Portmont Pre-Health Science
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Course Descriptions

ENG 1A Freshman English (3)
Completion with a grade of C (2.0) or better and a score of 4 or better on the Writing Exit test fulfills Communication Skills requirement in writing for both the Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. Principles and practice of writing with attention to analytical reading. Includes discussion skills, library usage, research techniques, and an introduction to literature. Completion with a grade of C or better.

ENG 1B Freshman English (3)
Completion with a grade of C (2.0) or better and a score of 4 or better on the Writing Exit test fulfills Communication Skills requirement in writing for both the Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. Principles and practice of writing with attention to analytical reading. Includes discussion skills, library usage, research techniques, and an introduction to literature. Completion with a grade of C or better.

SPE 10 Intro to Communication (2)
Introduction to basic principles of communication theory in both small and large groups together with practice in discussion and speech delivery.

ART 5 Fundamentals of Art (3)
Illustrated lecture through the use of slides and videos on the development of art forms from around the world. History from earliest time periods through contemporary life. Various modes of painting, sculpture, architecture, and crafts will be studied. A few of the classes will be devoted to a hands-on exploration of some of these art forms.

MUS 6 Varieties of Music (3)
Beginning with an introduction to the world and language of music, this course explores the richness of the art of sound from varieties of avenues in order to heighten awareness, understanding and appreciation of this art. Emphasis on the diversity and stylistic development of music as it reflects the times and world cultures. Both MUS 6/106 may be taken for Honors Credit. Designed for non-music majors.

PHS 1 Scientific Concepts (3)
This introductory course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of the scientific principles that govern our environment. The primary emphasis is chemistry, including an overview of the properties of chemicals with a closer look at the atom, the elements, and chemical bonds and reactions. Also addressed are topics in Physics such as mechanics, heat and energy. This course will provide students with the foundation needed for continued study in the sciences and applied fields such as nursing.

SPR 86 Portmont College 101 (3)
This course is designed to assist new students in successfully transitioning into MSMC’s rigorous online and blended learning format. College Success specialists conduct this in-person intensive session. Course topics may include time-management, effective utilization of college technology, self-care and stress management, academic planning, career planning and introduction to college resources.

SPR 25 Scholar Mentor Seminar / Peer Tutoring (1)
A survey of the issues and skills needed for successful peer tutoring. Emphasis is placed on understanding of tutoring principles and practices important for initiating a productive tutorial relationship. Permission of instructor is required.

PHI 21 Moral Values and Ethical Decisions (3)
This course is an introduction to moral reasoning and ethical decision-making, with a focus on fundamental ethical theories. Using the different theories, we examine some major moral dilemmas we face (such as the death penalty, world hunger, environmental ethics, abortion, sexual morality, censorship).

PSY 1 General Psychology (3)
This course is an introduction to the study of mental processes and behavior. The course will survey major concepts, research findings, and practical applications of current research. The course focuses on questions such as: How do people change and grow from infancy to adulthood? How do we learn and remember best? How does biology influence behavior? How do our senses help us to interpret the world? How does personality work? How do other people affect our behavior? What does it mean to be "abnormal"?

SOC 1 Intro to Sociology (3)
An introduction to the scientific study of human social behavior, including the foundational theories and the basic elements of social research. Viewing human life as inherently social, the social and environmental forces which influence and are influenced by personal experience, culture, and social arrangements, are examined. A human rights course.

BIO 5 Life Sciences (3)
This course is an introduction to the biological sciences for non-major students or as a preparation for major students with emphases on cell biology and biodiversity. Topics include cell structure and function, metabolism and energy flow, cell division, inheritance and genetics, natural selection, and structure and functions of different living forms. The laboratory will illuminate these topics and provide opportunities for hands-on experiences. Offered every semester. Lecture 2 hrs. Laboratory 2 hrs.

BIO 50A, L Human Anatomy + Lab (4)
The Laboratory complements BIO 50A lecture. Laboratory exercises are used to expand and clarify the concepts presented in lecture. These include microscopic reviews, dissections and other multiple teaching/learning media. Laboratory 3 hrs. Graded. Prerequisites: successful completion of a high school General Biology course and concurrent enrollment in BIO 50A lecture or completion of BIO 50A with a grade of C or better. .

BIO 50B, L Human Anatomy + Lab (4)
The laboratory complements BIO 50B lecture. Laboratory exercises include measurements of physiological activities from the molecular level to the whole organism. Laboratory 3 hrs. Graded. Prerequisites: a grade of C or above in BIO 50A lecture and laboratory and concurrent enrollment in BIO 50B lecture or completion of BIO 50B with a grade of C or better.

BIO 3 General Microbiology + Lab (4)
This is an introductory microbiology course that will cover the basic principles of microbial growth and metabolism, cellular morphology and structure, taxonomy, pathogenicity, immunity, and control. Course will focus on microorganisms as agents of disease and normal inhabitants of our environment. Offered every semester.

The laboratory complements BIO (3)
lecture and will include techniques of isolation, cultivation and identification of bacteria. Laboratory 3 hrs. Graded. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in BIO 3 or completion of BIO 3 with a grade of C or better.

CHE 1A General Chemistry + Lab (4)
Atomic theory, atomic structure and the periodic table; molecular structure and bonding; structure and properties of solids, liquids, and gases; kinetic theory and colligative properties. Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisites: High school chemistry, three years of high school mathematics, and satisfactory score on Chemistry Placement Examination, or grade of C or better in CHE 3 or PHS 1.

Quantitative techniques including gravimetric and volumetric analyses; qualitative techniques including isolation of compounds and descriptive chemistry of inorganic compounds. Laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in CHE 1A (recommended) or completion of CHE 1A with a grade of C or better.

RST 49: Biomedical Issues in Ethics (3)
A study of issues and questions concerning the phenomenon of human life, the process of dying, and current developments in medicine and technology. Topics include reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, euthanasia, healthcare reform and clinical ethics. Prerequisite for RST 149: RST 41 or RST 21.

SPR 70 Careers in Health (1)
A course designed to explore selected careers in health. Gives the student an opportunity to develop career goals related to individual interest and skills. Includes an introduction to medical terminology. Required for AA. Pre-health majors.

MTH 1 College Algebra and Trigonometry (4)
Set language and notation, real and complex numbers, fundamental operations, inequalities; polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions, and their graphs; De Moivre's theorem. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Examination or completion of MTH 2X.

PSY 12 Developmental Psychology/ Lifespan (3)
Introduction to human development from conception to death. Covers major theories of psychological growth, interactions between heredity and environment, and the physical, cognitive, and social domains of development in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Focuses on concepts and issues important in prenatal development, thinking and social relationships in childhood and adolescence, effective parenting, and personal growth through the lifespan. Prerequisite: PSY 1 (waived for qualified Liberal Studies majors and for Single Subject Credential students).

BIO 112 Human Nutrition (3)
A study of different nutrients with emphasis on nutritional requirements for health and prevention of chronic diseases which are major causes of death in the United States today. Topics include healthy lifestyle including daily meal planning, weight control and exercise, harmful effects of alcohol and drugs. Special needs during pregnancy and lactation, infancy and childhood, adulthood, and old age will also be considered. This course is primarily designed for second-year nursing major students. Lecture 3 hrs.