General Studies – 18 Unit Emphasis | SC Program: AS.1498

The office and computer technologies emphasis allows students to explore many areas of office management, and computer and information management, including clerical skills, legal assisting, medical coding and billing, medical transcription, Computer Networking, A+, and Web design.

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A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Fall Semester, First Year

14 Units Total
BUAD 66
GE 3
Business Communications
BUAD 66
Units 3
Note: Student must complete all assignments using a computer. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted.

This course applies the principles of ethical and effective communication to the creation of letters, memos, emails, and written and oral reports for a variety of business situations. The course emphasizes planning, organizing, composing, and revising business documents using word processing software for written documents and presentation-graphics software to create and deliver professional-level oral reports. This course is designed for students who already have college-level writing skills. This is a required course for many major and certificate programs and an alternate requirement or suggested elective in others. This class also satisfies the A.S. General Education requirement in English. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HIST 2
GE 3
World Civilization to 1500 CE
HIST 2
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher

This course is a comparative survey of the major ancient world civilizations which developed between 3500 B.C.E. and 1500 C.E. It examines political institutions, religious ideologies, the rise and fall of empires, and the major cultural innovations of each of the major world civilizations. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BSOT 10
M 1
Excel for Windows I
BSOT 10
Units 1
Note: Internet and classroom students will require access to a computer with the same version of Microsoft Operating System and Office Suite being used in the course. Computer access is provided on campus at the Learning Resource Center and the Tehama Campus.

This is an introductory course that introduces the concepts, principles, and uses of the EXCEL spreadsheet through multi-media lecture, demonstration, and discussion. Instruction will include use of the Windows environment; creating, editing, formatting, and printing a worksheet; charts/graphs development; and formulas/functions using relative and absolute cell reference. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BSOT 51
M 3
Intro to Keyboarding and Word
BSOT 51
Units 3
Note: Internet and classroom students will require access to a computer with the same version of Microsoft Operating System and Office Suite being used in the course. Computer access is provided on campus at the Math and Business Learning Center and the Tehama campus.

An introductory course in keyboarding and Microsoft Word. Class includes learning to type alphabetic, numeric and symbol keys by touch; developing speed and accuracy; and formatting business documents including letters, memos, reports, tables and labels. Recommended for all students that want to learn typing and Microsoft Word. No prior knowledge of computers is required making this course an excellent place to start for beginning computer users. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CIS 1
M 3
Computer Literacy Workshop
CIS 1
Units 3
Note: Class will require outside time using a computer with appropriate software. Some computer access is provided on campus at the Math and Business Learning Center. Students taking the Internet format of this course must have access to the Microsoft Operating System and Office Suite--further information will be provided on the first day handout.

This course is intended to help students achieve a degree of computer literacy through exposure to a variety of basic computer concepts including discussions of hardware, software, computer history, programming, computer ethics, and cultural implications. In addition, the student will be introduced to several hands-on applications such as systems software (Windows), word processing software (MS Word), spreadsheet software (MS Excel), database software (MS Access), and presentation software (MS PowerPoint). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BSOT 80
M 1
Outlook
BSOT 80
Units 1
Advisory: Ability to type 25 wpm.

Note: Class will require outside time using a computer with appropriate software. Computer access is provided on campus at the Learning Resource Center and the Tehama Campus. Students taking the Internet format of this course must have access to the same version of Microsoft Operating System and Office Suite being used in the course.

This course introduces the student to the use of Microsoft Outlook, a desktop information management program in the Microsoft Office Suite. Instruction will include managing email messages, scheduling appointments and activities with the Calendar, entering and updating names and addresses as contacts, creating and maintaining an electronic to-do list with Tasks, and using Categories to organize, sort, and search. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, First Year

16 Units Total
CMST 10
GE 3
Interpersonal Communication
CMST 10
Units 3
Advisory: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 190, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is an introduction to the process of human communication with emphasis on interpersonal communication. Emphasis is placed on the psychological, social, cultural and linguistic factors that affect normal person-to-person interactions. Subjects covered are the understanding of ethical interpersonal communication based in communication theory and research, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, self-awareness/ self-concept, perception, emotions, relationships, communication climates, and conflict management. Students will increase their knowledge and skills in interpersonal communication. College level writing skills will be expected on all papers, outlines and short essays. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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MATH 73
GE 3
Contemporary Math for Technical Fields
MATH 73
Units 3
Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra as determined by Multiple Measure, or Math Placement Level 4 or higher.

This course is designed to equip Career Technical Education students with college-level mathematical competencies required in today's workplace. Topics include college-level algebra, measurement units and conversion, estimation, solid figures, geometry, trigonometry, basic statistics, and probability. This course will promote quantitative reasoning through the use of mathematical applications and modeling with an emphasis on CTE topics. These applications and modeling will be reinforced by using requisite tools utilized by CTE courses to enhance students' visualization and problem-solving development.
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ACCT 101
M 3
Basic Accounting I
ACCT 101
Units 3
A beginning course based on the double-entry bookkeeping system with an emphasis on a procedural approach. Topics include the accounting cycle, transaction analysis (rules of debits and credits), journalizing, posting, worksheets, preparation of financial statements, adjusting, closing and reversing entries, petty cash, bank reconciliations, special journals, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and basic payroll procedures. This course is not transferable to a four-year college or university. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CIS 2
M 4
Intro to Computer Science
CIS 2
Units 4
This course is designed as an introduction to computer programming and technology for those students planning on a career in the field of computer science or related disciplines. The students will design, code, debug, and test programs in languages such as Machine, Assembler, Java, C++, Visual Basic and/or Python as determined by the Shasta College CIS committee. Common business applications are used to examine a wide range of methods for processing data in the interactive mode. Computer history, hardware, software, processing, systems, programming languages, storage devices, careers, and impact on society will be explored to enable the student to become literate in the technical aspects of computing. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BSOT 52
M 3
Intermed Keyboarding and Word
BSOT 52
Units 3
Note: Internet and classroom students will require access to a computer with the same version of Microsoft Operating System and Office Suite being used in the course. Computer access is provided on campus at the Math and Business Learning Center and the Tehama campus.

An intermediate course in keyboarding and Microsoft Word. This course continues the development of keyboarding speed and accuracy while emphasizing the formatting of various kinds of business correspondence, reports, tables, forms, and desktop publishing projects from rough drafts. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
AGNR 60
GE 3
Environmental Science
AGNR 60
Units 3
Advisory: Students who wish to add a lab component to this class should co-enroll in AGNR 61.

This course is an introduction to the conservation or wise use of natural resources and incorporates discussions about the complex relationships of man to the environment. Students will learn about the diverse agencies that manage our resources along with their history and philosophies. The course will cover each of the major natural resources - such as water, air, energy, forests, wildlife, agriculture, and soils - as well as environmental policy and laws that govern the use of these resources. An emphasis is placed on the practical components of Environmental Science as it relates to social and economic aspects of conservation. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BUAD 10
GE 3
Introduction to Business
BUAD 10
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 280 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 5 or higher.

A survey course for both business and non-business majors covering the different disciplines (finance, management, and marketing) of business. The course also covers the complexities of the competitive business world and includes additional disciplines such as international business, forms of business ownership, social responsibility and ethics, and entrepreneurship. Designed to provide students familiarity with basic principles and practices of contemporary business, knowledge of business terminology, and an understanding of how business works within the U.S. economic system. Due to its introductory nature, it is recommended that this course be taken as a first business course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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CIS 20
M 1
Access for Windows I
CIS 20
Units 1
Advisory: Ability to type 25 wpm.

Note: Class will require outside time using a computer with appropriate software. Some computer access is provided on campus at the Learning Resource Center and the Tehama campus. Students taking the Internet format of this course must have access to the same version of Microsoft Operating System and Office Suite being used in the course.

This course introduces the concepts, principles, and creation of relational databases through multi-media lecture/demonstration/ discussion using Microsoft ACCESS on an IBM compatible microcomputer. Topics to be covered will include: the principles and elements of the relational database; design of tables and data entry; maintenance of the database for data accuracy; queries for sorting, linking related tables, and selecting specific records; development of forms for viewing as well as entering data; and reports for presenting printed copy of the database and/or selected records. This course provides preparation for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Access exam (77-605). This course may be taught in a distance education format.
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CIS 13
M 3
Desktop OS Configuration
CIS 13
Units 3
Advisory: CIS 2 with a grade of C or higher

This is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate course. The terminology, planning, installation, configuration, administration, and troubleshooting of Modern Desktop Operating Systems will be covered. The course is designed to prepare a student to take and pass the corresponding Microsoft Certification Exam and for employment in the IT field. Note: Students who enrolled in earlier versions of a Windows desktop operating system will be able to enroll in a more current version. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ACCT 102
3
Basic Accounting II
ACCT 102
Units 3
This course is a continuation of Basic Accounting I, maintaining the procedural approach. Topics include: accounting for notes payable, notes receivable, inventories, fixed assets, partnerships, corporations, long-term debt, and cash flows. This course is not transferable to a four-year college or university. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ACCT 103
2
Computerized Accounting
ACCT 103
Units 2
Note: Students must have access to Microsoft Excel as all assignments are submitted using Excel.

This course emphasizes the major areas of a computerized accounting system and provides the student with hands-on opportunity to determine procedures, analyze transactions, enter data and print reports related to the general ledger, depreciation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, financial statements, financial statement analysis and inventory control. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
HIST 17A
GE 3
United States History
HIST 17A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course is a survey of the history of the United States from Pre-Columbian Peoples to the end of Reconstruction. Topics include contact and settlement of America, the movement toward independence, the formation of a new nation and Constitution, westward expansion and manifest destiny, the causes and consequences of the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This course satisfies the CSU requirement for US History (US-1). This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ETHS 1
3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ETHS 1
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. It examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, and political conditions among key social groups including, but not limited to, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina/o Americans. This course examines the systemic nature of racial/ethnic oppression through an examination of key concepts including racialization and ethnocentrism, with a specific focus on the persistence of white supremacy. Using an anti-racist framework, the course will examine historical and contemporary social movements dedicated to the decolonization of social institutions, resistance, and social justice. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BSOT 171
M 2
Proofreading Skills
BSOT 171
Units 2
The course covers the application of appropriate methods of proofreading documents common to the work place, and an overview of the essential skills needed to perform text-editing functions in business settings. High level proofreading skills are vital to the efficient operation and productivity of the information-processing office. Proofreading has become a "must" for quality control in the work place. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ACCT 104
2
Payroll Accounting
ACCT 104
Units 2
This course emphasizes the methods of computing wages and salaries, the methods of keeping records, and the preparation of government reports. This course is designed to provide training in the complexities of payroll accounting for vocational purposes. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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HEOC 11
3
Medical Terminology
HEOC 11
Units 3
This course provides students with an understanding of the language of medicine through the study of basic word structures and etymology related to various body systems, diagnostics, and pathology. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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BSOT 166
2
Records Management
BSOT 166
Units 2
A study of the basic principles, rules, and procedures of filing. It includes a study of alphabetic, numeric, subject, and geographic filing. Various types of filing equipment will be analyzed. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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