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Chemistry Courses

 

CHEM 1: General Chemistry I (5 units)

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 or one year of high school chemistry; Math Level V
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 6 hrs lab per week

This course introduces students to the basic principles of chemistry with a quantitative emphasis. Topics include atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases, thermochemistry, intermolecular forces and solutions. This is the first semester of a one-year course in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, pre-medicine), mathematics, and engineering. The two-semester sequence of CHEM 1 and CHEM 2 provides the basic chemical background needed for further investigations into our physical environment. (C-ID CHEM 110). Graded only.

 

CHEM 2: General Chemistry II (5 units)

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 1
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 6 hrs lab per week

This course is a continuation of CHEM 1, General Chemistry I. Topics include chemical kinetics and equilibrium, acid-base and solubility equilibria, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, introduction to organic chemistry and qualitative analysis. This is the second semester of a one-year course in chemistry intended for majors in the natural sciences (chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, pre-medicine), mathematics, and engineering. The two-semester sequence of CHEM 1 and CHEM 2 provides the basic chemical background needed for further investigations into our physical environment. (C-ID CHEM 120S). Graded only.

 

CHEM 21: Organic Chemistry I (5 units)

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 2
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 6 hrs lab per week

This is the first course in a year-long study of organic chemistry designed for students majoring in chemistry and related science disciplines. It covers fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structure, nomenclature, conformational analysis and stereochemistry. The physical properties, reactions and reaction mechanisms of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, alkynes, and allylic systems are studied. Infrared spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy are discussed in detail. Graded only.

 

CHEM 22: Organic Chemistry II (5 units)

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 21
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 6 hrs lab per week

This is the second course in a year-long study of organic chemistry designed for students majoring in chemistry and related science disciplines. The physical properties, reactions and reaction mechanisms of conjugated systems, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds (aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives), amines and biomolecules are studied. Laboratory work includes advanced techniques in reaction conditions, product separation, purification and spectroscopy. Graded only.

 

CHEM 51: Elementary Inorganic Chemistry (5 units)

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 or one year high school chemistry; Math Level V
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 6 hrs lab per week

This is a survey course in the principles of inorganic chemistry, including atomic theory and periodic properties, nuclear chemistry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas behavior, solution chemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, and elementary thermodynamics. It is recommended for allied health or applied science majors. Graded only.

 

CHEM 52: Elementary Organic and Biochemistry
(4 units)

  • Prerequisite: CHEM 51
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course provides an introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds including organic nomenclature and functional group chemistry. Biochemistry topics include optical isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids as they apply to living systems. Recommended for allied health and applied science majors. Graded only. (C-ID CHEM 102).

 

CHEM 110: Introductory Chemistry (4 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: Non-transferable
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course is for the student who lacks the necessary background to enroll directly in CHEM 51 or CHEM 1. The assumption is made that this is the student's first exposure to chemistry. With that in mind, both the philosophy and practice of laboratory chemistry are pursued. The approach to many topics is quantitative and the topics chosen are those that are bothersome to students in more advanced courses. The goal is to prepare students for CHEM 51 or CHEM 1 and further study in chemistry.

 


 

Engineering Courses

 

ENGR 1 - Introduction to Engineering (2 Units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level III
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 2 hrs lecture per week

The course explores the branches of engineering, the functions of an engineer, and the industries in which engineers work. Explains the engineering education pathways and explores effective strategies for students to reach their full academic potential. Presents an introduction to the methods and tools of engineering problem solving and design including the interface of the engineer with society and engineering ethics. Develops communication skills pertinent to the engineering profession.

 

ENGR 3 - Plane Surveying I (3 Units)

  • Prerequisite(s): MATH 20 or high school trigonometry
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 2 hrs lecture /3 hrs lab per week

The course applies theory and principles of plane surveying: office computations and design; operation of surveying field equipment; and production of engineering plans/maps. Topics include distances, angles, and directions; differential leveling; traversing; property/boundary surveys; topographic surveys/mapping; volume/earthwork; horizontal and vertical curves; land description techniques; and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Extensive field work using tapes, levels, transits, theodolites, total stations, and GPS.

 

ENGR 4 - Plane Surveying II (3 Units)

  • Prerequisite(s): ENGR 3
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 2 hrs lecture /3 hrs lab per week

This course introduces students to civil engineering design standards, concepts and procedures related to transportation engineering and construction management. Topics include the standards and design of horizontal curves, vertical curves and earthwork related to transportation projects in addition to survey staking, state plane coordinates, geographic information systems and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) related to project surveying. The laboratory portion of the course includes the application of 3-dimensional graphic modeling software requiring creativity in design, development of construction plans, and operation of modern surveying equipment, such as total stations and GPS.

 

ENGR 8 - Statics (3 Units)

  • Prerequisite(s): MATH 31, PHYS 41
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 2 hrs lecture /3 hrs lab per week

A first course in engineering mechanics: properties of forces, moments, couples and resultants; two- and three-dimensional force systems acting on engineering structures in equilibrium; analysis of trusses, and beams; distributed forces, shear and bending moment diagrams, center of gravity, centroids, friction, and area and mass moments of inertia. Optional additional topics include fluid statics, cables, Mohr's circle and virtual work.

 

ENGR 17 - Electrical Circuits and Devices (4 Units)

  • Prerequisite(s): MATH 40 (may be taken concurrently) PHYS 42
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture / 3 rs lab per week

An introduction to the analysis, construction and measurement of electrical circuits. Use of analytical techniques based on the application of circuit laws and network theorems. Basic use of electrical test and measurement instruments including multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, and function generators. Use of circuit simulation software. Interpretation of measured and simulated data based on principles of circuit analysis for Direct Current (DC), analysis, transient, and sinusoidal steady-state Alternating Current (AC) conditions containing resistors, capacitors, inductors, dependent sources, operational amplifiers and /or switches. Elementary circuit design. Practical considerations such as component value tolerance and non-ideal aspects of laboratory instruments. Construction and measurement of basic operational amplifier circuits. Natural and forced responses of first and second order RLC circuits; the use of phasors; AC power calculations; power transfer; and energy concepts.

 

ENGR 45 - Materials Science (4 Units)

  • Prerequisite(s): PHYS 41, CHEM 1
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture / 3 hrs lab per week

This course presents the internal structures and resulting behaviors of materials used in engineering applications, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and semiconductors. The emphasis is upon developing the ability both to select appropriate materials to meet engineering design criteria and to understand the effects of heat, stress, imperfections, and chemical environments upon material properties and performance. Laboratories provide opportunities to directly observe the structures and behaviors discussed in the course, to operate testing equipment, to analyze experimental data, and to prepare reports.

 


 

Geology Courses

 

GEOL 32: Physical Geology with Lab (4 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

Physical Geology with Lab will introduce students to the internal and external processes that are at work changing the earth today. Within the context of modern plate tectonics theory, students will explore the origins of rocks and minerals and dynamic earth processes such as volcanism, seismicity and mountain building that are driven by the release of Earth's internal heat. It also examines how wind, running water, and glaciers move in response to gravity and energy from the sun and the sculpting of Earth's surface by erosion. These concepts as well as the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps will be reinforced with an integrated laboratory program. (C-ID GEOL 101).

 

GEOL 34: Historical Geology with Lab (4 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lab per week

Historical geology with lab introduces students to Earth's geologic history and the history of life on Earth. Drawing on concepts from plate tectonics theory, evolution, geologic dating methods and stratigraphy, students explore the planet's origin and the processes that have repeatedly re-shaped the global environment during the past 4.6 billion years. It also covers the history of life on this planet and investigates the complementary roles played by natural selection and environmental change in shaping both modern and ancient ecosystems. These concepts as well as fossil identification, study of sedimentary rocks, and interpretation of geologic maps will be reinforced with an integrated laboratory program. (C-ID GEOL 111).

 


 

Physics Courses

 

PHYS 10: Concepts of Physics (3 units)

  • Prerequisite: MATH 108 or high school algebra
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture per week

Emphasis is placed on physics from a conceptual rather than a mathematical approach. Topics include: Newton's Laws of Motion, energy and momentum. Depending on the students' interests, further topics may include: Heat and Thermodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Optics, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Not intended for students who have completed high school physics or Physics 21 or 41.

 

PHYS 11: Concepts of Physics Lab (1 unit)

  • Prerequisite: PHYS 10 (or concurrent enrollment)
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lab per week

This course is designed to accompany the lecture topics taught in Physics 10. Experiments performed will cover the areas of motion, sound, electricity and magnetism, and light. Not recommended for physics majors.

 

PHYS 21: College Physics I (4 units)

  • Prerequisite: MATH 20 or high school trigonometry
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a one-year course in physics as a requirement for their major program. The course is part of a two-semester sequence whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations at articulated institutions. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, fluids and simple harmonic motion. Graded only.

 

PHYS 22: College Physics II (4 units)

  • Prerequisite: PHYS 21
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course is intended for students not majoring in physics or engineering but needing a one-year course in physics as a requirement for their major program. The course is the second part of a two-semester sequence beginning with PHYS 21. Core topics include: electrostatics, magnetism, DC circuits, optics and modern physics. Graded only.

 

PHYS 41: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
(4 units)

  • Prerequisite: MATH 30
  • Co-requisite:  PHYS 51 recommended
  • Recommended Prep: high school physics
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a three semester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include an introduction to kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum, gravitation and simple harmonic motion. (C-ID PHYS 205). Graded only.

 

PHYS 42: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
(4 units)

  • Prerequisites: PHYS 41, MATH 31
  • Co-requisite: PHYS 52 recommended
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a three semester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include electrostatics, magnetism, DC and AC circuits, and Maxwell's equations. (C-ID PHYS 210). Graded only.

 

PHYS 43: Physics for Scientists and Engineers III
(4 units)

  • Prerequisites: PHYS 42, MATH 32
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course, intended for students majoring in physical sciences and engineering, is part of a three semester course whose contents may be offered in other sequences or combinations. Core topics include optics and modern physics. (C-ID PHYS 43). Graded only.

 

PHYS 51: Problem Solving Strategies for PHYS 41
(1 unit)

  • Co-requisite: PHYS 41
  • Transfer Status: CSU
  • 3 hrs lab per week

This course is a supplement to PHYS 41 and is intended to enhance the students problem solving skills in the areas of vectors, statics, kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, rotational motion, oscillatory motion, and fluid mechanics. Pass/No Pass only.

 

PHYS 52: Problem Solving Strategies for PHYS 42
(1 unit)

  • Co-requisite: PHYS 42
  • Transfer Status: CSU
  • 3 hrs lab per week

This course is a supplement to PHYS 42 and is intended to enhance the students' problem solving skills in the areas of electric fields and potential, electric currents, electric circuits, induced currents, magnetic fields, dielectrics, alternating currents, and electromagnetic waves. Pass/No Pass only.

 


 

Physical Science Courses

 

PSC 10: Introduction to Environmental Science
(4 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

Introduction to Environmental Science introduces students to the scientific principles and problem solving techniques used to evaluate the effects of human activities on different ecosystems. Topics include the sustainability and stewardship of natural ecosystems, use of natural resources, environmental hazards such as air and water pollution, solid waste disposal, soils and food production, the atmosphere and global warming, as well as population and urbanization. Basic chemistry, geology and physics will be introduced throughout the course to explain and expand on these topics. The concepts will be reinforced with an integrated laboratory program.

 

PSC 12: Concepts in Physical Science (4 units)

  • Prerequisite: MATH 108 or Math Level IV
  • Recommended Prep:  Reading Level IV, English Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course is an investigation of basic principles of physics and chemistry including matter, physical and chemical properties, energy, motion, light, atomic structure, bonding, solutions and chemical reactions. The interdependence of chemistry and physics will be emphasized. This course is intended for non-science majors.

 

PSC 20: Introductory Physical Science (3 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture per week

Introductory Physical Science introduces students to the earth and physical sciences and includes introductory sections on physics, earth and atmospheric science and space science. This course is meant to give students a broad but basic understanding of the concepts, terminology, and methods of study of the physical environment.

 

PSC 21: Introductory Physical Science Lab (1 unit)

  • Prerequisite: PSC 20 (or concurrent enrollment)
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lab per week

This course will introduce students to the measurements, techniques, and terminology used to describe the physical environment. Topics include experiments and activities on the scientific method, Newton's laws of motion, energy, light and sound. Scientific methods will also be used to study earthquakes, geologic time, common rocks, and Earth's atmosphere. This course will supplement material presented in the Physical Science lecture course.

 

PSC 30: Introductory Astronomy (4 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture/ 3 hrs lab per week

This course is a study of our dynamic universe. Topics include the history of astronomy, the science of observation and discovery, stellar birth, maturation and death, planetary formation, a description of our solar system galaxies, quasars and cosmology.

 

PSC 50: Introduction to Weather (3 units)

  • Co-requisite: PSC 51 (Recommended)
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level IV
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture per week

This course provides an introduction to modern meteorology. The main topics will include air circulation, pressure and wind, temperature, moisture, fronts, storm systems, cloud types and air stability. The course will also include an introduction to interpreting weather maps, synoptic weather forecasting, and climate change. Math will be used at times during this course but emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of basic meteorology.

 

PSC 51: Weather Lab (1 unit)

  • Prerequisite: PSC 50 or PSC 52 (or concurrent enrollment)
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lab per week

This course will emphasize the practical concepts of physical science and weather using demonstration and experimentation. Topics include the scientific method, Newton's laws of motion, heat and energy transfer, the gas law, and fluid dynamics. Other experiments will demonstrate weather observation techniques, collection and analysis of atmospheric data, weather map study, cloud identification, interpretation of satellite imagery, and basic forecasting skills. This course includes a field trip to a local forecasting facility.

 

PSC 52: Extreme Weather (3 units)

  • Co-requisite: PSC 51 (Recommended)
  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level III
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture per week

This course will explore extreme weather topics with a background in basic meteorology. Students will be provided with a introduction to physical and atmospheric science concepts including the scientific method, composition and structure of the atmosphere, seasonal variation, cloud identification, air stability, weather variables, forecasting, and atmospheric circulation. These concepts will help the student build an understanding of extreme weather events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, mid-latitude storms, thunderstorms, blizzards, drought, El Nino / La Nina, and more. Students will be required to read and analyze information while using critical thinking and communication skills to solve problems. Math will be used at times during this course but the emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the atmosphere and extreme weather topics.

 

PSC 53: Natural Hazards (3 units)

  • Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV, English Level IV, Math Level III
  • Transfer Status: CSU/UC
  • 3 hrs lecture per week

This course provides an introduction to the hazards created by the earth's natural and physical processes and covers a broad scientific understanding of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires and other disasters. Other topics will include threats from the earth's changing climate and potential impacts from asteroids and comets. Atmospheric and geological processes that create these catastrophes will also be discussed. The concept of science and the scientific method will be introduced and applied to the course material.

 


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