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The following courses are currently offered at VSU’s partnering high schools for the 2013-14 academic year. The courses that are available at each high school vary.

BIOL 120 - Principles of Biology 1 - 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

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 the 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 programs 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 part of this course.

EDUC 202 Introduction to Teaching II - 2 semester hours

This course, a continuation of EDUC 201 Introduction to Teaching I, 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

ENG110 - Composition I - 3 semester hours

Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing, challenging students, using frequent and intensive writing in varies expository modes, with emphasis on analysis and discussion of the composing process.

ENG111 - 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.

GEPO 150 - United States Government - 3 semester hours

An introductory course in the study of the American political system.

INTC 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 projections required (sketching, drawing, and CAD software).

INTC 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.

MATH 120 - College Algebra - 4 semester hours

A precalculus course in algebra covering functions and their graphs, transformation of functions, polynomials, rationals, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, and the application of these algebraic concepts to other disciplines.

MATH 121 - Trigonometry - 3 semester hours

Applying exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, and applications of trigonometry.

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 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 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, between curves (in the Cartesian Plane), and substitution rule.
Prerequisites: 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

SPAN 110 Elementary Spanish I - 3 semester hours

Emphasis on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish; pronunciation, understanding of 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 the equivalent

STAT 210 - Elementary Statistics I - 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 the equivalent

 

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