Science Course Descriptions

Associates Degree Course Descriptions

Freshman Year — Fall (17 Credit Hours)

Rhetoric & Composition
Skills and methods used in writing university-level essays. Prerequisite(s): ACT standard score in English of 16 or higher or a Compass score 76 or higher; for those scoring 13-15 in English on the ACT or 35-75 on the Compass, successful completion of a developmental writing course; for those scoring 12 or below on the ACT standard score in English or 34 or below on the Compass, successful completion of two developmental writing courses.
4 Credits

Computer Literacy
Evolution and application of computers; economic and social implications; introduction to programming on microcomputers.
3 Credits

College/Life Success
Provides students with an opportunity to cultivate the skills, values, and attitudes necessary to become confident, capable students, and contributing community members. Topics include time management, memory techniques, relationships, health issues, money management, and college and community resources.
3 Credits

Intermediate Algebra
Linear and algebraic functions as they arise in real world problems. Exponential and logarithmic functions. Equations and inequalities and their solutions considered symbolically, graphically and numerically. Prerequisite: adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination (see note above.)
3 Credits

Laboratory Science
Complete two [2] Science “G” courses with a lab from the following:
ASTR
BIOL
CHEM
E S
GEOG (must be GEOG 111G if selected)
GEOL
PHYS
4 Credits

Freshman Year — Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Business & Professional Communication
Effective writing for courses and careers in business, law, government, and other professions. Strategies for researching and writing correspondence and reports, with an emphasis on understanding and responding to a variety of communication tasks with a strong purpose, clear organization, and vigorous professional style.
3 Credits

Writing in the Humanities & Social Sciences
Theory and practice in interpreting texts from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Strategies for researching, evaluating, constructing, and writing researched arguments. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes.
3 Credits

Technical & Professional Communication
Effective writing for courses and careers in sciences, engineering, and agriculture. Strategies for understanding and presenting technical information for various purposes to various audiences.
3 Credits

College Algebra
Fundamental concepts of functions, including algebraic and graphical properties. Fitting functions to data. Finding zeroes and extreme values. Solving systems of equations. Prerequisites: Adequate math placement score or C or better in MATH 120.
3 Credits

Social & Behavioral Sciences
Complete 2-3 Social & Behavioral Science courses from the following:

  • ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors or
    • ANTH 125G, Introduction to World Cultures or
    • ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology
  • ECON 251G, Macroeconomics or
    • ECON 252G, Microeconomics
  • GOVT 100G, American National Government or
    • GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Science or
    • GOVT 150G, American Political Issues or
    • GOVT 160G, International Political Issues
  • PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems

3 Credits

Humanities & Fine Arts
Complete 2-3 Humanities/Fine Arts “G” courses from:

  • ART 101G, Orientation in Art
  • ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture
  • HIST 101G, Roots in Modern Europe
    • HIST 102G, Modern Europe
    • HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History/li>
    • HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History

3 Credits

Laboratory Sciences
Complete 2 Science “G” courses from the following:
ASTR
BIOL
CHEM
E S
GEOG (must be GEOG 111G if selected)
GEOL
PHYS
4 Credits

Sophomore Year — Fall (17 Credit Hours)

Public Speaking
Principles of effective public speaking, with emphasis on preparing and delivering well-organized, logical, and persuasive arguments adapted to different audiences.
3 Credits

Principles of Human Communication
Study and practice of interpersonal, small group, and presentational skills essential to effective social, business, and professional interaction.
3 Credits

Mathematics
Complete one [1] MATH “G” course (excluding MATH 121G) or STAT.
3 Credits

Social & Behavioral Sciences
Complete 2-3 Social & Behavioral Science courses from the following:

  • ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors or
    • ANTH 125G, Introduction to World Cultures or
    • ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology
  • ECON 251G, Macroeconomics or
    • ECON 252G, Microeconomics
  • GOVT 100G, American National Government or
    • GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Science or
    • GOVT 150G, American Political Issues or
    • GOVT 160G, International Political Issues
  • PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems

Humanities & Fine Arts
Complete 2-3 Humanities/Fine Arts “G” courses from:

  • ART 101G, Orientation in Art
  • ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture
  • HIST 101G, Roots in Modern Europe
    • HIST 102G, Modern Europe
    • HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History/li>
    • HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History

Approved Elective
Choose science or math courses from the following:
ASTR
BCIS
BIOL
C S
CHEM
E S
E T
ENGR
GEOG (must be GEOG 111G if selected)
GEOL
MATH
PHYS
STAT
3 Credits

Approved Elective
Choose science or math courses from the following:
ASTR
BCIS
BIOL
C S
CHEM
E S
E T
ENGR
GEOG (must be GEOG 111G if selected)
GEOL
MATH
PHYS
STAT
3 Credits

Sophomore Year — Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences
Complete 2-3 Social & Behavioral Science courses from the following:

  • ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors or
    • ANTH 125G, Introduction to World Cultures or
    • ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology
  • ECON 251G, Macroeconomics or
    • ECON 252G, Microeconomics
  • GOVT 100G, American National Government or
    • GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Science or
    • GOVT 150G, American Political Issues or
    • GOVT 160G, International Political Issues
  • PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems

Humanities & Fine Arts
Complete 2-3 Humanities/Fine Arts “G” courses from:

  • ART 101G, Orientation in Art
  • ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture
  • HIST 101G, Roots in Modern Europe
    • HIST 102G, Modern Europe
    • HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History/li>
    • HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History

Social & Behavioral Sciences
Complete 2-3 Social & Behavioral Science courses from the following:

  • ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors or
    • ANTH 125G, Introduction to World Cultures or
    • ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology
  • ECON 251G, Macroeconomics or
    • ECON 252G, Microeconomics
  • GOVT 100G, American National Government or
    • GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Science or
    • GOVT 150G, American Political Issues or
    • GOVT 160G, International Political Issues
  • PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems

Humanities & Fine Arts
Complete 2-3 Humanities/Fine Arts “G” courses from:

  • ART 101G, Orientation in Art
  • ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture
  • HIST 101G, Roots in Modern Europe
    • HIST 102G, Modern Europe
    • HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History/li>
    • HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History

Social & Behavioral Sciences
Complete 2-3 Social & Behavioral Science courses from the following:

  • ANTH 120G, Human Ancestors or
    • ANTH 125G, Introduction to World Cultures or
    • ANTH 201G, Introduction to Anthropology
  • ECON 251G, Macroeconomics or
    • ECON 252G, Microeconomics
  • GOVT 100G, American National Government or
    • GOVT 110G, Introduction to Political Science or
    • GOVT 150G, American Political Issues or
    • GOVT 160G, International Political Issues
  • PSY 201G, Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101G, Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 201G, Contemporary Social Problems

Humanities & Fine Arts
Complete 2-3 Humanities/Fine Arts “G” courses from:

  • ART 101G, Orientation in Art
  • ENGL 244G, Literature and Culture
  • HIST 101G, Roots in Modern Europe
    • HIST 102G, Modern Europe
    • HIST 201G, Introduction to Early American History/li>
    • HIST 202G, Introduction to Recent American History

Elementary Chinese I
Mandarin Chinese for beginners.
3 Credits

Elementary Spanish I (SPAN 111)
Spanish for beginners. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination.
4 Credits

Elementary Spanish II (SPAN 112)
Spanish for beginners. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination or C or better in SPAN 111.
4 Credits

Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 211)
Speaking, reading and writing. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination or C or better in SPAN 112.
3 Credits

Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 212)
Speaking, reading and writing. Not open to Spanish-speaking students except by consent of instructor. Prerequisite: language placement and assessment by departmental examination or C or better in SPAN 211.
3 Credits

Approved Elective
Choose science or math courses from the following:
ASTR
BCIS
BIOL
C S
CHEM
E S
E T
ENGR
GEOG (must be GEOG 111G if selected)
GEOL
MATH
PHYS
STAT
3 Credits