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Science Department

Contact

Jensi Smith
Instructional Services Administrative Assistant
jsmith@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6034

Department Chair

Dan Ropek

Biology

Students will learn about the study of life and living organisms.

Chemistry

General chemistry 100 & 200 level courses which can be transferred to a university.

Environmental Science

Students will how natural and human influences impact the environment.

Foods and Nutrition

Students will learn about an adequate diet, nutrient availability and utilization.

General Science

Offers an overview into geology, astronomy and oceanography.

Geology

Students are offered a hands-on, outdoor learning about the landscapes of the Northwest.

Health and PE

We offer a wide verity of health and fitness classes.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
BI 101 Biology 4

Introduces the properties of life, morphology and physiology of cells, cell chemistry, energy transformation, and the basic principles of ecology. A laboratory science course designed for non-biology majors. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

BI 102 Biology 4

Presents protein synthesis, cell division, genetics, reproduction and development, and evolution. Designed as a laboratory science course for non-biology majors. The second course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and BI 101. Audit available.

BI 103 Biology 4

Presents the evolutionary relationships among the kingdoms. Includes a comparison of biological systems across kingdoms. Designed as a laboratory science course for non-biology majors. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and BI 101. Audit available.

BI 112 Cell Biology for Health Occupations 5

Includes the study of the scientific method, cellular chemistry, cell structure and function, principles of inheritance, and laboratory skills. Includes topics and skills required to continue to Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

BI 121 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4

Surveys anatomical terminology, basic chemistry, cell structure and function, tissues, and the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous. Involves lecture discussions complemented by physiological laboratory exercises, dissections, microscopy, and multimedia. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121 and MTH 65. Audit available.

BI 122 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4

Surveys the endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, and some coverage of human development, human genetics, and immunology. Lecture discussions are complemented by laboratories which include physiological exercises, dissections, microscopy, and multimedia. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and BI 121. Audit available.

BI 141 Habitats: Life of the Forest 4

Examines structure and function of Oregon forest ecosystems. Covers distribution and interactions of plants, animals, microorganisms, climate and basic geology. Laboratory emphasizes identification and environmental testing. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

BI 142 Habitats: Marine Biology 4

Examines marine environment and the ecology, physiology, and morphology of marine plants and animals, emphasizing Oregon. Laboratory focuses on identification and environmental testing. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

BI 143 Habitats: Fresh Water Biology 4

Covers environments of freshwater streams, lakes, and marshes. Includes effects of physical and chemical factors on organisms, along with the organisms, their biological interactions and nutrient cycles. Explores ecological factors of freshwater environments and the effects of human activities on them. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

BI 145 Introduction to Fish & Wildlife Conservation and Management 4

Covers the basic elements of wildlife population dynamics, biodiversity, the importance of habitat, legal and social aspects of wildlife management, human impacts on wildlife, and some management techniques. Includes wildlife examples from Oregon. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

BI 211 Principles of Biology 5

Includes introduction to science, biochemistry, metabolism, the cell, molecular biology, and reproduction. The first course of a three-course sequence for students majoring in biology and the sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, chiropractic, pharmacy, and related fields. Recommended: High school biology and chemistry within the past seven years. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores, and MTH 95 or higher. Prerequisite/Concurrent: CH 100 or higher; or instructor permission. Audit available.

BI 212 Principles of Biology 5

Includes inheritance, the genetic code, modern and classical genetics, evolution, diversity, and systematics. May include some dissection of plants and animals. The second course in a three course sequence for students majoring in biology and the sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, chiropractic, pharmacy, and related fields. Prerequisite: BI 211 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

BI 213 Principles of Biology 5

Includes plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and individual, population, community and ecosystem ecology. The third course of a three-course sequence for students majoring in biology and the sciences, including pre-medical, pre-dental, chiropractic, pharmacy, and related fields. Prerequisite: BI 212 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

BI 231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4

First course of a three-course sequence. Introduces body systems, homeostasis, tissues, integument, skeletal and muscular systems. Includes related laboratories which integrate appropriate lab equipment and procedures: microscopes, dissection, and others as determined by the department and instructor. Prerequisites: BI 112 or (BI 211 and BI 212). Audit available.

BI 232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4

Second course of a three-course sequence. Introduces nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems. Includes related laboratories which integrate appropriate lab equipment and procedures: microscopes, dissection, and others as determined by the department and instructor.Prerequisites: BI 231 with a “C” or better. Audit available.

BI 233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III 4

Third course of a three-course sequence. Introduces the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Includes related laboratories which integrate appropriate lab equipment and procedures: microscopes, dissection, and others as determined by the department and instructor.Prerequisites: BI 232 with a “C” or better. Audit available.

BI 234 Microbiology 5

Introduces microbial taxonomy, identification, morphology, metabolism and genetics. Explores bacterial, viral, and parasitic relationships with human health and disease. Laboratory stresses aseptic technique, bacterial identification and physiology using a variety of media, culturing techniques, and staining techniques. Prerequisites: BI 112 or BI 211. Audit available.

BI 55 Human Biology 4

Surveys human body systems. Exercises include the identification of structural components of the body as well as investigations in physiology. Designed for students in the Medical Assisting Program. Prerequisites: Good command of the English language and Placement into RD 90. Audit available.

CH 100 Everyday Chemistry with Lab 4

Introduces chemistry related topics pertaining to everyday life. Includes topics such as renewable energy, clean air and water and global climate change using a relatively nonmathematical approach. Includes atomic/molecular structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, acids/bases and the social and environmental role of chemistry. Recommended for non-science majors to fulfill the Gen Ed science with lab requirement. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

CH 104 Allied Health Chemistry I 5

Includes general principles of chemistry; atomic structure, mole concept, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, and gas laws. This is the first course of a three course sequence. Designed for students in a health science program, e.g. Nursing, or for a laboratory science elective. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/Concurrent: MTH 95. Audit available.

CH 105 Allied Health Chemistry II 5

Includes stoichiometry, gases, oxidation-reduction, acid-base concepts, equilibrium, physical and chemical properties of solutions, nuclear chemistry, and organic hydrocarbons. This is the second course in a three course sequence. Prerequisite: CH 104 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

CH 106 Allied Health Chemistry III 5

Includes fundamental principles of organic chemistry and biochemical processes. This is the third course of a three course sequence. Prerequisite: CH 105 and its prerequisite requirements. Audit available.

CH 221 General Chemistry I 5

Introduces measurements, classification and properties of matter, nomenclature, atomic structure and modern atomic theory, periodic table and chemical periodicity, and chemical bonding. This is the first course in a three course sequence. Recommended for chemistry and other natural science majors, and paraprofessional majors in engineering, medicine and dentistry. Recommended: Successful completion of a high school or a college chemistry class with a lab component in the last 3 years. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: MTH 111. Audit available.

CH 222 General Chemistry II 5

Introduces stoichiometry; chemical reactions and equations; thermo chemistry; physical states of matter including properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions; an introduction to organic chemistry; and chemical kinetics. This is the second course in a three course sequence. Prerequisite: CH 221. Audit available.

CH 223 General Chemistry III 5

Introduces acid-base chemistry, ionic equilibria; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; thermodynamics; and descriptive chemistry topics. Special topics will be included as time and interest allows. This is the third course in a three course sequence. Prerequisite: CH 222. Audit available.

ESR 140 Introduction to Environmental Sustainability 4

Introduces concepts of environmental sustainability and their applications. May include field trips. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ESR 171 Environmental Science: Biological Perspectives 4

Develops an understanding of environmental topics that are primarily biological in nature. Includes human population issues, matter and energy resources, ecosystems, environmental ethics, and food and land resources. The associated laboratories will illustrate these topics. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

ESR 172 Environmental Science: Chemical Perspectives 4

Develops an understanding of environmental topics that are primarily chemical in nature. Includes air pollution, global warming, toxicology, risk assessment, water pollution, and hazardous waste. The associated laboratories will illustrate these topics. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ESR 173 Environmental Science: Geological Perspectives 4

Develop an understanding of environmental topics that are primarily geological in nature. Includes geology basics, soil resources, hydrogeology, nonrenewable mineral and energy resources, perpetual energy resources, and solid waste. The associated laboratories will illustrate these topics. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

FN 225 Nutrition 4

Introduces components of an adequate diet, nutrient availability and utilization. Analyze dietary intake and compare to current scientific guidelines. Examines peripheral factors influencing diet such as global and local issues, cultural environment, and elements of food safety. Recommended: Strong background in life sciences and completion of high school chemistry or equivalent. Prerequisite: WR 121 or higher, BI 112. Audit available.

G 201 Physical Geology 4

Introduces physical geology which deals with minerals, rocks, internal structure of the earth and plate tectonics. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 202 Physical Geology 4

Introduces physical geology which deals with mass wasting, streams, glaciers, deserts, beaches, groundwater, and use of topographic maps. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 203 Historical Geology 4

Introduces historical geology which deals with geologic time, fossils, stratigraphic principles, and the geologic history of the North American continent. Includes weekly lab. G 201 or G 202 or GS 106 strongly recommended. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 207 Geology of the Pacific Northwest 3

Introduces the regional geology of the Pacific Northwest with emphasis on Oregon geology. Includes basic geologic principles, earth materials and geology of Pacific Northwest provinces. Prior geology experience strongly recommended. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

G 208 Volcanoes and Their Activity 3

Covers the origin, activity, products, classification and hazards of volcanoes. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

GS 106 Physical Science (Geology) 4

Covers minerals, rocks, volcanism, earthquakes, plate tectonics, erosion and deposition by wind, glaciers and streams, weathering, fossils and geologic history. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

GS 107 Physical Science (Astronomy) 4

Surveys astronomy to include historical development of the universe, Earth as a planet, Earth's moon, planets of the solar system, the sun, stars and galaxies. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

GS 108 Physical Science (Oceanography) 4

Includes the chemical, biological, physical and geological nature of the oceans. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

GS 109 Physical Science (Meteorology) 4

Covers characteristics of our atmosphere, air pressure and winds, atmospheric moisture, large air masses, violent storms, forecasting, the effect of oceans on weather, and climates. Includes weekly lab. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 65 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

HE 112 Standard First Aid and Emergency Care 1

Describes emergency procedures and techniques of basic life support for adult, child, or infant victims of airway obstruction, respiratory arrest and/or cardiac arrest. Provides education and training in Automated External Defibrillator. Upon successful completion of this course, students may earn an American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Adult/Child and Infant CPR certificate or American Health Association equivalent. Recommend: RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

HE 262 Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety 3

Explores current health and safety issues for infants and young children. Issues examined include childhood illnesses and ailments, nutrition, obesity, stress, safe environment, self esteem and general first aid. Audit available.

HPE 295 Health and Fitness for Life 3

Explores the interrelationship of the five components of physical fitness, basic nutrition concepts, and stress management activities to increase individual health and wellness. Includes lab sessions, fitness assessments, and fitness program development. Audit available.

PE 182H Adult Fitness 1

Exercises and activities which strengthen and condition specific large muscle groups, improve cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. Audit available.

PE 182J Gentle Yoga 1

Introduces techniques to better manage stress. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic series of poses performed at a gentle pace and helps to reduce stress levels. Recommend for students with limited abilities and beginners who are not ready for Yoga I. Covers basic yoga philosophy, asanas, pranayama, meditation and relaxation for a holistic approach to better health and wellness.

PE 183R Beginning Karate I 1

Introduces a working knowledge of the fundamental techniques employed in the art of Karate‐Do. Audit available.

PE 183S Beginning Karate II 1

Progressive continuation of fundamental techniques employed in the art of Karate‐Do. Recommended: Beginning Karate I or equivalent. Audit available.

PE 184D Beginning Skiing - Alpine 1

Teaches inexperienced skiers to link turns together with control on beginning and beginning/intermediate terrain. Introduces the fun of downhill skiing and emphasizes skills necessary to ski safely on appropriate terrain. Addresses the variables of weather and snow conditions. Audit available.

PE 184E Intermediate Skiing - Alpine 1

Continues improvement in safe, enjoyable skiing for students capable of beginning wedge christies. Includes skidded parallel turns of varying radii with control on intermediate and beginning/advanced terrain. Addresses variables of weather, snow conditions, and terrain. Recommended: PE 184D or equivalent. Audit available.

PE 184I Beginning Snowboarding 1

Introduces basic skills necessary for safe and fun snowboarding on appropriate terrain. Includes training in skidded turns with control on beginning and beginning/intermediate terrain. Addresses variables of weather and snow conditions. Audit available.

PE 184J Intermediate Snowboarding 1

Continues refinement of basic snowboarding skills. Covers how to link beginning carved turns with rhythm and control on intermediate and beginning-advanced terrain. Stresses safe boarding with improvement in skill applications. Addresses variables of weather and snow conditions. Recommended: PE 184I or equivalent. Audit available.

PE 185K Ultimate Frisbee 1

Provides instruction in skills, drills and game play for the game of Ultimate Frisbee. Students will learn the rules, strategy team play as well as concept of team organization. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Dan Ropek Dan Ropek
Biology Instructor
Department chair
dropek@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6173
Shannon Red Cloud Shannon Red Cloud Yoga Instructor sredcloud@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Josh Molnar Physical Education Instructor jmolnar@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Emilie Miller Emilie Miller Biology Instructor emiller@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Dr. Kevin McCabe Kevin McCabe Biology Instructor kmccabe@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Robert Kovacich Robert Kovacich Chemistry Instructor rkovacich@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6174
Andrew Hughes Health Instructor ahughes@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Gretchen Hansen Adult Fitness Instructor ghansen@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Gretchen Gebhardt Gretchen Gebhardt Geology Instructor ggebhardt@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Julie Cantrell Adult Fitness Instructor jcantrell@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Julie (Jules) Burton Julie (Jules) Burton Environmental Science Instructor jburton@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7163
Jack Brook Jack Brook Nutrition Instructor jbrook@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Byron Akita Karate Instructor bakita@cgcc.edu