Biology Curriculum

REQUIRED BIOLOGY BA / BS COURSES

Note: courses that apply only BS degrees are displayed with an * symbol.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: SCI 115 or 220.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

This is the first of the three-course sequence designed for Biology majors. It provides a foundation in the principles of scientific inquiry and research, as well as to introduce to the structure and functions of a cell, as the basic unit of life. It describes cellular energy transformations and the process of growth including mitosis, meiosis and life cycles. In addition, laboratory sessions encourage the development of data collection and graphing skills and require scientific analysis and interpretation of data. The nature of scientific though and current progress in biology are discussed. $150 lab fee required.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 240.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. This is the second of the three-course sequence designed for Biology majors. It provides a foundation in the principles of genetics, evolution and ecology. Topics include the structure, function and transmission of genes from the perspectives of classical genetics and molecular biology, evolution and the interactions between organisms and their environment. In the laboratory sessions, students perform experiments that require data analysis and systematization. $150 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: SCI 241.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. This is the third of the three-course lecture and laboratory sequence designed for Biology majors. Biodiversity of organisms is explored and their systems examined at and above the cellular level with plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates receiving equal attention. Topics include systematics, morphology, physiology, evolution and behavior. In addition, laboratory work included open-inquiry investigations and library research. $150 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: SCI 115, or passing grade on the chemistry proficiency exam.

This is a lecture and laboratory course with a discussion section.

General Chemistry for Science and Engineering majors with laboratory. This is the first semester of a two-term sequence. It covers fundamental principles and laws of chemistry. Topics include states of matter, measurement, atomic structure, quantum theory, periodicity, chemical reactions, molecular structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws and theories and solutions. The laboratory work emphasizes physical-chemical measurements, quantitative analysis and synthesis. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 220.

This is a lecture and laboratory course with a discussion section.

This course is the second course in the two-term sequence for General Chemistry for Science Majors with Laboratory, 1 year. Topics include thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base theory, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, descriptive chemistry of representative metallic and non-metallic elements, and an introduction to nuclear and organic chemistry. The laboratory work emphasizes physical-chemical measurements, quantitative analysis and synthesis. $150.00 lab fee required.

Choose the 2 General Physics or the 2 Physics with Calculus classes

SCI 200 – General Physics I (4 units)
Offered fall 2019, 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: MTH 105.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. This course covers kinematics, dynamics, statics, energy and momentum, rotation, and simple harmonic motion. $150.00 lab fee required.

SCI 201General Physics II (4 units)
Offered spring 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024
Prerequisite: SCI 200.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. This course covers fluids, relativity, wave motion (including sound and light), electricity and magnetism. $150.00 lab fee required.

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SCI 230 – Physics with Calculus I (5 units)

Offered Fall 2021, 2024
Prerequisite: MTH 130 or MTH 120.

This is a lecture and laboratory course with a discussion section. This course is a calculus-based survey of kinematics, dynamics, statics, momentum, energy, rotation, gravitation and planetary motion. In addition, the course covers elasticity and vibration, wave motion, interference and standing waves, sound, the kinetic theory of gases, and thermodynamics. $150.00 lab fee required.

SCI 231 – Physics with Calculus II (5 units)
Offered Spring 2022, 2025
Prerequisite: SCI 230. Recommended preparation: MTH 131 and MTH 132.

This is a lecture and laboratory course with a discussion section. This course is a calculus-based survey of electricity, magnetism, light, geometric and physical optics, special relativity, atomic and nuclear physics. $150.00 lab fee required.

 

MTH 120 – Calculus for Managerial Life & Social Sciences (4 units)
Offered every fall and spring
Prerequisite: MTH 105, 111 or 115.

A study of calculus to include functions, derivatives, optimization problems, graphs of functions, integration of functions of one variable, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, Lagrange multipliers, double integrals, and application problems that involve concepts from the managerial, life and social sciences. The emphasis is on problem–solving techniques.

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* MTH 130 – Calculus I (4 units)
Offered every fall and spring
Prerequisite: MTH 110 or 111.

Study of limits, differentiation and integration of algebraic and trigonometric functions, applications of the derivative and the definite integral, and curve sketching.

1 Calculus course is required

Available every fall

Prerequisite: SCI 221.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. The first of the two-course Organic Chemistry sequence. Topics include an introduction to Organic Chemistry to include structure, reactions, mechanism, and analysis of major functional groups of organic chemistry. Discussion will include ionic and radical reactions. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 315.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. The second of the two-course Organic Chemistry sequence. Topics include structure and reactions of alcohols, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones, amines, aromatic compounds, heterocycles, sugars and amino acids. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisites: SCI 316.

Lecture 4 hours per week.

This course is a survey of biochemistry covering intermediary metabolism and compounds of biochemical interest. The focus is on the application of biochemicals, catabolic pathways and regulation, and the biochemical foundations of life. Topics covered include:biochemical bonds and reactions, enzyme kinetics, amino acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. Metabolism and regulatory pathways: glycolysis and gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate, citric acid cycle, degradation and biosynthesis of lipid glycogen synthesis and degradation, oxidative phosphorylation.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 320.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. Biochemistry laboratory focuses on techniques used for preparation and quantitative analysis of macromolecules. The course addresses the current biochemical techniques used in research and in biotechnology laboratories. It covers micro pipetting, solution preparation, activity assays, homogenization, protein detection using Bradford and colorimetric assays, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot analysis, enzyme kinetics, lipids and carbohydrates detection. $150 lab fee required.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 233 or 241 or 315.

The course will emphasize important issues in biology and increase awareness of the diversity of research topics. The course is designed to stimulate students’ interest in research, to develop and enhance their ability to think scientifically, to clearly present information orally and to summarize in written format the content of a scientific journal. Students will be exposed to reports, readings and participate in discussions of materials relevant to biology field.

Offered every fall

Prerequisites: SCI 115, or passing grade on the chemistry proficiency exam, and SCI 240.

This course is a study of basic laboratory techniques. It is designed to prepare the undergraduate students to gain an understanding of basic biological principles and to receive hands-on laboratory experience. Laboratory techniques include: skills for laboratory safety; operating laboratory instruments; how to keep a detailed lab notebook; familiarity with written protocols and standard laboratory procedures; handling pH meters, analytical scales, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis apparatus; preparation of solutions and dilutions, DNA, RNA and protein isolation and analysis; gel electrophoresis; aseptic techniques; use of light microscope; polymerase chain reaction. $150 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: SCI 241.

Genomics covers both core concepts of genetics and cutting-edge discoveries. It will integrate formal genetics (rules by which genes are transmitted), molecular genetics (the structure of DNA and how it direct the structure of proteins), systems biology (analysis of the gene set and its expression), and human genetics (how genes contribute to health and disease).

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 241 and SCI 316.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

Molecular Biology provides the chemical principles that determine the structure and function of macromolecules. The course will include the organization of the genetic material (DNA and RNA), and the maintenance of the genomes in chromosomes through DNA replication recombination and repair. The course will cover the techniques of molecular biology, genomic, proteomics, and bioinformatics. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisites: SCI 342, Senior standing.

Research and analysis skills developed and practiced in SCI 342 will be used practically in this course as each student designs, writes, and presents a research project that reflects his or her knowledge from the natural sciences coursework toward the Bachelor’s Degree.

BIOLOGY BA ELECTIVES

At least 4 units must be upper division (300-400 level)

Offered fall 2019, 2023

This is a lecture and laboratory course designed especially for the non-science major. Structure, function, development, evolution and overall diversity of animals. Interactions between animals and their environment. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of high school or college biology.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

An introduction to the structure of the human body at both the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Laboratory includes extensive dissection of preserved animals. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every spring

Recommended prerequisite: High school biology and chemistry with a grade of C or better, or their college equivalents. SCI 132 strongly recommended.

This is a lecture and laboratory course. An introduction to the function of the human body at the molecular, cellular and organ system levels of organization. $150.00 lab fee required.

Recommended prerequisite: High school biology or chemistry or the equivalent.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

Structure and function of the human body. Basic physical, chemical and biological principles necessary to understand the functioning of the organism as a whole and of the major systems. Recommended for psychology majors. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Recommended prerequisite: a life science course.

This course provides an introduction to medical terminology/vocabulary commonly used in the medical field. Throughout the duration of the course students will learn the concept of “medical word building,” word origins and how to effectively analyze word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This course will focus being able to properly build, spell, define, and pronounce medical terms.

Offered fall 2019, 2021, 2023

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

This course is designed especially for the non-science major. Basic structure, physiology and evolution of the major plant groups and the roles of plants in the development of civilization and in modern society. $150.00 lab fee required.

Not eligible if SCI 330 taken

Available fall 2019, 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: High school biology or chemistry or equivalent.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

This course studies the biology of living microorganisms, with emphasis on bacteria and their role in health and other human-related activities. Stresses disease-related microbes, with emphasis on laboratory skills in culturing, isolation and identification of selected, non-pathogenic bacteria. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered fall 2020, 2022, 2024

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

An introduction to the sea and its inhabitants. Includes study of the major marine ecosystems, with emphasis on the intertidal. Also considers the problems arising from man’s intervention in the natural marine systems. Laboratory emphasizes field studies, dissections and studies of live organisms. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

This is a study of the relationship between humans and the physical and biotic environment. The emphasis is directed toward the basic principles of ecology and evolution, the historical impact of humans on ecosystems and current environmental problems. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: one course from SCI 130, 132, 133, 135, 145, 150, 155, 160, 240, 241, 242 or 246.

Principles of physiology and nutrition as they relate to physical activity and human performance. The course offers an overview of the study of kinesiology-the study of human movement. The course is for students who want a better understanding of the positive effects of physical activity and nutrition on health, exercise performance and longevity.

Offered every spring

A comprehensive study of the biology of metabolism and nutrition, the pathology that results from poor nutrition, and the medical application of nutrition from neo-natal, pediatric, teen and adult perspectives. Students will gain knowledge of the psycho-social ramifications of nutrition in the current populace with special emphasis on alcohol disordered eating and diabetes.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 320.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

Biochemistry laboratory focuses on techniques used for preparation and quantitative analysis of macromolecules. The course addresses the current biochemical techniques used in research and in biotechnology laboratories. It covers micro pipetting, solution preparation, activity assays, homogenization, protein detection using Bradford and colorimetric assays, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot analysis, enzyme kinetics, lipids and carbohydrates detection. $150 lab fee required.

(not an elective for BS degree)

Offered spring 2021, 2023, 2025

Prerequisite: SCI 241.

This is a lecture and laboratory course.

This course covers microbial biology, biochemistry and genetics; ultrastructure and morphology, energy metabolism, physiology of bacterial growth, regulatory mechanisms, action of chemotherapeutic agents, and studies of clinical viruses, mycology and parasitology. The course covers the core concepts of microorganisms, emerging diseases, and the cutting-edge discoveries. $150.00 lab fee required.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: SCI 233.

Exercise physiology is the study of how the human body functions during exercise. The purpose of this lecture course is to increase understanding of acute and chronic physiological response to exercise. Regulation of metabolic pathways and endocrinology in health and metabolic diseases are also discussed. This is critical for a physical educator, athletic trainer, fitness coach, and/or exercise physiologist.

Offered every spring

The purpose of this course is to increase understanding of commonly known nutritional supplements, drugs, and ergogenic aids used to enhance athletic performance. Coffee, drugs, and anabolic steroids are all examples of ergogenic aids. The risks and benefits associated with the use of ergogenic aids in sport performance and weight and fat loss will also be discussed as well as principles and policies of doping control.

Offered fall 2021, 2023, 2025

Prerequisite: SCI 241 and SCI 316.

An introduction to the principles that guide cellular organization and function. An emphasis on modern genetic, genomic, proteomic approaches to cell biology. The course will include a study of the cell cycle through apoptosis, modern genetic and molecular technologies. This will include nanotechnology, bioluminescence, X-ray crystallographic data, and genetic engineering.

Offered every fall

Prerequisites: SCI 115, or passing grade on the chemistry proficiency exam, and SCI 240.

This course is a study of basic laboratory techniques. It is designed to prepare the undergraduate students to gain an understanding of basic biological principles and to receive hands-on laboratory experience. Laboratory techniques include: skills for laboratory safety; operating laboratory instruments; how to keep a detailed lab notebook; familiarity with written protocols and standard laboratory procedures; handling pH meters, analytical scales, spectrophotometers, electrophoresis apparatus; preparation of solutions and dilutions, DNA, RNA and protein isolation and analysis; gel electrophoresis; aseptic techniques; use of light microscope; polymerase chain reaction. $150 lab fee required.

Offered every fall and spring

Individual research under the direction of a faculty member in areas not an integral part of any regular course. Written report is required.

Offered fall 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: SCI 241.

Immunology is the study of how the immune system works in both health and disease. This course focuses on understanding the mechanics of the immune response and also varied disease states which occur when the immune system is compromised. Genetics and clinical disease states are also discussed.

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: SCI 241. Recommended preparation: SCI 340.

The underlying principles and mechanisms regulating development in multicellular animals are covered. Differentiation, growth, morphogenesis, and patterning will be examined at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels to provide a balanced view of developmental phenomena in key model organisms.

MCU BA/BS CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF MAJOR

ENG 112 – College Composition 1: Expository Writing (4 units)
Prerequisite – ENG 108, if required, with a C or higher

The course introduces students to the requirements of academic writing: the use of quotation, summary, paraphrase and to the conventions of documentation, using a variety of approaches, including enumeration, definition, comparison/contrast. Students are required to complete at least three major assignments, including a limited research paper or documented essay.

 

 

CAR 101 – Introduction to Communication Studies (4 units)

Introductory course to the vast field of Communications. Theories, strategies and methods covered will provide students with an initial understanding of concepts as they relate to intercultural, interpersonal, organizational communication, public speaking and small group discussion. Students will acquire a knowledge of the academic background, the practice and the processes of the field of communication.

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CAR 145 – Communication Structures (4 units)

An examination of the structures underlying both verbal and visual modes of communication in modern society. Emphasis is placed on a study of comparable features in the various media used in the art of expression. Contemporary media will be investigated against a background of standard patterns of communication. Written, oral, and digital communication skills will also be developed through a series of written research projects and recorded and/or live presentations.

BUS 230 – Business Communication (4 units)

Students learn to prepare effective written, verbal and digital presentations for a variety of business situations, including professional emails, memos, letters, individual and group oral and digital presentations, management briefs and reports. Attention is given to proficiency in the conventions of Standard Written English, well developed and well supported presentations, and strong delivery skills.

ID 230Information Literacy (1 unit)
Learn to construct a research strategy and use research resources for academic and career endeavors. Examine information technology’s impact on the individual and society.

MCU 100Freshman Seminar (1-3 units)
An academic orientation to MCU and a critical reflection on personal values, qualities, and attitudes for the purpose of developing the skills, knowledge, and strategies for success in College and in life.

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MCU 200Academic Development: Transitioning to MCU (1 unit)
Prerequisite: by placement.

The course is required of students transferring to MCU with 30 or more transfer units. It assists students in planning their MCU experience and accessing MCU’s resources to achieve their academic goals.

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REL 102Roots of Western Religious Literature I (4 units)
The literature of ancient Hebrew civilization and of the early Christian movement, as preserved in the Bible, from a culture very different from our own. The course aims to capture a sense of what this literature meant to the people of its time by studying its historical, cultural and literary background. This provides depth and perspective for a student’s personal interpretation of the Bible.

REL 103Roots of Western Religious Literature II (4 units)
The literature of the early Christian movement, as preserved in the New Testament of the Bible, was produced in a culture very different from our own. The course aims at reading this literature through the eyes of key persons of that time. The student will thus obtain a fresh perspective that will provide context and enrichment for personal reading of scripture literature.

REL 112 – Theology of the Nicene Creed (4 units)
An introductory survey of traditional Christian belief as expressed in the Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed. (Replacing REL 110).

REL 120 – Introduction to Catholic Thought (4 units)
Students will examine various themes in Catholic theology and how they relate to perennial human questions and aspirations. Theology can be understood as reflection upon faith experience, which in turn leads to the formulation of structures of belief. Students will gain an appreciation of the Catholic understanding of the human person, approach to revelation and mystery, and contribution to moral reasoning. In this conversation with the Catholic tradition, students will explore their own approach to foundational spiritual and ethical questions.

REL 130 – World Religions (4 units)
Introduction to the history, literature and thought patterns of the major religions of the world.

REL 230 – Catholic History & Thought (4 units)
Survey covering Catholic history, with a focus on thought, doctrine, ritual, and other aspects to provide students with a basic knowledge of the Church, its origins, development, and contemporary situation in a global context.

REL 310 – Catholic Social Teaching (4 units)
Studies the complex social problems facing the modern world by investigating the ways the Catholic Church, Catholic thinkers and activists have applied Christian principles to social issues, with special emphasis on official church documents since Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum (1891). Students are not required to accept Catholic social teaching, but to enter into dialogue with it. PS1

 

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AM 201 – Western Civilization Art Since the Renaissance (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture. This history course surveys the painting, sculpture and architecture of Western civilization from the Renaissance through the 19th Century. The course explores the religious, philosophical, social and political ideas that have influenced artists and art movements throughout this period.

AM 211 – Asian Art & Architecture (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture. This history course surveys the painting, sculpture and architecture of Non-Western cultures including China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The course explores how the ideals, values and religious beliefs of Non-Western cultures have influenced the art and artists of Asia.

AM 304 – History of Multimedia (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture. Explores how traditional forms of media including print, radio, film, photography and television evolved and have begun to converge into new digital forms of media in contemporary times, facilitating media democracy and transnationalism in the late 20th and the 21st century. Students learn the history of personal computer and the World Wide Web to understand the evolution of digital technologies as a catalyst for new and emerging media, and to survey culturally diverse media production in a dynamic global environment.

AM 305 – History of International Cinema (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture. A study of the cinematic styles and history of five major regions of the world: Europe, Russia, China, Japan and India. Modules of study will follow each of these geographical locations from the advent of motion pictures to their modern day states, students will learn about important and unique films and filmmakers from each culture. Special attention will be given to the ways in which each culture has had a unique and important influence on the global cinematic community.

BUS 535 – Global Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (3 units)
Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.
Entrepreneurship is an integral part of economic change and growth. The course explains how economic conditions and incentives affect entrepreneurship, and how the actions of entrepreneurs in turn affect the broader economy. Entrepreneurship is viewed as an economic development strategy and entrepreneurs as agents of change and innovation. The course draws from recent theoretical insights and empirical findings to show how economics can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship.

CAR 301 – International Journalism (4 units)
This class focuses on the unique challenges of portraying foreign cultures in reporting. International journalism is a critical component in all facets of reporting, and this course develops an understanding of the complexities inherent in communications with foreign cultures. Students examine international journalists’ work, explore how they strive to connect cultures in media conversations and coverage, and generate writing that connects the world through writing and reporting. The course covers practical approaches to journalism today.

CAR 332 – Multicultural Communication (4 units)
Prerequisite: CAR 105 or 145 or BUS 230.
The course examines the relationship between culture and communication with emphasis given to cultural norms and values, variances in contexts, psychological influences, linguistic and nonverbal variables. Additionally, methods for identifying potential cultural miscommunication and processes for resolving them through communication are also explored.

CJ 362 – Transnational Crimes and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (4 units)
Prerequisite: CJ 101 or ECO 135.
This course presents an examination of selected criminal justice agencies around the world and their efforts to combat transnational criminal issues. The political, social, and economic environments are studied in relation to varying criminal justice practices. Topics will include the role of international law, the international criminal courts, the United Nations, and Interpol.

ECO 135 – Perspectives on Global Development (4 units)
This course provides a comparative, multi-disciplinary overview of concepts, methods, and theories of development and growth. Global disparities in wealth, power and quality of life are analyzed, and alternative approaches to development are examined.

ECO 302 – California in the Global Economy (4 units)
An examination of key California industries including agriculture, energy, education, arts and media, manufacturing, tourism, services, and trade in a regional and global context. Topics include natural and human resources, diversity, migration, innovation, physical infrastructure and transportation, the regulatory and tax environment, and the international flow of goods, ideas and capital.

ECO 400 – People, Profit, Planet (4 units)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
An interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of meeting human needs in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. The course expands on classical economic models by integrating consideration of a triple bottom line of profitability, social equity, and physical sustainability in the broader context of resources, systems, and values.

ECO 410 – Resource Economics (4 units)
Prerequisite: upper division standing.
This course explores historical analysis of population economics and resource management. It will examine aspects of local, national and global markets for resources and the implications for future resource policy. Private-sector and public-sector solutions will be debated. Particular emphasis may be placed on timely topics such as the demand and supply of water and various energy sources.

GS 241 – Reflective Experiential Sojourn (1-2 units)
The course requires students who are encountering first hand a culture other than their own to engage in guided reflection on the experience. The course is open to international students studying in the U.S. as well as any student studying in a MCU-approved program outside of the U.S. May be repeated for credit.

GS 405 – Global City (4 units)
A critical study of significant global cities of the world which examines the urban development, history, culture, politics, economics, environment, art, architecture, spatial analysis, resources, and relationships with other cities within globalization. 405A Global City: Los Angeles – The city of Los Angeles will be studied through the works of scholars, filmmakers, and even the city itself as classroom for various onsite observations. 405B Global City: London – The city of London as a uniquely globalized and post-colonial city will be studied through the works of scholars, artists, and filmmakers.

HIS 100 – Western Tradition I (4 units)
The emergence of European culture and the development of western society from the neolithic era to the Enlightenment. Emphasis on the political, economic, social, religious and intellectual events that had an impact on the maturation of European traditional culture.

HIS 101 – Western Tradition II (4 units)
Emergence of modern European culture and the development of western society from the Age of Absolutism to the present. Emphasis on political, economic, social, religious and intellectual events that had greatest impact on the maturation of modern Europe.

HIS 330 – Latin America and the Latino Experience (4 units)
History of Latin America, with special emphasis on Mesoamerica, from before European contact up to the present. Explores the history of relations between Latin America and the US, with an emphasis on the development of Latino/Hispanic communities in the US, the development of Chicano and Diaspora identities, the role of US-Mexico border, and the role of Mexican heritage in US cultural diversity. Combining archaeology, ethnohistory, history, anthropology, cultural studies, political science, global and ethnic studies, this course provides an in-depth foundation in the origins of, and evolution of, the Latino experience in America.

POL 240 – Introduction to International Relations (4 units)
This course develops critical thinking skills through observation, analysis and evaluation of competing theories concerning international politics and the specific challenges facing decision-makers. Topics include international conflict and cooperation, economic development, and global environmentalism.

PSY 280 – Intercultural Psychology (4 units)
Prerequisite: PSY 150.
This course introduces theories, concepts and research methods employed in studying behavior in the intercultural context, variables influencing human interaction, and basic knowledge concerning cultural issues. This course facilitates students’ development of observational and analytical skills regarding intercultural interaction.

PSY 340 – Foundations of Counseling (4 units)
Prerequisite: PSY 150.
This course is an introduction to counseling theory and practice. Psychological theories, techniques and processes are studied. Ethical perspectives, issues and concepts are understood through psychological case studies.

REL 130 – World Religions (4 units)
Introduction to the history, literature and thought patterns of the major religions of the world.

SOC 100 – Introduction to Sociology (4 units)
Introduction to basic concepts of sociology and sociological analysis. Emphasis upon the group, socialization, social processes, stratification, institutions, social organization and social change.

SOC 250 – Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class in the United States (4 units)
Strongly recommended: An introductory course in Psychology or Sociology.
This course examines and analyzes stratification in the U.S. with consideration of the major ethnic and racial groups and gender inequality. Historical and contemporary views and research of assimilation, prejudice and discrimination of minority groups in society will be offered.

SPA 200 – Intermediate Spanish I (4 units)
Prerequisite: SPA 101, or satisfactory score on the placement test, or credit by examination.
Course includes intensive review of grammar with emphasis on the uses of the subjunctive, advanced conversation. Compositions and readings in Spanish culture and civilization designed to increase proficiency in written language and promote intercultural awareness.

THE 310 – Theatre, History and Culture (4 units)
Prerequisite: THE 376.
This course explores the ways world history and culture has shaped various performance traditions. The central focus of this course is the relationship between performance theatre and various modes of human communication. The course is organized according to four main parts: PART I: Performance and theatre in oral and written cultures before 1600; PART II: Theatre and print cultures, 1500 – 1900; PART III: Theatre in modern media cultures, 1850 – 1970; PART IV: Theatre and performance in the age of global communications, 1950 – present.

1 course from Arts & Media (AM exclusions: 107, 207, 307, 407, 450, 497, 498, Internship, and Practicum courses)

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Music or Theology

BUS 315 – Principles of Entrepreneurship (4 units)
Recommended pre- or corequisite: BUS 300.
The course will set the framework for the principles and practices necessary for the formation and development of a new enterprise. In addition, students will learn what investors look for when assessing a business opportunity.

BUS 316 – Entrepreneurship II (4 units)
Prerequisite: ACCT 151, BUS 315.
A project-based course that will emphasize the hands-on business practices which are the major components of a full-cycle development of an idea into a successful enterprise. Students will refine their entrepreneurial skills and develop a business plan.

BUS 415 – Entrepreneurship for Social Change (4 units)
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field which asserts that the problems of the world cannot be solved by governments or economic markets. To make real changes, entrepreneurs must act as stewards of their communities and undertake ventures which add social value. This interdisciplinary course is targeted to those students who believe they may seriously consider a social entrepreneurial opportunity early in their careers, although the skills developed will benefit any career direction. This course will include a field project with significant social service value-added.

BUS 454 – New Product Development (4 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 350.
This course will use readings, case analysis and projects to examine the processes, tools, and best practices used in developing new products and services. Topics include concept identification, market feasibility, technical feasibility, financial feasibility, new product adoption, and life-cycle management.

ENG 120 – Introduction to Literature (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
A survey of literature by genre and/or chronology with the principal emphasis on representative works from English and American literature. Short stories, poetry, and at least one play and one novel are studied in critical detail.

ENG 125 – Literature and Film (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
This course applies the principles of literary criticism and aesthetic analysis to the study of film and literature. Topics include the function of narrative in film, the relationship between the verbal and the visual image, and film as an effective medium for literary themes.

ENG 140 – Introduction to Drama (4 units)
Prerequisite: ENG 112.
A survey of dramatic works from the perspective of literature. Various types and forms of the drama as well as the artistic concerns of the dramatist are examined through selections from the history of the theatre.

ENG 310 – American Catholic Writers (4) Prerequisites: ENG 112, a lower division religion course, and a lower division literature course. This course examines American Catholic writers of the 20th Century, with an emphasis on Fiction, Drama, and Film. Students will learn how the author’s Catholic beliefs influence the characters, themes, and situations of the literary work, and understand how belief systems give unique perspectives on various aspects of American culture and society.

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ACCT 385 – Professional Ethics in Accounting (4 units)
Prerequisite: ACCT 352
This is a case based course that examines different theories of the accountant’s professional responsibilities and ethics adopted by professional associations, state licensing boards for accountants, auditors, and fraud examiners such as the AICPA. The course will present a range of ethics-related issues, including the causes of ethical violations and frauds, whistle blowing, and the design and operation of company compliance and ethics programs. Topics include research, discussion and application of selected historical and contemporary ethical cases and issues as they relate to accounting firms and business activities.

BUS 240 – Business Ethics: Theories, Values and Case Studies (4 units)
This course critically analyses the essential role of ethics in the American-Global business community. Topics for analysis include: the current ethical conditions in the business community; defining business; defining ethics; the necessary connection between business and ethics; the purpose/s of work; fair profits and wages; capitalism and its critics; global business practices; power and justice; corporate and employee responsibilities; business, sustainability, and the environment; ethics and global business relations.

CJ 331 – Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Criminal Justice (4 units)
This course examines the philosophical and theoretical basis of ethics within the criminal justice profession throughout the US. It explores professional standards and professional conduct and analyzes and evaluates ethical dilemmas through case studies, research, and discussion. The roles of the organizations within the criminal justice system including police, corrections, prosecution and defense are each reviewed independently, and as a larger system.

PHI 100 – Contemporary Moral Issues (4 units)
A critical examination of controversial moral problems confronting contemporary society. Topics may include: abortion, capital punishment, environmental ethics, sexual morality, euthanasia, affluence and poverty, business ethics, censorship, gun control, discrimination, nuclear war, and genetic engineering.

PHI 110 – Ethics (4 units)
Concerned with the justification for how/why we treat each other and the environment. The focus is on the question of the good life, the development of moral character, the relative merits of ethical principles, and the ethical assumptions of the student and of modern society.

PHI 150 – Human Nature and Values (4 units)
The major ideologies and philosophies defining the meaning of human nature and their consequent values and philosophies of life: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity; the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Darwin, Huxley, Marx, Freud, Skinner and Sartre; scientific reductionism; cybernetics.

PHI 215 – Health Care Ethics (4 units)
This course is an introduction to the academic study of health care ethics. The course will examine the foundational methods, principles, and theories of health care ethics in an interdisciplinary setting. This framework will be used for addressing ethical problems in making treatment decisions, providing care among diverse populations, and determining fair allocation of resources. Specific topics may include culture competencies in delivery of health care, research experimentation, reproduction, physician-assisted suicide, and bio-technology.

PHI 315 – Ethics in America: the Pursuit of Happiness (4 units)
Recommended prerequisite: one lower division American History or Economics course. The Declaration of Independence defined “The American Dream” as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This search defines us as a people. References to “happiness” are everywhere: advertisements promise to help consumers attain it, musicians sing about it, politicians invoke it in an effort to gain public support. But what is it? In this course, we will explore interpretations of American understandings of happiness in shaping the national moral character, and critically examine the ethical choices people have made and do make “to be happy.”

PSY 240 – Research Methods for the Study of Behavior (4 units)
Prerequisite: C or higher in PSY 235 or MTH 270.
An introduction to scientific inquiry and research in the social sciences, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Includes data collection strategies, hypothesis testing, analyzing tests of measurement, and use of computer aids. Ethical perspectives, issues, and concepts are applied to case studies. For students planning to major in the behavioral/social sciences, Statistics is the first component of a recommended two-course sequence and should be followed by PSY 240. A3, R2, PS5

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Any college level course listed in the Catalog or accepted as transfer credit may be taken as an elective to fulfill the 120 degree requirement in this degree program

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