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Courses
 
ANTHROPOLOGY
 
ANTH 011                Physical Anthropology                3 Units Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
This course covers the concepts, methods of inquiry, and theory of biological evolution and their application to the human species. There is a specific focus on molecular, Mendelian and population genetics, mechanisms of evolution, primatology, paleoanthropology, biocultural adaptations, human variation, and current bioethical issues. The philosophy of science and the scientific method serve as foundations to the course.  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for English 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
 
ASTR 010                Introduction to Astronomy                3 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
A survey course covering the basic concepts, theories, history, and laws of astronomy. Emphasis will be given to motions of the moon, sun, and planets; use of astronomical instruments; study of stellar spectra; properties of the stars: stellar evolution; planetology and characteristics of the bodies of our solar system. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for ENGL 1  determined by COS Placement Procedures and MATH 200 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
BIOLOGY 
 
BIOL 001                Principles of Biology                5 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                6 Lab
BIOL 1 is the first semester of a two course introductory sequence for biology majors. The course covers the principles and applications of basic chemistry, biochemistry, cell structure and function, homeostasis, cell division, molecular and Mendelian genetics, cellular respiration, plus the taxonomy, development, comparative structure, organ system functions and behavior of animals. The philosophy and methods of science, and experimental design are emphasized. Advisory on Recommended Preparation:  CHEM 1 or 20 or equivalent college course with "C" or better. 
Prerequisites: MATH 230 or MATH 235 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility as determined by COS placement procedures.
 
BIOL 002                Principles of Biology                5 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                6 Lab
The second semester of the Biology Major's sequence, including topics: microbiology, plants, ecology. biotechnology and molecular biology. Lab exercises include local and overnight field trips. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: CHEM 1, 20 or equivalent  college course with a grade of "C" or better.
Prerequisites: BIOL 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
 
 
BIOL 020                Frontiers in Biology                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
A general principles course for transfer students who are not life-science majors. The principles of homeostasis, genetics, energy flow, evolution, reproduction and ecology will be used to explore contemporary topics in biology. Note: Some four-year institutions will not award credit for this class if it is taken after BIOL 1 (biology majors). Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
BIOL 020H                Frontiers in Biology-Honors                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
A general principles course for Honors students who are not life-science majors.  The principles of homeostasis, genetics, energy flow, evolution, reproduction and ecology will be used to explore contemporary topics in biology. Note: Some four-year institutions will not award credit for this class if it is taken after BIOL 1 (biology majors). Duplicate credit not granted for BIOL 20.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
Limitation on Enrollment:  Acceptance into the Honor's Program.
 
BIOL 021                Plant Biology                                3 Units
Hours:                2 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
This is a general principles course in plant biology for the nonbiology major. The principle topics included are: general characteristics of plants, plant survey, methods of classification and nomenclature, plant structure and function, growth and development, reproduction and genetics, and ecology. (Not open to students who have received credit in BIOL 2.)  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures. Approved for Distance Learning format.
 
BIOL 022                Animal Biology                                3 Units
Hours:                2 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
This is a general principles course in animal biology designed to help meet a laboratory requirement for transfer students who are not life science majors. The principles of the scientific method, evolution and adaptation, bioenergetics, homeostasis, genetics, and ecology are emphasized in class and field activities. It is not open to students who have received credit for BIOL 1.  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
BIOL 025                Human Ecology                                3 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
A survey of  ecological principles and the historic and modern impact of human societies as agents of ecosystem modification.  Topics include ecosystem structure and function.  Also covered are modern human societies and the short-range and projected long range results of their activities in such areas as population, food, and agriculture, the survival of plant and animal species, the use of energy and mineral resources, and the pollution of air, water and land are emphasized in classroom and field activities.  Field trips are a required part of this course.
 
BIOL 030                Human Anatomy                                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
BIOL 30 is a general survey course designed to acquaint the beginning student with the anatomical principles necessary to understand the basic structure of the human body. This course is designed primarily for those entering the allied health field. This course is approved for distance education format.
 
BIOL 031                Human Physiology                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
BIOL 31 is a course designed to acquaint the beginning student with enough physiological principles necessary to understand the basic functioning of the human body. Laboratory experiments and exercises are designed to reinforce theories and processes described in lecture and to introduce students to basic physiological scientific investigation. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: BIOL 30; and CHEM 1,20, or 30, or equivalent college courses with "C" or better.
 
 
BIOL 040                General Microbiology                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
This course is designed for students entering the health sciences, home economics, as well as the life sciences. This course covers microbial diversity, classification, identification, growth, control measures, disease interactions, genetics, and applied microbiology. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: CHEM 20 or equivalent college course with "C" or better; and any college level biology course.
 
 

 CHEMISTRY

CHEM 001 General Chemistry          5 Units

 Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion

6 Lab
A course for majors and pre-professionals involving the fundamental theories and laws of chemistry. Topics include stoichiometery, atomic structure, bonding theories, ionic reactions and properties of gases. Chemistry prerequisite may be waived with one year of high school chemistry with a "C" or better.
Prerequisites: (CHEM 020 or CHEM 253) and (MATH 230 or MATH 235 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better or eligibility for MATH 021 as determined by COS placement procedures.
 
 

 

CHEM 002 General Chemistry                 5 Units

 Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion

6 Lab
A course for majors and pre-professionals involving the fundamental theories and laws of chemistry. Topics include liquids, solids, solutions, kinetics, acid/base theories, acid/base equilibrium, solubility and complex equilibrium, thermodynamics and electrochemistry.
Prerequisites: CHEM 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
 

 

CHEM 012 Organic Chemistry                       5 Units

 Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion

6 Lab
This is the first semester of a comprehensive study of organic chemistry. This course, taught at the sophomore level, is primarily for chemistry or biochemistry and biology majors, premedical, pre-dental students, pre-pharmacy and medical Technicians. Emphasis is on structural and functional group chemistry studied from a synthetic and mechanistic point of view. Topics include: nomenclature, stereochemistry, free radical processes, structure, bonding, hybridization of carbon compounds, basic elimination and substitution reactions, introductory infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The course includes a laboratory use of micro/macro methods and techniques, synthesis and instrumentation.
Formerly CHEM 12 and 12L. Prerequisites: CHEM 002 or equivalent college course with “C” or better.
 

 

CHEM 013 Organic Chemistry 2                     5 Units

 Hours:    3 Lecture/Discussion

 6 Lab
This is a continuation of CHEM 12, a comprehensive study of organic chemistry. The course, taught at a sophomore level, is primarily for chemistry, biochemistry and biology majors, premedical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy students and medical technicians. Emphasis is on structural and functional group chemistry studied from a synthetic and mechanistic point of view. Topics include: reactions of aromatic compounds, condensations, natural products chemistry, introductory bio-chemistry, mass spectronmetry and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy. The course includes a laboratory use of micro/macro methods and techniques, synthesis and instrumentation.
Prerequisites: CHEM 012 or equivalent college course with “C” or better.
 
 
CHEM 020                Intro to General Chemistry                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
CHEM 20 is a one semester transferable college chemistry course designed to meet the needs of allied-health majors. The course is a study of the fundamental theories and laws of chemistry. The laboratory portion of the course involves experimentation and drawing conclusions from data. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: CHEM 253 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better and MATH 200 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
CHEM 021                Organic/Biological Chemistry                4 Units
Hours:                3 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
CHEM 21 is the second semester of a full year college chemistry course which meets the needs of the allied-health majors. Content focuses on structural configurations, properties and reactions of organic and biochemical compounds. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of these are part of lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisites: CHEM 020 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
 
CHEM 025                Environmental Chemistry                3 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: CHEM 125.
Fundamental principles of chemistry applied to current environmental issues.  Principles include atomic and molecular structure, chemical calculations, gases and liquids, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, polymers. Issues include air and water pollution, ozone depletion, global warming, energy waste disposal, nutrition. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS placement procedures.
 
CHEM 030                Genl & Biological Chemistry                5 Units
Hours:                4 Lecture/Discussion
                3 Lab
The theme of this course is the molecular basis of life. It will cover essential concepts of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. Inorganic topics include atomic theory, stoichiometry and solution chemistry. Topics for organic and biochemistry are chosen to enhance the basic understanding of living processes.  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
EARTH SCIENCE
 
ESCI 001                Introduction to Earth Science                4 Units
Hours:  3 Lecture/Discussion
  3 Lab
Equivalent Course: ESCI 100.
This course provides students with the scientific background to teach earth science at K-8th grade levels. It emphasizes the application of the scientific method to the study of Earth systems. Topics include: geology (mineral, rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes rivers, glaciers, the fossil record), oceanography (ocean composition, currents, tides, coastlines), Meteorology (atmospheric composition, weather, storms), and astronomy (phases of the moon, eclipses, the solar system.)
Formerly ESCI 100. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 or MATH 205 or MATH 210 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 determined by COS Placement Procedures. ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
 GEOGRAPHY
 
GEOG 001                Physical Geography                3 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
An investigation of weather, climate, landforms, and maps. An emphasis is placed on using the methodologies of scientific inquire to explain the distribution of physical phenomena on the surface of the earth and on examining the relationship between man and the natural environment. This course is approved for distance education format. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200, MATH 205 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 determined by COS Placement Procedures; and ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 001 determined by COS Placement Procedures. 
 
GEOG 001L                Physical Geography Lab Class                1 Units
Hours: 3 Lab
Observations, computer projects, experiments, and a field trip are designed to familiarize students with techniques used in physical geography.
Corequisites: GEOG 001.
 
GEOLOGY
 
GEOL 001                Physical Geology                                4 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
A study of the dynamic physical processes that operate on Earth. Explore the internal workings of the planet through the study of the structure of Earth, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and plate tectonics, and the external processes of weathering, rivers, mass movement, glaciers, and climate change. Lab topics include: minerals, rocks, maps, and geologic time.  Advisory on Recommended Preparation:  MATH 200, 205, or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures; and ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 004                Earth History                                4 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This course examines the geologic evidence for the major events in Earth's turbulent history including; the formation of the crust, atmosphere, and oceans; the tectonic history of the continents; mass extinctions and the record of life on Earth. Lab exercises include: fossil and rock identification, basic principles of geologic time and stratigraphy, and geologic map interpretation. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200, MATH 205, or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures; and ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 004H                Earth History-Honors                3 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: GEOL 004.
This course examines the geologic evidence for the major events in Earth's turbulent history including: the formation of the crust, atmosphere, and oceans; the tectonic history of the continents; mass extinctions and the record of life on Earth. Students will be required to participate in field trips and complete a research paper as part of this course. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures and MATH 200 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 012                Environmental Geology                   3 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Geologic hazards, natural resources, and pollution constitute the core themes of this study of man's interactions with earth systems. The consequences of human modification of natural systems and the geological underpinnings of modern society are emphasized. Topics include flooding, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, energy and water resources, and water pollution. Advisory on Recommended Preparation:  ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures  and MATH 200 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by the COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 150                Geology of Kings Canyon NP                .5 Unit
Hours: .5 Lecture/Discussion
.5 Lab
This field trip course explores the geology of Kings Canyon National Park. Major themes include: rivers and valley development, glaciers and climate change, the formation of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the rocks therein, plate tectonics and the geologic history of California. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 151                Geology of the Mojave Desert                1 Unit
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
.5 Lab
.05 Activity
Equivalent Course: GEOL 251.
This field trip course introduces the geology of the Mojave Desert. Major themes include tectonics and structure, mineral resources and mining, and energy resources. Some geologic features will be discussed en route, while extended stops, that include some hiking, allow closer examination of phenomena such as faults, volcanoes, mines, and solar power plants.  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 152                Geology of the Central Coast                1 Unit
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
.5 Lab
Equivalent Course: GEOL 252.
This field trip course introduces the geology of the Central Coast. Major themes include tectonics, geologic hazards, energy and water resources, pollution, and coastline and surficial processes. Some features will be discussed en route. Extended stops, that include some hiking, allow closer examination of phenomena (e.g., the San Andreas Fault and Morro Rock).  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 153                Granite, Glaciers, and Gold                1 Unit
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
.5 Lab
This field trip course explores the geology of the central Sierra Nevada.  Primary topics include:  the formation and evolution of Yosemite Valley, the Mother Lode gold deposits, and the central Sierra foothills (the Western Metamorphic Belt). Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
GEOL 154 Volcanoes of Northern CA   2 Units
Hours: 1.5 Lecture/Discussion
1.5 Lab
This extended field trip explores northern California's sleeping volcanoes: Mt Shasta, Medicine Lake Volcano and Mt Lassen. Volcanic features, landforms, processes, and hazards constitute the major themes of this class.  Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
METEOROLOGY
 
MET 001 Elementary Meteorology 3 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
An introductory course designed to provide insights into physical processes and laws that underlie the phenomena of weather and climate. An emphasis is placed on understanding the methodologies of scientific inquire and understanding current meteorological-environmental problems. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures; and MATH 200 or 205 or equivalent college course with "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
 
PSCI 020                Physical Science                                                4 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
A laboratory course in physical science designed to meet the laboratory science requirement for transfer students who are not science majors. Topics include concepts, theories and principles of physics, chemistry, astronomy and earth science. The course provides opportunities for students to learn reasoning skills and a new way of thinking about their environment. Course will present applications of concepts and theories to topics of current interest. Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 or MATH 205  or equivalent college course with a "C" or better and ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.
 
PHYSICS
 
PHYS 005 Physics for Sci & Engr 1 5 Units
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the first semester of a three semester introductory calculus-based physics course. It is a fundamental treatment of the general principles of physics for those majoring in engineering and physics. Topics included are statics, kinematics, dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, simple harmonic motion and mechanical properties of solids.
Prerequisites: MATH 075 and MATH 076 or equivalent college courses with "C" or better (MATH 076 may be taken concurrently).
 
PHYS 006                Physics for Sci & Engr 2                5 Units
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the second semester of a three-semester introductory calculus-based physics course. It is a fundamental treatment of the general principles of physics for the engineering and physics major. Topics included are mechanical properties of matter, fluid mechanics, wave motion, thermodynamics, and electrostatics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 005 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
 
PHYS 007                Physics forSci & Engr 3                5 Units
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
This is the third semester of a three semester introductory calculus-based physics course. It is a fundamental treatment of the general principles of physics for the engineering and physics major. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, and optics, and selected topics in modern physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 006 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
 
PHYS 020 General Physics 1 4 Units
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab
This is the first semester of a two semester introductory non-calculus based physics course. This course includes laboratory experiments in addition to lectures. It is required for premedical, predental, prepharmacy, and occasionally science and math students. Topics included are kinematics, statics dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, simple harmonic motion, and thermal physics.
Prerequisites: MATH 154 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for MATH 070 as determined by COS placement procedures.
 
PHYS 021 General Physics 2 4 Units
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
2 Lab
This is the second semester of a two-semester introductory non-calculus based physics course. This course includes laboratory experiments in addition to lectures. It is required for premedical, predental, prepharmacy, and occasionally science and math students. Topics included are: electricity and magnetism, optics, modern and nuclear physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 020 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
 
PHYS 101                Introduction to Physics                3 Units
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
A one-semester selective introduction to physics which emphasizes the nature and quantitative application of fundamental concepts and principles. Designed for students without a physics background who are preparing to take PHYS 5 or PHYS 20.
Prerequisites: MATH 154 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for MATH 070 as determined by COS placement procedures.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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