Natural Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Natural Sciences. The mission of the Natural Sciences Department is to provide access to educational excellence in sciences creating an environment using contemporary curriculum, methodology and technology to assist students in reaching career goals.

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in Biological or Physical Sciences are encouraged to complete the recommended sequence of general education and elective courses. To be certain of course transferability, students should first meet with an Southwest advisor for assistance with long-range degree planning. The students should then review course recommendations with the college or university to which they intend to transfer for a baccalaureate degree. The institution that receives course credits always makes the final decision about transferability of those credits.

The Natural Sciences Department offers courses in Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL), Astronomy (PHYS), Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Microbiology (BIOL), Natural Sciences (NSCI), and Physics (PHYS).

Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

University Parallel Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree

Tennessee Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree

Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) (opens new window) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit, Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements.

Southwest offers three Natural Sciences related degrees:

Program and Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Catalog Search to view descriptions of our courses or the Interactive Course Schedule (opens new window) to see when and where a class is being offered.