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BIOL 050: Issues in Human Biology

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

A study of current issues in human biology, focusing on several human life processes, such as mobility, digestion, respiration, circulation, nervous system integration, and reproduction. Dysfunction and disease are explored. Counts toward high school Lab Science or Health credit. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Organize homework and lab information and effectively describe the lab work in writing.
  2. Apply new science terminology in both discussion and writing.
  3. Compare and contrast the specialized structural and functional systems that regulate human growth and development and that maintain health.
  4. Recognize and describe essential components and processes involved in human structure, mobility, digestion, respiration, circulation, excretion, and nervous system integration.
  5. Propose ideas, solutions and analyze information while working in a small group setting.
  6. Discuss readings, lab work and outside research within the classroom environment.

EDCAP 009: GED® Academic Preparation

Credits: 5.0

Class prepares students for the official GED® tests, college classes, and current or future work. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required. 

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate improvement in one of the following areas: math, writing, and/or reading in preparation for passing the GED®. 
  2. Practice group interaction skills. 
  3. Recall and apply test taking strategies. 
  4. Describe and apply study skill techniques. 

EDCAP 080: EdCAP Re-Engage

Credits: 3.0

The EdCAP Re-Engage class is designed to give students enrolled in the EdCAP program additional academic resources and supports to successfully complete all Edmonds CC classes.  Prerequisite(s): Department advising into this course.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify and enage with peers and professional allies to seek advice regarding a college or career pathway.
  2. Develop routine use of Canvas and EdMail.
  3. Identify and apply time management skills and strategies to effectively prepare for classes and complete assignments. 
  4. Apply goal-setting strategies to name and monitor personal and educational goals.  
  5. Apply problem-solving strategies and processes to address personal and educational challenges.
  6. Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes. 

EDCAP 095: College Connections

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

An introductory course for Edmonds Career Access Program (EdCAP) students beginning their first quarter at EdCC. Students will develop a peer support system and explore and identify learning and educational goals. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Implement various methods of decision-making and problem solving skills to increase opportunities for success in diverse settings.
  2. Self-assess abilities, values, skills and interests, learning styles and readiness to learn.
  3. Identify internal and external barriers and difficulties to learning and strategies for overcoming them.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate verbally and through writing as a response to a variety of prompts and questions.
  5. Apply and evaluate classroom learning in settings outside of the academic.
  6. Complete group tasks with other EdCAP students.
  7. Apply a variety of financial literacy skills, including budgeting, financial planning and credit management to real life situations.

EDCAP 096: Career Connections

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Students will use the skills developed in EdCAP 095 to explore an area of career interest. Students will complete a project that includes a research report, interview preparation, interviews, and a class presentation. Prerequisite(s): EDCAP 095 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explore potential career paths.
  2. Apply a variety of research strategies to gather information.
  3. Establish a professional network of resources, including instructors, other college faculty and staff, professionals in various fields, and fellow students to accomplish project goals.
  4. Synthesize information from a variety of sources to develop a presentation to present to a classroom audience.
  5. Apply a variety of time management strategies needed to complete a long-term project.

ENVS 051: Global Science Issues

Credits: 5.0

High school course exploring global environmental issues. Introduces Earth's systems that promote life and major issues, i.e., climate change, pollution, biodiversity, etc. Emphasis on problem solving, personal responsibility and action. Counts toward high school Lab Science or Contemporary World Problems credit. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the spread and impact of environmental toxins.
  2. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to global environmental challenges.
  3. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within important ecosystems, such as coral reefs, wetlands, and tropical rain forests.
  4. Analyze and explain the effects human activities have on Earth's capacity to sustain biological diversity.
  5. Plan and conduct systematic and complex scientific investigations and evaluate results of such investigations.
  6. Identify and articulate sustainable choices and actions that individuals persons could make that would result in fewer resources being consumed and less pollution.
  7. Analyze the patterns and arrangements of Earth systems and subsystems and how these systems sustain the biosphere.
  8. Identify the factors that influence weather and climate and how these patterns relate to ecosystems.
  9. Define the complex, integrated and regulated processes (such as photosynthesis and energy transfer in a food web) by which organisms, use matter and energy to sustain life.
  10. Analyze local, regional, national or global problems or challenges in which scientific design can be or has been used to design a solution.

ENVS 053: Pacific Northwest Science Issues

Credits: 5.0

High School course that explores current environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on the interrelationships between humans, plants and animals. Emphasis on problem solving, personal responsibility and action. Counts toward high school Lab Science or Contemporary World Problems credit. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze processes that have caused changes to the features of the Earth's surface, including plate tectonics, glaciation, volcanism, etc.
  2. Explain the factors that influence weather and climate and how these patterns relate to Northwest ecosystems.
  3. Describe the complex, integrated and regulated processes (such as photosynthesis and energy transfer in a food web) by which organisms use matter and energy to sustain life.
  4. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within selected Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
  5. Describe the process of evolution and the concepts of natural selection, speciation, adaptation and biological diversity.
  6. Analyze and explain the effects human activities have on the capacity of Pacific Northwest ecosystems to sustain biological diversity.
  7. Conduct systematic and complex scientific investigations and evaluate results of such investigations.
  8. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to regional environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest.

ENVS 054: Northwest Ecology and Citizenry

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Introduction to the ecology of Pacific NW ecosystems, including the impact of historic and contemporary issues. Includes applied study of WA State Constitution and Government, focusing on problem-solving. Counts as WA state History/Social Studies and/or Science credit. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the complex, integrated and regulated processes by which organisms use matter and energy to sustain life.
  2. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within selected Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
  3. Analyze and explain the effects that human activities have on the capacity of Pacific Northwest ecosystems to sustain biological diversity.
  4. Describe the nature and structure of Washington state government and constitution, and how citizens interact with it.
  5. Connect patterns of habitation and development in the Pacific Northwest to changes in resource availability, land use, and biological diversity.
  6. Examine the historic and contemporary roles Native Americans have played in ecological stewardship, especially in terms of salmon and current recovery efforts.
  7. Apply the methods of social science investigation to examine historical controversies that impacted the Pacific Northwest and continue to impact present-day politics, the economy and the environment.
  8. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to regional environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest.

HIST 030: Civics in Action

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Participation in various activities that promote understanding of government at all levels. Emphasis will be on rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Counts toward U.S. History, Contemporary World Problems, Washington state civics credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the core values and democratic principles of the U.S. as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
  2. Analyze the purposes, organization and function of federal, state and local government.
  3. Demonstrate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the principles of democratic civic involvement.

HIST 032: U.S. History I

Credits: 5.0

An examination of selected issues and topics in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the Civil War. Includes study of U.S. Constitution and government. Counts toward high school U.S. History I credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify and describe contributions made by early American cultures.
  2. Identify events, trends, individuals and movements that helped shape America.
  3. Identify and create examples of how technological advances shaped America.
  4. Describe and identify the importance of the foundational documents.
  5. Relate the past to present, be able to explain how history repeats itself.
  6. Communicate core concepts and ideas in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the Civil War.
  7. Research, compare and analyze perspectives within this time period using multiple source materials.

HIST 033: U.S. History II

Credits: 5.0

An examination of selected issues and topics in U.S. history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. Includes study of the U.S. Constitution and government. Counts toward high school U.S. History II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, describe and discuss achievements and trends of cultures and individuals during from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era.
  2. Identify and show examples of how technological advances shaped America.
  3. Identify and interpret the major ideas set forth in the Constitution that effect this period of History.
  4. Analyze the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments that defined and broadened Civil Rights in America.
  5. Communicate core concepts and ideas in U.S. history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era.
  6. Research, compare and analyze perspectives within this time period using multiple source materials.

HIST 034: Contemporary World Issues I

Credits: 5.0

A study of U.S. foreign policy issues and their impact on other countries. Topics covered may include terrorism, U.S. military involvement, global trade agreements, U.S. defense policy and others. Counts toward high school U.S. History II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply knowledge of maps, charts, and other geographic tools to understand the spatial arrangement of people, places, resources, and environments on earth's surface.
  2. Define the purposes and organization of international relationships and how U.S. foreign policy is made.
  3. Identify various historical, social, economic and political issues from selected regions of the world.
  4. Analyze and evaluate various historical, social, economic and political issues from selected regions of the world.
  5. Apply a variety of strategies to communicate information on current international issues to a wide range of audiences.

HIST 035: U.S. Contemporary Issues II

Credits: 5.0

A study of relevant topics affecting U.S. domestic policy issues may include education, the environment, healthcare, crime and the economy. Includes study of U.S. Constitution and federal government. S/U grade option. Counts toward high school U.S. II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze the purpose and organization of U.S. government and laws.
  2. Explain the organization of government at the federal, state and local levels including the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
  3. Describe individual rights and their accompanying responsibilities at the local, state, national levels.
  4. Explain the Bill of Rights and describe some of the individual rights guaranteed by this document.
  5. Analyze opposing arguments on current domestic (U.S.) issues.
  6. Explain how various stakeholders' opinions, including corporations, government agencies and the public, influence public policy.
  7. Analyze the role of government as participant in the U.S. economy through taxation, spending and policy setting.
  8. Communicate ideas clearly and effectively.

HIST 041: U.S. in the Nuclear Age

Credits: 5.0

An examination of historical, social, political, and economic developments of the U.S. from 1945 to the present. Counts toward high school U.S. II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify and describe contributions of a variety of cultures to U.S. history during the period.
  2. Identify and explain how events, trends, individuals, and movements shaped the United States into a dominant world power.
  3. Analyze and evaluate how decisions made in post WWII politics impact American's relationships with other countries today.
  4. Relate history to personal experience and current issues.
  5. Communicate core concepts and ideas in U.S. history during this time period.
  6. Compare and analyze multiple perspectives of an event within this time period using primary and secondary source materials.

HIST 044: History Through Culture

Credits: 5.0

An exploration of key events or eras in U.S. history through the cultural expressions of the times. Examination of how popular culture, music, art, theater, film and literature expressed or informed events and experiences. Counts toward high school U.S. History and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the role that cultural expressions play in both reflecting and informing historical events.
  2. Analyze how both dominant and nondominant cultural groups experienced historical events by examining their own cultural expressions.
  3. Identify how cultural expressions can shape personal views of history.
  4. Connect personal, cultural perspectives to historical events.
  5. Apply a variety of research strategies to collect information.
  6. Synthesize information from a variety of sources to communicate information and ideas.

HIST 049: Current Issues in the Pacific Northwest

Credits: 5.0

Exploration of current political, environmental, social and economic issues impacting the Pacific Northwest. Includes study of the Washington State Constitution. Counts toward Washington State History and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Examine major ideas, themes, developments, turning points, chronology, and cause-and-effect relationships in the Pacific Northwest.
  2. Connect patterns of habitation in the Pacific Northwest to geographic characteristics and global events.
  3. Compare and contrast multiple perspectives and different interpretations of the development of the Pacific Northwest.
  4. Examine current environmental and political issues in the Pacific Northwest.
  5. Describe the purpose and key functions of state and local government.

HIST 060: Enduring Cultures: Communities in Change

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Examines the environmental, social, political and economic impacts on major civilizations throughout history. Analyzes how knowledge of world cultures helps build understanding of today's global issues. Counts toward World Civics or Contemporary World Problems credit. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes in world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.
  2. Identify and analyze the causal factors that shaped major events in history.
  3. Analyze how cultures and cultural groups have shaped world history.
  4. Analyze how an understanding of world history can help us prevent problems today.
  5. Analyze and evaluate how people across the world have addressed issues involved with the distribution of resources and sustainability in the past or present.
  6. Apply the concepts of location, region, and movement and demonstrate knowledge of how geographic features and human cultures impact environments.
  7. Express own viewpoint and recognize the viewpoints of others in the context of a discussion.

HLTH 050: Health and Wellness

Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

Importance of nutrition to individual healthy living, physical fitness, patterns of growth and development, disease prevention, and the impact of environmental factors on one's health. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the relationship of nutrition and food nutrients to individual healthy living.
  2. Describe the concepts of health-related physical fitness and how they relate to overall well-being.
  3. Analyze patterns of growth and development.
  4. Explain the concept of control and prevention of disease.
  5. Demonstrate skills to live safely and reduce health risks.
  6. Explain how environmental factors affect one's health (air, water, noise, chemicals).
  7. Use social skills to promote health and safety in a variety of situations.
  8. Analyze how emotions influence decision-making.

HSC 021: U.S. HISTORY I

Credits: 5.0

An examination of selected issues and topics in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the Civil War. Includes the study of the U.S. Constitution and government. Counts toward high school U.S. History I credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify and describe contributions made by early American cultures.
  2. Identify events, trends, individuals, and movements that helped shape America.
  3. Identify and create examples of how technological advances shaped America.
  4. Describe and identify the importance of the foundational documents.
  5. Relate the past to present, be able to explain how history repeats itself.
  6. Communicate core concepts and ideas in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the Civil War.
  7. Research, compare, and analyze perspectives within this time period using multiple source materials.

HSC 022: U.S. History II

Credits: 5.0

An examination of selected issues and topics in U.S. history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. Includes the study of the U.S. Constitution and government. Counts toward high school U.S. History II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify, describe, and discuss the achievements and trends of cultures and individuals during the Civil War to the Civil Rights era.
  2. Identify and show examples of how technological advances shaped America.
  3. Identify and interpret the major ideas set forth in the Constitution that affect this period of history.
  4. Analyze the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments that defined and broadened Civil Rights in America.
  5. Communicate core concepts and ideas in U.S. history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era.
  6. Research, compare, and analyze perspectives within this time period using multiple source materials.

HSC 023: World Contemporary Issues

Credits: 5.0

A study of U.S. foreign policy issues and their impact on other countries. Topics covered may include terrorism, U.S. military involvement, global trade agreements, U.S. defense policy, and others. Counts toward high school U.S. History II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply knowledge of maps, charts, and other geographic tools to understand the spatial arrangement of people, places, resources, and environments on earth's surface.
  2. Define the purposes and organization of international relationships and how U.S. foreign policy is made.
  3. Identify various historical, social, economic, and political issues from selected regions of the world.
  4. Analyze and evaluate various historical, social, economic, and political issues from selected regions of the world.
  5. Apply a variety of strategies to communicate information on current international issues to a wide range of audiences.

HSC 024: U.S. Contemporary Issues

Credits: 5.0

A study of relevant topics affecting U.S. domestic policy issues may include education, the environment, health care, crime, and the economy. Includes study of the U.S. Constitution and the federal government. S/U grade option. Counts toward high school U.S. II and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze the purpose and organization of U.S. government and laws.
  2. Explain the organization of government at the federal, state and local levels including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
  3. Describe individual rights and their accompanying responsibilities at the local, state, and national levels.
  4. Explain the Bill of Rights and describe some of the individual rights guaranteed by this document.
  5. Analyze opposing arguments on current domestic (U.S.) issues.
  6. Explain how various stakeholders' opinions, including corporations, government agencies, and the public, influence public policy.
  7. Analyze the role of government as a participant in the U.S. economy through taxation, spending, and policy setting.
  8. Communicate ideas clearly and effectively.

HSC 025: U.S. in the Nuclear Age

Credits: 5.0

An examination of historical, social, political, and economic developments of the U.S. from 1945 to the present. Counts toward high school U.S. History and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify and describe contributions of a variety of cultures to U.S. history during the period.
  2. Identify and explain how events, trends, individuals, and movements shaped the U.S. into a dominant world power.
  3. Analyze and evaluate how decisions made in post WWII politics impact American's relationships with other countries today.
  4. Relate history to personal experience and current issues.
  5. Communicate core concepts and ideas in U.S. history during this time period.
  6. Compare and analyze multiple perspectives of an event within this time period using primary and secondary source materials.

HSC 031: Current Issues PNW

Credits: 5.0

Exploration of current political, environmental, social, and economic issues impacting the Pacific Northwest. Includes the study of the Washington State Constitution. Counts toward Washington State History and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Examine major ideas, themes, developments, turning points, chronology, and cause-and-effect relationships in the Pacific Northwest.
  2. Connect patterns of habitation in the Pacific Northwest to geographic characteristics and global events.
  3. Compare and contrast multiple perspectives and different interpretations of the development of the Pacific Northwest.
  4. Examine current environmental and political issues in the Pacific Northwest.
  5. Describe the purpose and key functions of state and local governments.

HSC 032: Enduring Cultures

Credits: 5.0

This course examines the environmental, social, political, and economic impacts on major civilizations throughout history. Analyzes how knowledge of world cultures helps build an understanding of today's global issues. Counts toward World Civics or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes in world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.
  2. Identify and analyze the causal factors that shaped major events in history.
  3. Analyze how cultures and cultural groups have shaped world history.
  4. Analyze how an understanding of world history can prevent problems today.
  5. Analyze and evaluate how people across the world have addressed issues involved with the distribution of resources and sustainability in the past or present.
  6. Apply the concepts of location, region, and movement and demonstrate knowledge of how geographic features and human cultures impact environments.
  7. Express one's own viewpoint and recognize the viewpoints of others in the context of a discussion.

HSC 033: Civics in Action

Credits: 5

Participation in various activities that promote understanding of government at all levels. Emphasis will be on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Counts toward U.S. History, Contemporary World Problems, and Washington State Civics credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the core values and democratic principles of the U.S. as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
  2. Analyze the purposes, organization and function of federal, state, and local government.
  3. Demonstrate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the principles of democratic civic involvement.

HSC 034: History Through Culture

Credits: 5

An exploration of key events or eras in U.S. history through the cultural expressions of the times. Examination of how popular culture, music, art, theater, film, and literature expressed or informed events and experiences. Counts toward high school U.S. History and/or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the role that cultural expressions play in both reflecting and informing historical events.
  2. Analyze how both dominant and nondominant cultural groups experienced historical events by examining their own cultural expressions.
  3. Identify how cultural expressions can shape personal views of history.
  4. Connect personal, cultural perspectives to historical events.
  5. Apply a variety of research strategies to collect information.
  6. Synthesize information from a variety of sources to communicate information and ideas.

HSC 051: Algebra 1 Portfolio

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Introduction to basic algebra, basic geometry, basic data analysis, and probability. For high school completion students to fulfill high school diploma math requirements. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): MATH 040 or advisor placement. Orientation and advising are required before taking this course.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Write equations to solve problems.
  2. Represent verbal quantitative situations algebraically.
  3. Evaluate expressions for given replacement values of the variables.
  4. Solve multistep equations.
  5. Solve multistep inequalities.
  6. Graph linear equations and linear inequalities.
  7. Analyze and represent variation algebraically and graphically in a real-world context.
  8. Reflect on how mathematical ideas connect within mathematics, to other subject areas, and to real-life situations.

HSC 052: Geometry Portfolio

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Expands on the core algebra, geometry, data analysis and probability skills developed in Algebra 1 Portfolio and introduces new skills like permutations and combinations. For high school completion students to fulfill high school diploma math requirements. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): HSC 051 with at least a 2.0 or advisor placement. Orientation and advising are required before taking this course.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply advanced concepts in algebra and geometry to solve real life problems and projects.
  2. Know and prove theorems about two and three dimensional geometric figures.
  3. Read, interpret and create advanced charts, graphs and tables that illustrate real world data.
  4. Identify appropriate mathematical connections between geometry and algebra to solve problems about shapes and space.
  5. Use mathematical reasoning to evaluate the reasonableness of results.
  6. Utilize technology to gather and manage data related to learning progress and present it in a meaningful context.
  7. Work with peers to select, manage, and assess their own learning progress.

HSC 053: Algebra 2 Portfolio

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Students apply OSPI Algebra II standards to learn personally relevant applications in a range of financial and professional/technical situations. For high school completion students to fulfill third year high school mathematics requirement. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply fundamental quadratic functions and equations to understand investing and compound interest.
  2. Use exponential and logarithmic functions and equations at a fundamental level to explain the basics of current economic theories.
  3. Apply the basics of additional functions and equations to banking, budgeting, retirement planning, and independent living.
  4. Apply principles of probability, statistical data, and distributions to the basics of buying and selling of stocks.

HSC 055: Special Topics: High School Completion

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Students explore specialized topics in high school completion curricular areas, such as history, science, or math. The particular topic will vary depending on student and faculty interest. S/U credit option. Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate learning objectives as determined by the supervising instructor.

HSC 063: Pacific Northwest Science Issues

Credits: 5.0

High school course that explores current environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on the interrelationships between humans, plants, and animals. Emphasis on problem-solving, personal responsibility, and action. Counts toward high school Lab Science or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze processes that have caused changes to the features of the Earth's surface, including plate tectonics, glaciation, volcanism, etc.
  2. Explain the factors that influence weather and climate and how these patterns relate to Northwest ecosystems.
  3. Describe the complex, integrated, and regulated processes (such as photosynthesis and energy transfer in a food web) by which organisms use matter and energy to sustain life.
  4. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within selected Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
  5. Describe the process of evolution and the concepts of natural selection, speciation, adaptation, and biological diversity.
  6. Analyze and explain the effects human activities have on the capacity of Pacific Northwest ecosystems to sustain biological diversity.
  7. Conduct systematic and complex scientific investigations and evaluate the results of such investigations.
  8. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to regional environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest.

HSC 064: Northwest Ecology and Citizenry

Credits: 5

Introduction to the ecology of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, including the impact of historic and contemporary issues. Includes the applied study of the Washington State constitution and government, focusing on problem-solving. Counts as Washington State History/Social Studies and/or Science credit. S/U grade option Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Explain the complex, integrated, and regulated processes by which organisms use matter and energy to sustain life.
  2. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within selected Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
  3. Analyze and explain the effects that human activities have on the capacity of Pacific Northwest ecosystems to sustain biological diversity.
  4. Describe the nature and structure of Washington state government and constitution, and how citizens interact with it.
  5. Connect patterns of habitation and development in the Pacific Northwest to changes in resource availability, land use, and biological diversity.
  6. Examine the historical and contemporary roles Native Americans have played in ecological stewardship, especially in terms of salmon and current recovery efforts.
  7. Apply the methods of social science investigation to examine historical controversies that impacted the Pacific Northwest and continue to impact present-day politics, the economy, and the environment.
  8. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to regional environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest.

HSC 065: Global Science Issues

Credits: 5

High school course exploring global environmental issues. Introduces Earth's systems that promote life and major issues, i.e., climate change, pollution, biodiversity, etc. Emphasis on problem-solving, personal responsibility, and action. Counts toward high school Lab Science or Contemporary World Problems credit. S/U grade option.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the spread and impact of environmental toxins.
  2. Apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems or propose solutions to global environmental challenges.
  3. Analyze and describe the living and nonliving factors that affect organisms in ecosystems and the relationships among species within important ecosystems, such as coral reefs, wetlands, and tropical rain forests.
  4. Analyze and explain the effects human activities have on Earth's capacity to sustain biological diversity.
  5. Plan and conduct systematic and complex scientific investigations and evaluate the results of such investigations.
  6. Identify and articulate sustainable choices and actions that individuals could make that would result in fewer resources being consumed and less pollution.
  7. Analyze the patterns and arrangements of Earth's systems and subsystems and how these systems sustain the biosphere.
  8. Identify the factors that influence weather and climate and how these patterns relate to ecosystems.
  9. Define the complex, integrated, and regulated processes (such as photosynthesis and energy transfer in a food web) by which organisms use matter and energy to sustain life.
  10. Analyze local, regional, national, or global problems or challenges in which scientific design can be or has been used to design a solution.

HSC 066: Issues in Human Biology

Credits: 5

Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Organize homework and lab information and effectively describe the lab work in writing.
  2. Apply new science terminology in both discussion and writing.
  3. Compare and contrast the specialized structural and functional systems that regulate human growth and development and that maintain health.
  4. Recognize and describe the essential components and processes involved in human structure, mobility, digestion, respiration, circulation, excretion, and nervous system integration. 
  5. Propose ideas and solutions, and analyze information while working in a small group setting.
  6. Discuss readings, lab work, and outside research within the classroom environment. 

HSC 067: Marine Biology

Credits: 5

This high school completion course will explore the ecology of different ecosystems and human impact of them; focusing on chemical, physical, and biological features surrounding the Pacific Northwest waters and beaches. This course will fulfill a lab science high school completion requirement.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Compare and contrast the chemical, physical, and fundamental principles of Marine Science.
  2. Identify the major classifications of marine organisms that inhabit the Pacific Northwest.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of marine ecosystems.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the human impact on the marine environments of the Pacific Northwest. 

HSC 070: Integrating Learning

Credits: 1.0-5.0

An introductory communications course to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking strategies for use in other high school completion classes. This is a high school completion class.  Prerequisite(s): Department advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply a variety of communication skills to problem solve and plan work in the content subject material. 
  2. Write and complete effective short and long term goals.
  3. Use listening and observation skills to gain an understanding of all available campus resources.
  4. Employ a variety of strategies and skills to work well with others.
  5. Utilize available campus technology to improve academic success. 

HSC 080: HSC Test Prep

Credits: Maximum of 3.0 possible

Prerequisite(s): Departmental advising required.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Analyze and identify test question formats and grading rubrics for the  Reading Test.
  2. Comprehend, analyze and respond to written directions and examples of source material as used in the Reading Test.
  3. Work collaboratively in small groups critiquing and discussing reading test examples and student responses.
  4. Review and practice the skills of reading comprehension, inference, and critical response as defined by the Reading Test rubric.

HSC 087: Bridges Math

Credits: Maximum of 10.0 possible

Students learn contextualized math skills in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Topics include building and interpreting functions (linear, quadratic, and exponential); writing, solving, and reasoning with equations and inequalities; summarizing, representing, and interpreting data; and analyzing complex number systems, polynomials, statistics, probability, and logarithms. The course curriculum emphasizes modeling with mathematics and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice. S/U grade option. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of high school Algebra 1, MATH 077, or advisor placement. Orientation and advising are required before taking this course.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Write expressions and use units to solve systems of equations.
  2. Represent relationships and solve equations and inequalities graphically.
  3. Interpret, summarize, and represent linear models and solve problems involving slope-intercept methods.
  4. Build a function and use function notation that models a relationship between two variables.
  5. Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials and rational expressions.
  6. Construct and compare quadratic and exponential models using logarithims or technology.
  7. Make inferences and justify conclusions on statistical data from random processes, surveys, models, and studies.