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Core Curriculum - Course Descriptions

University Core Curriculum

College Composition

CENG 105 and 106. English Composition I and I. A one-year course emphasizing development of college-level writing skills. In CENG 105, students write multi paragraph essays, learning the importance of thesis, topic sentence and paragraph development, along with how purpose and audience control the focus of the idea. During CENG 106, they continue to work on multi-paragraph themes, including the persuasive essay and the research paper. A minimum grade of “C” is required for each course. CENG 105 is prerequisite to ENG-C 106. These courses may not be taken simultaneously. A writing proficiency examination is administered as a requirement for exiting CENG 106. (6 credit hours)
Foreign Language Culture

Two courses in the same Foreign Language at the Intermediate (200) level. Courses emphasize communication proficiency using the multimedia approach (Language in Action) and history and culture of the societies in which the language is spoken. A one-hour per week laboratory is required. (6 credit hours)

CHIS 201 and 202. The United States, Africa and the World I and II.

 A one-year course focusing on the historical foundation upon which the modern world is based as well as the theories and ideas--social, economic, political and geographical that have shaped a global society. The course will also generate an understanding of the history of the interactions between the various continental peoples of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. CHIS 201 examines perspectives, experiences and ideologies to 1865. CHIS 202 covers the period since 1865. (6 credit hours)

One course from the following approved Humanities Options:

CART 150. Art Appreciation.

Designed to provide students understanding and appreciation of the art forms of the world as well as knowledge of the social and intellectual influences affecting artistic forms. Lectures, discussions and visual aids are utilized to survey the painting, sculpture, architecture and other forms of art from different cultures. (3 credit hours)

CHUM 228. Early Period – to 1914

An introduction to the rich diversity of cultural forms that flourished prior to World War I, covering the period from approximately 1500 to 1914. The course emphasizes three areas of study: (1) basic similarities between cultures with little or no interactions; (2) non-European cultures, generally; and (3) the influence of earlier cultures on Western civilization. (3 credit hours)

CHUM 230. Modern Period: World War I – Present

An examination of developments during the twentieth century. The course focuses on major changes in aspects of human evolution in political systems; new directions in fine art and drama; novel philosophical themes; new technological inventions; new discoveries in science; and new forms of literary expression. The course will give particular attention to the emergence of cultural pride among people of the developing nations and the unlimited possibilities in an expanding world for cultural creativity or ultimate destruction. (3 credit hours)

CMUS 120. Music Appreciation

The course provides a background in perceptive listening skills and introduces musical elements, forms, and historical periods from a multicultural perspective. Students are assisted in understanding and appreciation of musical literature and are made aware of the multifaceted musical contributions of African Americans and diverse ethnic cultures of the world. (3 credit hours)

CSTA 252. Theatre Appreciation

The course examines how theater functions as an art form through the exploration of the interrelationships of the audience, performer and space; designed to study the nature of the theater experience by analyzing principles and practices that govern contemporary theater. Attendance at several professional theatrical performances may be required. (3 credit hours)

Computer Literacy

CIS 101. Information Technology and Computer Applications

Part I of the course assists students in learning to access information resources in various formats and disciplines. The second part assists students in utilizing a variety of computer and telecommunications technology. (3 credit hours)

One of the following courses:

CENG 201. World Literature I

Selected world masterpieces, with emphasis on literary texts from various cultures around the world; introduces concepts and vocabulary required for reading, analyzing and interpreting literature. CENG 201 explores literature from the beginnings to the Renaissance. Prerequisite: “C” or above in CENG 105 and 106. (3 credit hours)

CENG 202. World Literature II

CENG 202 explores literature from the Renaissance to the present. Prerequisite: “C” or above in CENG 105 and 106. (3 credit hours)


Two courses from the following sequences (the Department specifies the required sequence):

CMAT 103 and 104. Algebra I and II

A two-course sequence that is designed as a survey of college algebra and other pre-calculus topics designed to accommodate non engineering and non science majors as well as students who may later wish to enter calculus. CMAT 103 topics include: Real numbers, basic algebra, equations (first and second degree) and inequalities, functions and their graphs and mathematical problem solving (word problems). CMAT 104 explores more non-algebraic topics and assumes the students have mastered the topics of the first course. Topics of study include: Concepts of probability and statistics, interpretations of quantitative data and conversions to graphic form (such as linear programming and statistical graphs) with applications from majors areas of study, systems of equations, basic trigonometry and sequences and series. (6 credit hours)

CMAT 105 and 106. Pre Calculus I and II

A two-course sequence that is designed to lay a solid foundation for a thorough study of Calculus. The topics are primarily college algebra but with more rigorous treatment, and is recommended for mathematics, pre-engineering and science majors. CMAT 105 topics include: Algebraic properties, equations and inequalities of the second degree with applications, functions and graphs, linear and quadratic functions and the study of polynomials. CMAT 106 topics include: Introduction to trigonometry, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, exponential and logarithmic functions and the polar coordinate system. CMAT 105 is a prerequisite for CMAT 106. (6 credit hours)

CMAT 111 and 112. Calculus I and II

A two-course sequence that provides an introduction to the ideas of Calculus. CMAT 111 offers introduction to the limit of a function, differentiation and integration, their properties and standard applications. Topics from analytic geometry are introduced as needed. Prerequisite: contents comparable to CMAT 105-106. CMAT 112 is a continuation of CMAT 111, including an introduction to transcendental functions. Techniques of integration with applications to volumes of solids of revolution, surface areas, and centers of mass and selected topics, followed by parametric equations, polar coordinates. Prerequisite: CMAT 111. (4 credit hours each)


One course from the following Philosophy/Religion options:

CPHI 105. Critical Thinking

Course focuses on the development of intellectual skills for all areas of study and focuses on organization of ideas, identification of common errors in reasoning, and critical analysis of speeches and articles. (3
credit hours)

CPHI 221. Introduction to Philosophy

Course focuses on basic issues studied by philosophers. The topics covered include the nature of freedom, the rational foundations for atheism, human existence and meaning, the nature of knowledge and issues in aesthetics. (3 credit hours)

CPHI 231. Ethics and Human Values

Course provides detailed analysis of selected moral philosophers. Various approaches to value theory in conjunction with specific contemporary ethical issues are examined. (3 credit hours)

CREL 101. The Biblical Heritage

The study of the literature of the Bible and its influence on the shaping of Western culture. Modern biblical scholarship used to examine selected readings from the Old and New Testaments for their contributions to the understanding of human existence. (3 credit hours)

CREL 103 or 104. African American Religious Experiences

CREL 103 provides analysis of the origin, development and social significance of African American religious beliefs and practices from an historical perspective. CREL 104 emphasizes the contemporary period, including the latest developments in black liberation theologies. (3 credit hours each)

CREL 211. Introduction to Religious Studies

Introduction to the study of religion in a variety of contexts: historical, social, psychological, scientific, philosophical, artistic, and literary. Readings include representative works from the past and present. (3 credit hours)

CREL 250. Comparative Religion

Course offers a comparative survey of selected religious traditions from the East and West, including traditional African religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (3 credit hours)

CREL 251. Religious Ethics

Course examines major ethical issues confronting contemporary society and considers appropriate ethical responses to issues from a religious perspective. Topics include sexual ethics, abortion, racism, sexism, the ethics of war (especially nuclear war), capital punishment, genetic engineering, euthanasia, and professional ethics. (3 credit hours)

CHI 421. Philosophies of the African continent

Course examines the diversity of African philosophical thought. The intellectual traditions from both North and sub-Saharan Africa are studied. (3 credit hours)

Physical Education

One course from any CPED 101 or 102 offerings:

CPED 101 and 102. Physical Education

These courses develop recreational skills and abilities for current and future participation in leisure time activities and provide a rationale for a physically fit lifestyle. Activities include badminton, volleyball, basketball, beginning swimming, tennis, modern dance, jazz exercise, softball, individual fitness programs and varsity athletics. (1 credit hour)

The following courses/activity may serve as a substitute for physical education requirement:

MSC 110. Orientation: The Military Role in Perspective

Introduction to the Army ROTC program. Examines the need for military forces in society, the national security organization, and the Army’s role in American defense strategy as well as provides a rationale for a physically fit lifestyle and an opportunity to learn appropriate behavior for selected activities to promote fitness.

NS 110/111. Naval Science Drill

Leadership laboratory taken by all Midshipmen. Students receive a grade of “P” for satisfactory completion. Navel lab is taken by all Naval ROTC Midshipmen. Students participate in close order drill, physical training, military ceremonies and leadership training. Students are placed in leadership positions and evaluated on their development as a leader. Physical training is designed to prepare the student to meet Navy or Marine Corps physical standards and to maintain their level of fitness in the future. (0 credit)


CPSY 211. General Psychology

Course includes basic psychological concepts and methodology and surveys major research areas, including the nervous system, perception, learning, motivation, development and personality with emphasis on the influences of gender and culture. (3 credit hours)

CPSY 218. Human Growth and Development

Course includes examination of issues, theories, and research on the cognitive, social, personality, and physical development of humans throughout the life span, with emphasis on the influences of gender and culture. (3 credit hours)

CEDU 310. Educational Psychology

Course includes principles of psychology and their applications to educational practice. The course emphasizes various aspects of development, the nature of learning, educational measurements of learning, individual differences in rates and styles of learning, and modalities of learning. (3 credit hours)


Two courses from the following sequences (The Departments specify the sequence).
CBIO 101. Biological Science

A basic course in the biological sciences for non science majors that emphasizes the broad base of knowledge needed to assist in the development of a science literate public. Topics include the basic molecular and organismal concepts of life, living organisms (especially human beings (and their interactions with the response to their environment. Three (3) lecture hours and a two-hour laboratory per week.

CPHY 102. Physical Science

A basic course in the physical sciences for non science majors that covers basic concepts and topics of physics such as motion, space sciences, chemical process, conservation of energy, properties of heat, electricity and light. Application and emphasis are on providing students with a foundation for understanding the natural phenomena encountered in everyday experience through use of modern technology. Three (3) lecture hours and one (1) two-hour laboratory per week.

CBIO 111 and 112, General Biology I and II

CBIO 111 provides an introduction to the basic principles of biology covering cells, organisms, and genetics. Topics covered include the cell surface, the role of the nucleus in cell division and regulation. Cell chemistry, concepts of molecular biology, mitosis and meiosis, and alteration of generations receive special attention. CBIO 112 examines fundamental principles, concepts, and facts of specific areas in biology, such as development, behavior, population biology, and ecology. Covers developmental biology (growth and differentiation) and organismal physiology (nervous, hormonal, muscular, circulatory, excretory), and emphasis on regulation at the level of the organism. Both courses require three (3) lecture hours and one (1) three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credit hours each)

CCHE 111 and 112. General Chemistry I and II

CCHE 111 covers fundamental theories and laws, chemical calculations, equations, period classification of the elements, structure of matter and ionization. CCHE 112 involves the study of chemical and ionic equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, the chemistry of the metallic elements, and elementary qualitative analysis of cations and anions. Both courses require three (3) units of high school mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry.

CPHY 111 and 112. General and Modern Physics

CPHY 111 introduces basic physics concepts of mechanics, heat, and sound, with emphasis on applications in broad areas such as chemistry and biology. Prerequisites: three (3) units of high school mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry. CPHY 112 introduces students to basic principles in the physics of electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic physics. Prerequisite. CPHY 111. Both courses require three (3) lecture hours and one (1) three-hour lecture-laboratory per week. (4 credit hours each)

Social Science

One course from the following Social Science options:

CSOC 105. Culture and Society

The course explores social forces that affect behavior and values. Students consider among others, issues such as male/female relationships within institutions and society, racial and sexual inequality and the interaction between culture and institutions. (3 credit hours)

CPSC 106. Politics and Global Issues

The course introduces students to the study of politics. While the focus is on the theory and practice of democratic systems, alternative political institutions and processes are also examined. Particular attention is given to black politics, the political and socioeconomic status of African Americans and to the political system of the United States. The course also addresses the interdependence of nations, conflict and its resolution and contemporary ideologies. (3 credit hours)

CECO 107. Introduction to Economics

A one-semester survey course designed to introduce students to the fundamental theories and concepts of economics. Topics covered include demand and supply analysis, the function of markets in the allocation of resources, measuring economic activities in the private as well as the public sectors, problems such as unemployment, inflation, income distribution and poverty, and domestic and international financial institutions and the working of global market systems. (3 credit hours)


CSTA 101. Fundamentals of Speech

Fundamental principles of effective oral communication. Students become familiar with the communication process and the impact of communication on modern society. Students are provided a forum to explore the psychological ramifications of human communication and communication behavior. (3 credit hours)

First Year Student Seminar

Two semesters required for all first year students and transfer students with twenty-eight (28) or fewer credit hours.

CGED 100 and 101. First Year Seminar I and II

The seminars are provided to assist students to make the transition to college and to obtain the necessary academic and personal reinforcements to meet successfully the myriad demands of University life. The seminars focus on the following areas: Adjustment to the University, academic goal setting, university history, values clarification, and community service. Students are expected to complete (20) hours of service learning and to attend lectures, symposia, and university convocations. (1 credit hour each).