Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies (INDIS)

INDIS 313 Freshman Seminar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 51 with a grade of "C" or better; Eligibility for ENGWR 101.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area E1 (effective Fall 2019)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course treats success holistically by exploring the interpersonal, intrapersonal, and the "soft" skills needed to be successful in today's world. Students will examine their own educational and/or career goals, and learn how to make strategic decisions about their own learning. Students will evaluate their daily activities, choices, and behaviors while observing their impact on their ability to create habits that contribute to their success. The psychological, sociological and physiological impacts will also be addressed. Students will be required to complete either: 1) eight hours of volunteer service or 2) participate in eight hours of campus life or 3) eight hours of additional classwork reflective of the pathway in which the course is offered.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • define the principles of deep and lasting learning, the CORE (Collect, Organize, Rehearse, Evaluate) learning system, the physiological impact of stress on the body, and evaluate one's self-esteem and core beliefs.
  • identify life goals and define steps needed to be successful in school, work, and life.
  • analyze one's own behaviors, beliefs, and choices that impact success.
  • incorporate wise choices and behaviors to improve one's own success in school, work, and life.
  • engage in practical, hands-on learning experiences for the pathway by participating in extracurricular activities or volunteer work as assigned by the instructor and evaluating that experience.

INDIS 314 Study Skills for Science Disciplines

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:Current enrollment in a science course.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course offers individualized instructional modules designed to improve study strategies appropriate for various science classes and in the nursing program. A partial list of skills may include the following: principles of learning and retention, active reading and listening, note taking, annotating, discipline-based vocabulary, paraphrasing, test preparation, test taking, and problem solving. This course is offered in a flexible TBA format of 27 laboratory hours in order to accommodate the student's schedule. Registration is open through the tenth week of the semester. This course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply the preview strategy to co-requisite course text chapters meaningfully.
  • construct paraphrases for concepts presented in co-requisite course textbooks or in their class notes.
  • prepare notes for their co-requisite course and review these notes based on the Student Learning Outcomes for the co-requisite course.
  • interpret various types of graphs and diagrams from their co-requisite course.
  • create concept maps in order to see relationships between ideas presented in their co-requisite course.
  • assess various test taking strategies appropriate for their co-requisite course.
  • demonstrate ability to read "actively" in their co-requisite course textbook.

INDIS 315 Study Skills for Science Disciplines II

  • Units:0.5
  • Hours:27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:Current enrollment in a science course.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course offers individualized instructional modules designed to acquire or improve study strategies for science, allied health, or nutrition courses. Strategies build on prior skills learned in earlier study skills courses, and they include the intensive study cycle, advanced concept mapping, stress management, mastering science vocabulary, improving on note-taking and listening, visual learning, and advanced problem solving. Registration is open through the eighth week of the semester. This course, which is graded Pass/No Pass, is offered in a flexible TBA format of 27 laboratory hours to accommodate the student's schedule.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • apply new study techniques to improve learning in higher-level science courses.
  • incorporate specific strategies learned to successfully complete assignments and projects in science courses.
  • appraise her/his studying behavior, and appropriately adjust it to different academic disciplines and especially the subdisciplines of science.

INDIS 360 Sustainability: Your Future on Planet Earth

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

In this course, faculty from a variety of disciplines will introduce the fundamental aspects of sustainability including an examination of the critical relationship between people and their environment. The course emphasizes a holistic approach as students examine the interconnection between nature and society and how it relates to the food we eat, the goods we buy, the things we build, the oceans we harvest, and the energy we consume. Using an interactive approach, students also explore solutions to today’s unprecedented environmental challenges within cultural, economic, educational and political contexts. Faculty from Biology, Early Childhood Education, English, Geography, Nutrition, and/or Sociology will team teach this course. Field trips may be required. This course is not open to those who have taken Sustainability: Earth’s Future previously.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • distinguish fact from opinion about the current health of the planet based on socio-cultural and environmental indicators.
  • understand the processes and apply the principles of ecology to the analysis of sustainability issues.
  • analyze and predict, using inductive and/or deductive reasoning, the effects of consumer actions, government policies and worldwide practices on sustainability and the needs of society.
  • evaluate the effects of human values, ethics and religious beliefs on achieving the goals of sustainability.
  • construct arguments focused on sustainability issues which demonstrate inductive and/or deductive reasoning using information from multiple disciplines.

INDIS 495 Independent Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course involves a student working individually on a topic of study and research beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. Upon approval of the proposed topic, the student will work and keep in contact with the advisory faculty to successfully complete the study topic. Students may take this course up to four times without duplication of the topics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate the understanding of concepts, processes and techniques involved with the topic of study.
  • discriminate and analyze the major concerns of the topic of study.

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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This program is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics meta-major.

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