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The following courses are currently offered at VSU’s partnering high schools for the 2014-15 academic year. The courses that are available at each high school vary.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

 
BIOL 120 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I - 3 semester hours
Presents the latest developments and advances in the field of biology and prepares students for the major course sequence in the biology/pre-med and endorsement curriculums. Emphasis will be placed on chemistry, cell biology, cell division, genetics, and biotechnology. This course is required of all Biology majors and is open to other science majors.

BIOL 120 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I LABORATORY - 1 semester hour 
A laboratory course required to be taken in conjunction with BIOL 120 Principles of Biology I lecture course. This course will involve hands on laboratory exercise related to selected lecture topics. Corequisite: BIOL 120 Principles of Biology I

BIOL 121 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II - 3 semester hours
Presents the latest developments and advances in the field of biology with emphasis on evolution, ecology, diversity of life, and classification of plants and animals. This course is required of all biology majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 120 Principles of Biology I

BIOL 121 PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II LABORATORY - 1 semester hour
A laboratory course required to be taken in conjunction with BIOL 121 Principles of Biology II lecture course. This course will involve hands on laboratory exercise related to selected lecture topics. Corequisite: BIOL 121 Principles of Biology II

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY


CHEM 151 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I - 3 semester hours
An introduction to the development of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. Chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, atomic structure, bonding theories, thermochemistry, periodic properties, solution calculations, gas laws and the properties of solids and liquids are among the topics discussed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the VSU math placement test with a score that meets the criteria for a placement in, at minimum, MATH 120 at the time of enrollment or completion of CHEM105 with a C or better. Corequisite: CHEM 153 General Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 152 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II - 3 semester hours 
A continuation of the study of the principles of chemistry and their applications. The topics include solution properties, acids and bases, ionic equations, oxidation-reduction, equilibrium, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of the elements, nuclear chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 151 General Chemistry I and CHEM153 General Chemistry I Laboratory. Corequisite: CHEM 154 General Chemistry Laboratory II 

CHEM 153 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I -1 semester hour
An introduction to the principles and techniques of experimental chemistry with emphasis upon formula investigations, equations, elementary laboratory statistics, and chemical reactivity. Corequisite: CHEM 151 General Chemistry I. 

CHEM 154 GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II -1 semester hour
A continuation of CHEM 153 with emphasis upon solution properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and qualitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 153 General Chemistry Laboratory I. Corequisite: CHEM 152 General Chemistry II

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION


EDUC 201 INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING I - 2 semester hours 
This course is designed to provide a snapshot of teaching as a profession. It will focus on historical and contemporary topics relevant to an understanding of the knowledge, skills and dispositions required of classroom teachers. Pre-candidates will have the opportunity to reflect on professional practice in preK-12 classroom settings and in alternative educational program sites. This course will also provide the opportunity for pre-candidates to begin the development of a working portfolio. Pre-candidates will be required to complete a field experience requirement of 15 hours as a part of this course. 

EDUC 202 INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING II - 2 semester hours
This course, a continuation of EDUC 201 Introduction to Teaching, is designed to provide a snapshot of teaching as a profession. The course will extend the focus on historical and contemporary topics relevant to an understanding of the knowledge, skills and dispositions required of classroom teachers. Pre-candidates will have the opportunity to research and reflect on professional practices in preK-12 classroom settings and in alternative educational program sites. This course will also provide the opportunity for pre-candidates to continue the development of a working portfolio. Pre-candidates will be required to complete a field experience requirement of 15 hours as a part of this course. Prerequisite: EDUC 201 Introduction to Teaching I

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY


ENGR 101 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING I - 2 semester hours
Introduction to the engineering profession, Introduction to problem solving using analytical, graphical, and computer tools including scientific word processors, spreadsheets and database packages, mathematical computation software. Introduction to logic. Engineering ethics and professional responsibilities. This course includes lab sessions.

ENGR 102 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING II - 2 semester hours
Introduction to problem solving using analytical, graphical, and computer tools including scientific word processors, spreadsheets and database packages, mathematical computation software. Introduction to logic. Engineering ethics an professional responsibilities. This course includes lab sessions.

ENGR 200 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS - 2 semester hours 
Freehand sketching, lettering scales, use of instruments, layout drawings, orthogonal projection, descriptive geometry, pictorials, and basic dimensioning. Technical communication in design, engineering, and manufacturing. Introduction to computer-aided design and drafting, Introduction to solid modeling.

ENGR 210 STATICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS - 3 semester hours
The first part of this course covers the application of the principles of engineering mechanics to problems involving equilibrium of particles and solids. Topics include resultants, equilibrium, friction, trusses, center of gravity and moments of inertia. The second part of this course introduces the principles of mechanics necessary for the solution of engineering problems relating to strength, stiffness and material selection. Topics covered include stress, strain, torsion, beams, columns and combined stresses at a point. Prerequisite: ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering I. Corequisite: MATH 261 Calculus II

INLT 141 INTRODUCTION TO LOGISTICS – 3 semester hours
This course will cover topics related to logistics in a systems approach to managing activities associated with transportation, inventory management and control, forecasting, and integration of logistics with other functional areas, cross functional teams, supplier, distributor, and customer partnerships.

INLT 245 DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS – 3 semester hours
The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the methods and strategies used in distributing products and managing the inventory in supply chain. Topics covered include the design of channels and activities performed by node members to facilitate efficient movement of goods. Prerequisite: INLT 141

INLT 161 ENGINEERING GRAPHICS I - 3 semester hours
Introduction to basic 2D technical drawing and drafting, including sketching, lines, points, geometry, orthographic projections, auxiliary views, section views, basic dimensioning, visualization, and basic drawing standard. Student projects required (sketching, drawing, and CAD software).

INLT 201 TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY AND DEVELOPMENT - 3 semester hours
A comprehensive study of technology – characteristics, paradigms, and trajectories; advantages and limitations; legislative and regulatory actions focusing on technological innovations and the process of development. Incisive analysis of the dimensions of technology in society.

INLT 292 INTRODUCTION TO ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING– 3 semester hours
ERP approaches to design, plan, and control of logistics management. Core aspects of enterpriser resources planning (ERP) infrastructure and application with extensive hands on practice example s applications will be covered. Prerequisite: INLT 270 

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY


HIST 114 WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 - 3 semester hours
A topical introduction to the development of civilization up to the eve of the Modern Period, covering the growth of independent cultural traditions and diffusion of ideas, institutions and people. 

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE


ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I - 3 semester hours
Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing, challenging students, using frequent and intensive writing in varied expository modes, with emphasis on analysis and discussion of the composing process. 

ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II - 3 semester hours
Continues to develop students’ critical thinking skills, documentation expertise, and academic writing proficiency. There is greater focus on persuasive writing and the research process. Close examination and discussion of a range of texts about the human experience leading to frequent and intensive writing will also be covered.

FREN 110 ELEMENTARY FRENCH I - 3 semester hours
Emphasis on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French: Pronunciation, understanding of grammatical construction, readings, dictations, and daily oral practice; open to students receiving no admission credit in French. 

FREN 111 ELEMENTARY FRENCH II - 3 semester hours
Continued emphasis on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French: Pronunciation, understanding of grammatical construction, readings, dictations, and daily oral practice. Prerequisites: FREN 110 Elementary French I or its equivalent

SPAN 110 ELEMENTARY SPANISH I - 3 semester hours
Emphasis on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish: Pronunciation, understanding or grammatical construction, basic readings, dictations, and daily oral practice; open to students receiving no admission credit in Spanish. 

SPAN 111 ELEMENTARY SPANISH II - 3 semester hours 
Continued emphasis on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish: Pronunciation, understanding of grammatical construction, readings, dictations, and daily oral practice. Prerequisite: SPAN 110 Elementary Spanish I or its equivalent

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS


MATH 120 COLLEGE ALGEBRA - 4 semester hours   
A pre-calculus course in algebra. Graphs, functions and their graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and matrices. 

MATH 121 TRIGONOMETRY - 3 semester hours 
Applying exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, and applications of trigonometry. Prerequisite: MATH 120 College Algebra

MATH 150 PRECALCULUS – 4 semester hours
This course is designed for students who plan to pursue college majors in the fields of engineering, science and technology. This course is a prerequisite for Math 260 (Calculus I). Specific topics to be covered include: general properties of functions; operations with functions; inverse functions; complex numbers; polynomial and rational functions; trigonometric functions and equations; law of sines and law of cosines; exponential and logarithmic functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic equations; conic sections, polar coordinates and parametric equations. 

MATH 260 CALCULUS I - 4 semester hours
Covering analytic Geometry (introduction to conic sections), review of functions and their graphs, limit and rate of change, continuity, derivatives, derivatives of trigonometric functions, chain rule, implicit differentiation, higher derivatives, related rates, applications of differentiation: maximum and minimum values, The Mean Value Theorem, the first and second derivative tests, optimization problems, Antiderivatives, areas, definite integral, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, indefinite integrals, areas between curves (in the Cartesian Plane), and substitution rule. Prerequisite: MATH 121 Trigonometry 

MATH 261 CALCULUS II - 4 semester hours
Covering techniques of integration, integration by parts, trigonometric substitutions, integration of rational functions, table of integration, transcendental functions and their inverses, applications of integration, Conic sections and polar coordinates, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, Taylor's theorem, L'Hopital's rule, Taylor's polynomials, sequences and series, absolute and conditional convergence and differentiation and integration of power series. Prerequisites: MATH 260 Calculus I

STAT 210 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS - 3 semester hours
An introductory statistics course without a calculus prerequisite.  The exploration of the presentation of data, frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, elementary concepts of probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, sampling procedures, student's t-test, linear correlation and the interpretation of examples of data which occur in daily life. This course cannot be taken as a mathematics elective by mathematics majors. Prerequisites: GEMA 113 Basic Mathematics II or the equivalent

STAT 211 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS II - 3 semester hours
An applied statistics course designed for students who have some background in college algebra. Students will be exposed to sampling of attributes, comparison of several samples, one-way analysis of variance, sign test, median test, Kruskal-Wallis test, test for randomness, simple regression analysis and test of correlation coefficients. Some use of Statistical packages for the Social Sciences will also be exercised. Prerequisites:  STAT 210 Elementary Statistics I or equivalent

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC


MUSI 181 BASIC THEORY - 3 semester hours
Specifically taught will be triad inversions, dominant seventh chords, diminished seventh chords, non-harmonic tones, cadences, diatonic modulations, and four-part writing.  

MUSI 182 CHROMATIC HARMONY [for Music Majors/Minors only] - 3 semester hours
Specifically taught will be four-part writing, secondary seventh chords and their inversions, augmented 6th, neapolitan and borrowed chords. Also taught are dominant ninths, elevenths, thirteenths, altered dominants, chromatic mediants, and chromatic modulations. Prerequisite: MUSI 181

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

 
POLI 150 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT - 3 semester hours
An introductory course in the study of the American political system.

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