2018-2019 Catalog 
    
    Apr 07, 2020  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Courses numbered 1000-2999 are lower-level semester courses; 3000-4999 are upper-level semester courses. Courses numbered less than 1000 are Institutional or Learning Support courses.

 

Art

  
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    ARTS 4891 - Special Topics in Art


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor. As needed

    Prerequisite(s) Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.
  
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    ARTS 4892 - Special Topics in Art


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s) Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.

Biology

  
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    BIOL 1107 - Principles of Biology I


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    An integrated introduction to modern biology from atomic particles to evolution. General topics to be considered include chemical, molecular and cellular basis of life, photosynthesis, cell metabolism, cell division, genetics, biotechnology, and evolution. This course provides content appropriate for science and non-science majors. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1011K  and BIOL 1107H .

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English and Mathematics.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 1107L .
  
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    BIOL 1107L - Principles of Biology I Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 1107L and BIOL 1011K  and BIOL 1107H .

    Corequisite(s) BIOL 1107 .
  
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    BIOL 1108 - Principles of Biology II


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    General topics to be considered include domain/kingdom diversity and classification, plant and animal structure and physiology, plant and animal reproduction, animal homeostasis, responsiveness, coordination, and ecology. This course provides content appropriate for science and non-science majors. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 1108 and BIOL 1108H .

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1107 +BIOL 1107L  or BIOL 1107H  with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 1108L .
  
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    BIOL 1108L - Principles of Biology II Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 1108L and BIOL 1108H .

    Corequisite(s) BIOL 1108 .
  
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    BIOL 2011 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A detailed, integrated study of the structure and function of the human body including basic chemistry of living systems, study of the cell; tissues; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English and Mathematics.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 2011L .
  
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    BIOL 2011L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Corequisite(s) BIOL 2011 .
  
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    BIOL 2012 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course includes a study of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2011  and BIOL 2011L , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 2012L .
  
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    BIOL 2012L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Corequisite(s) BIOL 2012 .
  
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    BIOL 2050 - Microbiology and Health Care


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A study of the basic microorganism including pathogens, culturing, methods of staining, disinfection and disease.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1107 +BIOL 1107L  or BIOL 1107H , or BIOL 2012 +BIOL 2012L , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 2050L .
  
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    BIOL 2050L - Microbiology and Health Care Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Corequisite(s) BIOL 2050 .
  
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    BIOL 2070K - Botany


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    Survey of plants, emphasizing evolution, variation and reproductive cycles of the major groups. Additional topics will include development, structure and function, as related to the vascular plants. This course is intended for science majors.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 2080K - General Zoology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A survey of the diversity of invertebrate and vertebrate phyla with emphasis on morphology, physiology, life histories, taxonomy and systematic. Laboratory will emphasize the identification and dissection of common vertebrates and invertebrates as well as examine the relationships between morphology and taxonomy. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3000 - Introduction to Biostatistics


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A variety of statistical techniques are presented. These techniques include but are not limited to: Survey of data and data types, graphical techniques for data display, central tendency and variability in data, probability distributions, parametric estimation and hypothesis testing and its applications to group comparisons, simple linear regression and correlation, multiple regression, categorical data analysis, and ANOVA. Statistical concepts will be presented and enhanced through the use of numerous real-life data sets and case studies. In addition, you’ll have myriad opportunities to practice through in-class discussions, homework exercises and class projects.  Fall

    Prerequisite(s) MATH 2000  or  MATH 1401 (eCore), with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3030K - Mycology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    An introduction to various taxonomic groups of fungi, emphasizing morphology, taxonomy, evolution, physiology, economic and ecological importance; includes the roles of fungi as both beneficial organisms and as causal agents in plants and animal diseases. Laboratory experiences will include classic morphological taxonomy, microscopic preparations and examination of specimens, selection of culture media, culture and identification of yeast, dermatophytes, and systemic and opportunistic fungi. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2070K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3040K - Plant Pathology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    An introduction to the principles and concepts of phytopathology. These topics will include: historical impact of plant diseases, microbial biology and life cycles for the various classes of organisms that cause plant diseases, disease development, environmental interactions, and disease control strategies. Emphasis will be placed on broad concepts rather than diagnosis and control of specific diseases. Laboratory exercises will augment topics covered in the lecture. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2070K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3060K - Entomology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    The study of insects including: taxonomy, morphology, physiology, behavior and evolution. The lab will focus on identification of the different groups with an emphasis on economically important species. An insect collection will be required. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3070K - Animal Behavior


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    An introduction to the major concepts of ethnology and behavioral ecology. The behavior of social animals will be emphasized. Topics include communication, reproduction, sociality, foraging, defense, migration, habitat selection and learning. Laboratory and field activities emphasize a quantitative, hypothesis testing approach to observing the behavior of animals. Data analysis and written communication of experimental results are incorporated.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3090K - Invertebrate Zoology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course entails a survey of the evolution, morphology, diversity, and ecology of invertebrates. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3100 - Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


    Cross-Listed With CHEM 3100  
    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course is a survey of the basic principles of biochemistry that emphasizes a broad understanding of chemical events in living systems in terms of metabolism and structure-function relationships of biologically important molecules. The descriptive chemistry of amino acids and proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids will be discussed. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 3100 and CHEM 3100 .  Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 2041 +CHEM 2041L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3101 - Biochemistry II


    Cross-Listed With CHEM 3101  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course focuses on metabolism and the transfer of information from Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to Ribonucleic acid (RNA) to protein. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 3101 and CHEM 3101 . Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3100  or CHEM 3100 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 3101L .
  
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    BIOL 3101L - Biochemistry II Laboratory


    Cross-Listed With CHEM 3101L  
    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Provides students with hands-on experience with common biochemistry bench top techniques and procedures including spectroscopy, chromatography, enzyme purification and kinetics, SDS-PAGE, and PCR. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 3100L and CHEM 3101L . Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3100  or CHEM 3100 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) BIOL 3101 .
  
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    BIOL 3102 - Advanced Biochemistry (Biochemistry III)


    Cross-Listed With CHEM 3102  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course focuses on biosynthesis of molecules that play major roles in various pathways; the structure, function, and regulation of genes and chromosomes; as well as more in-depth analysis of various cycles in the body. Exploration of newly published scientific papers deemed relevant to the course will be discussed. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 3102 and CHEM 3102 .  Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3101 +BIOL 3101L  or CHEM 3101 +CHEM 3101L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3180K - Field Botany


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    Introductory plant taxonomy with emphasis on laboratory and field study; principles of plant identification, classification, and rules of nomenclature; use of keys; collecting techniques; survey of major flowering plant families; field trips and laboratory work on collections. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2070K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3200K - Genetics


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A survey of modern genetics including: classical Mendelian, population, and molecular genetics. Selected topics include protein synthesis, gene regulation, chromosomal inheritance and variation, linkage and mapping. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replication, evolutionary genetics, and genetic engineering.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 1212 +CHEM 1212L  or CHEM 1211H  or CHEM 1211K , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3221 - Nutrition & Metabolism


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A comparative study of nutrients and metabolic pathways in animal systems. This course will focus heavily on the chemical aspects of nutrition including the study of nutrient nomenclature, structure, function, deficiency symptoms, digestive processes, metabolic pathways of major nutrients, and energy utilization.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 2040 +CHEM 2040L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3250 - Toxicology


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A study of the basic principles of toxicology, toxic agents in the environment, and the biological processes associated with toxic agents. Toxicology applies basic biochemical, chemical, pathological, physiological, and epidemiological knowledge to gain an understanding of why certain substances cause an alteration in biological systems. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 2040 +CHEM 2040L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3350K - Principles of Ecology & Evolution


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A study of ecological principles with emphasis on the interaction of individuals, populations and communities in the context of biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems. Subject matter includes adaptation and evolution; distribution and abundance of species; structure, dynamics, and regulation of populations; structure and development of communities; ecosystem energetic and nutrient cycling. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2070K , BIOL 2080K , BIOL 3200K , and CHEM 1212 +CHEM 1212L  or CHEM 1212H  or CHEM 1212K , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3401 - Medical Ethics


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The purpose of this course is to prepare students to deal effectively with issues within medical ethics by providing a detailed introduction to core ethical issues in medical ethics and public policy. Topics include ethical theories, contemporary approaches to medical ethics, doctor-patient relationship, confidentiality, truth-telling, autonomy, paternalism, and informed consent, abortion, cloning/embryo selection/genetic screening/eugenics, euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide/life support in vegetative state, performance-enhancing drugs. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3402 - Kinesiology


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course provides an introduction to kinesiology as an academic discipline, and includes training on fundamental concepts, the anatomy of movement/physical activity as is related to the musculoskeletal system, professional/career options, current issues, and professional responsibilities. Topics include nerve and muscle physiology, bone physiology, muscle activity and strength, shoulder complex, elbow and forearm complex, pelvis and hip, knee, ankle and foot, types of motion, planes of motion, speed velocity, and acceleration.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2012 +BIOL 2012L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3403K - Exercise Physiology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    An introduction to the physiological responses and adaptions to exercise. Topics include neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and hormonal systems as they pertain to acute and chronic exercise.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2012 +BIOL 2012L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3450 - Principles of Nutrition


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the science of nutrition emphasizing the impact food can have on the individual’s health and wellness. Students will identify the essential nutrients and their functions, as well as describe nutritional behaviors that promote optimal nutrition and disease prevention throughout the human life cycle. Energetics and food safety will be included. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 1212 +CHEM 1212L  or CHEM 1212H  or CHEM 1212K , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3500K - Introductory Microbiology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    An introduction to the structure and function of microorganisms. Topics will include; morphology, nutrition, physiology, genetics and molecular biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on prokaryotes; and their roles in nature and in infection and immunity.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 2041 +CHEM 2041L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3770 - Ornithology


    Cross-Listed With FRSC 3770  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Course lectures will focus on the physiology, morphology, evolution, ecology, and behavior of birds. Lab emphasizes gross anatomy and identification of Southeastern species by sight and sound. Students will be required to walk long distances, often through inhospitable terrain. A weekend trip will be required; other Saturday trips will be offered. A pair of binoculars and a field guide will also be required. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 3770 and FRSC 3770 . Spring, odd-numbered years

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3800K - Plant Anatomy


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A comparative study of the cells, tissues and organs of plants and their development in vegetative and reproductive structures of vascular plants. Emphasis on seed plants.  Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2070K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3850K - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A comparative study of the taxonomy, functional morphology, development, ecology and phylogeny of chordate and vertebrate organisms. Laboratory will have students dissecting selected vertebrate organisms and examining evolutionary adaptations and changes in morphology and anatomy. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 3880 - Herpetology


    Cross-Listed With FRSC 3880  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A course in the evolution, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Identification, taxonomy, and natural history of Southeastern species will also be included. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 3880 and FRSC 3880 . Spring, even-numbered years

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4050 - Soil Microbiology


    Cross-Listed With AGRY 4050  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course discusses the roles of soil and water microorganisms in the sustainability and productivity of various ecosystems with specific emphasis on plant microbial interactions, nutrient cycling, degradation of pesticides and other xenobiotics, generation of trace gases, and soil and water quality. The laboratory portion of the course will reinforce these concepts and provide hands-on experience with current techniques in soil and water microbiology. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 4050 and AGRY 4050 . Spring

    Prerequisite(s) AGRY 3510 , and BIOL 1107 +BIOL 1107L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4100K - Cell & Molecular Biology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course covers the novel concepts in molecular mechanisms essential to structures and functions of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Topics will include: organization and maintenance of cellular structure, metabolism, regulatory pathway, transcriptional regulation, protein synthesis, cell signaling and cell cycle. The laboratory provides an introduction to techniques used to interpret molecular functions of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. Topics will include selected experiment protocols on: Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and Ribonucleic acid (RNA) extractions, DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA methods, restriction enzyme endonuclease digestion, gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, southern blotting, analysis and reporting of gene expression and protein chemistry.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3100  and BIOL 3500K , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4150K - Neuroscience


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course will introduce students to neuroscience by examining the brain and its relationship to behavior. The topics covered will range from neuroanatomy and nervous system development to cell structure, function and signaling, associated sensory systems and information processing, in addition to executive functions such as learning, memory, cognitive, and speech. Emphasis will be placed on broad concepts. Laboratory exercises will augment topics covered in lecture.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  and BIOL 3100 , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4200K - Plant Physiology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    Cell and organismal physiology of plants, metabolic processes, water relations, mineral nutrition, morphogenesis. Also, the effects of age, light, natural rhythms, temperature, and other environmental factors on plant growth. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2070K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4250K - Animal Physiology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    The function of major systems in animals, including evolutionary changes and adaptation to specific environments. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  and BIOL 3100 , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4260 - Pathophysiology


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A study of disease as an abnormal biological process. Topics include etiology, symptoms, and the physical and psychological reactions to diseases and injuries. Common diseases and disorders are covered and emphasis is given to cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems. Students will interpret scientific principles, theories, and laws as they apply to the dynamic nature of scientific disciplines. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2012 +BIOL 2012L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4300K - Parasitology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    Development, identification, host-parasite relationships and medical importance of parasitic protozoa, helminths, and arthropods that infect humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  and BIOL 3500K , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4305K - Instrumental Analysis


    Cross-Listed With CHEM 4305K  
    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course covers the design, operational principles, and practical applications of modern instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Methods discussed will include separation identification and quantification of the chemical components of natural and artificial materials. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 4305 and CHEM 4305K .

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 2800 +CHEM 2800L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4350 - Population Genetics


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course focuses on the evolutionary processes affecting the distribution of genetic variation in a population of organisms. Topics covered will include Hardy-Weinberg, gene flow, genetic drift, recombination and linkage disequilibrium, natural selection, and the neutral theory of evolution. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3200K , and MATH 2000  or MATH 1401  or MATH 2053  or MATH 1501 , with a minimum grade of a C.
  
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    BIOL 4400K - Immunology


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course covers the fundamental principles of the immune systems that deal with both innate and adaptive responses in vertebrates. Emphasis on the study of the structures and functions of the immune systems in relationship to the roles of antigen-antibody responses, immune-competent cells and immunity to infectious diseases. Molecular and cellular basis of immunological concepts will be a part of this course. Topics will include: Antigen and antigenic determinant, Antigen-antibody reaction, antibody structure and formation, cellular and humoral response, complement system, inflammation, allergens and hypersensitivity reaction: Laboratory exercises will focus on experiment protocols on laboratory antigen-antibody reaction, monoclonal antibody formation, serological reaction, complement reaction, immunocy to chemistry, immunoassays (ELISA), and selected techniques. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3100  and BIOL 3500K , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4510 - Vertebrate Natural History


    Cross-Listed With FRSC 4510  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The life histories of vertebrate species are covered, with primary emphasis on the identification, ecology, behavior, taxonomy, and systematic of southeastern wildlife species. Credit toward graduation not allowed for BIOL 4510 and FRSC 4510  .  Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4550K - Tropical Ecology and Natural History


    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A course designed to explore various tropical environments and introduce the natural history of organisms common to those environments. Ecosystems, biodiversity, and environmental issues are introduced through lectures, field experiences, and discovery-oriented investigative experiences. Interrelationships of physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment and impact of human activities on these ecosystems are explored. Topics include geology and ecology/zonation of the following systems: rainforests, river systems, coral reefs, patch reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove and estuaries, intertidal beach and cave systems as well as taxonomy of selected organisms.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 2080K  with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4600 - Biological Research Methods


    Credit Hour(s) 2

    Topics will include critical analysis of research design and implementation; and writing research proposals. Students will select the Senior Thesis or Original Research option and write a proposal that will serve as the basis for the formal presentation in the required Senior Project course. 

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , MATH 2000  or MATH 1401 , with a minimum grade of C; and successful completion of 60 or more semester hours. 
  
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    BIOL 4601 - Biological Research


    Credit Hour(s) 2

    Students will work with an instructor conducting scientific research and participate in a new or ongoing research project. Work performed during an REU (paid internship), unpaid internship or at a facility other than ABAC may be used to satisfy the criteria for this course. 

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 4600  with a minimum grade of C, and permission of the department head.
  
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    BIOL 4602 - Research Methods for Health Science


    Credit Hour(s) 2

    An introduction to the principles of research methodology in the health sciences. The course will examine the context of research in the health sciences and will provide students with basic research skills. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) MATH 2000  or MATH 1401 BIOL 2012 +BIOL 2012L , BIOL 3401 , and BIOL 3450 , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BIOL 4790A - Biology Internship


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course offers students an opportunity to gain practical work experience in a field related to their selected area of concentration within the Biology major. Internships are supervised by a faculty member. Students and the employer/supervisor must complete additional paperwork (submitted as a final portfolio) as part of the Internship process, to include a project plan that details students’ goals, work hours, responsibilities, expected outcome; a summative evaluation by the supervisor; and an experiential report from students. Students work with close supervision and experience various tasks on-site. Students must work a minimum of 135 hours on the internship.

    Prerequisite(s) A minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and a minimum 60 earned credit hours.
  
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    BIOL 4890 - Special Topics in Biology


    Credit Hour(s) 1 to 4

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and 20 additional hours of biological science, with a minimum grade of C. Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.
  
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    BIOL 4891 - Special Topics in Biology


    Credit Hour(s) 1 to 4

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and 20 additional hours of biological science, with a minimum grade of C. Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.
  
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    BIOL 4892 - Special Topics in Biology


    Credit Hour(s) 1 to 4

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor. As needed

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and 20 additional hours of biological science, with a minimum grade of C. Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.
  
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    BIOL 4900 - Senior Project


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Students will prepare a formal presentation that satisfies the criteria for the Senior Thesis or Original Research option selected in BIOL 4600  . Students will be provided with evaluation criteria in advance and all presentations will be evaluated by a faculty panel using an evaluation rubric. Must be completed during the senior year.  Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 4600 

Business Administration

  
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    BUSA 1101 - Business Seminar


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    An industry awareness and exploration course consisting of various topics associated with business and economics.

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English.
  
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    BUSA 1105 - Introduction to Business


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    An integrative survey of the functional areas of business (finance, operations, marketing, human resources, etc.).

  
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    BUSA 2105 - Communicating in the Business Environment


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Emphasizes both interpersonal and organizational communications as they relate to the business environment; includes delivery of different types of speeches as well as written exercises appropriate to business practice; designed to develop written and oral communication skills including the clear, concise, effective oral presentation of ideas and to develop an acceptable speaking voice.

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English.
  
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    BUSA 2106 - The Environment of Business


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The course looks at the combination of internal and external factors that influence a company’s operating situation. It is an introduction to the legal, regulatory, political, social, ethical, cultural, environmental, and technological issues which form the context for business. It also includes an overview of the impact of demographic diversity on organizations.

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English.
  
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    BUSA 3050 - Business Statistics


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course introduces students to fundamental statistical tools and their use in business and economics. The goal of this course is to ensure that students can select appropriate statistical tools and apply them correctly in the business environment.

    Prerequisite(s) CISM 2100 , and MATH 2000  or MATH 1401 , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BUSA 3071 - Business Law


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course provides the business student with a study of the interrelationship of law and business. The course covers government regulation of business activities and the legal environment within which business must operate.

    Prerequisite(s) BUSA 2106  with a minimum grade of C. 
  
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    BUSA 4000 - International Business


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Through this course, students will develop an understanding of the management of organizations in a global business environment. The course looks at the general framework of the international business system, the manager’s role in it, and some of the specific instructions and practices, which affect international business.

    Prerequisite(s) MKTG 3131  or AECO 2260 , and  MGMT 3130  or AECO 1150 , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    BUSA 4790A - Business Internship


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The internship course supervised by a faculty member, offers students an opportunity to gain work experience in a field related to their professional interests.

    Prerequisite(s) Minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and minimum 72 overall earned credit hours toward the BS Business degree, and advisor approval.
  
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    BUSA 4790B - Business Internship


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The internship course supervised by a faculty member, offers students an opportunity to gain work experience in a field related to their professional interests.

    Prerequisite(s) Minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and minimum 72 overall earned credit hours toward the BS Business degree, and advisor approval.
  
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    BUSA 4790C - Business Internship


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The internship course supervised by a faculty member, offers students an opportunity to gain work experience in a field related to their professional interests.

    Prerequisite(s) Minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and minimum 72 overall earned credit hours toward the BS Business degree, and advisor approval.
  
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    BUSA 4791 - Business Internship


    Credit Hour(s) 6

    The internship course, supervised by a faculty member, offers students an opportunity to gain work experience in a field related to their professional interest.

    Prerequisite(s) Minimum 2.5 overall grade point average, and minimum 72 overall earned credit hours toward the BS Business degree, and approval from the Dean of the Stafford School of Business.
  
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    BUSA 4980 - Capstone: Senior Project


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    The capstone course is a project which provides a synergistic experience for business seniors. Students build skills in problem analysis, business case preparation, product/solution development, market research, presentation, and public speaking. Students also enhance their project management, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

    Prerequisite(s) Minimum 2.0 overall grade point average and minimum 90 overall earned credit hours toward the BS in Business degree. 

Chemistry

  
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    CHEM 1211 - Principles of Chemistry I


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A general course in chemistry including dimensional analysis, atomic and molecular structures, chemical and physical properties, gas laws, and solutions. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211H  and CHEM 1211K .

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English and Mathematics.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 1211L  and MATH 1111 .
  
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    CHEM 1211L - Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 1211L and CHEM 1211H  and CHEM 1211K .

    Corequisite(s) CHEM 1211 
  
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    CHEM 1212 - Principles of Chemistry II


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course includes thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, and selected descriptive chemistry. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212H  and CHEM 1212K .

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 1211 +CHEM 1211L  or CHEM 1211H  or CHEM 1211K , and MATH 1111 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 1212L .
  
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    CHEM 1212L - Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 1212L and CHEM 1212H  and CHEM 1212K .

    Corequisite(s) CHEM 1212 
  
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    CHEM 2040 - Fundamental Organic Chemistry I


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course covers basic topics of structure and function, organic reaction fundamentals, and stereoisomerism. Aliphatic and cyclic compounds, including alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohol, ethers, and alkynes, are studied. Emphasis is placed upon investigating the common types of reactions these compounds undergo. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 1212 +CHEM 1212L  or CHEM 1212H  or CHEM 1212K , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 2040L .
  
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    CHEM 2040L - Fundamental Organic Chemistry I Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Fall

    Corequisite(s) CHEM 2040 
  
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    CHEM 2041 - Fundamental Organic Chemistry II


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Topics include aromatic compounds, ketones and aldehydes, carboxylic acids, amines, and amides. The structure, function, and reactivity of these compounds are investigated. IR, MS, and NMR spectroscopies are utilized as an aid in determining the structure of simple organic compounds. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 2040  and CHEM 2040L , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 2041L .
  
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    CHEM 2041L - Fundamental Organic Chemistry II Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Spring

    Corequisite(s) CHEM 2041 .
  
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    CHEM 2800 - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course introduces students to statistics; the use of spreadsheets; principles of gravimetric and volumetric analysis; concepts of chemical equilibria as applied to acid-base precipitation and complex ion reactions; electrochemistry and potentiometry; ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy; and an introduction to modern chromatographic separations.

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 1212 +CHEM 1212L  or CHEM 1212H  or CHEM 1212K , and MATH 2000  or MATH 1401 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 2800L .
  
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    CHEM 2800L - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory


    Credit Hour(s) 1

    This course will provide hands-on opportunities for students that coincide with the material/experiments covered in lecture. Laboratory experiments include gravimetric analysis; precipitation, complexiometric, and reduction-oxidation titrations; potentiometric applications; calibration techniques using ultraviolet visible spectroscopy; and will also contain tutorials on the application of spreadsheets.

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 1212 +CHEM 1212L  or CHEM 1212H  or CHEM 1212K , and MATH 2000  or MATH 1401 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 2800 .
  
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    CHEM 3100 - Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


    Cross-Listed With BIOL 3100  
    Credit Hour(s) 4

    A survey of the basic principles of biochemistry that emphasizes a broad understanding of chemical events in living systems in terms of metabolism and structure-function relationships of biologically important molecules. The descriptive chemistry of amino acids and proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids will be discussed. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 3100 and BIOL 3100 . Fall

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 1108 +BIOL 1108L  or BIOL 1108H , and CHEM 2041 +CHEM 2041L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    CHEM 3101 - Biochemistry II


    Cross-Listed With BIOL 3101  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course will focus on metabolism and the transfer of information from Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to Ribonucleic acid (RNA) to protein. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 3101 and BIOL 3101 . Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3100  or CHEM 3100 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 3101L .
  
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    CHEM 3101L - Biochemistry II Laboratory


    Cross-Listed With BIOL 3101L  
    Credit Hour(s) 1

    Provides students hands-on experience with common biochemistry bench top techniques and procedures including spectroscopy, chromatography, enzyme purification and kinetics, SDS-PAGE, and PCR. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 3101L and BIOL 3101L . Spring

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3100  or CHEM 3100 , with a minimum grade of C.
    Corequisite(s) CHEM 3101 
  
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    CHEM 3102 - Advanced Biochemistry (Biochemistry III)


    Cross-Listed With BIOL 3102  
    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course will focus on biosynthesis of molecules that play major roles in various pathways; the structure, function, and regulation of genes and chromosomes; as well as more in-depth analysis of various cycles in the body. Exploration of newly published scientific papers deemed relevant to the course will be discussed. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 3102 and BIOL 3102 .

    Prerequisite(s) BIOL 3101 +BIOL 3101L  or CHEM 3101 +CHEM 3101L , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    CHEM 4305K - Instrumental Analysis


    Cross-Listed With BIOL 4305K  
    Credit Hour(s) 4

    This course covers the design, operational principles, and practical applications of modern instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Methods discussed include separation, identification, and quantification of the chemical components of natural and artificial materials. Credit toward graduation not allowed for CHEM 4305K and BIOL 4305K 

    Prerequisite(s) CHEM 2800 +CHEM 2800L , with a minimum grade of C.

Communications

  
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    COMM 1100 - Human Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A broad-based oral communication class focusing on public speaking, interpersonal and small group communication. Credit toward graduation not allowed for COMM 1100 and COMM 1100H .

  
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    COMM 1110 - Public Speaking


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Students will develop techniques in research, organization and delivery of different types of speeches; to develop communication skills including the clear, concise, effective oral presentations of ideas; and to develop an acceptable speaking voice.

  
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    COMM 2100 - Interpersonal Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Communication as it occurs in dynamic and small group settings. Primary concern is given to understanding how individuals use both verbal and nonverbal communication to affect relationships and how context affects outcome. Fall

    Prerequisite(s) COMM 1100  or COMM 1100H  or COMM 1110 , and ENGL 1101  or ENGL 1101H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    COMM 2300 - Communications Theory and Research


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Introduction to the nature of academic inquiry in communications, the basic structure and methodology of professional and academic research, resources available for access to published research, and the major theories that have evolved within the communication discipline as a result of research. Spring

    Prerequisite(s) COMM 1100  or COMM 1100H  or COMM 1110 , and ENGL 1101  or ENGL 1101H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    COMM 3100 - Professional Communication Methods


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Development, delivery and evaluation of effective means of communication by use of a variety of presentation methods. The use of current technology within different audience dimensions will be a focus.

    Prerequisite(s) COMM 1100  or COMM 1100H  or COMM 1110 , and ENGL 1102  or ENGL 1102H , with a minimum grade of C.
  
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    COMM 3325 - Intercultural Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Study of communication and cultural variables and how intercultural interaction affects participants and messages. Spring

  
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    COMM 3850 - Introduction to Public Relations


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    Designed for those new to public relations, this introductory course will survey the discipline including the professional foundation of ethics, law, and theory as well as the process, audiences, and professional practice areas. Students will focus on the historic and contemporary roles of public relations in society. Spring

  
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    COMM 4000 - Mass Media Industries


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A historical and social overview of the mass media and their relationship to the mass communication process in a modern society.

  
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    COMM 4210 - Communication Ethics


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course will explore the practical aspects of moral reasoning related to current issues in professional communications and examine the relationship of personal moral foundations to professional ethical codes in such fields as journalism, digital media, public relations and advertising. The essence of reasoning, rationality, and reflection on moral and ethical dilemmas with regard to communications issues will be addressed.

  
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    COMM 4500 - Persuasive Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A study of persuasive communication and how persuasive messages influence attitudes and behaviors. The course will examine how to effectively evaluate and develop advertisements, campaigns and other persuasive communication.

  
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    COMM 4890 - Special Topics in Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s) Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.
  
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    COMM 4891 - Special Topics in Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s) Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.
  
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    COMM 4892 - Special Topics in Communication


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This customized course offers students an opportunity to pursue study of a topic not covered in existing curriculum or to focus on a topic that lies beyond the prescribed curriculum appropriate to students’ interests or employment opportunities. The scope and nature of the material are determined in consultation with the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s) Reserved for upperclassman and permission of the dean.

Computer Information System

  
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    CISM 2100 - Spreadsheet Applications


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    This course enables students to create and use spreadsheets and workbooks as well as the creation and application of basic and advanced formulas and functions. The course will also explore advanced spreadsheet development techniques, chart and graph development and enhancement, working with templates and workbooks, and file sharing.

    Prerequisite(s) Completion of or exemption from Learning Support requirements in English and Mathematics.
  
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    CISM 2201 - Fundamentals of Computer Applications


    Credit Hour(s) 3

    A course designed to assure a basic level of computer applications literacy to include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and internet applications and a brief tour of current trends in productivity software.

 

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