Aug 12, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Accounting

  
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    ACC 2121 - Financial Accounting


    Financial accounting introduces students to the problems of external reporting as they relate to sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. After exploring the accounting cycle, the instruction allows students to examine the various accounts found in financial statements and learn how to put these accounts together to render meaningful statements that communicate pertinent information to those who read them.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is math competency and BUS 1210 or permission. This course is offered every semester, including summer.

    Credits: 4
  
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    ACC 2122 - Managerial Accounting


    This course explores internal accounting systems and the uses of internally generated data in management.  Topics include: the use of financial accounting data, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgets and responsibility accounting, and cost allocations.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 2121.  This course is offered every semester.

     

     

    Credits: 4

  
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    ACC 2230 - Federal Taxes


    Federal Taxation acquaints students with the basic rules of federal taxation, and emphasizes the planning and control opportunities that exist as we live and conduct business in the environment of the federal tax system.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 2121 or permission. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ACC 3025 - Cost Management


    Cost management is the process of identifying opportunities and means of improving costs and performance to realize the goals of the organization. Progressing from the collection and transmittal of cost information, the cost accountant today is a highly respected financial analyst and consultant striving to manage and control all costs in order to meet corporate goals and anticipating and managing the drivers of costs. The goal of this course is to prepare the next generation of financial managers and consultants.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 2122. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ACC 3040 - Auditing Process


    This course is an overview of the auditing process and covers such topics as internal auditing standards, ethics, concepts, audit techniques, and reporting practices. 

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 2122.  This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ACC 3111 - Advanced Intermediate Accounting I


    This course provides an extensive study of generally accepted accounting principles relating to preparation and use of financial statements. The instruction places a particular emphasis on problem solving and the application of Accounting Principles Board opinions and Financial Accounting Standards Board statements.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 2121. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

    Credits: 4
  
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    ACC 3112 - Advanced Intermediate Accounting II


    This course is a continuation of Advanced Intermediate Accounting I. The instruction includes such topics as accounting for plant and equipment, intangible assets, long-term liabilities and corporations. Special emphasis is on the preparation of the statement of cash flows.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 3111. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 4
  
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    ACC 4010 - Accounting Information Systems


    This course covers the design, control, and use of accounting information systems in typical business processes such as order entry, sales, billing, accounts receivable, cash receipts, purchasing, accounts payable, and cash disbursements.  Attention is given to the process and control implications.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 3025.  This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ACC 4030 - Government and Nonprofit Accounting


    This course provides a study of accounting for state and local governmental units, including the eight funds (general, special revenue, capital-projects, debt-service, special-assessment, internal- service, enterprise, and fiduciary), and the general fixed assets and general long-term accounting groups. The instruction also provides a study of accounting for not-for-profit organizations such as colleges, arts organizations, school districts, and voluntary health and welfare organizations.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 2121 or permission. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ACC 4050 - Auditing and Assurance Services


    Auditing introduces principles and procedures of investigating financial statements and underlying records. The instruction studies topics such as types of audits, responsibilities and duties of the auditor, audit standards, audit programs, internal control, auditor‘s report and ethics.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ACC 3112 or permission. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3

Anthropology

  
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    ANT 1030 - Introduction to Anthropology


    [Choice:SS] This course introduces the study of humankind from both biological and cultural perspectives. The instruction provides a survey of the four subfields: physical anthropology, archaeology, sociolinguistics and cultural anthropology. The course examines problems such as human evolution, physical variation and the diversity of human cultures in both the past and the present.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ANT 2710 - Topics in Anthropology


    This course provides students the opportunity to pursue topics of special interest in anthropology appropriate to the 2000-level that are not offered in the general Social Science curriculum.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ANT 1030 and sophomore standing.

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    ANT 2910 - Independent Study in Anthropology


    Independent Study in Anthropology allows the student to pursue the exploration of a topic in anthropology not offered in the regular curriculum, under the tutelage of a department faculty member. An independent-study contract must be negotiated with the instructor and filed before registering for this course.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ANT 1030, sophomore standing and permission.

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    ANT 3010 - Native Societies of America


    This course examines relations between ecology and social organization in traditional native societies of North America. The first half of the course surveys Native American societies as a whole and the habitat in which they occurred. The last half is a detailed analysis of Central Arctic seal hunters, Northwest coast fishers, Plains bison hunters, Southwestern Pueblo builders, Mississippi Valley moundbuilders, and Northeast farmers.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ANT 1030 or SOC 1010 or sophomore standing. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ANT 3030 - Comparative Cultures


    Comparative Cultures explores human cultural diversity through case studies of simple to complex, non-western societies. Interactions between people and their environments are the focus of cultural comparison.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ANT 1030 or SOC 1010, and sophomore standing. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ANT 3050 - Culture, Ecology, and Health


    This course is designed to explore the nature of disease and illness worldwide. Students will examine the interrelationships between ecology and culture, comparing western healthcare practices with those of indigenous peoples of Africa, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Native America. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating such fields as nutrition, anthropology, history, economics, and medicine.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ANT 1030 and SOC 1010, and sophomore standing. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ANT 3310 - Myth, Magic & Religion


    This course is designed to provide an overview of myth, ritual, and ideological tenets of cultures around the world. Although focused on indigenous (native) religious contexts, the course examines the synthesis between original belief systems and the major world religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Students will further learn how to relate religion to other socio-cultural processes such as economics, politics, gender, and sexuality.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ANT 1030 and SOC 1010, and sophomore standing. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ANT 3410 - African Ethnography


    This course is designed to provide a historical, cultural, and geographic survey of sub-Saharan Africa, examining such topics as political systems, religion, marriage and family, and the crises of disease, war, and malnutrition. The course is taught from an anthropological perspective.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ANT 1030 or SOC 1010, and sophomore standing. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ANT 3820 - Anthropology Fieldwork


    This course is designed to train students in social science fieldwork techniques with emphasis on anthropological qualitative methods of participant observation, interview, kinship analysis, life case history, and photography. It will involve traveling to and living among the group under study. The actual field study will be preceded by preparatory background study and followed by data analysis and a written report. This course may be repeated once for credit, with instructor’s permission, if new work is undertaken.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ANT 1030 or permission. This course is offered during the summer.

    Credits: 1 to 6
  
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    ANT 4710 - Topics in Anthropology


    This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue topics of special interest in anthropology appropriate to the 4000-level not offered in the general Social Science curriculum.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is junior standing

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    ANT 4910 - Independent Study in Anthropology


    Independent study in Anthropology allows the student to pursue an advanced, in-depth study of a topic in history not offered in the regular curriculum, under the tutelage of a department faculty member. An independent-study contract must be negotiated with the instructor and filed before registering for this course.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are junior standing and permission

    Credits: 1 to 3

Art

  
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    ART 1010 - Experiencing the Arts


    This course is designed to introduce students to the fine and performing arts as experiences that contribute to human, social, and cultural understanding, provide entertainment, and foster lifelong learning. Selections from the fine and performing arts will be explored as a means of articulating experiences and to whet the appetite for further study and exploration of the arts. Influences, trends, references, connections, and associations among the arts will be studied. Students shall receive a foundation in basic principles and concepts, and shall gain the analytical skills that lead to the development of critical standards when approaching various artists and their works. All students will realize a connection to a specific art form through the hands-on creation of an expressive project.

    Prerequisites & Notes
     This course is offered every semester.  There is a course fee.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 1011 - Drawing I


    [Choice:AR] This course provides an introduction to drawing mediums, techniques, and concepts, with emphasis on drawing from observation. 

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 1140 - Design


    This course offers a basic study of the elements and principles of design. Coursework provides a visual problem-solving experience that encourages creative thought and innovative approaches to working in both two- and three-dimensional design. 

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 1310 - Digital Photography


    This course explores the mechanical and electronic aspects of digital photography, as well as the basic tools of image manipulation. Instruction focuses on composition and the aesthetics of digital images. Access to a digital camera is required.


    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2012 - Drawing II


    This course emphasizes perceptual and conceptual processes in drawing with an emphasis on composition and perspective drawing.


    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ART 1011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2020 - Color Theory


    This course explores color theory as related to art, print, design, film, web, and other visual mediums. Instruction investigates color harmonies, effects, visual perception, and color symbolism.


    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2060 - Applied Art


    [Choice:AR] This course introduces the fundamentals of art while exploring a wide variety of art mediums in relationship to careers in the arts. Instruction emphasizes color and composition.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

     


    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2070 - Introduction to Animation


    This course explores the process of traditional animation. Students will learn the basics of the animation process and its’ application by story boarding and creating basic animation.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are GDS 2015 and GDS 2025. There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every spring.

     

    Credits: 3

  
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    ART 2121 - Calligraphy I


    [Choice:AR] This course covers the study and practice of historical scripts such as Quadrata, Bookhand, Rustica, Chancery, and Gothic.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2241 - Painting I


    [Choice:AR] This course introduces techniques in watercolor painting, including preparation steps, paper selection, color mixing, and painting methods. Instruction covers aesthetics, composition, and possibilities of the medium.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ART 1011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2251 - Sculpture I


    [Choice:AR] This course introduces students to historical and contemporary sculpture. Studio projects explore form, space, and dimension utilizing a variety of mediums. 

     

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3

  
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    ART 2301 - Photography I


    [Choice:AR] This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the art, science and craft of photography. The instruction covers such subjects as camera controls and operation, film exposure and development, black-and-white darkroom printing, print finishing and presentation aesthetics, and history.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    A fully functional and adjustable 35mm SLR camera with 50mm lens is required. There is a lab fee.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2302 - Photography II


    This course is designed for the advanced student and focuses on two areas of black-and-white photography: technical controls and artistic expression. Students refine their skill and understanding of exposure, density/contrast, and print-making and concentrate on developing a more perceptive and sophisticated visual ability and awareness of photographic possibilities. Landscape, portrait, street shooting, studio, and still life are included in the curriculum. A 35 mm camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed is required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ART 2301. There is a lab fee.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 2710 - Special Topics in Art


    This course offers topics of special interest in a variety of areas that are not treated in the regular curriculum. The course may be repeated once.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission of the instructor. There may be a lab fee.

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    ART 2910 - Independent Study in Art


    This course gives the student an opportunity to work on a special area of interest that is not possible through the standard curriculum.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission of the instructor.

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    ART 3020 - Digital Techniques


    This course concentrates on visual principles and digital techniques for painting and illustrating using industry-standard painting/illustration software as a tool to mimic traditional art mediums.  Students continue to develop their skills in both conceptual and narrative illustration.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ART 2012, ART 2241, and DGC 2025.  There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 3031 - Life Drawing


    This is a classic figure-drawing course, which explores human form and addresses such issues as anatomy, gesture, technique, and content. This course may be repeated once for credit. 

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ART 1011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 3050 - Painting II


    This course introduces techniques in acrylic painting, including preparation steps, canvas selection, color mixing, and painting methods. Instruction covers aesthetics, composition, and other possibilities of the medium. 

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ART 2012 and ART 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 3210 - Little Theatre Arts-Puppets and Masks


    This course uses creative approaches to puppetry and mask making. The instruction allows students to be involved in actual construction of puppets and their uses in various forms for performance.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course may be repeated.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 4410 - Collaborative Creativity in the Arts


    This course is a required culminating study for an interdisciplinary program of two or more areas in the Fine & Performing Arts curriculum. Students will explore the collaborative and creative influences one art form has upon the other, especially in integrating the individual art forms for aesthetic expression.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 4611 - Senior Thesis I


    This is the first part in a two-course sequence that constitutes the capstone for the BFA degree in Animation/Illustration.  Students will select and begin their “dream project” in illustration and/or animation and develop a plan to execute the project and determine how their capstone work can be used to either promote the project in the industry or further their education in a graduate program.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are formal acceptance into the Animation/Illustration BFA, senior standing and permission.  This course is offered every fall. 

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 4612 - Senior Thesis II


    This is the second in a two-course sequence that constitutes the capstone for the BFA degree in Animation/Illustration. Students will be required to complete their “dream project” in illustration and/or animation and execute their plan developed in Senior Thesis I.  Students will end the course with an exhibition and a presentation of their senior thesis. 


    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ART 4611 and permission.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every spring. 

    Credits: 3
  
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    ART 4710 - Special Topics in Art


    This course offers topics of special interest in a variety of areas that are not treated in the regular curriculum. The course may be repeated once.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission of instructor. There may be a lab fee.

    Credits: 1 to 3
  
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    ART 4910 - Independent Study


    This course gives the advanced student an opportunity to work on a special area of interest that is not possible through the standard curriculum.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission of instructor. The independent study contract must be approved, signed and submitted before the current semester’s registration period class.

    Credits: 1 to 3

Art History

  
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    ARH 2011 - Survey of Western Art I


    [Choice:AR] This course provides a survey of the history of Western art from prehistoric times to the early Renaissance, with emphasis on developing visual awareness and the ability to analyze works of art. This instruction examines selected works in terms of their historical and cultural elements and the phenomenon of stylistic change over the centuries.


    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ENG 1052. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ARH 2012 - Survey of Western Art II


    [Choice:AR] This course surveys the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. The instruction provides emphasis on developing the student’s visual awareness and ability to analyze works of art. The instruction consists of lectures that examine selected works in terms of their historical and cultural elements and the phenomenon of stylistic change over the centuries.


    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ENG 1052. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ARH 3080 - History of Animation and American Illustration


    This course introduces the student to the history, evolution, and popular trends of animation and American illustration from the industrial revolution to the present day. Students will also explore the relationship and influence of fine art and graphic design on the two narrative art forms and how animation and illustration have influenced fine art and graphic design.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ARH 2011 or ARH 2012. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3

Atmospheric Sciences

  
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    ATM 1010 - Elementary Meteorology


    [Choice:NS] Elementary Meteorology presents an introduction to meteorology, primarily for the non-science major. The course includes topics such as observing the weather, clouds and precipitation, radiation and weather phenomena, the laws of motion of the atmosphere, the general circulation, air masses and fronts, cyclones and anticyclones, the weather map, and introduction to weather forecasting. Lab work includes an introduction to weather map analysis and interpretation, thermodynamic diagram exercises, and climate-data manipulation. The course requires three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab period per week.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is Basic Math competency (MAT 0010 and MAT 0221). There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 4
  
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    ATM 1030 - Elementary Oceanography


    [Choice:NS]This course presents an introduction to oceanography, is designed primarily for non-science students, and includes a lab.  The course discusses life in the ocean, the composition of sea water, waves, tides, currents, ocean basin formation, and environmental issues related to the oceans.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is Basic Math competency (MAT 0010 and MAT 0221).  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every semester. 

    Credits: 4
  
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    ATM 1040 - Field Experience


    This experiential course includes a supervised on-site educational activity at an operational meteorological facility or an on-site instrument usage, data gathering, and data analysis experience as a major component. This course may be repeated when no duplication of experience results.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission. There is a lab fee.

    Credits: .5 to 3
  
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    ATM 1050 - Problem Solving in Atmospheric Science


    This course introduces at a fundamental level many of the important atmospheric physical processes such as radiation, thermodynamics, and the forces creating wind.  An emphasis is placed on problem solving and graphing scientific data.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The co-requisites are MAT 1410 or a higher mathematics course, and PHY 2031.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every spring .

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 1211 - Survey of Meteorology I


    [Choice:NS] This comprehensive course introduces the study of the atmosphere. The course is designed for meteorology and other science- oriented students and includes such topics as the structure of the atmosphere, weather instrumentation, temperature, seasons, humidity, clouds, precipitation, atmospheric stability, optical phenomena, and thunderstorms and tornadoes.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are high school physics or PHY 2031, and co-enrollment in MAT 1410 or higher. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 1211L - Survey of Meteorology I Lab


    [Choice:NS] This lab course covers basic weather data acquisition and understanding, in addition to standard introductory weather lab topics. The lab emphasizes hands-on experience and problem solving, and is taught in approximate tandem with the lecture topics in ATM 1211.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are high school physics or PHY 2031 and co-enrollment in MAT 1410 or higher and co-enrollment in ATM 1211. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 1212 - Survey of Meteorology II


    This second semester course continues ATM 1211 and builds on the principles learned in that course as a foundation for the exploration and study of such basic weather features as fronts, cyclones, and thunderstorms. The instruction introduces more specialized topics such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and climate. The course is designed for meteorology and other science-oriented students.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are MAT 1410 or higher, ATM 1211, and ATM 1211L. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 2
  
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    ATM 1212L - Survey of Meteorology II Lab


    This second semester lab course serves as a continuation of ATM 1211L and builds on skills learned in that course for a deeper study of decoding, map analysis and interpretation, and the Met Lab computer use. As in ATM 1211L, the instruction places heavy emphasis on the use of real-time data and problem solving. ATM 1212L is taught in tandem with the lecture topics presented in ATM 1212. This course is designed for atmospheric sciences and other science-oriented students.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 1211 and ATM 1211L and co-enrollment in ATM 1212. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 2020 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics


    This course provides an application of physics and calculus to the study of atmospheric thermodynamics. The course covers such topics as hydrostatics, thermodynamics of dry, moist, and saturated air, and thermodynamic diagrams.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are MAT 2532, ATM 1212, and the co-requisite is PHY 2062. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 2050 - Statistical Applications in Climate Science


    This course discusses inferential statistics, time series analysis, smoothing/filtering. empirical orthogonal functions, and analysis of variance.  These statistics are applied to climate data sets to study climate change and medium range weather forecasting topics.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2060. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 2060 - Survey of Climate Science and Statistics


    This course is a comprehensive study of climate for science majors.  The course explores controls of climates, the resulting global climate, and causes of climate change (including the global carbon cycle).  The course also emphasizes related climate statistics.  Statistical methods are studied and then used to investigate climate data using probability densities, descriptive statistics, point estimation, and hypothesis testing.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 1212 and ATM 1212L. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 4
  
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    ATM 2210 - Geophysical and Human Interactions


    This course examines the interactions among humans, the earth, and the atmosphere.  Topics include the human impact on weather, climate, tropospheric pollution, ozone, precipitation acidification, desertification, and biogeochemical cycles.  Societal, health, and economic impacts of these phenomena on the human condition are explored.  Policy, mitigation, and adaptation strategies to our changing climate are discussed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2060. There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3020 - Practicum in Forecasting and Broadcasting


    This course allows advanced students to use modern techniques to prepare forecasts that they broadcast on the college radio station, the “Weather-phone”, and the LSC Met Web page. The instruction consists of occasional class meetings and one-on-one critiquing/coaching which develops and improves each student’s descriptive science writing and forecasting ability. The course may be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM-2110 and TVS 2110. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 1 to 4
  
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    ATM 3110 - Remote Sensing


    The course lecture sessions provide an overview of the operation and performance of various meteorological sensors and platforms, including Doppler radar, wind profilers, balloons and sondes, satellites, aircraft, and ASOS. The laboratory includes the study and use of data and products from meteorological remote sensing systems, including launching a radio-tempsonde and analyzing its data.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 3140, ATM 3321, and ATM 3331. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3140 - Physical Meteorology


    Physical Meteorology studies the radiation processes in the earth’s atmosphere, cloud physics, atmospheric optics, atmospheric electricity, and aeronomy.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 2020, PHY 2061, and PHY 2062. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3170 - Weather Risk Assessment


    This course investigates weather and climate risks posed to society and industry.  Industries sensitive to weather risk are highlighted.  The assessment of risk exposure on weekly to seasonal time scales is accomplished using statistical analysis.  The process of monetizing weather and climate effects is described.  Effective risk management and decision-making are also discussed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2060.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3220 - Physical Oceanography


    This course emphasizes study of properties of sea water and generation of waves, tides, currents, and upwelling.  The course also discusses air-sea interactions, including moisture, momentum, and heat transfers.  In addition, the relationships among surfaces, deep water, and atmospheric circulations and climate change are discussed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3230 - Aviation Meteorology


    The course details all aspects of meteorology related to flight operations including icing, turbulence, low-level wind shear, and low ceilings and visibilities. The instruction includes decoding and interpreting pilot reports. The lab consists of analyzing data for aviation purposes and giving pilot weather briefings and includes visits to FAA Flight Service Stations and Air Route Traffic Control Center. The course is recommended for meteorology majors specializing in forecasting for NWS or USAF and for those going into TV weathercasting.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3270 - Television Weather Graphics


    This course introduces students to graphical software used in broadcast meteorology. Students will learn how to construct technically correct and visually appealing weather graphics using WSI software in their preparation of forecasts and presentations in the co-requisite TV performance course.  This course may be repeated three times.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 2110, TVS 2110, ATM 3020, and TVS 2221.  The co-requisite is TVS 3222 or ATM 4010.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 3280 - Seminar in Atmospheric Science Research


    This course introduces students to the research methodology and results associated with advances in understanding of atmospheric processes and weather events.  Students and faculty will watch, analyze, and discuss talks from experts in the field as a way of understanding the research process and the findings presented.  Course may be repeated twice.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The co-requisite is junior standing. This course is offered every fall semester.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 3310 - Forecasting Applications


    This course focuses on the application of weather information to weather-sensitive industries.  The course develops weather forecasting and technical skills through a variety of simulated forecast challenges for various clients.  This course illustrates how meteorologists add value to weather-sensitive industries.  Effective interpersonal communication skills and client relations are discussed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2060. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3321 - Atmospheric Dynamics I


    This first course in atmospheric dynamics utilizes physics and calculus. The instruction includes such topics as equation of motion on a rotating Earth, balanced flow, kinematics, circulation theorem, conservation of absolute angular momentum, mass continuity, vorticity equation, and wind-pressure imbalance.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 2020, MAT 2543, and PHY 2062. The co-requisite is ATM 3331. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3322 - Atmospheric Dynamics II


    This second course in atmospheric dynamics using vectors includes such topics as Rossby waves, quasi-geostrophic theory, and synoptic-scale instability theory.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 3321, and the co-requisite is ATM 3332. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3331 - Analysis and Forecasting I


    This course begins a survey of the entire spectrum of synoptic and meso-scale analysis and forecasting. It is designed to be taken in tandem with Atmospheric Dynamics I, so that the student may see direct applications of the theory learned in that course in addition to learning operational forecasting rules and techniques. The instruction allows students to experience the type of work routinely done by practicing forecasters, with the goal of gaining both a solid grasp of meteorological principles and the ability to produce and communicate sound forecasts.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2020. The co-requisite is ATM 3321. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 3332 - Analysis and Forecasting II


    This course continues a survey of synoptic and meso-scale analysis and forecasting. It is designed to be taken in tandem with Atmospheric Dynamics II, so that the student may see direct applications of the theory learned in that course, in addition to learning operational forecasting rules and techniques. The instruction allows students to experience the type of work routinely done by practicing forecasters directly, while gaining both a solid grasp of meteorological principles and the ability to produce and communicate sound forecasts.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 3331, and the co-requisite is ATM 3322. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4010 - Television Weathercasting


    This course allows advanced students an opportunity to prepare forecasts and present them on the college’s television station (LSCTV). The course consists of weekly class meetings and one-on-one critiquing/coaching to develop and improve descriptive science language/graphics and forecasting ability. The course may be repeated once.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 3020, ATM 3332, and TVS 3222. The co-requisite is TVS 4030. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 4020 - Tropical Meteorology


    This course provides a study of the tropical atmosphere, including climatology, mean structure and circulation, air-sea energy exchange, cumulus transport, easterly waves, and tropical storms. The instruction pays special attention to forecasting the formation, motion, and intensity change of hurricanes.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4030 - Synoptic Climate Science


    This course provides a climatological and statistical study of surface and upper-air synoptic features.  The planetary circulation features revealed are examined and discussed to enhance understanding of circulation behavior, with subsequent application to medium range weather forecasting.  The course includes analysis of teleconnections, atmospheric oscillations, creating synoptic climatological data, and forecasting applications to high impact weather events.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2060. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4040 - Hydrometeorology


    This course introduces hydrology with application to the atmosphere and upper one meter of the terrestrial surface. The instruction covers such topics as hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture transfer, surface runoff, flood prediction and mitigation, flash flooding, terrain influence on water flow, drainage basins, and natural and anthropogenic changes to hydrologic cycle. The instruction includes the study of computer models of soil moisture and canopy energy transfer to demonstrate air-soil moisture interactions.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4050 - Air Pollution Meteorology


    This course provides a study of the sources, transport, and forecasting of air pollutants. The instruction covers such topics as types of air pollutants, dispersion, mixing level determination, modeling, and regulations.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are CHE 1033 and ATM 2020. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4071 - Broadcast Meteorologist I


    This course focuses on deepening and broadening the student’s knowledge of meteorological and environmental topics.  The course serves as a means of enhancing the effectiveness of the broadcast meteorologist as a forecaster and as the station scientist.  Possible topics include review and application of topics from the undergraduate meteorology curriculum to an operational broadcast setting, coverage of weather safety and global change issues, and survey of the earth, space, environmental, and related sciences covered by broadcast meteorologists in their role as the station scientist.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The co-requisite is senior standing in an atmospheric sciences major.  This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 4072 - Broadcast Meteorologist II


    This course extends coverage of ATM 4071 to other meteorological and environmental topics suitable to the participants’ needs.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 4071.  This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 4110 - Numerical Weather Prediction


    This comprehensive course focuses on numerical weather prediction. The instruction covers such topics as the governing equations, numerical methods, history of numerical models in meteorology, initialization, objective analysis, and atmospheric predictability.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 3321 and ATM 3331. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4120 - Mesoscale Meteorology


    This course provides a comprehensive study of the structure, evolution, and dynamics of atmospheric phenomena having spatial scales between 2 and 2,000 km. Topics include sea/land/lake breezes, the dryline, coastal fronts, gust fronts, air-mass thunderstorms, multicell thunderstorms, supercells, mesoscale convective systems, bow echoes, derechoes, tornadoes, and gravity waves. Students will study the phenomena through examination of data from a variety of observing platforms, mesoscale models, case studies, and multi-media instructional modules.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 3321 and ATM 3331. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4130 - Space Weather


    This course examines the interactions between the earth and sun.  The physics of the sun and space weather events such as solar radiation storms, geomagnetic storms, and coronal mass ejections are explored from an observational and modeling perspective.  The course covers current forecasting techniques for space weather events along with their impact on life, property, and infrastructure.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is PHY 2063.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every even-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4140 - Climate Change Dynamics


    This course discusses the natural and anthropogenic impacts on the global energy budget, global carbon cycling, and radiative forcings.  This course considers general circulation dynamics and modeling, theories of climate change controls, and observational evidence for climate change.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The pre- or corequisite is ATM 3322.  There is a lab fee.  This course is offered every odd-numbered spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    ATM 4410 - Workshop on Weathercasting Techniques


    The instructor, a professional on-air weather broadcaster, leads discussion and analysis of the content and delivery of weather information as presented on television. Tapes from both experienced weathercasters and class members are critiqued in class. Students then practice and refine their on-camera skills in a TV studio under the guidance of that instructor. Students need to have previously taken, or to be taking concurrently, ATM 3020 and TVS 2221.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are TVS 2110, and permission. There is a course fee. This course is offered every semester. Course may be repeated twice.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 4610 - Mathematical Studies in Meteorology I


    Students will use their knowledge of mathematics techniques to investigate a meteorologically-related topic at a level beyond the level presented in courses required in the BS meteorology degree program.  

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 3322.  This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 4620 - Mathematical Studies in Meteorology II


    Students complete the research program started in ATM 4610, then write and present their work.  

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 4610.  This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 1
  
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    ATM 4710 - Topics in Meteorology


    This course offers a study of topics of special interest, not extensively treated in regularly scheduled offerings.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission.

    Credits: 1 to 4
  
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    ATM 4712 - Thesis in Atmospheric Sciences I


    This course discusses meteorological research methodology and then requires students to research and write a major paper on a topic in the atmospheric sciences.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisites are ATM 3321, ATM 3331 and ATM 3140. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 2
  
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    ATM 4713 - Thesis in Atmospheric Sciences II


    This course provides an opportunity for students to revise and expand the content and style of the report written in ATM 4712 into a technical report. The instruction covers the transformation of a technical report into a technical talk and includes the requirement of a presentation based on the paper written in ATM 4712.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is ATM 4712. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 2
  
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    ATM 4820 - Co-op in Meteorology


    This cooperative education course provides college credit for field placement with a commercial, governmental, or non-profit organization and is designed to provide the student with experience in practical application of theories and principles learned in the classroom. The work experience must be approved in advance by the department, the employer, and the college Cooperative Education Office. See also the section on Cooperative Education elsewhere in this catalog.

    Credits: 1 to 15
  
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    ATM 4900 - Independent Study, Directed Study, and Special Projects in Meteorology


    This course allows students to select a topic or project in meteorology for detailed independent or directed study under the supervision of a department faculty member.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is permission.

    Credits: 1 to 3

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    BIO 1110 - Bird Identification


    This course is designed for students interested in being able to identify the local birds in field and in laboratory. A final field test and bird list is required.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered by student request.

    Credits: 2
  
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    BIO 1210 - Introduction to Biology


    [Choice:NS] An introduction to the study of life, including cells, organisms, ecosystems, and evolution, and the techniques of the biologist.

    Credits: 4
  
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    BIO 2011 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I


    [Choice:NS] First semester of a two-semester course which examines the structure and function of the human body. Topics include: chemistry, cells, tissues, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 4
  
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    BIO 2012 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II


    This course is a continuation of BIO 2011. Topics include the structure and function of the other organ systems.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is BIO 2011. There is a lab fee. This course is offered every semester.

    Credits: 4
  
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    BIO 2020 - Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science


    This course addresses contemporary theories and techniques for data acquisition, processing and analysis from instruments typically used in the research and clinical settings of Exercise Science. The course integrates library and information technology towards evaluation and presentation of laboratory findings in light of published scholarship.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    The prerequisite is GEU mathematics. There is a lab fee. This course is offered in the fall.

    Credits: 3
  
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    BIO 2060 - Nutrition for Health and Fitness


    This course considers diet and its relationship to healthy lifestyles. Students analyze their own diets, body types, and activities by computerized nutritional and exercise assessment and a variety of body composition measures. Conclusions on these analyses are drawn from study of the chemistry and metabolism of nutrients, the physiology of body constitution and its changes, examination of dietary facts, fictions, theories, food supplements and labeling, eating behaviors and disorders and their medical implications.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every spring.

    Credits: 3
  
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    BIO 2070 - Introduction to Plant Biology


    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of plant biology. The instruction focuses on cell structure and function; tissue types and their organization in roots, stems, and leaves; physiology; genetics; and plant diversity. This course is part of a one-year introductory sequence in biology.


    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered every fall.

    Credits: 4
  
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    BIO 2370 - Biology Modules


    Biology Modules provides an introductory study of a specific topic in biology not duplicated elsewhere in the curriculum. These topics will often reflect the interests of biology faculty with respect to general principles and methodology of study.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    There is a lab fee. This course is offered by student request.

    Credits: 1 to 4
 

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