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Students examine fundamental philosophical problems and concepts and study various major philosophers and their representative works.
A critical study of ethical theory, the meaning and justification of moral judgments, and the nature of moral reasoning is presented in this course. Students study and discuss related classical and modern philosophical writings.
Designed for students in career and professional programs, but recommended for all students, this course in applied ethics offers students formal and explicit inquiry into the moral problems they will face in their chosen professions or interest areas. Different sections of the course will focus on areas such as bioethics; business ethics; and ethics in the engineering technologies, in criminal justice, and in human services. No prerequisite is required.
A critical study of the major religions of the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Emphasis is on the philosophical issues that arise from the worldview of each religion. Students study such areas as the ultimate source and nature of God, the universe, the nature of humanity and our place in the cosmos, and the relationship between religion and world culture. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
Student inquiry into the origin and validity of the Newtonian model of the universe is promoted in this course, which emphasizes the processes of science so that students learn to formulate a basis for either accepting or rejecting scientific theories. The areas of physics presented are mechanics, wave motion, and thermodynamics. 3 hrs. lect.; 3 hrs. lab. Prerequisite: MAT 115 or higher, or equivalent.
Included in this calculus-based course are such topics as thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and physical and geometric optics. In the laboratory, students learn techniques for investigating physical phenomena and reporting with reasoned numerically-based analysis. Computer and calculator skills are required. 3 hrs. lect.; 4 hrs. lab and recitation. Prerequisite: PHY 109 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: MAT 108.
An analysis of the institutions and processes of power of the American political system, this course emphasizes the study of American values and beliefs, democratic theory, the role of media, and the interrelationship of economic and political power.
An examination of human behavior, this course covers such topics as learning, memory, problem solving, perception, motivation, personality, intelligence, testing, and abnormal behavior.
In this course, which investigates human behavior and development from conception until adolescence, students study biological, motor, perceptual, intellectual, language, personality, and social development as well as practical approaches to child rearing. PSY 200 is not open to students who have completed 6 credits from both PSY 210 and PSY 206. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.
In this analysis of the determinants, assessment, classification, and treatment of abnormal behavior, students examine theoretical, clinical, and experimental data. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.
With a focus on human development during the segment of the life span from puberty to early adulthood, students investigate the physical, social, cognitive, moral, and emotional dimensions of development during this period. In addition, the interrelationships of these dimensions of development and their impact on the contextual situations in which adolescents live and function, such as the family, school, peer group, and society, are studied. PSY 206 is not open to students who have completed 6 credits from both PSY 210 and PSY 200. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.
Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the individual across the life cycle are covered in this course. Students examine challenges and issues associated with each stage of development and the impact of social and cultural dynamics on the individual. Because of duplication of material, PSY 210 is not open to students who have completed 6 credits from PSY 200 and PSY 206. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and ENG 101.
Designed for the non-science major, this course provides students with a basic understanding of how various aspects of the global natural environment interconnect with each other and with human society. Emphasis is placed on sustainable technological, economic, and social solutions to environmental dilemmas. Such topics as resource management, energy sources, pollution control, water resources, legal aspects, economics, and ethics are covered. 3 hrs. lect; optional 3 hrs. lab SCI 105 for 1 credit.
Students gain experience with contact sign and are introduced to American Sign Language (ASL). They learn the use of the manual alphabet for finger-spelling and how to develop vocabulary through sign production. Students become familiar with the history of sign language and gain an understanding of effective facial expressions. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
A continuation of SGN 113, students continue to develop vocabulary and gain extensive experience in signing situations created by the instructor. Signing simple songs and stories, as well as receptive reading of the signed stories of classmates will be practiced in small group activities. Prerequisite: SGN 113 or by advisement.
Students learn and use basic perspectives and research methods of sociology in examining individual and group interactions and institutions. This course concentrates on such topics as culture, the social origins of the self, collective behaviors and social movements, and social stratification.
The different patterns, definitions, and theories of crime are critically examined. The strengths and limitations of crime statistics and society's responses to crime are also reviewed. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG 101
Students use a sociological perspective to critically analyze how social issues and problems are developed and changed. This course focuses on such topics as crime and violence, racial and ethnic inequality, gender inequality, aging, employment, poverty, healthcare, and drug and alcohol use. Prerequisite: SOC 101. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG 101