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The College of Agriculture

Agriculture

PSSC 101 (B2) - Introduction to Plant Science - 3.0 Units - FS

Plant Structure, growth, reproduction, and responses to the environment. How humans modify plants and the environment to grow crops.

ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal Science - 3.0 Units - FS

An overview, using a scientific perspective, of farm animals. Highlights anatomy and physiology of farm animals, reproduction, nutrition, animal health, animal products, animal behavior, and pertinent social issues, such as animal rights. Includes human opportunity to influence trait inheritance, population densities, and productivity.

ABUS 101 (D) - Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics - 3.0 Units - FS

The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems. 

Agricultural Business

ABUS 101 (D) - Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics - 3.0 Units - FS

The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems.

Animal Science

ANSC 101 - Introduction to Animal Science - 3.0 Units - FS

An overview, using a scientific perspective, of farm animals. Highlights anatomy and physiology of farm animals, reproduction, nutrition, animal health, animal products, animal behavior, and pertinent social issues, such as animal rights. Includes human opportunity to influence trait inheritance, population densities, and productivity.

Plant and Social Science

PSSC 101 (B2) - Introduction to Plant Science - 3.0 Units - FS

Plant structure, growth, reproduction, and responses to the environment. How humans modify plants and the environment to grow crops.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Anthropology

ANTH 112 (D/GC) - Introduction to Archaeology - 3.0 Units - FS

Significant events in mankind's prehistoric cultural development and their relevance to the present. Human antiquity; the acquisition of culture during the Paleolithic; the beginning of early civilization. Introduction to the methods of archaeology and human paleontology.

ANTH 113 (D/GC) - Human Cultural Diversity - 3.0 Units - FS

The course explores culture as the basis for understanding the human experience, including an examination of cross-cultural diversity.

ANTH 116 (D/GC) – Power, Violence, and Inequality – 3.0 Units - FS

A comparative analysis of the interaction of economic and political forces in societies of the non-western world. The diversity with which various cultures address scarcity, the distribution of goods and power. Transition from traditional economic and political institutions over time, and the impact of these changes on the values, attitudes, and lifestyles on developing urban populations. 

ANTH 140 (D/GC) – Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion – 3.0 Units- FS

A cross-cultural examination of religions and world views.

Child Development

CHLD 252 (E/USD) - Child Development – 3.0 Units – FS

Designed for Nursing, Liberal Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and other non-Child Development majors, this course studies the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children from conception through adolescence. The course explains genetic, biological, and environmental influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observations are included.

Criminal Justice

POLS 250 (D/USD) - Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3.0 Units - SP

The history and philosophy of criminal justice in America; recapitulation of the system and how it disproportionately impacts different groups in America; identifying the various sub-systems, role expectations, and their interrelationships; theories of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation; ethics, education, and training for professionalism in the criminal justice system.

Economics

ECON 102 (D) - Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units - FS

An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies. Discussion of current problems.

ECON 103 (D) - Principles of Microeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units -  FS

An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Discussion of current problems.

Geography

GEOG 101W (B1) - Physical Geography - 3.0 Units - SMF
Prerequisites: High school biology, chemistry, or physics is recommended.

This course is a survey of the basic processes that determine flows of energy through the atmosphere and examines the subsequent interactions among water, landforms, soil, and vegetation that create and modify the surface of the earth. Students develop a recognition of landscape patterns, as well as an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological principles and functions that create those patterns, in order to understand the natural environment in which we live and the role of humans affecting that environment.

GEOG 102 (D/GC) -  People, Places, and Environments – 3.0 Units - FS

Survey of human populations and activities, with an emphasis upon how social, economic, political, and religious institutions influence interrelationships with the physical environment.

GEOG 105 (D/USD) – California Cultural Landscapes – 3.0 Units – FS

Broad overview of spatial and temporal changes in the California landscape resulting from the interaction of various cultural groups with their environment.

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GEOG 106 (D/USD) – The American West – 3.0 Units – FS

The historical cultural geography of the American West, emphasizing how various cultural groups have each made a unique imprint on the western landscape.  

GEOG 203W (D) – Mobile, Wired, and Tracked: Our Digital Planet – 3.0 Units – FS

Provides an overview of evolving geospatial technologies and explores their impact on the individual and society. Questions how economics, politics, culture, and values affect technological development. Examines issues such as privacy, representation, geopolitics, surveillance, equity, and social justice.

International Relations

POLS 141 - Introduction to International Relations - 3.0 Units - FS

Introduces students to concepts and theories in International Relations, with an emphasis on contemporary issues.

POLS 102 (D/GC) - Politics of the Developing World - 3.0 Units - FS

The political dynamics of selected developing countries. Major emphasis will be on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course will also focus on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary developing societies.

Intersectional Chicanx/Latinx Studies

CHLX 135 (C2/USD) - Mexican Heritage in the United States - 3.0 Units - FS

Study of the Mexican-American subculture in the United States after 1848: historical background, migration, cultural patterns, folklore, economic and political objectives. This course is also offered as HIST 135.

CHLX 157 (F/USD) - Introduction to Latinx - 3.0 Units - FS

This course explores contemporary issues affecting Latinx communities in the United States, including values, social organization, urbanization, gender, sexuality, and socio-economics. Special attention is paid to issues of colonialism, human rights, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, racism, capitalist globalization, migration, emerging political and economic shifts in the Americas, and new local and transnational efforts for social change on the part of Latin America's peoples and Latinx in the U.S. This course is also offered as SOCI 157.

Multicultural and Gender Studies

MCGS 155W (F) - Introduction to Multicultural and Gender Studies - 3.0 Units - FS

An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America's multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field.

WMST 170 (D/USD) - Introduction to Women's Studies - 3.0 Units - FS

This course explores the impact of cultural beliefs and practices on diverse women's lives. Readings, films, and lectures analyze women's challenges, struggles, and accomplishments. Specific topics include race and class, media images of women, the women's movement, work, motherhood, and sexuality.

CMST 234 (E) - Gender and Communication - 3.0 Units - FS

Using both cognitive and experiential models, this course explores the relationships between gender and communication. Discussions focus on such topics as self-perceptions and images of men and women, language used by and about men and women, self-disclosure and self-assertion as communicative acts, gender differences in information processing and non-verbal communication, private and public contexts for gender communication, and gender communication in organizations.

Political Science

POLS 101 (D) - Vital Political Problems - 3.0 Units - FS

An examination of major political problems challenging America today. Emphasis on class discussion of controversial topics involving political policy in the context of the study of political science.

POLS 102 (D/GC) – Politics of the Developing World – 3.0 Units - FS

The political dynamics of selected developing countries. Major emphasis will be on problems of poverty, colonialism, comparative political structures and behavior, imperialism, and international relations. The course will also focus on tensions in the political culture between traditional and non-traditional values in contemporary developing societies.

POLS 112 (D/USD) – Law, Politics, and Justice – 3.0 Units - FA

An introduction to the structure, composition, and performance of the judicial process and its role in the resolution of societal conflicts. Following an examination into the nature of law, the course will focus on the essential actors in the process and review the performance of their roles. Issues critical to a free society freedom of speech, rights of the accused, equal protection will be studied to illustrate the politics of distributing "justice" by means of the courts.

Public Administration

POLS 460A - Introduction to Public Administration - 3.0 Units - FS

Executive function in government; survey of the principles of administrative organization, personnel management, financial administration, administrative law, administrative policies. Problems and trends in government as a career.

Public Health and Health Services Administration

PHHA 265 (D) - Human Sexuality - 3.0 Units - FS

Overview of human sexuality, including psychosexual development, gender roles, reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, relationships, sexual orientation, sex and the law, sexually explicit materials, and sexual dysfunction.

Psychology

PSYC 101 (E) - Principles of Psychology - 3.0 Units - FS

Introduction to concepts and problems in psychology. Topics include perception, learning, development, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and biological and social bases of behavior.

Social Science

ECON 102 (D) - Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units - FS

An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies. Discussion of current problems.

ECON 103 (D) - Principles of Microeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units -  FS

An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Discussion of current problems.

HIST 101 (D/GC) - World History to 1400 - 3.0 Units - FS

Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of ancient and medival world history.

HIST 102 (D/GC) - World History since 1400 - 3.0 Units - FS

Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of early modern and modern world history. 

Sociology

SOCI 100 (D) - Introduction to Sociology  - 3.0 Units - FS

This course helps organize thinking about societies in general, the society we inhabit, and our place within it. Underlying questions are: Why do people have different values? Why do people act differently? Why is there inequality? And why and how does society; its values and norms, institutions, and groups influence our behavior.

SOCI 133 (E) – Sociology of Sexuality – 3.0 Units – FS

This course uncovers the complexity and impact of sexuality on our experiences and on broader social life. Addressing biological, psychological, and cultural aspects, this course examines how society influences cultural and individual sexual meanings, identities, expressions, and controversies.

SOCI 200 (D) – Social Problems – 3.0 Units – FS

Adopting a sociological lens, this course studies the overarching causes of social problems, as well as their effects on our experiences, communities, institutions, and society. Students explore which groups hold the power to define social problems and propose solutions. Areas covered may include the family, education, the environment, sex, gender, race, poverty, and crime and violence.

SOCI 227 (D) – Sociology of Popular Culture – 3.0 Units – FS

Adopting a sociological lens, this course studies the overarching causes of social problems, as well as their effects on our experiences, communities, institutions, and society. Students explore which groups hold the power to define social problems and propose solutions. Areas covered may include the family, education, the environment, sex, gender, race, poverty, and crime and violence.

Social Work

SWRK 170 (D) - Social Welfare Institutions: A Response to Power and Scarcity - 3.0 Units - FS

This course identifies groups within American society which have a high risk of disenfranchisement. Societal responses established to reduce the impact of inequitable distribution of goods, services, and opportunities based on economic, medical, educational, generational, gender, and legal scarcity are studied. Issues are examined from historical and contemporary perspectives.

SWRK 200 (USD) – Diversity and Social Justice – 3.0 Units – FS

This course presents a framework for understanding and openly interacting with people from diverse backgrounds that compose the rich mosaic of the United States. The class is designed to promote ethnic-sensitive interpersonal relationships. Diverse people studied are distinguished by issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion/spirituality, generation, and national origin. Historical and cultural experiences shaping their lives and current reality are examined. The overall goal is for students to develop high regard for the worth and dignity of all people.

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Business Administration

ECON 102 (D) - Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units - FS

An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies.

ECON 103 (D) - Principles of Microeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units - FS

An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly.

MATH 107 (B4) - Finite Mathematics for Business - 3.0 Units - FS

Solutions to systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, combinatorics, probability, binomial and normal distributions. 

MATH 108 (B4) - Statistics of Business and Economics - 3.0 Units - FS

Descriptive statistics, sampling theory, statistical inference and tests of hypotheses, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, simple regression and correlation, and multiple regression and correlation. 

Business Information Systems

ECON 102 (D) - Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units - FS

An introductory survey of macroeconomic analysis. Use of fundamental economic concepts to analyze the over-all economy. Determination of gross national product, rates of unemployment, problems of inflation, recession, and the use of governmental policies.

ECON 103 (D) - Principles of Microeconomic Analysis - 3.0 Units - FS

An introductory survey of microeconomic analysis. Analysis of individual economic units: household, firms, and markets. Analysis of individual decision making. Supply and demand analysis. Type of market organization: competition, oligopoly, and monopoly.

MATH 107 (B4) - Finite Mathematics for Business - 3.0 Units - FS

Solutions to systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, combinatorics, probability, binomial and normal distributions. 

MATH 108 (B4) - Statistics of Business and Economics - 3.0 Units - FS

Descriptive statistics, sampling theory, statistical inference and tests of hypotheses, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, simple regression and correlation, and multiple regression and correlation. 

MINS 235 - Database Design - 3.0 Units - FS

Study of fundamental database design principles and techniques, including data modeling with Entity-Relationship diagrams and normalization. Study of SQL (Structured Query Language) database management systems capabilities. Study of the relational data model and relational operations. Study of database security mechanisms. Introduction to PL/SQL. Application of concepts and techniques to practical business scenarios.

The College of Communication and Education

Communication Design

MADT 101 - Introduction to Communication - 3.0 Units - FS

This course teaches the concepts, history, and applications of communication. The implications and ethical issues of media and the communication process are covered.

MADT 102 - Design Thinking - 3.0 Units - FS

An introduction to design thinking, a human-centered approach to innovation. Using methodologies or user-centered design, observational research, rapid prototyping, collaboration and system, this course explores creative problem solving.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

CMSD 220 - Introduction to Communication Disorders - 3.0 Units - FA

A survey of the normal processes of communication and of the disorders associated with parameters of communication (i.e., articulation, language, voice, fluency, and audition). The course will also include an overview of the professional aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology.

CMSD 156 (C2) - Language and Culture of Deaf Americans - 3.0 Units - FS

Using a conversational approach, this course will provide students with a foundation of expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language. Cultural aspects of the deaf community, such as history, education, language arts, and pragmatics will be explored. Additionally, lectures will provide information on hearing loss and comparison of sign languages and systems. 

Communication Studies

CMST 131 (A1) - Speech Communication Fundamentals  - 3.0 Units - FS

Effective oral communication. Introduction to human communication theory. Practice in gathering, organizing, and presenting material in speeches to persuade, inform, and interest.

CMST 132 (A1) - Small Group Communication - 3.0 Units - FS

This course examines communication in small group processes such as group development, group climate, leadership and roles, problem solving, and conflict. Participation in an in-class small group helps facilitate individual and group improvement.

CMST 234 (E) - Gender and Communication - 3.0 Units - FS

Using both cognitive and experiential models, this course explores the relationships between gender and communication. Discussions focus on such topics as self-perceptions and images of men and women, language used by and about men and women, self-disclosure and self-assertion as communicative acts, gender differences in information processing and non-verbal communication, private and public contexts for gender communication, and gender communication in organizations.

CMST 235 (E/USD) - Intercultural Communication Theories and Practice - 3.0 Units - FS

Focus is on the problems of communication between cultural groupings inside and outside of the U.S. Various historical and political contexts in which intercultural communication occurs are examined. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course.

CMST 255 (A3) - Argumentation and Debate - 3.0 Units - FS

Study of the nature of argument, including methods of analysis, research, patterns and fallacies of reasoning, use and tests of evidence, refutation, and debate as a practical application of argumentation. 3 hours discussion.

Exercise Physiology

KINE 110 (E) - Physical Fitness: A Way of Life - 3.0 Units - FS

Students participate in and monitor the results of a training program in swimming, running, weight training, cycling, or aerobics. Lectures explore the body's response to exercise and how to best exercise. Information and guidelines on how to begin or maintain a program of healthy and enjoyable exercise are presented. Topics discussed include the values of exercise, the body's responses to exercise and training, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, exercise and the environment, exercise for special populations, and sports nutrition.

KINE 105 Introduction to Kinesiology - 1.0 Unit - FS

Introduction to the academic landscape and career options for Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology majors, with an emphasis on advising and skill development for academic and professional success.

Journalism

JOUR 101 - Introduction to Communication - 3.0 Units - FS

This course teaches the concepts, history, and applications of communication. The implications and ethical issues of media and the communication process are covered.

JOUR 210 (D/USD) - Pop Culture & Media Innovation - 3.0 Units - FS

This course considers the influence popular culture has on our lives by examining representational messages spread through widely available traditional and digital media, including film, music, television, streaming services, print and social media. The course takes historical and critical approaches to media trends and innovation, with discussions about economics, demographics and other factors that shape mediated messages, especially in relation to gender and ethnicity. Prerequisite: ENGL 130W or JOUR 130W.

JOUR 211 (D/USD) - Gender & Sexuality in Media - 3.0 Units - FS

The purpose of this course is to help students examine portrayals of gender and sexuality in the range of media they consume. This course treats gender and sexuality as something we co-create through communication, rather than as something that we inherently are. Course topics are approached from historical, critical and cultural perspectives and encourage individual reflection and opportunities for digital activism. This course is also offered as WMST 211.

JOUR 255W (E) - Digital Literacy and Media Technology - 3.0 Units - FS

Tightly focused on the evolution of digital information technologies, particularly with regard to legacy and digital media, and the rapid-fire communication technology changes that have impacted virtually every aspect of American life. Information technology is explored from historical, cultural and critical perspectives, with particular emphasis on how technology has changed what it means to be part of a community and to engage in civil discourse as a democracy. The course also delves into the domestic and global digital divides and their significance for division and opportunities for connection.

Kinesiology

KINE 105 Introduction to Kinesiology - 1.0 Unit - FS

Introduction to the academic landscape and career options for Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology majors, with an emphasis on advising and skill development for academic and professional success.

KINE 152 (C1) - Introduction to Dance - 3.0 Units - FS

This is an introductory survey course that reviews dance as an art form in both Western and Eastern cultures, to include ballet, modern, ethnic, social dance, jazz and musical theatre. Course content covers the roots of dance in world cultures to include social customs, religious beliefs, social structure, the community and dance theory that influence the dance aesthetic. Course employs lecture, film, and discussion.

KINE 247 (E/GC) - World Sports and Games - 3.0 - FS

Student learning focuses on how sports and games are part of an integrated physiological, psychological, and social being in societies around the world. Students develop appreciation, understanding, and respect of various cultural contexts and how sport, games, and play behaviors are part of physical expression and cross-cultural interaction. Student learning in this area shall include consideration of how sport and games are related to human sociality, psychological, well-being, health, and wellness. Students also engage in physical activity participation in global games with emphasis on social relationships.

Liberal Studies

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Recreation Administration

RHPM 200 - Foundations of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management - 3.0 Units - FS

First professional preparation course for majors and minors. Prerequisite to all upper-division required recreation courses for majors and minors. Sociology and social psychology of leisure. History of leisure in Western cultures. Philosophical foundations of leisure studies. Introduction to the principal journals and professional literature. Ethics and foundations of professional practice. Introduction to the principal professional organizations. Career and course of study planning.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology

Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics

AMAR 160 – Manufacturing Processes – 3.0 Units – FS

A modern introduction to fundamental manufacturing practices as well as cutting-edge industrial manufacturing process advancements. Hands-on practice in traditional and advanced manufacturing methods. Integration of Life Cycle Assessment and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle principles.

Computer Animation and Game Development

CAGD 110 (C1) - Computer-Assisted Art - 3.0 Units - FS

CAGD 110 provides an introduction to computer graphics and art. Students use the computer as a tool for creating static and animated images. Basic instruction in design and color relationships is provided. The writing component may include research reports from current graphics publications and/or attendance and discussion of art exhibitions.

Civil Engineering

CIVL 101 – Introduction to Civil Engineering – 1.0 Units – FA

Introduction to the profession of Civil Engineering and the various sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering. Overview of the professional engineer licensing process. Overview of the CSU, Chico Civil Engineering curriculum and the disciplinary patterns in the curriculum. Discussion of the importance and purpose of both professional societies and graduate education.

Computer Science

CSCI 101 - Introduction to Computer Science - 3.0 Units - FS

Students who have had limited experience with computers should take CSCI 101 before CSCI 111. CSCI 101 provides an overview of the fundamentals of computer science. Number systems and data representation are introduced. An overview of hardware, including the control unit, memory, the ALU, and I/O is provided. Software is introduced with an overview of operating systems, programming languages, applications, and software tools. Students are exposed to common operating systems and applications. Student also design and implement several programs.

Concrete Industry Management

CIMT 101 - Introduction to Concrete - 1.0 Unit - FA

An overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Students are introduced to the Concrete Industry Management curriculum, its instructional expectations and methodologies.

Construction Management

CMGT 100 - Concepts of Construction - 3.0 Units - FS

An overview of construction trends, methods, materials, practices, contracts, laws, and codes.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

EECE 144 - Logic Design Fundamentals  - 4.0 Units - FS

Prerequisites: Recommended: EECE 101, MECH 100. Definition and properties of switching algebra. Minimization of algebraic function. Use of Karnaugh maps for simplification. Design of combinational logic networks. Design of sequential logic devices including flip-flops, registers, and counters. Analysis and applications of digital devices. Analysis and design of synchronous and asynchronous sequential state machines, state table derivation and reduction. Use of such CAD tools for schematic capture and logic device simulations.

Mechatronic Engineering

MECA 140 – Introduction to Design and Automation – 2.0 Units – FS

Introduces the design engineering process. Hands-on use of sensors, pneumatics, stepper motors, bearings, couplings, gears, belts, pulleys, and framing materials. Topics include AC and DC motor control, simple electrical circuits, machine controllers, PLC programming, testing and analysis of results, budgeting, and bills of materials. Teams design and build a proof-of-concept system to verify their design. Prerequisites: MATH 119 or GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready, first-year freshmen who successfully completed trigonometry and precalculus in high school can meet this prerequisite by achieving a score that meets department guidelines on the calculus readiness exam. This course is also offered as MECH 140.

Mechanical Engineering

MECH 140 – Introduction to Design and Automation – 2.0 Units – FS

Introduces the design engineering process. Hands-on use of sensors, pneumatics, stepper motors, bearings, couplings, gears, belts, pulleys, and framing materials. Topics include AC and DC motor control, simple electrical circuits, machine controllers, PLC programming, testing and analysis of results, budgeting, and bills of materials. Teams design and build a proof-of-concept system to verify their design. Prerequisites: MATH 119 or GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready, first-year freshmen who successfully completed trigonometry and precalculus in high school can meet this prerequisite by achieving a score that meets department guidelines on the calculus readiness exam. This course is also offered as MECA 140.

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Art

ARTH 100 (C1/GC) - Art Appreciation: Multicultural Perspectives - 3.0 Units - FS

An interactive discussion of art and visual literacy using related texts that focus on works from around the world, from ancient times to the present. This course fulfills General Education C1 requirements in the basic study of visual elements and concepts related to the arts.

ARTH 110 (C1) – Art History Survey: Prehistory to Medieval – 3.0 Units - FA

Survey of the visual arts from prehistory through the Middle Ages.

ARTH 120 (C1) – Art History Survey: Renaissance to 1800 – 3.0 Units - SP

Survey of the major visual arts of Europe and the U.S. from the Renaissance to 1800.

ARTS 101         Introduction to Professional Art Practices -  3.0 Units - FS       

Introduction to the foundations and skills essential for success in the fine art disciplines with a focus on critical thinking; community and civic engagement; research; professionalism; and environmentally sustainable practices. Students engage diverse cultural and theoretical perspectives for examining visual art experiences through lectures, field trips, discussion, hands-on exercises, and contemporary art examples. Students are introduced to best practices in the field and to resources in the University and community. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity.

ARTS 122 – 2D Design – 3.0 Units – FS

Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 2D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development, materials and methods, and additive and subtractive color theories and applications.

ARTS 123 – 3D Design – 3.0 Units – FS

Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color.

ARTS 125 – Basic Drawing – 3.0 Units – FS

Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color.

ARTH 130 (C1/USD) - Art History Survey: 1800 to the Present - 3.0 Units - FS

Survey of the major visual arts of Europe and the U.S. from 1800 to the Present.

ARTH 150 (C1/GC) - Survey of Arts of the Americans, Oceania, and Africa - 3.0 Units - FS

A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts.

Asian Studies

AAST 110W (D/GC) - Introduction to Asian Studies - 3.0 Units - FS

This interdisciplinary course offers students an introduction to some of the many issues facing Asian nations today, grounded in an understanding of the historical, cultural, religious, and philosophical influences that underlie these challenges. The course examines the role of individuals in creating societal change in Asia through such things as political advocacy, cultural innovation, technological invention, the generation of literature, economic decision-making, military force, corruption, and other methods of influence.

English

ENGL 220W (C2) - Beginning Creative Writing - 4.0 Units - FS

Workshop for beginning writers of poetry, fiction, and drama.

ENGL 240 (E) – Literature for Life – 3.0 Units – FS

Readings of literary masterpieces as springboards for personal reflection on students' social, psychological, and physiological being.

French

First applicable French competency course (C2)

German

First applicable German competency course (C2)

History

HIST 101 (D/GC) - World History to 1400 - 3.0 Units - FS

Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of ancient and medieval world history.

HIST 102 (D/GC) - World History Since 1400 - 3.0 Units - FS

Examination of the political, economic, religious, and social structures of early modern and modern world history.

HIST 105W (D/GC) - Global Environmental History - 3.0 Units - FS

The course treats the global history of human interaction with the environment and changing ideas about it from the birth of farming to the modern age. It is intended as an introduction to major themes, techniques, and sources of environmental history and awareness of sustainability issues.

HIST 230 (C2/USD) - The American Indian - 3.0 Units - FA

A history of the Indian in North America, development of Indian culture, Indian-white relations, the disruption of the Indian way of life, wars, assimilation, and Indian culture in a Caucasian world.

HIST 231 (C2/USD) - African American History - 3.0 Units - SP

An examination of the history of persons of African descent in the United States and its colonial antecedents. Emphasis is on understanding the experiences of and culture created by African Americans from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

HIST 261 (C2/GC) - Islam and the World - 3.0 Units - FA

Introduces students to the history, faith, practice, and cultures of Islam, starting with the Late Antique Near Eastern milieu from which it emerged and tracing its development and geographic spread around the world to the present day. 

Humanities

HUMN 220 (C1) - Ancient and Medieval Art and Literature - 3.0 Units - FS

An overview of the artistic and intellectual heritage of the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, India, China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Medieval Europe, and Islam from their origins to 1500 C.E. Comparative analysis of music, art, architecture, and primary texts (theatre, philosophy and religion, literature, history, and political science).

HUMN 222W (C1) - Arts and Ideas: Renaissance to the Present - 3.0 Units - FS

An overview of Western Culture from the Renaissance to the present. Serves as a broad introduction to the major forms and types of artistic expression: sculpture, architecture, painting, philosophy, literature, drama, dance, film, and music, and includes comparative analysis of primary texts (theatre, philosophy and religion, literature, history, and political science).

HUMN 224W (C2/GC) - Asian Film and Literature - 3.0 Units - FS

An introduction to Indian, Chinese, and Japanese film and literature beginning with Hindu epic. Special attention is given to gender relations between men and women.

Latin American Studies

LAST 110 (D/GC) – Introduction to Latin American Studies – 3.0 Units – FS

A survey of the history, geography, culture, and society of Latin America. This course is designed to provide students who are majoring in Latin American Studies, as well as General Education students, with an initial orientation in the study of Latin America on an interdisciplinary basis.

LAST 120 (C2/GC) – Latin American Film and Culture – 3.0 Units – SP

This course examines films made by Latin American and non-Latin American filmmakers as a means of introducing students to the history of cultures of Latin America from the pre-conquest to the present.

Music

MUSC 219 – Fundamentals of Music – 3.0 Units – FS

Students are given instruction in basic music theory, ear training, sight singing, piano skills, and rhythm. The fundamentals of music theory are translated to basic score reading/playing.

MUSC 290 (C1/GC) – Introduction to the World of Music – 3.0 Units - SP

A survey of the elements of music and diverse cultures and values in relation to music. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, including classical, folk, and popular idioms.

MUSC 291 (C1/USD) - American Music: Its History and International Influence - 3.0 Units - FS

Students explore the international nature of America's diverse musical history to gain a better understanding of the multicultural context behind important musical genres, including jazz, rock-and-roll, and hip-hip, and how America's music has become influential around the world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course.

MUSC 411B – Music Performance Groups: Band – 1.0 Unit - FS

3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

MUSC 411E – University Chorus – 1.0 Unit - FS

3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

MUSC 109 - Introduction to Music Technology - 3.0 Units - FS

Theory and practice of recording, including audio theory and the use of synthesizers, samplers, computers, microphones, recording consoles, and tape machines.

Musical Theatre

THEA 112 (C1) – Acting and Social Wellness – 3.0 Units – FS

An introduction to the aesthetic principles and practical methods actors use to bring life to characters in plays. Special attention is given to themes of healthy vs. unhealthy personal, family, and social relationships and their critical examination through the active inquiry of rehearsal.

MUSC 219 - Fundamentals of Music - 3.0 Units - FS

Students are given instruction in basic music theory, ear training, sight singing, piano skills, and rhythm. The fundamentals of music theory are translated to basic score reading/playing.

THEA 135 - Musical Theatre Dance - 2.0 Units - FA

This course is designed for the theatre or dance student interested in studying representative dance techniques which are used in musical theatre productions. Because musical theatre dance incorporates a wide range of purposes and styles, the dances studied will reflect that diversity.

Philosophy

PHIL 101 (C2) – Introduction to Philosophy – 3.0 Units – FS

An introduction to philosophical thought and skills. Issues that traditionally have been of central importance in philosophical inquiry, such as the nature of knowledge, reality, and values, will be emphasized.

PHIL 104 (C2) – The Good Life – 3.0 Units – FS

A critical survey of different theories of happiness and meaning in life, including discussion of the roles of moral values, mental health, art, music, and food and drink in living well.

Religious Studies

RELS 100 (C2) - Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - 3.0 Units - FS

An analysis of the religions of the West: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

RELS 110 (C2/GC) - Introduction to Spiritual Traditions of Asia - 3.0 Units - FS

This course covers key health and wellness practices in Asian religions including medical traditions, breathing techniques, mental wellness, meditation, diet, exercise, sexual practices, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, and Martial Arts. It seeks to place these practices and forms of knowledge in their historical and cultural context and to examine them in light of modern scientific advances in our knowledge of mental and physical health. Through providing context for these traditions of health and wellness, the course also provides an introduction to the religions of Asia such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism.

RELS 180 (C2/GC) - Spirituality and Religion in CA - 3.0 Units - FS

In this course we will study the ways in which the world's religious traditions and spiritual movements have been shaped by, expressed in and emerged from the California context. In addition to covering indigenous religions, this course will present the histories, beliefs, and traditions of the world religions that traveled with immigrants to California. This course will be structured around guest experts and site visits/field trips to where religion and spirituality are lived and practiced.

RELS 202 (C2/GC) - Islam and the World - 3.0 Units - FA

Introduces students to the history, faith, practice, and cultures of Islam, starting with the Late Antique Near Eastern milieu from which it emerged and tracing its development and geographic spread around the world to the present day.

RELS 204W (C2/USD) - The Stories of Judaism - 3.0 Units - FA

This course introduces students to the beliefs and practices of Judaism and the experiences of Jews in history through the lens of scriptural and literary narratives. The course surveys biblical narratives, Rabbinic and Hasidic stories, and modern works by writers such as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, and Cynthia Ozick. 

RELS 224W (C2/USD) - Religion and Ethnic Diversity in America - 3.0 Units - FA

This course covers the religions that inform America's various ethnic groups, and the historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic-American, Arab-American, African-American, and Asian-American cultures.

RELS 241 (C2) - Science and Religion - 3.0 Units - FS

In this course we investigate the long and complicated relationship between science and religion by examining both the conflict and co-operation between theologians, philosophers, and scientists in the Western and Eastern worlds throughout history and into the modern age.

RELS 264W (E/GC) - Dying, Death, and Afterlife - 3.0 Units - FS

A study of the religious, ethical, spiritual, psychological, and socio-cultural dimensions of dying, death, and afterlife. Reading and discussion of issues surrounding dying (dying as one's last career, patient-centered approaches, spirit/body relationships); death (definitions, religious meanings, ritual practices); and afterlife (religious conceptions, relation to the human quest for meaning).

RELS 275W (C2/GC) - Women and Religion - 3.0 Units - FS

Analysis of the images, roles, and experiences of women in world religions in historical and contemporary contexts.

Spanish

First applicable Spanish competency course (C2)

Theatre Arts

THEA 110 (C1) - Introduction to the Theatre - 3.0 Units - FS

A survey of all aspects of theatre arts, including history, production styles and techniques, acting, directing, and stagecraft. Supplemental reading and examination of theatre literature.

THEA 112 (C1) – Acting and Social Wellness – 3.0 Units – FS

An introduction to the aesthetic principles and practical methods actors use to bring life to characters in plays. Special attention is given to themes of healthy vs. unhealthy personal, family, and social relationships and their critical examination through the active inquiry of rehearsal.

THEA 251 (C1/GC) – World Theatre – 3.0 Units – SMF

This is a survey course examining theatrical performance throughout the world focusing primarily on non-western forms. It examines representative examples of theatrical performance within specific cultures or geographic locations and explores the social and cultural connections between performance and society.

THEA 252 (C1) - Politics, Performance, and Power - 3.0 Units - FS

This course serves as an introduction to the connections between theatre and politics, ranging from traditional theatre to performance art. It examines the nature of political theatre and performance and introduces key figures such as Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. Students see live performance, read theoretical and performance texts, and develop a critical discourse about the nature of politics, power, and performance. Students also engage in performance practice as well as theory, formulating a creative work in response to a contemporary performance issue.

The College of Natural Sciences

Biological Sciences

BIOL 161 (B2)– Principles of Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology – 4.0 Units - FS

Introduction to evolutionary history and biological diversity, microbes and protists, invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Form and function of plants and animals. Ecological principles.

BIOL 162 (B2) - Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology - 4.0 Units - FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; or department permission.
Introduction to biological molecules, bioenergetics, cellular structure and function, elements of molecular biology and genetics, and mechanisms of macroevolution and systematics.

Chemistry

CHEM 111 (B1) - General Chemistry - 4.0 Units - FS

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
Principles of chemistry for students in science, medical, and related professions. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, periodic table, gases, solids, liquids, solutions, and equilibrium.

Environmental Science

GEOS 130 (B1) - Introduction to Environmental Science - 3.0 Units - FS

An introduction to human impact upon planet Earth. Scientific principles applied to air pollution, water pollution, and solid and radioactive waste problems. Population dynamics, world hunger, and environmental issue analysis are also covered.

GEOS 165 – Principles of Environmental Science – 2.0 Unit - FA

An introduction to environmental science as an integrative field of study and its parent disciplines. Field and laboratory techniques are introduced through examination of case studies. Students learn about the various professions engaged in environmental and resource management.

Geosciences

GEOS 101 (B1) – Our Changing Planet – 3.0 Units – FS

Earth materials, processes, and history, and their significance to humankind. No college credit for students who have passed GEOS 102.

GEOS 102 (B1) – Physical Geology – 3.0 Units – FS

Physical and chemical processes in the earth, including origin and identification of rocks and minerals; earth's interior; movements and major features of the earth's crust; erosion and sedimentation; geological structures; topographic maps; mineral resources. Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.

Geology

GEOS 101 (B1) – Our Changing Planet – 3.0 Units – FS

Earth materials, processes, and history, and their significance to humankind. No college credit for students who have passed GEOS 102.

GEOS 102 (B1) – Physical Geology – 3.0 Units – FS

Physical and chemical processes in the earth, including origin and identification of rocks and minerals; earth's interior; movements and major features of the earth's crust; erosion and sedimentation; geological structures; topographic maps; mineral resources. Prerequisites: High school chemistry or physics is recommended; students with no previous science courses are advised to enroll in GEOS 101. No college credit for those who have passed GEOS 101.

Mathematics

MATH 105 (B4) - Introduction to Statistics - 3.0 Units - FS

Summary of numerical data, distributions, linear regression, and introduction to statistical inference. Statistical software is used. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. Prerequisite: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready.

MATH 120 (B4) - Analytic Geometry and Calculus -  4.0 Units - FS

Limits and continuity. The derivative and applications to related rates, maxma and minima, and curve sketching. Transcendental functions. An introduction to the definite integral and area. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. Prerequisites: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or college equivalent); first-year freshmen who successfully completed trigonometry and precalculus in high school can meet this prerequisite by achieving a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

Microbiology

BIOL 161 (B2)– Principles of Ecological, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology – 4.0 Units - FS

Introduction to evolutionary history and biological diversity, microbes and protists, invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Form and function of plants and animals. Ecological principles.

BIOL 162 (B2)– Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology – 4.0 Units - FS

Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; or department permission.
Introduction to biological molecules, bioenergetics, cellular structure and function, elements of molecular biology and genetics, and mechanisms of macroevolution and systematics.

CHEM 111 (B1)– General Chemistry – 4.0 Units – FS

Prerequisites: Second-year high school algebra; one year high school chemistry. (One year of high school physics and one year of high school mathematics past Algebra II are recommended.)
Principles of chemistry for students in science, medical, and related professions. Atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, periodic table, gases, solids, liquids, solutions, and equilibrium.

Nursing

BIOL 103 (B2) - Human Anatomy - 4.0 Units - SMF

Study of the structure of the human body, to include muscles, bones, heart, brain, ear, eye, and other systems, as well as a short look at development of the fetus. Lab work entails dissection of the cat and study of the human skeleton.

Nutrition and Food Sciences

NFSC 100 (E) - Basic Nutrition - 3.0 Units - FS

Physiological, social, and psychological factors affecting food intake are examined. Relationships of nutrients to health throughout life.

Physics

PHYS 204A (B1) - Physics for Students of Science and Engineering: Mechanics - 4.0 Units - FS

Prerequisites: High school physics or faculty permission. Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of MATH 121 (second semester of calculus) or equivalent.
Vectors, kinematics, particle dynamics, friction, work, energy, power, momentum, dynamics and statics of rigid bodies, oscillations, gravitation, fluids. Calculus used. A grade of C- or higher is required before progressing to either PHYS 204B or PHYS 204C.

MATH 120 (B4)– Analytic Geometry and Calculus – 4.0 Units – FS

Limits and continuity. The derivative and applications to related rates, maxma and minima, and curve sketching. Transcendental functions. An introduction to the definite integral and area. A grade of C- or higher is required for GE credit. Prerequisites: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or college equivalent); first-year freshmen who successfully completed trigonometry and precalculus in high school can meet this prerequisite by achieving a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.

MATH 121 – Analytic Geometry and Calculus – 4.0 Units - FS

The definite integral and applications to area, volume, work, differential equations, etc. Sequences and series, vectors and analytic geometry in 2 and 3-space, polar coordinates, and parametric equations.  Prerequisites: MATH 120

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