Library Information Science 1
Introduction to Library Information Science (1 unit)
This course acquaints students with the organization of libraries and their resources,
enabling them to develop strategies for library research. Students will learn how
to locate and evaluate the traditional and electronic types of library materials,
how to document resources, and how to prepare a bibliography. Students will also acquire
proficiency in the use of informational technology in order to understand the full
potential of library resources.
Reading and Composition (4 units)
This course is designed to strengthen the student's ability to read with understanding
and discernment, to discuss assigned readings intelligently, and to write clearly.
Emphasis will be placed on the ability to write an essay in which each paragraph relates
to a controlling idea, has an introduction and a conclusion, and contains primary
and secondary support. College-level reading material will be assigned to provide
the stimulus for class discussion and writing assignments, including a required research
Reading and Composition Support (2 units, noncredit)
This is a supplemental writing course taught in conjunction with English 1A. Students
receive instruction in the basic elements of the college essay and receive additional
support for topics covered in English 1A. The content of Noncredit English 1AS, a noncredit course, is identical to the content of English 1AS, a credit course. Noncredit English 1AS shall be offered with English 1AS as a dual-roster course.
Human Development 110
Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (3 units)
This course provides an exploration of cognitive, psychological, social and physical
factors influencing success in college and in life. Topics include personal responsibility,
critical thinking, motivation, self-efficacy, self-awareness, lifelong learning, self-management,
health and wellness, interpersonal communication in a diverse world, and educational
Ethnic Studies 1
Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units)
This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction and analysis of ethnic groups
in the United States. Various theories and perspectives will be examined to better
comprehend the effects of institutional racism, marginalization, socio-economic and
political discrimination, and ethnocentrism on American ethnic and racial groups.
Critical Thinking and Composition (3 units)
This course focuses on the development of critical-thinking skills. Students will
apply these skills to the analysis of written arguments in various forms and genres,
both classic and contemporary, and to the writing of effective persuasive essays.
Students will learn to evaluate and interpret data, to recognize assumptions, to distinguish
facts from opinions, to identify and avoid logical fallacies, to employ deductive
and inductive reasoning, and to effectively assert and support argumentative claims.
Elementary Statistics with Probability (4 units)
The focus of this course is the basic practice of statistics, including descriptive statistics,
inferential statistics, and the role probability plays in statistical analysis. Students
calculate and interpret various descriptive statistics using graphing calculators
with statistical testing capabilities and statistical software, as well as by hand.
Major topics include methods of data collection and simulation; measures of central
tendency, variability, and relative position; graphical summaries of data; linear
regression and correlation; distributions, including normal and binomial distributions;
probability theory; and inferential statistical methods. Students choose, justify,
use, and interpret the results of inferential techniques, such as confidence intervals,
hypothesis tests, goodness of fit, analysis of variance, and nonparametric tests.
Elementary Statistics Support (1 unit)
This course is designed to support students concurrently enrolled in Elementary Statistics
(Math 150). As needed, students review core skills and topics necessary to meet the
Elementary Statistics student learning outcomes and objectives. Students explore strategies
and habits used by successful independent learners. Topics reviewed in this support
course may include: concepts from arithmetic, pre-algebra, elementary and intermediate
algebra, and descriptive statistics that are needed to understand the basics of college-level
Human Development 105
Career and Life Planning (1 unit)
This course provides an introduction to career and life planning, including an exploration
of core values, skills, personality traits, life stages and experiences. Students
will develop a career and life plan by applying career planning techniques and decision-making
strategies. Emphasis will be placed on awareness of psychological, sociological, and
physiological factors related to career and life satisfaction.
African American Psychology (3 units)
This course is an introduction to the psychological issues related to the African
American experience in the United States. The relationship between the African American
experience and social perception, social cognition, and identity and attitude formation
is emphasized. Individual cognitive styles, personality development, and family structures
of African Americans will also be examined.
The African American in the United States to 1877 (3 units)
This course is a survey of the United States to 1877 with particular emphasis on the
role of African Americans in shaping American society. The contributions of African
Americans to the economic, political, social, and cultural development of the nation
will be examined.
Political Science 1
Governments of the United States and California (3 units)
This course is a survey of the concepts, theories, and functions of the American political
system. The basic principles of the United States Constitution and the government
of California will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the formal and informal
influences of federalism on national and state governments.