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Preceptorials Linked to the Natural World LLC 2014-2015

ARTV 105: Introduction to Sculpture BIOL 104: Introduction to Microbiology for Non-Majors
BIOL 190: Introduction to Evolution CHEM 151: General Chemistry
COMP 150: Computer Programming ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering
POLS 125: American Politics and the Environment PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

ARTV 105: Introduction to Sculpture

Preceptor: Dr. Allison wiese
Credit: fine arts Core / 3 UNITS

How do artists make sculptures? With clay, stone, metal or plaster? With trash? Found objects? Or is art made out of ideas? Or memories? This introductory studio course explores the artistic materials and methods (both very traditional and quite experimental!) used to communicate in sculpture, while giving students an understanding of conceptual issues and strategies in contemporary art making. Students will investigate sculptural form as a means of expression through studio projects, field trips, lectures, readings and discussions. This preceptorial is recommended for students interested in Visual Arts, Architecture, Art History or Core Fine Art Credit.

BIOL 104: Introductory Microbiology for Non-Majors

Preceptor: Dr. Neena Din
Credit: Life Science Core / 3 units

Microorganisms influence many aspects of our daily lives and the world around us; without them the Natural World would simply not be able to survive! They play immense beneficial roles by providing us with the food that we eat,
synthesizing life-saving antibiotics and breaking down waste products. However, microbes also cause diseases, from the major epidemics of past centuries including the plague, smallpox and tuberculosis, to AIDS, a modern syndrome that devastates populations today. In this course we will journey into the fascinating world of these microorganisms to discover their characteristics, examine the roles they play in the environment, the diseases they cause and their control.

BIOL 190: Introduction to Evolution

Preceptor: Dr. Lisa Baird
Credit: Life Science Core / 3 UNITS

This one semester foundation course for biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, and ecology. Three hours of lecture weekly. No prerequisite.

CHEM 151: General Chemistry

Preceptor: Dr. mitch malachowski
Credit: physical Science Core / 3 UNITS

This course introduces the fundamental principles of modern chemistry. We will study the nature of reality, consider why our universe exists chemically the way it does and uncover all the secrets of atoms and molecules and structure and bonding. Chemical concepts will be explored including electronic structure, periodic trends, molecular geometry and chemical bonds. We also will focus on what makes some forms of matter stable and why others might be reactive. Energy considerations will help guide our discussions as we weave our way towards an appreciation of our physical universe

COMP 150: Computer Programming

Preceptor: Dr. Saturnino garcia
Credit: elective credit / 3 UNITS

This preceptorial course is intended for students new to the world of computer programming and interested in pursuing a major or minor in computer science. The course offers an introduction to computer programming in Java. With emphasis on object-oriented programming practice and problem-solving skills, it provides students with a balanced coverage of programming concepts and techniques, Java basics, algorithms and many practical applications. Prerequsite: MATH 115 (College Algebra) or equivalent.

ENGR 101: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Thomas schubert
Credit: elective credit / 3 units

Introduction to the field of engineering.  Exploration of problem solving in lecture and laboratory projects in different engineering disciplines.  Introduction to engineering software tools.  Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering.  Four hours lecture-recitation-laboratory weekly.  Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 115 or 150 required.

POLS 125: American Politics and the Environment

Preceptor: Dr. casey dominguez
Credit: social science core/ 3 units

Who has political power in America, and why do they have it? In this class, you will learn about the roles that government, interest groups, the media, and ordinary citizens play in our political system. Then, you will take on the role of one of those actors, write a research paper about that actor, and portray it in a two-day legislative simulation, where we try to tackle some of the big policy challenges facing the United States. This class satisfies requirements (Social Science and Diversity) and as a prerequisite for the Political Science and International Relations majors.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

Preceptor: Dr. Patricia Kowalski
Credit: social science core / 3 units

This course provides an introduction to the field of psychology and includes the following topics:  history of psychology, psychology as a science, biopsychology, development, learning, cognition, motivation, emotion, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and therapy.