Sciences

Biological and Physical

The Science Department has available a broad offering of courses in the biological and physical science disciplines. The aim of the department is to provide instruction to a large number of general students as well as those with a goal of majoring in science. To this end, courses for the non-science major are transferable to other institutions for general education requirements. Courses designed for science majors parallel content, level of instruction and units found in university systems. The department also offers a complete sequence of science courses leading to a nursing program and related paramedical qualifications.

Specified high-unit majors do not complete the transfer general education certification and must meet with their faculty advisors for general education requirements for graduation.

Biological Sciences

Biology is the study of living organisms, and includes plants, animals, bacteria and fungi. Biology studies their molecular and cellular structures as well as the whole organism and also includes structure - function relationships and organismal behavior.

Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in biology commonly include pharmaceutical sales, biomedical research, biomedical engineering, fish and wildlife biology, animal handler/trainer, zoo/aquarium biologist, forestry service, national parks service, environmentalist, biology teacher.

Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry and dentistry, bioinformatics (biology & computer science), medical research, and scientific research. Even students who choose not to major in biology find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to think critically, solve complex problems, improve their skills at writing, research and analysis, understand modern scientific, medical and environmental issues as well as their own health issues.  

College of the Desert’s biology curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as coursework in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

The College offers an Associate of Science degree, as well as courses leading to transfer to a university. Students earning an Associate’s Degree in Biology may pursue entry-level positions as laboratory assistants or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree. COD has transfer agreements with the California State Universities and University of California systems in this discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.

Physical Sciences

Physical Science is the study of inanimate natural objects, including chemistry, geology, physics and astronomy.

Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in the physical sciences commonly include chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, astronomy and environmental science.

All careers in the discipline generally require graduate-level degrees. Even students who choose not to major in physical sciences find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to solve complex problems by using critical thinking and to perform research and analysis.

College of the Desert’s Physical Science curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in a nursing program and students planning to be K through 12 teachers. Our primary function is to teach courses designed for majors in the specific disciplines.

College of the Desert offers Associate of Science degrees, as well as courses leading to transfer. Students earning the degrees may also choose to continue their study toward baccalaureate or advanced degree in the field.  COD has transfer agreements with the California State Universities and University of California systems in this discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.

Advisors:     

Joana Ciurash      
Chemistry
jciurash@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7277

Ahmed Elshafie      
Astronomy
aelshafie@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 400-5312

Carl Farmer      
Physics, Astronomy
cfarmer@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7455

Robert Guinn      
Chemistry
rguinn@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 862-1363

Christine Melton      
Chemistry
cmelton@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 674-7639

Nancy Moll      
Geology, Environmental Studies
nmoll@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7272

Robert Rosteck      
Biology, Pre-dentistry, Pre-medicine, Pre-optometry, Pre-veterinary Medicine
rrosteck@collegeofthedesert.edu 
(760) 776-7284

Alexa Sawa      
Biology, Nursing, Pre-medicine
asawa@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7276

Michael Silveira      
Biology, Nursing, Pre-medicine
msilveira@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 674-7798

Anthony Tesch      
Microbiology, Nursing, Pre-medicine
atesch@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7274

Biology (BI)

BI 004  Elements Of Biology   Units: 4

An introduction to biology for non-science majors including the study of plants, animals, ecology, and evolution. The foundations of biology, including biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, and the impact of humans on the environment will be covered in this course.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2, B3                 IGETC: 5B, 5C

BI 005  Molecular And Cell Biology   Units: 5

This course presents a survey of basic biological principles with a strong emphasis on biochemistry, cell biology and genetics. Topics include: bio-molecular and cell structure and function, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, DNA replication, protein synthesis, Mendelian genetics, Gene expression, mitosis, meiosis, embryology, tissues, organismal diversity and classification. This course is primarily designed for students pursuing careers in science, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health fields requiring a strong foundation in biology. Together BI-005 and BI-006, Biology of Organisms, provide students with the basic biology core curriculum for transfer. (C-ID BIOL 190)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI-004 or high school biology; ENG-001A or concurrent enrollment; and CH-001A or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2, B3                 IGETC: 5B, 5C

BI 006  Biology Of Organisms   Units: 5

This course covers classification, development, physiology and regulation at the organismal level. Additional topics include population dynamics, community ecology, evolution and population genetics. This course is primarily designed for students pursuing careers in science, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health fields requiring a strong foundation in biology. Together BI-006 and BI-005, Molecular and Cell Biology, provide students with the basic biology core curriculum for transfer. (C-ID BIOL 140)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI-004 or high school biology; MATH-012 or concurrent enrollment; ENG-001A or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2, B3                 IGETC: 5B, 5C

BI 007  Biology Of Mammals   Units: 3

This course covers classification, development, physiology, and regulation of mammals. Additional topics covered include zoogeography, echolocation, domestication, conservation ethics, and diseases and zoonoses. This course is primarily designed for students pursuing careers in science, veterinary medicine, and other fields requiring a strong foundation in biology.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: BI-004 and ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2                 IGETC: 5B

BI 007L  Biology Of Mammals Lab   Units: 1

This course covers classification, development, physiology, and regulation of mammals. Additional topics covered include zoogeography, evolution, identification of mammals based on skulls and teeth, and anatomy. This course is primarily designed for students pursuing careers in science, veterinary medicine, and other fields requiring a strong foundation in biology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: BI-004 and ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BI 011  Biology Of Viruses   Units: 3

This course is designed for science and non-science major students. The course emphasizes molecular and cellular biology, epidemiology, and development of diseases caused by human viruses. This includes the study of viral structure, classification, natural viral habitats, viral replication methods, host immune responses to viral infections, human viral diseases, viral isolation techniques, immunization and treatments. The scientific method is introduced and specific examples of its application to the study of viruses are included.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2                 IGETC: 5B

BI 013  Human Anatomy And Physiology I   Units: 4

This course involves an integrated study of human body organization and function. Topics include anatomical terminology, cells and tissues, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, articulations, the muscular system, the nervous system, and special senses. This is the first part of a two-course sequence that studies the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology and provides a foundation for advanced study of the human body. Both BI-013 and BI-014 must be taken to study all of the major body systems. This two-course sequence is designed to meet the prerequisites for health professional programs, e.g. nursing, physical therapy. (C-ID BIOL 115S)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-054
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2, B3                 IGETC: 5B, 5C

BI 014  Human Anatomy And Physiology II   Units: 5

This course involves an integrated study of human body organization and function. Topics include the endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. This is the second part of a two-course sequence that studies the fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology and provides a foundation for advanced study of the human body. Both BI-013 and BI-014 must be taken to study all of the major body systems. This two-course sequence is designed to meet the prerequisites for health professional programs, e.g. nursing, physical therapy. (C-ID BIOL 115S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI-013 and CH-004 or CH-005
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2, B3                 IGETC: 5B, 5C

BI 015  General Microbiology   Units: 5

This course is a comprehensive study of the microbial world. It is designed to develop an appreciation and understanding of microorganisms and their relationship to humans and their environment. A knowledge of the principles of microbiology and their practical applications is stressed. Subject matter includes medical microbiology, microbial physiology, microbial genetics, and industrial microbiology. The laboratory experience explores the development of current methods, techniques, and skillS necessary to culture, propagate and identify micro-organisms.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI-013 and CH-004 or CH-005
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B2, B3                 IGETC: 5B, 5C

BI 031  Undergraduate Research Experience   Units: 2

Under the supervision of STEM faculty, students will select a project to be completed during the semester. Topics will include information retrieval, computer skills applied to laboratory research, time management and organizational skills, application of modern research methods, experimental design, data collection and analysis, presentation skills (written and oral), and applying for summer internship opportunities. This course is intended for students pursuing a STEM degree and who have completed a minimum of 35 college level units.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI-005 or BI-006
Advisory: LIS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

BI 095A  Biology Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Biology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Chemistry (CH)

CH 001A  General Chemistry I   Units: 5

This is the first course of a two-semester sequence covering the basic principles and concepts of chemistry with emphasis on chemical calculations. Inorganic chemistry is stressed, and the material includes a discussion of atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecules, reaction types, states of matter, and the properties of solutions. The laboratory part of the course complements the lectures and includes qualitative analysis. (C-ID CHEM 120S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH-003 or one year high school chemistry and MATH-040
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

CH 001B  General Chemistry II   Units: 5

This is the second course of a two-semester sequence covering the basic principles and concepts of chemistry with emphasis on chemical calculations. Inorganic chemistry is stressed, and the material includes a discussion of thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, equilibria, electrochemistry and a detailed study of the chemistry of selected elements. There is a brief introduction to organic, biological and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory part of the course complements the lectures and includes half a semester of ion properties and qualitative analysis. (C-ID CHEM 120S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

CH 003  Introductory General Chemistry   Units: 4

This course is the study of the principles of inorganic chemistry. Instruction is given in calculations, atomic theory, Periodic Law, bonding and compounds, nomenclature, states of matter, reaction types, composition, stoichiometry, and acids, bases & pH. Laboratory is a hands-on experience stressing manipulation, procedure, data and outcome calculations. Business/Management Note: This course should be taken by Liberal Studies majors on the Education track to satisfy the chemistry requirement. It should also be taken as a prerequisite for CH-001A for students who have not had high school chemistry within the past 5 years. (C-ID CHEM 101)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-054
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

CH 004  Fundamentals Of Chemistry   Units: 4

This course is a survey of basic principles of inorganic, organic and bio-organic chemistry presented on a level for the general student. Note: This course, in conjunction with CH-005, meets the requirements for bachelor degrees in nursing, dental hygiene and allied health programs. The course is transferable as a physical science with laboratory.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-054
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: None

CH 005  Bio-organic Chemistry   Units: 4

This course is a survey of organic chemistry and biochemistry with an emphasis on the health sciences. It covers the major functional groups of organic compounds. The biologically active macromolecules and their components are discussed. Bioenergetics and metabolism are a substantial part of this course. The course is intended for health sciences students in dental hygiene, physician assistant, and related programs. Note: This course, in conjunction with CH-003 or CH-004, satisfies the requirements for those Health Sciences programs that require one year of chemistry other than general chemistry. (C-ID CHEM 102)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH-003 or CH-004
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

CH 010A  Organic Chemistry I   Units: 5

This course is the first of a two-semester sequence covering the basic principles and concepts of organic chemistry. An in-depth study is made of the bonding of carbon, stereochemistry, and the reactivity of alkanes, alkyl halides, alkenes, alkynes and alcohols. Addition, elimination, substitution and free radical reactions are discussed. Infrared Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy are being covered in detail. The course is designed for chemistry, biology and pre-professional majors. (C-ID CHEM 160S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH-001B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

CH 010B  Organic Chemistry II   Units: 5

This course is the second of a two-semester sequence covering the basic principles and concepts of organic chemistry. Ethers, epoxides, sulfides, conjugated systems, UV spectroscopy, aromatic compounds, ketones and aldehydes, amines, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives and synthetic polymers are being covered. An introduction is made to biochemical compounds: carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides, proteins and lipids. Condensation and Alpha substitution reactions are introduced. Review from the first semester of Organic Chemistry I, of IR, Mass Spectroscopy, NMR Spectroscopy. The course is designed for chemistry, biology and pre-professional majors. (C-ID CHEM 160S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH-010A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

CH 031  Undergraduate Research Experience   Units: 2

Under the supervision of STEM faculty, students will select a project to be completed during the semester. Topics will include information retrieval, computer skills applied to laboratory research, time management and organizational skills, application of modern research methods, experimental design, data collection and analysis, presentation skills (written and oral), and applying for summer internship opportunities. This course is intended for students pursuing a STEM degree and who have completed a minimum of 35 college level units.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH-001B
Advisory: LIS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Geology (G)

G 001  Physical Geology   Units: 4

This course includes the study of the origin and composition of rocks and minerals; landscape development by water, ice, and wind; earthquakes; the Earth's interior; the nature of mountains and their development; the movement of continental and oceanic plates, and environmental aspects of geology. The laboratory portion includes 3 hours of local field trips and constitutes a practical application of aspects of the above subject areas. (C-ID GEOL 101)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A and MATH-054
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

G 002  Historical Geology With Laboratory   Units: 4

An introduction to Earth's history and the life it supports with a laboratory. Subjects include geologic dating, plate tectonics, stratigraphy, fossils, biological evolution, the planet's origin and the processes that have influenced paleogeography during the past 4.6 billion years. (C-ID GEOL 111)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: BI-004 and G-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

G 005  Environmental Geology   Units: 4

This course surveys geologic hazards such as flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions that affect humanity and studies means by which they may be mitigated. Geologic resources such as groundwater, surface water, and soil are studied to assess supply, conservation practices, and contamination mitigation. Mineral, fossil fuel, and alternate energy resources are examined for potential and for environmental assessment of production and consumption. Land-use planning and environmental impact analysis integrate the foregoing. The laboratory portion applies, on a practical basis, aspects of the above in the classroom and in approximately 16 hours in the field. This course is suggested for students in any major which deals with human interactions with the physical environment, such as architecture, engineering, environmental studies, city planning, natural resources, geology, and geography. (C-ID GEOL 131)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A and MATH-054
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

G 010  The Earth Sciences   Units: 4

This course is a general survey of the Earth Sciences of Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, Climatology, and Astronomy. It is designed to provide a broad general understanding and appreciation of these sciences and to bring into perspective the uniqueness of our planet, the interrelationships of its systems, and the influences of humanity upon these systems. The laboratory portion studies aspects of each area on a practical, applied basis. Field trips emphasize study of local geology. (C-ID GEOL 121)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A and MATH-040
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

G 017  Introduction To Oceanography   Units: 3

This course explores the study of the Earth's oceans, their chemical composition and vertical structure, energy budgets, marine biological communities, their structure/composition, ocean currents, the geological origin and evolution of ocean basins, and marine resource discovery, exploitation and management.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-054 and ENG-061 or ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1                 IGETC: 5A

G 017L  Introduction To Oceanography Lab   Units: 1

This introductory laboratory course explores the study of the Earth's oceans, their chemical composition and vertical structure, marine biological communities, their structure/ composition, the geological origin and evolution of ocean basins, and marine resource discovery, exploitation and management.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: G-017 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: MATH-054 and ENG-061 or ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B3                 IGETC: 5C

G 022  Introduction To Environmental Sciences   Units: 3

This course covers the physical, biological and chemical systems that constitute the Earth's environment. Topics include geological processes, hydrology, climatology and weather, air and water pollution, population biology, ecosystems, and biodiversity. This course will include analyses of how human behavior and institutions affect the environment.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-054 and ENG-061 or ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1                 IGETC: 5A

Physics (PH)

PH 001  Introductory Physics   Units: 4

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and principles of physics. Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, heat, electricity and magnetism, waves, and modern physics. Note: This course is designed for students in general education who need to satisfy a laboratory requirement in the physical sciences, and for those in technical programs who need an introduction to physical concepts.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-054
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

PH 002A  College Physics I   Units: 4

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and principles of physics. Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, heat, electricity and magnetism, waves, and modern physics. Note: This course is designed for students in general education who need to satisfy a laboratory requirement in the physical sciences, and for those in technical programs who need an introduction to physical concepts. (C-ID PHYS 105)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-005 and ENG-070
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

PH 002B  College Physics II   Units: 4

This is an algebra and trigonometry-based physics course designed for majors not seeking a degree in the sciences or engineering. This course is the second semester of the Physics 2 sequence. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and selected topics from modern physics. This course is offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. Note: The physics 2 sequence satisfies the physics requirement for some pre-professional students. (C-ID PHYS 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PH-002A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

PH 003A  Engineering Physics   Units: 4

This is the first semester of the three-semester calculus-based physics sequence for scientists and engineers including those entering the computer fields. Topics include mechanics, wave motion, and sound. (C-ID PHYS 205)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-001A
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

PH 003B  Engineering Physics   Units: 4

This is the second semester of the calculus-based physics sequence for scientists and engineers including those entering the computer fields. Topics include electricity, magnetism, and thermodynamics. (C-ID PHYS 210)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PH-003A and MATH-001B or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

PH 003C  Engineering Physics   Units: 4

This is the third semester of the calculus-based physics sequence for scientists and engineers including those entering the computer fields. Topics include electromagnetic waves, geometric and physical optics, relativity, quantum physics, and the physics of atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles. (C-ID PHYS 215)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PH-003B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

PH 006A  Electric Circuits For Engineering & Science   Units: 4

This course is the first semester of a one year course designedto provide students with a broad knowledge of the theoretical background and experimental application of modern electronic devices and circuitry. It covers basic electronic concepts, solid state devices such as diodes and transistors and an introduction to basic analog and digital circuit design and analysis emphasizing practical applications including Ohm's Law and Kirchhoff's laws; nodal and loop an alysis;analysis of linear circuits; network theorems; transients in RLC circuits; sinusoidal steady-state analysis and application of PSPICE to circuit analysis. (Equivalent to ENGR-006A.)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PH 011  Statics   Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the analysis of forces on engineering structures in equilibrium. Vector analysis is utilized to study two- and three-dimensional frames, machines and trusses. Principles of friction, centroids, center of gravity, and moment of inertia for areas and masses are applied to analyze complex real-world problems. (Equivalent to ENGR-011.)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-001B and PH-003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PH 012  Dynamics   Units: 3

This course is intended for engineering majors planning to transfer to four-year institutions. It covers the fundamentals of kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Topics include kinematics of particle motion, Newton's Second Law, planar and three dimensional motion of rigid bodies, momentum and energy principles for rigid body motion and an introduction to vibrations and oscillations. (Equivalent to ENGR-012.)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PH-011 or ENGR-011
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PH 017  Introduction To Meteorology   Units: 3

This course includes the study of the earth's atmosphere, its composition and vertical structure, energy budgets, air pollution and global warming, clouds and precipitation, weather systems and forecasting, severe weather, and atmospheric optics. (C-ID GEOG 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH-054
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1                 IGETC: 5A

PH 031  Undergraduate Research Experience   Units: 2

Under the supervision of STEM faculty, students will select a project to be completed during the semester. Topics will include information retrieval, computer skills applied to laboratory research, time management and organizational skills, application of modern research methods, experimental design, data collection and analysis, presentation skills (written and oral), and applying for summer internship opportunities. This course is intended for students pursuing a STEM degree and who have completed a minimum of 35 college level units.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PH-003B
Advisory: LIS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PH 095A  Physics Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Physics.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None