Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

IS 180 Freshman Science Seminar 1 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
An orientation to the strategies needed to successfully complete a major in mathematics, science or engineering. This course assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their educational objectives in highly technical fields. Topics include: career planning, educational and personal enrichment, study skills and habits, time management, academic preparation, and self-discipline. This course serves as the orientation requirement for MESA, but is open to all students. Approved for Distance Education format.
IS 210 Leadership Development 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
Theory and practice of leadership. Prepares students for productive involvement in community service, college activities, and civic governance. Designed especially, but not exclusively, for students participating in student government and club activities.
IS 211 Student Governance 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to familiarize students with the Student Senate Constitution and governance process within the community college system. Students will learn methods and techniques to conduct effective meetings and skills to serve as student representatives within the participatory governance structure. Students will develop an understanding of the community college culture, learn methods to lead with integrity and moral purpose, develop critical thinking skills, and strategies for active citizenship.
IS 212 Peer Mentoring and Leadership 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to give students leadership, peer mentoring, and peer advising skills. Helping skills such as methods of problem-solving essential for the college student, communication, time management, knowledge of resources are emphasized, as well as leadership training. This course will prepare students to act as peer-mentors for the college student population.
IS 213 Student Senate Development 2 unit(s)
Hours: 2 Lecture/Discussion
A class devoted to the practical application of the governmental process through participation in student government.
IS 220 Orientation/College Success 0.5 unit(s)
Hours: 0.5 Lecture/Discussion
This is a course for all new students designed to orient students to the college environment and educational opportunities. The class includes placement testing interpretation; introduction to academic procedures, policies, goal setting, educational planning, college services, college facilities and exploration of various opportunities for higher education. Students will develop an educational plan to achieve the goals identified in the class. Orientation Exemption: * You have previously participated in COS Orientation *You are transferring to COS from another college *You are enrolling in six units or fewer and have no plan to obtain a degree, certificate or participate in a transfer program.
IS 308 Instructional Support 1 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lab
This course provides instruction in applied study skills. Students will learn techniques to assist them with their current course of study or to prepare them for the ensuing semester.