Multidisciplinary Studies Curriculum

REQUIRED MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES BA COURSES

Students use and manipulate data sets needed for analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios and data filters. Some statistical concepts and their applications within MS Excel are introduced. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in Excel through Microsoft Office Specialist certification examination. $45 lab fee required.

One Course from

AM 250 – Professional Careers in Communication Media (4 units)

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 93 Course Listings & Descriptions 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. $250 lab fee required.

BUS 265 – Career Planning and Preparation Seminar (2 units)

This course focuses on practical skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, utilizing professional 99 Course Listings & Descriptions online networking resources, assessing career interests and researching internship opportunities.

CJ 460– Seminar in Criminal Justice (4 units)
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)

PSY 350 – Junior Seminar in Psychology (4 units)
Prerequisite: PSY 150 and Junior standing

This course is intended to provide psychology majors with resources in career planning toward specific post-graduation goals of either seeking psychology-related employment, or applying for graduate school. The course is designed to facilitate preparation for senior year, a practicum placement at a psychology-related site (if applicable), and the establishment of a successful work identity and goals. This course is intended only for declared psychology majors and MDS students with a Psychology emphasis

SCI 342 – Science Career Seminar (4 units)
Prerequisite: SCI 233 or 241 or 315

The course will emphasize important issues in biology and increase awareness 145 Course Listings & Descriptions of the diversity of research topics. The course is designed to stimulate students’ interest in research, to develop and enhance their ability to think scientifically, to clearly present information orally and to summarize in written format the content of a scientific journal. Students will be exposed to reports, readings and participate in discussions of materials relevant to biology field.

Prerequisite: Junior standing

This course provides an introduction to theories and practices of multidisciplinary studies. Students will research from an interdisciplinary approach to make connections between research and knowledge across disciplines. Students will integrate elements from two disciplines into one well-defined content area.

Prerequisite: Senior standing; ID 350, completion of AA core requirements, and approval of Program Chair.

Senior seminar in which, under the leadership of a designated instructor, students complete a senior project. The project will culminate in an oral and/or audio-visual and written presentation.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS

Students choose 2 of 10 areas of emphasis

REQUIRED

AM 120 Digital Foundations (4m units)
Offered every fall and spring

One Theory Class

AM 101 – Western Civilization Art to the Renaissance (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture

This history course surveys the painting, sculpture and architecture of Western civilization from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. Analysis, evaluation and the interpretation of major themes in the development of the visual arts in Western Culture are explored.

AM 102 – History of Broadcast Media (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture

This course examines the history of Radio and Television in the 20th Century. The course explores the development of broadcast media technologies as well as the evolution of the content of these medium including the news, entertainment genres, sports and advertising.

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

AM 112 – Introduction to Journalism (4 units)

This course introduces the student to the art of journalism. Students explore the different writing styles of radio, television and newspaper reporting. Students examine the social and political forces that shape the news and that have defined journalism during the 20th century. Students will also examine the legal and ethical issues related to the profession. Internet journalism and blogging are also discussed

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 221 – History of Graphic Design (4 units)
Class hours: 4 lecture.

A history of typography, graphic design and illustration. Students will acquire foundational knowledge of the history of design beginning with the early forms of writing and graphic designs such as cuneiform and illuminated manuscripts. Examines how these early forms of design evolved over time into the various disciplines that have become the foundations for visual communications in contemporary times.

AM 301 – Contemporary Art (4 units)
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.

AM 306 – History of Documentary Film (4 units)
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.

AM 308 – History of Game Design and Animation (4 units)
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.

ELECTIVES

16 units of AM, MUS, or THE courses (16 units, 4 units minimum upper division)

See Catalog pages 88 – 97, pages 123 – 125, and pages 148 – 149.

REQUIRED

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.

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.

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.

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 143 Course Listings & Descriptions interactions between organisms and their environment. In the laboratory sessions, students perform experiments that require data analysis and systematization. $150 lab fee required.

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.

 

ELECTIVES

8 units (4 units minimum upper division) from

SCI 130 – Biology of Animals (4 units)
Offered fall 2019, 2023

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

SCI 132- Human Anatomy (4 units)
Offered every fall
Recommended prerequisite: successful completion of high school or college biology.
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

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

SCI 133 – Human Physiology (4 units)
Offered every spring
Recommended prerequisite: High school biology and chemistry with a grade of C or better, or their college equivalents. SCI 132 strongly recommended.
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

An introduction to the function of the human body at the molecular, cellular and organ system levels of organization. $150.00 lab fee required.

SCI 136 – Medical Terminology (1 unit)
Offered every fall
Recommended prerequisite: a life science course.

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

SCI 150 Microbiology (4 units)
Not eligible if SCI 330 taken
Available fall 2019, 2021, 2023
Prerequisite: High school biology or chemistry or equivalent.
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

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

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.

SCI 160 – Marine Biology (4 units)
Offered Fall 2020, 2022, 2024
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

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

SCI 170 – Ecology of Humans (4 units)
Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

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

SCI 233 – Science of Human Performance (4 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisite: one course from SCI 130, 132, 133, 135, 145, 150, 155, 160, 240, 241, 242 or 246

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

SCI 246 – Nutrition (4 units)
Offered every spring

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

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.

SCI 330 Biology of Microorganisms (4 units)
Offered spring 2021, 2023, 2025
Prerequisite: SCI 241
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

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

SCI 333 – Exercise Physiology (4 units)
Offered every spring
Prerequisite: SCI 233

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

SCI 340 – Cell Biology (4 units)
Offered fall 2021, 2023, 2025
Prerequisite: SCI 241 and SCI 316

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

SCI 341 – Techniques in Biology Laboratory (2 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisites: SCI 115, or passing grade on the chemistry proficiency exam, and SCI 240

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

SCI 342 – Science Career Seminar (4 units)
Prerequisite: SCI 233 or 241 or 315

The course will emphasize important issues in biology and increase awareness 145 Course Listings & Descriptions of the diversity of research topics. The course is designed to stimulate students’ interest in research, to develop and enhance their ability to think scientifically, to clearly present information orally and to summarize in written format the content of a scientific journal. Students will be exposed to reports, readings and participate in discussions of materials relevant to biology field.

SCI 350 – Genomics (4 units)
Offered every fall
Prerequisite: SCI 241

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

SCI 380 – Molecular Biology (5 units)
Offered every spring
Prerequisite: SCI 241 and SCI 316
This is a lecture and laboratory course

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

SCI 440 – Immunology (4 units)
Offered fall 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: SCI 241

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

SCI 442 – Developmental Biology (4 units)|
Offered spring 2020, 2022, 2024
Prerequisite: SCI 241. Recommended preparation: SCI 340

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

REQUIRED

ACCT 151 Financial Accounting (4 units)
Offered every fall and spring

Introduction to financial accounting of the corporate entity, including generally accepted accounting principles underlying the analyzing and recording of transactions for preparation of the financial statements. Focus on understanding assets, liabilities, and equity accounts, as well as understanding internal control and the Sarbanes Oxley Act (2002) regulatory requirements. Introduction to financial statement analytical methods to assess the liquidity, solvency, and profitability of a business.

BUS 110 Intro. to Business (4 units)
Offered every fall and spring

The course examines the functions, objectives, organization and structure of business in a market economy and in a global context, including relationships among business, government, and the consumer. Course modules include business organization and management; pricing and distribution; human resources; accounting; financial management and investment; and the nature, causes and implications of international trade and multi-national business organizations.

ECO 220 Microeconomics (4 units)
Offered every fall and spring

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.

ELECTIVES

12 ACCT, BUS or ECON units (8 units minimum upper division or graduate)

See Catalog pages 86 – 88, pages 98 – 106, and pages 113 – 115.

Required

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.

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, 142 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.

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.

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.

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.

SCI 321 – Biochemistry Lab (2 units)
Prerequisite: SCI 320
This is a lecture and laboratory course.

Biochemistry laboratory focuses on techniques used for preparation and quantitative analysis of macromolecules. The course addresses the current biochemical techniques used in research and in biotechnology laboratories. It covers micro pipetting, solution preparation, activity assays, homogenization, protein 144 detection using Bradford and colorimetric assays, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot analysis, enzyme kinetics, lipids and carbohydrates detection. $150 lab fee required.

REQUIRED

CS 195 – Programming and Problem Solving (4 units)
Lecture and Laboratory
Prerequisites: prior experience with basic programming concepts recommended

Elements of good programming design, style, documentation and efficiency. Methods for debugging verification. Fundamental techniques for solving problems using C++ programming language. Principles and use of object-oriented programming, including overloading, data abstraction, templates, inheritance and polymorphism.

CS 196 – Introduction to Java Programming (4 units)
Prerequisite: prior experience with basic programming concepts recommended.

This course is an introduction to the Java programming language and the Object-Oriented Programming paradigm (OOP). Students will write programs to solve problems in business, mathematics and other subjects, working with character strings, arrays, functions and procedures. Java browser applets will also be covered.

CS 210 – Introduction to C Programming Language (4 units)

Fundamentals of the C programming language and its application to problem solving. Topics include structured programming techniques, variable types, control statements, built-in and user-coded procedures and functions, arrays, pointers, full handling, and use of the C library.

Choose Game design or Web Design 3-course sequence (12 units)

GAME DESIGN

AM 203 – Digital 3d Modeling (4 units)
Class hours: 2 lecture, 2 laboratory

Students will gain a basic proficiency in Autodesk Maya 3D. Emphasis will be placed on principles of 3d design techniques for illustration and animation. The Autodesk Maya relationship to peripheral software such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects will also be explored. $200.00 lab fee required.

AM 310 – Digital Game Design I (4 units)
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. $250 lab fee required.

AM 410 – Digital Game Design II (4 units)
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. $250 lab fee required.

WEB DESIGN

AM 104 – Introductory HTML & PHP (4 units)
Class hours: 2 lecture; 2 laboratory

Students learn the basics of reading and writing HTML. Basic hand coding skills are acquired using Adobe Dreamweaver. Students will also learn introductory PHP scripting skills. Website administration methods and server technologies are also explored. $150.00 lab fee required.

AM 204 – Website Design I (4 units)
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. $200.00 lab fee required.

AM 334 – Website Technologies (4 units)
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. $150.00 lab fee required.

 

REQUIRED

CJ 101 – Introduction to Criminal Justice (4 units)

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 121 – Concepts of Criminal Law (4 units)

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.

CJ 301 – Strategic Communication: Literacy Skills for the Public Safety Professional (4 units)
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.

ELECTIVES

12 Criminal Justice units (8 minimum upper division)

See Catalog pages 110-113

REQUIRED

AM 120 – Digital Foundations (4 units)
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. $225.00 lab fee required.

AM 122 – Video Production Methods I (4 units)
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. $275.00 lab fee required.

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AM 204 – Website Design I (4 units)
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. $200.00 lab fee required.

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

ELECTIVES

12 AM or CAR units (4 units minimum upper division)

See Catalog pages 89 – 97 and pages 106 -107.

 

REQUIRED

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

REQUIRED

PHI 100 – Contemporary Moral Issues (4 units)

A critical examination of controversial moral problems confronting contemporary society. Topics may include: abortion, capital punishment, environmental ethics, sexual morality, euthanasia, affluence and poverty, business ethics, censorship, gun control, discrimination, nuclear war, and genetic engineering.

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PS5 PHI 110 – Ethics (4 units)

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

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PHI 150 – Human Nature and Values (4 units)

The major ideologies and philosophies defining the meaning of human nature and their consequent values and philosophies of life: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity; the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Darwin, Huxley, Marx, Freud, Skinner and Sartre; scientific reductionism; cybernetics.

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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).

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.

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.

ELECTIVES

8 upper division or Philosophy or Religious Studies courses

See Catalog pages 125 – 127 and pages 137 – 139.

REQUIRED

PSY 150 – General Psychology (4 units)

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.

PSY 235 – Introduction to Statistics for the Study of Behavior (4 units)

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.

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MTH 270 – Introductory Statistics (4 units)

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.

ELECTIVES

16 Psychology units (8 units minimum upper division)

See Catalog pages 132 – 137.

MCU BA 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.

CAR 101 – Introduction to Communication Studies (4 units)

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

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CAR 145 – Communication Structures (4 units)

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

BUS 230 – Business Communication (4 units)

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

ID 230 – Information 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 (see Catalog pages 122 – 123) or

BUS 108 – Everyday Math: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach (4 units)

The course develops students’ quantitative reasoning skills to address a range of everyday applied math topics. Students practice organizing and representing quantitative data, explaining quantitative information, and drawing conclusions based on analysis of quantitative data to support decision-making. Topics include interest and compounding, credit card debt, mortgages, the calculation of averages and ratios, growth rates, fundamentals of probability to assess risk, and interpretation of statistical data presented in graphs or tables.

BUS 380 – Corporate Finance (4 units)
Prerequisites: ACCT 151 and MTH 270. Familiarity with Excel is recommended.

This course introduces concepts and 101 Course Listings & Descriptions techniques of financial analysis with emphasis on corporate finance, although the financial principles explored in the course are useful for small business and personal financial decisions. Topics include financial statement analysis, corporate valuation, the time value of money and net present value, capital structure, and project analysis. These techniques can be applied to financial management in both the profit and nonprofit sectors

BUS 388 – Applied Statistical Methods (4 units)
Prerequisite: MTH 270

This course is designed to go beyond the topics covered in a one-term introductory statistics course. These new topics include: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and special topics in regression analysis. The course will also investigate sets of data called time series, which consist of values corresponding to different time intervals. A major objective of this segment is to examine past time series data and use our observations to forecast, or predict future values. In addition, students will use Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS Statistics to learn how to incorporate statistical results into sample reports as well as gain exposure to the field of data analytics and the analysis of large complex datasets.

PSY 235 – Introduction to Statistics for the Study of Behavior (4 units)

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.

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

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MCU 200 – Academic 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 additional course from

ACCT 340 – Accounting Information Systems (4 units)
Prerequisite: ACCT 151

Students will explore topics in AIS to understand and use technologies in making decisions in areas of the accounting profession, such as managerial accounting, financial accounting, auditing, and tax accounting. An introduction to the information systems used in accounting including: the flow of data from source documents through the accounting cycle into reports for decision makers, the use of enterprise resource planning software (ERP), the principle of internal control, flowcharting and systems narratives and the use of database systems in accounting. Additionally, students will gain experience in Microsoft Excel as well as integrated software designed to handle general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial statement analysis, fixed assets, sales order processing, inventory, and payroll.

AM 104, 120, 122, 132, 141, 151, 203, 204, 214, 222, 232, 241, 242, 251, 252, 261, 271, 303, 310, 311, 312, 314, 324, 334, 351, 400, 403, 410, 413  (See Catalog pages 89 – 97.)

BUS 350 – Principles of Marketing (4 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 110

A foundation course in marketing theory and applications. Topics covered will include consumer research, product development, positioning, branding, market segmentation, pricing, communication, promotion, and distribution, with emphasis on the firm’s own planning and strategic context

BUS 360 – Information Systems for Management (4 units)
Prerequisite: BUS 110. Recommended corequisite: BUS 300. Recommended: knowledge of computer technology and Microsoft Office applications.

An intensive and in-depth study of the rapidly evolving field of Business Information Systems. Students will analyze the role of technological, economic and market forces that have changed the US from a manufacturing industrial country to an information and service provider country. Emphasis is on identifying opportunities and understanding the challenges for startup businesses and the important role that user-friendly Business Information Systems play in the success of these startup companies.

BUS 380 – Corporate Finance (4 units)
Prerequisites: ACCT 151 and MTH 270. Familiarity with Excel is recommended.

This course introduces concepts and 101 Course Listings & Descriptions techniques of financial analysis with emphasis on corporate finance, although the financial principles explored in the course are useful for small business and personal financial decisions. Topics include financial statement analysis, corporate valuation, the time value of money and net present value, capital structure, and project analysis. These techniques can be applied to financial management in both the profit and nonprofit sectors.

BUS 388 – Applied Statistical Methods (4 units)
Prerequisite: MTH 270

This course is designed to go beyond the topics covered in a one-term introductory statistics course. These new topics include: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and special topics in regression analysis. The course will also investigate sets of data called time series, which consist of values corresponding to different time intervals. A major objective of this segment is to examine past time series data and use our observations to forecast, or predict future values. In addition, students will use Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS Statistics to learn how to incorporate statistical results into sample reports as well as gain exposure to the field of data analytics and the analysis of large complex datasets.

BUS 452 – Marketing Analytics and Forecasting (4m units)
Prerequisite: BUS 300 and BUS 350 and MTH 270

Applications of quantitative techniques, qualitative analyses, and software modeling for the optimization of marketing decision-making and market predictions. Students will learn empirical applications of market data analysis, pricing optimization, market forecasting, channel optimization, segmentation, perceptual mapping, return on promotion, OLAP, and market response models.

BUS 460 – Project Management (4 units)
Prerequisite: CS 280

Introductory project management. Topics include organizing and managing project teams, planning, scheduling and cost management. Emphasis on developing and organizing team projects from conception to conclusion. Students work with Microsoft Project.

CAR 401 – Social Media in Marketing (4 units)
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.

CJ 301 – Strategic Communication: Literacy Skills for the Public Safety Professional (4 units)
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.

CJ 460– Seminar in Criminal Justice (4 units)
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.

CS 180 – Introduction to Computers (4 units)

Computer literacy, including an introduction to computer hardware, capabilities and limits of computers, the Internet, data transmission, and impacts of computing; use of productivity tools, including word processors, presentation programs, spreadsheets, databases and communications programs. Laboratory exercises give students hands-on experience with productivity tools.

CS 183 – Computer Information Systems (4 units)

Lecture and Laboratory. The analysis, design, implementation, development and ongoing management of computer-based information systems; related software, hardware and networking issues for business and industry; end-user customization of applications and interfaces; and selection of information, via query and scripting languages. Programming languages and fundamentals of programming. Computer issues in the workplace and society.

CS 195 – Programming and Problem Solving (4 units)
Lecture and Laboratory
Prerequisites: prior experience with basic programming concepts recommended

Elements of good programming design, style, documentation and efficiency. Methods for debugging verification. Fundamental techniques for solving problems using C++ programming language. Principles and use of object-oriented programming, including overloading, data abstraction, templates, inheritance and polymorphism.

CS 196 – Introduction to Java Programming (4 units)
Prerequisite: prior experience with basic programming concepts recommended

This course is an introduction to the Java programming language and the Object-Oriented Programming paradigm (OOP). Students will write programs to solve problems in business, mathematics and other subjects, working with character strings, arrays, functions and procedures. Java browser applets will also be covered.

CS 210 – Introduction to C Programming Language (4 units)

Fundamentals of the C programming language and its application to problem solving. Topics include structured programming techniques, variable types, control statements, built-in and user-coded procedures and functions, arrays, pointers, full handling, and use of the C library.

CS 500 – Advanced Data Analysis (1 unit)
Prerequisite: Graduate or senior standing.

Use and manipulation of data sets needed for data analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial and statistical formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios, and data filters. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel will be developed. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in Excel through Microsoft Office Specialist certification examination. $45 lab fee required

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

PSY 350 – Junior Seminar in Psychology (4 units)
Prerequisite: PSY 150 and Junior standing

This course is intended to provide psychology majors with resources in career planning toward specific post-graduation goals of either seeking psychology-related employment, or applying for graduate school. The course is designed to facilitate preparation for senior year, a practicum placement at a psychology-related site (if applicable), and the establishment of a successful work identity and goals. This course is intended only for declared psychology majors and MDS students with a Psychology emphasis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1 course from the following:

REL 102 – Roots 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 103 – Roots 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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Music or Theology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIT TOTALS

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

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