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ANTH 480 Honors Physical Anthropology 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.

General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 

This course is an in depth introduction to the science of physical anthropology. This seminar style honors course approaches the topical material through class discussion which encourages problem solving techniques focusing on current anthropological issues. Weekly topical issues will be presented in a case study format. Critical thinking skills are emphasized in responding to these issues. The following topics are included in the course: evolutionary theory, heredity, human variation, taxonomy and behavior of the living primate and the fossil evidence of human evolution.

ASTR 481 -- Honors Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
Advisory: MATH 100, 104, or 132 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B1; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5A; IGETC Area 5C

This seminar-style course is an in-depth introduction to astronomy, focusing on stars, galaxies, and cosmology. It approaches current topics in astronomy through class discussion and laboratory activities, with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving techniques, and conceptual reasoning.

BIOL 482 Honors Introduction to Marine Environment 4 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; CSU Area B3; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB

This course is an honors level introduction to oceanography and marine biology. Using a seminar style, it explores sea water, marine geology, marine algae, marine vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and the ecology of various marine zones. Field trips focusing on inter-tidal organisms of the Central California Coast are required. The course is not open to students who have completed BIOL 370.

 

CISP 480 Honors Introduction to Structured Programming 5 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
Advisory: CISC 310 (Introduction to Computer Information Science)
Hours: 72 hours LEC, 54 hours LAB 

This honors course combines the content of both CISP 300 and CISP 360 and presents it in an accelerated fashion emphasizing projects and collaborative work. It introduces methods for solving typical computer problems through algorithm design, continuing with implementation through structured programming and objects, as well as documentation, testing, and debugging. Topics include assessing and analyzing computer problems and requirements documents, and developing programming plans from which source code versions of programs are created. Additionally, data representation, data types, variables, constants, operators, and expression evaluation are covered, along with control structures, interactive and file input/output, standard libraries, arrays, pointers, methods (functions), classes, and objects. Pseudocode and an object-oriented language are used to create program solutions.  

 

ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement through assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(a); CSU Area A2; IGETC Area 1A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This honors composition course requires the analysis of professional essays and at least one full-length volume of non-fiction that exhibit complexity in both subject and structure. It emphasizes writing carefully reasoned, stylistically sophisticated essays of varying lengths and in varying rhetorical modes; at least one of those essays requires research and appropriate MLA documentation. Essays written during the term will total at least 6,500 words. One or more additional hours per week in the Learning Resources Center or Writing Across the Curriculum or Reading Across the Disciplines programs may be required.

 

ENGWR 481 Honors College Composition and Literature 3 Units

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; ENGWR 300 or 480 with a grade of “C” or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC 

This is an advanced course in critical reasoning and writing about literature. It examines the four major genres--the novel, the short story, poetry, and drama by authors representing diverse perspectives. It will explore principles of formal and informal logic, characteristics of sophisticated writing, and means of recognizing logical fallacies. Written analyses will total at least 6,500 words and will include material from secondary sources, cited and documented according to MLA format. Attendance at a live theater production may be required. One or more additional hours per week in the Learning Resource Center or Writing Across the Curriculum or Reading Across the Disciplines programs may be required.

 

ENGWR 482 Honors Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking 3 Units

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; ENGWR 300 or 480 with a grade of “C” or better.
Advisory: ENGRD 310 or 312
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3; IGETC Area 1B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This is a course in critical reasoning, reading, and writing requiring a high level of competence in English composition. Complex texts (essay and book-length works) reflecting a variety of cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives will be read, discussed, and analyzed. The course includes inductive and deductive reasoning, fallacious reasoning, and use of persuasive language. The minimum word requirement of 6,500 words will be divided among at least four formal essays, ranging from 1,000-3,000 words each, two of which will include primary and secondary research and MLA format. Several group and individual class presentations will be required.

 

HIST 480 History of Western Civilization - Honors 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C; CSU Area D6; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

A survey of western civilization from its origins in the Ancient Middle East until the Renaissance. The emphasis will be on the social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual forces that have served to shape the modern world. The focus will be on challenging student to interpret the past by critically analyzing both primary sources and relevant works by leading historians.

 

HIST 481 History of Western Civilization - Honors 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C; CSU Area D6; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course is a survey of western civilization from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis will be on the social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual forces that have served to shape the modern world. The focus will be on challenging students to interpret the past by critically analyzing both primary sources and relevant works by leading historians.

 

HIST 483 History of the United States - Honors 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(a); CSU Area D6; CSU Area F1; IGETC Area 4F
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course is an in-depth study of American history from the Colonial through the American Civil War eras. Particular emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships of the developing American political, economic, social, and cultural institutions.

 

HIST 484 History of the United States - Honors 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(a); CSU Area D6; CSU Area F1; IGETC Area 4F
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course is an intense study of American history from 1865 to the present day. Particular emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships of American political, economic, social, and cultural developments.

 

NUTRI 481 Honors - Cultural Foods of the World 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b) (effective Summer 2015); AA/AS Area VI (effective Summer 2015)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This seminar-style course offers an in-depth anthropological perspective of traditional and contemporary food customs and cultures. Western and non-western food customs are compared including their social, religious, economic, and aesthetic significance. Included are ethnocentrism, gender-related stereotypes, and racism as they relate to the availability, distribution, and preparation of food throughout the world. The nutritional status of various cultures as it relates to geographic, agricultural, and socioeconomic factors is studied. The specific cultural groups included are driven by student interests. This course is not open to students who have completed NUTRI 310.

 

POLS 481 Introduction to Government: United States - Honors 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course analyzes the U.S. government's historic origins, philosophical and theoretical justification, constitutional structures and how these institutions work. It examines and describes the procedural aspects of the political system including holding elections, campaigning, voting, lobbying, legislating, executing and adjudicating law. It provides an analysis of contemporary problems and issues. It also describes California state and local governments' constitutional base, structures and functions, political process, problems and issues. Conducted in a seminar format, this course emphasizes participatory classroom styles of learning and the material used is more substantial and sophisticated. In addition, there are extensive research projects on American institutions, political processes, and political behavior designed to challenge and motivate. This course is not open to students who have completed POLS 301.

 

PSYC 480 Honors General Principles 3 Units

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; ENGWR 300 or 480 with a grade of “C” or better. ENGRD 015 with “C” or better, or placement through assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D9; IGETC Area 4I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course is for psychology majors, behavioral science majors and other students who desire a challenging, critical thinking and issues oriented introduction to general principles. Topics include the scientific method, statistics, biological determinants and general processes of behavior such as development, learning, verbal behavior, intelligence, perception, motivation, emotion, personality and mental health. Using a seminar style, the focus will be on encouraging thorough analysis and evaluation of psychological theories and research studies as they relate to practical, everyday issues.

 

PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior 3 Units

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; PSYC 300 or PSYC 480 with a grade of “C” or better; ENGWR 300 OR ENGWR 480 with a grade of “C” or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D9; CSU Area E1; IGETC Area 4I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course is for psychology majors, behavioral science majors, and others who desire a challenging, critical thinking, and issues-oriented exploration of normality and abnormality. Examination of the origins, symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders through first-person accounts, role of multicultural factors, and various theoretical stances. The focus is on thorough analysis and evaluation of biopsychosocial theories and research studies as they relate to the development and persistence of behavior disorders and treatment approaches.

 

SOC 480 Introductory Sociology - Honors 3 Units

Prerequisite: Placement into ENGWR 480 through the assessment process.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D0; IGETC Area 4J
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC

This course provides an in-depth examination of society and human behavior from various sociological perspectives. Sociological theories, both macro and micro, are applied to different aspects of life including culture, social stratification and inequality, conflict and social change, and politics and economy. The class is conducted as a seminar in which students will be responsible for developing in-depth analysis and understanding of issues based on classical and contemporary sociological theories. This course is designed for those from all academic disciplines who are motivated to learn sociological perspectives and how they apply to all aspects of human experience both at the individual and societal levels. The honors section utilizes a rigorous and an intensive instructional methodology designed to challenge motivated students. (C-ID SOCI 110).