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Language Arts

LART 3005

Introduction to the Teaching of Reading
Prerequisite: Admission to the Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, or Middle Grades Education
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is an intensive study of reading skills in the areas of readiness, vocabulary development, phonics, word recognition, and comprehension. Students will become familiar with research-based practices in methods and curriculum as well as strategies for organizing classrooms to support literacy development in diverse school populations.

LART 3006

Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, or a Secondary Education Program
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is a study of the scope and sequence of skills and methods related to the teaching of comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, and critical reading in the content areas. Strategies for improving content area instruction and developing appreciation and interest in reading are addressed.

LART 3007

Analysis and Correction of Reading Problems
Prerequisite: Admission to the Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, or Middle Grades Education
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)      

This course is designed to provide future teachers working with diverse and at-risk school populations with research-based prevention and intervention strategies. Informal reading assessment, remedial strategies for individuals, small and large groups, characteristics and needs of special populations, and research-based preventative practices are addressed.
LART 3030

Adolescent Literature
Prerequisite: Admission to Middle Grades Education Program
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Investigation of literature and multimedia offerings appropriate for adolescent readers. It is recommended that the candidate take an introductory course to technology prior to taking this class.

LART 3090

Literature for Children
Prerequisite: Admission to the Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is designed to address the evaluation and study of books for children and the integration of conventional and creative forms of written expression into elementary school curriculum. This course will focus on the utilization of children’s literature and writing to support academic, social, emotional, and cultural awareness and development.

LART 4800

Curriculum and Instruction in Reading Education
Prerequisite: Admission to Middle Grades Education Program
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is designed to prepare middle grades teachers to work in the area of literacy, especially in the area of reading instruction. Planning, teaching, evaluation, and organizational skills including reading skills are applied to the teaching of reading at the 4-12 grade level.

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Learning Support

ENGL 0989

Foundations for English Composition
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

This is a reading-based course where students read and analyze prose texts in a variety of non-fiction genres and write in response to them, preparing themfor the kinds of reading and writing tasks most common in their introductory college-level courses.

ENGL 0999

Support for English Composition
Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A lab-based tutoring course designed to provide just in time remediation for students—strengthening their English composition skills through interactive instruction and guided tasks—in tandem with enrollment in ENGL 1101.

GFYE 0097

Gordon College First-Year Experience
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only                                

A required course for all students entering Gordon State College with one or two Learning Support requirements (Math, English (writing), and Reading) and optional for all other students. An introduction to college life and responsibilities meant to assist first-year students in making a successful transition into college. The course emphasizes the programmatic development of academic literacy (improving study, time management, and interpersonal communication skills), enhancing awareness of college resources and policies, encouraging participation in the college community, and addressing college-related attitudes and practices. Students who are required to take the course must pass with a “C” or better, and they must repeat the course each semester of enrollment until they achieve a “C” or better.

MATH 0987

Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn basic algebra and other topics necessary for Quantitative Skills and Reasoning. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include real number sets, set operations, linear, quadratic and exponential functions and their graphs, and introductory probability and statistics.

MATH 0989

Foundations for College Algebra
Credit Hours: (3-0-3) for institutional use only

A course designed to help students learn basic algebra topics to prepare them for college algebra. It is a study of elementary algebra, which will include the set of real numbers, linear sentences, linear functions and their graphs, and operations and factoring with polynomials.

MATH 0997

Support for Quantitative Reasoning
Corequisite: MATH 1001
Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1001. Covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, linear and quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and statistical reasoning.

MATH 0999

Support for College Algebra
Corequisite: MATH 1111
Credit Hours: (0-2-1) for institutional use only

A course designed to help the student simultaneously address learning support mathematics requirement and complete an Area A mathematics course, MATH 1111. Covers polynomial, rational, and radical expressions and sentences, polynomial functions and their graphs, and simultaneous systems of equations.

STAR 0098

Students Taking Academic Responsibility for College Success
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for institutional use only

This course is designed to teach strategies for creating success in college and in life through increased self-awareness and enhanced commitment to life-long learning. Topics include personal responsibility; self-motivation; goal-setting; priority management; learning styles; decision-making; engaging the academic community; interpersonal communication; note-taking and other study skills; test-taking strategies; stress reduction strategies; critical thinking; problem-solving; and the power of positive thinking. Readmitted students returning from academic suspension must complete this course. Please note, however, that students returning from Learning Support suspension are NOT required to enroll in STAR 0098.

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Library Science

LIBR 1001

Methods of Library Research
Credit Hours: (1-0-1)

An overview of all aspects of the library with emphasis on the on-line catalog, periodical indices, basic reference books and on-line resources.

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Management

MGNT 3000

Principles of Management
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours with 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)    

An introduction to the management functions and processes as applied to organizations and individuals in organizations. The course will focus on both theories and applications of management to practical problems in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. A survey of the history of management will provide context for current approaches and emerging concepts in both domestic and international organizations.

MGNT 3050

Human Resource Management
Prerequisite: 45 hours with 3 hours in BUSA or Permission of Professor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course examines the role of managers as human resource professionals. Key management functions of recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, compensation, and labor relations are examined. Implications of legal and global environments are appraised and current issues such as diversity, discrimination, sexual harassment policies, and rising benefit costs are analyzed. The student will be exposed to practical situations, problem solving, and application of laws affecting human resource issues.

MGNT 3100

Marketing Management: Principles of Marketing
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours with 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the principles of marketing and the marketing environment with a focus on development of an understanding of ethical planning for marketing and implementing and controlling marketing activities on a local, national, and global scale.

MGNT 3200

Financial Management
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours including MATH 1111 and 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Introduction to managing an organization’s financial resources with the aim of achieving its business objectives, emphasis on defining objectives, understanding and evaluating resources, and making financial decisions in an environment of uncertainty.

MGNT 3341

Applied Statistics
Prerequisite: Minimum of 45 hours completed including Area A mathematics requirement
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is an introduction to managerial and administrative decision making utilizing statistical analysis. The emphasis will be on use of basic descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics including estimation and hypothesis testing using contingency tables, analysis of variance, and regression. Specific examples will utilize Microsoft Excel, emphasizing decision making using datasets drawn from both business and nonprofit environments.

MGNT 3400

Management Information Systems
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours including BUSA 2101 or CSCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Introduces students to the study of organizations as systems supported by information processing. Students will learn to distinguish needs for information at different levels in organizations. They will learn to evaluate information system decisions. They will analyze business information problems using formal methods.

MGNT 3500

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours with 3 hours in BUSA, ACCT, or ECON or permission of professor
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course explores fundamentals of entrepreneurship and managing the small business operation, including management, marketing, and finance. The course is intended to prepare students to launch and manage new and existing small businesses with an emphasis on practical application. The course will include case studies, profiles of effective entrepreneurs, market research methods, and business plan development.

MGNT 3600

Managerial Economics
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours and ECON 2106
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course will introduce students to how firms make managerial decisions to maximize profits and will equip students to understand the problems faced by a manager as well as how to solve those problems strategically and efficiently. Students will evaluate the theory and application of economic concepts such as cost, production, markets, and pricing decisions undertaken by firms. The course will conduct an analysis of the structure and performance of the market by investigating the four market structures of perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly. Students will gain a strong understanding of economic concepts and the application of these concepts in the real-world business environment through case-studies.

MGNT 3700

Personal Financial Planning for Professionals
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours with grades of C or better in MATH 1001 or above, ACCT 2101, and ECON 2105 or 2106
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is designed as an introductory course to the Personal Financial Planning profession. In addition to covering an overview of the profession, the course will focus on time value of money, personal financial statement analysis, cash and debt management, housing, and education funding. An overview of other areas of the profession will be provided in order to provide students a comprehensive understanding of the overall personal financial planning process.
MGNT 4400

International Economics
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours and ECON 2105
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course will introduce students to basic global economics issues and their applications. Students will gain an understanding of global economics issues and

markets such as international trade, trade deficits, exchange rates, capital flows etc; look at the role of various organizations and international institutions in the global economy; and examine the impact, integration and markets of Latin American countries and countries such as India and China in the world economy.

MGNT 4500

International Management
Prerequisite: 45 credit hours and ECON 2105
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction t globalization and the cultural, economic, political, and legal environments of international business including an overview of risks, challenges, and opportunities of competing in the global marketplace. This course will introduce students to the theory and applications of international management. The students will advance their understanding of global firms and markets so that they can make managerial decisions and solve problems strategically and efficiently. This course will analyze the structure of multinational businesses and markets.

MGNT 4900

Management and Administration Senior Seminar
Prerequisites: Completion of 90 credit hours toward the BSMA degree with grades of C or higher.
Credit Hours: 3 (3-1.5-1.5)

The Senior Seminar provides a forum for carrying out the BSMA degree requirement for either an internship or a research project in a rigorous academic and intellectual framework.

MGNT 4990

Independent Study in Management & Administration
Prerequisites: Requires prior approval of the supervising instructor and the department head
Credit Hours: 1 to 3 (0-3-1) or (0-6-2) or (0-9-3)

Independent investigation of a topic through a research project or a program of directed readings. Topics will be developed by the student and the sponsoring faculty member.

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Mathematics

MATH 1001

Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined. Students must provide a graphing calculator.

MATH 1111

College Algebra
Prerequisite: Exemption from or Completion of Learning Support Mathematics
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions, and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included.

MATH 1113

Pre-Calculus
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 1111 or Math SAT score of 500 or Math ACT score of 21 or eCorae Prerequisite: MATH 1101 or MATH 1111
Credit Hours: (4-0-4) or eCore (3-0-3)

This course is designed to prepare students for calculus, physics, and related technical subjects. Topics include an intensive study of algebraic and transcendental functions accompanied by analytic geometry. Students must provide a graphing calculator.

MATH 1501

Calculus I
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 1113 or Math SAT score of 600 or Math ACT score of 26
Credit Hours: (4-0-4)

An analysis of functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, antidifferentiation, the definite integral, and applications. Students must provide a graphing calculator.

MATH 1502

Calculus II
Prerequisite: MATH 1501
Credit Hours: (4-0-4)

An analysis of derivatives and integrals of transcendental and inverse trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L’Hopital’s Rule, infinite series, and conics. Students must provide a graphing calculator.

MATH 2008

Foundations of Numbers and Operations
Prerequisite: MATH 1001, MATH 1101, MATH 1111, or MATH 1113
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introductory mathematics course for early childhood education majors. This course will emphasize the understanding and use of the major concepts of numbers and operations. As a general theme, strategies of problem solving will be used and discussed in the context of various topics.

MATH 2101

Introductory Statistics
Prerequisite: MATH 1001, MATH 1111 or any higher level MATH course
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to non-calculus based statistics, including descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, hypothesis testing, estimation and sample size, correlation, simple regression, and chi-square and F-tests. Students must provide a graphing calculator.

MATH 2201

Introduction to Linear Algebra
Prerequisite: MATH 1501
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A study of linear algebra including systems of linear equations, matrix arithmetic, determinants, vector spaces, Euclidean n-space, inner product spaces, linear independence, bases, linear transformations, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

MATH 2501

Calculus III
Prerequisite: MATH 1502
Credit Hours: (4-0-4)

An analysis of real-valued functions of several variables, polar coordinates, parametric equations, vectors in two and three dimensions, quadric surfaces, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line integrals, and Stoke’s and Green’s theorems.

MATH 3001

Topics in Algebra for Early Childhood Education
Prerequisites: Admission to Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, and MATH 2008
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course will provide early childhood teacher candidates with mathematical foundations in topics which include algebra concepts, mathematical modeling and logical reasoning.

MATH 3002

Geometry for Teachers
Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education and MATH 3001
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Topics include plane figures, polygons and tessellations, space figures, symmetric figures, systems of measurement, area and perimeter, volume and surface area, congruence and similarity mappings, and topological mappings.

MATH 3003

Data Analysis, Probability, and Connections
Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, and successful completion of MATH 3001 and MATH 3002
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This is a capstone course for the early childhood candidate that teaches data analysis and probability. In addition, there will be opportunities to connect mathematical content to other disciplines as well as to develop instructional methods.

MATH 3200

Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
Corequisite: MATH 1502
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Elementary logic, set theory, function and relations, and other selected topics from discrete mathematics with emphasis on mathematical proof including induction.

MATH 3301

Foundations of Geometry
Corequisite: MATH 3200
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Rigorous study of the properties of Euclidean geometry with special attention to incidence and metric properties and introduction to elementary properties of non-Euclidean geometries.

MATH 3401

Number Theory
Prerequisite: MATH 3200
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Survey of topics from number theory to include divisibility, prime numbers, congruences, linear and nonlinear Diophantine equations, and quadratic residues.

MATH 3502

Differential Equations
Prerequisite: MATH 1502
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Study of methods for solving differential equations including first-order and higher order differential equations. Includes power series solutions and numerical methods.

MATH 3601

Combinatorics
Prerequisite: MATH 1502
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Counting principles such as permutations, combinations, derangements; pigeon hole and inclusion/exclusion principles; partitions; generating functions; and recurrence relations.

MATH 4001

Probability and Statistics
Prerequisite: MATH 1502
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Collection, organization, and description of data, probability, random variables, probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, sampling, estimation and testing of hypotheses.

MATH 4101

Abstract Algebra
Prerequisite: MATH 2201 and MATH 3200
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Introduction to algebraic structures: groups, rings, integral domains and fields, including the basic facts of group and ring homomorphisms.

MATH 4300

Graph Theory
Prerequisite: MATH 3200
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Survey of topics in graph theory including Euler and Hamilton paths, shortest paths, maximum flow, trees, spanning trees and matching and coloring problems.

MATH 4401

Numerical Analysis
Prerequisites: MATH 1501, MATH 2201, CSCI 1301
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Numerical solution of linear and non-linear equations, interpolation and polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solution of differential equations, errors and floating point arithmetic.

MATH 4501

Introduction to Analysis
Prerequisites: MATH 2501 and MATH 3200
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the study of analysis with an emphasis on proving theorems. Topics include the topology of the set of real numbers, sequences, limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and series.

MATH 4800

Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy in Teacher Education Program
Corequisite: EDUC 3005 and a 3000-level mathematics course
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Planning, teaching, evaluation, and organization, applied to the teaching of mathematics at the middle and secondary level including analysis of trends. Course integrates knowledge of mathematics with skills in teaching. Fieldwork component required.

MATH 4900

Senior Seminar
Prerequisite: MATH 3200
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Capstone course for mathematics majors with emphasis on mathematical communication.

MATH 4905

Special Topics in Mathematics
Prerequisite: Announced with the course
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Special topics in mathematics not included in curriculum described in the catalog.

MATH 4906

Undergraduate Research in Mathematics
Prerequisite: Announced with the course
Credit Hours: (1-4-3)

Independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Includes literature review, project, and presentation of results.

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MUSIC

MUSC 1100

Music Appreciation
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to music history and literature.

MUSC 1101, 1102

Aural Skills I, II
Prerequisite: Sequential completion or consent of instructor. Students must enroll simultaneously in the corresponding Music Theory course (MUSC 1201 and MUSC 1202, respectively).
Credit Hours: (0-3-1) for each course

An aural skills laboratory, including sight singing, dictation, and keyboard skills, to complement Music Theory courses. For music majors and minors.

MUSC 1201, 1202

Music Theory I, II
Prerequisite: Sequential completion or consent of instructor. The student must enroll simultaneously in the corresponding Aural Skills course (MUSC 1101 and MUSC 1102, respectively).
Credit Hours: (2-1-2) for each course

A study of music terminology and rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials. For music majors and minors.

MUSC 1551, 1552

Class Piano I, II
Prerequisite: Sequential completion or consent of
instructor.
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for each course

A study of elementary reading and piano techniques.

MUSC 1561, 1562

Class Voice I, II
Prerequisite: Sequential completion or consent of instructor.
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for each course

A sequence for vocal minors and general college students.

MUSC 1581, 1582

Class Guitar I, II
Prerequisite: Sequential completion or consent of
instructor.
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for each course

A sequence in class guitar, offering instruction in basic chords, note reading, and simple strumming patterns.

MUSC
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Applied Music
MUSC 1553, 1554, 2553, 2554. Applied Piano
MUSC 1563, 1564, 2563, 2564. Applied Voice
MUSC 1573, 1574, 2573, 2574. Applied Organ
MUSC 1583, 1584, 2583, 2584. Applied Guitar
MUSC 1593, 1594, 2593, 2594. Applied Brass/Wood/ Percussion
Credit Hours: (1-0-1) for each course

By audition only. If you are not a music major, you must see Dr. Boumpani in Fine Arts 219 before registering for any Applied Music course.

Applied Music is a private lesson. Students taking applied music classes are charged a separate fee in addition to regular tuition and fees for their other classes. Students cannot use these one-credit applied music courses to meet full-time (12-hour) status to receive full financial aid.

MUSC 1601

College Chorus
Credit Hours: (3-0-1)

A study of masterpieces of choral literature. Includes performance (Non-auditioned; open to all students).

MUSC 1611

Vocal Ensemble
Prerequisite: Audition (See instructor for details)
Credit Hours: (3-0-1)

A study of music for chamber chorus. Includes performance.

MUSC 1621

Concert Band
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An ensemble for students who are already competent instrumental musicians. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.

MUSC 1622

Jazz Ensemble
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and consent of instructor.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

This course offers students the opportunity to explore the music of American jazz. There is a strong emphasis on improvisation, but it is not required. The ensemble will perform standard jazz songs from composers like Duke Ellington and Chick Corea with an emphasis on proper interpretation based on the stylistic characteristics of the music. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.

MUSC 1623

Percussion Ensemble
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and consent of instructor.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

This music is often more interesting and challenging to the percussionist than most band music. The ensemble will perform music on a diverse array of percussion instruments, including mallet instruments like the marimba and vibraphone, to non-standard instruments like the brake drums and pots and pans. It is strongly recommended that all percussion majors perform in this ensemble. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.

MUSC 1624

Brass Ensemble
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and consent of instructor.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

The brass ensemble provides the opportunity for the trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, and euphonium major to explore music written especially for the brass ensemble. Brass ensemble music spans several centuries and covers a wide range of styles and forms. This is also open to non-majors who have an interest in brass performance. It is strongly recommended that all brass majors take this course. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.

MUSC 1625

Woodwind Ensemble
Prerequisite: Previous instrumental experience and consent of instructor.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

The woodwind ensemble provides the opportunity for the flute, oboe, clarinet or saxophone major to explore music written especially for the woodwind ensemble. This is also open to non-majors who have an interest in woodwind performance. It is strongly recommended that all woodwind majors take this course. This course may be retaken for credit for up to a maximum of four credit hours.

MUSC 2101, 2102

Aural Skills III, IV
Prerequisite: MUSC 1102 and sequential completion or consent of instructor. The student must enroll simultaneously in the corresponding Music Theory course (MUSC 2201 and MUSC 2202, respectively).
Credit Hours: (0-3-1) for each course

An advanced aural skills laboratory to complement Music Theory courses. For music majors.

MUSC 2201, 2202

Music Theory III, IV
Prerequisite: MUSC 1202 and sequential completion or consent of instructor. Students must enroll simultaneously in the corresponding Aural Skills
course (MUSC 1101 and MUSC 1102, respectively).
Credit Hours: (2-1-2) for each course


An advanced study of harmonic materials, form, and analysis. For music majors.

MUSC 2510

Introduction to Music Technology
Credit Hours: (2-1-3)

Students will learn the basics of technology used in many fields of music, including Finale music notation software, Smart Music accompaniment software, Band-in-a-Box multi-use software and Pro Tools digital audio workstation software. Various music sample packages will be used in conjunction with all of the above software. MUSC 2510 cannot be used in Areas A-E or Area F of an associate degree program, but it should transfer to a bachelor’s program in music.

MUSIC 2511

Basics of Studio Recording
Credit Hours: (2-1-3)

This is an introductory class in audio recording technology. It is a prerequisite for any career in the music production field. Topics of discussion will

include acoustics and hearing, studio design, the digital audio workstation, multimedia and the Internet, the audio recording process and signal processing. MUSC 2511 cannot be used in Areas A-E or Area F of an associate degree program, but it should transfer to a bachelor’s program in music.

MUSC 2559

Solo Instrumental Recital
Prerequisite: For music majors with 4 hours of applied music and approval of music faculty
Credit Hours: (1-0-1)

Participation in a public solo recital.

MUSC 2569

Solo Voice Recital
Prerequisite: For music majors with 4 hours of applied voice and approval of music faculty
Credit Hours: (1-0-1)

Participation in a public solo recital.

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NURSING

NURS 1905

Foundations in Pharmacology
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program
Credit Hours: (2-0-2)

This is the first in a two-course sequence which introduces basic principles of dosage calculation, safe and accurate medication administration, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and legal and ethical nursing responsibilities.

NURS 1906

Applied Pharmacology
Prerequisite: NURS 1905, Concurrent enrollment in or completion of NURS 1911 and NURS 1912
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This is the second in a two-course sequence emphasizing the pharmacotherapeutics of medication administration. The classroom experiences facilitate the application of the nursing process, cultural diversity, critical thinking, health promotion, and safe effective medication administration across the lifespan.

NURS 1910

Foundations in Nursing
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the nursing program
Credit Hours: (4-9-7)

An introduction to the art and science of nursing emphasizing the fundamental concepts and skills of care of adult patients’ physiologic needs in diverse health care settings. Classroom and clinical experiences emphasize foundational knowledge and competencies that integrate the nursing process, therapeutic and interpersonal skills, cultural diversity, critical thinking, health promotion, and safe effective care.

NURS 1911

Introduction to Adult Health Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 1910, NURS 1905, MATH 1001/1111, BIOL 2210K, ENGL 1101, and concurrent enrollment in or completion of ENGL 1102, BIOL 2211, PSYC 2103, NURS 1912, NURS 1906
Credit Hours: (3-6-5)

This is the first of three adult health nursing courses, and it introduces nursing care concepts and competencies for adult patients who have chronic conditions or alterations in physiological functioning. Classroom and clinical experiences emphasize the accumulation of knowledge and competencies that facilitate the application of the nursing process, therapeutic and interpersonal skills, cultural diversity, critical thinking, health promotion, and safe effective care for adults across the lifespan.

NURS 1912

Mental Health Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 1910, NURS 1905, MATH 1001 or MATH 1111, BIOL 2210, ENGL 1101 and concurrent enrollment in or completion of BIOL 2211, ENGL 1102, PSYC 2103, NURS 1911 and NURS 1906
Credit Hours: (2-3-3)

This course emphasizes the knowledge and competencies necessary to deliver safe and effective mental health nursing care to patients in a variety of settings across the lifespan. Common mental health disorders are explored utilizing the nursing process. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication, interpersonal skills, the enhancement of critical thinking, and exploring evidence-based practices in the classroom and clinical experiences.

NURS 2905

Guided Self-Study in Medical - Surgical Nursing
Prerequisite: All ASN core, first through the third semester of NURS courses
Credit Hours: (1-0-1)

This one-credit-hour course is intended to assist ASN students who need an additional NURS hour to graduate in synthesizing information gathered in previous nursing courses and applying this knowledge to selected case studies. The grade for this course will be Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

NURS 2907

Transition to Professional Practice
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in NURS 2912
Course Hours: (2-0-2)

This is a seminar course that facilitates the transition into professional nursing practice by stimulating inquiry and discovery of essential principles required for safe and effective care and management. Emphasis is placed on accountability, delegation, legal/ethical responsibilities, health care economics, informatics, career management, and continuing competence.

NURS 2910

Acute Adult Health Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 1911, NURS 1912, NURS 1906, BIOL 2211, ENGL 1102, PSYC 2103 and concurrent enrollment in or completion of HIST 2111/2112, BIOL 2250, NURS 2911
Course Hours: (3-6-5)

This is the second of three adult health nursing courses, and it integrates nursing care concepts and competencies for adult patients who have acute alterations in physiological functioning or exacerbations of chronic conditions. Classroom and clinical experiences emphasize the application of knowledge and competencies that facilitate the analysis of the nursing process, therapeutic and interpersonal
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skills, cultural diversity, critical thinking, and safe effective care for adults across the lifespan.

NURS 2911

Maternal Child Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 1911, NURS 1912, NURS 1906, BIOL 2211, ENGL 1102, PSYC 2103 and concurrent enrollment in or completion of HIST 2111/2112, BIOL 2250K, NURS 2910
Course Hours: (4-3-5)

This course integrates the knowledge and competencies essential to provide patient-centered nursing care to childbearing families and children from infancy through adolescence in diverse health care settings. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, growth and development, and common obstetrical and pediatric disorders utilizing the nursing process, critical thinking, and evidence-based practices in the classroom and clinical experiences.

NURS 2912

Complex Adult Health Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 2910, 2911, BIOL 2250, HIST 2111/2112, and completion or concurrent enrollment in an approved elective
Credit Hours: (3-15-8)

This is the final adult health course, and it facilitates the synthesis of nursing care concepts and competencies for adult patients who have acute/emergent alterations in physiological functioning. Classroom and clinical experiences engage students in the management and analysis of nursing care. Clinical practicum immerses students in the roles of advocator, manager, and collaborator of patient care across the lifespan in diverse health care settings.

NURS 3010

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology for Nursing Practice  Prerequisite: Admission to Pre-licensure BSN Program               Credit Hours: (4-0-4)

Students acquire knowledge of pathophysiology and the principles of clinical pharmacology to manage client care. Course content focuses on the physiological responses of the human body to selected conditions and the nursing responsibilities for pharmacological interventions to alterations in health status across the lifespan.

NURS 3011

Nursing Assessment in the Promotion of Health and Wellness
Prerequisite: Admission to the Pre-licensure BSN Program          Credit Hours: (2-3-3)

Students acquire and develop the skills necessary for entry level professional nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of assessment thechniques to collect data and formulate nursing care to promote, restore, and maintain health across the lifespan. Classroom, simulation, and lab components are utilized in this course.

NURS 3012

Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice                        Prerequisite: Admission to the Pre-licensure BSN Program         Credit Hours: (4-6-6)

Students are introduced to concepts and skills that are necessary for maintaining professionalism and legal/ethical practice as a baccalaureate prepared nurse. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective evidence-based care for the adult client’s physiologic needs.

NURS 3092

Health Assessment and Health Promotion
Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program
Credit Hours: (3-2-4)

This course is designed to build on the assessment skills of the RN and has both theory and practicum components. The emphasis of this course will provide students with the skills necessary for promoting health in individuals and families in all phases of the lifespan. Health promotion activities such as counseling techniques and client teaching will be explored as strategies for disease prevention and health promotion.

NURS 3093

Community Health Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 3092, NURS 3992
Credit Hours: (3-9-6)

This course focuses on community health services with emphasis on professional nursing practices in the promotion of population health. Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in improving the health of communities. Through the assessment and analysis of the health status of a chosen population, students will intervene to influence change and promote health. Meeting the nursing care needs of individuals, families, groups and aggregates are addressed within the conceptual framework of the community. This course includes classroom and clinical components.

NURS 3212

Professional Nursing Practice I      
Prerequisite: NURS 3010, 3011, 3012 
Credit Hours: (5-6-7)

Students build on prior knowledge to develop analytic, situational, and holistic thinking to plan and manage care that results in high quality outcomes for adult clients who have alterations in functioning. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective evidence-based care. Emphasis is on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration in commonly occurring health care issues for adults across the lifespan.

NURS 3220

Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing                        Prerequisite: NURS 3010, 3011, 3012
Credit Hours: (3-6-5)                             

Students explore the knowledge and competencies necessary to plan and manage safe, effective nursing care for clients across the lifespan in a variety of mental health settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of therapeutic nursing interventions, effective communication, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and evidence based practice for mental health disorders in the community, clinical, and simulation lab settings
NURS 3322

Evidence-Based Research for Nursing Practice                      Prerequisite: NURS 3012, 3220
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Students explore the relationship between nursing research, theory, and practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding, critiquing, interpreting, and utilizing research as a basis for evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS 3324

Community Based Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 3012, 3220  
Credit Hours: (3-9-6)

This course focuses on community health services with emphasis on professional nursing practices in the promotion of population health. Emphasis will be placed on the nurse’s role in improving the health of communities. Through the assessment and analysis of the health status of a chosen population, students will intervene to influence change and promote health. Meeting the nursing care needs of individuals, families, groups and aggregates are addressed within the conceptual framework of the community. This course includes classroom, simulation labs, and clinical practice components.

NURS 3922

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
Prerequisite: NURS 3092, NURS 3992
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course introduces the pathophysiological basis of illness and the basic principles of clinical pharmacology. The focus of this course is on compromises in the body's ability to meet its physiological needs integrated with nursing responsibilities related to pharmacological interventions in response to these compromises.

NURS 3992

Professional Nursing Concepts
Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is designed to assist in the transition of the student to the role of a BSN prepared professional nurse. It provides an introduction to professional nursing and an overview of the roles and concepts essential to practice. As a foundation for subsequent nursing courses, the following concepts are explored: personal and professional values, culture, communication, nursing roles, and legal and ethical dimensions of nursing practice.

NURS 3993

Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Prerequisite: MATH 2101, NURS 3092, NURS 3992
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A study of the relationship of nursing research, theory, and practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding quantitative and qualitative approaches to the research process and how to interpret these approaches for evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS 4093

Nursing Leadership and Management
Prerequisite: NURS 3992, NURS 3993, NURS 3093
Credit Hours: (3-9-6)

This course focuses on the leadership role of the nurse in professional nursing practice. Emphasis is on concepts relevant to nursing leadership, management, role development, and nursing administration. This course includes classroom and clinical experience.

NURS 4412

Professional Nursing Practice II
Prerequisites: NURS 3322, 3324
Credit Hours: (6-6-8)

Students continue to build on prior knowledge and skills to integrate analytical, situational, and holistic thinking to plan and manage the care of multiple complex, high acuity adult clients. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective care. Emphasis is on the achievement of safe, effective, evidence-based management of care for  multiple adult clients.

NURS 4420

Perspectives in Maternal-Child Health Nursing                        Prerequisites: NURS 3322, 3324
Credit Hours: (5-3-6)

Students build on prior knowledge to develop analytic, situational, and holistic thinking to plan and manage care for the childbearing and child rearing families (birth through adolescence) in diverse health care setting. Classroom, simulation lab, and clinical practice settings integrate concepts and competencies for the provision of safe, quality, and effective evidence-based care with an emphasis on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.

NURS 4512

Professional Nursing Senior Practicum                        Prerequisites: NURS 4412, 4420
Credit Hours: (0-15-5)

Students engage in a clinical practicum with preceptors, which facilitates the synthesis of prior nursing knowledge, care concepts, competencies, and skills for clients across the lifespan who have varying alterations in functioning. Seminars, simulation labs, and clinical practice settings prepare the student to transition into the role of baccalaureate prepared registered professional nurse.

NURS 4522

Leadership & Management for Nursing Practice                      Prerequisite: NURS 4412, 4420
Credit Hours: (3-3-4)

Students explore and assume the role of the nurse in leadership & management, health team management/collaboration, organizational dynamics, and skills/concepts relating to decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care. Learning activities in the classroom, simulation lab, and clinical practice settings emphasize concepts relevant for transition into the role of baccalaureate prepared registered professional nurse.

NURS 4524

Professional Nursing Transition to Practice                        Prerequisite: NURS 4412, 4420
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Students are guided in formulating their professional identity through the application, synthesis, and evaluation of the principles required for transition into professional practice, such as civility, professionalism, professional standards, and professional development.

NURS 4922

Critical Analysis: Acute and Chronic Illness
Prerequisite: NURS 3922
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course focuses on common acute and chronic complex health care problems across the lifespan. A case study approach will be used to examine the relationship between pathophysiological concepts and the nursing process to enhance clinical decision making. Course content may change each semester to allow for discussion related to new or emerging disease/healthcare topics of interest at that time. Students will be encouraged to suggest new or evolving illnesses for inclusion in the course outline.

NURS 4994

Synthesis in Professional Nursing
Prerequisite: NURS 3092, NURS 3093, NURS 3992, NURS 3993
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course will be a synthesis of the coursework that has been completed in the RN/BSN program. This course prepares students to implement change through the use of evidence-based practice, conflict resolution, communication, and problem solving. Students will choose a Change Theory to guide them in the development of a proposed project within a healthcare organization.

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PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 2010

Introduction to Philosophy
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the study of philosophy through a consideration of the major problems asked in the discussion of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, and the meaning of human existence and axiology. It is not the purpose of this course to provide definitive answers to the questions discussed, but rather to expose one to the various proposed solutions, to discuss the cogency of various proposals, and to allow one to decide, in light of the evidence offered, which proposal or proposals seem most rationally persuasive.

PHIL 2010H

Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Program Coordinator
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the classic dilemmas in the field of philosophy and how those questions have been answered by philosophers over the ages. Beginning with an analysis and investigation into the value of philosophy, the course will devote time to the study of metaphysics (the study of nature, structure, and origin of reality, of what exists) and epistemology (the study of how and what can we know). Through these approaches, answers to questions involving the divine, the mind, humans need for certainty, issues of free will, identity, and reality will be addressed.

PHIL 2020

Introduction to Ethics
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Students examine philosophical thought in the area of ethics. The course provides a survey of major theories of ethics, from early Greek to contemporary. The course also addresses the application of ethical theory to contemporary social issues.

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