In addition to programs in individual disciplines which culminate in departmental majors and minors, the University provides a wide variety of programs in interdisciplinary fields; these take the form of concentrations, minor and certificate programs, as well as individual courses.
Concentration in Chicano Studies -- The interdisciplinary concentration in Chicano Studies is a more inclusive alternative to the Chicano Studies Minor and provides an opportunity for students to develop an awareness of concepts and theories pertaining specifically to the contemporary Chicano, as well as the educational, historical, and sociological foundations of Chicano life today. It is designed to benefit students working toward careers or activities in business, education, corrections, social work, or other areas where service to the Chicano community may be an integral part of the job. When the baccalaureate degree is conferred, the diploma includes the information that the concentration in Chicano Studies has been successfully completed.
Individuals who already have a baccalaureate or higher degree may obtain a Certificate in Chicano Studies by successful completion of the concentration requirements alone. At least 25 of the required 45 quarter units must be earned while in residence at California State University, Bakersfield. Students may petition the Chicano Studies Committee to have credits previously earned accepted in replacement of equivalent courses approved for the concentration.
Satisfactory completion of nine courses approved for the concentration and selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and/or chair of the Chicano Studies Committee. No more than four courses may be selected from the same department.
Concentration in Environmental Studies -- The Departments of Biology, Economics, and Physics and Geology offer a degree concentration in Environmental Studies which integrates classroom studies and practical problem-solving, with major emphasis on responsible decision-making on environmental matters. A major concern throughout the program is the development of an awareness of the importance of a deliberate, systematic approach to the study of environmental problems as they relate to the balance between nature and humans. This coordinated program of study provides a broad-based understanding of the demands of dynamic society and the finite limits of the environment to sustain life.
The student has the option to major in any one of three disciplines: Biology (BS), Economics (BA), or Geology (BS). Interested students should contact the chair of the appropriate department for additional information (Biology 664-3089, Economics 664-2460, Geology & Physics 664-3027).
Interdisciplinary Minors -- Interdisciplinary minors, like minors in individual departments, consist of a minimum of four appropriate courses. A student should plan his program in the awareness that a substantial number of courses in addition to those officially listed as counting toward the minor will contribute significantly to the comprehensiveness of his academic concentration. A student minoring in Black Studies or Latin-American Studies must distribute his courses across at least three departments.
The work in each interdisciplinary minor is supervised by a faculty committee headed by a chair. A student planning an interdisciplinary minor should select the courses to constitute that minor in consultation with the chair of the appropriate committee as well as with the major department. For further information contact the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, (664-2221).
Courses from the offerings of the University that may be used toward each interdisciplinary minor are set forth below. Other courses, including special topics offerings, may also be approved by special arrangement.
Applied Ethics Minor -- This minor in applied ethics incorporates a wide range of courses which address the application of moral values and the strategies of ethical decision making to problems one is likely to face in both professional and private life. These courses are intended to help the student analyze ethical issues, apply ethical theories to concrete situations, and to evaluate ethical arguments. If majoring in business, nursing, public administration, health sciences, or pursuing some pre-professional course of study such as pre-law, pre-engineering or pre-medical, the student will find such a minor not only useful, but something that future employees and professional schools will appreciate.
PHIL 201 -- Contemporary Moral Problems is required of all students. In addition, selection must be made from any three courses from at least two departments from the following:
Total (20 units)
The Asian Studies Minor might also be appropriate for students working toward careers in government agencies such as the Foreign Service, the Peace Corps, or in agencies involved in international development and information gathering.
The Asian Studies Minor is supervised by the Asian Studies Committee, which is composed of faculty with an interest in Asia from several departments.
Four courses selected from the following list are required for the Asian Studies Minor. Three courses must be upper division and no more than two may be taken in the same department.
Black Studies Minor -- The purpose of the Black Studies Minor is to provide opportunity for students to study a wide range of interdisciplinary subject matter pertaining to the lives and experiences of Black people in America, Latin America, and Africa. A more specific goal is to encourage students to expand and deepen their knowledge and experience of various problems and accomplishments of Black people in both historical and contemporary perspective. Courses are geared toward creating a factual, relevant knowledge base and learning atmosphere, which fosters critical thinking and provides guidance for students in examining their attitudes and values. The courses also provide skills appropriate for preparation for various careers, especially in the area of social services.
Courses for the Black Studies Minor are offered in eight areas. The minor requires four courses from three different departments, as follows:
Select three from the following. The student may petition the chair of the Black Studies Committee to accept a relevant course, such as an irregularly offered special topics course, which is not included in the listing.
Chicano Studies Minor -- Four courses are required for the Chicano Studies Minor.
Three courses from the following (one from each group).
Select one additional course from the following:
To complete the minor, the student must take four courses, three of which are upper division. All students must take the following two courses:
Latin-American Studies Minor -- Four courses are required for the Latin-American Studies Minor. The four courses must be distributed across at least three departments.
Social Gerontology Minor -- The majority of people who have reached 65 years in the history of the world are alive at the moment. One of every nine Americans is at least 65 and by the year 2030 one of every five will be. The minor in Social Gerontology can provide background and experience in the biological, social, psychological, policital, and economic aspects of aging. Join us to understand the challenges and opportunities as our nation’s values mature. T. Ken Ishida (664-2375) Social Gerontology Coordinator.
Select two additional courses from the following:
TOTAL (20 units)
Select three courses from the following:
An examination of political change in developing societies. Emphasis on the study of models of political change and their application in selected African, Asian, or Latin-American nations. Comparative analysis of the economic, cultural, and social requisites of political modernization. Recommended: One course in anthropology or political science. Carries credit in either Anthropology or Political Science.
BEHS 311 Small Group Dynamics (5)
Application of principles of social psychology to the understanding of small groups; experimentation and observation in group situations. Lectures and three hours of laboratory. Recommended: One course in political science, psychology, or sociology. Carries credit in Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
BEHS 318 Psychological Anthropology (5)
A survey of the impact of psychology on anthropological studies, focusing on the relationship between cultural processes and personality characteristics in tribal and modernizing societies. Recommended: One course in anthropology, psychology, or sociology. Carries credit in Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology.
BEHS 321 Community Politics (5)
An examination of mobilization and policy at sub-national levels. Emphasis is on American metropolitan communities. Major concepts are space, structure, participation, leadership, and change. Policy analysis from the literature and local sources. Lecture/discussion. Recommended: One course in political science or sociology. Carries credit in either Political Science or Sociology.
BEHS 330 Political Psychology (5)
Ideology, values, extreme belief and affiliation, leadership, personality factors in politics. Psychological analysis of political and social action techniques. Lectures/discussion. Recommended: One course in political science or psychology. Carries credit in either Political Science or Psychology.
BEHS 331 Political Sociology (5)
The cultural and social bases of politics. Political processes in organized groups and social systems. Role of minorities in politics. Selected investigations. Lectures/discussion. Recommended: One course in anthropology, political science, or sociology. Carries credit in Anthropology, Political Science, or Sociology.
BEHS 382 The Aged (5)
An overview of the aged and the aging process in diverse social settings. The course covers biological, intellectual, sexual, and social effects of aging as well as the role of the aged within the family, community, and institutions for the aged. It compares the aged of various cultures, including those few societies around the world where elderly people have found their Shangri-La. Finally, the course considers the different ways in which the aged prepare for (or ignore) the final life process, dying. Recommended: One course in anthropology, psychology, or sociology. Carries credit in Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology.
BEHS 401 Evaluation Research (5)
Analysis and application of research methodologies appropriate for addressing a variety of evaluation issues. Emphasis is on evaluation research both within organizational contexts and broader community settings. Evaluation, design, methods of data collection, procedures for analysis, and formative and summative reporting. Lectures/discussion and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: Completion of MATH 140 or PSYC 200 or equivalent, a behavioral science research methods course and basic computer skills in data analysis.
BEHS 435 Family and Kin: Comparative Perspectives (5)
An introduction to alternate family style and kin networks in non-Western and Western societies. Primary attention given to exploring the relationships between types of domestic groups and their cultural context. Recommended: One course in anthropology or sociology. Carries credit in either Anthropology or Sociology.
BEHS 477 Special Topics (5)
BEHS 500 Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences (5)
An examination of the major techniques used for quantitative analysis in contemporary behavioral science, including basic tests of significance, measures of association, measurement, factor analysis, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics, and techniques of data compilation and analysis. Prerequisite: A college-level course in statistics. Carries credit in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
BEHS 501 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (5)
An advanced examination of the methodologies and strategies of behavioral science research, focusing on research designs (including experimental, quasi-experimental, survey and field studies), sampling procedures, and data analysis and interpretation. Carries credit in either Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology.
BEHS 512 Advanced Social Psychology (5)
An exploration of theory and research concerning the individual in a social context. Selected topics will be considered in detail, with emphasis on contemporary issues in social psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 312 or SOC and consent of instructor. Carries credit in either Psychology or Sociology.
BEHS 577 Special Topics (5)
BEHS 695 Master’s Thesis in Behavioral Science (5-9)
BEHS 699 Individual Graduate Study (1-5)
Investigation of an approved project leading
to a written report. Project selected in conference with professor in area
of major interest, regular meetings to be arranged with professor.
GEOG 302 Cultural Geography of World’s Regions (5)
This course explores spatial arrangements that affect and are affected by human activity on land. Focus is on the ways in which places and things are laid out and organized in the major geographical regions of the world, including the Americas, Europe, greater Asia, and Africa. Topics discussed include environment, demographic processes, health and malnutrition, language, religion, economic organization, and political structures. Special emphasis is placed on Third World countries as well as on comparative, international perspectives. Required for the Liberal Studies (Clute) and Social Sciences waiver programs.
GEOG 332 Political Geography (5)
Lectures, analysis and field work on the relationships between physical and cultural geography and the power in nations, states, and communities. Case studies in both U.S. and other nations and GIS exercises. Satisfies the Geography requirement for Liberal Studies.
GEOG 395 Economic Geography (5)
An examination of the spatial organization of economic activity. Pertinent to regional and international perspectives. Topics include population dynamics and migration, natural resources and location, transportation and communications networks, agriculture and rural land use, urban land use, city location and urban hierarchies, industrial location, world economic and cultural regions, international investment patterns, cultural conflict and diffusion.
GEOG 477 Special Topics in Geography (1-5)
Topics and prerequisites to be announced.
May be repeated for different topics.
HUM 102 Critical Thinking and Writing (5)
This course will focus on the logical reasoning skills necessary for analyzing and constructing arguments as well as basic writing skills. This course satisfies Goal III. Students with an EPT score between 147 and 154 may also use the course to satisfy the ENGL 100 requirement. This course will carry credit in either English or Philosophy.
HUM 395 Comparative Literature: Mirror of Western Civilization (5)
A course with variable emphasis expressly designed to give students an understanding of the contributions to Western Civilization made by the peoples of Europe, in terms of philosophical thought, literature, and fine arts. These contributions are mirrored in the various national literatures, and constitute the key to language, culture, customs, and fine arts of the European peoples. The course may treat a genre, a motif, or an aspect, as it originates in a given country and is reflected in other countries in all its guises, or examine a genre, a concept, or an idea as it is given expression almost simultaneously in the European world. May be repeated for different course content. May carry credit in English, French, or Spanish. Prerequisite for English credit: ENGL 101 or the equivalent. Approval of the chair of the Foreign Language Department is needed for credit in French or Spanish. To receive credit in the major or minor field, students are expected to do the readings in their target language. Possible topics to be covered are:
An interdisciplinary seminar in a selected
topic, period, or style of man’s development, that combines experience
in a literary genre with a parallel expression in another art, such as
painting, music, or film. Extensive reading, independent and group research.
Lecture/discussion. Carries credit in either English or Fine Arts. Prerequisite
for English credit: ENGL 101 or the equivalent, or one course from the
200 series in literature or its equivalent. Prior approval of the department
needed for credit in Fine Arts.
INST 106ABC Freshman English Seminar (15)
This seminar is made up of three courses that will integrate critical thinking and logical reasoning, writing and reading, and speaking and listening. Throughout the three-quarter seminar, students will engage in comprehension, interpretation, synthesis, and analysis. All skills will be reinforced concurrently, although one set of skills will be emphasized each quarter. Reading, writing, and speaking assignments will reinforce these skills. Carries credit in Communication, English, and Philosophy. [F, W, S]
INST 205 Perspectives on Women In Society (5)
An interdisciplinary analysis of women which is intended to promote a fuller understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of women and the socialization of men and women. Subjects for lecture/discussion include women in art, music, law, literature, psychology, sociology, religion, and various other areas of interest. Students of both sexes are welcome to participate.
INST 275 Administrative Processes in Government (5)
This course analyzes the field of public administration. Topics analyzed include the role of government in American society, the historic development of the public service, management issues related to modern governmental enterprises, problems of personnel, public budgeting, and alternative strategies for securing administrative responsibility. The course focuses on readings and cases pertaining to local and state administration, although issues involving the federal level are discussed where appropriate. Carries credit in Public Administration or Political Science.
INST 312 Plagues and People: A Biohistorical Examination of Mankind and Disease (5)
This course analyzes the relationship between pestilence and population, between man’s historical achievements and his biological weaknesses, and between history’s most dramatic episodes and biology’s most significant contributions. Carries credit in History and Science.
INST 363 Personhood (10)
Psychological, philosophical and biological perspectives on the person as mind, body and brain will inform exploration of public policy issues such as those related to models of illness and wellness, health care, gender and sexuality, intelligence, and legal issues such as insanity plea, commitment, eyewitness testimony and spousal and child abuse. Satisfies Themes 2 and 3 of the upper division General Education requirements. Prerequisite PHIL 100 or 201 and PSYC 100 or BIOL 100.
INST 369 Environmental Politics (5)
Analysis of federal, state, and local administration of environmental laws. Includes study of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and litigation under that act in the courts. Special attention paid to California. Comparison of the environmental regulation policies of California and other oil-producing states. Case studies of legislation, adjudication, and political conflict in the environmental issues area. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
INST 390 The Educator as Social Scientist (2)
Consideration of the nature of social sciences as a subject matter area in public education, including its citizenship aspects. Projects, papers, and portfolios that demonstrate thoughtfulness about the social sciences and closely related humanities and that lay the basis for defining career goals and assessing achievement of those goals. Carries credit in either Economics, History or Political Science.
INST 496 Internship in Gerontology (5)
Supervised field experience in community organizations and institutions. Career-orientated experience in the community setting is combined with academic activities in the college setting. Hours in the field, placement and academic requirements such as conferences, readings, and reports are arranged in consultation with work supervisor and faculty supervisor. Prerequisites vary depending on specific internship, but enrollment is limited to students with good academic records who are committed to development of professional skills in a given area.
INST 661 Managerial Economics (5)
A study of the tools of economic analysis
oriented toward analysis of managerial behavior and the managerial decision
making process as related to demand analysis, cost and pricing problems,
market organization, forecasting, capital budgeting, and location analysis.
Carries credit in either Business Administration or Economics.
IS 292 International Study, Lower Division (5-15)
IS 492 International Study, Upper Division (5-15)
IS 692 International Study, Graduate
SCI 101 Principles of Physical Science (5)
An introduction to several basic and applied topics are related through the unifying themes of Time and Change, Size and Structure, and Energy. Basic topics include the evolution of the universe, elementary particles, the growth of crystals, heat, and light. Laboratory exercises will be assigned to complement lecture material.
SCI 294 Computer Skills for Natural Sciences (5) (Formerly GST 394)
Instruction and tutoring in computer skills necessary in the sciences. Includes extensive hands-on experience with Macintosh applications available to students on campus using assignments taken from the natural sciences. Applications covered include the system, word processing (Word 6) spreadsheet and graphing (Excel 5), accessing the world wide web, and using e-mail. Special emphasis will be placed on transporting information from one application to another and interfacing with the main frame on campus. Five lecture/discussions. Acceptable for the major. Prerequisite: Declaration of a major in the Natural Sciences. Required for major in Biology and Chemistry. [F, W]
SCI 314 Integrated Science (5) (Formerly SCI 314 Science for Elementary Teachers)
The study of physical and life science content and processes with emphasis on the interconnecting principles, processes, and themes. Laboratory focus is on science as process and discovery. The primary lecture emphasis is the integration of principles across disciplines and includes topics such as environmental constraints (gravity, temperature, latitude, etc.), energy flow through biological systems, plant and animal adaptations as evolutionary strategies, material cycles, evolutionary processes and biological diversity. Technological concepts and issues are addressed in an integrated manner when and where appropriate. Three lectures and two laboratory periods. Prerequisites: BIOL 100 and PHSI 101. Recommended: Math 220 level proficiency. [F, W, S]
SCI 350A The Nature of Science and Technology in a Modern Society (5) (Formerly SCI 310)
The nature of science and technology will be explored with emphases placed on the structure of knowledge, and its use in society; the relationship of science and technology to a modern society will be considered in terms of approaches to problems, decision-making skills and effects on the quality of life. Meets new general education upper division Theme I requirement.
SCI 350B Computer and Society (5) (Formerly CMPS 310)
This course will provide a framework for examining the social context and consequences of information technology. Society, social change, and effects on the individual related to the use of computers will be the major concentrations. Emphases will include values, ethics, patterns, future directions, and relevant theories related to this phenomenon. Prerequisite: Upper division status. Meets new general education upper division Theme I requirement.
SCI 360A Energy and Technology (5) (Formerly PHYS 360)
Energy in a technological society. Sources and resources of energy. Effects of energy on the environment. This course may not be used to satisfy physics major or minor requirements. Meets new general education upper division Theme I requirement. [F, W]
SCI 360B Water and the West (5) (Formerly GEOL 360)
This course examines historical and present-day issues regarding the use of surface and ground water in the arid southwestern U.S.–particularly California–in an objective and scientific manner. The course is intended for non-science majors and is designed to make them aware of the heavy impact that waste and contamination have on our finite water supply. Prerequisite: Student must have completed all lower division physical-science general-education requirements. Meets new general education upper division Theme I requirement. [S]
SCI 370A Human Biology (5) (Formerly BIOL 300)
Biophysical aspects of human growth and development, form and function, fitness and health, and their interaction with the environment. Prerequisites: Successful completion of General Education Areas A and B. Meets new general education upper division Theme I requirement. [F, W]
SCI 370B Earth Systems and Global Change (5) (Formerly PHYS 321)
Origin, development and systematic links between the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Human effects on these systems: causes, impacts and mitigations, with emphasis on current societal issues regarding local and global climatic and environmental change. Prerequisite: Completion of lower division general education requirements in science and mathematics. Meets new general education upper division Theme I requirement. [S]
SCI 477 Special Topics in Science (1-5)
Special Topics and prerequisites to be announced. May be repeated for different topics.