SEEDS Courses

These courses incorporate SEEDS themes:

Hunger | Global Food Security | Sustainability

A. Geological Sciences (GEOL 104)
B. Spanish (SPAN 215, SPAN 216)
C. Anthropology (ANTH 103)
D. Biology (BIOL 100, BIOL 120)
E. Personal Growth (PERG 120)
F. Nutrition (NUTR 150, NUTR 153)

Course Summaries:

A. GEOL 104 Earth Science - 3 units; This course is a survey of Earth’s major physical systems, including the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and Earth’s place in the solar system. Emphasis is placed on a synthesis of pertinent topics in geology, physical geography, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

B. SPAN 215  Spanish for Spanish Speakers I - 5 units; This course is designed for students who are fluent in spoken, informal Spanish and who need to improve their writing, reading, and grammar skills. Emphasis is on the mastery of formal, written communication skills in Spanish at the intermediate level.

     SPAN 216  Spanish for Spanish Speakers II - 5 units; This course is the continuation of Spanish 215. It is designed for students who are fluent in spoken, informal Spanish and who need to improve their writing, reading, and grammar skills. It furthers the mastery of formal, written communication in Spanish at the intermediate-advanced level.

C. ANTH 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 3 units; This course is a survey of cultural anthropology using a comparative, cross-cultural approach. Emphasis is placed on the study of how various peoples around the world have adapted to their environments and developed behaviors to meet their biological, economic, psychological, social and political needs. 

D. BIOL 100  Natural History - Environmental Biology - 4 units This course is an introduction to the basic principles of ecology. Emphasis is placed on the biological systems and plants and animals of Southern California through lecture, laboratory and field trips. Topics include the nature of the physical environment, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, evolution and biodiversity, species interactions, and human impacts on natural systems. 

     BIOL 120  The Environment of Man - 3 units; This is an introductory course that examines the immediate and long-range causes and effects of air, water, and land pollution on the environment and human health. The course also explores basic concepts of ecology, overpopulation, natural resources, and the sustainability of the environment and its biodiversity. 

E. PERG 120  College Success and Lifelong Learning - 3 units; This course teaches success strategies to enhance academic and lifelong learning skills. Students explore topics such as motivation and attitudes, values, goal setting, decision-making processes, critical and creative thinking, personal health topics, interpersonal communication, developmental psychology, and learning and personality theories, as well as other techniques for maximizing their abilities to succeed as lifelong learners. 

F. NUTR 150  Nutrition - 3 units; This course is a study of the scientific concepts of nutrition relating to the functioning of nutrients within the human body. Emphasis is placed on nutritional needs throughout the life cycle, food source of nutrients, and current nutritional issues. 

    NUTR 153  Cultural Foods - 3 units; This course examines the regional, ethnic, cultural, religious, historical and social influences on food patterns and cuisine, as well as how food is viewed as an expression of cultural diversity. Traditional foods of geographic areas and cultures, geographic factors in food availability, global food issues, dietary habits, religious influences and an overview of nutritional problems of ethnic groups are discussed and assessed.