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Science Department Courses

Please note that college course and program curriculum is a process of continual change. Every effort is made to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the information below, but students should consult a counselor or the faculty chair for the most current details regarding course descriptions, course applicability to programs, and patterns of course offerings at each Cerro Coso Community College campus location. That a course does not showing a pattern of offerings does not mean it is not offered, only that it may be offered irregularly. Consult counseling or the faculty chair for more information.

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Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides a biological survey for non-majors. Topics cover principles of organization, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, organ systems of plants and animals, ecology, evolution, and biodiversity. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, online and in Bishop every Fall, in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years, in Mammoth Lakes every Spring, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is an introductory course in biological science with laboratory experience for non-majors. The course illustrates the principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, and reproduction (plant and animal), ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The course is not open to students with credit in BIOL C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, in Bishop every Fall, in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years, in Mammoth Lakes every Spring, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Psychology transfer degree, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This is an introductory course in biological science with laboratory experience for non-majors. The course illustrates the principles of organization, cell structure and function, genetics, metabolism, organ systems, reproduction (plant and animal), ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The course is not open to students with credit in BIOL C101. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years and Spring of odd years.

Course may be used as an alternate to BIOL C105 for the Psychology transfer degree, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: MATH C055. Advisory: CHEM C101, ENGL C070

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers: principles of cell biology, metabolism, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and physiology. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Biology emphasis. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070, MATH C055. Advisory: CHEM C101.

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers: principles of cell biology, metabolism, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and physiology. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years.

Course may be used as an alternate to BIOL C111 for the General Sciences degree Biology emphasis, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: MATH C055, ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C101

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetics and Biodiversity, Anatomy and Physiology of Plants, and Ecology. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of odd years.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Biology emphasis. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070, MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C101.

This is an introductory course for students majoring in biological sciences and related subjects. The course covers Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetics and Biodiversity, Anatomy and Physiology of Plants, and Ecology. The Honors Section will also cover a subset of these topics in greater depth beyond the scope of Biology C112. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used as an alternate to BIOL C112 for the General Sciences degree Biology emphasis, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is an introductory anatomy and physiology course. Emphasis is on the structure and function of human cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Human development and heredity are also covered. Not open to students who have completed BIOL 125. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course may be used as an alternate to BIOL C125 for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an introductory anatomy and physiology course for students in health career programs. Emphasis is on the structure and function of human cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Human development and heredity are also covered. The laboratory component provides a hands-on approach to learning anatomical structures and their physiology. Not open to students who have completed BIOL 121. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall, in Bishop in Fall of odd years, and in Lake Isabella in Spring of odd years.

Course is an alternate to BIOL C251 and C255 as a pre-requisite for the Vocational Nursing certificate and degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course explores environmental science with a focus on the scientific method. It explores human interactions with the environment and their consequences for living and nonliving systems. Topics include ecologic principles, environmental resources and ways of protecting these resources. Critical evaluation of environmental issues and problems is a focus of this course. Not open to students who have completed BIOL C145. 54 hours lecture.

Course may be used as an alternate to BIOL C145 for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course explores environmental science with a focus on the scientific method. It explores human interactions with the environment and their consequences for living and nonliving systems. Topics include ecologic principles, environmental resources and ways of protecting these resources. Critical evaluation of environmental issues and problems is a focus of this course. Lab, field and computer tools will be used to study the scientific method, experimental design, sampling methods, data gathering and analysis for handson experience of environmental sciences. Not open to students who have completed BIOL C141. Field trips required. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Fall.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course includes the study of microscopic and gross anatomy of body systems including skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, reproductive and integumentary systems. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, in Bishop in Spring of even years and in Mammoth Lakes in Spring of odd years.

Course required as a pre-requisite for the Vocational Nursing certificate and degree and for the Kinesiology transfer degree. Course may be used for the Anthropology transfer degree, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: BIOL C125 or BIOL C251, CHEM C101, MATH C055.

This course provides students with an understanding of the function and regulation of the human body and physiological integration of the organ systems to maintain homeostasis. Course content includes functions of the integumentary system, neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic & immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, in Bishop in Fall of even years and in Mammoth Lakes in Fall of odd years.

Course required as a pre-requisite for the Vocational Nursing certificate and degree and for the Kinesiology transfer degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: CHEM C101, BIOL C255.

This course offers an introduction to major topics and sub-disciplines in microbiology including microbial diversity and classification, microbial anatomy and physiology, microbial genetics, microbial ecology, medical microbiology and immunology, epidemiology and public health, and biotechnology. The course is designed for students interested in health careers. 54 hours lecture/108 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall in Bishop in Spring of odd years, and in Mammoth Lakes in Spring of even years

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course covers measurement and in chemistry, properties of matter, the structure of the atom, inorganic compounds, organic compounds, the periodic table, calculations from balanced chemical equations, basic chemical bonding, the ideal gas law, properties of aqueous systems, solutions and other liquids. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall and in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

This course covers matter and measurement, atoms, molecules, ions, calculations with chemical formulas and equations, aqueous reactions and solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, the electronic structure of atoms, periodic properties of the elements, concepts of chemical bonding, molecular geometry and bonding theories, the gaseous state, intermolecular forces in solids and liquids, modern materials, and properties of solutions. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall and in Mammoth Lakes in Fall of even years.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Biology or Chemistry emphases. Course may be used for the Kinesiology transfer degree, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: CHEM C111

This course covers modern materials, properties of solutions, kinetics, chemical and aqueous equilibrium, acids and bases, environmental chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, metallurgy, chemical trends in the periodic chart, coordination compounds, and organic chemistry. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Biology or Chemistry emphases. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: CHEM C111.

In this course students learn about modern materials, properties of solutions, kinetics, chemical and aqueous equilibrium, acids and bases, environmental chemistry, thermodynamics, electro-chemistry, nuclear chemistry, metallurgy, chemical trends in the periodic chart, coordination compounds, and bioorganic chemistry. The honors course provides more content in the form of advanced topics in chemistry and requires greater intensity and depth of study above and beyond that of the non-honors class. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course may be used as an alternate to CHEM C113 for the General Sciences degree Biology or Chemistry emphases, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: CHEM C111

This course covers structure and bonding, polar bonds, alkanes, cycloalkanes, stereochemistry, synthesis, structure and reactivity of alkenes, synthesis, structure and reactivity of alkynes, handedness in chemistry, synthesis, structure and reactivity of alkyl halides, carbocations, the concept of resonance, nucleophilic substitutions and eliminations, basic biochemistry, mass spectrometry, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and ultraviolet spectroscopy and aromaticity. This Organic Chemistry I course is taught according to standards developed by the American Chemical Society. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of odd years.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Chemistry emphasis. Course may be used for the Kinesiology transfer degree, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: CHEM C221

This course covers the chemistry of aromatic compounds alcohols, thiols, ethers, epoxides and sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acid and carboxylic acid derivatives, amino acids, proteins, amines, phenols, carbohydrates, lipids, heterocycles, polymers and biological systems. Pericyclic carbonyl condensation, alpha substitution and other reaction mechanisms are also covered. This Organic Chemistry II course is taught according to the standards developed by the American Chemical Society. 72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of even years.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Chemistry emphasis. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: CHEM C221.

In this course students learn about the chemistry of aromatic compounds, alcohols, thiols, ethers, epoxides and sulfides, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acid and carboxylic acid derivatives, amino acids, proteins, amines, phenols, carbohydrates, lipids, heterocycles polymers, biological systems. Pericyclic, carbonyl condensation, alpha substitution and other reaction mechanisms are also covered. This Organic Chemistry II honors course is taught according to the standards developed by the American Chemical Society. This honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors Organic Chemistry class. 90 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of even years.

Course may be used as an alternate to CHEM C223 for the General Sciences degree Chemistry emphasis, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system, including Earth-Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types and regions, ecosystems, soils, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding humanland relationships and examining current world problems from a geographical perspective. Not open to students who have completed GEOG C111. 54 hours lecture.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture and laboratory course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system. Lecture topics include Earth-Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types and regions, ecosystems, soils, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding human-land relationships and examining current world problems from a geographical perspective. Meanwhile, laboratory provides practical experience in field techniques and supplemental exercises that enhance and reinforce topics covered in lecture. Not open to students who have completed GEOG C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Bishop in Spring of odd years and in Mammoth Lakes in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the study of the earth as an integrated system of hydrologic, tectonic, atmospheric, and human processes, including the origin and evolution of continents, mountains, earth materials, oceans, and life forms. It also covers geologic hazards, such as earthquakes, floods, groundwater contamination, and global climate change. Laboratories are designed to complement and reinforce topics covered in the lecture and will apply geologic principles to local geologic and land use issues such as earthquake hazards, flash floods, and the evolution of landforms in eastern California. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Bishop in Spring of even years, and in Lake Isabella and Mammoth Lakes in Fall of even years.

Course may be used for the Anthropology transfer degree, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system, including Earth surface processes, tectonics and mountain building, surface water and groundwater, Earth- Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types, soil types, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding geologic issues important to society. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C105. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Lake Isabella in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used as an alternate to PHSC C105 for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture and laboratory course covers the study of the Earth as an integrated system. Lecture topics include Earth surface processes, tectonics and mountain building, surface water and groundwater, Earth- Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types, soil types, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, and the ocean. An emphasis is placed on understanding geologic issues important to society. Meanwhile, laboratory provides practical experience in field methods and enhancement of lecture topics such as topographic map reading, air photo interpretation, soils, natural hazards, resource management, landforms, Earth-Sun relationships and motions, weather, climatic types and regions, ecosystems, and the ocean. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C101. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C040

This course covers conceptual topics in physics and chemistry, with applications to the earth sciences and astronomy, for the non-science major. Topics such as motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, atoms, chemistry and chemical reactions are covered. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C115. 54 hours lecture.

Course may be used as an alternate to PHSC C115 for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070

This course covers conceptual topics in physics and chemistry, with applications to the earth sciences and astronomy, for the non-science major. Topics such as motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, atoms, chemistry and chemical reactions are covered. The laboratory portion of this course covers conceptual experiments in physics and chemistry, with applications to the earth sciences and astronomy. Experiments in motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, atoms, chemistry and chemical reactions are performed. Not open to students who have completed PHSC 111. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every Fall.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C040, MATH C050.

This lecture course is a general survey of the physical Universe from the standpoint of modern astronomy. The course first introduces the methods and tools used in astronomy and then applies them to investigate the many scales of physical structure and phenomena in the Universe. Topics include Solar System scale objects, such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids; stellar scale objects, such as stars, star clusters, and nebulae; galactic scale objects, such as galaxies and galaxy clusters; and finally the entire Universe itself. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C125.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C040.

This lecture and laboratory course is a general survey of the physical Universe from the standpoint of modern astronomy. The course first introduces the methods and tools used in astronomy and then applies them to investigate the many scales of physical structure and phenomena in the Universe. Topics include Solar System scale objects, such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids; stellar scale objects, such as stars, star clusters, and nebulae; galactic scale objects, such as galaxies and galaxy clusters; and finally the entire Universe itself. The laboratory portion of this course covers optical principles, the use of telescopes and binoculars, the use of star charts and sky simulation software, and the observation of celestial objects and phenomena. Not open to students who have completed PHSC C121. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester and online every Spring.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

This lecture course in introductory meteorology emphasizes meteorology's interdisciplinary physical science basis and methods. The course covers the following concepts: atmospheric composition and structure, solarterrestrial relations, radiation, heat, temperature, air pressure, humidity, atmospheric stability, clouds and cloud systems, precipitation, wind and circulation, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes, weather analysis and forecasting, and climate. 54 hours lecture.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Co-requisite: PHSC C131

This course provides laboratory experience that will make the topics covered in the Introductory Meteorology lecture more meaningful and realistic to the student. Interdisciplinary Physical Science concepts and methods are used to explain weather phenomena. Included in the course are measurement of basic weather parameters (such as temperature, pressure, wind, and humidity), weather map interpretation, data plotting and interpretation, instrument usage, and weather analysis and forecasting. Field activities emphasize the interaction between weather phenomena and human activity. Designed for the non-science major. 54 hours laboratory.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This lecture and laboratory course in introductory meteorology emphasizes meteorology's interdisciplinary physical science basis and methods. Concepts covered include atmospheric composition and structure, solarterrestrial relations, radiation, heat, temperature, seasons, air pressure, humidity, atmospheric stability, clouds and cloud systems, precipitation, wind and circulation, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather analysis and forecasting, climate, and climate change. 54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Course may be used as a general education course.

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: MATH C151

This course covers the fundamental laws of nature governing the motion of bodies and their relation to external forces. Motion in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions is covered as well as energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, gravitation, fluids, oscillations, and simple harmonic motion. 63 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Physical Sciences emphasis. Course may be used for the Kinesiology and Math transfer degrees, the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree, and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: PHYS C111, MATH C152 or concurrent enrollment

This course covers electromagnetic principles such as charge and matter, electric and magnetic fields, potential, capacitors, dielectric materials, resistance, current, AC and DC circuits, induction, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. 63 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Physical Sciences emphasis. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: PHYS C113

This course covers the laws governing wave motion, thermodynamics, optics, atomic physics, quantum physics, and other aspects of modern physics. 63 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course required for the General Sciences degree Physical Sciences emphasis. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Science degree and as a general education course.

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