Overview

An interdisciplinary studies degree is ideal for students who want a well-rounded education by focusing on more than one field of study. Students draw from the knowledge and apply the habits of mind from several established academic disciplines. As such, students transcend traditional boundaries, and instead make connections across several academic schools of thought.

At Skyline College, students can choose from nine interdisciplinary degrees. They fall under three categories: the interdisciplinary degrees with different emphases, the interdisciplinary international studies degrees, and the interdisciplinary science degrees.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES MAJORS

Interdisciplinary Studies Degrees: Arts and Humanities

This area of emphasis integrates the study of cultural, literary, humanistic activities and artistic expression of human beings. Students will analyze and evaluate the ways in which people through the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in cultural and artistic creation.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate artistic and cultural creations as a reflection of certain socio-cultural periods
  • Demonstrate effective communication through written and oral forms, and through other forms as appropriate

Interdisciplinary Studies Degrees: Letters and Sciences

This area of emphasis integrates the study of the world around us by developing analytical skills needed to understand the physical world and the human beings who occupy it, including the artifacts they produce.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Apply scientific concepts and principles to explain physical processes in the world
  • Demonstrate effective communication through written and oral forms, and through other forms as appropriate.

Interdisciplinary Studies Degrees: Social and Natural Sciences

This area of emphasis integrates the study and application of scientific methodology from two perspectives, that of the social sciences which consider the human world in several aspects, and that of the natural sciences which consider the world in its physical and biological aspects.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Explain the major concepts, fundamental principles and basic theories of at least one area of science.
  • Evaluate proposed solutions to contemporary social issues requiring scientific literacy.

Interdisciplinary Studies Degrees: Social and Behavioral Sciences

This area of emphasis studies the systems and institutions human beings in various cultures develop to organize their lives in both individual and group settings.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Contrast the human systems and institutions used by different cultures to organize people in individual and group settings.
  • Analyze contemporary ethical or social problems from the perspective of the social or behavioral sciences.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MAJORS

Asian Studies

The Asian Studies: Language, Commerce and Culture program is designed to strengthen Asian are studies and foreign languages across the curriculum to prepare students to function effectively in the areas of culture, commerce and languages with some of America's biggest grading partners. The program provides an interdisciplinary approach to explore the diverse cultures, languages, societies, history, political economy, and commerce of Asia.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Exhibit effective oral and written communication.
  • Compare and contrast the management styles such as organization structures, competitive strategies, and cultural influences within Asia and the western world.
  • Show increased tolerance and cultural understanding through skillful learning about non-western cultures and societies.

International Studies

Students completing this major will gain a global perspective on the histories, political structures, and cultures of all of the world's regions, as well as expertise in a specific region of their choice.

All students in this major will take a set of core courses that provide a common framework for an understanding of historical, economical, cultural and political relations. Each student will also choose one of four areas for specialization: Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Philippines for more extensive study of the history, language, and arts of that area. This major provides the foundation to transfer into International Studies/Relations or majors with specific geo-political areas of emphasis and is valuable for students planning a career in education, business, law and many other areas where an understanding of diverse cultures is important.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Analyze critical global issues, using perspectives from both the humanities and the social sciences.
  • Describe the history, language and/or arts of a specific region of the world (Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Philippines).
  • Demonstrate basic familiarity with a language appropriate to the chosen area of regional concentration.

AREAS OF EMPHASIS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE MAJORS

Allied Health

Careers in Allied Health professions are among the fastest growing in Northern California. The Associate in Science Degree with a major in Allied Health provides foundation courses necessary for health careers and for transfer programs for four-year colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Use aseptic technique in clinical and laboratory environments.
  • Discuss and understand the role of microorganisms in healthy individuals and in infectious diseases.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the structure of the human body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functions of the organ systems of the human body.
  • Apply the concept of homeostasis to basic principles in medicine.
  • Discuss and understand the principles of cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, and immunology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to report scientific information appropriately and effectively.
  • Utilizes the scientific method to analyze and interpret data.
  • Use the periodic table and other reference sources to gather information needed to solve chemical problems.
  • Identify functional groups or reaction types and understand the role of biologically important molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) in the body.

Biotechnology

The Biotechnology degree and certificates prepare graduates for careers in the life science industry and for transfer. Students receive hands-on training in biology and chemistry and master a variety of skills essential to the field of biotechnology.

Biotech technicians perform experiments and assays, manufacture products, or assist with research. Key tasks include testing procedures, material processing, equipment maintenance, inventory control and data collection and evaluation.Technicians also observe and document safe practices, quality assurance, record keeping and compliance with government regulations.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use sound ethical reasoning when discussing biological science and the use of biotechnological techniques.
  • Apply the knowledge of biological science to distinguish between observations, inferences, relationships, and testimonials under investigation.
  • Employ the appropriate techniques effectively and safely, including the appropriate use of equipment and tools to produce an acceptable outcome when performing a technical laboratory task.
  • Illustrate the steps in the mechanisms and predict the products of important reactions of organic compounds, including nucleophilic substitutions, eliminations, additions to alkenes and alkynes, and radical reactions.

Natural Science

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how the major groups of living organisms are related to each other and of their adaptations for survival.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts in cell biology, and the experimental approaches taken to address them.
  • Write clear and well-argued descriptions of topics in science, based on the course material and articles.
  • Master laboratory techniques including microscopy, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, and PCR.
  • Design, perform and analyze experiments.
  • Continue with upper division coursework in Biology.

 

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