Criminal Justice Curriculum

REQUIRED CRIMINAL JUSTICE BA COURSES

Offered every fall and spring

This course is a study of the history and philosophy of administration of justice in the United States. The course will include a survey of law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. Topics include crime theory, role expectations and their inter-relationships, punishment,
rehabilitation, ethics, education, and training.

CJ 105 – Introduction to Criminology (4 units)

Offered every fall

This course presents an exploration of crimes, criminals, criminal behavior, crime control policies, and theories explaining illegal or deviant behavior, the social reaction to crime and
criminals and the effectiveness of anti-crime policies of social control in the US.

Or

CJ 109 – Introduction to Homeland Security (4 units)

Required for Homeland Security concentration

Offered every fall

This course presents an overview of the present homeland security apparatus in the United States since September 11, 2001 when the US created the US Department of Homeland Security,
the second largest government re-organization in US history.

Offered every spring

This course examines the historical development and philosophy of law, including the provisions as set forth in the US Constitution, and its application to the criminal justice system. Topics covered in the course will include legal research, case law, crime classifications, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against the state.

Offered every spring

This course covers the legal aspects of evidence with the origins, development and philosophy of the 111 Course Listings & Descriptions constitutional and procedural considerations which affect arrest, search, and seizure. Topics covered in the course include types of evidence, governing rules of admissibility, judicial decisions and interpreting individual rights, and case studies viewed with respect to application in a criminal process from arrest through trial.

Offered every spring

This course covers the fundamentals of criminal investigation. Topics covered in the course include crime scene search techniques and recording a crime scene; collection and preservation of physical evidence; modus operandi processes; sources of information; interview and interrogation; follow-up investigation techniques, and court preparation.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: CJ 101

This course presents techniques for clearly communicating information during incidents, emergencies, or crisis situations. The course is primarily developed for the public sector for areas such as Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Fire Service, Homeland Security, and other fields. It focuses on developing the student’s ability to organize information and present it in written, oral, and presentation formats through research, development, writing, and public presentations. Emphasis is placed on applying writing and group presentation skills to professional activities in the public and private sectors. C1, R2

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: CJ 101

This course is designed to provide students with the basic philosophy, principles, and organizational structures available for administrators of the police, the courts, and corrections. The course develops a set of principles and practices used to organize and develop the operational deployment of the personnel, define their functions and roles within the criminal justice system. The course will examine the police, the 112 courts, and corrections aspects separately and will not advocate a single or “best”management or organization style.

Offered every fall

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. PS5

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: CJ 101. This course is intended to provide criminal justice majors with resources in career planning toward specific post-graduation goals of employment within the large criminal justice system. The course is intended only for CJ majors. (Formerly CJ 360) R1, R2, R3

PSY 235 –  Introduction to Statistics for the Study of Behavior 

Offered every fall and spring

Application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques for summarizing research data in the behavioral sciences; including levels of measurement, frequency 133 Course Listings & Descriptions distributions, central tendency, variability, normal distributions, Central Limit Theorem, and applications of a variety of statistical tests. Data analysis technologies are used to develop digital literacy. Comparable to MTH 270. Credit will not be granted for both classes.

Or

MTH 270 – Introductory Statistics

Offered every fall and spring

An introductory course in probability and statistics. It includes calculation and analysis of statistical parameters with statistical software for personal computers. Topics include sampling, measures of central tendency and variability, probability distribution, normal and binomial distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing. Application of a variety of statistical tests, including the sign test, z-test, t-test, chi-square analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation, and non-parametric tests. Comparable to PSY 235. Credit will not be given for both courses.

Students choose a 16 unit elective option OR Homeland Security Studies concentration

CRIMINAL JUSTICE BA ELECTIVES

Select 1 course maximum from the following

 

Offered every fall

This course studies the fundamentals and applications of the forensic sciences. This crime scene management course will survey fundamental topics in biology and chemistry that are relevant to forensic science. Topics include Management of Crime Scenes, Medicolegal Death Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Biological samples, DNA, PCR, Genetics, Proteins and Enzymes, Cellular Biology, Structure and Reactivity of Chemical Compounds, and Ethics and Forensic Science. This course is designed for forensic investigators, police officers, private or public investigators, or other students or professionals with an interest in forensic investigation. PS3

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Studies the philosophical foundations, structures and functioning of the US political system, both at a Federal and State level, with special attention to the State of California.

Offered every fall and spring

Survey of various fields within the discipline of psychology, such as perception, memory and personality, and how each of these fields contributes to understanding and improving human behavior.

Offered every spring

This course is designed to explore major concepts, theories, issues, research findings, and application in the field of child and adolescent development, ranging from conception through
adolescence.

Offered every fall; spring 2021 and 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course investigates major psychological disorders, treatment modalities, and various theories of psychopathology. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Offered every fall and summer

Investigation of the myths and realities of drug use and abuse. Legal and illegal drugs in terms of their physical and psychological effects; uses and values; health risks; incidence and frequency of use; causes, treatment and prevention of abuse. Drugs and sexuality, athletics/sports, drug-free altered states of consciousness.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

An introduction to the field of forensic psychology. Surveys the interface between psychology and the law. Emphasis is placed on ethics in psychology, criminal personalities, profiling and mental health services provided correctional inmates.

Offered fall 2021, 2023

Introduction to basic concepts of sociology and sociological analysis. Emphasis upon the group, socialization, social processes, stratification, institutions, social organization and social change.

Offered fall 2020, 2022

Analysis of current sociological problems and their backgrounds in terms of sociocultural, economic and political change. Solutions, as well as causes, of social problems.

Offered fall 2021, 2023

Strongly recommended: an introductory course in Psychology or Sociology.

The nature of criminal and delinquent behavior stressing theories of causation. Societal reactions to deviant behavior and methods of crime and delinquency control.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES (cont)

Select a minimum of 3 courses from the following

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: CJ 101.

This course presents an in-depth look at the theoretical foundations of juvenile delinquency causation. The topics will include the historical background of the United States juvenile justice system, the juvenile courts, the juvenile criminal court jurisdiction, law enforcement interaction with juveniles, prevention and treatment programs, and correctional options for the juvenile criminal offender

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: CJ 101.

The major goal of the US Government is to develop a “resilient” nation that is capable of surviving a major natural or man-made catastrophe. The course reviews the phases of emergency management including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Offered spring 2021, 2023

This course examines the relationship between the historical and contemporary goals of
terrorism, the United States homeland security efforts, including the Department of Homeland Security, and selected aspects of the United States criminal justice systems within the background of the larger global community.

Offered spring 2021, 2023

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.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: CJ 101.

This course will explore whether the current national trend toward motivating criminal offenders to participate in rehabilitation programs in exchange for lesser
jail sentences results in reducing crime and improving public safety. This course seeks to answer the following questions: (1) Can criminal offenders be rehabilitated, or should the emphasis be on punishment? (2) Do criminal rehabilitation programs deter future criminal conduct, improve public safety and account for the rights of victims? Emphasis will be placed on California law, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Parole), Probation Department,  Supervision Courts (AB 109 Courts), Case Studies and Statistics.

8-unit maximum

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor of Record and completion of Internship Application.

A supervised off-campus practical experience in a community, company or institutional setting. Application of core concepts in an academic field with an On-Site Supervisor and an MCU Instructor of Record.

HOMELAND SECURITY STUDIES OPTION

Students choose a 16 unit electives option (above) or this concentration.

 

Offered every fall

This course studies the fundamentals and applications of the forensic sciences. This crime scene management course will survey fundamental topics in biology and chemistry that are relevant to forensic science. Topics include Management of Crime Scenes, Medicolegal Death Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Biological samples, DNA, PCR, Genetics, Proteins and Enzymes, Cellular Biology, Structure and Reactivity of Chemical Compounds, and Ethics and Forensic Science. This course is designed for forensic investigators, police officers, private or public investigators, or other students or professionals with an interest in forensic investigation.

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Studies the philosophical foundations, structures and functioning of the US political system, both at a Federal and State level, with special attention to the State of California.

Offered every spring and fall

Survey of various fields within the discipline of psychology, such as perception, memory and personality, and how each of these fields contributes to understanding and improving human behavior.

Offered every spring

This course is designed to explore major concepts, theories, issues, research findings, and application in the field of child and adolescent development, ranging from conception through
adolescence.

Offered every fall; spring 2021, 2023

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

This course investigates major psychological disorders, treatment modalities, and various theories of psychopathology. Emphasis is placed on diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Offered every fall and summer.

Investigation of the myths and realities of drug use and abuse. Legal and illegal drugs in terms of their physical and psychological effects; uses and values; health risks; incidence and frequency of use; causes, treatment and prevention of abuse. Drugs and sexuality, athletics/sports, drug-free altered states of consciousness.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: PSY 150.

An introduction to the field of forensic psychology. Surveys the interface between psychology and the law. Emphasis is placed on ethics in psychology, criminal personalities, profiling and mental health services provided correctional inmates.

Offered every fall, spring 2021, 2023

Introduction to basic concepts of sociology and sociological analysis. Emphasis upon the group, socialization, social processes, stratification, institutions, social organization and social change.

Offered fall 2020, 2022

Analysis of current sociological problems and their backgrounds in terms of sociocultural, economic and political change. Solutions, as well as causes, of social problems.

Offered fall 2019, 2021, 2023, 2025

Strongly recommended: an introductory course in Psychology or Sociology.

The nature of criminal and delinquent behavior stressing theories of causation. Societal reactions to deviant behavior and methods of crime and delinquency control.

REQUIRED

Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024

Prerequisite: CJ 101.

The major goal of the US Government is to develop a “resilient” nation that is capable of surviving a major natural or man-made catastrophe. The course reviews the phases of emergency management including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

REQUIRED

Offered spring 2021, 2023

This course examines the relationship between the historical and contemporary goals of
terrorism, the United States homeland security efforts, including the Department of Homeland Security, and selected aspects of the United States criminal justice systems within the background of the larger global community.

REQUIRED

Offered spring 2021, 2023

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.

MCU BA 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.

or

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.

1 course from

AM 105 – Introduction to Arts & Media Methodology (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture. This class explores theories of Arts and Media. Topics will include film, animation, interactive media, graphic design and ethics in the arts. Students research and analyze these art forms through diverse verbal and written projects.

ECO 220 – Microeconomics (4 units)
Essential principles of economic analysis from the viewpoint of choices to be made by individual economic units. Scarcity; supply, demand and elasticity; opportunity costs; cost theory; price and output determination under various market structures and factor markets; government regulation; comparative advantage; international trade. Application of economic theory to current economic problems.

ECO 221 – Macroeconomics (4 units)
Essential principles of economic analysis from the viewpoint of the aggregate economy. Market systems; macroeconomic equilibrium; national income accounting; money and financial institutions; competing economic theories; business cycles, including recession, unemployment and inflation; the role of government in developing and implementing fiscal and monetary policies; international trade and finance. These topics are developed and discussed in relationship to current economic problems and issues.

PHI 120 – Introduction to Philosophy: History of Philosophy (4 units)
Selected major philosophies from the four great historical periods and their developmental influences into the 21st century. Ancient Philosophy (Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle); Medieval Philosophy (St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas); Modern Philosophy (Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant); Contemporary Philosophy (James, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Sartre, 20th Century Science).

Introduction to Philosophy: Issues of Philosophy (4 units)
Several important topics in philosophic thought: Appearance vs. Reality, Knowledge vs. Skepticism, Freedom vs. Determinism, God vs. Naturalism, Mind-Body Relationship, Self-Identity, Justice and the State, Pluralism and the Common Good, Ethics and the Good Life.

PHI 130 – Logic – Critical Thinking (4 units)
A foundation course in formal and informal logic. Topics include the functions and forms of language, symbolizing ordinary language, deductive logic, inductive logic, informal fallacies, and the scientific method. Emphasis is on appreciating the value of sound/cogent reasoning and unambiguous communication.

A3 PHI 145 – Philosophy of Religion (4 units)
A study of issues raised by religious faith: proofs for existence of God, the problem of evil, atheism, free will, existence/ immortality of the soul, and why there are so many religions.

PHI 310 – Philosophy of Film (4 units)
Introduces students to the basic contemporary philosophical questions about film: what is the nature of art and artistic endeavor? What is film and how does film fit into this picture? What, if anything, makes good film different from bad film? What role ought the cinema play in human life and society? The main theories developed in contemporary philosophy of film are presented and rigorously analyzed through conceptual analysis and case studies.

PHI 320 – American Philosophy (4 units)
A critical examination of the most influential ideas in United States history that have contributed to the development of a distinctive American Philosophy and so, an American Way of Life. Philosophers and ideas to be considered include: Edwards/Puritanism; Jefferson/American Government; Emerson/Thoreau: Transcendentalism; Pierce/James: Pragmatism; Dewey/Experimentalism; Whitehead/Process Philosophy; Quine/Scientific Empiricism; Searle/Analytic-Linguistic Philosophy.

PHI 330 – Postmodernism (4 units)
A critical examination of the people and ideas that have shaped the development of a distinctive emerging postmodern philosophy and the movement’s influence on American and Global thought. The course will also contrast the features of modern thought with more traditional philosophy. Philosophers and ideas to be considered include: Descartes, Derrida, de Certeau, Foucault, Lyotard, Post-Structuralism, Deconstructionism and Social Constructionism.

PHI 360 – Philosophy of Psychology (4 units)
The course considers the nature and purpose of the academic discipline of Psychology and the philosophical questions to which the discipline gives rise. These include: the relationship between perception and reality, the nature of consciousness and personal identity, the validity of psychological methodologies, the relationship of traditional philosophical psychology and the modern discipline of psychology, professional psychological ethics.

PHI 385 – Philosophy of Science (4 units)
Studies the nature of science: its assumptions, practices, concepts and argument forms. Topics include: the nature of science vs. non-science, the nature of scientific explanation and theory, the nature of scientific progress and the role of theory in scientific progress and research, ethical principles in research, and the relationship of science to other fields of knowledge.

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 nonexperimental 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

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 328 – Personality Theory (4 units)
Prerequisites: PSY 150 or consent of instructor.
This course explores the question “How do humans get to be the way they are?” This course provides an overview of current theories of the structure, dynamics, and development of human personality and personality traits. It also explores the assumptions about human nature that underlie the various major theories of personality through the works of Freud, Jung, Maslow, Rogers, Watson and other historical and modern major theorists and models.

 

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.

or

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.

1 course from the following:

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

1 course from

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 with a SCI prefix (Other than 136, 321, 342, 443, 497, 498 and 1-unit lab  

  classes) or BUS 301; CJ 200; ECO 400, 410; GEO 108; GS 220; PSY 370, 445

 

SCI 100 – Introduction to Physical Science (4 units) This is a lecture and laboratory course. Interrelates the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics with emphasis on the experimental nature of science for the non-science major. $150.00 lab fee required. PS3

SCI 115 – Fundamentals of Chemistry (5 units) This is a lecture and laboratory course with a discussion section. The fundamental principles of chemistry are stressed, with emphasis on the chemistry of inorganic compounds. Includes the topics of atomic structure, chemical bonding, descriptive chemistry, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, equilibrium and redox. Recommended for students as a prerequisite for SCI 220, SCI 240, and/or SCI 116. $150.00 lab fee required. PS3

SCI 116 – Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry (4 units) Prerequisite: SCI 115. This is a lecture and laboratory course with a discussion section. A survey of organic and biochemistry. A study of the fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including molecular structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds and their role in human biochemistry. An introductory look at the structure and function of biological macromolecules. Recommended for students entering an allied health field. $150.00 lab fee required. PS3

SCI 120 – Physical Geology (4 units) This is a lecture and laboratory course. Composition and structure of the earth, the forces acting upon it and the resulting 140 surface features. Includes laboratory demonstrations and optional field trips. $150.00 lab fee required. PS3

SCI 130 – Biology of Animals (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 132 – Human Anatomy (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 133 – Human Physiology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 135 – Anatomy and Physiology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 140 – Plants and Civilization (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 145 – Principles of Biology (4 units) This is a lecture and laboratory course. Major themes and unifying concepts of biology; physical/chemical basis of life; cellular biology; genetics and evolution. Surveys the biological kingdoms, including structure and function, evolution and diversity, behavior and ecology of representative groups. $150.00 lab fee required. PS3

SCI 150 – Microbiology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 155 – Introduction to Genetics (4 units) Principles of heredity with emphasis on humans. Includes the structure and function of genetic material, inherited diseases, the role of genes in cancer and current research in genetic engineering. This course is for the non-science major and has no college science prerequisite. PS3

SCI 160 – Marine Biology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 170 – Ecology of Humans (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 200 – General Physics I (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 201 – General Physics II (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 220 – General Chemistry I (5 units) 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. PS3

SCI 221 – General Chemistry II (5 units) 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. PS3

SCI 224 – Introductory Astronomy (4 units) An introductory course designed to
introduce students to the basic concepts of astronomy, including cosmology,
cosmogony, elements of the solar system, stellar formation, galaxies and planetary
observation. PS3

SCI 230 – Physics I with Calculus (5 units) 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. PS3

SCI 231 – Physics II with Calculus (5 units) 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. PS3

SCI 233 – The Science of Human Performance (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 240 – General Biology I (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 241 – General Biology II (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 242 – General Biology III (4 units) 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 openinquiry investigations and library research. $150 lab fee required. PS3

SCI 246 – Nutrition (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 315 – Organic Chemistry I (5 units) 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. A3, PS3

SCI 316 – Organic Chemistry II (5 units) 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. A3, R2, R3, PS3

SCI 320 – Biochemistry (4 units) 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.
PS3

SCI 330 – Biology of Microorganisms (4 units) 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. R2, PS3

SCI 333 – Exercise Physiology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 334 – Ergogenic Aids in Sports (4 units)  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. PS3

SCI 340 – Cell Biology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 341 – Techniques in Biology Laboratory (2 units) 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. PS3

SCI 350 – Genomics (4 units) 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). PS3

SCI 380 – Molecular Biology (5 units) 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. R2, R3, PS3

SCI 440 – Immunology (4 units) 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. PS3

SCI 442 – Developmental Biology (4 units) 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. PS3

 

BUS 301 – Management for Sustainability (4 units)  The course examines what we mean by sustainability, how businesses as agents of change can integrate sustainability into strategic planning, and how they can recognize opportunity and build success by doing so. Topics include organizational culture and incentives, systems thinking, sustainable strategies and policy, innovation, efficiency, stakeholder engagement, partnerships, cradle to cradle design, product development, product life cycle assessment, environmental accounting, product declarations, management metrics, sustainability targets, training, and promotion. The class works collaboratively on a case study that benefits a local project or organization. R3, PS3

CJ 200 – The Fundamentals of Forensic Science Investigations (4 units) This course studies the fundamentals and applications of the forensic sciences. This crime scene management course will survey fundamental topics in biology and chemistry that are relevant to forensic science. Topics include Management of Crime Scenes, Medicolegal Death Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Biological samples, DNA, PCR, Genetics, Proteins and Enzymes, Cellular Biology, Structure and Reactivity of Chemical Compounds, and Ethics and Forensic Science. This course is designed for forensic investigators, police officers, private or public investigators, or other students or professionals with an interest in forensic investigation. PS3

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. PS2, PS3

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. PS2, PS3

GEO 108 – Physical Geography (4 units) Physical Geography is the study of planet Earth as a system of interrelated parts, exploring its major subsystems – land, water and air – and their interactions. Topics include weather and climate, the hydrologic cycle, land forms, soils, and vegetation. PS3

GS 220 – Introduction to Sustainability (4 units) Recommended preparation:  prior college science course. A survey of the theory and practice of sustainability, addressing human impacts on Earth’s natural and human resources through resource consumption, waste and pollution. Coverage includes philosophical rationales, scientific underpinnings, and applied measures to reduce unsustainable practices in business operations, public administration, household management, and other enterprises. PS3

PSY 370 – Psychology of Health and Wellness (4 units) Prerequisite: PSY 150. This course will explore the contributions of psychology to our understanding of health and illness. We will explore the relationship between psychological factors and the development of illnesses; the role that social, emotional, and behavioral factors play in the prevention of illness and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle; and we will examine how psychologists can assist in the management of chronic and terminal illnesses. We will also take a critical look at the current state of our healthcare system. PS3

PSY 445 – Physiological Psychology (4 units)  Prerequisite: PSY 150 and PSY 240. Study of the neurological and physiological foundations of behavior. Includes an introduction to functional neuroanatomy, as well as detailed study of the physiological bases of sensation, perception, emotion, motivation, learning, and higher mental functions. (Formerly PSY 335) PS3

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

Or

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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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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