Oct 27, 2021  
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Interdisciplinary Studies

  
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    IDIS 1002 - Introduction to Disability Studies


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered once per calendar year

    This course will focus on disability within a social, cultural and historical context with an emphasis on how disability is and has been defined and understood on both a micro and macro level. The course will explore models of disability that seek to explain and represent experience, along with the ethical issues and implications of these models. The course will also introduce students to a theoretical and methodological approach to the examination of disability emphasizing disability as a social construction rather than a condition of medical or biological deficiency. Students will be encouraged to increase their ethical awareness of the complexity of the  biological deficiency. Students will be encouraged to increase their ethical awareness of the complexity of the disability as a concept through in-depth examination fo stigma, discrimination, individual and social representation of disability, models of disability and other psychosocial considerations. A strong emphasis will also be placed on understanding disability from a variety of cultural perspectives and assessing the impact of racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and socio-political factors on disability status. CTW, GDC

  
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    IDIS 1200 - Introduction to International Studies


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    The purpose of this survey course is to acquaint students with the field of international studies in the context of contemporary global change. Through lectures, films, performances and readings, the student gains perspective on some very rapid and important international political-economic transformations and cultural changes. CTW, GDCN

  
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    IDIS 1300 - Creative Arts


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years. Also offered evenings.

    Participants acquire basic skills in music, movement, visual art and language with which they create personal and group works. A final project demonstrating these skills as well as attendance, outside readings and final exam are required.

  
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    IDIS 1600 - Critical and Creative Thinking


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    In this course, students will explore the fundamentals of critical and creative thinking; the core of our thoughts and actions. Together, these fundamentals serve as the basis for understanding and perceiving ourselves and others in the world, and serve as the foundation for problem-solving in a rapidly evolving world order. Students will be challenged to reflect upon complex concepts and issues through analysis and synthesis, and to seek unique and useful responses to challenges and adversity. Interdisciplinary by nature, the value of such study is to enable students to develop into active and imaginative thinkers in a variety of areas; academic subjects, contemporary issues, and personal life experiences in the new century. CTW

  
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    IDIS 1800 - Global Issues


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course examines the interdependency of the world’s nations by focusing on current events in the international area and issues such as ozone depletion, pollution, the global economy, conflict and cooperation, population and hunger. CTW, GDCN

  
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    IDIS 1900 - Introduction to Peace Studies


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    In this introduction to the field of Peace Studies, through an interdisciplinary approach, the students will explore conflict—its origins, management, ramifications and attempts to move beyond it. Conflict will be explored on the individual, group, national and international levels.

  
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    IDIS 2000 - Women in Science and Technology


    3 cr. 4 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    We will study the contributions to the advancement of science and technology made by a selected group of women. For each of these women, we will examine her discipline, and her contribution to the discipline, and site her in an appropriate historical and cultural setting.

  
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    IDIS 2100 - Dilemmas of Peace and War


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years. Also offered evenings.

    This introductory-level course is an interdisciplinary study of the issues of peace and war. It interweaves history, political science, philosophy, literature and psychology through readings, discussions, lectures, media and class presentations. Cross listed with POLS 2100 

  
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    IDIS 2200 - Stress, Illness and Coping


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    This course focuses on the relationship between stress and illness, and on therapeutic interventions to decrease stress to promote health, to cope with chronic illness, and in some cases to reduce the risk of stress-induced diseases. Particular attention is given to holistic interventions supported by current research. Social, economic, political and cultural factors are critically examined to facilitate understanding of access to complementary and alternative health care interventions from various philosophical perspectives across the globe.

  
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    IDIS 2210 - Commonwealth of the Arts: Medieval to Baroque


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every semester.

    This course is cross-listed with MUSC 2210 

  
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    IDIS 2340 - Issues in Women’s Health


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    This course offers a multicultural and interdisciplinary examination of women’s health issues and problems, including socialization, selfesteem, sexuality, birth control, substance abuse and violence.

    Note: If minoring in Women’s Studies see advisor for course sequence.
  
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    IDIS 2400 - Caribbean Cultures


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    This course introduces the culture, politics, economy and natural history of the Caribbean, and the relation of these facets to the culture of our students.

  
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    IDIS 2500 - Culture and Society of India


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered every semester

    This course explores developments in India’s cultural heritage, historical epochs, religious traditions and socio-political movements from antiquity to the present. Class work involves numerous readings of articles on select topics and writing. This course is cross-listed with  . CTW, GDCN, HIST

    Prerequisite(s):  
  
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    IDIS 2540 - Global Issues in Film


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course introduces students to crucial global issues of our time, many of which principally concern developing, non-Western nations, but all of which will impact the future of the U.S. Through film viewings, readings, writing, and discussion, students will engage with global problems and learn to develop their own critical viewpoints on complex issues. Students will analyze both documentaries and narrative films as artistic treatments of human problems. Their final project will require an in-depth study of, and presentation on, media representations of global issues pertaining to one nation. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 2540 /POLS 2540 . CTW, GDCN

    Note: This course will be cross-listed as an English course and as a Political Science course. In addition, for those majors that require their students to take Global Issues, this course could substitute for that course.
  
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    IDIS 2550 - Art and Culture Abroad


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    This course is designed for our International Education’s Study Abroad programs. The topics covered in this course will vary according to the location of the program and specialty of the professors but will include many areas of interdisciplinary interest while enlightening the students as to the history, art and culture of the country they are visiting. Primary subjects may include art history, music, architecture and/or history; related and interdisciplinary subjects may include literature, film, religion, philosophy and/or food history. Each version of the course will concentrate on the local and national culture of the locale of the program. Possible locations include Verona, China, Barcelona, France, and Quebec. May be taken more than once for credit with departmental approval.

  
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    IDIS 2700 - Man, Society, and Technology


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    The course studies universal characteristics of technology, including effects of technology on society and culture. Topics of interest are researched.

  
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    IDIS 3000 - Integrative Seminar in Disability Studies


    3 credits 3 hours Offered once per calendar year

    This course continues the themes introduced in Introduction to Disability Studies (IDIS1002) with a focus on theoretical and methodological approaches emphasizing the experience of people with disabilities. Students in this course will be expected to begin the course with a submission of a portfolio containing disability related work from all courses taken with the Disability Studies Minor. At least one piece of work will be used as the basis for the development of a research project that will be completed and submitted at semester’s end. This course serves as the capstone for the minor in Disability Studies and is to be the last course to complete the minor. CTW

    Prerequisite(s): IDIS 1002 ; can be taken only after the completion of all other requirements of the minor.
  
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    IDIS 4000 - IDIS Capstone Seminar: Education


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    While the capstone seminar is required for all IDIS majors, the candidates who have a dual major in Interdisciplinary Studies and Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School and Special Education, have a capstone seminar designed to combine their majors. Candidates identify a topic theme in a content area that is connected with the Massachusetts Curriculum frameworks and then review the literature on the topics of one of their three areas in interdisciplinary studies. A thematic unit which may be implemented in the classroom and uses technology and an oral presentation is the key project. Metacognitive activities will be used to assist the university student in reflecting about their teaching and to identify areas for further development.

  
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    IDIS 4803 - IDIS (General Studies Capstone)


    3 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Special project or an independent research program. The course is proposed by the student on a special form provided by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies and approved by the advising committee. The content of this course should demonstrate the integration of the student’s fields of study. Contact the coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for further instruction.

  
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    IDIS 4805 - IDIS (General Studies Capstone)


    5 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Special project or an independent research program. The course is proposed by the student on a special form provided by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies and approved by the advising committee. The content of this course should demonstrate the integration of the student’s fields of study. Contact the coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for further instruction.

  
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    IDIS 4806 - IDIS (General Studies Capstone)


    6 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Special project or an independent research program. The course is proposed by the student on a special form provided by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies and approved by the advising committee. The content of this course should demonstrate the integration of the student’s fields of study. Contact the coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for further instruction.

  
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    IDIS 4809 - IDIS (General Studies Capstone)


    9 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Special project or an independent research program. The course is proposed by the student on a special form provided by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies and approved by the advising committee. The content of this course should demonstrate the integration of the student’s fields of study. Contact the coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for further instruction.

  
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    IDIS 4812 - IDIS (General Studies Capstone)


    12 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Special project or an independent research program. The course is proposed by the student on a special form provided by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies and approved by the advising committee. The content of this course should demonstrate the integration of the student’s fields of study. Contact the coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for further instruction.

  
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    IDIS 4815 - IDIS (General Studies Capstone)


    15 cr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Special project or an independent research program. The course is proposed by the student on a special form provided by the coordinator of interdisciplinary studies and approved by the advising committee. The content of this course should demonstrate the integration of the student’s fields of study. Contact the coordinator of Interdisciplinary Studies for further instruction.

  
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    IDIS 4900 - Independent Study


    3 cr.

    The Independent Study is open to students with the permission of the supervision instructor and the department. Meeting times and credit are determined upon approval.

  
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    IDIS 4903 - Independent Study in Women’s Studies


    3 cr. 3 hr.

    The Independent Study is open to students with the permission of the supervision instructor and the department. Meeting times and credit are determined upon approval.

  
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    IDIS 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr

    Directed study allows a student to carry out a non-research project or participate in an activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member. See the catalog description of Program Alternatives in The Curriculum  section for more details.


Italian

  
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    ITAL 1000 - Italian for Beginners I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The correct pronunciation, reading ability and fundamentals of grammar and syntax of the Italian language are studied. Students are taught the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Cultural topics are integrated with these skills. Italian gradually becomes the working classroom language. L, C, CTW, GDC

  
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    ITAL 1100 - Italian for Beginners II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring. Also offered evenings.

    The course is a continuation of ITAL 1000  or is taken with permission of the instructor. L, C, CTW, GDC

  
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    ITAL 2000 - Intermediate Italian I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall. Also offered evenings.

    The course introduces more advanced grammatical structures and incorporates the reading and discussion of texts presenting Italian life and culture. Emphasis is on developing conversational fluency. L, C

    Prerequisite(s): ITAL 1100  or permission of Instructor.
  
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    ITAL 2100 - Intermediate Italian II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The course is a continuation of ITAL 2000  or is taken by permission of the instructor. L, C

  
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    ITAL 2500 - Italy Through Film


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring. Also offered evenings.

    This course, taught in English, will explore Italian history, society and culture through works of Italian cinema from 1940s to the present day. Trends in cinematic style and genre as well as the contributions of noted directors such as Visconti, Pasolini, Antonioni and Fellini will be discussed, but primarily as expressive of socio-economic, historical, political, and artistic realities. Focus of class discussion and readings will be topics such as “The Myth of Italy”, “North-South Divide”, “The Changing Family”, “Roles of Women and Men”, “The Era of Fascism”, “Immigration and Emigration”, “Mafia”, “Terrorism”. Students will create their own blogs, participate in class discussions, give presentations, and develop a proposal for an original Italian film series. CTW, GDC

  
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    ITAL 3000 - Italian Culture (in English) I—From Antiquity to 1800


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    Taught in English, this introduction to Italian culture from Roman times to 1800, introduces students to literary texts such as those by Dante, poet of the Inferno; the brazen storyteller Boccaccio; the political scientist Machiavelli; and the brilliant playwright Goldoni in their historical context. The course also treats architecture (Roman, Medieval, Renaissance), art (Giotto, Masaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Caravaggio, etc.), and music (madrigals, early opera, baroque). Students will come to comprehend the beauty and complexity of Italian culture, as well as reflect upon the way it has shaped their own experience. There are no prerequisites for this course. L, C, IDIS, CTW, GDC

  
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    ITAL 3100 - Italian Culture (in English) II—From 1800 to the Present


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years. Also offered evenings.

    A continuation of ITAL 3000 , this course, taught in English, presents the dynamic expressions of Italian culture from 1800 to the present day will be presented. Works by the sublime poet Leopardi, the modern playwright Pirandello and the playful storyteller Calvino will be explored in their historical context, alongside contemporary currents in art, music and film. A four-week segment of the course will be devoted entirely to film, focusing on cinematic portrayals of Italy during World War II and the post-war period. There are no prerequisites for this course, which may be taken before or after ITAL 3000 . CTW, GDC

  
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    ITAL 3300 - Women in Italy


    3 cr. 3 hrs. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This seminar-style course (in English) focuses on the experiences of Italian Women through the centuries. Course material will include letters, memoirs, non-fiction, poetry, theatre, short stories and novels of Italian Women, linking them to key social, political and historical developments. Students will also be introduced to women’s voices in Italian cinema and music. L, C, IDIS, CTW, GDC

  
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    ITAL 3500 - Italian Conversation and Composition


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    The main focus of this course is to offer a substantial selection of authentic cultural material in Italian, as a stimulus for students’ extensive practice in writing and conversation in Italian. Students will come in contact will a variety of sources (newspapers, literature of various genre, advertising, songs and full-length films), becoming familiar with diverse linguistic registers and social appropriateness. L

  
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    ITAL 4901 - Independent Study in Italian


    1-3 cr. 3 hr.

    The Independent Study is open to students in the language with the permission of the supervising instructor and the department chair. Meeting times and credit are arranged upon request.

  
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    ITAL 4902 - Independent Study in Italian


    1-3 cr. 3 hr.

    The Independent Study is open to students in the language with the permission of the supervising instructor and the department chair. Meeting times and credit are arranged upon request.

  
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    ITAL 4903 - Independent Study in Italian


    1-3 cr. 3 hr.

    The Independent Study is open to students in the language with the permission of the supervising instructor and the department chair. Meeting times and credit are arranged upon request.


Latin

  
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    LATN 1000 - Latin for Beginners I


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course will be offered in a two-year cycle with LATN 1100, 2000 and 2100

    This is the first course in the introductory Latin sequence. In this course, students begin building their knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax necessary for reading the Latin language. CTW, GDC

  
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    LATN 1100 - Latin for Beginners II


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course will be offered in a two-year cycle with LATN 1000, 1100 and 2000

    This course is the second part of the introductory Latin sequence. In this course, students continue to build their knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax necessary for reading the Latin language. CTW, GDC

    Prerequisite(s): Students with 2-years or less of high school Latin may enroll in this course.
  
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    LATN 2000 - Intermediate Latin I


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course will be offered in a two-year cycle with LATN 1000, 1100 and 2100

    This course is the first part of the intermediate Latin sequence. In this course, students continue to build their knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar and syntax necessary for reading the Latin language. CTW, GDC

    Prerequisite(s): Students with 2-years or less of high school Latin may enroll in this course.
  
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    LATN 2100 - Intermediate Latin II


    3 cr. 3 hr. This course will be offered in a two-year cycle with LATN 1000, 1100 and 2000

    This course is the second part of the intermediate Latin sequence and the culmination of the training in the vocabulary, grammar and syntax necessary for reading the Latin language offered in LATN 1000 through LATN 2000. In this course, students read an actual work in Latin by an ancient Roman author. CTW, GDC

    Prerequisite(s): Students with more than 2-years of high school Latin may enroll in this course with permission of the instructor.

Mathematics

  
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    MATH 0100 - Basic Mathematics I


    3 inst. cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This class serves as a review of basic arithmetic skills and an introduction to elementary algebra.

  
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    MATH 0200 - Basic Mathematics II


    3 inst. cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    The course serves as a continuation of Basic Mathematics I. Concepts studied range from elementary algebra through quadratic equations.

    Note: 1: Institutional Credits do not count toward graduation. 2: All students must pass the Math Placement Exam or MATH 0200 before they are permitted to take any other college level mathematics courses.  Please refer to The Mathematics Readiness Program  for more details.
  
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    MATH 1200 - Finite Mathematics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    In this course a variety of discrete mathematical models are developed and applied to business and to the social and life sciences. Topics covered are chosen from matrices, linear programming, probability, financial models and game theory. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): Mathematics Readiness Requirement .
  
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    MATH 1250 - Introduction to Functions


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course provides a study of mathematical functions, graphing techniques, and applications. The functions covered in the class are linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic. Credit is awarded for only one of MATH 1250 or MATH 1300 , or MATH 1600 . SMT

    Prerequisite(s): Mathematics Readiness Requirement 
  
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    MATH 1300 - Precalculus


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course prepares students for the study of calculus. Topics covered include real numbers, equations and inequalities and analytic geometry, as well as polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions. Credit is awarded for only one of MATH 1250  or MATH 1300, or MATH 1600 . SMT

    Prerequisite(s): Mathematics Readiness Requirement 
  
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    MATH 1500 - Informal Number Theory


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every semester.

    Informal Number Theory focuses on the properties of the real numbers as the foundation of arithmetic and problem solving methods.  The importance of place value in number systems, fractions as numbers, divisibility properties, connections between numbers and geometry, and problem solving in various contexts will be stressed. This course is restricted to education majors. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): Mathematics Readiness Requirement 
  
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    MATH 1600 - Informal Mathematical Modeling


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course will cover relations, patterns and functions using multiple representations and focusing on the manner in which these concepts connect to mathematical ideas specified in the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks. Sequences and linear and quadratic functions will be covered in depth and some basic statistics will be included as well. Applications will be emphasized throughout the course. Topics chosen from the following will be included as time permits: basic probability, applications of exponential and logarithmic functions. This course is restricted to education majors. Credit is awarded for only one of MATH 1250 , MATH 1300 , and MATH 1600. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1500  or equivalent.
  
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    MATH 1700 - Applied Statistics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Methods of data collection, organization and interpretation, sampling, probability, estimation, and testing are applied to areas including biology, business, medicine, economics and education. Credit is not awarded for both MATH 1700 and MATH 1800 . Q, SMT

    Prerequisite(s): Mathematics Readiness Requirement 
  
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    MATH 1800 - Business Statistics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    Topics covered in this course include descriptive methods, probability distributions, estimation, testing, analysis of variance and regression analysis. Credit is not awarded for both MATH 1700  and MATH 1800. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1250  or MATH 1300 .
  
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    MATH 1850 - Freshman Seminar in Applied Mathematics


    1 cr. 1 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course will consist of a series of talks given by members of the Applied Mathematics community (either in academia or industry) demonstrating an application of applied mathematics with preparatory and follow-up work. The goal of the course is to present students with real-world applications of mathematics and pique their interests. It will introduce students to possible areas of study and the mathematics used in the talks. They are also introduced to background mathematics that will be used in the talks, which will give them motivation for a thorough grounding in mathematics.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1300 , MATH 2300  (co-requisite)
  
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    MATH 1900 - Discrete Mathematics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered in the Fall. Offered as CSC 1900 in the spring.

    This course introduces discrete mathematics as applied to computer science. Topics covered include Boolean logic, elementary set theory, functions, relations, enumeration, proof techniques, number systems and trees. Credit is not given for both CSC 1900  and MATH 1900. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1250  or MATH 1300 .
  
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    MATH 2000 - Informal Geometry


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    This course involves an intuitive study of basic geometry and its concepts. Topics include: symmetry, symmetry groups, properties of polyhedral, properties of circles and polygons, measurement and scaling. This course is particularly appropriate for future K-8 teachers. SMT

    Prerequisite(s):   and Mathematics Readiness Requirement 
  
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    MATH 2100 - Technical Calculus


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    Technical Calculus covers topics, such as limit and continuity, which support the concept of a derivative or an instantaneous rate of change. After the study of Isaac Newton’s derivative, the limit definition of the derivative, and techniques of differentiation, Technical Calculus introduces applications of derivatives with special attention to building, planning and architecture. Credit is awarded for only one of MATH 2100 , MATH 2200 , or MATH 2300 . SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1300  or equivalent.
  
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    MATH 2200 - Calculus for Business


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course surveys methods and applications of the calculus for functions of one variable, which are useful in business and economics. Topics include differentiation with applications to rates and maximum and minimum values, integration techniques with applications to areas, cost and rates. Credit is awarded for only one of MATH 2100 , MATH 2200 , or MATH 2300 . SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1250  or MATH 1300 .
  
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    MATH 2300 - Calculus I


    4 cr. 5 hr. Day courses offered every Semester.

    The derivative of a function, methods of differentiation and applications are studied. This course includes a computer laboratory component using computer algebra software. Credit is awarded for only one of MATH 2100 , MATH 2200 , or MATH 2300.MATH 2300  SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1300  or a score of 95 or higher on the Mathematics Readiness Requirement 
  
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    MATH 2400 - Calculus II


    4 cr. 5 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    The course involves the study of the Riemann integral, methods of integration, and applications. This course includes a computer laboratory component using computer algebra software. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2300  or its equivalent.
  
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    MATH 2500 - Introduction to Mathematical Thought


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The course is intended to introduce mathematics as the science of reasoning. Topics covered include elementary set theory, logic, mathematical induction, axiomatic systems and techniques of proof with applications in areas such as equivalence relations, modular arithmetic, function properties and graph theory. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 1300  or its equivalent.
  
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    MATH 2600 - Linear Algebra


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    In this course topics covered include the application of vector spaces, linear transformations and matrices. SMT

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2300 .
  
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    MATH 2860 - Introduction to Secondary School Teaching


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    This course is required of all students preparing for initial license at the secondary level. It is a sophomore level course for full-time undergraduates and the first course taken by transfer students. It is taught at the local high school and is a clinical laboratory experience. This course includes a 25 hour prepracticum requirement and is a prerequisite for other certification course requirements. Students become familiar with the complexities of secondary school teaching and its demands. The course gives faculty the opportunity to screen students and give students the opportunity to test their commitment to teaching.

    Prerequisite(s): 2.5 GPA.
  
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    MATH 3000 - Geometry


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered as needed.

    The course involves a formal study of basic concepts in geometry and the foundations of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry. This course is for mathematics majors or minors and students with a mathematics specialization—all others need permission from the instructor.

    Prerequisite(s):   or MATH 2600 .
  
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    MATH 3150 - Elementary Number Theory


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    This course involves the study of the properties of the integers. Topics covered include divisibility, prime numbers, congruences, Diophantine equations, cryptography, mathematical induction and computational number theory.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2500 .
  
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    MATH 3200 - History of Mathematics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The development of mathematical ideas and methods from ancient to modern times and their relevance to other fields of knowledge is studied. This course is intended for mathematics majors, mathematics minors or mathematics specialists.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2400 .
  
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    MATH 3300 - Calculus III


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    Course topics include conic sections, indeterminate forms, Taylor polynomials, infinite series (numerical and power), polar coordinates, and parametric curves.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2400 .
  
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    MATH 3400 - Calculus IV


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered in the Spring.

    The calculus of vector-valued functions, differentials, multiple integrals, quadric surfaces, and directional derivatives are studied. Optional topics include: double integrals in polar coordinates, line integrals, and differential equations.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2400 .
  
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    MATH 3500 - Methods of Applied Mathematics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    One of the core courses for students in the Applied Mathematics concentration of the Mathematics Department. Students in this course will learn the basic techniques necessary for performing research in an application of Mathematics to another field of study. Students will also learn to use a Computer Algebra System for analysis and visualization. Upon completion of this course, students should have a firm foundation for pursuing further study in Applied Mathematics, as well as have a good appreciation for the use of Computer Algebra Systems to aid the analysis and visualization of mathematical problems.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2300  and MATH 2600 .
  
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    MATH 3550 - Ordinary Differential Equations


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered as needed. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    Students examine linear first and second order differential equations, methods of solution and applications. Series solutions and higher order linear equations are considered.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2600  and MATH 3300 .
  
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    MATH 3900 - Mathematics Seminar


    1 cr. 1.5 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The Seminar provides the opportunity for problem solving and research on one or more topics outside the core curriculum areas. It may be repeated once.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2500  and MATH 3300 .
  
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    MATH 4000 - Real Variable Theory


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year. Also offered evenings.

    The course covers rigorous treatment of the foundations of differential and integral calculus with such topics as the real numbers, continuity, metric and Euclidean spaces.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2600  and MATH 3300 .
  
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    MATH 4012 - Practicum Seminar


    3 cr. 3 hr. Spring semesters concurrent with the practicum.

    This is a three credit course to be taken in conjunction with the mathematics secondary education practicum (“student teaching”). The purpose of the course is twofold: 1) to support teacher candidate completion of major practicum assessments (the Teacher Work Sample and Pre-Service Performance Assessment); and 2) to use professional collaboration protocols to improve teacher candidate work, especially in the area of classroom management. Students meet once a week throughout the semester. This course is cross-listed with BIOL 4012 , CHEM 4012 , ENGL 4012 , HIST 4012 

    Prerequisite(s): Admission to the practicum.
  
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    MATH 4050 - Topology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered as needed. This course may be offered less than once every two years.

    Topics covered include point sets, metric spaces, topological spaces, connectedness and compactness.

  
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    MATH 4150 - Advanced Multivariate Calculus


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    The differential and integral calculus of vector valued functions and functions of several variables are examined.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2600  and MATH 3400 .
  
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    MATH 4200 - Probability and Statistics I


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The course involves a careful development of elementary probability theory with applications followed by the study of discrete and continuous random variables, including the binomial, Poisson and normal.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 3300  or permission of the instructor.
  
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    MATH 4250 - Probability and Statistics II


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    Random variables and their probability distributions are used to study problems in estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and analysis of variance.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 4200 .
  
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    MATH 4300 - Abstract Algebra


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The course introduces algebraic structures, including groups, rings and fields.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2500  or permission of Instructor, and MATH 2600 .
  
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    MATH 4350 - Complex Analysis


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    The course covers the following topics: the complex number system, the analysis of complex functions, analytic functions, integration, series, contour integration and conformal mappings.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 3300 .
  
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    MATH 4400 - Operations Research


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    The course covers the following topics: linear programming, duality, networks, transportation problems, dynamic programming and stochastic models.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2600  and MATH 2400 .
  
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    MATH 4450 - Mathematical Modeling


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered as needed.

    Deterministic and probabilistic models from the physical, social and life sciences are studied. The course emphasizes the uses of mathematics, rather than the acquisition of new mathematical knowledge. New mathematical ideas are introduced only when they aid in the study of a particular application. Q

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2400  and MATH 2600 .
  
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    MATH 4500 - Numerical Analysis


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every other year.

    Numerical analysis is concerned with devising algorithms for approximating the solutions to mathematically expressed problems. Topics are chosen from round off error and computer arithmetic, solutions of algebraic and transcendental equations, interpolation and polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, solutions of ordinary differential equations, solutions of linear systems, and approximation theory. Both mathematical rigor and computer solutions are stressed.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2600 , MATH 3300 , programming ability in a numerical program language.
  
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    MATH 4600 - Senior Seminar in Applied Mathematics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered as needed.

    This course is designed for seniors in applied mathematics to complete the student’s senior project. They will meet regularly with the instructor to provide consultation with their project and work in conjunction with other students as needed. Since the topic for each student’s project will be selected by the student, the topics of the course will vary depending on the enrolled students. Each student will do a survey of the literature, define a problem statement, and develop a strategy for completion of the topic.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 4450  or  .
  
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    MATH 4850 - Special Methods in Teaching Mathematics


    3 cr. 3 hr. Offered as needed.

    The curriculum and pedagogy of secondary school mathematics is studied. The uses of technology in the teaching of secondary mathematics will be emphasized. The course includes a 30 hour pre-practicum of professional experiences.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 2400  and MATH 2600 ; MATH 2860  or ENGL 4700  and a 2.75 overall GPA and 3.0 in mathematics, passing the Communication/Literacy MTEL and 8-12 Mathematics Subject Area MTEL.
  
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    MATH 4860 - Mathematics Practicum in a Secondary School


    4.5 cr. Offered as needed.

    Students are assigned to cooperating schools for one half of one semester of student teaching.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 4850  and permission of the department.
  
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    MATH 4870 - Mathematics Practicum in a Secondary School II


    4.5 cr. Offered as needed.

    Students are assigned to cooperating schools for one half semester of student teaching.

    Prerequisite(s): MATH 4850  and permission of the department.
  
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    MATH 4900 - Independent Study


    1, 2, 3 cr.

    The Independent Study is open to students with the permission of the supervision instructor and the department. Meeting times and credit are determined upon approval.

  
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    MATH 4901 - Independent Study


    1, 2, 3 cr.

    The Independent Study is open to students with the permission of the supervision instructor and the department. Meeting times and credit are determined upon approval.

  
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    MATH 4975 - Directed Study


    1-6 cr.

    Directed study allows a student to carry out a non-research project or participate in an activity under the direct supervision of a faculty member. See the catalog description of Program Alternatives in The Curriculum  section for more details.

    Note: MATH 4850 

     


Military Science

  
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    MILS 1100 - Foundations of Officership


    1 cr. 1 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    An introduction to the personal challenges and competencies that is critical for effective leadership, including goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big picture understanding of the ROTC program and its purpose in the Army. HAF

  
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    MILS 1200 - Basic Leadership


    1 cr. 1 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    Focusing on communications, leadership, and problem solving, “life skills” lessons in this semester include: problem solving, goal setting, interpersonal communication skills, and assertiveness skills. Accurate information about life in the Army, including the organization of the Army, employment benefits, and work experiences of junior officers are explained. Participation in leadership laboratories and participation in off-campus training sessions (field training exercise) is also required. HAF

  
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    MILS 2100 - Individual Leadership Studies


    2 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    Team building techniques are introduced. Students build upon the basic leadership principles and leadership development methodologies to refine their understanding of leadership. Participation in leadership laboratories and participation in off-campus training session (field training exercise) is also required. HAF

  
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    MILS 2250 - Leadership & Teamwork


    2 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    The study of leadership principles and the introduction to formal policies such as equal opportunity, ethics, and values continue. Complex cases of risk management are studied. Small unit movement and military tactics are covered along with the elements of how the military trains its personnel. Participation in leadership laboratories and participation in off-campus training session (field training exercise) is also required. Students who complete MILS 1100 , MILS 1200 , MILS 2100  and MILS 2250 have fulfilled the 3-credit Health and Fitness requirement.

  
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    MILS 3150 - Leadership & Problem Solving


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    The focus is on development of individual leadership abilities. This course reviews leadership styles, management strategies and training techniques for leaders of small units. Promoting and developing communication skills and teamwork are addressed. Students examine leadership of small units conducting conventional combat operations and tactical employment of weapon systems.

    Prerequisite(s): MILS 1100 , MILS 1200 , MILS 2100 , MILS 2250 ) or advanced placement credit granted by Military Science department head.
  
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    MILS 3200 - Leadership & Ethics


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    This course is designed to continue the development as leaders by presenting instruction in the three foundational areas of leadership, interpersonal communication, and values and ethics. The leadership module contains an examination of Army leadership doctrine followed by expansion on key leadership concepts and provides feedback for cadet leadership self-development efforts. Attendance at monthly labs, attendance at formal social functions and an off campus weekend leadership exercise is required.

    Prerequisite(s): Advanced placement credit granted by Military Science department head.
  
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    MILS 4100 - Leadership & Management


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Fall.

    A focus on Army operations and training management, communications and leadership skills that support the beginning of the final transition from cadet to lieutenant. Students gain knowledge and proficiency in several critical areas, including the Army’s training management system, coordinating activities with staffs, and counseling skills. Three lab exercises and participation in the military staff ride is required.

    Prerequisite(s): MILS 3200  or advanced placement credit granted by Military Science department head.
  
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    MILS 4250 - Leadership & Officership


    3 cr. 4 hr. Day course offered in the Spring.

    A focus on completing the transition from cadet to lieutenant. Cadets organize and lead all the junior cadets. This course covers the military legal system, personnel actions and personal finances. It certifies fundamental competencies in land navigation, tactics, counseling, and interpersonal communications. The Capstone Exercise requires cadets, both individually and collectively, to apply their knowledge to solve problems and confront situations commonly faced by junior officers. Upon completion of this course the cadets will be prepared to shoulder the responsibility of being a commissioned officer in the United States Army. This course requires three hours of class work and three hours of physical fitness per week. Three lab exercises and a formal military ball are required.

    Prerequisite(s): MILS 4100  or advanced placement credit granted by Military Science department head.

Music

  
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    MUSC 1000 - Art of Music


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester. Also offered evenings.

    This course approaches the study of music as an aesthetic experience. Representative styles and categories from the Middle Ages to the present are explored. Students are required to attend professional concerts. AOM, ART, GDA

  
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    MUSC 1100 - From Woodstock to the iPod: A Social History of American Popular Music


    3 cr. 9 hr. Day course offered in the Fall. Also offered evenings.

    This course places American popular music from the late 1960s until 2000 in the context of the social issues that surround and shape it. It explores the influence of American popular music in the context of the social/economic/political issues that shape trends in technological advances, the development of the music business, demographic and economic shifts, and race and gender issues. The course covers topics including Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Disco, Grunge and Punk, MTV, portable music listening technology, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Generation X, the Rave Revolution, Nu-Wave/Metal and the emergence of hip-hop and rap cultures. ART, AOM

  
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    MUSC 1300 - Beginning Musical Instruction


    1-3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Private lessons are provided for the following instruments: baritone, clarinet, flute, horn, recorder, synthesizer, vibes, bass, double bass, guitar, oboe, saxophone, trombone, viola, bassoon, drums/percussion, harp, organ, Suzuki violin and cello, trumpet, violin, cello, harpsichord, piano, tuba, and voice. Three such credits count as one ARTS course for LA&S. May be repeated up to three times for credit.  See the Humanities department chair. A fee is required. ART, AOM

  
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    MUSC 1400 - Introduction to Music Technology


    3 cr. 3 hr. Day course offered every Semester.

    Provides an overview of music and technology, combining reference material with tutorial material. Focuses on acoustics, hardware operation, music theory, notation, and composition skills through instructional software and on creating, recording, and editing sounds with digital audio applications. Programs used include Sibelius, Pro Tools, and Reason. AOM, ART

 

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