General Education

general education

BIO 101 Human Biology
Prerequisite: None
This human biology course covers genetics, human systems and ecology, and seeks to relate the content to the students’ lives and to issues in society. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ scientific literacy, and clarifying how biotechnology is applied in the real world today.

ENG 101 English Composition I
Prerequisite: None
This course is the first part of the standard two-semester sequence of first year college composition. Students will read significant works of fiction and poetry. They will learn to analyze these readings in depth and to write essays based on them. This process of writing includes pre-writing activities such as organizing and analyzing as well as proofing and re-writing to produce the final draft. Consideration of the intended audience and purpose of the essay are explored as determinants of style and organization of the essay. Grammar and syntax are discussed as needed.

ENG 201 English Composition II
Prerequisite: ENG 101
A continuation of ENG 101. This course provides a dual focus: intensified work in writing and an introduction to the following techniques: scientific reports, definitions, technical descriptions, instructions, abstracts, proposals, letters and resumes.

HIS 101 World Civilization I
Prerequisite: None
This is the first of a two-course sequence in World Civilization. This course covers the earliest origins of human civilization to the weakening of the old political systems in the late 18th Century, circa 1774. In addition to traditional interest in political systems, this survey considers the development of science, industry, human rights, and the arts. The scope of study is global in that all civilizations are studied.

HIS 102 World Civilization II
Prerequisite: HIS 101
This is the second of a two-course sequence in World Civilization. The syllabus covers the period from the threshold of modernity (late 18th century) to the present.  In addition to traditional interest in political systems, this survey considers the development of science, industry, human rights, and the arts. The scope of study is global in that all civilizations are studied.

HIS 103 US History
Prerequisite: None
This course will study US history from the Civil War to the present.Topics include the Civil War and Reconstruction, immigration, industrialism, Populism, Progressivism, World War I, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the post-Cold War era, and the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

MAT 101 College Algebra
Prerequisite: None
This course is a concentrated study of the topics traditionally found in College Algebra. The topics include a review of algebraic expressions, polynomials, equations, problem solving, and graphing.  Major topics include polynomial equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions. Exponential and logarithmic functions, and topics in analytic functions are also covered.

MAT 201 Statistics I
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces statistics. This course includes measures of central tendency and dispersion, graphs, normal distributions, sampling distributions and hypothesis testing.

PHL 101 Logic & Critical Thinking
Prerequisite: None
This is a course on the fundamentals of thinking, the ways in which we think about problems, express thoughts, and critique arguments.

SPE 101 Speech
Prerequisite: None
This course helps the student develop effective skills in public speaking and communication. The student learns how to generate topics, organize ideas, and master elements of audience psychology. The student will be required to prepare, deliver, and critique speeches in class and acquire the skills to effectively lecture or lead discussions in the classroom and in organizational settings.