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SCI 50 : Math Concepts-Preparatory Mathematics for Pathways Courses

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 50 required.
Description: Student-center discussion and problem solving section. Promotes understanding of key concepts and enhances student success in MATH 50. May be repeated for a total of 2 units. (Plus-minus ABC/NC, CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SCI 101 : First Year Experience in Science and Engineering

Prerequisites: Freshmen.
Description: Goals of higher education, emphasis on content in programs in college of science and engineering; structure of university and college; skills development related to academic success. (ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 3

SCI 102 : Science Concepts: Statics

Prerequisites: MATH 227, PHYS 220; concurrent enrollment with ENGR 102.
Description: Student-center discussion and problem solving designed to promote understanding of key concepts of statics and enhance student success in ENGR 102. Limit of 4 units of science concepts courses allowed toward baccalaureate degree.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2011

SCI 103 : Science Concepts - Survey of Chemistry

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 101.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent chemistry course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235 and Science Concepts courses. (Plus-minus ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1

SCI 110 : Science Concepts - Human Biology

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 100.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent biology course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235 and Science Concepts courses. (Plus-minus ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1

SCI 111 : Science Concepts: Physics I

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 111.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in PHYS 111. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 115 : Science Concepts - Chemistry I

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 115.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent chemistry course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235 and Science Concepts courses. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 121 : Science Concepts: Physics II

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with PHYS 121.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in PHYS 121. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 124 : Math Concepts - Elementary Statistics

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 124 required.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in MATH 124. (Plus-minus ABC/NC, CR/NC grading option.) Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 140 : Essential Concepts of Physics and Chemistry

Prerequisites: None
Description: Fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry, from motion, forces, and energy on to atomic structure, molecules, bonding, and chemical reactions. Basic organic and biochemistry. Class work, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category A Physical Sciences
  • Laboratory or fieldwork (L/F)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

SCI 199 : Mathematics Concepts: Pre-Calculus

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with MATH 199.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in MATH 199. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 201 : Science Concepts: Dynamics

Prerequisites: ENGR 102; concurrent enrollment with ENGR 201.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving designed to promote understanding of key concepts of dynamics and enhance student success in ENGR 102. Limit of 4 units of science concepts courses allowed toward baccalaureate degree.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SCI 205 : Science Concepts: Electric Circuits

Prerequisites: PHYS 230. Must be taken concurrently with ENGR 205.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts of circuit analysis and enhance student success in ENGR 205. Limit of 4 units of any combination of science, math, and engineering concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC, CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SCI 210 : Science Concepts - General Microbiology and Public Health

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 210.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent biology course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235 and Science Concepts courses. (Plus-minus ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1

SCI 215 : Science Concepts - Chemistry II

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 215.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent chemistry course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235 and Science Concepts courses. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 220 : Science Concepts: Physics with Calculus I

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 220.
Description: Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in PHYS 220. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 226 : Mathematics Concepts: Calculus I

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with MATH 226.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in MATH 226. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 227 : Math Concepts: Calculus II

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with MATH 227.
Description: Student centered discussion and problem solving section designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in MATH 227. (Limit of four units in any combination of SCI 235, SCI Science Concepts, and SCI Math Concepts toward the baccalaureate degree.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 230 : Science Concepts: Biology I

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 230.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent biology course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 231 : Science Preparatory I - Foundations

Prerequisites: None
Description: Enhance students' knowledge in the foundational core of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Covers basic concepts, tools, and approaches.
Units: 2

SCI 232 : Science Preparatory II - Study Skills

Prerequisites: None
Description: Emphasis on increasing students' study skills in the context of basic science coursework. Writing and communication skills addressed.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SCI 233 : Science Preparatory III - Projects

Prerequisites: None
Description: Builds upon the skills developed in SCI 231 and 232. Develop and work on individual project with the instructors to put these skills in action. Explore a variety of careers in various science fields.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 234 : Science Concepts: Physics with Calculus II

Prerequisites: PHYS 220 and MATH 227. Concurrent enrollment with PHYS 230 and 232.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. designed to promote understanding of key concepts of electromagnetism and enhance student success in PHYS 230. Limit of 4 units of science concepts courses allowed toward baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC, CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 235 : Science Concepts

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 230 or BIOL 240, CHEM 115 or CHEM 215. Preference given to students in Health Career Opportunity Program.
Description: Designed to enhance student success in introductory biology and chemistry courses by emphasizing problem solving and scientific writing skills. May be repeated once for a maximum of 4 units. (Formerly A U 235.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 239 : Introduction to Health Professions

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to the broad array of health professions, helping students make a more informed health career choice. Activities include talks from guest speakers representing various health professions, small group activities, and student projects. Intended for freshmen and sophomores.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 240 : Science Concepts: Biology II

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 240.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent biology course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 300 : Science Concepts: Physical Chemistry I

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 300.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in CHEM 300 and CHEM 351. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

SCI 320 : Science Concepts: Quantitative Analysis

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 320.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in CHEM 320. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 328 : Science Concepts: Human Anatomy

Prerequisites: A college course in biology. Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 328.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem-solving. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent biology course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 333 : Science Concepts: Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 233 (formerly CHEM 333).
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in CHEM 333. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 335 : Science Concepts: Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 335.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in CHEM 335. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 340 : Science Concepts: Biochemistry I

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 340.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in CHEM 340. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2009

SCI 341 : Science Concepts: Biochemistry II

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with CHEM 341.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in CHEM 341. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2009

SCI 350 : Science Concepts: Cell Biology

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 350.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in BIOL 350. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

SCI 355 : Science Concepts: Genetics

Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with BIOL 355.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving section. Designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in BIOL 355. Limit of 4 units of any combination of: SCI 235, Science Concepts, and Mathematics Concepts courses allowed toward the baccalaureate degree. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SCI 560 GW : Science Writing - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Principles of research, writing, and editing of technical documents and articles for the public understanding of science. Students write publication-quality articles for possible inclusion in Intersci, the journal of the College of Science and Engineering. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 610 : Science Concepts - Principles of Human Physiology

Prerequisites: BIOL 328, CHEM 101, or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 212.
Description: Student-centered discussion and problem solving designed to promote understanding of key concepts and enhance student success in the concurrent biology course. Limit of 4 units of any combination of SCI 235 and Science Concepts courses. (Plus-minus ABC/NC grading, CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 1

SCI 614 : Graduate Writing Skills

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; enrollment priority given to College of Science and Engineering students.
Description: Designed to increase the writing proficiency of graduate students. May not be used to meet MS ATC requirements. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SCI 652 : SFSU Science Partners K-12 Schools

Prerequisites: Completion of at least one upper division course in your major field of study, and instructor consent.
Description: Introduction to science teaching and learning. Students engage in K-12 classroom teaching, examine their own understanding of science, discuss science education literature, and analyze science lessons and student learning. Class work, 2 units; field work, 2 units.
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SCI 693 : Cooperative Education Program

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised employment in academically relevant fields of study. Objectives are career development, occupational experience, and educational subsidy. Contact the Cooperative Education Office for more information. May be repeated for a total of 24 units with consent of major adviser.
Units: 1-12

SCI 695 : Health Professions Colloquium

Prerequisites: BIOL 230/240, CHEM 115/215. Preference given to students in Health Career Opportunity Program.
Description: Designed to prepare juniors and seniors for successful application to health professions schools. Application preparation, mock interviews, standard test preparation, oral presentations of journal articles. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 750 : Science Teaching for Scientists I

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with SCI 751.
Description: Provides an introduction to issues in science teaching and learning and the larger context of K-12 science education. (May be repeated for a total of 4 units.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 751 : Fieldwork: Science Teaching for Scientists I

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; completion of or concurrent enrollment in SCI 750.
Description: Field work component that accompanies SCI 750 seminar. Fieldwork in a variety of settings from K-12 science classrooms, TA appointment in SFSU College of Science and Engineering course, or other science education setting. May be repeated for a total of 4 units for degree credit. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SCI 793 : Cooperative Education Program

Prerequisites: graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised employment in academically relevant fields of study. Objectives are career development, occupational experience, and educational subsidy. Contact the Cooperative Education Office for more information. May be repeated for a total of 3 units.
Units: 1-3

SCI 850 : Science Teaching for Scientists II

Prerequisites: SCI 750; consent of instructor. May be taken concurrently with SCI 851 (fieldwork component).
Description: Explores issues in science and learning and the larger context of K-12 science education. May be repeated for a total of 4 units for degree credit. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2010

SCI 851 : Fieldwork: Science Teaching for Scientists II

Prerequisites: SCI 750; consent of instructor.
Description: Must be taken concurrently with SCI 850. Fieldwork component that accompanies SCI 850 seminar. Fieldwork can be in a variety of settings from K-12 science classrooms, TA appointment in course in SFSU College of Science and Engineering, or other science education settings. May be repeated for a total of 4 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2010
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