San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

Introduction

Top 10 Reasons for Studying at San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

  1. Our three public community colleges (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College) are known for their quality transfer programs and services, as well as guaranteed transfers to and partnership with selective universities.
  2. Annual tuition of $6456 USD.
  3. The three colleges are the safest in California and among the safest in the country.
  4. #1 in guaranteed transfers to four-year universities– currently 55 universities offer guaranteed transfers to our students.
  5. Onsite transfer advising provided by UC Berkeley representatives and a 165% growth in transfer admission rate to UC Berkeley in the most recent year (89 in 2014 and 213 in 2015).
  6. All three colleges offer quality associate, certificate and transfer programs in state of the art education facilities with award-winning faculty and staff, numerous networking and internship opportunities with the Silicon Valley high tech companies around the colleges.
  7. Global Beca scholarship, including full-tuition waivers, available to incoming international students.
  8. Priority course registration for international students.
  9. Housing coordinator available to assist with housing near our three colleges.
  10. Nationally-recognized STEM center at Cañada College and Fabrication Lab at Skyline College.

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley include three outstanding fully accredited two-year community colleges: Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College. They are located in the heart of California's San Francisco area.

All three colleges have "Transfer Admission Guarantees", with perhaps the largest number of public and private universities throughout the United States. This provides students the assurance of getting into a university if the student satisfies the university academic and other requirements and not being subject to the typical university freshman admissions "selectivity hurdle". In 2015, 236 students were admitted to UC Berkeley from the three colleges as transfer students. These students will enter as juniors and only need two more years to complete a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley.

The colleges are known for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and Skyline College has an internship with Caltech and UC Berkeley. Cañada College has an award-winning STEM Center, a first among all community colleges in California. Its animation class for example, is taught by a Pixar employee. Skyline College, only 15 minutes away from San Francisco, offers International Trade and a variety of Biotech and Engineering transfer programs. It also has an internship program with CalTech and UC Berkeley. College of San Mateo is one of the oldest community colleges in California. In the 1920’s, College of San Mateo was to a large degree, a prep school or springboard into Stanford University and the University of California (Berkeley).

Studying in Silicon Valley potentially gives students internship and networking opportunities in Google, Apple, Salesforce, Twitter and Facebook, etc. Each of our campuses are in small and safe communities located near highways that take you directly to San Francisco, San Jose, SFO international airport and other very famous tourist destinations such as Monterey Bay, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe are within driving distance.

International students can visit our district international admissions website for more information.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents can visit our District website for more information.

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Bachelor in Biology (1st two years)

Campus Full time 4 - 5 semesters January 2017 USA San Mateo

Biology is the study of life and living organisms, including their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution. [+]

The Field Biology is the study of life and living organisms, including their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behavior, origin, and distribution. In order to succeed in biology, students should be passionate about the natural world and demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills. Biology at Skyline College While taking biology classes at Skyline College, students can expect to learn proper scientific reporting techniques and a thorough understanding of the scientific method, and they will use biological study, observation and experimentation to test hypotheses and analyze results. Biology classes also fulfill General Education requirements for a variety of majors. The college also offers Environmental Science classes that provide a strong interdisciplinary approach to understanding environmental issues from a scientific perspective. Environmental science brings together the disciplines of biological, physical and earth sciences to address the impact of humans on ecological systems. While Skyline College does not currently offer an Associate Degree in Biology specifically, students can earn degrees in Biotechnology or Natural Science that can help you create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution. Career Outlook The applications for a course of study in Biology, or a degree in Biotechnology or Natural Science, include a variety of careers in the sciences in both private and public industry. Many jobs in biology or the natural sciences require a Ph.D.; taking biology classes or pursuing a Biotechnology or Natural Science degree at Skyline College is a good launching point for pursuing further education at a four-year college or university. Biologists spend much of their time working in offices and conducting research in laboratories. Most biologists work full time. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Biological Scientists in California make an average of $83,910 per year. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon completion of the program students will be able to: General Education Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the ability to use appropriate models to solve problems. Apply the knowledge of biological science to distinguish between observations, inferences, relationships, and testimonials under investigation. Demonstrate the ability to use scientific knowledge to assess personal and environmental health. Use the scientific knowledge and skills necessary for active citizenship. Honors Discuss and understand one area of biological science (e.g., marine mammals; emerging infectious disease) Majors Demonstrate understanding of how the major groups of living organisms are related to each other and of their adaptations for survival. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts in cell biology, and the experimental approaches taken to address them. Write clear and well-argued descriptions of topics in biological sciences, based on the course material and articles. Master laboratory techniques including microscopy, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, and PCR. Design, perform and analyze experiments in biology. Continue with upper division coursework in Biology. Allied Health Use aseptic technique in clinical and laboratory environments. Discuss and understand the role of microorganisms in healthy individuals and in infectious diseases. Demonstrate understanding of the structure of the human body. Demonstrate an understanding of the functions of the organ systems of the human body. Apply the concept of homeostasis to basic principles in medicine. Discuss and understand the principles of cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, and immunology. Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges. [-]

Bachelor in Engineering (1st two years)

Campus Full time January 2017 USA San Mateo

Cañada College has a fully accredited Engineering transfer program. This lower-division program consists of the same courses offered at any four-year college or university at a substantially lower cost, taught by a faculty with considerable industrial experience. [+]

Cañada College and College of San Mateo have fully accredited Engineering transfer programs. These lower-division program consists of the same courses offered at any four-year college or university at a substantially lower cost, taught by a faculty with considerable industrial experience. Virtually all our Engineering students have subsequently obtained their degrees at a four-year college or university and have entered the Engineering profession. The College has articulation agreements with engineering departments of UC, CSU and independent colleges and universities. Engineering is one of the largest professions in the United States with over one million jobs in fields ranging from airplane design to pollution control. The four largest branches of engineering are electrical, mechanical, civil and computer engineering. All branches of engineering place a heavy emphasis on problem solving. Engineering education focuses on teaching scientific and engineering concepts and their application to the creative and effective solution of problems. Career opportunities for practicing engineers include positions in aerospace, agricultural, architectural, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrail, materials, mechanical, and nuclear fields. Most engineers work for manufacturing industries, while a smaller percentage work for federal, state and local government agencies, or as private consultants. Program Learning Outcomes: Students completing this program will be able to: Apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering or computer science to identify, formulate, and solve engineering/computer science problems. Communicate effectively and work well in situations that require teamwork. Design and perform tests or experiments, analyze and interpret data, and prepare a report summarizing the results of the tests or experiments. Develop a design or system given a set of requirements and specifications. Formulate a plan of study to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science. Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering and computer tools necessary for engineering or computer science practice Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges. [-]

Bachelor in Mathematics (1st two years)

Campus Full time January 2017 USA San Mateo

Mathematics forms the foundation of modern science. It is essential for those who want to understand and take part in the important scientific developments of our time. But it is also extremely useful for students in the social sciences and anyone who wants to comprehend, more fully, the world around us. [+]

Mathematics forms the foundation of modern science. It is essential for those who want to understand and take part in the important scientific developments of our time. But it is also extremely useful for students in the social sciences and anyone who wants to comprehend, more fully, the world around us. At its crux, mathematics is a way for us to deepen our understanding and expand our horizons. To succeed in Mathematics, individuals must keep an open mind, ask frequent questions and seek out the reasons behind their work instead of simply memorizing. Perseverance, organization and critical thinking are also important for any mathematics student, no matter their skill level. The Mathematics Program at San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley Almost all students at our colleges will need to take at least one Mathematics course. It is important that you enroll in the appropriate class and that you do so early. Check our Guidelines for Choosing the Right Course to help you make decisions about placement tests and what courses you will need to take to fulfill your unique requirements. The Field Career Outlook No matter your career, a basic understanding of mathematics is extremely useful, and often essential to success. A degree in Mathematics can be a gateway to many jobs in the sciences, including education, engineering, computer science, and physics. Salary ranges for jobs within these trajectories vary greatly across sector and geography. Civil engineers in California make an average of $99,580 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Physicists in California make an average of $113,730 per year. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon completion of the program students will be able to: Analyze multiple representations of quantitative information, including graphical, formulaic, numerical and verbal. Demonstrate problem-solving skills. Interpret the meaning of numerical answers. Use methods of logic to support a claim using data, formulas and mathematical reasoning. Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges. [-]

Bachelor in Psychology (1st two years)

Campus Full time January 2017 USA San Mateo

Psychology is the science concerned with behavior, both human and nonhuman—animal, and is only about 125 years old. It is a broad discipline, essentially spanning subject matter from biology to sociology. [+]

What is Psychology? Psychology is the science concerned with behavior, both human and nonhuman—animal, and is only about 125 years old. It is a broad discipline, essentially spanning subject matter from biology to sociology. Psychology studies the intersection of two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As a science, psychology follows scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis. Psychology is the study of mental processes, cognition, and behavior. Psychologist are concerned with how the brain and nervous system function, how perception evolves from sensation, how we learn and know, and what it is that motivates us. Psychology covers the total life span to learn more about how individuals function in family, community, and society. Psychologists want to learn what can go wrong in development, how it can be changed, and how to resolve organizational, personal, interpersonal, and family conflict. It is a dynamic field in which new knowledge leads to new understandings that grow out of a base in research. It is both a theoretical and applied science. If I major in Psychology, what kind of job can I get? Career opportunities in psychology continue to grow for employment in health care especially outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinics. Numerous job opportunities are in schools, public and private social service agencies, and management consulting services. Graduates in Psychology can expect to find a wide range of positions in personnel management, psychiatric aides, probation officers, mental health workers, drug abuse counselors, and researcher assistants. Advanced degrees lead to opportunities for basic research, licensing as clinical psychologists or marriage and family therapist, and as college and university faculty. Psychologists also work as consultants in government and industry. If I receive an AA degree in Psychology, can I transfer to a four-year college? Yes! Cañada College offers everything you need to finish an AA degree in psychology as well as to transfer to a four-year college or university. Program Learning Outcomes: Students completing this program will be able to: Analyze social science concepts and theories. Evaluate diverse viewpoints related to the human experience. Produce evidence-based arguments. Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges. [-]

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