Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies (INDIS) Courses

INDIS 240 Service Learning Component

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:This is a service learning component that is linked to designated service learning courses. Students must be co-enrolled in a designated service learning course, and the prerequisites of that course must be met. Consultation with the instructor is required prior to enrollment and will generally take place during the first week of class.
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This is an one-unit service learning course that can be added only to specific classes that will be designated in the Schedule of Classes. Students must be co-enrolled in a designated service learning course, and the prerequisites of that course must be met. Consultation with the instructor is required prior to enrollment and will generally take place during the first week of class. This course is designed to provide students with civic activities related to their coursework and will allow students to take an experiential approach to learning practical applications of course concepts. It can be added to existing classes in a variety of disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • complement what they learned by applying course concepts to civic service projects and/or volunteer service positions.
  • demonstrate practical skills within the field of study that address social issues at a local, national, or global level.
  • apply course concepts to real-world problems.
  • exhibit leadership skills and abilities.
  • demonstrate practical skills and competencies for effective and competitive workforce performance.
  • demonstrate awareness of their society and their own civic/social responsibilities within it.
  • demonstrate the benefits of the real-world application of class concepts.

INDIS 313 Freshman Seminar

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU (effective Summer 2020)
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course will assist new college students in achieving academic success. Topics covered will include academic language and culture as they relate to a major, types of cultural wealth, the value and demands of a college education, problem solving strategies, the use of technology in education, academic integrity, campus resources and services, as well as learning life skills that will be applicable to both during college and life after college. The course will introduce students to one or more academic disciplines or areas of study, and discuss the academic and professional expectations and experiences of those disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • navigate college processes and access resources to establish connections and build community.
  • identify personal, familial, and/or cultural assets and how these can be applied for success in college.
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of digital tools as they relate to college and career.
  • apply contextualized academic skills and conduct research related to college and career.
  • examine behavior and choices as related to college and career and the potential effects on their physiological, psychological and social development and well-being.

INDIS 340 Service Learning Component

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:This is a service learning component which is linked to designated service learning courses. Students must be co-enrolled in a designated service learning course, and the prerequisites of that course must be met. Consultation with the instructor is required prior to enrollment and will generally take place during the first week of class.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This is an one-unit service learning course that can be added only to specific classes that will be designated in the Schedule of Classes. Students must be co-enrolled in a designated service learning course, and the prerequisites of that course must be met. Consultation with the instructor is required prior to enrollment and will generally take place during the first week of class. This course is designed to provide students with civic activities related to their coursework and will allow students to take an experiential approach to learning practical applications of course concepts. It can be added to existing classes in a variety of disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • complement what they learned by applying course concepts to civic service projects and/or volunteer service positions.
  • demonstrate practical skills within the field of study that address social issues at a local, national, or global level.
  • cultivate the ability to apply course concepts to real-world problems.
  • exhibit leadership skills and abilities.
  • obtain practical skills and competencies for effective and competitive workforce performance.
  • exhibit awareness of their society and their own civic/social responsibilities within it.
  • demonstrate the benefits of the real-world application of class concepts.

INDIS 350 Life and Culture in Study Abroad

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:18 - 54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:The student must complete the pre-enrollment process into the Los Rios Community College District Study Abroad program.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is designed to allow students to acquire a level of global competence while enrolled in the Los Rios Study Abroad program. Global competence is a continuing process of acquiring specific economic, historical, and geo-political knowledge, which supports the intercultural communication skills and authentic lived experiences that allow a person to function in another culture, and result in attitudes of cultural appreciation and interdependence. While participating in a specific Study Abroad program the student will have opportunities to study and generally survey the host country's historical, cultural, and geopolitical influences, as well as the societal structures, to develop an understanding and appreciation of the host culture as different from U. S. American culture. Students may find information about the pre-enrollment meetings at the Study Abroad website, located at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/studyabroad/.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify aspects of social, physical, and/or emotional well-being for the local community students are studying in, while considering present and future conditions in societies across the globe.
  • incorporate specific cultural, geopolitical, economic, and social knowledge into academic and personal contexts for an understanding of global competence.
  • analyze personal beliefs, values, and attitudes about the host culture that the student had prior to an intercultural experience and aspects of ethnocentric behavior that can occur within intercultural communication and relations.
  • demonstrate an understanding of concepts of physical and emotional wellness to make wise lifestyle choices and develop these skills and competencies to understand oneself as a whole person (integral to one's environment) .
  • identify, analyze, articulate, and describe the effects of intercultural experiences upon physical and emotional wellness while immersed in a country different than one’s native country.
  • appreciate visual, historical, and experiential cultural products of cultures different from the student’s own.
  • identify and explain aspects of culture shock and techniques to cope with and reduce its effects on physical and emotional wellness.
  • describe the value of international travel as a part of lifelong learning and personal wellness.
  • participate in the larger community beyond campus in a positive manner demonstrating an understanding of personal responsibility in the larger context.
  • undertake thoughtful consideration of divergent points of view and utilize multiple perspectives in considering information.
  • develop a foundation for cultural pluralism, a rejection of previous personal prejudices, and knowledge of and comfort with others unlike one’s self.

INDIS 351 Italian Life and Culture in Study Abroad

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:The student must complete the pre-enrollment process in the Los Rios Community College District Study Abroad program.
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is designed to allow students to acquire a level of global competence with an emphasis on Italian life and culture while enrolled in the Los Rios Study Abroad program. Global competence is a continuing process of acquiring specific economic, historical, and geo-political knowledge, which supports the intercultural communication skills and authentic lived experiences that allow a person to function in another culture and result in attitudes of cultural appreciation and interdependence. While participating in a specific Study Abroad program the student will have opportunities to study and generally survey the host country's historical, cultural, and geopolitical influences, as well as the societal structures, to develop an understanding and appreciation of the host culture as different from U. S. American culture. Students may find information about the pre-enrollment meetings at the Study Abroad website, located at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/studyabroad/.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify aspects of social, physical, and/or emotional well-being for the community while considering present and future conditions in society.
  • incorporate specific cultural, geopolitical, economic, and social knowledge into academic and personal contexts for an understanding of global competence.
  • analyze personal beliefs, values, and attitudes about the host culture that the student had prior to an intercultural experience and aspects of ethnocentric behavior that can occur within intercultural communication and relations.
  • demonstrate an understanding of concepts of physical and emotional wellness to make wise lifestyle choices and develop these skills and competencies to understand him/herself as a whole person (integral to his/her environment).
  • identify, analyze, articulate and describe the effects of intercultural experiences upon physical and emotional wellness while immersed in a country different than one’s native country.
  • appreciate visual, historical, and experiential cultural products of cultures different from the student’s own.
  • identify and explain aspects of culture shock and techniques to cope and reduce its affects on physical and emotional wellness.
  • describe the value of international travel as a part of lifelong learning and personal wellness.
  • participate in the larger community beyond campus in a positive manner demonstrating an understanding of personal responsibility in the larger context.
  • undertake thoughtful consideration of divergent points of view and utilize multiple perspectives in considering information.
  • develop a foundation for cultural pluralism, a rejection of previous personal prejudices, and knowledge of and comfort with others unlike oneself.

INDIS 352 French Life and Culture in Study Abroad

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:The student must complete the pre-enrollment process into the Los Rios Community College District Study Abroad program.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is designed to allow students to acquire a level of global competence, with an emphasis on French Life and Culture, while enrolled in the Los Rios Study Abroad program. Global competence is a continuing process of acquiring specific economic, historical, and geo-political knowledge, which support the intercultural communication skills and authentic lived experiences that allow a person to function in another culture, and result in attitudes of cultural appreciation and interdependence. While participating in a specific Study Abroad program the student will have opportunities to study and generally survey the host country's historical, cultural, and geopolitical influences, as well as the societal structures, to develop an understanding and appreciation of the host culture as different from U. S. American culture. Information about the pre-enrollment process can be found on the Study Abroad webpage.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify aspects of social, physical, and/or emotional well-being for French society while considering present and future conditions in society.
  • incorporate specific cultural, geopolitical, economic, and social knowledge into academic and personal contexts for an understanding of global competence.
  • analyze personal beliefs, values, and attitudes about the host culture that the student had prior to an intercultural experience and aspects of ethnocentric behavior that can occur within intercultural communication and relations.
  • demonstrate an understanding of concepts of physical and emotional wellness to make wise lifestyle choices.
  • identify, analyze, articulate, and describe the effects of intercultural experiences upon physical and emotional wellness while immersed in a country different than one’s native country.
  • evaluate visual, historical, and experiential cultural products of cultures different from the student’s own.
  • identify and explain aspects of culture shock and techniques to cope with and reduce its affects on physical and emotional wellness.
  • describe the value of international travel as a part of lifelong learning and personal wellness.
  • adapt to the larger community beyond campus in a positive manner demonstrating an understanding of personal responsibility in the larger context.
  • analyze divergent points of view and utilize multiple perspectives in considering information.
  • develop a foundation for cultural pluralism, a rejection of previous personal prejudices, and knowledge of and comfort with others unlike one’s self.

INDIS 353 Spanish Life and Culture in Study Abroad

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:This course is only available to students participating in Study Abroad programs in Spain and is therefore not available to all students during open enrollment. The student must complete the pre-enrollment process in the Los Rios Community College District Study Abroad program.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area I
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course is designed to allow students to acquire a level of global competence, with an emphasis on Spanish life and culture, while enrolled in the Los Rios Study Abroad program. Global competence is a continuing process of acquiring specific economic, historical, and geo-political knowledge, which support the intercultural communication skills and authentic lived experiences that allow a person to function in another culture and result in attitudes of cultural appreciation and interdependence. While participating in a specific Study Abroad program the student will have opportunities to study and generally survey the host country's historical, cultural, and geopolitical influences, as well as the societal structures, to develop an understanding and appreciation of the host culture as different from U. S. American culture. Students may find information about the pre-enrollment meetings at the Study Abroad website, located at http://www.scc.losrios.edu/studyabroad/.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify aspects of social, physical, and/or emotional well-being for Spanish society while considering present and future conditions in society.
  • incorporate specific cultural, geopolitical, economic, and social knowledge into academic and personal contexts for an understanding of global competence.
  • analyze personal beliefs, values, and attitudes about the host culture that the student had prior to an intercultural experience and aspects of ethnocentric behavior that can occur within intercultural communication and relations.
  • demonstrate an understanding of concepts of physical and emotional wellness to make wise lifestyle choices and develop these skills and competencies to understand him/herself as a whole person (integral to his/her environment).
  • identify, analyze, articulate, and describe the effects of intercultural experiences upon physical and emotional wellness while immersed in a country different than one's native country.
  • evaluate and appreciate the visual, historical, and experiential cultural products of cultures different from the student’s own.
  • identify and explain aspects of culture shock and techniques to cope with and reduce its affects on physical and emotional wellness.
  • describe the value of international travel as a part of lifelong learning and personal wellness.
  • adapt to the larger community beyond campus in a positive manner demonstrating an understanding of personal responsibility in the larger context.
  • analyze divergent points of view and utilize multiple perspectives in considering information.
  • develop a foundation for cultural pluralism, a rejection of previous personal prejudices, and knowledge of and comfort with others unlike oneself.

INDIS 370 Introduction to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:LIBR 318
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course introduces the STEM field from a local and global perspective through guest speakers, discussions, small research projects, and a culminating presentation. As a central theme to the course, students will investigate the challenges facing individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM as defined by the National Science Foundation. Students will then generate an individualized plan for pursuing their particular STEM emphasis of choice. This plan will consist of elements of a basic education plan, a reflection of their unique sociocultural experiences, specific study skills strategies, and STEM skills analysis and strategies for improvement. The student will be given an opportunity to apply the practices outlined in their plan through a sampling of a number of STEM-related courses (through guest lectures, etc.). This course is not open to students who completed the topic under INDIS 499.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the types of STEM occupations explored in the class.
  • list and describe the various STEM related programs and courses offered at SCC that support the occupations explored in class.
  • evaluate current social, political, and economic issues affecting ethnic minorities in the United States as it relates to STEM degree attainment or employment.
  • investigate the unique experiences of a prominent individual in STEM that would be classified by the National Science Foundation as being "underrepresented" in STEM.
  • explain their particular "STEM skills" profile and how they plan to improve in those specific areas.
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of essential practices for succeeding in difficult STEM coursework.
  • explain and give examples of how pursuing a STEM academic pathway may differ from prior educational experiences.
  • evaluate the suitability of a STEM pathway as a long-term option.
  • evaluate their abilities as a learner and that the unique qualities of post-secondary and career STEM is vastly different than their previous K-12 STEM experiences.
  • demonstrate competence in active listening skills and provide appropriate constructive feedback.
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to create, assemble, and present informative presentations as it relates to the topics covered in this course.

INDIS 371 Skills Practice in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:INDIS 370 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course introduces the STEM field from a hands-on learning perspective. Based on a student's unique STEM-Skill profile, they will generate an individualized plan to address a particular STEM industry need. This plan will consist of an identification of that need and a specific engineered solution to it. In lecture, students will work on improving their STEM-Skills (spatial ability, proportional reasoning, pitch pattern perception, etc.). In lab, students will apply the steps outlined in their plan via hands-on experience in the campus Makerspace. These experiences will include an orientation and use of the equipment in the Makerspace lab in the generation of a final product. This course is not open to students who completed the topic under INDIS 499.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and explain their own particular "STEM skills" profile.
  • evaluate their abilities as a STEM learner.
  • assemble a plan of STEM skill advancement based on their individual profile.
  • develop a plan that incorporates these skills in their STEM product design and development.

  • evaluate their ability to identify a STEM product or service need and how to engineer a solution.

  • demonstrate a knowledge of essential practices for succeeding in a challenging STEM environment.

  • demonstrate the safe use of design, fabrication, and manufacturing equipment in the Makerspace Lab
  • list and describe the various STEM-related programs and courses offered at SCC that support the occupations, services, and products explored in class.


INDIS 372 Numerical Problem Solving in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:INDIS 371 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course introduces the STEM field through various data analysis techniques in a hands-on learning environment. As the course progresses, students will explore various STEM fields of study through a problem-solving lens. Specifically, students will use various mathematical or statistical techniques to uncover a particular STEM industry need. They will then use data analysis techniques to develop a plan for addressing this particular need and forecasting its potential effectiveness. Through a hands-on experience in the campus Makerspace facilities students will be given an opportunity to produce some important element of their proposed solution, and then showcase it to others. This course is not open to students who completed the topic under INDIS 499.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to convert various units of measurement between standard and metric systems.
  • recognize and differentiate between key statistical terms covered in the course.

  • apply various types of sampling methods to data collection
  • display data graphically and interpret graphs.
  • recognize, describe, and calculate the measures of the center of data: mean, median, and mode.
  • recognize, describe, and calculate the measures of the spread of data: variance, standard deviation, and range.
  • understand and use the terminology of probability.
  • differentiate between Type I and Type II Errors.
  • describe hypothesis testing in general and in practice.
  • conduct and interpret hypothesis tests for a given data set.
  • incorporate their own "STEM-skills" profile into the proposed analytical plans.
  • demonstrate the safe use of design, fabrication, and manufacturing equipment for which they have not already received training.

INDIS 373 Research Writing Techniques in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:INDIS 372 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020

This course introduces the STEM field from a research writing and hands-on learning perspective. In this course, students will select a particular STEM industry topic and develop a plan for researching and reporting on this topic. Emphasis will be on producing a publication-themed manuscript based on their hands-on research for this topic. Therefore, the principal focus of the lecture portion of this course will be the research writing process. The lab portion of the course is where students will be given an opportunity to apply the research practices outlined in his or her plan through a hands-on experience in the campus Makerspace facilities. Students will use the research writing approach to guide them through the entire process and produce a manuscript potentially worthy of submittal for publication in a peer reviewed journal. This course is not open to students who completed the topic under INDIS 499.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • develop a plan that incorporates their STEM-skills in their product design and development.

  • differentiate and explain the various elements included in a typical research paper.
  • research using library and online sources and effectively incorporate research into manuscripts.
  • analyze data and incorporate the findings into a research quality paper.
  • exhibit mastery of the conventions of American Psychological Association publication standards.
  • produce and evaluate a research quality manuscript outlining their particular topic.

  • evaluate the effectiveness of their research plan with regard to the hands-on work done in their Makerspace Lab environment.
  • demonstrate the safe use of design, fabrication, and manufacturing equipment that they were not previously trained.
  • list and describe the various STEM-related programs and courses offered at SCC that support the occupations, services, and products explored in class.


INDIS 499 Experimental Offering in Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2020