Science, Mathematics, and Technology

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

 

 

Contact Person:

Ken Ganezer,

Department of Physics, (310) 243-3376

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Upper Division

SMT 310  Science and Technology (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

An assessment of the interrelationships of Science and Technology. Study of the development of technological advances and the scientific principles behind them.

SMT 312  Natural Disasters (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

Impact of natural events on human activities and vice versa. Mankind’s uneasy relationship with atmosphere, oceans and not-so-solid Earth.  Will include study of earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, climate change, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires.

SMT 314  Introduction to Cosmology (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

An introduction to the major theories of the origin and structure of the universe and the evidence for them, with attention to the way earlier ideas have been incorporated in modern thought. The “Big Bang Theory” will be examined in depth.

SMT 416  Earth Sciences for Teachers (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

Study of planet Earth including such topics as geology, volcanoes, earthquakes, fossils, oceanography, weather, and astronomy as appropriate for elementary and junior high school teachers. Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

 

Social and
Behavioral Sciences

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

 

 

Contact Person:

L. Mark Carrier

SBS Program Office: (310) 243-3427

 

 

 

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Upper Division

SBS 316  Social Change (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

Analysis of processes of social change, cultural development and cultural persistence using social science perspectives. Examples of topics include cultural evolution, industrialization, modernization, acculturation and assimilation.

SBS 318  Cultural Pluralism (3).

Prerequisite: Completion of lower division General Education.

Analysis of cultural diversity and the processes of cultural interaction, inter-ethnic relations and social integration on the community, national and international levels. Repeatable for credit for up to nine units with different topics.