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BIOL 100
5 credits
Environmental Biology
This course is the study of man in his environment for nonscience majors and vocational program students. Biological concepts presented in this course include energy production and utilization, waste generation and disposal, population growth and control, and ecosystem construction and destruction. How these concepts are influenced by human activities is emphasized. This course meets A.A. lab science requirements.
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BIOL 105
5 credits
General Biology w/Lab
An integrated view of the living world including the nature of sciences, evolution of biological organization, composition and organization of living substances, metabolism, control, reproduction, heredity and ecological relationships.  Prerequisite:  Currently enrolled in the HIM program or permission of instructor.
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BIOL 115
5 credits
Biology for Elementary Education
This course Introduces cellular, organismal, and ecosystem biology, including human systems, for students majoring in elementary education. Inquiry based biological investigations that support science instruction outlined in the National Science Education Standards and Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements are emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
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BIOL 120
5 credits
Scientific Investigation
This course introduces students to laboratory investigation. Scientific method, observation and maintaining a scientific notebook are presented. A brief history of science, the nature of matter, tests of validity and statistical methods, and the role of scientists in society are emphasized. Laboratory exercises include measurement and the metric system, light absorbency and spectrophotometry, charge attraction and repulsion, and working with living organisms, including the use of microscopes also are presented. A term paper with two or more revisions is required.
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BIOL& 160
5 credits
General Biology w/Lab
An integrated view of the living world including the nature of sciences, evolution of biological organization, composition and organization of living substances, metabolism, control, reproduction, heredity and ecological relationships.
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BIOL 204
5 credits
Human A & P 1
Human body structure and function with emphasis on introductory cytology and histology; the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems; and the sense organs.  Prerequisite:  BIOL 105 or permission of instructor.
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BIOL 205
5 credits
Human A & P 2
Continued study of human body structure and function with emphasis on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.  Prerequisite:  BIOL 105, 204.
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BIOL& 221
5 credits
Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab
Intended for students majoring in life sciences, this course provides an introduction to ecology and evolution. Topics cover the origin, evolution, and characteristics of living things and the processes that influence them. Prerequisite: BIOL& 222.
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BIOL& 222
5 credits
Majors Cell/Molecular: w/Lab
Intended for students majoring in life sciences, this course provides an introduction to cellular and molecular biology. Topics include cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, the cell cycle and genetics. It also fulfills introductory biology requirement for the health sciences. A prior course in chemistry is highly recommended.
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BIOL& 223
5 credits
Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab
Intended for students majoring in life sciences, this course explores how plants and animals work. Topics covered include development, transport, nutrition, osmoregulation, sensory systems, and reproduction. Prerequisite: BIOL& 222.
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BIOL& 241
5 credits
Human A & P 1
Human body structure and function with emphasis on introductory cytology and histology; the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems; and the sense organs. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or permission of instructor.
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BIOL& 242
5 credits
Human A & P 2
Continued study of human body structure and function with emphasis on circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241.
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BIOL 244
5 credits
Genetics
This course introduces basic principles of inheritance, the significance of the cell cycle events to variation, genetic links to physical traits, mutations, DNA repair, gene analysis and linkage. Applications and molecular techniques such as DNA sequencing, cloning, genomics and proteomics are introduced. Classical experimental methods and findings are examined in detail. Problem-solving skills that require logic and mathematical understanding are emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 222.
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BIOL& 260
5 credits
Microbiology
Introduction to the study of bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, spirochetes, fungi and protozoa with emphasis on microbial structure, physiology, genetics, physical and chemical control, and the role of microorganisms in disease and immunology. Laboratory includes staining, media making, isolation, cultivation and identification techniques of bacteria. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL&160.
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BOT 111
5 credits
Botany: Plant Structure and Function
A study of anatomy, physiology and genetics of flowering plants. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160.
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BOT 112
5 credits
Botany: Survey of the Plant Kingdom
Representative types of plants from the major groups of the plant kingdom with emphasis on structure and taxonomy. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160.
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FSCI 101
5 credits
Interdisciplinary Science
This is the first of a three-quarter sequence of classes. An integrated science course that involves physics, astronomy, and geology. Climate and global change will be used as a theme to develop basic concepts in science, such as measurement, analysis of data, hypothesis generation, and testing. Students will actively be involved in class as they collect and analyze data, and state relevant facts pertaining to a selection of topics involving concepts in physics, astronomy, and geology. Students will maintain a laboratory notebook and formally present data to peers throughout the course. Prerequisite: 2.0 or better in MATH 099.
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NUTRI 150
3 credits
General Nutrition
Fundamental concepts, theories and terminology of nutrition, including all classes of essential nutrients with respect to properties, functions, deficiencies, toxicities, dietary requirements and major food sources are covered in this class. Current controversial applied nutrition topics are included in many subject areas.
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NUTRI 251
5 credits
Nutrition
The science that studies food and its relation to human health and performance. The various nutrients and their functions in human metabolism are examined. Essential nutrients are studied with respect to properties, functions, deficiencies, toxicities, dietary requirements and major food sources. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 122 or permission of instructor.
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ZOOL 121
5 credits
Invertebrate Zoology
Basic structure of animals, comprehensive survey of invertebrate phyla, anatomy and ecological relationships. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160.
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ZOOL 122
5 credits
Vertebrate Zoology
Anatomy, physiology, evolution and ecology of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160.
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Chemistry Courses


CHEM& 110
5 credits
Chemical Concepts w/Lab
A survey course of basic concepts in chemistry with emphasis on the application of these topics in society. Topics covered may include philosophy and methods of science, arithmetic calculations, the metric system, unit conversions, atomic theory, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions, gases, nuclear chemistry and current chemical issues such as ozone layer depletion, energy and society, acid rain, polymers, or foods and drugs among others. Recommended for non-science and liberal arts majors. Fulfills laboratory science requirement for AA degree.
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CHEM 114
5 credits
Introduction to Chemistry-Online
Introduction to chemistry is a non-lab, entry-level chemistry class with a modest prerequisite of elementary algebra. This course is taught online via the Internet and is aimed at students who have no prior chemistry experience. Students gradually learn content and develop skills needed to succeed in a laboratory science and advance to the next level of chemistry curriculum. DOES NOT SATISFY ANY AA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND IS NOT TRANSFERRABLE. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of basic algebra.
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CHEM 115
5 credits
Environmental Chemistry w/Lab
This introductory course explores a wide range of topics for nonscience majors. Topics include ozone and SMOG chemistry, airborne particulates and acid rain, the greenhouse effect and ozone layer, structure and chemistry of freshwater bodies, environmental impact of metals and organic pollutants, water soil contaminants and their persistence of contaminants, and soil degradation and chemical assessment of contaminants soils. Soil and water remediation, and energy utilization and conservation are emphasized. Fulfills laboratory science requirements for AA degree.
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CHEM 120
5 credits
Organic and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences
This course covers selected topics in organic and biochemistry including organic functional groups; organic reactions; intermolecular forces; structure and function of carbohydrates; lipids and proteins; enzymes; common metabolic pathways; causes and effects of arteriosclerosis; classes of drugs; actions and metabolism of drugs; and interferences and side effects of drugs. Additional topics may include hormone action, membrane properties, molecular immunology, neurotransmitters, muscle contractions and blood clotting. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 or one year of high school chemistry within the last five years with a 2.0 GPA or better and enrolled in the invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular technology program.
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CHEM& 121
5 credits
Intro to Chemistry: w/Lab
A survey of inorganic chemistry for nursing and allied health sciences. Includes atomic structure, bonding periodicity, stoichiometry, gases, equilibrium, solution chemistry and nuclear chemistry. Fulfills laboratory science requirement for AA degree.
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CHEM& 122
5 credits
Intro to Organic Chem: w/Lab
A survey or organic chemistry including structure, function and chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, carboxylic acids, amines and related compounds; mechanisms, and stereochemistry. Fulfills laboratory science requirement for AA degree. Prerequisite: CHEM& 121 or permission of instructor.
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CHEM& 123
5 credits
Intro to Biochemistry: w/Lab
A brief survey of biochemical principles, including structures of biomolecules, enzymatic catalysis, thermodynamics, metabolic pathways, genetic expression and biotechnology. Fulfills laboratory science requirement for AA degree. Prerequisite: CHEM& 122 or permission of instructor.
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CHEM& 161
5 credits
General Chem: w/Lab I
This series offers rigorous instruction in general chemistry. Topics include measurements, atomic structure, ionic and molecular compounds, aqueous solutions and molarity, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases, quantum theory and electronic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, solid and liquid states, solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibriums, thermo chemistry and chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Other topics selected at the discretion of the instructor include nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic and biochemistry, modern materials, etc. Lab involves both qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemistry with necessary accuracy for such work. Note: the topics in this three-quarter sequence may be presented in various orders depending on the institution and the text used. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all three courses at the same institution to help ensure coverage of the full range of important topics in general chemistry. Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in or have taken: MATH& 141 or higher level math courses, or permission of instructor. Recommended: One year of high school chemistry with a 2.0 grade or better or CHEM& 110 or (CHEM& 140 at SFCC).
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CHEM& 162
5 credits
General Chem w/ Lab II
This series offers rigorous instruction in general chemistry. Topics include measurements, atomic structure, ionic and molecular compounds, aqueous solutions and molarity, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases, quantum theory and electronic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, solid and liquid states, solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibriums, thermo chemistry and chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Other topics selected at the discretion of the instructor include nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic and biochemistry, modern materials, etc. Lab involves both qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemistry with necessary accuracy for such work. Note: the topics in this three-quarter sequence may be presented in various orders depending on the institution and the text used. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all three courses at the same institution to help ensure coverage of the full range of important topics in general chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM& 161 or permission of instructor.
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CHEM& 163
5 credits
General Chem w/ Lab III
This series offers rigorous instruction in general chemistry. Topics include measurements, atomic structure, ionic and molecular compounds, aqueous solutions and molarity, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gases, quantum theory and electronic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, solid and liquid states, solutions, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibriums, thermo chemistry and chemical thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. Other topics selected at the discretion of the instructor include nuclear chemistry, coordination chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic and biochemistry, modern materials, etc. Lab involves both qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemistry with necessary accuracy for such work. Note: the topics in this three-quarter sequence may be presented in various orders depending on the institution and the text used. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all three courses at the same institution to help ensure coverage of the full range of important topics in general chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM& 162 or permission of instructor.
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CHEM& 241
3 credits
Organic Chem I
This course covers structure, bonding, molecular properties, an overview of organic reactions, and stereochemistry, with emphasis on the nomenclature, physical properties, chemical reactivity mechanisms and chemical reactions of the following organic families: alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes and alkylhalides. Prerequisite: CHEM& 163 or equivalent and concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 241, CHEM& 251.
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CHEM& 242
3 credits
Organic Chem II
This course is a continuation of CHEM& 241 in which the study of organic families continues with aromatic compounds (benzene), alcohols, thiols, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, aldehydes and ketones. Spectroscopy (IR, UV, NMR, MS) also are discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM& 241, CHEM& 251 and concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 252.
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CHEM& 243
3 credits
Organic Chem III
This course is a continuation of CHEM& 242 and focuses on the properties and chemical reactivity, mechanisms, nomenclature and spectroscopy of the rest of the organic families which include carboxylic acids and derivatives (acid halides, acid anhydrides, esters, amides, and nitriles), carbonyl alpha-substitution reactions, carbonyl condensation reactions, aliphatic amines, arylamines and phenols. Optional subjects are biomolecules (carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, lipids, heterocycles and nucleic acids). Prerequisite: CHEM& 242, CHEM& 252 and concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 253.
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CHEM& 251
2 credits
Organic Chem Lab I
This course involves experiments that demonstrate the techniques used in organic synthesis, isolation and purification of organic compounds. These techniques include recrystallization, extraction, chromatographic techniques, distillation techniques, sublimation, melting point determination and reflux. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 241.
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CHEM& 252
2 credits
Organic Chem Lab II
This course uses experiments to support lecture in the mechanistic approach of chemical synthesis and instrumentation. Prerequisite: CHEM& 241, CHEM& 251 and concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 242.
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CHEM& 253
2 credits
Organic Chem Lab III
This course supports the concepts and mechanisms discussed in CHEM& 243 with organic synthesis experiments. Prerequisite: CHEM& 242, CHEM& 252 and concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 243.
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Geology Courses


GEOL& 100
5 credits
Survey of Earth Science
This course provides a survey of Earth including topics on rock and mineral characteristics, natural hazards, surface and groundwater environments, marine and continental environments, resources, and landforms. This is a non-lab physical science course, and credit will not be granted for both GEOL& 100 and GEOL& 101.
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GEOL& 101
5 credits
Intro Physical Geology
An introductory course in geology designed to acquaint beginning geology students with the importance of geology and minerals in their everyday lives through the study of the general concepts of geology, plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountain building, formation of continents, materials on earth, erosional processes and patterns, underground water, glaciation, and shoreline formations. laboratory covers mineral and rock identification and map interpretation. Credit will not be granted for both GEOL& 101 and GEOL& 100.
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GEOL 116
5 credits
Environmental Geology
An introduction to environmental geology including geologic processes and land forms. An emphasis on practical applications using case history studies involving engineering and environmental problems as they relate to geologic settings.
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GEOL 201
5 credits
The Earth Through Time
The course is an overview of earth's geologic history through time. Topics of discussion include the geologic formation of earth and its rock types, as well as the evolution of lifeforms through time. The effects of plate tectonics on paleoclimates, paleogeographies, and evolutionary patterns for the major continental and marine ecosystems are considered. Meets A.A. degree lab science requirement. Prerequisite: GEOL& 101, 100 or 1 year of high school science.
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GEOL 210
5 credits
Pacific Northwest Geology
An overview of the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest. Emphasis is on the plate tectonic relationships between the various geologic regions of the Northwest via hands-on interpretations of rocks, geologic maps and field observations. Prerequisite: GEOL& 101 (formerly GEOL 101) or permission of instructor.
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Physics Courses


PHYS 100
5 credits
Introductory Physics
This course is intended for nonscience majors to provide exposure to the culture of physics-its history, principles, laws, recent developments and societal impacts. Math is minimal, and weekly laboratory study is required.
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PHYS 101
5 credits
General Physics
This course is for science and other majors not requiring calculus-level physics. There is an emphasis on mechanics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, rotation motion and conservation principles. This course also requires a weekly laboratory. Prerequisite: 2.0 or better in one of the following MATH courses: MATH& 141, 142, 151, 152, 153, 254, MATH 220, 225, 274.
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PHYS 102
5 credits
General Physics
For science and other majors not requiring calculus-level physics. Emphasis on wave motion optics, thermodynamics and fluids. Requires weekly laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 101.
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PHYS 103
5 credits
General Physics
For science and other majors not requiring calculus-level physics. Emphasis on electricity, magnetism, relativity and quantum physics. Requires weekly laboratory. Prerequisite: PHYS 101.
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PHYS 120
5 credits
Fundamentals of Medical Physics
This course emphasizes applications of physics in the health science areas for cardiopulmonary and echocardiographic instrumentation. Topics covered include mechanics, fluid statics (Archimedes' and Pascal's Principles), molecular phenomena related to biological processes, elasticity and wave motion, physics of sonographic imaging, and instruments. Prerequisite: MATH 099 or equivalent; PHYS 100 or high school physics. Enrollment is limited to invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular technology students.
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PHYS 121
4 credits
Medical Physics II
Advanced applications in medical physics and instrumentation are emphasized in this course. Topics include pressure and energy of flowing fluids in the circulatory system with various medical applications of Poiseuille's Law, Bernoulli Effect, Venturi Effect; AC and DC electric circuits; instrumentation, and safety issues; applications using LASERs; light, nuclear radiation; and other topics in modern physics. Other topics may include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), or Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Prerequisite: PHYS 120 and enrolled in an invasive or noninvasive cardiovascular technology program.
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