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Online Course Catalog

Below is a list of the fully online courses. For course start dates please visit ea.msjc.edu.

Please note, classes will not be available until five days before they begin. While you may have access to some materials at the course website, not all materials may be prepared until the class start date. Please do not contact your instructor regarding class materials unless the class has started. Check your class schedule if you are concerned about your enrollment status.

Section Title and Name
Course Description
ACCT-075 Bookkeeping
A basic course in systematic record keeping of business transactions using the double entry bookkeeping system, and employing the use of both manual and computerized accounting software techniques.
ACCT-076 Bkpg 1 - Accounting Theory
A basic introductory course in the essential elements of bookkeeping practice upon which advanced work in other accounting courses is based. Topics include the double entry bookkeeping system, cash and accrual methods, use of journals and ledgers, adjusting entries, receipts and payments, payroll, sales tax, property tax and banking.
ACCT-077 Bkpg 2 - Quickbooks Pro
This course is designed for the student seeking hands-on experience with QuickBooks Pro. Students will apply the computer in the study of accounting principles. Students will prepare data and enter accounting transactions utilizing QuickBooks Pro accounting software in order to yield various accounting statements. Emphasis will be placed on how to use the QuickBooks Pro in a small business environment.
ACCT-124 Financial Acctg-Princ Acctg I
Define financial accounting; identify its importance and use by investors and creditors to make decisions. The course covers the accounting information system and the recording and reporting of business transactions with a focus on the accounting cycle, the application of generally accepted accounting principles, the classified financial statements, and statement analysis and includes issues relating to: asset, liability, and equity valuation, revenue and expense recognition, cash flow, internal controls and ethics.
ACCT-125 Managerial Acctg.Princ Acctg 2
Examination of how managers use accounting information in decision-making, planning, directing operations, and controlling. Focus on cost terms and concepts, cost behavior, cost structure, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Examination of profit planning, standard costs, operations and capital budgeting, cost control, and accounting for costs in manufacturing organizations.
ACCT-126 Beginning Computer Accounting
This course is an overview of accounting principles and procedures, which includes the entire accounting cycle, and hands-on use of personal computers in the application of financial accounting functions. With the use of the Peachtree Complete Computer Program/Software, the students become familiar with accounting functions for a small business. Computer accounting applications include, but are not limited to, general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, invoicing, payroll, inventory and job costs.
ACCT-127 Federal Income Tax Accounting
This course introduces the theory and concepts of Federal and California income tax return preparation for individuals. It also covers underlying social and economic issues, as well as, tax planning issues for individuals.
AJ-101 Criminal Law
The course studies the historical development, philosophy, and constitutional provisions of law, classification of crimes and their application to the criminal justice system through review of case law, methodology, and concepts of law as a social force. It explores crimes against persons, property, terrorism, gangs, drugs and studies frequently used sections of the Penal Code. This is a core course in the Administration of Justice and Corrections programs and has been approved by CPOST.
AJ-102 Intr/Law Enforcement
An Introduction to the history and philosophy of various agencies (law enforcement, courts and corrections) involved in the administration of criminal justice process involving justice from detection of crime to parole offender; evaluation of modern police services in the areas of drugs, gangs, terrorism and a survey of career opportunities.
AJ-103 Criminal Evidence
This course provides fundamental information about the rules governing the admissibility of evidence in court, including rules of evidence, presumptions and inferences; character or reputation, proof of other acts and offenses; hearsay evidence; statements; admissions and confessions, conspiracy; documentary and best secondary evidence. Includes the identification of evidence in criminal cases and the collection and preservation of evidence.
AJ-106 Juvenile Procedures
This course covers the philosophy of Juvenile Law and Detention. The knowledge and application of laws defined in the Welfare and Institution Codes, Civil Code and other special and pertinent laws affecting youth are covered as well as investigation into the causes and assertions regarding juvenile delinquency. Techniques of investigation into incorrigible, dependent and delinquent juveniles, plus the identification of drugs and their abuse are covered.
AJ-118 Police Comm Relations
This course is a review of police community relations programs with emphasis on various police operational and organizational practices specifically aimed at improvement of relationships between police departments and their respective community.
ANAT-100 Introduction to A&P
This course provides a basic overview of the structure and function of the body for allied health students or those who desire a basic understanding of the human body. The content includes the anatomy and physiology as systems approach and includes selected homeostatic mechanisms and pathologies where appropriate. *Cross-listed as NURS-100.
ANTH-101 Physical Anthro.
This is an introductory course from a scientific perspective about human evolution and human biological diversity. This includes an introduction to human genetics, principles of natural selection, physical and behavioral characteristics of primates, fossil evidence of human evolutionary change, and information about modern human variation. This course meets science requirements. The course is designed for students who study anthropology, biology, ethnic studies and all other disciplines. A field trip may be required.
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology
This introductory course explores the nature of culture and how culture guides human behavior. Cultural anthropologists study cultural phenomena such as language, subsistence, economics, social and political organization, marriage, kinship, religion, the arts, and culture change. This course is intended for students who are interested in the people around them and students planning on careers that will involve working with other people.
ART-100 Art Appreciation
This course introduces students to the important principles, styles, forms and aesthetics of world art. Students will learn by studying, analyzing and writing about examples of art presented. In addition this course provides a general overview for the student who has an interest in the context and history of Art and culture.
ART-105 Hist of Graphic Design
This course examines the evolution of graphic communication from prehistory through postmodern design, age of information, and the digital revolution, investigating the great minds in design, breakthrough technologies and important design movements in their historical context. This course is designed for the student in Visual Communication as preparation for the major.
BADM-103 Introduction to Business
U.S. businesses operate in a constantly changing global business environment. This is an introduction to that environment. Students completing the course should be capable of analyzing various forms of business ownership and sizes or organizations, understanding ethics and social responsibility of businesses in a global market, analyzing the economic challenges facing businesses, understanding global competitive methodologies, and understand domestic and international labor-management relations issues and the use of technology and information in business.
BADM-104 Business Communications
A study of the principles, strategies, and techniques of written and oral business communication. Emphasis is on analyzing problems and implementing solutions involving appropriate methods of business communication, i.e. letters, memos, proposals, reports, and resumes. Includes oral communication techniques for meetings, conferences, and interviews. Provides a review of grammar, spelling, and mechanics. *Cross-listed as ENGL-104.
BADM-201 Leg Environment of Business
An introduction to the legal environment of business. Subjects include legal systems, sources of law, social and governmental impacts on private enterprise, ethics and professional responsibility, alternate dispute resolution, agency, warranties, international law, and Constitutional law. Students will do cases/regulation analyses on ADR, contracts including e-contracts, consumerism, employment relationships, business torts and criminal law issues and study business organization forms. The course is required for Business Administration majors and certificates and Legal Assistants.
BIOL-115 Topics in Biology
Introductory course with a lab designed for non-science majors and those who need a biology foundation before entering the science major's curriculum. This course emphasizes scientific inquiry in investigation of biological principles presented in an evolutionary context and an ecological framework. Principles covered include molecular and cellular biology, biochemical processes, genetics, classification, comparative study of the diversity of life, ecosystems, mechanisms of evolution, and current issues as they develop in the subject area. A field trip may be required.
BIOL-134 Human Heredity and Evolution
An introductory course in basic human genetics and evolution emphasizing their relationship to, biochemical processes, molecular and organismal genetics, physical development and social and behavioral expression. This course introduces students to the basic principles of scientific study using the chemical and biological aspects of human genetics as its main theme. In addition students are introduced to the political, philosophical and ethical implications of human heredity and evolution.
CAPP-065 Formatting Term Papers
This course will focus on how to use the formatting features of Microsoft Word for setting margins and tabs, line spacing, creating headers, footers, hanging indents, page numbers, widow/orphans, outlines, and references in MLA and APA styles. This class is for students who will be taking classes that require documented term papers and reports that may include footnotes, endnotes, works cited, bibliographies, or other references.
CAPP-120 Using Microsoft Office Lvl 1
This course is for the student who wants to learn the concepts of Microsoft Office computer applications. Students will begin to learn the functions and capabilities of Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, with emphasis on the integration of Microsoft Office software to solve business problems. This course will begin preparing students for Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS/MOS) Core-level Exams in the four above applications.
CAPP-121 Using Microsoft Word Lvl 1
This is a basic course in Microsoft Word. Students learn fundamental word processing skills necessary for career and academic functions including skills necessary to format memos, letters, tables, and newspaper columns. They will also use styles, graphics, charts, templates, and wizards. This course presents all the topics included in the Core MOS exam.
CAPP-122 Using Microsoft Excel
Students will learn the functions and capabilities of Excel with emphasis on using Excel to solve business problems. This course will prepare students for the Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS/MOS) Expert-Level Exam in Excel.
CAPP-123 Using Microsoft Access Lvl 1
Students will learn the functions and capabilities of Microsoft Access with an emphasis on the integration of Microsoft Office Access to solve course business problems. The course will begin to prepare the student to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert-level exam.
CAPP-124 Using Microsoft PowerPoint
This course introduces students to presentation software concepts and applications. Students will use Microsoft PowerPoint to create and present information for a variety of contexts. This course is designed for the student who is pursuing the MOUS certification as well as students who are interested in improving their interpersonal communication skills.
CAPP-125C Excel for Bus & Acct
Excel skills for business and accounting users. Course will focus on case studies and selecting and applying features and techniques for using Excel to improve business productivity and solve common accounting problems. Students will work with spreadsheet features including formatting, formulas, functions, charts and tools. Designed for students who have completed ACCT-124 or ACCT-124 A, B & C or have equivalent experience in accounting.
CAPP-125C1 Excel 1 Bas. Bus Acct
An introduction to Microsoft Excel. Course will focus on the basic features of Excel, as well as useful techniques for using the software for business applications. Students will work with spreadsheet formatting, formulas, functions, and charts. Designed for students with little or no experience in Excel. This is the first of three 1-unit courses for which completion of all three parts is equivalent to the 3-unit course, CAPP-125C.
CAPP-125C2 Excel 2- Business User
Excel skills for business users. Course will focus on case studies, selecting and applying features and techniques that will improve business productivity. Students will work with advanced spreadsheet features including formatting, formulas, functions, and charts. Designed for students who have completed CAPP-125C1 or have equivalent experience. This is the second of three 1-unit courses for which completion of all three parts is equivalent to the 3-unit course, CAPP-125C.
CAPP-125C3 Excel 3-FOR Accounting
Excel skills for accounting users. Course will focus on case studies, selecting and applying features and techniques for solving common accounting problems. Students will work with advanced spreadsheet features including formatting, formulas, functions, charts and tools. Designed for students who have completed ACCT-124, CAPP-125C1, and CAPP-125C2 or have equivalent experience in both accounting and Excel. This is the third of three 1-unit courses for which completion of all three parts is equivalent to the 3-unit course, CAPP-125C.
CAPP-126F Using Microsoft Publisher
This course introduces the student to the principles, concepts, and techniques of desktop publishing with Microsoft Publisher. The focus of this course is on the use of desktop publishing for personal use, but business applications will also be covered. This course is designed for the student who wants to learn desktop publishing to improve their personal productivity.
CAPP-140 Using Microsoft Office Level 2
This course is designed to acquaint the students with the proper procedures to create more advanced documents, workbooks, databases and presentations suitable for course work, professional purposes, and for personal use.
CAPP-141 Using Microsoft Word Level 2
This is an advanced course in Microsoft Word focused on formatting and managing large documents. Topics include: page formatting, footnotes, macros, merging, document assembly, sorting, tables, graphics and collaboration. This course presents topics included in the Expert MOS exam.
CAPP-160 Using Microsoft Office Lvl 3
This course introduces students to the Visual Basic for Applications programming environment and how this programming facility can be used to automate many desktop application functions. Emphasis in the course will be on using the object models in the Microsoft Word.
CDE-110 Child Development
This course addresses children's physical, cognitive and social/emotional development from conception through adolescence. Emphasis is given to theories providing frameworks for understanding development, to research offering scientific evidence about development, and to application of theory and research. Serves as a prerequisite for several CDE courses, applies to MSJC Certificate and A.S. degree requirements, and satisfies the Growth and Development requirement for the Child Development Permit.
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication
This course develops and applies theories of interpersonal communication. It is intended to increase a student's understanding of and competence in one-to-one interactions. Topics include self-concept, perception, language, nonverbal communication, listening, conversation, self-disclosure, friendship, intimacy, conflict management, and intercultural communication. The student will practice communication skills that develop and maintain relationships occurring in work, social, and nonpublic settings. This course is designed to meet graduation and transfer requirements.
COMM-108 Intercultural Communication
This course studies communication and culture. It is designed to develop the student's understanding of intercultural communication between/among people from different cultures across a variety of contexts. This course focuses on the development of cultural awareness (self and others), knowledge, appreciation, and current theoretical intercultural perspectives. It examines potential sources of intercultural understanding and conflict, and explores ways to enhance the effectiveness of communication.
COMM-110 Communications Media Survey
This course provides a survey of communications media and the interrelationships of media, individuals, and society including the history, structure and trends in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, recorded music, film, home video, and the Internet. Students will apply theories and analyze media effects within the context of economics, technology, law and ethics, and social issues. The course is designed to meet associate degree and transfer requirements.
CSIS-101 Intro Comp/Data Processing
This course provides a general introduction to computer systems with an emphasis on understanding the application of information technologies in an organizational setting. The student is introduced to the components of an information system (hardware, software, data and people), and the techniques for implementing these systems (program design and system analysis and design), and the technologies for disseminating these systems (network and internet). Students will learn to use computing applications as a tool to improve personal productivity, with an emphasis on spreadsheet applications. This course is designed for students who are interested in how information technologies improve organizational effectiveness as well as how these technologies can improve personal productivity.
CSIS-103 Introduction to the Internet
This course provides an overview of the many services available on the Internet. Students will learn about Internet browsers and their extensions, WWW, eMail, search engines, using the Internet for research, chat and instant messaging, uploading and downloading files using FTP servers, storage services, Internet security concepts, e-commerce and the various career opportunities associated with the Internet.
CSIS-104 Intro to E-Commerce
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of e-commerce infrastructure including communication protocols, web programming and markup languages, and website security and management. The course will examine the functional requirements of e-commerce websites, and illustrate principles of implementing e-commerce systems using appropriate technology. This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning about E-commerce as well as the career options that are available in this field.
CSIS-112A Visual Basic Programming - 1
Introduction to event-driven programming in the Windows environment. Visual Basic will be utilized to develop programs that demonstrate graphical user interface design, database access, and OLE integration.
CSIS-113A C++ Programming - Level 1
This course introduces the student to the principles of object-oriented programming (OOP) using the C++ programming language. Students will investigate and evaluate various program design methodologies and apply them to programming problems using C++. C++ features that will be covered include language syntax, data types and declarations, control structures, functions, arrays, pointers and strings. This course is designed for the student who wishes to learn a programming language; no prior programming experience is required.
CSIS-113B JAVA Programming Level 1
This course is designed for CIS students who are interested in expanding their programming skills in the area of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP), especially as it pertains to applications development on the World Wide Web. This course introduces students to the principles of object-oriented programming (OOP) using the JAVA programming language. Students will investigate and evaluate various program design methodologies and apply them to programming problems using JAVA. JAVA features that will be covered include language syntax, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, if-then/else constructs, looping, and arrays.
CSIS-113C C# Programming
This is an introductory course that will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills they need to develop applications with the C# programming language and the .NET development framework. This course will focus on program structure, language syntax, Basic Graphical User Interfaces, and implementation details.
CSIS-114A SQL Programming - Level 1
This course introduces the student to the SQL programming language and covers all of the features of the language that are needed to create and maintain single-table database systems. SQL features that will be covered include: language syntax, data query language (DQL) elements, data manipulation language (DML) elements, and basic data definition language (DDL) elements. No prior programming experience required.
CSIS-115A Web Development - Level 1
An extensive course on the newest technologies used in Web Development including the Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Students will learn about Internet communications using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). Students are also introduced to the basic skills necessary to create a Web Page, proper application of Cascading Style Sheets, the use of HTML editors, and publishing to a Web server.
CSIS-115B XML Design - Level 1
The focus of this course is on reviewing information technology concepts and taking practice exams in preparation for Information Technology (IT) professional certification. This course is designed for students who already have some experience in the exam content area, but are looking for a refresher course to better prepare for the certification exam.
CSIS-116B Developing ASP.NET We
An introduction to ASP.NET Web Development using Microsoft Visual Basic. Students will utilize ASP.NET to deliver dynamic content to a Web Application. Topics include Web Forms, User Controls, Server Controls, and Database Integration.
CSIS-116C Internet Script W/Java
This course teaches students the basic concepts of client-side JavaScripting used in designing Web pages for the Internet. Students will learn about the JavaScript object model, how to develop interactive forms, how to handle JavaScript security issues, and how to create JavaScript objects. *Cross-listed as MUL-158.
CSIS-116E Python Programming 1
This course introduces students to the principles of object-oriented programming (OOP) using the Python programming language. Students will investigate and evaluate various program design methodologies and apply them to programming problems using Python. Python features that will be covered include language syntax, class definitions, control structures, function definitions and basic data collections. No prior programming experience required.
CSIS-117D Dynamic Web Develop
This course introduces students to Web site development and Web site administration using the latest Microsoft Web tools. Students will learn how to create and enhance web pages with dynamically created: links, graphics, tables, frames, and CSS. Students will also learn how to publish their web site, as well as manage and administer that site. This course is designed for students who are interested in an Information Technology career in Web site development, administration, or e-commerce.
CSIS-118B Comp Org & Assem Lang
An introduction to the hardware organization and assembly language of the Intel processor. Topics include memory hierarchy and design, CPU design, pipelining, addressing modes, subroutine linkage, polled input/output, interrupts, high level language interfacing and macros.
CSIS-119A ActionScript Level 1
This course is an introduction to the ActionScript programming language used for creating flash animations. This course will focus on program structure, language syntax, event driven programming, integration of graphics and video, and implementation details.
CSIS-123A C++ Programming - Level 2
This course presents advanced programming concepts in the C++ programming language. Advanced aspects of program design methodologies will be studied, evaluated, and applied in the design of complex C++ programs. C++ features that will be covered include classes and data abstraction, operator overloading, inheritance, polymorphism, templates, exception handling, and file structures. This course is designed for students who wish to further develop their C++ programming skills.
CSIS-123B JAVA Programming - Level 2
This course introduces the student to advanced concepts of object-oriented programming (OOP) using the JAVA programming language. Students will investigate and evaluate various program design methodologies and apply them to programming problems using JAVA. JAVA features that will be covered include language syntax, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, if-then/else constructs, looping, and arrays. This course is designed for students who wish to further develop their JAVA programming skills.
CSIS-123C C# Level 2
This course introduces the student to advanced concepts of object-oriented programming (OOP) using the C# programming language. Students will investigate and evaluate various program design methodologies and apply them to programming problems using C#. C# features that will be covered include language syntax, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, graphics, multi-threading, files, streams, and networking. This course is designed for students who wish to further develop their C# programming skills.
CSIS-124A SQL Programming - Level 2
This course extends the students understanding of the SQL language to cover multi-table database, and advanced query options. The data definition language (DDL) elements will be fully covered, including options for implementing indexes.
CSIS-125A Web Development 2
This is an extensive course on the advanced technologies used in Web Development including client-side behaviors and Web-based tools like YUI and JQuery. Students will learn about Dynamic HTML (DHTML), client-side scripting, the Document Object Model (DOM), Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), and the Web-based tools available for developing professional Web pages including technologies used for: form validation, adding Flash-embedded objects, adding Web widgets, and much more.
CSIS-153 Using UNIX
This course introduces students to the fundamental features of the UNIX operating system. Students will be introduced to command line basics, file and directory management, text editors, and shell programming. This course is designed for students who will be working in, or providing support to others who work in the UNIX environment.
CSIS-202 Networks & Data Communications
This course introduces students to fundamental data communication concepts including voice and data communications, networking hardware, the OSI model, and network design. Network management and security issues are also covered. This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning about data communications and networking as well as the career options that are available in this field.
CSIS-223A Linux System Admin - Level 1
This course introduces students to system administration concepts and Linux system administration tools. Concepts to be covered include system and software installation, kernel building and configuration, system startup and shutdown, and user and group management issues. This course is designed for students preparing for Linux certification, as well as students planning a career in system administration and management.
CSIS-233A Linux System Admin - Level 2
This course teaches students the skills they will need to manage a Linux system in a networked environment. This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning about data communications and networking as well as the career options that are available in this field.
ECON-201 Prin of Macroeconomics
This course covers the basic theories, concepts, terminology, and uses of macroeconomics. Emphasis is placed on Classical and Keynesian theories, Federal Reserve System, and how institutions achieve domestic and international economic goals using monetary and fiscal policies. Concentrates on aggregate supply and demand, economic fluctuations, money and banking, national income and expenditure, employment, inflation, output, economic stability and growth. Other topics covered include international trade and finance, globalization and international impacts on economies.
ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
This course covers the basic theories, concepts, terminology, and uses of microeconomics. Emphasis is on the interaction of consumers, business, and industry choices in a market economy. Topics covered include optimizing behavior of individual firms and consumers, supply and demand, elasticity, consumer choice, production and costs, market structures, antitrust and regulation, factor markets, income and poverty, market failures, and public choice. Issues such as environmental problems are also studied.
​ECON-203 Introduction to Environmental Economics
This course covers the economic analysis of environmental issues with an emphasis on the implications for designing appropriate policy measures. Emphasis is placed on contemporary environmental problems and economic analysis of environmental issues and economic implications of the emerging green economy. Other topics covered include environmental problems, policies on wealth distribution, economic growth, international environmental issues, urban and corporate environmentalism, economics of environmental regulation, nonrenewable resources, and sustainability. Prerequisite: ECON-202 (with a grade of C or better)​
ENGL-061 Basic Grammar and Usage
English 061 develops grammar usage skills needed for English 062, 098, and 101. The course begins with the structure of a sentence including parts of speech, punctuation, and mechanics, and ends with the structure of an expository paragraph. Offered as pass/no pass only.
ENGL-062 Basic Writing Skills
English 062 improves the writing skills needed for English 098 and 101. The course emphasizes the acquisition of skills in grammar, punctuation and accurate, expressive writing developed through self-editing and revision. The course focuses on paragraph writing, leading to the development of a multiple-paragraph essay. Offered as pass/no pass only.
ENGL-095 Business English
Students will learn the principles of editing written communication applicable to business. The course emphasis is on fundamentals of grammar, number usage, punctuation, spelling, and modern business vocabulary. The course provides a thorough treatment of current English usage needed in the business office environment. The basic principles of business writing are introduced. This course is recommended for all Business majors and vocational business students. It is particularly recommended as a precursor to or as a class to be taken concurrently with BADM/ENGL-104, Business Communication and Technical Writing. *Cross-listed as OTEC-095.
ENGL-098 English Fundamentals
This course provides practice in English composition with emphasis on the multi-paragraph essay, with a review of mechanics, and paragraphing. The course also introduces students to using library resources. Successful completion will prepare students for English 101.
ENGL-101 Freshman Composition
This course provides instruction in writing academic analytic essays. Students will learn to read and respond to sources analytically, conduct academic-level research and incorporate those sources into a research paper. This course satisfies graduation and transfer requirements.
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing
This is a university transferable course that provides continuing practice in the analytic writing begun in English 101. The course develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of written texts (literature and/or non-fiction) from diverse cultural sources and perspectives. The techniques and principles of effective written argument as they apply to the written text will be emphasized. Some research is required.
ENGL-104 Business Communications
A study of the principles, strategies, and techniques of written and oral business communication. Emphasis is on analyzing problems and implementing solutions involving appropriate methods of business communication, i.e. letters, memos, proposals, reports, and resumes. Includes oral communication techniques for meetings, conferences, and interviews. Provides a review of grammar, spelling, and mechanics. *Cross-listed as BADM-104.
ENGL-106 Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Literature is a multi-genre, multi-period course which introduces students to fiction, poetry and drama from diverse cultural sources and perspectives. Students will examine literary terms and methods of literacy analysis to provide them with a broad understanding of literature. This course is intended for students majoring in liberal studies or other humanities programs as well as those interested in a general introduction to fiction, poetry, and drama.
ENGL-130 Intro to Creative Writing
English 130 encourages individual exploration into creative writing in several core genres, particularly poetry and short fiction. The course includes writing in journals, composing creative works, reading works of literature, and actively participating in peer workshops.
ENVS-101 Environmental Sci.
An introductory course exploring current environmental issues emphasizing their relationship to the physical, chemical and biological sciences. This course introduces students to the basic principles of scientific study using environmental issues as its main theme, focusing on the inter-relationships of the biotic and abiotic factors of the biosphere as they are influenced by human action.
GEOG-101 Physical Geography
Physical Geography is the study of the physical environment of the earth's surface and human interaction with that environment. Emphasis is given to global patterns of climate, ecosystems, hydrology, plate tectonics, and various processes of land formation. Controversial topics, such as global warming, introduce students to concerns we have as inhabitants of this planet. A field trip is required.
​GEOG-102 Cultural Geography ​This course offers students an understanding of global cultural diversity and humans as agents of change with emphasis on cultural elements of the human habitat. Students are introduced to the geographical aspects of population distribution, socio-economic conditions, rural and urban settlement patterns, cultural landscapes, and local ecosystems. Global patterns of distinct cultural characteristics, such as language, religion and political organization, are presented. A field trip is required.​
GEOG-108 World Regional Geography
A global survey of world cultural regions presents students with basic geographic concepts and ideas for studying and comparing cultural traditions, resources, economies, landscapes, and origins. The interaction of countries and regions, their global roles, issues of globalization and the conflicting pressures of cultural diversity are discussed. Contrasts between developed and underdeveloped countries are explored.
​GEOG-115 Introduction to GIS ​This course prepares students with the geographic concepts necessary for technical application of Geographic Information Science (GIS). Topics include data structure, acquisition, integration and manipulation. Through practical applications in GIS students use scientific methods of inquiry to analyze tabular and spatial data for geographic trends, patterns and relationships.​
GUID-050 Strategies for Life&le
This course is designed to empower students with effective strategies for making wise choices in both their personal and academic lives. Students will learn to accept greater responsibility, develop mutually supportive relationships, raise their self-esteem, discover self-motivation, master effective self-management strategies, change self-defeating patterns and limiting beliefs, set goals, strengthen their emotional intelligence, and become lifelong learners. Essential strategies for critical and creative thinking will also be addressed.
GUID-112 Creative Job Search
This course explores successful job search within a contemporary workplace. Students will learn to use effective techniques for obtaining a new job or making employment transitions. Students are instructed in the effective use of sound guidelines and cutting-edge strategies necessary for active career management today. Topics include how to: handle transitions, explore job leads, research employers, write a winning resume, maintain a career portfolio, establish a professional network, interview successfully, and negotiate job offers.
GUID-118 Transfer Success
This course applies the necessary knowledge, skills, tactics, and resources to successfully transfer from a community college to a baccalaureate level college, university, or other institution. Students learn how to research, differentiate between, evaluate, and select majors and schools based on individual needs and career goals. Academic practices, requirements, application timelines and processes, financial assistance, housing, and student support services are explored. Student educational and action plans are developed for achieving transfer and career goals.
HIST-101 Western Civilization I to 1500
History 101 is the first course in a two-semester series. This semester traces the economic, social, political and cultural developments in the Western Cultural sphere from the rise of civilization in the Near East to approximately 1500.
HIST-103 History of World Civil to 1500
The course explores the origin and development of civilizations in Europe, the Near East, India, Africa, the Americas and East Asia. Using a comparative approach between the world's major civilizations, students will examine social structure and daily life, political systems, cultural values and assumptions, and economic development.
HIST-104 Hist/World Civil Since 1500
A survey of the modern world from 1500 to the present. Using a comparative approach between the world's major civilizations, students will examine interconnections between major European, Middle Eastern, African, South and North American, and Asian civilizations and will explore social structure and daily life, industrialization, colonization, cultural development, revolutions and protests, and independence movements. Emphasis will be placed on structures, values, and inter-relationships.
HIST-111 U.S. History to 1877
A survey course that explores political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in the United States from colonization and settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This course is designed for transfer students. The course is UC/CSU transferable, meets Area 4 on IGETC, Area D6 on CSU-GE, and satisfies U.S. History, and American Ideals graduation requirement through the CSU System.
HIST-112 U.S. History Since 1865
History 112 is a survey course that explores political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in the United States from the end of the Civil War to the current period.
HIST-114 Intro/Apprec of American Music
This course is a survey of American styles including jazz, popular music, and art music. The purpose of the course is to develop knowledge of music history, an understanding of elements of music, and an aesthetic appreciation of various styles. *Cross-listed as MUS-107.
HIST-158 History of Jazz and Bl
This course is designed to assist students in developing an appreciation and respect for jazz and blues music as original American art forms. The focus is on the evolutionary development of the music and artists responsible for its creation. Students will gain an understanding of basic musical concepts, as well as, the rich history of a purely American music. This course is transferable to most four-year institutions and meets the humanities requirement at MSJC. *Cross-listed as MUS-108.
HS-121 Healthful Living
This course offers a comprehensive overview of human health from a multidimensional perspective (physical, psychological, social, spiritual, intellectual and environmental health). It provides students with an opportunity to learn about the maintenance and improvement of their health and wellness. Topics include psychological health/problems, stress management, physical fitness, nutrition, substance use and abuse, infectious/non infectious diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, relationships, human sexuality, health and wellness related to the human lifecycle and environmental health issues.
HS-123 Drugs: Use and Abuse
This course offers a comprehensive understanding of drug and alcohol use and abuse in our society. It includes the history, composition, use and effects of commonly abused drugs. It meets the drug education requirements for teacher credentialing and is one sequential course in the MSJC Alcohol and Drug Studies certificate program.
LIB-101 Essentials of Lib Research
This course will guide students through the research process, using both library resources and the Internet. Students will learn how to search a variety of electronic databases, library catalogs, and Internet sources for relevant and authoritative information, and prepare a works cited list using the MLA format. This course will prepare students for research in any discipline, and will impart the information competency skills necessary to become a lifelong learner.
MATH-090 Elementary Algebra
Mathematics 90 is the first course in the algebra sequence. Students will solve linear equations and applications, graph lines, solve systems of linear equations, perform polynomial and rational expression arithmetic, solve equations involving algebraic fractions, factor polynomials, and solve quadratic equations by factoring and utilizing the Quadratic Formula.
MATH-096 Intermediate Algebra
The second course in the algebra sequence, Mathematics 096 prepares the student for transfer-level math courses. Students will distinguish between the real number sets, solve quadratic, rational, absolute value and radical equations, related applications and inequalities, factor polynomials, graph functions, simplify expressions containing radicals or rational exponents, evaluate function notation, determine if the graph is a function, find the domain and range, construct graphs of conic sections, graph exponential functions and formulate their logarithmic equivalents.
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to the concepts, ideas, and applications of probability and statistics. Math 140 covers descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, estimation of population parameters, hypothesis testing, correlation, linear regression, and ANOVA. Applications will be taken from the fields of business, economics, social sciences, life sciences, engineering and physical sciences.
MGT-103 Introduction to Management
U.S. businesses operate in a constantly changing global business environment. Thus modern business managers need to be aware of a wide variety of domestic and global issues. This course will introduce students to the task of managing, the history of management, the role of planning, organizing, leading and controlling on both a domestic and global level. Students will review the role of information systems, management theories, and examine current issues in management.
MGT-133 Productivity Mgt
This course surveys and researches the role productivity plays in various business structures. Included is a study of internal and external factors contributing to productivity and the effects national and global elements have on productivity. Students will survey and research management theories, practices and methods. Through case study analysis students will apply techniques to analyze current productivity and apply methods to sustain and improve productivity.
MGT-205 Principles of Marketing Mngt.
This course presents an overview of the management of marketing in society and the world economy. Topics emphasize the environment of marketing, determining target markets, product planning, pricing, promotion, and distribution. This course is designed for students pursuing a business career, considering ownership of a small business or business owners who wish to advance their marketing skills.
MUL-110 Introduction to Multimedia
Multimedia 110 is an overview of the computer-based design industry, introducing digital image creation and output options. It presents foundation design software and hardware necessary for raster and vector based image production and gives an overview of careers in the field. It is designed for students who may be considering digital graphics as a career, or anyone interested in design application software. May be applied toward Multimedia Certificate and Associate of Science degree.
MUL-112 Interactive Media Design I
This course provides students with web design and development skills. These skills, for both web and portable devices, include accessible and standards-driven design using XHTML and CSS, Information Architecture for information sharing environments, navigation systems, form generation, and electronic communication concepts. The course is one of four core courses applicable to the multimedia certificate and/or degree.
MUL-125 Interactive Motion Media
This course provides students with the skills to create professional animations and interactive advertisements. Students will also integrate animated design into websites and incorporate audio and video into self-contained presentations. The course covers drawing and color tools, mastering the essentials of animation, working with type, graphics, sound, video, and scripting using industry-standard animation software.
MUL-131 3D Animation I
This course covers the process of 3D computer graphics. Issues related to cinematic staging and lighting are a particular focus. Modeling, material texture and animation are also covered topics. Still and animated imagery will be created using industry software. This course is designed for the student with a general computer knowledge who wishes to begin the basic skills courses concentrating on 3D animation and applicable to the animation and multimedia certificates and/or degrees.
MUL-158 Internet Script W/Java
This course teaches students the basic concepts of client-side JavaScripting used in designing Web pages for the Internet. Students will learn about the JavaScript object model, how to develop interactive forms, how to handle JavaScript security issues, and how to create JavaScript objects. *Cross-listed as CSIS-116C.
MUL-218 Dynamic Web Design
This course provides students with advanced web authoring skills for designing, building and managing dynamic web sites. These skills include Web 2.0, ecommerce, and social networking design, search engine optimization techniques and usability studies. In addition, students will modify templates, apply CSS, install interactive modules and components within a website, and explore and apply electronic marketing principles and theories.
MUS-100 Intro/Appreciation of Music
This course provides students with a survey of European music styles concentrating on Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern music. The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of various styles, to develop an understanding of the elements of music; it's history, and aesthetics. *Cross-listed as HIST-113.
MUS-107 Intro/Apprec of American Music
This course is a survey of American styles including jazz, popular music, and art music. The purpose of the course is to develop knowledge of music history, an understanding of elements of music, and an aesthetic appreciation of various styles. *Cross-listed as HIST-114.
MUS-108 History of Jazz & Blues
This course is designed to assist students in developing an appreciation and respect for jazz and blues music as original American art forms. The focus is on the evolutionary development of the music and artists responsible for its creation. Students will gain an understanding of basic musical concepts, as well as, the rich history of a purely American music. This course meets the humanities requirement at MSJC. *Cross-listed as HIST-158.
NURS-100 Introduction to A&P
This course provides a basic overview of the structure and function of the body for allied health students or those who desire a basic understanding of the human body. The content includes the anatomy and physiology as systems approach and includes selected homeostatic mechanisms and pathologies where appropriate. *Cross-listed as ANAT-100.
NUTR-100 Family Nutrition
This course covers basic principles of nutrition. It includes the study of the essential nutrients, food labels and consumer protection laws, meal planning, dietary considerations for various stages of life, dietary recommendations for disease prevention, and weight control methods.
NUTR-101 Nutrition & Foods
This course examines the science of nutrition and overviews the macro and micro nutrients. Exploration of the role of nutrition throughout the life span and the effects of exercise on overall wellness are also covered. Nutrition 101 is designed for students and health-care workers in beginning assistance level programs. This course is also intended to meet the introductory nutrition requirements for practical or licensed vocational nurses as well as diet technicians or diet aides. Nutrition 101 is also for non-professional students who wish to gain more knowledge regarding their own nutritional status and the application of this knowledge to improve their health and wellness.
OTEC-095 Business English
Students will learn the principles of editing written communication applicable to business. The course emphasis is on fundamentals of grammar, number usage, punctuation, spelling, and modern business vocabulary. The course provides a thorough treatment of current English usage needed in the business office environment. The basic principles of business writing are introduced. This course is recommended for all Business majors and vocational business students. It is particularly recommended as a precursor to or as a class to be taken concurrently with BADM/ENGL-104, Business Communication and Technical Writing. *Cross-listed as ENGL-095.
OTEC-144 Keyboarding/Docum. Formatting
Students learn the basic techniques of the touch system in the mastery of the keyboard and develop speed and accuracy in keyboarding data. They also develop the basic formatting skills necessary to produce letters, memorandums, reports, and tables. .
OTEC-146 Keyboarding
This course focuses on diagnosis of problem keys, key sequences, and drilling techniques to improve student speed and accuracy. Emphasis is on building speed and reducing errors through drilling exercises.
OTEC-160 Creat Manag Virt Off
This course introduces the concept of working virtually, examines current trends in the virtual arena, and identifies companies promoting the virtual professional. Students explore topics related to creating, managing and working in a virtual office and investigate equipment requirements, as well as the managerial and personal skills needed to be a successful virtual professional.
OTEC-163 Oper Mrkt Virtual Off
This is an advanced level virtual office course. Students will design a business and marketing plan, discuss financial, legal, and ethical business practices, and investigate virtual networking and interviewing. Much of the work done in this class will be completed using virtual tools.
OTEC-178 Office Procedures
This course develops administration professionals in effective office processes including customer service, time, organizational, follow-up, and work life balance skills necessary for employment as a receptionist, clerk, administrative assistant, office manager, and executive assistant. Students enhance file management, business correspondence, and presentation skills through the use of current technologies. Soft skills will be incorporated in the curriculum as well as resume and interview techniques development.
PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy I
This course is a general introduction to some of the central problems of philosophy. Students will study classical, medieval, modern and contemporary philosophers as a basis for the discussion of epistemology, metaphysics, logic, ethics and aesthetics. The ability to think reflectively and critically will be emphasized.
PHIL-103 Logic
This course emphasizes the study of formal deductive logic with minor treatment of inductive and informal logic. Students will study Aristotelian Logic, Modern Deductive Logic and Quantification. The focus will be on the analysis and critique of valid and invalid argument forms, soundness, rules of inference, logical puzzles, diagramming arguments and Venn diagrams. The course will stress the critical analysis of arguments and critical reasoning skills.
PHIL-112 Critical Think and Com
This course focuses on studying the structure of argument, the detection of common argument fallacies, the creation of cogent, valid argument, and the acquisition of skills needed to translate clearly constructed arguments into argumentative essays. Students will study inductive and deductive logic, valid and invalid argument forms, the difference between fact, judgment and belief, and the importance definition plays in constructing strong arguments.
PHOT-130 History of Still Photo
The History of Still Photography offers a comprehensive exploration of the historical progression of fixing a still image, that is to say writing with light. This course starts in ancient times with naturally occurring images, and moves through advances in optics and chemical processes. It then moves through the prolific period of traditional Black and White photography and then covers the birth and advancements of the digital light sensor and its possibilities for the future.
PS-101 Intro/American Govmt
An introduction to the politics, principles, theories and practices of the governments of the United States and California. It meets the state requirement in American political institutions. This course, in combination with any U. S. History course, will meet all state requirements in American history.
PSYC-101 Intro to Psychology
This course is designed to introduce students to the core themes of introduction to psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in context. Contemporary theories and research methods will be explored. Topics will range from the study of learning-cognitive principles to brain physiology and psychopathology. The aim of this course is to promote the intellectual development of students by broadening their understanding of the fundamental aspects of human behavior and cognitive processes.
RE-140 Real Estate Principles
This course covers the basic laws and principles of California real estate. It provides the basic background and terminology necessary to understand contracts, agency, listings, real estate financing, deeds, liens, escrows and title insurance, land descriptions, real estate mathematics, real estate licensing and state regulations. A required course for the California Real Estate Salesperson license.
RE-141 Real Estate Practice
This course provides an analysis of the real estate business as conducted in California, establishing the real estate office, listings, appraisal methods, prospecting, advertising, selling, closing (listing and sales), financing, escrow procedures, exchanges, taxes, and real estate (general taxation and income tax); business opportunities; property management and leases. A required course to maintain salesperson's license or apply to take broker's exam.
RE-142 Legal Aspects of Real Estate
This course provides a broad survey of the legal system in the United States with special emphasis on California Real Estate Law. It provides insight into those areas which are most important in avoiding legal difficulties which can arise in connection with real estate transactions. Special emphasis is given to aspects of California Real Estate Law necessary to prepare students for the State Real Estate Licensing Exam.
SOCI-101 Prin. of Sociology
This course is the scientific study of human society and behavior in social settings. It is a survey of the basic characteristics and dynamics of society and culture from the sociological perspective. Topics include culture, socialization and personality development, social interaction, deviance, group dynamics, social structure, social institutions, inequality, social change and collective behavior.
SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I
This beginning course emphasizes pronunciation, oral practice, basic grammar of the Spanish language and study of the 21 Spanish speaking countries, culture and civilization.
SPAN-102 Elementary Spanish II
This course is a continuation of skills learned in Spanish 101. Students will become more proficient in the use of the Spanish language through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Student will gain more knowledge of the culture and civilization of the 21 Spanish speaking countries. Proper uses of object pronouns and past tenses will be emphasized.
THA-101 Introduction to Theater
Through lectures, readings, videotape, live theatrical experiences, class discussions, and activities, this introductory course emphasizes the value and importance of theater as a fine art and metaphor for society and life. Emphasis is placed on the role of theater as a source and reflection of ideas, cultural values, and human understanding. Contributions of the playwright, director, actor, designer, technician, and audience are explored. This course is a requirement for the Theater Arts major and meets the general education graduation requirement for Arts and Humanities.
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