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  • BI100GB 3 credits
    Introductory Biology - Register

    Explores the principles of biology including the chemical and cellular level of organisms, the development and function of organismal structures, and the interaction of organisms in ecosystems. Designed for students who are not science majors and do not need a laboratory science course.
    Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.

  • BI100SB 3 credits
    Biology of Human Body Systems - Register

    Presents a rational and systematic observation of the human body and allows identification, description and discussion to create a basic understanding for students interested in the Basic Health Care certificate or anyone interested in a basic understanding of how the human body works. Topics include body organization, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, and an overview of the major body systems.
    Prerequisite: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement test score.

  • BI101 4 credits
    Introduction to Biology I w/Lab - Register

    Provides an overview of important principles, concepts and topics in biology. Designed for non-majors or those interested in learning more about biology. Science majors and pre-allied health professionals should take the 200-level biology series. Topics covered include atoms and molecules, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, cell respiration, cell division, photosynthesis, DNA structure, protein synthesis, and basic genetics.
    Prerequisites: MTH60 and RD90 or designated placement test scores.

  • BI102 4 credits
    Introduction to Biology II w/Lab - Register

    Provides an overview of basic animal anatomy and physiology with a special interest to humans. Designed for non-majors or those interested in learning more about biology. Science majors and pre-allied health professionals should take the 200-level biology series. Topics and systems covered include homeostasis, hormones, digestive system, circulation, lymphatic system, circulatory system, immunity, nervous system, urinary system, and reproduction.
    Prerequisite: BI101 recommended.

  • BI103 4 credits
    Introduction to Biology III w/Lab - Register

    Provides an overview of plants, microbes, fungi and ecology. Designed for non-majors or those interested in learning more about biology. Science majors and pre-allied health professionals should take the 200-level biology series. Topics covered include basic evolution, classification, microbes, fungi, plant structure and function, planet diversity, populations, communities, and human impact on the environment.
    Prerequisite: BI101 recommended.

  • BI121 4 credits
    Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab - Register

    Covers basic anatomy and physiology for Massage Therapy and Practical Nursing program students. Includes body organization, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, nervous system, and reproductive system. Dissection required. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisites: RD90 or WR91 designated placement test score; MO100 and CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI122 4 credits
    Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab - Register

    Covers essential anatomy and physiology of the following body systems: cardiovascular, endocrine, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, and urinary-electrolytes and reproductive. Dissection required. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisites: BI121; AH100 and CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI199 Variable credit
    Special Studies: Biology - Register

    Selected topics of study in biology are offered on demand through workshops, seminars, lecture, lab, and/or independent study format.
    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Other prerequisites may vary depending on subject offerings.

  • BI211 4 credits
    General Biology I w/Lab - Register

    Designed primarily for pre-professional students majoring in the biological sciences, science education, and related allied health fields. Covers the molecular and cellular aspects of biology including the scientific method, cell structure and function, biological membranes, cell division, inorganic, organic and biochemistry, enzymes, cellular respiration, biochemical genetics, basic heredity, genetic engineering and DNA-RNA-protein synthesis mechanisms. Students who take CHEM104 or its equivalent before BI211 are better prepared for the rigors of this class.
    Prerequisites: MTH60 and RD90 or WR91, or designated placement test scores; CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI212 4 credits
    General Biology II w/Lab - Register

    Designed primarily for pre-professional students majoring in the biological sciences, science education, and related allied health fields. Covers the basic principles of Darwinian evolution, evolution of populations and speciation; describes the structure, function and impact of viruses and bacteria; and provides an overview of the protist and animal kingdoms with emphasis on the major characteristics and importance of organisms in the taxa of each kingdom.
    Prerequisite: BI211.

  • BI213 4 credits
    General Biology III w/Lab - Register

    Designed primarily for pre-professional students majoring in the biological sciences, science education, and related allied health fields. Topics include discussion of the fungal and plant kingdoms; the structure, growth, function and differentiation of leaves, roots, stems, flowers and plant reproduction; and basic principles of ecology the includes communities, population, ecosystems, the ecosphere and human impact on the environment.
    Prerequisite: BI211 or BI212.

  • BI231 4 credits
    Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab - Register

    The first term of a three-term sequence. This course benefits students entering health professions, physical education and pre-professional medical or veterinary degrees. Emphasis is placed on the structure, function and regulatory mechanisms of the tissues, skin, skeleton, muscles and neurons. Includes a laboratory component that requires dissection.
    Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement test scores and BI211 or approved allied health biology course; CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI232 4 credits
    Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab - Register

    The second term of a three-term sequence. This course benefits students entering health professions, physical education and pre-professional medical or veterinary degrees. Emphasis is placed on the structure, function and regulatory mechanisms of the nervous, endocrine, special sense and circulatory systems. Includes a laboratory component that requires dissection.
    Prerequisites: BI231; CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI233 4 credits
    Anatomy and Physiology III w/Lab - Register

    The third term of a three-term sequence. This course benefits students entering health professions, physical education and pre-professional medical or veterinary degrees. Emphasis is placed on the structure, function and regulatory mechanisms of the respiratory, lymphatic, immune, digestive, urinary, reproductive systems and acid/base and electrolyte balance. Includes a laboratory component that requires dissection.
    Prerequisites: BI231 or BI232; CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI234 4 credits
    Microbiology w/Lab - Register

    Studies microorganisms, focusing primarily on bacteria and viruses. Covers the structure, function, metabolism, genetics, and classification of bacteria and archaea. Also includes topics of microbial control, viral replication, epidemiology and vaccinations. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisite: BI211; CHEM104 highly recommended.

  • BI280 Variable credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Biology - Register

    Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.

  • CHEM104 5 credits
    Introductory Chemistry I w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    Designed for allied health or non-science majors and those who do not intend to be chemists or biologists. Introduces the essence of atoms and molecules, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, gases, acids, and bases. Prepares students for work in a laboratory that uses chemicals. Also helps students understand how cells and organisms function. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this five-credit course.
    Prerequisites: MTH65 or MTH63 and RD90 or WR91, or designated placement test scores.

  • CHEM105 4 credits
    Introductory Chemistry II w/Lab - Register

    Designed for allied health or non-science majors and those who do not intend to be chemists or biologists. Introduces the essence of atoms and molecules, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, gases, acids, and bases. Prepares students for work in a laboratory that uses chemicals. Also helps students understand how cells and organisms function. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisite: CHEM104.

  • CHEM106 4 credits
    Introductory Chemistry III w/Lab - Register

    Designed for allied health or non-science majors and those who do not intend to be chemists or biologists. Introduces the essence of atoms and molecules, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, gases, acids, and bases. Prepares students for work in a laboratory that uses chemicals. Also helps students understand how cells and organisms function. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisite: CHEM105.

  • CHEM221 5 credits
    General Chemistry I w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    Presents chemistry to pre-professional students interested in science careers (chemistry, geology, physics, biology), engineering, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Introduces the concepts of atomic chemistry, chemical equations, stoichiometry, the gas laws, thermochemistry, the periodic table, and chemical bonding. An introduction to the chemical laboratory is presented. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this five-credit course.
    Prerequisite: CS120 recommended.

  • CHEM222 5 credits
    General Chemistry II w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    Continues topics presented in CHEM221. Exposes students to the liquid and solid states of matter, solution properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and chemical solubility. More complex instruments and tools found in chemical laboratories are introduced and used in the lab. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory, and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this five-credit course.
    Prerequisite: CHEM221.

  • CHEM223 5 credits
    General Chemistry III w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    Completes general chemistry sequence. Presents a deeper view of thermochemistry, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, descriptive chemistry of the periodic table, the transition metals, and introduces organic chemistry and biochemistry. Students are directed in the use of laboratory instrumentation to complete projects through the term in addition to structured laboratory exercises. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory, and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this five-credit course.
    Prerequisite: CHEM222.

  • CHEM280 Variable credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Chemistry - Register

    Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.

  • ENV111 3 credits
    Introduction to Environmental Science - Register

    Introduces the uses of chemical, physical, and biological principles to explain the complexity and diversity found in environmental systems. Designed for both environmental science majors and non-majors, the course will explore a wide range of environmental topics including the conservation of matter and energy, the atmosphere, nutrient cycles, the hydrologic cycle, population dynamics, biodiversity, human impact on the environment, resource and waste management, and the role of economics and politics in sustainability.
    Prerequisites: MTH20 and BT113 or WR115, or designated placement test scores.

  • G100 3 credits
    Fundamentals of Geology - Register

    Studies the earth’s physical processes and properties with an emphasis on understanding the scientific theories behind the geological principles.
    Prerequisite: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.

  • G101 4 credits
    Introduction to Geology I (Tectonics) w/Lab - Register

    Studies the earth’s internal structure and composition as well as the mechanics of plate tectonics. Covers the fundamentals of geology from the beginning of the solar system to the formation and interaction of continents and the ocean floor, igneous rocks including magmatic and volcanic processes, minerals, and the fundamentals of earthquake activity.
    Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.

  • G102 4 credits
    Introduction to Geology II (Surface Process) w/Lab - Register

    Studies the surface processes of geology and the interaction of the internal mechanisms of the earth’s dynamics. Covers the fundamentals of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, their formation, and the surface processes that affect them. Includes the atmosphere, groundwater, running water, oceans, shoreline erosion, fossils, streams, ground water, and glaciers.
    Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores; G101 recommended.

  • G103 4 credits
    Introduction to Geology III (Historical) w/Lab - Register

    Covers the history of the evolution of the earth through the ages. Studies the formation of the universe, the solar system, and the beginning of the earth. Looks at the fossil record, glaciers, arid lands, the earth’s resources, depositional environments, and the earth’s history. Special emphasis is given to the geology of southern Oregon and various provinces of the in the Pacific Northwest when possible.
    Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores; G101 and/or G102 recommended.

  • GS104 4 credits
    Physical Science w/Lab - Register

    This is the first of the general science series and is a prerequisite to many other science courses. Presents an integrated study of forces and motions in the physical world. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisite: MTH60 or consent of instructor and RD90, or designated placement test scores; MTH65 recommended.

  • GS106 4 credits
    Physical Science: Earth Science w/Lab - Register

    Introduces various branches of earth science. Includes basic terminology, fundamental processes, and respective interrelationships. Includes rocks and minerals, the structure of the earth, water, geologic history, the atmosphere, weather, the solar system, stars, and introduces cosmology. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisite: GS104 or consent of instructor.

  • GS107 4 credits
    Physical Science: Astronomy w/Lab - Register

    Discusses topics of astronomy including comets, moons, planets, stars, the sun, star galaxies, black holes, pulsars, and quasars. Students must enroll in lecture and laboratory sections.
    Prerequisite: GS104 or consent of instructor.

  • GS108 4 credits
    Physical Science: Oceanography w/Lab - Register

    Presents a basic understanding of oceanic processes, and a comprehensive overview of the marine sciences. Designed to introduce the history of marine science, surveying ocean physics, chemistry, and biology. Presenting topics including: plate tectonics, surface current patterns, wave dynamics, tides, geologic features of the sea floor, coastlines, the life and ecology of the ocean world (marine animals and communities), marine resources, and environmental concerns. Having successfully completed this course, the student should be able to comprehend and identify the interrelationships and workings of the physical, chemical, botanical, and zoological worlds of the water. Coastal day trip included: students should expect to pay for food, transportation, and any entrance fees.
    Prerequisite: MTH60 or designated placement test score.

  • GS170 4 credits
    Regional Field Studies - Register

    Field studies involving hiking, camping, traveling by car, and possible overnight stays. Offers introductory field studies of specific Pacific Northwest regions. Involves both classroom preparation and site visits to familiarize students with the geology and surrounding landforms of the region being studied.
    Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement test scores.

  • GS199 Variable credit
    Special Studies: General Science - Register

    Offers individual and small group studies in a variety of science topics. May include ecological, biological, geological, and/or climatological emphasis.

  • GS280 Variable credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/General Science - Register

    Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their programs. Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience. This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer. As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program.

  • NFM225 4 credits
    Nutrition - Register

    Covers chemistry of nutrients, digestion, absorption, and utilization in the body. Studies optimal diets, diet fallacies, diet disorders, and how nutrition affects health and disease.
    Prerequisites: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement test score; CHEM104 and BI211 recommended.

  • PH201 5 credits
    General Physics I w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    This is the first term of a three-term algebra-based physics course. Conservation laws and Newtonian mechanics are covered. This includes but is not limited to force and motion, forms of energy (including kinetic potential and various types of internal energy such as rotational, thermal and latent), conservation of momentum, conservation of angular momentum, conservation of energy, Newton’s laws, kinematics, free-body diagrams, net force equations, torque and orbital mechanics. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this class.
    Prerequisites: MTH111 and BT113 or WR115, or designated placement test scores.

  • PH202 5 credits
    General Physics II w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    This is the second term of a three-term algebra-based physics course. Special relativity and electromagnetism are covered. This includes but is not limited to spacetime diagrams, time dilation, length contraction, conservation of four-momentum, electrostatics, fields, current, voltage, circuits, magnetism, induction, Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this class.
    Prerequisite: PH201.

  • PH203 5 credits
    General Physics III w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    This is the third term of a three-term algebra-based physics course. Waves, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are covered. This includes but is not limited to wave interference, diffraction, photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, Schrodinger wave equation, spectra, heat capacity, kinetic molecular theory, multiplicity, entropy, ideal gas law, cyclic processes, laws of thermodynamics and heat engines. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this class.
    Prerequisite: PH202.

  • PH211 5 credits
    General Physics (Calculus Based) I w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    This is the first term of a three-term calculus-based physics course. Conservation laws and Newtonian mechanics are covered. This includes but is not limited to forces and motion, forms of energy (including kinetic potential and various types of internal energy such as rotational, thermal and latent), conservation of momentum, conservation of angular momentum, conservation of energy, Newton’s laws, kinematics, free-body diagrams, net force equations, torque and orbital mechanics. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this class.
    Prerequisites: MTH112 and BT113 or WR115, or designated placement test scores.

  • PH212 5 credits
    General Physics (Calculus Based) II w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    This is the second term of a three-term calculus-based physics course. Special relativity and electromagnetism are covered. This includes but is not limited to spacetime diagrams, time dilation, length contraction, conservation of four-momentum, electrostatics, fields, current, voltage, circuits, magnetism, induction, Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this class.
    Prerequisite: PH211.

  • PH213 5 credits
    General Physics (Calculus Based) III w/Lab and Recitation - Register

    This is the third term of a three-term calculus-based physics course. Waves, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are covered. This includes but is not limited to wave interference, diffraction, photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, Schrodinger wave equation, spectra, heat capacity, kinetic molecular theory, multiplicity, entropy, ideal gas law, cyclic processes, laws of thermodynamics and heat engines. Students must enroll in lecture, laboratory and recitation sections. All three sections are required for this class.
    Prerequisite: PH212.