Digital Communication Media Curriculum

REQUIRED DIGITAL COMMUNICATION MEDIA BS COURSES

Offered every fall and spring

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

A digital design class, which explores elements and principles of Art and Design using media disciplines: video, animation, graphic design, website design, and ethics of art production. $50 technology fee required (for DCM majors only)

Offered every fall

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

ENG (Electronic News Gathering) style digital video production methods using portable cameras, basic field lighting techniques and audio recording. Students learn the pre-production and post-production process of creating videos including the development of production outlines, scripts and editing to create an original short video. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency with basic portable video equipment. $50 technology fee required.

Offered every spring

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Introduces students to Adobe Dreamweaver to create basic Web page layouts. Students learn the basics of HTML, CSS and Adobe Photoshop to prepare photography and create graphics for Websites. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, content development and design style. Basic Internet vocabulary and industry standards are covered. $50 technology fee required

Offered every spring

AM 222 – Video Production Methods II (4units)

Prerequisite: AM 122

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced video production methods including studio cameras, studio lighting techniques and studio audio recording. Students learn professional studio procedures for the pre-production, production and post-production process to create a full-length video or studio television pilot by working in teams that share roles and responsibilities. Emphasis on teamwork and developing technical proficiency with studio video production equipment. $50 technology fee required.

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Offered- TBD

AM 214 – Website Design II (4 units)

Prerequisite: AM 204

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Studio course covers intermediate through advanced design and production methods for developing and publishing CSS Websites with Adobe Dreamweaver software. Students generate custom CSS code for Website and incorporate dynamic media into Web pages. Students learn how to generate dynamic content for Web pages with XML and acquire basic PHP scripting skills. Website promotion and SEO will also be explored. $50 technology fee required.

Offered every fall

This course prepares students for a career in their respective art. Students will explore the myriad of ways that their education can become a career, and where they might take their experiences from MCU after graduating. They will study professional artists, designers, filmmakers, performers, and ethics in the arts. They will learn about self-promotion, brand building, how to pitch a project, attend networking functions, sell their art and look at the possibility of continuing their education with a master’s degree. $50 technology fee required (for DCM majors only)

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of AA/AS core

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Students create a series or body of work. Students learn research methods and conceptual development skills unique to media studies. $50 technology fee required.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: AM 350

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

In this course, students produce an original professional quality media project or body of work. Projects are developed from a career focused perspective and reflect communication media centered concepts, theories, histories and, practices. From concept to creation, students work with faculty in their respective area of focus to produce original career ready media work. $50 technology fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: AM 120

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Students learn to create motion graphics using Adobe After Effects and its peripheral support applications, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Apple Sound Edit Pro. Students will learn how to integrate 2d and 3d graphics, video, text and sound to create engaging animations. Emphasis placed on the original design solutions and technical proficiency. $250.00 lab fee required. (Formerly taught as AM 213.)

Offered every spring

Prerequisites: AM 351, all AA core requirements, Senior standing and Chair approval

Class hours: 2 lecture,2 laboratory

The course provides students with knowledge in self-promotion. Students will learn various methods for promoting themselves to potential employers including portfolio development, professional writing for media disciplines, presentation skills, electronic resumes, online career tools, and demo reels. $50 technology fee required

Offered spring 2020, 2023 and fall, 2021, 2024

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.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Junior standing

In this course students learn how to use social media for marketing with a global perspective. Through examining case studies and interactive class exercises  students learn best practices and technical skills in order to connect business objectives with social media strategies, platforms and tactics.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA BS ELECTIVES

2 courses – minimum 3 units each – upper division (300/400 level) AM or CAR

Class hours: 4 lecture

This history course surveys the painting, sculpture and architecture of contemporary art from the 20th and 21st Centuries. Analysis, evaluation and the interpretation of major themes in the development of the visual arts in Western Culture are explored. The course explores the philosophical, social and political ideas that have influenced contemporary artists and art.

Class hours: 4 lecture

This course introduces the student to the craft of scriptwriting as a tool for communication and the expression of creative ideas in film and broadcast media. Students acquire the basic knowledge of the vocabulary, methods and styles of scriptwriting for different genres of media.

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Introduction to 3d computer generated animation for fields in cinema, games, graphic design, and interactive media. This course explores the 12 principles of animation, camera set-up and operation, lighting, animating using key-frame, set driven keys, graph editor, nonlinear, and path techniques. Students learn the basics of modeling, UV texture mapping, animation, staging, and editing using Autodesk Maya 3D, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. $50 technology fee required

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.

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.

Class hours: 4 lecture

A chronological history of documentary film from its origins in 1887 to the mass proliferation of social media documentarians of the present. This course will highlight important documentarians as well as touch on multiple genres of documentary film, from the traditional to the cutting edge. Students will learn about the various styles of documentary and the many storytelling techniques used throughout the art form.

Class hours: 4 lecture

This course provides a study of law and ethics with particular focus of art and entertainment. Topics included in this course are various entity formations, insurance, taxes, accounting, the laws protecting intellectual property in relation to protecting one’s own art production and legally incorporating the works of others, as well as, the law and practices of contracts and negotiations. All concepts are explored through legal case studies and applied arts business projects.

Class hours: 4 lecture

This course surveys the history of game design and animation. Examines the historical and ongoing relationships between animation meant for cinema and animation meant for digital games. Course topics include creation, design, aesthetic, technology and evolution of animation and video games beginning in the twentieth century through current day. (Formerly AM 205)

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Students will gain a basic proficiency in using a game engine to aid in computer game development. This course explores theoretical and practical topics of game design including game engine user interface, use of game objects and assets, managing projects and assets, preparing assets for implementation, assemblage of game level environment, audio, game play, game look-and-feel, and user psychology. $50 technology fee required

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced digital design studio course provides the student experience in creating creative advertising designs for a variety of printed applications. Students will learn how to effectively combine typography, illustrations and photography to create compelling advertisements with Adobe Creative Suite software. $50 technology fee required.

Prerequisite: AM 252

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

This course provides the student with advanced digital video production techniques. Students will learn to use Avid Media Composer to create sophisticated animations, promotional and documentary video content. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual editing style and creative expression. $50 technology fee required.

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced digital studio course provides students with the ability to create interactive motion graphics for Websites and Multimedia projects using Adobe Flash. Students learn how to make sophisticated vector graphic animations with basic action scripting and a variety of interactive graphic elements. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency. $50 technology fee required. R

Prerequisite: AM 214

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced digital studio course provides the student with technical and creative skills in the creation of interactive Websites using Adobe Flash & Adobe Dreamweaver. Students will learn how to plan, and develop an interactive graphic Website using original graphic designs and custom action scripting. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency. $50 technology fee required.

Prerequisite: AM 204

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced course covers various technologies for Website development. Students learn how to add sophisticated functionality to Websites with various coding and server technologies including PHP, Javascript, MySQL, Content Management Systems (CMS). Server administration and management is also covered. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency. $50 technology fee required

Prerequisite: AM 122 or AM 132 or AM 303 or THE 174

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced course building directing skills for performance, script, character development, and camera direction. Emphasis is placed on lecture/studio lab course work and project presentations. Assignments give the student director skills and techniques to employ in directing actors, auditioning, and acting for the camera, directing camera and production crew in-studio and on location. Basic vocabulary, techniques, procedures, and techniques for directing are covered. $50 technology fee required

Prerequisite: AM 303

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Advanced techniques in digital 3d modeling and animation as it applies to cinema, games and interactive media. Students learn Autodesk Maya 3D and peripheral applications to design and create sophisticated environments, particle systems and animated characters for animation. Students will be versed in composite techniques with Adobe After Effects. $50 technology fee required.

Prerequisite: Junior Standing

Class hours: 4 lecture

In this course students will be introduced to management skills and methods used to create revenue to support various arts productions. This course focuses on understanding emerging funding strategies and distribution channels to manage arts organizations and independent start-up companies, such as, independent animation and film production studios, design and interactive firms, museums, galleries, community arts centers, and performing arts organizations.

Prerequisites: AM 303 & AM 310

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Students will gain intermediate to advanced proficiency in using a game engine to aid in computer game design development. Advanced game design topics include multilevel game design, animating game objects in a game editor, bringing animations into a game, scripting in game development, creating particle systems, building the camera and player selection system, and designing user interfaces for games. $50 technology fee required.

Prerequisite: AM 120

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Students learn to create motion graphics using Adobe After Effects and its peripheral support applications, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Apple Sound Edit Pro. Students will learn how to integrate 2d and 3d graphics, video, text and sound to create engaging animations. Emphasis placed on the original design solutions and technical proficiency. $50 technology fee required. (Formerly taught as AM 213.)

Prerequisites: AM 351, all AA core requirements, Senior standing and Chair approval

Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

The course provides students with knowledge in self-promotion. Students will learn various methods for promoting themselves to potential employers including portfolio development, professional writing for media disciplines, presentation skills, electronic resumes, online career tools, and demo reels. $50 technology fee required.

Prerequisites: AM 350, senior standing, completion of all AA/AS core requirements and approval of the Program chair

This Senior Seminar provides students with an overview of the business practices and standards of industries related to Digital Arts & Media, including television, film, photography, graphic design, animation and the Internet. The course also provides students with fundamental knowledge in self-promotion, including resume and cover letter writing, portfolio development and interviewing skills. Students will learn various methods for promoting themselves to potential employers including electronic resumes, online career tools, promotional reels, and portfolio development. $300.00 lab fee required.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AM 497, Senior class standing, and approval of the Program Chair

This capstone studio course provides students with the unique opportunity to develop their own coursework in the form of a senior project that reflects the culmination of their education experience as an art, design or media production project. From concept to creation, students work with faculty in their respective area of focus to produce an original professional art, design or media project for public exhibition. $300.00 lab fee required.

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.

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.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

In this course students learn how to use social media for marketing with a global perspective. Through examining case studies and interactive class exercises students learn best practices and technical skills in order to connect business objectives with social media strategies, platforms and tactics.

MCU CORE COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE 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.

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ENG 112H – College Composition I: Expository WritingHonors (4 units) Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 112 and invitation into Honors program or MCU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

This honors course introduces students to the requirements of academic writing (quotation, paraphrase, summary) through a thematic approach that ties together all course assignments. Students will complete three formal essays, including a limited research paper, in addition to attending two theme-related field experiences. C1

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: any college level Math, BUS 108 or CS 280/280H or PSY
235 or placement that demonstrates competency in a college level Math

 

1 course from the following:

PHI 325 – Modern Catholic Philosophy (4 units) 

This course introduces students to key movements and figures in Catholic philosophy from the nineteenth century through the present day: Romanticism, Ontologism, Integralism, Voluntarism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Thomism, Analytical Philosophy, and Postmodernism. A3, PS1

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.
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REL 130H – World Religions-Honors (4) Prerequisite: Invitation into Honors program or MCU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Introduction to the history, literature and thought patterns of the major religions of the world. Students will examine the nature, origin, function, and experience of religion through a research project that profiles the lived experience of a religious community of their choosing in the greater Los Angeles region. At least one field trip to a religious site will occur during the semester.

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 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; ID 233H, 300H 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21.  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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21.  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.  No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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. No Lab fee for ’20-21. 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

UNIT TOTALS

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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