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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Information

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Information - NSCI Courses


190A. Experience Success Program - 1 (1)

Prerequisite: Open to Freshman only.
Learn and adopt organizational time management study and test taking skills. Increase your awareness of science and mathematics related career options. Make connections with CNSM programs, resources, and people.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 1 hr)

190B. Experience Success Program - 2 (1)

Prerequisite: NSCI 190A.
Explore science/math careers via job shadowing experiences and community based mini-internships. Learn about summer internship and research opportunities.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 1 hr.)

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.)


305. Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education (3)

Prerequisites: The general education foundation.
Hands-on instruction in the creation of origami works of fine art. Applications of folding materials in science, engineering, mathematics, and as a pedagogical tool in education.
(Lecture 3 hrs.)

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 developing students’ critical thinking and analyzing issues on health care delivery including biomedical ethics. Students are required to provide service in a community health care agency. Provides understanding of community needs and fosters 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.
Accomplishments of women in natural science, engineering, and mathematics and obstacles precluding easy access to these careers for women. Includes women’s historical roles in science, contributions made, and contributions ignored or devalued by peers. Disciplines include science, history, and sociology.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as WGSS 309I. Not open for credit to students with credit in W/ST 309I or WGSS 309I. (Lecture 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.
Studying major discoveries in life and physical sciences impacting our lives. Examining technological advances, discussions of what is science, how is it done, and is it beneficial or destructive? Recent discoveries and underlying basic science also will be critically evaluated.
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.)

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. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

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).