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200. Introduction to Computer Methods in Science (2)
Prerequisites: Major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and MATH 119A or MATH 122 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to computer methods used in collecting, analyzing, and presenting scientific data. Introduces word processing, spreadsheet analysis, and elementary programing.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Lecture 1 hr., discussion 1 hr.) Course fee may be required.


308. Community and Careers in the Health Professions (3) S
Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses, one or more Explorations Courses, upper division status, and 3 units of Natural Sciences coursework.
Service-learning, capstone course designed to develop students’ abilities to critically think and analyze issues concerning health care in communities and the roles of professionals involved in the delivery of that care. Topics concerning biomedical ethics are also included. Students will be required to provide service in a community agency providing health care. Guest speakers, participate in discussions, analyze and reflect upon their volunteer experiences and how these experiences relate to in-class topics. Enhance oral and written communication skills, better define career goals, provide understanding of community needs and foster greater civic responsibility.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 2 hrs., laboratory 3 hrs.)

309I. Women in Science (3) F,S
Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, six-units of general education science courses, upper-division standing, and consent of instructor.
Increase awareness of the accomplishments of women in natural science, engineering, and mathematics in their socio-historical context; and the obstacles that have precluded easy access to careers for women in these areas. Specific topics include historical roles of women in science, contributions of celebrated women scientists, and women scientists who made significant contributions but were ignored or devalued by their scientific peers. Issues include stereotypes and images of women in science: cultural, societal, and institutional obstacles to the entry and success of women in science; and ways of overcoming these obstacles. Disciplines included are science, history, and sociology.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as W/ST 309I. (Lecture 3 hrs.)

333. Natural Science Field Studies (2)
Prerequisites: All with a grade of “C” or better: GEOL 106 or 102 and either 104 or 105; CHEM 100 or 105 or 111A; PHSC 112; BIOL 200; and upper-division standing.
Provides field experience in observation, interpretation and recognition of natural processes and features in the varied natural environments of southern California. Team-taught by a geologist and a biologist. In-class lectures and discussions provide pertinent theoretical and practical knowledge prior to each field trip. Topics of discussion and study focuses on geological and biological aspects of selected field sites, and on underlying physical and chemical relationships involved at each site. Topics included: origin and recognition of faults; earthquake generation and hazards; geologic history of California; effect of mountain-building on climate, nearshore ocean processes, biology of nearshore, marine, estuarine and wetlands habitats; coastal, desert and mountain ecosystems; influence of rock/sediment on plant growth and diversity; geology and biology of lakes; and ground water and surface water flow, storage and contamination.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1 hr., laboratory and required field trips, 3 hrs.)

375I. Science and Society (3)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing; 3 units of general education natural science courses.
The nature of science by studying major discoveries in the life and physical sciences that currently have an impact on our lives. In addition to the basic science that contributed to these technological advances, the historical, political, philosophical, and economic contexts of these events will be examined. Included will be discussions of what is science, how is it done, and is it beneficial or destructive? Traditional views of science will be challenged and the social/cultural aspects will be explored. Recent discoveries and the underlying basic science also will be critically evaluated. Demands placed on society by rapidly advancing technology.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hrs)

490. Special Topics in the Natural Sciences (1-3)
Prerequisites: At least upper division standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and consent of instructor.
Faculty and student discussions and analysis of a current topic in the natural sciences.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 1-3 hrs.)

491. Special Topics Laboratory in Natural Science (1-2)
Prerequisites: Senior standing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and consent of instructor.
Topics from selected areas of the natural sciences. Content varies from section to section.
May be repeated to a maximum of 2 units toward any single degree. Letter grade only (A-F). (Laboratory 3-6 hrs.)

492. Internships In Natural Science (3)
Prerequisites: Major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, completion of 9 units of upper division science coursework, a 2.5 GPA overall or 2.75 GPA in the student’s major, and consent of instructor prior to registration.
Qualifying students placed in a major or career-related assignment in private industry or at a public agency. May be placed in either a volunteer or paid work assignment. Teacher aide positions may be used for students interested in pursuing a career in science education in K-12 schools.
Learning assignments will be arranged through the Career Development Center and the instructor. Final written report required. Class attendance and internships to be arranged by the instructor. Minimum of 120 hours of field experience required. Credit/No credit grading only.

496. Investigations in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (1-3)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Supervised study of current topics in the natural sciences or mathematics by a faculty member in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Letter grade only (A-F).