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Course Descriptions

The following brief course descriptions will provide students with an idea of what they will be studying in Idaho State University's Early College Program courses. Credit information is also provided. Courses offered in the high school may change. Students should check with their high school counselor for the most current list. For additional information on course descriptions please check the current undergraduate catalog at http://coursecat.isu.edu/undergraduate/

Anthropology

Course

Description

ANTH 1100

Discover Anthropology

(3 credits) Introduction to fields of anthropolgoy: physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and ethnology, and to biological and cultural development of humans. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Art

Course

Description

ART 1105

Drawing I

(3 credits) Introduction to the fundamental skills of drawing, including composition, proportion, light, gesture, and black and white media. Students will begin to explore technical and conceptual approaches to drawing. May cover still life, landscape, figure drawing. Investigate artists and stylistic periods.

ART 1106

Drawing II

(3 credits) Continuation of ART 1105; refine skills and further explore technical and conceptual approaches to drawing. Introduction to color. Continue investigating historical and contemporary artists. PREREQ: ART 1105.

ART 2241

Introduction to Painting and Composition

(3 credits) Introduction to methods, materials, and basic concepts of painting. 

ART 2271

Introduction to Ceramics

(3 credits) Techniques of forming ceramic art by coiling, slab construction, and throwing on the potter's wheel, with emphasis on form, glazing, and decorative techniques.

 

Auto Collision Repair

CourseDescription

ACRR 0101

Intro to Collision Repair Safety

 

(2 credits) The orientation and application of tool safety, shop practices, and shop equipment theories. Industry needs and standards will be addressed. Students will gain knowledge of proper use of equipment, tools, and safety that meet or exceed industry standards.

ACRR 0102

Intro to Welding for Collision Repair

(1 credit) Orientation to mild steel, automotive sheet metals, basic oxy-acetylene, MIG welding, plasma air arc cutting, equipment, tools, and safety.

ACRR 0103

Intro to Welding for Collision Repair Lab

(2 credits) Prepare students to perform basic welding processes and techniques including the application of mild steel, wire feed welding, automotive sheet metals, basic oxy-acetylene, MIG welding, and plasma air arc cutting. Students will gain knowledge and proper use of equipment, tools, and safety that meet or exceed industry standards.

ACRR 0104

Fundamentals of Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing

(3 credits) Fundamentals of basic metal finishing including the use of plastic filler, safety rules and procedures will be emphasized. "Right to Know" laws, OSHA guidelines, DEQ rules, and safe handling of hazardous materials are stressed.

ACRR 0105

Detailing and Polishing

(2 credits) This course covers the practical application of detailing and polishing fundamentals including that of pre-wash, paint defect identification, exterior polishing, interior renovation, environmental hazards, proper use of detailing equipment, and PPE. Gain knowledge of general safety and health practices, including the use of chemicals and detailing products.

ACRR 0106

Minor Collision Repair Theory

(1 credit) Basic theory in metal finishing and minor body repair. This includes straightening and prepping sheet metals, the proper use of plastic body fillers, abrasives, sanding techniques, and air tools. remove and install necessary trim and hardware to facilitate repair procedures.

ACRR 0107

Minor Collision Repair Lab

(2 credits) Practical application of metal finishing and minor body repair. This includes straightening and prepping sheet metals, the proper use of plastic body fillers, abrasives, sanding techniques, and air tools. Remove and install necessary trim and hardware to facilitate repair procedures.

ACRR 0108

Fundamentals of Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Lab

(3 credits) Focus will be given to completing practical exercises in refinishing single or multiple vehicle components and customer vehicles in a lab setting.

 

Biological Sciences

Course

Description

BIOL 1101

Biology I

(4 credits) Major concepts in biology with an emphasis on the acquisition of new knowledge, cell structure and function, principles of inheritance, and evolution. This course is for students majoring in the biological sciences. PREREQ: Student must be able to place into MATH 1108. COREQ; BIOL 1101L. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

BIOL 1101L

Biology I Lab

(0 credits) Assignments to apply principles from BIOL 1101. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

BIOL 1102

Biology II

(4 credits) Major concepts in biology with an emphasis on the development of diversity, plant and animal structure and function, ecology, and behavior. PREREQ; BIOL 1101; COREQ; BIOL 1102L

BIOL 1102L

Biology II Lab

(0 credits) Assignments to apply principles from BIOL 1102.

 

Chemistry

Course

Description

CHEM 1101

Intro to General Chemistry

(3 credits) Atomic structure, chemical calculations, solutions, acid-base reactions, and equilibrium. May not be used as a prerequisite to other courses in chemistry except CHEM 1102. PREREQ: MATH 1108 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Course

Description

COMM 1101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication

(3 credits) Basic course in oral communication that emphasizes the theory and practice of informative speaking, logical argumentation, persuasion, small group discussion, and interpersonal communication. Designed to explain the humanistic nature of human communication and to improve a student's ability to express ideas orally. Satisfies Objective 2 of the General Education Requirements.

   

Comparative Literatures

CourseDescription

CMLT 2207

Contemporary European Culture

(3 credits) European culture in French, German, and Spanish-speaking countries is examined in terms of its historical bases and its contemporary expressions in customs, institutions, lifestyles, literature, art, and music. Taught in English. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements. 

 

Dietetics

CourseDescription

NTD 2239

Nutrition

(3 credits) Descriptive survey of nutrients required by the human body and the health consequences of nutrition practices. Study of food sources and proper dietary selection needed to fulfill human needs. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Economics 

Course

Description

ECON 1100

Economic Issues

(3 credits) Introduction to current economic issue and how they affect individuals and society. Inflation, unemployment, government spending, taxes, wages, discrimination, retirement, welfare, education, profits, poverty, pollution, quality of life, and other issues will be discussed. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

ECON 2201

Principles of Macroeconomics

(3 credits) Introduction to the U.S. economy. Includes analysis of demand and supply as well as the topic of natural output, unemployment and inflation. Examines the roles of governmental spending and taxation and monetary policy conducted by the Federal Reserve. Patrially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

English

Course

Description

ENGL 1101

Writing and Rhetoric I

(3 credits) Course in which students read, analyze and write expository essays for a variety of purposes consistent with expectations for college-level writing in standard edited English. Partially satisfies Objective 1 of the General Education Requirements.

ENGL 1102

Writing and Rhetoric II

(3 credits) Writing essays based on readings. Focus on critical reading; research methods; gathering, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing ideas and evidence; documentation. Partially satisfies Objective 1 of the General Education Requirements. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 with a C- or better or equivalent.

ENGL 1115

Major Themes in Literature

(3 credits) Introduction to literature through the study of one or more major themes that cross historical and cultural boundaries. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with different content. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

ENGL 1175

Literature and Ideas

(3 credits) Introduction to the critical reading of various literary genres, with attention to the interpretation and evaluation of representative texts. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

Finance

Course

Description

FIN 1115

Personal Finance

(3 credits) Evaluate and analyze personal and public information and databases to develop financial literacy for budgeting, credit, borrowing, planning, insurance, investing and estate planning. Examine financial literacy within the larger context of the regulatory environment, society, data integrity and ethics. Satisfies Objective 8 of the General Education Requirements.

French

Course

Description

FREN 1101

Elementary French I

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in French and to acquaint them with the culture of the French-speaking countries. Practice in the language laboratory is required. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

FREN 1102

Elementary French II

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in French and to acquaint them with the culture of the French-speaking countries. Practice in the language laboratory is required. PREREQ: FREN 1101 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

FREN 2201

Ubterneduate French I

(4 credits) Extensive review of grammatical structures and continued emphasis on developing students' communication skills in French.  Contrastive study of culture as reflected in the French language. Practice in the language laboratory is required. PREREQ: FREN 1102 or equivalent. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements.

FREN 2202

Intermediate French II

(4 credits) Extensive review of grammatical structures and continued emphasis on developing students' communication skills in French.  Contrastive study of culture as reflected in the French language. Practice in the language laboratory is required. PREREQ: FREN 1102 or equivalent. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Geosciences

Course

Description

GEOL 1101

The Dynamic Earth

(3 credits) Understanding the Earth as a dynamic system. Explores the interaction between four major earth components: the solid earth, the atmosphere, the ocean and biological communities, including humans. Specific focus on climate change, natural hazards, and Earth resources. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

GEOL 1101L

The Dynamic Earth Lab

(1 credit) Focuses on the Earth System and the interaction of humans with the environment. Topics include: earth, wter and energy resources as well as natural and human-caused disasters. COREQ: GEOL 1100. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

 

German

Course

Description

GERM 1101

Elementary German I

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in German and to acquaint them with the culture of the German-speaking countries. Practice in the language laboratory is required. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

GERM 1102

Elementary German II

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in German and to acquaint them with the culture of the German-speaking countries. Practice in the language laboratory is required. PREREQ: GERM 1101 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Health Care Administration

Course

Description

HCA 1110

Introduction to Allied Health Professions

(3 credits) Introduction to the allied health professions with emphasis on interrelationships and the team approach to health care.

 

Health Education

Course

Description

HE 2200

Promoting Wellness

(3 credits) A survey of the issues and topics that most affect health and wellness. Particular emphasis is placed on the intelligent self-direction of health behaviors. Topics address individual health assessments and decision making skills.

HE 2221

Introduction to Community and Public Health

(3 credits) Concepts essential to understanding the discipline: competencies, ethics, health education theories and philosophies, and career opportunities for professional health educators in school and community settings.

 

Health Occupations

CourseDescription

HO 0106

Medical Terminology

(2 Credits) Body systems approach to theory and application of medical terms including anatomical, pathological, surgical and diagnostic as well as appropriate abbreviations. Equivalent to HE/HCA 2210.

History

Course

Description

HIST 1111

United States History I

(3 credits) Colonial origins and achievement of independence, constitutional government, national boundaries, and the preservation of the union. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

HIST 1112

United States History II

(3 credits) The domestic and international development of a plural, industrial society. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

HIST 1118

US History and Culture

(3 credits) An introduction to U. S. history and culture, including cultural change over time. Focuses on a significant historical theme, which varies by course section. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements.

HIST 2254

Middle East History and Culture

(3 credits) History of the Middle East as a world region form the emergence of Islam to 1500. Emphasis on cultures, peoples, and traditions associated with the Middle East and Islam. including the development and influence of social, political, and economic trends and institutions. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements.

Mathematics

Course

Description

MATH 1143

College Algebra

(3 credits) Functions and their graphs. Notation, domain, range, composition, and inverses. Basic transformations or graphs. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic, functions and their graphs, with applications. Theory of polynomial functions and equations. PREREQ: MATH 1108 or equivalent test scores. 

MATH 1144

Trigonometry 

(2 credits) Circular functions and right triangle approaches to trigonoetry. Graphs of trigonometric functions: amplitude, frequency, phase shift. Trigonometric identities, inverse functions, and equations. Introduction to vectors in the place, polar coordinates, and polar representation of complex numbers. PREREQ: MATH 1143 or equivalent test scores. 

MATH 1147 

Precalculus 

(5 credits) A single one-semester course equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 1143) plus Trigonometry (MATH 1144). Credit cannot be granted in both MATH 1143 and MATH 1147, or in both MATH 1144 and MATH 1147. PREREQ: MATH 1108. 

MATH 1153

Introduction to Statistics

(3 credits) Descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing for one and two parameters. Emphasis on applications to a wide variety of disciplines. PREREQ: MATH 1108 or equivalent test scores. Satisfies Objective 3 of General Education Requirements.

MATH 1170

Calculus I

(4 credits) Real-valued functions of one real variable: limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, applications. PREREQ: MATH 1144 or MATH 1147 or equivalent test scores. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements.

MATH 1175

Calculus II

(4 credits) Techniques of integration, trigonometric integrals, improper integrals. Applications of definite integrals. Sequences and series. Parametric curves in the plane, polar coordinates. PREREQ: MATH 1170.

Music: General Education

Course

Description

MUSI 1100

Introduction to Music

(3 credits)A listening-oriented course with Western art music as its principal focus. Designed for the general student. No music reading ability/performance skills are assumed. Credit cannot be granted in both MUSI 1100 and MUSI 1108. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

Physical Education

Course

Description

PE 2237

 Activity Performance Techniques III

(3 credits) Laboratory-enhanced skills in fitness and conditioning-based recreation, nontraditional games and activities. Emphasis on skill development and performance.

PE 2243

Anatomical Foundations of Human Activity

(3 credits) Study of human body structure including the neuromuscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and organ systems. Course is designed for health and physical education candidates.

Physics

Course

Description

PHYS 1111

General Physics I

(3 credits) Introductory physics course for students in scientific and technical fields, particularly the biological sciences; mechanics, wave motion, thermodynamics. PREREQ: MATH 1143 or MATH 1147 or equivalent. COREQ: PHYS 1113. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

PHYS 1113

General Physics I Lab

(1 credit) Demonstrating principles of physics. COREQ: PHYS 1111. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

PHYS 1152

Descriptive Astronomy

(3 credits) Survey of the historical and modern observation of the sky. Physical relationships in the solar system; planets, satellites, comets, etc., and theories of the creation of the universe and life in the universe. COREQ: PHYS 1153. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

PHYS 1153

Descriptive Astronomy Lab

(1 credit) Use of astronomical equipment, telescopes, cameras, etc. COREQ: PHYS 1152. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Political Science

Course

Description

POLS 1101

American National  Government

(3 credits) This class examines the United States political system covering not only the Constitutional basis, structure, and organization of the national government but also the interactions of individual citizens and organized groups in civil society with the institutions of government. Required for all students majoring in political science. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

POLS 2202

Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis

(3 credits) Introduction to critical thinking about politics. Students learn to comprehend and critically analyze discourse and writings on political and social issues, to identify errors in the logical or presentation of facts in political discourse, to be able to demonstrate independent political judgment by formulating logically valid and factually sound arguments. Required for all students majoring in political science. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements.

 

Robotics and Comm Sys Eng Tech

CourseDescription

RCET 0153A

Basic Electricity and DC Circuit Theory

(4 credits) The fundamental principles of basic electricity and DC circuit theory will be covered. Topics covered will include related technical math, safety procedures, components, and the principles of electrical circuit analysis including voltage, current, resistance, and related laws. COREQ: RCET 0155A

RCET 0155A

Basic Electricity and DC Circuit Lab

(2 credits) Students will construct, analyze, predict and measure DC circuits while selecting and using appropriate test equipment. Project reports require design concepts, theoretical application, and demonstration of principles and practices learned in math, theory and laboratory. Students will learn to adhere to safe work practices. COREQ: RCET 0153A

Spanish

Course

Description

SPAN 1101

Elementary Spanish I

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in Spanish and to acquaint them with the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

SPAN 1102

Elementary Spanish II

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in Spanish and to acquaint them with the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. PREREQ: SPAN 1101 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

SPAN 2201  

Intermediate Spanish I

(4 credits) Extensive review of grammatical structures and continued emphasis on developing students' communication skills in Spanish. Contrastive study of culture as reflected in the Spanish language. PREREQ: SPAN 1102 or equivalent. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements.

SPAN 2202

Intermediate Spanish II

(4 credits) Extensive review of grammatical structures and continued emphasis on developing students' communication skills in Spanish. Contrastive study of culture as reflected in the Spanish language. PREREQ: SPAN 2201 or equivalent. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements.

SPAN 2210

Spanish for Health Care I

(3 credits) A course designed to teach health care professionals how to communicate proficiently with Spanish-speaking patients. Integrates thematically related vocabulary, grammar, and culture with an emphasis on occupational communication. PREREQ: SPAN 1102 or equivalent.

SPAN 2211

Spanish for Health Care II

(3 credits) A course designed to teach health care professionals how to communicate proficiently with Spanish-speaking patients. Integrates thematically-related vocabulary, grammar, and culture with an emphasis on occupational communication. PREREQ: SPAN 2210 or equivalent.

 

Theatre

CourseDescription

THEA 1101

Survey of Theatre

(3 credits) An audience-oriented course in the creative processes and aesthetic principles which guide artists of the live theatre, film and television in the shaping and reflection of human value. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.