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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PHED 1001

Health and Wellness for Living
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the factors affecting individual and community health and wellness. Topics include stress management, mental health, human sexuality, alcohol
and substance abuse, consumer health issues, chronic diseases, injury prevention, and end of life issues.

PHED 1010

Physical Fitness for Life
Credit Hours: (2-1-3)

An introduction to fitness and health with an emphasis on physical activity, nutrition, weight management, and health related fitness concepts. Students will have the opportunity to assess their physical fitness, nutrition, and activity patterns and to develop a personalized health and fitness program. Students will be required to participate in a variety of physical fitness activities.

PHED 1015

First Aid/CPR Responding to Emergencies
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An introduction to the techniques of emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (adult, child, infant) and automatic external defibrillator. Students will have the opportunity to earn The American Red Cross CPR certification and First Aid certification.

PHED 1040

Introduction to Physical Education
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introductory course for physical education majors that explores professional careers, foundations, historical and philosophical principles of physical education, competitive athletics, and the sports industry.

PHED 1101

Jogging
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An activity class focusing on paced distance running for cardiovascular endurance.

PHED 1103

Foundations of Weight Training
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An introduction to the development of muscular endurance and strength through the use of free weights and fixed weight machines.

PHED 1104

Advanced Weight Training
Prerequisite: PHED 1103 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A continuation of PHED 1103.

PHED 1109

Pacewalking
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An activity class focusing on walking for cardiovascular endurance.

PHED 1115

Tai Chi
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An activity class focusing on the practice, foundation, and philosophy of Tai Chi.

PHED 1152, 1153

Aerobics I, II
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An activity class focusing on the development of cardiovascular health, muscular endurance, and flexibility through movement patterns set to music.

PHED 1201

Beginning Tennis
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

For beginners only. Each student must provide his/her own racket and one can of new tennis balls.

PHED 1203

Intermediate Tennis
Prerequisite: PHED 1201 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A continuation of PHED 1201.

PHED 1205

Advanced Tennis
Prerequisite: PHED 1203 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A continuation of PHED 1203.

PHED 1207

Badminton
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A racquet sport involving indoor court activity. Each student must provide his/her own badminton equipment as assigned by the instructor.

PHED 1215

Beginning Racquetball
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Each student is required to provide protective eyewear, a racquet, and one can of new racquetballs.

PHED 1217

Advanced Racquetball
Prerequisite: PHED 1215 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A continuation of PHED 1215.

PHED 1301

Soccer
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Indoor or outdoor activity.

PHED 1320

Basketball
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Indoor basketball activity class. Class time will include exercise, skill development and competition.

PHED 1324

Softball
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Each student is required to provide a baseball glove.

PHED 1328

Volleyball
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Indoor activity.

PHED 1330

Baseball
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Each student is required to provide a baseball glove.

PHED 1402

Rock Climbing
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

Basic instruction in climbing techniques for beginner through intermediate climbers. Emphasis is placed on safety, teamwork, and goal accomplishment. Students are required to use harness and helmet as they climb and to use rope connections to a belayer.

PHED 1501

Beginning Swimming
Prerequisite: For students who can swim less than twelve yards.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An introduction to the proper techniques in treading water, crawl stroke, back crawl, and development of confidence in a water environment.

PHED 1503

Intermediate Swimming
Prerequisite: PHED 1501 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A continuation of PHED 1501.

PHED 1504

Lifeguard Training
Prerequisite: PHED 1503, ability to swim 500 yards and tread two minutes, or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program that teaches self-rescue, swimming, assists, escapes, and water accident prevention.

PHED 1510

Beginning Scuba
Prerequisite: Student must be able to swim.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

A course designed to teach the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to become a certified open water scuba diver.

PHED 1511

Fitness Swimming
Prerequisite: PHED 1503 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An activity class focusing on the principles and practice of distance and interval conditioning workouts.

PHED 1521, 1522

Water Aerobics I, II
Prerequisite: PHED 1501 or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An activity class focusing on the development of cardiovascular health, endurance, and flexibility in an aquatic environment.

PHED 1551

Water Basketball
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An aquatic basketball activity course designed to improve cardiovascular endurance in a competitive setting.

PHED 1998

Participation in Varsity Athletics I
Prerequisite: Must be a member of a Gordon State College Varsity Athletic Team during the first year of athletic practice and competition. Students are not allowed to enroll in PHED 1998 and PHED 1999 concurrently.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

This course recognizes the fitness, knowledge, and skill development associated with participation of student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics. This course meets GSC PHED requirement for one credit hour of activity in Area G. Student must be a member of a varsity intercollegiate athletic team. Student-athlete must also be in the first year of athletic competition.

PHED 1999

Participation in Varsity Athletics II
Prerequisite: Must be a member of a Gordon State College Varsity Athletic Team during the second year of athletic practice and competition. Students are not allowed to enroll in PHED 1998 and PHED 1999 concurrently.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

This course recognizes the fitness, knowledge, and skill development associated with participation of student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics. This course meets GSC PHED requirement for one credit hour of activity in Area G. Student must be a member of a varsity intercollegiate athletic team. Student-athlete must also be in the second year of athletic competition.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE

PHSC 1011

Physical Science
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to physical science, including basic chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and earth science.

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PHYSICS

PHYS 1111K

Introductory Physics I
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 1113, MATH 1501, or MATH 1502
Credit Hours: (3-3-4)

An introductory course which will include material from mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

PHYS 1112K

Introductory Physics II
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PHYS 1111K
Credit Hours: (3-3-4)

An introductory course which will include material from electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics, Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used.

PHYS 2211K

Principles of Physics I
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 1501 or MATH 1502
eCore Pre-requisite: MATH 1501
Credit Hours: (3-3-4) or eCore (3-1-4)

An introductory course which will include material from mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves. Elementary differential calculus will be used.

PHYS 2212K

Principles of Physics II
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in PHYS 2211K, MATH 1502 (may be concurrent with PHYS 2212K)
Credit Hours: (3-3-4)

An introductory course which will include material from electromagnetism, optics, and modern physics. Elementary differential and integral calculus will be used.

PHYS 2295

Special Research Topics
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
Credit Hours: (0-3-1)

Faculty guided student research utilizing laboratory, library, and/or computer resources.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLS 1101

American Government
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the basic institutions, structure, and processes of the American political system. (Successful completion satisfies the legislative Constitution requirement.)

POLS 1101H

Honors American Government
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Program Coordinator
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is an honors introduction to American Government, examining the foundation and fundamentals, the political institutions, and political behavior of the American political system. Students will learn basic political science skills and concepts, in order to explain and grasp the structure, procedures, and outcomes of our political system.

POLS 2201

State and Local Government
Prerequisite: POLS 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An examination of the structure, organization and functions of state and local governments. The role of state and local governments in the federal system will be analyzed. Particular attention will be paid to Georgia government.

POLS 2301

Introduction to Comparative Politics
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A comparative survey of the politics and structure of government in major nation-states.

POLS 2401

Global Issues
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A study of international relations and politics that explores foreign policies and geopolitical issues.

POLS 3000

Special Topics in Political Science
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 or POLS 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course allows students to undertake an in-depth study of political phenomena that occur within the country as well as those that transcend national boundaries.

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PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC 1100

Contemporary Issues in Introductory Psychology
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to major contemporary issues affecting society from a psychological perspective. Topics include the difference between scientific and “pop” psychology and the ethics, legitimacy, and practical implications of various debatable issues in psychology.

PSYC 1101

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

A broad survey of the major topics in psychology, including research methodology, biological and social factors influencing behavior, development, learning, memory, personality, and abnormal psychology.

PSYC 1101H

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

This course is an honors introduction to psychology which examines psychological science as it applies to modern thought and practice. Students will use the scientific methods of psychology to critically analyze behavior and mental processes in humans and other animals. Students will also apply psychological principles to life experiences across a wide range of contexts.

PSYC 2101

Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to applied psychological theory and research concerning mental health and well-being.

PSYC 2103

Introduction to Human Growth and Development
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A non-laboratory introduction to human development across the lifespan with an emphasis on normal patterns of physical, cognitive, and social development.

PSYC 2570

Introduction to Applied Psychology
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the application of psychology to daily life and work. The course focuses on understanding, measuring, changing, and improving the behavior of humans in their various environments, including educational, business workplace and interpersonal relationships.

PSYC 3020

Interviewing and Counseling
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 or SOCI 1101 and HUSV 2101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A course focused on developing knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential to effective interviewing and counseling in a variety of settings including social agencies, education, health care, and business. Emphasis on experimental learning of interviewing skills and strategies.

PSYC 3040

Social Psychology
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

The scientific study of the behavior of individuals in social situations and how behavior and mental processes are affected by other people and groups. Topics covered include the social self, group processes, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, conformity, attraction and relationships and helping others.

PSYC 3050

Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Abnormal behavior and psychopathy will be explored from different theoretical perspectives as will the historical, social and individual factors that define abnormality. The etiology, classification, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders will be studied.

PSYC 3055

Addictions
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

The assessment, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders and other addictive behaviors. Biological, psychological, and social factors associated with addictions will be studied with attention to their impact on diverse populations and the effects of substance abuse and addictive behaviors on the family and community.

PSYC 3060

Organizational Psychology
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Study of the application of psychological principles to human behavior in the workplace with focus on how the workplace context of leaders, co-workers, and organizational policies, structure, and culture affect employee attitudes and actions. Topics include motivation, leadership, employee selection and assessment, team development, program design and evaluation, and occupational health.

PSYC 3065

Family Systems
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 or SOCI 1101, HUSV 2101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An advanced look at the group dynamics of the family with its own language, roles, rules, and patterns. Focus is on the intersection of family with social institutions and micro, meso, and macro influences on family functioning. The course will include theoretical perspectives, current issues, public policy, and resources available to improve family functioning.

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SOCIOLOGY

SOCI 1101

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

An introduction to the discipline of sociology, including sociological theory, methods, and selected substantive areas.

SOCI 1101H

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

An honors introduction to sociology which examines social customs, habits, norms, values, and social arrangements. As a social science, sociology is a study of human behavior with a focus upon its external determinants. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, culture, socialization, inequality by gender, race/ethnicity, and social class, population characteristics, and crime, to mention a few.

SOCI 1160

Introduction to Social Problems
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A theoretical and empirical analysis of selected major social problems confronting American society.

SOCI 2293

Introduction to Marriage and the Family
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the structure, processes, problems and adjustments of contemporary marriage and family life.

SOCI 3045

Poverty
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Study of the structure of poverty in the United States with focus on the impact of poverty on potential of the individual and the function of the family. Topics will include trends in poverty, theories of poverty, and consequences of poverty for communities and nation.

SOCI 3055

Addictions
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

The assessment, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse disorders and other addictive behaviors. Biological, psychological, and social factors associated with addictions will be studied with attention to their impact on diverse populations and the effects of substance abuse and addictive behaviors on the family and community.

SOCI 3060

Culture and Diversity
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Examination of the ways that race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and geography impact individuals’ lives. Emphasis will be placed on students increasing their understanding of cultural diversity, enabling them to serve more effectively in the field of human services and other work environments.

SOCI 3065

Family Systems
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101 or SOCI 1101, HUSV 2101
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An advanced look at the group dynamics of the family with its own language, roles, rules, and patterns. Focus is on the intersection of family with social institutions and micro, meso, and macro influences on family functioning. The course will include theoretical perspectives, current issues, public policy, and resources available to improve family functioning.

SOCI 3090

Population and Society
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credit hours and MATH 1001, 1111, 1113, or 1501
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the theoretical foundations, concepts, methods, data, and applications of Population Studies, which is also as Demography, emphasizing the effect of the basic demographic processes of fertility, mortality, and migration on population size, composition, and distribution.

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SPANISH

SPAN 1001

Elementary Spanish I
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish and to the culture of Spanish-speaking regions. Students who are determined by the instructor to be fluent in Spanish through previous schoolwork or experience must take SPAN 1002. Students cannot receive credit for this course and for SPAN 1060.

SPAN 1002

Elementary Spanish II
Prerequisite: SPAN 1001, two years of high school
Spanish, or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A continuation of SPAN 1001, including listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and further study of the culture of Spanish-speaking regions. Students cannot receive credit for this course and for SPAN 1060.

SPAN 1060

Accelerated Elementary Spanish
Credit Hours: (6-0-6)

An accelerated introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish and to the culture of Spanish-speaking regions. This course combines SPAN 1001 and 1002 and is open only to non-native speakers of Spanish who completed two units of a foreign language in high school. Students cannot receive credit for this course and for SPAN 1001 or SPAN 1002. This course may not be used to make up a RHSC deficiency in Foreign Language.

SPAN 2001

Intermediate Spanish I
Prerequisite for SPAN 1002 or permission of the instructor.
This course is open to native speakers.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An extensive reading of authentic literary works in Spanish, review of troublesome aspects of Spanish syntax, and introduction to composition and literary discussion in Spanish.

SPAN 2002

Intermediate Spanish II
Prerequisite: SPAN 2001
This course is open to native speakers.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An extensive reading of authentic literary works in Spanish, review of troublesome aspects of Spanish syntax, and introduction to composition and literary discussion in Spanish.

SPAN 2201

Spanish Conversation I
Prerequisite for SPAN 2001 or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Continuations of Intermediate Spanish 2001 and 2002 offered at Enforex Language Schools in Barcelona in Gordon State College’s Spanish Immersion Study Abroad program. All instruction is in Spanish, and conversational skills are developed through interaction with students and instructors as well as by traditional teaching methods.

SPAN 2202

Spanish Conversation II
Prerequisite: SPAN 2201
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Continuations of Intermediate Spanish 2001 and 2002 offered at Enforex Language Schools in Barcelona in Gordon State College’s Spanish Immersion Study Abroad program. All instruction is in Spanish, and conversational skills are developed through interaction with students and instructors as well as by traditional teaching methods.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPED 3100

Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities
Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A course designed to address the characteristics of students from diverse backgrounds with mild intellectual, emotional/behavioral, and/or learning disabilities. Topics involving legal issues, development of individual education plans, diagnostic and intervention practices, and working with parents are examined in the context of both general education and special education settings.

SPED 3105

The Exceptional Learner in the Middle School and Secondary Classroom
Prerequisite: Admission into the Middle School or a Secondary Education Program
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course is a survey of methods and strategies for teaching exceptional students in the general middle school and secondary classroom. Topics include social skill development, behavior management, and relevant legislation.

SPED 4000

Educational Assessment of Exceptional Children
Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A course designed to provide a background of formal and informal evaluative procedures for use with children from diverse backgrounds with learning problems. An in-depth diagnostic of a school-aged child is required.

SPED 4200

Educational Interventions for Students with Mild Disabilities
Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A course designed to provide future teachers with practical applications of research-based curriculum and methodology utilized in the teaching of students from diverse populations with mild disabilities in interrelated and inclusionary classroom settings. Effective planning, lesson implementation, and monitoring of student progress in collaborative situations are addressed. Research-based methodologies including direct instruction and cooperative learning are applied in classroom settings.

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THEATRE (DRAMA)

THEA 1000

Voice and Diction
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to vocal training for production of Standard American Speech with an emphasis on resonance, breath control, vocal relaxation, and posture using the International Phonetic Alphabet and a variety of contemporary approaches to vocal training.

THEA 1100

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

An introduction to all aspects of the global theatrical experience, including its history, assorted performance traditions in their cultural contexts, analysis of the script, and the role of the audience and the artist.

THEA 1102

Stagecraft
Prerequisite: Theatre majors only or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An introduction to the technical crafts used for executing theatrical scenic, lighting and sound designs with emphasis on drafting, construction, scene-painting, and electrics for productions.

THEA 1111,
1112

Theatre Practicum
Prerequisite: Sequential completion or permission of the instructor
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An introductory and intermediate study of the practical aspects of theatre production, including scenery construction, box office and house management, lighting and sound operation, and performance.

THEA 2103

Introduction to Costume and Makeup
Prerequisite: Theatre majors only or permission of the
instructor
Credit Hours: (2-2-3)

An introduction to the theory and practice of stage costume design and construction techniques, as well as the broad spectrum of makeup styles.

THEA 2104

Introduction to Scenic Design
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course will cover design theory, style and process for scenery; hand and computer-aided drafting (CAD), modeling and rendering techniques; history of scenic and architectural design; and script analysis for design.

THEA 2105

Introduction to Lighting Design
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

This course will cover design theory, process, and script analysis for lighting; hand and computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques; history of lighting design; equipment selection; basic electricity; hang and focus of a light plot; and cueing for theatrical productions.

THEA 2111,
2112

Advanced Theatre Practicum
Prerequisite: THEA 1112 or permission of the instructor; sequential completion is required.
Credit Hours: (0-2-1)

An advanced study in the practical aspects of theatre production.

THEA 2201

Acting
Prerequisite: Theatre majors only or permission of the
instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

An examination of the fundamentals of acting, including improvisation, scene study, and monologue work.

THEA 2202

Acting II
Prerequisite: Theatre majors only or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

Analysis of scenes, staging, rehearsal, and performance of scene repertory from modern theatre.

THEA 2205

Script Analysis
Prerequisite: Theatre and English majors only or permission of the instructor.
Credit Hours: (3-0-3)

A survey of the development of Western dramatic form and style with a focus on production.

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