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New Courses 2016-2017

The following courses have been approved during the 2016-2017 academic year:

APMU 202  Orchestra (1)  A*
An exploration of music associated with classical chamber ensembles and preparation for group performances. Ensemble will meet weekly to develop ensemble performance skills.  In addition, students are expected to practice their individual parts and participate in active focused listening assignments on a weekly basis.  Prerequisite: Consent. Offered each semester.  *Four semester hours must be completed to fulfill the general studies requirement.

BIO 130  Principles of Biology I: Ecology and Evolution (4) 
An introduction to the biological sciences.  Topics include ecology, Darwinian evolution, population genetics, speciation, the origin of life, animal form and function, animal behavior, and biological conservation.  Designed for students intending to pursue a major in biology, EES, or ENVS. Offered each fall.

BIO 200  Principles of Biology III: The Diversity of Life (4)  L
Completes the introduction to the life sciences for Biology majors with a survey of all major lineages of organisms on the planet, including bacteria and archaea, fungi, plants, protists, and animals.  $50 lab fee.  Prerequisite: BIO 130 or BIO 132 and sophomore status or higher. Offered each fall.

BIO 424  Topics in Molecular Techniques (2-4) 
A focused study on molecular techniques necessary for research and biotechnology applications.  Students’ conceptual understanding, troubleshooting and lab-skills will develop on given topics. Topics vary with offerings and may include: gene cloning, gene expression analysis or characterization of protein expression and activity.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary.   Prerequisite: BIO 311. Offered in selected semesters.    

CJ 260  Comparative Criminal Justice (4) 
A presentation of the variety of ways criminal justice systems are organized and implemented around the world.  The social, cultural, and political background of different systems of justice will be evaluated.  Students will compare the criminal justice systems in the US with those of other countries.  Prerequisite: CJ 100 or SOC 100 or SOC 270 or POLS 111. Offered intermittently.

CJ 266  Criminal Procedure (4) 
The evolution and study of criminal procedures in the United States.  The course will give an overview of the most common topics examined by appellate courts that pertain to criminal procedure, in particular, involving the behavior of law enforcement.  Prerequisite: CJ 100. Offered intermittently.

CS 201  Intro to 3D Modeling/Printing (2)        
Introduction to 3D modeling and printing. Several software packages are used to create and manipulate 3D models. Topics also include a survey of current applications of 3D printing, the mechanics of basic 3D printing technology, and factors involved in achieving a successful 3D print. Prerequisites: Sophomore status or higher. Placement level B or higher, or Math 104 (grade of C or higher). Offered on demand.

ENG 262  Introduction to LGBTQ Literature (4)  T
An exploration of literary texts written by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer writers with attention to historical and cultural contexts.  Texts studied may include fiction, poetry, drama, essays and memoirs written primarily, but not exclusively, in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher. Offered intermittently.

ENVS 283  Seminar in Alaska (4)          
The natural laboratory of SE Alaska, together with collaborations with local experts and native elders, provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with environmental issues. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the complexity of environmental issues and the interdisciplinary nature of the search for appropriate solutions. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Course fee required. Offered selected summers.

HUM 201 Travel in the Humanities (1 or 2)      
A group travel experience to domestic or international location or locations guided by faculty. Students will have the opportunity to experience new locations and/or cultures and  to reflect on their experiences. Emphasis on artistic and humanistic aspects of the location, but will incorporate a variety of experiences. May be repeated for credit. Offered in selected semesters.

INST 305  Study Abroad Pre-Departure Seminar (1)
Offers students the opportunity to prepare for semester study abroad, focusing on knowledge and skills necessary for a successful experience abroad. Students examine a host of intercultural and international issues important for preparation to studying and living abroad. Issues related to practical study abroad preparation are also covered, including academics abroad, health, safety, and finances. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Global Scholars Program.  Offered every semester.

MATH 319 Algebraic Structures I (4)
An introduction to algebraic structures focusing on rings and fields. Topics include  homomorphisms and isomorphisms, ring structure, equivalence classes, quotient structures and polynomial rings. Prerequisite: MATH/CS 205 (grade of C- or higher) and MATH 217 (grade of C- or higher). Offered each fall.

MUS 254  Principles of Music Technology (4)  A
Introduces the core concepts of music technology and how to use them in creating, recording, and producing music.  The course includes a discussion of the principles of sound, MIDI, audio editing/recording software, music notation software, and using music technology in performance.  Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

MUS 355  Digital Music Workshop (4)
Develop an understanding of the strategies needed to create digital music in a variety of styles using computer software and MIDI sequencing. Prerequisite: MUS 254.  Offered intermittently.

PHIL 250  Topics in Philosophy (4)
A focused introduction to the practice of philosophy that concentrates on a single topic. Prerequisites: ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher, or consent.  Offered intermittently.

POLS 318  Germany in a Changing World (4)
This study away course, taught for three weeks in Berlin, provides an introduction to German politics over the last 70 years. It relates the historical developments in Germany to international developments over the same time, focusing on the political development of Berlin. Class discussions are complemented with excursions and guest lectures. Offered summer of odd-numbered years.

PSY 380  Supervised Research in Psychology (1-4)
Students work closely with faculty to develop, conduct, and/or report on a supervised research project.  Semester hours will be determined by time commitment. Prerequisites: Declared Psychology major or minor, or consent of a supervising professor.  May be repeated for a maximum of 8 semester hours. Offered on demand.

RELST 364  Mediating Religious Conflicts (4) V
This course highlights disagreements and conflicts between religions in the United States.  Through interreligious presentations, debates, and facilitation training, it seeks to develop the skills and dispositions that students can use to more fully negotiate the challenges created by differences, and to create opportunities for meaningful dialogue, cooperation and action. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status.  Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

Experimental

ENG 104  College Writing Workshop (1)
A workshop focusing on genre, analysis, revision, and reflection to support the writing assignments completed in ENG 105. Includes weekly meetings as a class to cover supplemental writing topics aligned with the topics covered in ENG 105 as well as weekly one-on-one conferences with the instructor. Prerequisite: consent.  Offered in selected semesters.

HUM 205  Reacting to the Past (4)
Using role playing games, students will explore important ideas and historical figures in a variety of time periods, from ancient Greece to 20th century Argentina and beyond. Through research, writing, and oral presentations, students will engage with challenging historical and contemporary issues. Game topics will vary semester to semester. Prerequisite: ENG 105 with a grade of C or better.  Offered in selected semesters.

REC 216  Introduction to Aquatic Rehabilitation (4)
This course is designed to familiarize students with introductory approaches used in aquatic rehabilitation. Instruction includes historical perspectives, biophysiology, aquatic techniques, and practice management issues. The course is augmented by in-pool demonstration/practice and the application of aquatic techniques discussed. Offered every summer.