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BIO 3 General Microbiology (3)
This is an introductory microbiology course that will cover the basic principles of microbial growth and metabolism, cellular morphology and structure, taxonomy, pathogenicity, immunity, and control. Course will focus on microorganisms as agents of disease and normal inhabitants of our environment. Offered every semester. Lecture 3 hrs. GS-IIID

BIO 10 - Health Science (3)
An introductory course designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the functioning of the human body as it relates to health problems. Included are such topics as nutrition, infectious disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproduction, and the effects of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Offered every semester. Lecture 3 hrs.  GS-IIID

BIO 50A - Human Anatomy (3)
The study of the structure of the human body. A systemic approach is used beginning with the molecular level and progressing to the organism as a whole to demonstrate the interrelationships at each level of organization. Offered every semester. Lecture 3 hrs. Prerequisites: successful completion of a high school General Biology course and concurrent enrollment in BIO 50A laboratory. GS-IIID

BIO 50AL – Human Anatomy Laboratory (1)
The laboratory complements BIO 50A lecture. Laboratory exercises are used to expand and clarify the concepts presented in lecture. These include microscopic reviews, dissections and other multiple teaching/learning media. Offered every semester. Laboratory 3 hrs. Prerequisites: successful completion of a high school General Biology course and concurrent enrollment in BIO 50A lecture or completion of BIO 50A with a grade of C or better. GS-IIID

BIO 50B – Human Physiology (3)
An introduction to physiological principles with emphasis on organ systems. An integrative approach is used beginning with the molecular and progressing to the organism as a whole to demonstrate the interrelationships at each level of organization. Offered every semester. Lecture 3 hrs. Prerequisites: a grade of C or above in BIO 50A lecture and laboratory. GS-IIID

BIO 50BL – Human Physiology Laboratory (1)
The laboratory complements BIO 50B lecture. Laboratory exercises include measurements of physiological activities from the molecular level to the whole organism. Offered every semester. Laboratory 3 hrs. Prerequisites: a grade of C or above in BIO 50A lecture and laboratory and concurrent enrollment in BIO 50B lecture or completion of BIO 50B with a grade of C or better. GS-IIID

CHE 3 - Foundations of Chemistry (3)
Lecture, three hours. An introduction to the principles and laws of chemistry including atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, and introductory organic chemistry. Note: This course is a prerequisite to CHE 1A if the student fails to qualify for CHE 1A on the Chemistry Placement Examination.  GS-II,IIID

NUR 104 Leadership Practicum (1.5)
This course is designed to provide experience in utilizing a collaborative leadership style in applying the nursing process to leadership and management principles in the health care setting. A major change theory project will be selected in collaboration with a preceptor to address an issue relating to the setting utilized for the clinical experience. Prerequisites: Admission into the ADN to MSN program, NUR 102, NUR 103 must be taken concurrently, NUR 201, and NUR 203

PHI 168B - Bioethics (3)
An examination of moral problems regarding the moral issues, decision-making processes and procedures facing the medical profession, presented within a historical context. This includes informed consent, honesty, patient rights v. paternalism, physician assisted death, abortion, surrogate parenting, pregnant substance abusers, cloning, medical experimentation, biotechnology, and justice issues such as the allocation of scarce resources. Prerequisite: one lower division ethics course. GS-VB2

POL 1 - American Government and Institutions (3)
An introduction to the principles and problems of government, with particular emphasis on the formation and development of the national and state administrative, legislative, and judicial systems and processes. GS-IIIG

POL 2 - Introduction to World Politics (3)
An investigation of the concepts and techniques which enable the student to compare divergent political systems, focusing upon both traditional and innovative concepts such as power, ideology, decision making, elitism, and the structural-functional approach. Particular attention is devoted to political systems. See HIS 26. GS-IIIC,IIIF,VI

POL 101 - Research Methodology
An examination of modern research and writing methods emphasizing needed skills in conducting political science research and preparing research papers, including working with statistical data bases, using libraries and archives, and evaluating, citing, and presenting evidence. Required for political science majors. See HIS 101

POL 102 - Women and the Law (3)
This course analyzes the relationship between gender and the law and how it has evolved over time. It covers the landmark cases that have shaped women's rights in American including abortion (Roe v. Wade), freedom from sexual harassment in the work place (Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins) and equal access to education (the case of the Virginia Military Institute). This course will also examine the works of leading scholars including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who as a litigator was a leading advocate for women's rights and now sits on the U.S. Supreme Court. GS-IIIG

POL 131 - International Relations (3)
A general survey of the institutions, considerations, and ideologies involved in the formation and execution of foreign policy within a world context. Special attention is placed upon international agencies, including the United Nations. May be taken for lower division credit. GS-IIIG

POL 147 - Women and Development (3)
Analyzes the impact of development policies on women in developing countries. Topics include the status of women in traditional societies, the gendered allocation of resources, and illegal immigration including the international trafficking of persons.

POL 151 - Humanitarian Intervention (3)
An analysis of the issues that provoke humanitarian concerns such as civil strife, poverty, epidemics, and famine. The development of norms of humanitarian intervention will be a focus on this course.

POL 176 - Public Policy (3)
This course considers major public issues in American politics within a framework that emphasizes analysis, social configurations, and resolution of conflicts. The particular issue will be announced in the schedule of classes for the appropriate term.

POL 180 - State and Local Government (3)
A study of state political systems, including their administrative and local sub-systems; intergovernmental relationships; policy outputs. Consent of instructor necessary for non-majors and non-minors. GS-IIIG

POL 191 - Internship in Government Service (3)
Students in the public administration program serve as interns working in government offices in the Los Angeles area.

PSY 1 - Introduction to Psychology (3)
Introduction to the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Surveys major concepts, findings, and practical applications of contemporary psychological research. Focuses on basic topics addressed in such research: the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, developmental processes, learning and memory mechanisms, cognition and intelligence, motivation and emotions, social relations, personality, and psychopathology. Prerequisite: None, GS-IIIF

PSY 12 - Child/Human Development (3)
Introduction to human development from conception to death. Covers major theories of psychological growth, interactions between heredity and environment, and the physical, cognitive, and social domains of development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Focuses on concepts and issues important in prenatal development, cognitive and social factors in childhood and adolescence, effective parenting, and personal growth through the lifespan. Prerequisite: PSY 1 (waived for Liberal Studies majors) GS-IIIF

SOC 5 - Sociological Perspectives (3)
An introduction to the scientific study of human social behavior, including the foundational theories and the basic elements of social research. Viewing human life as inherently social, the social and environmental forces which influence and are influenced by personal experience, culture, and social arrangements, are examined.