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Research Curriculum Courses

Research Curriculum Pathway

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Research Career Exploration

UNIV 150 - 3 Units

GE Category E

The course is designed for entering or undeclared students to evaluate the diversity of career opportunities available to those having a doctorate degree in the sciences. Students will develop knowledge and skills that are designed to cultivate curiosity and an identity as a scientist.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: GE Foundation A1 - Written Communication. May be taken concurrently. Letter grade only (A-F). NOTE: Both CLA and NSCI colleges offer this course.


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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities

RCSH 207 - 3 Units

GE Category D2

This course covers the definition, prevalence, risk and protective factors, and interventions for health disparities among diverse populations. Using problem-based approaches, students will learn about discipline-specific and interdisciplinary methods to address common biomedical issues in a culturally relevant way. (3-hour lecture)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements or consent of instructor. Letter grade only (A-F). (3-hour lecture). Not open to students with credit in HHS 207.


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Introduction to Biomedical Research Methods

RCSH 296A - 3 Units

Introduction to principles and ethics of experimentation, hypothesis formulation, and testing. Students will learn data measurement, analysis, and presentation, how to find and read scientific literature, keep a laboratory notebook and basic data graphing and analysis skills.

Prerequisite: GE foundation requirements and consent of instructor. Letter grading only (A-F). Same course as ENGR 296  and NSCI 296. Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGR 296, ENGR 296, or UNIV 296.


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Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods

RSCH 296B - 3 Units

Introduces topics for inquiry and analysis in behavioral and social science research. Historical events shaping current ethical standards for research guide research design, analysis, and reporting. Students learn observation and experimentation, hypotheses formulation and testing, measurement, analysis, and reporting. (3 hours lecture).

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements or consent of instructor. Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture). Same course as HHS 296.  Not open for credit to students with credit in HHS 296 or C/LA 296.


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Scientific Research Communication

RCSH 361 - 3 Units

GE Upper Division Capstone Category F - Writing Intensive

Introduction to technical writing for students pursuing research careers. Accessing and using research literature. Writing technical and research reports for various purposes and audiences. Oral presentation of research and scientific information. Includes intensive writing.

Prerequisite: G.E. foundation courses; a score of 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone. Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture 3 hours). Same course as HHS 361, C/LA 361,  NSCI 361  and ENGR 361 Not open for credit to students with credit in HHS 361, C/LA 361,  NSCI 361 and ENGR 361.


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Advanced Biomedical Research Methods

RCSH 496A - 3 Units

GE Upper Division Capstone Category F - Advanced Skills

An advanced study of the theoretical and practical aspects of conducting biomedical research including hypothesis formulation, experimental design, assessment of error within empirical data, and the preparation of sound and fundable grant proposals.

Prerequisites: Upper Division standing, completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and HHS 361 or C/LA 361 or RSCH 361 or NSCI 361. Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as ENGR 496. Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGR 496 and NSCI 496.


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Advanced Behavioral Research Methods

RCSH 496B - 3 Units

GE Upper Division Capstone Category F - Advanced Skills

This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of scientific research, emphasizing the connection between research design and statistical analyses. The course covers literature review, hypothesis generation, types of research designs and conceptual approach to data analyses.

Prerequisite: Upper Division standing, completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses. Letter Grade Only (A-F). Same course as HHS 496 and C/LA 496. Not open for credit to students with credit in HHS 496 or C/LA 496.