Sep 15, 2019  
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2018-2019 
    
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Direct Transfer Degrees - Areas of Interest



Students can focus on one of the following disciplines while pursuing an Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA), Associate in Business - Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (AA-DTA/MRP), or an Associate in Science - Transfer Track 1 (AS-T T1) or Track 2 (AS-T T2).

American Sign Language (ASL)

The goal of our ASL courses is to enable students to interact successfully with native signers and to relate language behavior to real-world situations. The regular academic courses meet daily. It is advisable to begin the ASL 100-level sequence Fall quarter. That will enable completion of a full-year program in ASL in fulfillment of the requirement at many four-year colleges or universities. Students pursuing a degree in American Sign Language should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers American Sign Language as a major.

Anthropology

Through its various sub-disciplines, anthropology provides a holistic approach to studying humans as cultural and biological animals. The anthropology courses taught at YVC allow students to develop a solid grounding in the discipline.

Students choosing to pursue a degree in Anthropology should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Anthropology as a major.

Art

The Department of Visual Arts (DoVA) regards art as an essential product of culture. Faculty are sensitive to the plurality of ideas and approaches inherent to its creation and strive to foster a critical awareness of process, content, and history. Instruction should cultivate fundamental skills, while stressing the relevance and function of art regarding culture and the human experience.

Students considering the visual arts as a major or minor at a four-year transfer academy or university, or those pursuing a standard Associate in Arts degree with a visual arts emphasis, should consult with art faculty about planning their curriculum here at YVC.

Students pursuing a degree in Art should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers art as a major.

Art Appreciation is not a recommended course for students planning to transfer to an Art program.

Biology

The Biology program provides courses in introductory biology and fundamental courses preparing students for careers in Allied Health, and transfer to other institutions in the life sciences. Most biology courses require lecture, laboratory work, and discussion groups.

Students pursuing a degree in Biology should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) or an Associate in Science - Track 1 degree (AS-T T1) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Biology as a major.

Chemistry

Chemical substances are the very building blocks of life, and the study of chemistry provides insight into most scientific areas of study. Courses at YVC support study in Allied Health fields and provide a foundation for further study in chemistry.

Students pursuing a degree in Chemistry should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) or an Associate in Science - Track 1 degree (AS-T T1) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Chemistry as a major.

Chican@ Studies

Note:  The symbol “@” represents the education industry standard replacing “a/o”. 

The Chican@ Studies program focuses on the history, contributions, and contemporary experiences of people of predominantly Mexican heritage in the U.S. It is an interdisciplinary academic field which bridges traditional academic boundaries by drawing from areas of scholarly inquiry such as history, sociology, political science, arts and humanities, education, literature, and women’s studies. Intensive community involvement and the training of future leaders are also emphasized.

Students pursuing a degree in Chican@ Studies should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Chican@ Studies as a major.

Communications

Today’s methods of communicating information through speaking, print, and electronic media require developing proficiency in the traditional skills of verbal, written, and visual presentations as well as exploring new techniques and new media.

Courses are designed for majors and for all wishing to improve their personal and professional communication skills or to gain personal enhancement. These skills are consistently listed as those thought by employers to be among the most important qualities for hiring and success in advancement and promotion.

Students pursuing a degree in Communications should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Communications as a major.

Drama

Drama courses are designed for theatre majors and non-majors alike. Courses focus on performance, production, and general appreciation of theatre as a major fine art and as a major channel of cultural communication.

Three main stage productions from a range of genres, including musicals, the classics, and experimental theatre, are prepared and performed each year. There are also opportunities for faculty-mentored, student-directed productions in our “black box” theatre.

The program meets the proposed accreditation standards of the American Theatre Association. The department is an active member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Students choosing to pursue a degree in Drama should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Drama as a major.

Economics

Economics is the study of how people and their social systems use scarce resources for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. The study of economics has become relevant for understanding the financial, political, and social changes taking place daily in our modern world. Courses taught at YVC provide introductory-level exposure to economic theory and practice relevant for degree-seeking and transfer students and for members of business and the community.

Students pursuing a degree in Economics should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Economics as a major.

English

The mission of the English department is to help students develop the habits of writers, readers, and critical thinkers and further their interest in reading and writing as a way of learning about themselves and the world.  Students pursuing a degree in English should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers English as a major.

English Placement Policy

Students are placed in the English sequence through an assessment process. Information about the English department policy on retesting is available at the YVC Testing Center in the Deccio Higher Education Center. Once a student enters the composition sequence, s/he may not retest.

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic studies focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of people of color in the United States including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic/Latin@s, and Asian Americans. Emphasis is placed on their achievements and contributions to American society and on their roles within the complex dynamics of racial and ethnic relations.

Introductory ethnic studies courses are offered, as are more specialized courses focusing on one ethnic group or a specific topic. In addition, students of all levels are encouraged to pursue independent study and research under the guidance of the Ethnic Studies faculty. Ethnic studies courses provide new and different perspectives on American society, making them an appropriate and necessary addition to any course of study.

Students pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Ethnic Studies as a major.

Geography (Human/Physical)

Geography is an integrative discipline that unites the physical and social sciences in the study of people, places, and the environment. Major themes geographers explore are the interaction of human and natural environments, movement, and regions. Geography studies the where-and-why factors that shape our world and our lives in spatial terms.

Students pursuing a degree in Geography should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Geography as a major.

Geology

A basic group of Geology courses is offered so students may gain an understanding of the earth’s surfaces and interior and the processes which have changed earth through time. Courses are taught for students who wish to satisfy Natural Sciences requirements, to explore the field for future study, or to learn for personal enrichment.

Students pursuing a degree in Geology should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Geology as a major.

History

The historian analyzes human events and social/political organizations, attempting to establish an accurate perspective of the past. History provides us with an identity. It allows us to place current events into a perspective which gives us a sense of context and sequence. The patterns of civilizations can be discerned. History courses are taught at YVC by instructors known for their knowledge and provocative presentations. Courses may be taken out of sequence (e.g. HIST& 117  before HIST& 116  or HIST& 137  before HIST& 136 ).

Students pursuing a degree in History should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers History as a major.

Mathematics

All students needing to take mathematics at YVC must be evaluated through the YVC placement process before enrolling in a mathematics course.

Students pursuing a degree in Mathematics should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Mathematics as a major.

Music

The Department of Music provides students with academic courses and performing opportunities in vocal and instrumental music and opportunities for private lessons.  The YVC Jazz Ensemble is the flagship instrumental group with additional small ensembles focusing on a variety of styles including jazz, classical chamber music, salsa, tango, and rock.  The YVC Concert Choir, Community Choir, and Chamber Singers have traveled throughout the state and possess a tradition of artistic quality and breadth of style.

The department offers courses ranging from Music Appreciation and History of Jazz to Music of the World and History of Rock and Roll.  These courses, along with courses for beginning piano, beginning guitar, and music fundamentals, are designed for students who have an interest in music as non-majors.  Non-majors are also encouraged to participate in the performing ensembles.

Students pursuing a degree in Music should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Music as a major.

Nutrition

The Nutrition program emphasizes understanding the “whole food”; guiding students through a study of food, its individual components, how it affects the human body, and how it interacts with other foods. Our focus is to provide students with nutrition education that merges the science of nutrition with a broader view of wellness, community, and the environment. The Nutrition courses help prepare students for careers in dietetics, family and consumer science, and Allied Health, and to transfer to other institutions to pursue undergraduate degrees.

Students pursuing a degree in Nutrition should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Nutrition as a major.

Philosophy

Course offerings in philosophy are intended for transfer students and for those wanting personal enrichment. Courses stress the cultivation of personal and interpersonal expression of ideas through critical and constructive reading, writing, listening, speaking, and observing. The program also organizes film and discussion events, conference attendance, participation in essay competitions, and community involvement.

Students pursuing a degree in Philosophy should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Philosophy as a major.

Physics

Physics is a fundamental science. All other sciences (and most technologies) find their roots in physics. Physics principles are logical and simple and yet far-reaching in their application. Course work is offered in introduction, general, and engineering physics. Introduction to Physics is a survey course designed to introduce and enhance a student’s understanding of elementary physics. General Physics - I, II, III are algrebra based, intended for non-engineering, general science majors. These courses can satisfy a general or algebra based physics requirement at a university. Engineering Physics - I, II, III are calculus-based, intended for the transfer student majoring in Physical Sciences. These courses can satisfy an engineering or calculus-based physics requirement at a university.

Students pursuing a degree in Physics should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) or Associate in Science - Track 2 degree (AS-T T2) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Physics as a major.

Political Science

Political Science is the study of government and public policy and of the political behavior of individuals and groups. Political Science uses both humanistic and scientific methods of analysis to examine individual and group behaviors and outcomes at the local, state, national, and international levels of politics (source: American Political Science Association). The Political Science program at YVC offers most of the fundamental courses in the discipline that prepare students for a declared major or minor in political science at a four-year college or university. Political Science courses at YVC also contribute toward general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree in any Liberal Arts discipline.

Students pursuing a degree in Political Science should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Political Science as a major.

Psychology

YVC offers a core of basic psychology courses which will provide a sound introduction to the discipline. Psychology is the science of human behavior and experience, and includes perspectives examining abnormal behavior, the biological bases of behavior, social interaction, and cognitive processes. These psychology courses are offered for general education, personal enrichment, and for students pursuing a career in Psychology or related fields. They serve as prerequisites for several campus programs.

Students pursuing a degree in Psychology should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Psychology as a major.  It is important for students planning to major in Psychology to meet with a psychology instructor when selecting courses to meet the AA-DTA degree.

Spanish

The goal of all of our Spanish courses is to enable students to interact successfully with native speakers and to relate language behavior to real-world situations. We also hope to encourage and nurture a strong cultural pride and awareness of the Hispanic world. Our course offerings range from SPAN 101  through SPAN 103  and Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses SPAN 231  through SPAN 233 . It is advisable to begin either of the Spanish sequences Fall quarter. That will enable completion of a full-year program in Spanish in fulfillment of the requirement at many four-year colleges or universities. Students pursuing a major or non-major in Spanish are strongly encouraged to consult with Spanish faculty about planning their course of study here at YVC.

Students choosing to pursue a degree in Spanish should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA)and then transfer to a college or university that offers Spanish as a major.  All Spanish courses are offered at both campuses each academic year.

Sociology

Sociology is the systematic analysis of the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study social interaction, social structure, and social change. Contemporary American society is the focus but comparative and historical perspectives are included. The college offers basic courses that introduce the student to the fundamental principles, theories, and approaches of the discipline.

Students pursuing a degree in Sociology should follow a program leading to the Associate in Arts degree (AA-DTA) and then transfer to a college or university that offers Sociology as a major.

Social Science

The social sciences are a collection of academic disciplines that use many methods to investigate human behavior and culture.  These methods share a commitment to explanations derived from observable, measureable, and verifiable phenomena.  Claims of knowledge require such empirical evidence to be considered valid.

The social sciences generally are committed to employing knowledge for the improvement of the human condition.  In American democracy, social scientists typically share a commitment to influencing public discussions and policies regarding individual liberty, social responsibility, and what constitutes a more just society.