PSYC 220 Introduction to Psychobiology 3 units
PSYC 268 Black Psychology 3 units
PSYC 300 Social Psychology 3 units
PSYC 410 Abnormal Psychology 3 units
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOCI 105 Contemporary Social Issues 3 units
SOCI 110 Courtship, Marriage and Family 3 units
SOCI 141 Race and Ethnicity 3 units
ETHN 142 Filipina/o/x Community Issues 3 units
SOCI 143 Sociology of Migration and Immigration 3 units
SOCI 201 * Sociology of Health and Medicine 3 units
SOSC 270 The Civil Rights Movement 3 units
Note: The following pairs are the same course: ECE. 201 and PSYC 201 PHIL 280 and PLSC 280 PSYC 110 and SOCI 110
Total Required Major Units: 18

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.



  1. All courses listed in the six areas of emphasis options are transferable to either the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU), or both UC and CSU. Courses that are transferable only to CSU are marked with an asterisk (*).
  2. All courses may be applied to the appropriate areas of the CSU General Education Breadth and/or the UC General Education (IGETC) patterns (See Transfer Planning section of this catalog).