General Education Courses

Each associate degree program consists of a basic core of at least 15 semester credit hours of general education courses. The general education core includes at least one course from each of the following areas: the humanities/fine arts, the social/behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences/mathematics. Each diploma program consists of a core of at least 8 semester credit hours of general education courses. Note: Some courses require prerequisites. Check for course prerequisites in the section of this catalog entitled “Course Descriptions.” Following is a list of general education courses:

Humanities/Fine Arts

ART 101 Art History and Appreciation

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

ART 105 Film as Art

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course provides an introduction to the appreciation of film and covers the elements and principles of cinema with historical and contemporary examples. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

ENG 102 English Composition II

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 101.

ENG 203 American Literature Survey

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This (college transfer) course is a survey of American Literature: major authors, genres, and periods. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 205 English Literature I

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: the study of English literature from the Old English Period to the Romantic Period with emphasis on major writers and periods. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 206 English Literature II

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: the study of English literature from the Romantic Period to the present with emphasis on major writers and periods. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 208 World Literature I

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This (college transfer) course is a study of masterpieces of world literature in translation from the ancient world through the sixteenth century. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 209 World Literature II

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This (college transfer) course is a study of masterpieces of world literature in translation from the seventeenth century to the present. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 214 Fiction

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of fiction from several cultures. Emphasis is on the nature of the genre and appropriate reading strategies. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 220 20th and 21st Century Literature

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of literature, primarily American and British, since World War II. Emphasis will be on contemporary literature. Prerequisite with a grade of �C� or higher: ENG 102.

ENG 228 Studies in Film Genre

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a critical examination of significant films. Films representing a variety of genres (western, film noir, screwball comedy, etc.) and countries will be viewed and analyzed. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 101.

ENG 236 African American Literature

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This (college transfer) course is a critical study of African American literature examined from historical, social, and psychological perspectives. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 102.

HIS 101 Western Civilization to 1689

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a survey of Western civilization from ancient times to 1689, including the major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors shaping Western cultural tradition. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

HIS 102 Western Civilization Post 1689

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a survey of Western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors which shape the modern Western world. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

HIS 105 World History II

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course covers world history from circa 1500 A.D. to the present, focusing on the development of a system of interrelationships based on western expansion and the economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of each era. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

HIS 115 African American History

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of the history of African-Americans, including African heritage, American history, and significant contributions by individuals or groups. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

HIS 201 American History: Discovery to 1877

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a survey of U.S. history from discovery to 1877. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

HIS 202 American History: 1877 to Present

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a survey of U.S. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

HSS 110 History of Ideas

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a history of human ideas and values as they have been transformed across time through an interdisciplinary examination of a culture’s arts, literatures, philosophies and beliefs. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

MUS 105 Music Appreciation

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and their relationships, the musical characteristics of representative works and composers, common musical forms and genres of various Western and non-Western historical style periods, and appropriate listening experiences. Prerequisite with grades of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

MUS 110 Music Fundamentals

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is an introduction to the elements of music notation with keyboard applications. Information covered includes note names, major/minor tonality, simple sight-reading, rhythm, tempo, simple scales, basic chords, and basic symbols. Students will have the opportunity to perform in groups on a variety of easy instruments (recorder, keyboard, percussion, or guitar) in order to grasp fundamental concepts.

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes a topical survey of the three main branches of philosophy – epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics – and the contemporary questions related to these fields. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

PHI 110 Ethics

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of moral principles of conduct emphasizing ethical problems and modes of ethical reasoning. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

REL 101 Introduction to Religion

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice. Included is a survey of the major religions of the world. Both their historical development and their contemporary expression are considered. Attention is given to contemporary religious issues. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II

    ClassLabCredit

    404

    This course continues development of the basic language skills and the study of the Hispanic culture. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: SPA 101. This course is typically taught only in the spring semester.

SPC 210 Oral Interpretation of Literature

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course presents the principles and practices in oral interpretation of literary works.  Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101. This course is typically taught only in the fall and spring semesters.

THE 101 Introduction to Theatre

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the appreciation and analysis of theatrical literature, history, and production. It will involve field trips and attendance at and critiques of theatrical performances. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

THE 105 Fundamentals of Acting

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the study of dramatic performance techniques, including improvisations and interpretation of characters. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101. This course is typically taught only in the spring semester.

Natural Science/Mathematics

AST 101 Solar System Astronomy

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This course is a descriptive survey of the universe with emphasis on basic physical concepts and the objects in the solar system. Related topics of current interest are included in the course. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 101 or placement score into MAT 102. This course is typically taught only in the fall semester.

AST 102 Stellar Astronomy

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This course is a descriptive survey of the universe with emphasis on basic physical concepts and galactic and extra-galactic objects. Related topics of current interest are included in the course. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 101 or placement score into MAT 102. This course is typically taught only in the spring semester.

BIO 101 Biological Science I

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This course is the first of a sequence introducing biology. Topics include the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, Mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology. Prerequisites with an “XC” or higher: ENG 032, MAT 032, RDG 032 and a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 100 or BIO 210 or BIO 211 or BIO 225 or a passing score on the Biology Placement Test.

BIO 102 Biological Science II

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This is a continuation of introductory biology which includes classification of organisms and structural and functional consideration of all kingdoms (particularly major phyla as well as viruses). Vertebrate animals and vascular plants are emphasized. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 101.

BIO 112 Basic Anatomy and Physiology

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This course is a basic integrated study of the structure and function of the human body. It is designed for students entering into Allied Health programs. Topics include an overview of basic human anatomy and physiology principles, basic biochemistry concepts, cells and tissues, and the essential concepts for each of the human body systems. Prerequisites with a grade of “XC” or higher: ENG 032, MAT 032, RDG 032, and a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 100 or BIO 101 or a passing score on the Biology Placement Test.

BIO 115 Basic Microbiology

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is a general course in microbiology, including epidemiology, presence, control, and identification of microorganisms. Prerequisites with a grade of “XC” or higher: ENG 032, MAT 032, RDG 032, and a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 100 or a passing score on the Biology Placement Test.

BIO 203 General Genetics

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This course introduces major concepts in genetics at the cellular, molecular and population levels. It also reviews and expands classical Mendelian principles, the molecular nature of the gene, gene action, gene regulation, and gene frequencies in populations. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 100 or BIO 101 or BIO 210 or BIO 225 or a passing score on the Biology Placement Test.

BIO 205 Ecology

    ClassLabCredit

    304

    This course introduces basic principles of population biology, ecology, and environmental science as applied to the study of the interactions between human kind and the biosphere. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 101 or NRM 101 or EVT 201. Corequisite: BIO 206.

BIO 206 Ecology Lab

    ClassLabCredit

    031

    This ecology laboratory experience consists of discussions, demonstrations, experiments, films, and field trips pertaining to the relationships of man to the biosphere, human ecology, resource use, and environmental impact. Corequisite: BIO 205.

BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This is the first in a sequence of courses, including an intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied with emphasis on organ system interactions to maintain homeostasis. The course includes general chemistry principles, biochemistry, cells and tissues as well as extensive coverage of the following organ systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses. Prerequisites with a grade of “XC” or higher: ENG 032, MAT 032, RDG 032, and a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 100 or BIO 101; or a passing score on the Biology Placement Test.

BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This is a continuation of a sequence of courses, including intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied with emphasis on physiological interactions to maintain homeostasis. The course includes extensive coverage of the following systems: endocrine, lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 210.

BIO 225 Microbiology

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This is a detailed study of microbiology as it relates to infection and the disease processes of the body. Topics include immunity, epidemiology, medically important microorganisms, and diagnostic procedures for identification. Also included is prokaryotic form and function. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 101 or BIO 210.

BIO 240 Nutrition

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is an introduction to the essential aspects concerning the science of nutrition. Particular emphasis is on the classes of nutrients and their physiological uses in the body. Body energy requirements and the nutritional status of the world are considered. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 100 or BIO 101 or BIO 210 or a passing score on the Biology Placement Test.

CHM 110 College Chemistry I

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This is the first course in a sequence which includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Prerequisites with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 102 or placement into MAT 110. High school chemistry recommended.

CHM 111 College Chemistry II

    ClassLabCredit

    334

    This course is a continuation of the study of atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria. Other topics included are kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: CHM 110. This course is typically taught only in the spring semester.

MAT 101 Beginning Algebra

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the study of rational numbers and their applications, operations with algebraic expressions, linear equations and applications, linear inequalities, graphs of linear equations, operations with exponents and polynomials, and factoring. Prerequisite with a grade of “XC” or higher: MAT 032 or placement into MAT 101.

MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the study of linear systems and applications; quadratic expressions, equations, functions and graphs; and rational and radical expressions and functions. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 101 or placement into MAT 102.

MAT 110 College Algebra

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; and solutions of higher degree polynomials. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 102 or placement into MAT 110.

MAT 111 College Trigonometry

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the following topics: trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities; solution of right and oblique triangles; solutions of trigonometric equations; polar coordinates; complex numbers, including DeMoivre’s Theorem; vectors; conic sections; and parametric equations. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 110.

MAT 120 Probability and Statistics

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals, and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 101or placement into MAT 102.

MAT 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

    ClassLabCredit

    404

    This course includes the following topics: derivatives and integrals of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions; curve sketching; maxima and minima of functions; related rates; work; and analytic geometry. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 111.

MAT 141 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II

    ClassLabCredit

    404

    This course includes the following topics: continuation of calculus of one variable, including analytic geometry, techniques of integration, volumes by integration, and other applications; infinite series, including Taylor series and improper integrals. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: MAT 140.

MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: properties of and operations with real numbers, elementary algebra, consumer mathematics, applied geometry, measurement, graph sketching and interpretations, and descriptive statistics. Prerequisite with a grade of “XC” or higher: MAT 032 or placement into MAT 155.

Oral Communication

SPC 205 Public Speaking

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. This course is designed to give the student confidence and poise in various speaking situations through awareness of the processes involved in public speaking and interpersonal communication by providing him or her with opportunities to express himself in informal speeches, group discussion and conversations. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

SPC 210 Oral Interpretation of Literature

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course presents the principles and practices in oral interpretation of literary works.  Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101. This course is typically taught only in the fall and spring semesters.

Social/Behavioral Sciences

ANT 101 General Anthropology

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is the study of physical and cultural anthropology. This course explores subfields of anthropology to examine primatology, human paleontology, human variation, archeology and ethnology. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

ECO 210 Macroeconomics

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the study of fundamental principles and policies of a modern economy to include markets and prices, national income accounting, cycles, employment theory and fiscal policy, banking and monetary controls, and the government’s role in economic decisions and growth.

ECO 211 Microeconomics

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the study of the behavior of households and firms, including supply and demand, elasticity, price/input in different market structures, pricing of resources, regulations, and comparative advantage and trade. This course is typically taught only in the summer semester.

GEO 102 World Geography

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

PSC 201 American Government

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the Constitution; the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches; civil liberties; and the role of the electorate. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

PSC 215 State and Local Government

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of state, county, and municipal government systems, including interrelationships between these systems and within the federal government. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

PSY 201 General Psychology

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning, memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

PSY 203 Human Growth and Development

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting human growth, development, and potential. Prerequisite with grades of “C” or higher: PSY 201.

PSY 208 Human Sexuality

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives of human sexuality. Historical, cross-cultural, and ethical issues are considered in the course. Prerequisite with grades of “C” or higher: PSY 201.

PSY 212 Abnormal Psychology

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course is a study of the nature and development of behavioral disorders, including the investigation of contemporary treatment procedures, analysis of human behavior problems, and identification of the personal and social skills needed to deal with these problems. Prerequisite with grades of “C” or higher: PSY 201.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

SOC 102 Marriage and the Family

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course introduces the institutions of marriage and the family from a sociological perspective. Significant forms and structures of family groups are studied in relation to current trends and social change. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101. This course is typically taught only in the fall and spring semesters.

SOC 206 Social Psychology

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course examines the behaviors of individuals in interaction in terms of the personality system (attitudes, needs, traits, feelings, learning, and perception), the social system (relations between/among persons), and the cultural system (agreed-upon ideas about the social and non-social world). Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101. This course is typically taught only in the fall and spring semesters.

SOC 210 Juvenile Delinquency

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course presents the nature, extent, and causes of juvenile delinquency behavior, including strategies used in the prevention, intervention, and control of deviant behavior. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101. This course is typically taught only in the fall and spring semesters.

Written Communication

ENG 101 English Composition I

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented. Prerequisite with a grade of “XC” or higher: RDG 032 or no reading required and a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 100 or placement into ENG 101.

ENG 102 English Composition II

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included. Prerequisite with a grade of “C” or higher: ENG 101.

ENG 165 Professional Communications

    ClassLabCredit

    303

    This course develops practical written and oral professional communication skills. Prerequisite with a grade of “XC” or higher: ENG 032 or placement score.