Sciences

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 allied health programs.

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 their processes. Organisms studied by biologists include bacteria, protists, plants, fungi, and animals. In addition to biological processes, biology also covers molecular and cellular structures, organismal behavior, the relationship between structure and function, and anatomy and physiology.

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 and national parks service, environmentalist, and biology education.

Careers in biology that require graduate-level degrees include medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, optometry and dentistry, bioinformatics (biology with computer science), and medical and biological research. Even students who do not major in biology find that coursework in the field can improve their skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, writing, research and analysis. Additionally, biology coursework gives students the opportunity to explore current scientific, medical, and environmental topics, as well as their own health. 

College of the Desert’s biology curriculum includes course offerings in general biology, for non-science majors, human anatomy and physiology as well as microbiology for students preparing for careers in health care, and introductory biology coursework for science majors in molecular and cell biology and organismal biology.

The College offers an Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) degree which prepares students for seamless transfer with junior status to a CSU campus in a program or major in Biology. Students earning the Biology AS-T degree may pursue entry-level positions as laboratory assistants or may choose to continue their studies in the discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree at any college or university. 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

Courses in physical science aim to engage students with subjects such as astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics, that study the structure and function of non-living systems. Studying these systems, students will use the scientific method to investigate materials ranging  from subatomic particles to the vast scale of the Earth, solar system, dark matter and energy within our universe.

Students who choose not to major in physical sciences find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to solve complex problems using critical thinking and to perform research and analysis. Satisfy your curiosity of the physical sciences and initiate your development of knowledge to improve our quality of life.

Most careers in this discipline require an undergraduate or graduate-level degree. However, minimum qualifications for some entry-level positions require an associate degree. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in physical sciences commonly include, but are not limited to, laboratory and/or field technician positions with an emphasis in astronomy, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology, and physics.

College of the Desert’s physical science curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the disciplines for students seeking to satisfy general education requirements, a bachelor’s degree in a nursing program, or students planning to become educators at elementary and secondary schools. Additionally, coursework is offered for students majoring in science or engineering and intending to transfer to a four-year program in their chosen discipline.

College of the Desert offers Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degrees in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics. These degrees prepare students for a seamless transfer with junior status to a CSU or UC in their chosen program or major for completion of a baccalaureate degree. 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:     

Richard Burns
Geology, Environmental Science
rburns@collegeofthedesert.edu      
760.674.7804

Joana Ciurash      
Chemistry
jciurash@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7277

Ahmed ElShafie      
Astronomy
aelshafie@collegeofthedesert.edu
442.400.5312

Carl Farmer      
Astronomy, Physics
cfarmer@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7455

Michael Gariety      
Physics
mgariety@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7275

Amy Glover      
Biology
aglover@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7232

Robert Guinn      
Chemistry
rguinn@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.862.1363

Daniel Mayo  
Chemistry  
damayo@collegeofthedesert.edu  
760.565.4817

Christine Melton      
Chemistry
cmelton@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.674.7639

Edith Rojas Salazar      
Geology, Environmental Science
erojassalazar@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.862.1307

Robert Rosteck      
Biology, Pre-medicine
rrosteck@collegeofthedesert.edu 
760.776.7284

Alexa Sawa      
Biology, Pre-medicine
asawa@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7276

Michael Silveira      
Biology
msilveira@collegeofthedesert.edu    
760.674.7798

Anthony Tesch      
Biology
atesch@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7274

Giuseppe Vezzoli
Biology
gvezzoli@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.674.7803

 

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T)

Associate Degrees (AA/AS)

Astronomy (A)

A 001  Descriptive Astronomy   Units: 3

This course is an introductory survey of planetary, stellar and galactic astronomy designed for students not majoring in science. This course reviews research techniques, current knowledge and theory about the planets, stars, galaxies and the age and origin of the universe.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061 & MATH 040
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1                 IGETC: 5A

A 002  Descriptive Astronomy   Units: 4

This course is an introductory survey of planetary, stellar and galactic astronomy designed for students not majoring in science. This course reviews research techniques, current knowledge and theory about the planets, stars, galaxies and the age and origin of the universe.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061 & MATH 040
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

A 003  Planetary Astronomy   Units: 4

This course is an introduction to the current solar system. A comparative study will be made of the planets and their satellites, dwarf planets, asteroids and comets. An overview of the formation, evolution and structure of the solar nebula will be presented. Highlights from previous, current and future interplanetary missions will be incorporated and interpretation of mission results and analysis will be discussed.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061 & MATH 040
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1, B3                 IGETC: 5A, 5C

A 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.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061 & MATH 040
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

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 061
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: structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, origin and evolution of cellular life and molecular evolution, organelle structure and function, membrane structure and function, cellular transport, cellular chemistry and biomolecules, cellular metabolism (respiration and photosynthesis), cell reproduction and its controls, cell communication, classic and molecular genetics, DNA structure and function, gene structure, gene expression and control of gene expression, biotechnology, and scientific inquiry. 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; BIOL 135S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH 001A; BI 004 or high school biology; and prior completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENG 001A
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; BIOL 135S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI 004 or high school biology; MATH 012 or concurrent enrollment; and 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 & 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 designed for students obtaining a general elective in natural science, as well as 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: BI 007 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: BI 004 & ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B3                 IGETC: 5C

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 061
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 115BS)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH 054
Advisory: ENG 061
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 115BS)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: BI 013 & CH 004 OR BI 013 & 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 & CH 004 OR BI 013 & 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: 1-6

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills 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 six units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and education or occupational goals are directly related to Biology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 450          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 110; CHEM 120S)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: CH 003 or one year high school chemistry and MATH 049
Advisory: MATH 012
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, chemical equilibrium, acid-base equilibria in aqueous solutions, electrochemistry. There is a brief introduction to organic, biological and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory part of the course complements the lectures and also includes one experiment on qualitative analysis of cations and anions. (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, compounds, bonding, nomenclature, states of matter, reaction types, composition, stoichiometry, acids, bases, pH, gas laws, and solutions. Laboratory is a hands-on experience stressing manipulation, procedure, data, and outcome calculations. 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 061
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's degrees in nursing, dental hygiene and allied health programs.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH 054
Advisory: ENG 061
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 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 includes IR, Mass Spectroscopy, NMR Spectroscopy, kinetics, thermodynamics, and molecular orbital theory. 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 serves as an introduction to the study of the origin and composition of Earth. Subject matter for this course includes Earth materials and processes such as minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Physical Geology provides a broad understanding and appreciation of Earth and its evolution over time. The laboratory component studies aspects of geology on a practical and applied basis with possible field trips that emphasize the study of local geological systems. (C-ID GEOL 101)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A & 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 & 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 & 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 intended for students with a strong science background. This rigorous, fast-paced course is a survey of astronomy, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and geology. The Earth Sciences provides a general understanding and appreciation of the physical, chemical, and historical evolution of our planet and the universe. Explore the interrelationship of the Earth Sciences and the influences of humanity upon the Earth's systems. The laboratory portion studies aspects of each area on a practical and applied basis. Potential field trips emphasize the study and interaction of local Earth systems. (C-ID GEOL 121)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A & 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 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 & ENG 061
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 061
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 is an algebra and trigonometry-based physics course designed for majors not seeking a degree in the sciences or engineering. This course is the first semester of the Physics 2 sequence. Topics include mechanics, sound, fluids, thermodynamics, and wave motion. This course is offered in the Fall semester of even-numbered years. (C-ID PHYS 105; PHYS 100S)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH 005 & ENG 061 ENG 061
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; PHYS 100S)
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 designed to 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 analysis; 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: PH 003A & MATH 001B
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: ENGR 011 or PH 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 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B1                 IGETC: 5A

PH 017L  Introduction to Meteorology Lab   Units: 1

This laboratory course is designed to reinforce and enhance the material covered in PH 017, Introduction to Meteorology. It includes activities about the earth's atmosphere, energy budgets, air pollution and global warming, clouds and precipitation, weather systems and forecasting, and severe weather.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH 054 & ENG 061 Corequisite: PH 017 or previously completed
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: B3                 IGETC: 5C

PH 020A  Physics for Life Sciences Majors I   Units: 4

This is a calculus-based physics course designed for life science majors and transfers. This course is the first semester of the two semester Physics 20 sequence. Topics include mechanics, simple harmonic motion, fluids, and thermodynamics. This course is offered in Fall semesters.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MATH 001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

PH 020B  Physics for Life Sciences Majors II   Units: 4

This is a calculus-based physics course designed for majors not seeking a degree in the sciences or engineering. This course is the second semester of the Physics 20 sequence. Topics include electricity, magnetism, waves, optics, and selected topics from modern physics. This course is offered in the Spring semester of odd-numbered years. Note: The Physics 20 sequence satisfies the physics requirement for some pre-professional students.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: PH 020A Corequisite: MATH 001B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C1                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

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: 1-6

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills 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 six units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and education or occupational goals are directly related to Physics.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 450          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