GEM Approved Courses
Oral Communication SPE 101
SPE 101 - Speech Communication 3 Cr.
This course provides the student with a practical introduction to the theories and practices of effective oral communication. Emphasis is placed upon understanding the general principles of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and public communication. The student is provided the opportunity to examine, develop, and apply his/her own oral communication skills in varied communication situations. Course content includes: the human communication process, verbal and nonverbal communication, understanding self and others, listening, interpersonal skills, and organizing and presenting effective informative and persuasive speeches.
Written Communication ENG 101; ENG 102
ENG 101 - Writing I 3 Cr.
This course, based on writing as a process as well as rhetorical principles, is designed to develop effective non-fiction prose. Students will learn the use of documentation within the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. They will use writing to promote critical thinking.
ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature 3 Cr.
This course reinforces writing skills emphasized in ENG 101, Writing I; presents more sophisticated writing skills, not included in ENG 101; and introduces students to the study of literature. Students will use writing to promote critical thinking.
Mathematics MAT 110, 111, 116, 125, 164
MAT 110 - Intermediate Algebra 4 Cr.
For students who wish to improve their algebra skills for future mathematics or science courses. Topics include algebraic operations, linear functions and equations, exponents, radicals and quadratic equations.
MAT 111 - Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry 4 Cr.
Students will gain an increased knowledge of the topics of algebra and trigonometry and learn how these can be applied to solve problems. The use of a scientific calculator will be integrated into this work wherever appropriate. Topics will include exponents and logarithms, laws of sines and cosines, trigonometric functions and identities, and analytic geometry.
MAT 116 - Pre-calculus Mathematics 4 Cr.
To prepare for MAT 120M, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. Topics include an introduction to the theory of functions and transformations; polynomial, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions and equations; complex numbers; and the Binomial Theorem.
MAT 125 - Applied Calculus I 4 Cr.
Study of the basic concepts of calculus emphasizing applications to problems in business, the life sciences and the social sciences. This course is not to be used to satisfy the mathematics requirements in LAMS, CADD, ELEC or MECH.
MAT 164 - Introduction to Statistics 3 Cr.
Introduction to statistical concepts including descriptive statistics, basic probability rules, conditional probability, probability distributions, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing using one or two samples, correlation and regression. Computer applications and simulations are done using MINITAB, EXCEL, or other tools of technology.
Social Science ECO 101, 102; PSY 110, 210; SOC 101
ECO 101 – Macroeconomics 3 Cr.
A study of the principles of macroeconomics is intended to give students a working knowledge of the operation of the economy as a whole. It encompasses the measurement of national income, aggregate output, price-levels, and interest rates in a market economy. Particular attention is given to the issues of unemployment and inflation of such an economy and examines the merits and demerits of various government policies directed towards them. The macro economic data for the United States economy will often be used to illustrate various concepts and problems.
ECO 102 – Microeconomics 3 Cr.
Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and firms face and make the various choices. Economics is the study of the efficient utilization of scarce resources to satisfy a society of unlimited human wants. Microeconomics examines the interaction of firms, consumers and government in the allocation of these scarce resources. This course will introduce students to the economic analysis of choices made by individuals, businesses and industries. Students will learn how the price mechanism and concepts of supply and demand enter into and influence their personal choices. Students will also be exposed to those economic factors that tend to affect how businesses make production choices (theory of the firm). After developing the theory of the firm, the course will then examine this theory under conditions of perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopolies.
PSY 110 - Introduction to Psychology 3 Cr.
This course is a survey of basic psychology. Primary topics include research methods, the biological basis of behavior, learning, memory, motivation, personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. Additional topics include history, sensation and perception, cognition, emotion, growth and development, stress and coping, and social psychology.
PSY 210 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3 Cr.
This course is the scientific inquiry into the processes of human development from conception to death as viewed through psychological perspectives. Major topics include a historical overview of the study of development, research methods, and the roles of biological, cognitive and social factors in contributing to development across the life-span.
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 Cr.
Sociology is a social science that studies human behavior at the group or societal level. It examines how people interact, how groups or societies differ and how the groups or societies people belong to affect human behavior. No matter how personal our experiences are, they are influenced by social forces, forces that arise from the society of which we are a part; they exist outside of the individual. In this course, students become familiar with basic concepts of sociology and develop their sociological imagination - the ability to see the interplay between biography and history, individual and society; the ability to understand the connections between public issues and private troubles.
Humanities LIT 214
LIT 214 - American Literature Since 1865 3 Cr.
LIT 214 is designed to be a survey of the diverse literature of American writers from the Civil War period to the present day including works of Native American, African American and women writers.