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Focusing on the diverse areas which comprise general education, from communicating effectively and thinking critically, to making ethical decisions and solving complex problems, to valuing the humanity, diversity, and wonders of nature which make our planet a wonderful place to call home.
Wherever you are in your personal or professional journey, the School of General Education will help you continue to expand your horizons, make new discoveries, and gain new insights in the fields of communication, culture and society (which reflect the fields of the humanities and social sciences), ethics, mathematics, and science.
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Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
Total Program Credits: 0
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
This course is designed to provide information technology and computer science students with an overview and appreciation of mathematical concepts, highlighting applications of mathematics to information technology and computer science. Topics include set theory, logic, matrices, sequences and series, graph theory, and algorithm analysis. The student will complete assignments in each of these areas and be able to identify and apply the core concepts in each of these areas to related problems.
MM 150 or MM 212
this course, the student will apply math skills and knowledge to solve
financial problems and conduct statistical analyses. Through expert
step-by-step guidance using sample problems and solutions related to banking,
credit, basic finance, investments, and statistics, the student will also gain
an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business.
MM 150 or higher
This course is designed to provide students
with an overview and appreciation of linear algebra concepts,
highlighting applications of linear algebra to real-world
situations. Topics include vector operations, matrices, spaces
and subspaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and real-world
applications of linear algebra. The student will complete
assignments in each of these areas and be able to identify and
apply the core concepts in each of these areas to related
This course introduces the student to basic business statistics and quantitative analysis and their application in solving business problems. Through a combination of readings, practical application exercises, discussions, and use of computer software packages, the student will be provided with the introductory knowledge and the skills needed by managers to optimize the decision-making process.
Students enrolled in a School of Business program: MM 255; all other students: MM 150
This course provides students the foundation for
understanding and performing statistical analyses of data with applications to psychological research. Topics
include distributions, descriptive
statistics, correlation, regression, tests of hypotheses, and analysis of variance techniques. Students will perform statistical tests using the
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and interpret those results.
SPSS is required for this course.
This is an introductory-level course in which students investigate the fundamental concepts of nutrition: food sources, nutrient function, digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Special attention is given to learning to apply nutritional principles to food choices in a way that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn how nutritional needs change from infancy through adulthood including pregnancy and the senior stages of life.
Total Program Credits: 0
This course is an overview of the fundamental theories of chemistry and provides a foundation for students pursuing future studies or careers in science-related fields. Topics will introduce students to aspects of general, organic, and biochemistry. Students will learn the basic concepts in chemistry needed to be successful in their field, such as scientific inquiry, naming organic compounds, and the names and structures of amino acids.
MM 212 highly recommended
In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.
In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.
This course offers students a chance to apply
basic scientific principles to an exploration of the environment
and the role of humans within it. The course addresses the
interrelationships between natural systems and the increasingly
industrial, technological societies humans create. Students will
examine a variety of ethical and cultural perspectives on nature
and the environment, with an eye toward giving students the
skills to think critically about global challenges such as
energy, food, population, and climate change. As part of this
ongoing analysis, students will examine how they might be able to
apply sustainable living concepts to their personal lives and
reduce their own carbon footprint.
This lab course will accompany SC 225: Environmental Science—Ecosystems, Resources, and Carbon Footprints. The lab course provides practical applications via science lab activities with interactive modules. Each unit has a discussion board and a written component; often a module has two experiments or activities. The course allows students to have first-hand experience of important scientific aspects of environmental studies including air quality, ecological concerns, waste-management issues, and energy consumption and conservation.
Concurrent enrollment in SC
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
This lab course will accompany SC 235: General Biology I—Human Perspectives. The lab course approaches science practically, tying interactive experiments and observations to the knowledge associated with General Biology I—Human Perspectives. Each unit has a discussion board and a written component; often a module has two experiments or activities. Specifically, this lab course includes topics such as air quality and ecology as they impact human health, an intensive lab study of the human respiratory system, and the roles of genetics and heredity in human biology.
Concurrent enrollment in SC
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
This course introduces the basic concepts of environmental risk assessment, assesses various potential environmental risks, and examines how science, government, business, and industry measure and prepare for environmental risks. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the concept of risk, the ingredients of the risk assessment process, identification of risk management options, and the political factors that can influence their selection.
The studies include histological structures of various tissues of the body and the correlation to their functions at the tissue and organ level. The study of embryology focuses on stages of human development with an emphasis on factors influencing development including common developmental disorders.
This course encompasses the study of the immune system including its development and functions. Students learn about normal immune response and immunologic disorders such as hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, and immunodeficiencies including AIDS. The applications of immunology in tumor immunology, transplantation immunology, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of various diseases are discussed in detail.
This course familiarizes students with
proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids, and their
structure, chemical composition, and functions. Studies include
chemical characteristics, nomenclature, kinetic control, and
functions of enzymes.
Biology of Pollution will review some of the major environmental pollutants found in our environment today. This course will investigate the different forms and pathways pollutants can take, and how those pollutants affect various biota such as plants, birds, and mammals. Population, community, and ecosystem effects will also be investigated in both aquatic and terrestrial systems.
This course introduces students to a variety of environmental issues, all of which are associated with the use and abuse of natural resources including soil, water, fuel, living organisms, and entire ecosystems. Students will learn about the origins and nature of our environmental crisis, along with present efforts to approach sustainability in resource use. The course also explores fundamental principles of economics, ecology, and environmental ethics, and how they each contribute both to the causes of environmental problems and to the development and implementation of possible solutions to those problems.
This course provides an overview of the close relationship between energy use and climate change. Currently, nonrenewable, carbon-based fuels supply most of the world’s energy—the same fuels that are thought to play a major role in our variable and uncertain climate. This course will review existing energy sources and examine the feasibility of more alternative sustainable sources. We will discuss ways in which energy is “delivered” including energy efficiency, renewables, and conservation. Environmental impacts for each source are examined including options that could be pursued to mitigate those impacts. Finally, this course will examine the ongoing debate surrounding global warming, the global effects of climate change, and the choices that need to be made for a more sustainable future.
This course provides students with an overview of ecology by focusing on the dynamics of ecological interactions. Concepts will begin with the idea of an organism’s environmental space and branch out to the fundamentals of mutualism, commensalism, competition, and predation. Examples from nature will illustrate these concepts, and scientific literature will supplement readings.
Studies of eukaryotic cell structure and
function introduce students to the exciting and rapidly expanding
world of molecular and cell biology. Coursework includes
regulation of the cell cycle, genomics, proteomics, and
bioenergetics. The application of principles of molecular and
cell biology to cell signaling, cell death, cell renewal, cancer,
and stem cell research are discussed.
This course explores the molecular basis of
genetics as applied to human health, including developmental
genetics, immunogenetics, and cancer genetics. Using case
studies, students learn the role of dominant and recessive genes
in various diseases and the importance of genetic counseling. In
addition, students will discuss gene-mapping methodologies and
ethical issues in the context of clinical
This course is technically oriented to examine the components of human health and ecological risk assessments. Students learn how to complete each step including risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication through the analysis of case studies. Students will also gain knowledge of relating risk assessment methodologies, procedures, and results to environmental policies. By the end of this course students will be able to complete a risk assessment, recognize risk management options, and identify political factors that can influence their selection.
This graduate-level lab provides practical
applications via science lab activities with interactive modules. Each unit has
both a discussion board and written component following a module
detailing an experiment or other activity. The course provides students with
hands-on experience with important scientific aspects of environmental studies
including air quality, ecological concerns, waste-management issues, and energy
consumption and conservation.
Biology of Pollution will assess the interactions between environmental pollutants and the biotic systems they affect. Specific situations where pollutants have affected various biota, such as plants, birds, and mammals, will be analyzed and strategies will be formulated on how to approach these situations. The effects of pollution on both aquatic and terrestrial populations, communities, and ecosystems will be assessed.
This course will examine concepts of natural resources and conservation, and explore how economics, ethics, and ecology can be applied to natural resource management, both in the United States and globally. Students are challenged to apply concepts learned to address the managing of natural resources in a number of regional and global contexts. Management issues relating to freshwater, agriculture, energy, wildlife, ecosystems, and ocean resources will be examined. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on developing viable solutions to our current natural resource challenges.
Energy and Our Global Climate will provide students with a working knowledge of existing carbon-based energy sources and more sustainable alternative energies. The intimate relationship between energy use and climate change will be examined in depth. Environmental impacts will be discussed and options to mitigate said impacts will be developed.
This course will provide students with an overview of ecology and a focus on the dynamics of ecological interactions. Concepts will begin with the idea of an ecological niche and branch out to the fundamentals of mutualism, commensalism, competition, and predation. Emphasis will be placed on concept application through the incorporation of scientific literature. As students become familiar with the literature, they will learn to evaluate assigned readings for validity in the scientific forum and synthesize class concepts. Learning to evaluate and critique current literature is essential for graduate students in all fields.
This course introduces the student to the
lifelong process of career planning and development. Emphasis is
placed on identifying current skill sets needed in the student's
chosen profession. Self-assessment activities will enable
students to identify their current qualifications and set goals
to fill gaps that may exist. Students will prepare a career
portfolio that contains job-search documents used to research
companies, apply for jobs that match their qualifications, and
track their progress toward educational and career
Any College Composition I
Culture and Society
Total Program Credits: 0
Students will develop a portfolio that describes and organizes the learning they have acquired on the job, through volunteer work, travel, etc. Students will also examine what they already know, what they have college credit for, what their future goals are, and how all of these pieces fit together. Faculty will guide students through the process and provide feedback and assistance on each component of the portfolio. Students will collect all of their previously credited learning (college transcripts, standardized exams, pre-evaluated learning, etc.) and will articulate and organize learning not already credited. This course will be graded pass/fail.
Previous success in one or more college course(s)
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
Using cultural metaphor (e.g., the Japanese garden or French wine) as a tool, this course will define the central cultural characteristics of several regions—so-called “super-powers” and marginalized areas—to reveal the perceived internal and external identity of each culture or set of cultures. The course also will reveal how cultural identity has helped shape the power structure of the contemporary world. In the process, students will learn about political, economic, social, religious, and scientific factors that inform culture.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
Any college composition
How will technological innovation continue to transform culture, professional life, health, business, and education? Can technology spin out-of-control? Will developments such as artificial intelligence, bioengineering, nanotechnology, the knowledge economy, and online education lead to new cultural and social forms? In this course, students will explore some of the possibilities and perils of advanced technology. The course will draw lessons from a wide range of scholarly and fictional responses to the questions of culture, society, and advanced technology, and students will work to craft creative responses and informed, critical questions of their own.
Any college composition course
We live in a diverse world with global economies, internationally mobile workforces, and networked conference/call centers, as well as megachurches, cathedrals, synagogues, ashrams, mosques, and temples. In order to communicate effectively with people from a variety of religious backgrounds, students must be knowledgeable about the origins and belief systems of the main contemporary religions. This course will provide a journey into the philosophical, historical, and sociological elements of religions that have both influenced and have been influenced by cultures. Through historical accounts, stories, virtual field trips, and philosophical readings, students will discover the values and meaning that religions provide to individual people, and thus the common threads that should allow effective communication.
Any college composition course
This course is a comprehensive examination of visual images that have had a profound impact upon human society. In examining such images, this course explores the way that photographs, logos, symbols, paintings, sculpture, film, and other visual media influence personal and cultural identity, shape knowledge, and transmit notions of beauty. Within this study, we will cover topics of politics, gender, athletics, marketing, war, and several other key areas.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course provides a social examination of the institution of medicine. As medicine has become one of the most influential institutions in modern society, it is crucial to understand its impact upon health care decisions, quality of life, and personal identity. To this end, this course will examine the influence that medicine has upon conceptions of self, understandings of life-changing illnesses, decisions about childbirth, and finally, the extent to which everyday troubles have increasingly become understood as medical problems. With special attention to this latter point, we will focus upon the concept of “medicalization,” which describes how aspects of everyday life increasingly fall within the province of medicine.
An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.
Americans use the term “Founding Fathers” all the time: not only are the Founders a popular subject in history, but they are also cited in modern political debates—almost as if they were still living authorities on contemporary issues. Students will explore the culture of early America, the context that molded the Founders ideologies, and the issues that were central to their time. This course aims to unlock the mystery of the Founding Fathers and to provide students with an accurate, thorough assessment of their historical significance and enduring legacy.
This course is an introduction to African American leadership in the twentieth century United States. Students will learn about the key men and women who helped shape the modern African American community. Through readings, web research, discussion, and writing, students will critically analyze African American leadership, the struggles African Americans faced in the twentieth century, and the qualities leaders in that community embodied to enact change. Understanding the role that history, diversity, and leadership play in our world helps prepare students to lead the way to harmonious and productive interracial relations in their own communities, work places, and society.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
This interdisciplinary course explores the importance of gender in human social interactions in a modern society. You will learn about how gender as a concept is shaped by history, culture, and globalization. The roles of men and women and the perceptions of self are examined through male-female expectations and social behaviors. This course is essential for understanding the impact and importance of gender in personal lives, social groups, and modern work environments.
This course explores the problems that
transcend individual solutions, such as inequality, poverty,
racial and gender discrimination, and environmental pollution,
and how social problems affect us in our homes, in our
communities, and in the workforce. Analysis of topics includes
local, national, and global perspectives.
This course will take an in-depth look at the
1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple
perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues
as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the
Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent
of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the
music, political climate, and advancements in technology and
medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our
individual lives and society as a whole were forever
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the cultural dimensions of death and dying. This topic affects each of us because of our own mortality and our relationships with others who die, whether close to us or complete strangers. The primary goals of the course are to help students deepen their understanding of the cultural dimensions of death and dying and to enable them to become a more effective provider of support.
This course examines how seemingly unimportant events can have a significant global impact on world history. The exploration includes the impact of science and technology, as well as economics and politics, on specific world events from ancient history to present. In addition, students will examine cultural and social trends throughout world history, including contributions to philosophy, literature, and art through events such as the Renaissance or the evolution of the Internet. Throughout this course, students will study examples of how one event has the potential to act as a catalyst for change throughout the world.
Why do you go to the doctor’s office when you are sick? Why do women have babies in hospitals? Why do doctors have to go to school for so long? The History of Medicine explores these questions and more. This course examines the historical role of medicine in the Western world. This examination includes the impact of race, class, and gender on access to health care and on perceptions of health and sickness. The role of major philosophical developments and their relationship to changing conceptions of medicine and public health are central to this course as well. Throughout the course, students will investigate themes of continuity and change in medical practice and in cultural perceptions of wellness, disease, and healing.
How will the rapidly changing, global workforce affect my life and career choices? This course addresses contemporary concerns like these and helps students gain a deeper understanding of the phenomenon called work by introducing sociological theories and concepts, and discussing information that will enable learners to make sense of a seemingly unpredictable workforce environment. Past, present, and future work issues and trends will be discussed in order to place work in a relevant context. Topics include: the shift from industrial to postindustrial economies, telecommuting, outsourcing and de-skilling, joblessness, worker alienation, and the interplay between work and family.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
Total Program Credits: 0
This course helps students apply tools of informal logic and critical thinking to practical situations they encounter in everyday life. Students will learn how to use methods of critical thinking to evaluate arguments, claims, and strategies for constructing sound arguments. They will also learn how to identify and respond to faulty or manipulative reasoning in their own thinking and arguments, and in the thinking and arguments of others. In addition, students will assess the reasoning found in mass media (such as websites, advertisements, and newspapers). Finally, students will apply the concepts they study to real-world issues of personal and professional significance.
In this course, students develop and apply sound ethical reasoning and judgment to important issues in health care. Topics studied include access to health care, medical privacy, end-of-life care, genetic screening, and emerging genetic technologies. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytic methods.
This course focuses on identifying, developing, and applying leadership strategies by connecting theory and practice. Students learn early theories of leadership as a foundation for understanding contemporary leadership as related to cultural diversity and inclusivity. The course explores the values, ethics, and behaviors associated with effective leaders and the rising impact of technology. The course puts theory into practice as students complete service-leaning projects in their own communities.
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 0
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
In this course, students develop ideas and work habits as creative writers and storytellers. Knowing how to tell a successful story is both personally and professionally rewarding; fiction, biography, journalism, film, television, gaming, multimedia, blogging, and many business proposals rely on narrative content. Students will learn to identify the building blocks of a good narrative and create their own dynamic fiction or nonfiction narratives.
This course is an introduction to various
writing formats and styles designed specifically to facilitate
workplace communication. Students will study and practice
audience analysis, and evaluate the components of successful
business correspondence, technical reports, instructions,
proposals, and presentations. Students create a portfolio of
technical documents written for professional audiences, and
demonstrate proficiency in technology and research, document
design, and organization and writing style consistent with
business and technical communication.
Any college composition course | Corequisite: CM 220
Writing well is an important communication
skill for technical writers and those in other professional
writing careers. This course addresses grammar basics,
punctuation, sentence structure, style, and editing. Students
will practice editing their own writing at different stages,
correcting and refining their writing skills.
Successful technical writers know how to write
well and how to identify and write for specific audiences.
Technical writers may spend a large portion of their time
gathering information and interviewing prior to and on completion
of a project. Good interviewing and listening skills are the
basis for gathering and analyzing technical information. This
course will provide students with a foundation for the
interviewing skills that are necessary to technical writers in
today's workplace. Students will learn how to set up, prepare
for, conduct, analyze, and write up interviews and information
obtained through interviews.
This course builds on the skills and knowledge
learned in CM 240: Technical Communication. In this course,
students go beyond the introductory level of understanding what
technical communication is and learn how that translates into
what can be expected from a technical communicator in the
workplace. This entails practicing more advanced writing styles,
creating and designing professional technical documents, and
learning advanced methods for gathering information and revision.
Students will expand on their peer review skills by providing
group members with thorough feedback that is grounded in
technical communication theory and common practices. The final
project is designed to help students achieve advanced skills in
project development, professional writing and design, and
research. Students will learn how to address ethical issues
through technical communication.
The course provides an overview of the process
of writing grant proposals to request funding from for-profit and
not-for-profit organizations. Students will learn how to identify
funding needs, search for funding opportunities, read and use
RFPs, and develop a real grant proposal.
Appropriate Communication in the Workplace is an advanced writing course that teaches effective analysis
and writing strategies for careers in
communications. The goal of this course is to teach the components of professional writing so that students will be
proficient communicators in their career fields.
Students study the characteristics of professional writing; develop strategies
internal, external, and global audiences;
and practice writing professional business letters, memos, emails, and
other communication relevant to their careers.
CM 240 and CM 250
This course reviews the conventions and genres
associated with five professions most in need of technical
writers. Students will learn about opportunities and expectations
for technical writers within these five professional fields
(business, science, medical, information technology, and legal).
Within each field, students will explore commercial, trade, and
scholarly writing, and how to use stylistic and visual devices to
make technical information accessible to general audiences, as
well as write with precision and expertise to specialized
audiences. This is a course that transitions students from
college-level writing to the real world of professional
The goal of this course is to acquaint
students with professional development, what it means, how to
participate in professional venues associated with their career
field, and how to become a lifelong learner. Students will learn
how to prepare for professional opportunities in technical
writing that reach beyond their occupations. This type of
involvement creates active professionals that have increased
promotion potential and employment prospects.
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