It’s Time to Apply for Spring Term

Our Spring 2 undergraduate application deadline is right around the corner. 

Apply by January 22, so you can register for courses by March 4. Spring 2 term is an accelerated 8 week session that begins March 8 and ends April 30.

Review our Spring 2 undergraduate courses below. Maximum registration for this accelerated term is 8 credits.

 

Important:
If you plan to use financial aid for Spring 2 Term, you must register for courses by February 16 in order secure your seat and payment.

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BIOL 1004

Human Nutrition

This course provides an introduction to the theories, principles, and concepts underlying the use of nutrients by the human body. The topics covered include micro and macronutrients; the digestive tract; nutrient digestion, absorption, and metabolism; energy balance; the relationship of the diet to fitness, health, and life span; and essentials of food and diet analysis.

Note: This course does not meet the guidelines for Biology concentrations.

This course was previously SMT-272354 Human Nutrition.

BIOL 2204

Ethnobotany

Our human ancestors depended on plants for food, shelter, medicine, and clothing. Plants also had a key role in religion and mythology. Knowledge of plants and their uses was vital for survival for early peoples, and many cultures today still depend on plants for many of their resources. In this course, students will learn about plant biology and the role of plants in societies throughout the world. Ethnobotanical field methods will be introduced and students will engage in field/practical activities. Other topics for exploration and discussion will include conservation, sustainable development, bioprospecting, and intellectual property rights.

This course was previously SMT-272054 Ethnobotany.

BIOL 3204

Genetics

This advanced level course explores the field of genetics. It expands on topics covered in introductory biology courses and extends prior knowledge of molecular genetics and the basic principles of heredity. The course emphasizes the importance of the scientific method, and investigates techniques used by scientists to unravel the intricacies of genetics. Topics include the history of genetics, Mendelian genetic principles, quantitative genetics, chromosome structure and mapping, mutations, gene expression, and current genetic biotechnologies. Students will learn the underlying principles behind modern genetics laboratory techniques and discuss the ethical ramifications of recent breakthroughs in genetic research.

Prerequisites (must complete before registering): Biology I with Lab (BIOL_1200) or Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics (BIOL_1204), or equivalent and Biology II with Lab (BIOL_1201) or the two-term sequence: Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL_1205) and Introduction to Population Biology(BIOL_1206), or equivalent.

Note: This course meets the guidelines for Biology concentrations.

This course was previously SMT-273384 Genetics.

DIGA 3040

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling combines storytelling arts with social, mobile, and digital media technologies. Learn to apply digital storytelling theory and techniques to write, produce and publish digital stories, including autobiographical narratives, mobile stories, and a collaborative digital story. Consider ethical issues such as intellectual property, privacy protection and the rights of storytelling subjects. In this course, you’ll generate story ideas, develop narrative structures for digital stories, and provide scripts and scene descriptions. Selecting different digital tools, you’ll integrate images, text, video and audio to create digital stories, and acquire competency in the use of digital media applications.

Prerequisites: Students taking the course must have access to digital devices (such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, headset or USB microphone) allowing them to take photographs, record audio and video, edit digital assets within the applications of their choice, and upload these to their story blog or the course. They will be expected to research and select digital applications, create accounts to access free or low cost tools, and use tutorials and other digital resources to learn them. Ideally digital media arts or digital art and design students take Digital Storytelling before Media Arts.

This course was previously ART-223054 Digital Storytelling.

GSCI 1006

Introduction to Teaching

Cooking is a common, everyday activity and this course explores the fundamental concepts of biology, chemistry, and physics of food preparation. The chemistry and biology of basic food molecules and tastes and flavors are investigated and the impact of cooking on meats, vegetables, and baked goods is highlighted. The physics of heat transfer associated with different cooking methods is also explored. The course uses experimentation and observation to develop a broad understanding of an applied science.

This course is designed for non-science majors.

This course was previously SMT-271364 The Science of Cooking.

HIST 2030

US History 1865 to Present

In 1865, the United States was in tatters. Civil War had divided the nation into two, and even after the war ended, deep rifts remained between whites and blacks, immigrants and 'natives,' and the descendants of European settlers and indigenous Americans. The meaning of a simple word - freedom - lies at the core of these rifts and that word will guide our study. The course begins with a look at how the meaning of freedom changed in the Reconstruction era before moving into an exploration of America’s westward and overseas expansion in the late 19th century, the economic booms and busts of the period between the two world wars, the social upheavals of the civil rights movements of the 1960s, and the conservative turn of the post-Reagan era.

This course was previously HIS-241224 U.S. History From 1865 to the Present.

HIST 3345

Modern American History

Modern American History is a survey course, which covers events in American history from Reconstruction in the south in 1877 through the present. Students will examine various political, social and cultural themes in this course, including Reconstruction, western settlement and the frontier, industrialization, immigration, American imperialism and world power, the Progressive movement, WW I, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, the New Deal, WW II, the Cold War and Nuclear Age, the 1950s, Civil Rights, the 1960s, Vietnam, and the resurgence of conservatism in the 1980s. Critical reading skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources and produce written interpretations will be emphasized.

This course was previously HIS-243214 Modern American History.

HUDV 1015

Human Development: Intro

In this course the student will examine a variety of theoretical viewpoints on human developmental process, as well as current research and studies of the principal topics of developmental psychology. Topics covered in this study may include: the impact on development of the continuing interaction between genetic and environmental factors, the growing body of knowledge about how children learn language and develop cognitive and social skills, and a discussion of prominent theorists in the field. Additionally lifespan theories like Erikson and Levinson may be emphasized, and focus on stages of adult development will be included, in addition to death and dying potentially being covered.

Please note: Students are advised to consult with their mentor prior to enrolling in an introductory and an advanced level of the same or similar course title (e.g. Human Development: Introductory and Human Development: Advanced) as there can be significant redundancy in the content of developmental courses.

This course was previously HDV-282174 Human Development: Intro

INDG 3020

Living History: Little Bighorn

In 1876, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Arapaho won the Battle of Little Bighorn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand. After the battle, Cheyenne women took fabric from slain soldiers’ Army coats and made a dress. It holds special meaning since one of Custer’s strategies was to capture women, children, disabled, and elderly and use them as hostages/human shields. The dress was handed down from woman to woman and resides at the Northwest Indian Museum in Washington. It was presented at Little Bighorn Battlefield on the 140th anniversary of the battle by Cheyenne tribal member Cliff Eaglefeathers. Rather than the military engagement, we focus on peoples’ experiences of battle sites as locales that continue to breathe living history. This interdisciplinary study draws from History, Psychology, Archaeology, and Indigenous Studies to address Little Bighorn as an ongoing part of Cheyenne culture and includes on-site videos with Mr. Eaglefeathers and Cheyenne Elders.

This course was previously HIS-244314.

MATH 1005

Contemporary Mathematics

This study explores the exciting world of mathematics through such diverse topics as working with investing models, geometry, characterizing change and statistics. Foundational studies, including algebra, are also included, but not as extensively as in a full algebra course.

Note: This study is appropriate for students needing to meet the general education requirement.

This course was previously SMT-271954 Contemporary Mathematics.

MATH 1030

Visualizing Mathematics

Are you a visual learner? This course will give an opportunity to learn mathematics primarily through seeing it. Focus will be on topics in geometry, which are naturally visual, and graphing, which will give an understanding of the visual aspect of algebra. The course will also look at mathematics through art. DVDs and text materials will be used, along with internet resources.

Note: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics.

This course was previously SMT-271514 Visualizing Mathematics.

MATH 1040

Algebra

This study will develop basic algebra concepts and problem solving techniques. The student will develop skills in translating problem situations into their symbolic representations and manipulating those symbols. Major topics include equations, inequalities, problem solving, geometry, graphs, and transformations. Linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions will be studied.

Note: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics.

Prerequisite: Understanding of arithmetic essentials.

This course was previously SMT-271104 Algebra.

MATH 1050

Mathematics for Business

Mathematics for Business presents math skills and knowledge that can be applied in solving financial problems. The core topics include business finance, trade and cash discounts, markup and markdown, business statistics, wages and payroll, simple interest and simple discount, compound interest, future value, and present value, mortgages, sinking funds, and amortization, depreciation, inventory, insurance, business insurance, life insurance, annuities, taxes, stocks and bonds. Students will also gain an understanding of financial instruments and terminology used in business finance. This serves as a foundation for further studies in business, management, accounting, and finance. Students will gain skills to manage personal finance.

Note: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics.

MATH 1065

Statistics

The focus of this course is on the application and use of statistics, rather than the detailed complexity of the underlying mathematics. Students will study and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of data analysis, including both descriptive and inferential statistics, including arranging data, tables and graphs, measures of central tendency and dispersion, regression analysis, correlation, sampling, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The student will make use of technology-based tools (Excel, StatCrunch, etc.) to assist in summarizing, interpreting, and communicating with data.

Notes: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics.

Algebra would provide a good background for statistics, although the minimum entering skills would be arithmetic essentials (fractions, decimals, ratios) and graphing.

This course was previously SMT-272384 Statistics: An Activity Based Approach.

PSYC 3020

Social Psychology: Adv

This course includes a comprehensive overview of the research methods, concepts, and theories related to social psychology, the study of how individuals interact within their social environment. The purpose of this study is to gain an in-depth understanding of the various influences that people and social settings have upon the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of others. Significant social phenomena will be explored, along with major theoretical concepts and research within this field. Topics might include conformity, obedience, collective/group behavior, media/persuasion, prejudice, and discrimination. Please note: Students are advised to consult with their mentor prior to enrolling in an introductory and an advanced level of the same or similar course title (e.g. Human Development: Introductory and Human Development: Advanced) as there can be significant redundancy in the content of courses.

While it is not required, it might be helpful if students have taken Introduction to Psychology or an equivalent course.

Before taking this course, students should have an understanding of the field of psychology as a science with specific methodologies; some basic knowledge of psychological theories/concepts/history.

 

PSYC 3055

Cultural Psychology

Cultural psychology is the comparative study of cultural effects on human psychology. It examines psychological diversity and the links between cultural norms and behavior. It will examine the ways in which particular human activities are influenced by social and cultural forces. Students can expect to develop a broader, global perception of contemporary psychology. Activities are intended to explain current psychological knowledge and its applications from a cross-cultural perspective. Additionally, this course will assist in developing a useful set of critical-thinking tools with which to analyze and evaluate psychology from various cultural perspectives.

While it is not required, it might be helpful if students have taken Introduction to Psychology or an equivalent course.

This course was previously HDV-283544.

SPAN 1010

Intro Spanish: Language & Cult

Introductory Spanish: Language and Culture is designed for students who have no previous Spanish instruction. This course introduces students to the Spanish language, but the emphasis is on the studies of the cultures of the Spanish- speaking world. Language learning in this course will focus on understanding and learning to speak simple phrases, learning limited vocabulary and very basic grammatical structures. All language skills will be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course also introduces students to the Spanish-speaking cultures of Spain, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Students will learn similarities and differences in values, attitudes and actions as they investigate different cultures through a wide variety of resources (e.g., online resources, texts, videos). Students will also investigate specific topics related to cultural experiences (e.g., ecotourism in Costa Rica, indigenous cultures in Guatemala). Students should be available for oral practices at least once a week. Special accommodations will be made for army students.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

There is no overlap with Spanish 1

This course was previously CUL-221294 Introductory Spanish: Language and Culture.

THEA 3065

Hamilton: An American Musical

This course analyzes the theatrical aspects of the Tony Award winning musical, Hamilton. Students will explore the evolution of this musical and will delve into a creative critique of the musical’s story, music, choreography, staging, design elements, casting and more. We will also study the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and will situate his work within theater history. We will consider questions such as: Why is this musical so popular? What makes this musical stand out from other musicals? And, as so many people ask, why are tickets to this musical so expensive? Note: Students in this course are not required to have seen a production of Hamilton.

COMW 1005

College Writing

College writing focuses on the basics of academic writing: writing processes, essays, research skills. Students will write and evaluate thesis statements for essays, and learn how to develop the thesis idea with supporting details. Students will learn how to structure ideas and information in essays. Students will learn how to research, incorporate, and document sources to support a thesis argument. Additionally, students will develop proficiency in oral discourse through discussion of essays and college writing skills.

This course was previously CUL-221624 College Writing. Depending on their goals and needs, students may take any of five different, introductory, college writing courses: COMW 1005, COMW 1015, COMW 1010, COMW 2005, or COMW 2020. Although all of these courses deal with similar skills and knowledge (writing process, thesis, support, documentation), they have different emphases. Note that, according to college policy, students can include up to 8 introductory-level expository/college writing credits in their ESC degree.