Feb 27, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

The courses described below are listed in numerical order by discipline. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. If laboratory periods are required they are indicated after the description. For example, the notation “3+1” indicates 3 class periods and 1 lab period per week.


Business Administration

  • BA 2700 - Organizational Behavior

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 .
    Human behavior in organizational settings. Directed study in business organization, and behavior and motivation in groups. Theoretical and experiential study in productivity tasks, communication, and environmental variables, power, leadership and development. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 2720 - Construction Estimating

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2620 
    This course introduces students to the elements involved in the preparation of the contractor’s bid proposal. Students will explore performing quantity takeoffs, determining crew sizes, and calculating daily outputs and unit costs. The organization of bid packages for general and subcontracted work will be discussed including unit prices for labor, material, equipment productivity factors, overhead and profit.  Students will engage in conceptual estimating methods and cost variance analysis.  Credit(s): 3
  • BA 2760 - Decision Intelligence

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Application of decision intelligence methodologies and frameworks to organizational needs and opportunities. Emphasis is on creating prescriptive analytical models for scaled decision-making. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 2800 - E-Commerce

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 BA 2500 .
    This course will provide information about the transactions of goods and services using the World Wide Web. Topics will include product marketing, electronic orders and payments, order fulfillment, and customer service. Legal, privacy, and security issues and ecommerce trends will also be examined. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 2850 - Managing in a Legal Environment

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 .
    This course will present an overview of the legal environment from the perspective of the professional (non-legal) manager. The concentration for this course will be on the main sources of law, the major areas of common law that apply to managers, the major regulatory agencies that influence the management process, and the components of employment law. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 2950 - Data Visualization & Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Application of emotional intelligence and social networks to building effective organizations. Emphasis on understanding how biases, social constructs/networks, and organizational economics influence the optimization of organizational strategy. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 2990 - Special Topics in Business

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Directed study of a special body of subject matter in the field of Business. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Credit(s): 1-6
  • BA 3050 - Managing Complexity

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Application of service science and user experience research to enterprise structural development. Emphasis on applying human and information logistic strategy in organizational design. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3060 - Integrated Marketing Communication

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 
    Integrated Marketing Communications provides an overview of marketing media used to create compelling communications with target customers and stakeholders related to product, price, promotion, and distribution strategies. Project-based learning using traditional, digital, and social media marketing integrated communications are utilized in this course. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3070 - Construction Operations

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2620 
    This course serves as an Introduction to field documentation utilized in the construction process. It includes an understanding of contract documents, contract change orders, subcontract agreements, purchase orders and cost control reports. Introduction to the processes of planning, procurement, field records, and creation of progress reports for the effective administration of the time, cost, and quality of completed projects. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3080 - Ethical and Legal Decision-Making

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course will present an overview of the legal environment from the perspective of the professional (non-legal) manager.  The concentration for this course will be on the main sources of law, the major areas of common law that apply to managers, the major regulatory agencies that influence the management process, the components of employment law, and ethical theories and their implications in organizational decision-making.  Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3090 - Global Business and Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course will examine how businesses operate internationally and the differences which exist in today’s global business community.  Students will learn the skills required to lead people in diverse global settings and how to navigate the forces at work in the international business environment. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3110 - Project Management I

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 MA 2025  or MA 2010  or EGR 3430 .
    This course covers the models and practices of successful project completion including the management of financials, material resources, communications, and scheduling and tracking systems. Project planning techniques and systems are reviewed. 3 credits. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3120 - Introduction to Exchanges & Trading

    Prerequisite(s): ECON 2200  or ECON 2210 
    This course will explore the history of the trading industry, market structure around the world, and various instruments utilized in the market. The role of brokers, dealers, regulatory agents, and informed traders will be introduced. An understanding of orders, transaction costs, market manipulation, insider trading, trading innovations and technology will be emphasized. Trader simulation will enable students to capture trading experience in a controlled environment. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3160 - Professional Skills Development

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2700 .
    This course encompasses creating, understanding, and development of the soft skills necessary to achieve personal and organizational success. Students will develop networking competencies, public speaking/presentation capabilities, meeting management skills, the ability to create and deliver effectiveness of corporate communications are also addressed. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3200 - Business Ethics

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2850 .
    A study of ethical theories and their implications in contemporary corporate philosophy and organizational decision making. Topics include establishing ethical codes of conduct, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3220 - Digital Marketing and Analytics

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 
    Digital Marketing and Analytics explores the importance of data collection, data analysis, and data visualization in digital marketing. The role of digital marketing in integrated marketing communications is reviewed, and emerging digital marketing platforms are discussed. Project-based learning based on business scenarios are utilized in this course. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3250 - Using Data to Lead Change

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Application of service science and user experience research to enterprise structural development. Emphasis on applying human and information logistic strategy in organizational design. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3300 - Marketing Research & Decision Making

    Prerequisite(s): MA 2025 ; BA 2500 .
    This course will focus on the development and functioning of marketing systems and the formal tools of decision making. Collection techniques and the analysis of data, as viewed in management information systems, will be reviewed with actual applications and case studies. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3320 - Corporate Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Corporate Communication covers topics such as intranet/employee communications, multigenerational communication, issues/reputation management, crisis management, and stakeholder engagement. Management, marketing, organizational communication, reputation/brand management, assessing effectiveness of corporate communication are also addressed. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3450 - Customer Relationship Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 
    Customer Relationship Management explores the meaning and importance of building customer relationships. Students will design a customer relationship management (CRM) strategy and evaluate methods of CRM to improve product development, marketing strategy, and competitive advantage. Project-based learning based on CRM business scenarios are utilized in this course. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3460 - Evaluating Start-Up Potential

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2460 .
    Evaluating Start-up Potential is designed to provide a framework for evaluating the start-up potential of a business opportunity. Students will evaluate the start-up potential of a business idea through structurer lab work in entrepreneurial processes, opportunity analysis, and financing. The final project requires students to create business feasibility studies and contingency business plans. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3500 - Advertising

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    Consideration is given to the history of advertising, ethics of advertising, consumer makeup, social and psychological influences, the impact of advertising on demand for product and services, pricing, consumer choice, procedures of building actual ads, and media selection and campaigns. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3520 - Operations Research

    Prerequisite(s): MA 1025 .
    Provides foundational skills for exploring unstructured business problems. Covers techniques to approach decision making in a systematic manner, enabling students to become more comfortable in handling tasks or projects that are not initially well defined. Methods include Linear and Integer Programming, Transportation, Transshipment, and Assignment Problems, Goal Programming, AHP Modeling, Network Flow Modeling, Multicriteria Decision Making, Nonlinear Programming, Simulation building and testing, Queuing Analysis, Inventory Management and Forecasting (such as spreadsheets and visualization software). Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3550 - International Marketing

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    An analysis of the legal, economic, cultural and political factors affecting multinational marketing provides the focus for this course. A specific examination of identifying opportunities in foreign markets and the problems of pricing, promoting, and distributing products in those markets. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3560 - Entrepreneurship

    Prerequisite(s): ACC 2140 ; BA 2010 ; BA 2500 .
    A comprehensive review of business opportunities in a free enterprise system with emphasis on small business development. Includes research into the requirements to initiate a small business. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3570 - Construction Scheduling

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2620 
    This course continues the development of planning and scheduling techniques, building on previous experience with the critical path method. Students will engage in work breakdown structure, crew analysis, productivity, cost loading of schedules, and project cash flow. Students will be introduced to construction-specific scheduling software. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3620 - Strategic Supply Chain Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 ; BA 2030 ; BA 2530 ; BA 3520 .
    With increased globalization and offshore sourcing, global supply chain management is becoming an important issue for many businesses. This course explores modern global integrated supply chain management. The course enables students to appreciate the challenges of operating supply chains across international boundaries including how to manage various salient issues including sociocultural, economic, technological and political factors that may shape decisions relating to sourcing and moving goods and services across different geographical boundaries. Course material includes supply chain topics such as procurement, inventory management, operations, quality management, logistics and transportation. In addition, issues related to humanitarian logistics and ethical business practices in the context of evolving supply chains around the world are included. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3650 - Compensation Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2410 .
    This course will focus upon the planning and implementing of a total compensation system, including practical experience in job analysis, salary survey, and the development of a structured pay policy. An environmental study of the effects of compensation on behavior and legal implications of salary grades will also be included. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3710 - Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 ; BA 2700  or SS 2720 .
    A study of the theory and practice of leadership. The history of leadership studies is reviewed along with current research trends and models. Leadership is compared and contrasted with management. Students assess, develop, and present a leadership model that best succeeds in their work/life environment. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3720 - Construction Contracts

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2620 
    Students will review and analyze legal principles used to mitigate and avoid construction disputes and claims. Topics include basic principles of private and public construction, contractual relationships, and writing effective contract documents. This course will include a review of standard construction documents and their use in administration and risk considerations. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3760 - Entrepreneurial Business Plan & Growth

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2460 .
    This course takes students beyond exploring entrepreneurship and developing business plans. The focus of the course is on the entrepreneurial enterprise, i.e., on those enterprises that are established with one of their goals being the attainment of substantial growth (in sales, market share, or some other important measure). The processes by which organizations grow will be examined, as will problems encountered during growth and the common approaches to dealing with these problems. Students will systematically explore growth opportunities for existing businesses using entrepreneurial frameworks to create plan for pursuing a high-potential venture. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3800 - Labor Relations

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2410 .
    A study of union-management relations. It focuses on negotiations and administration of labor agreements with emphasis on the development and application of the more significant bargaining issues. It describes the transaction between two organizations – management and the labor union. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3950 - Design of Experiments

    Prerequisite(s): MA 2025 .
    To be able to plan an experiment in such a way that the statistical analysis results in valid and objective conclusions. To learn a variety of experimental designs and be able to choose an appropriate design for a specific study. To be able to perform the proper statistical analysis and draw valid conclusions from a specific experiment. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4010 - Quality Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 ; MA 2025 ; Junior standing.
    A study of various quality control and assurance concepts and their integration into a comprehensive quality management system. Topics emphasized are total employee involvement and teamwork, continuous process analysis and improvement, and the importance of a company-wide focus on customer needs. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4120 - Financial Services Valuation & Strategy

    Prerequisite(s): BA 3120 .
    This course provides a variety of concepts for the business professional. Topics include product pricing, inventory valuation, depreciation methods, payroll, investments, cost of borrowing money, and accounting basics, the basics needed for initial analysis of financial situations in business to make sound decisions. Students will explore loan amortization, financial statements of different business organizations, insurance, bank reconciliation, and the use of graphs and tables. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4150 - Applied Analytics Project

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Application and capstone of the Business Analytics certificate curriculum. Credit(s): 1-3
  • BA 4250 - Project Management II

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 ; BA 3110 ; MA 2025 .
    The course focuses on analysis and practical applications of planning and governance in the supply, development and procurement projects in several industrial applications. Emphasis is also placed on projects such as organizational form, the project’s relation to the permanent organization and the link between the project and the organization’s overall strategy. During the course practical project planning, organization and economic control are addressed and practiced. A number of case studies from various operations are used. The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge on project management, project development and project steering and control in various types of industrial activities. Special emphasis is placed on technology intensive projects such as R&D as well as extensive system delivery projects. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4320 - Web Analytics

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2320 MA 2025 .
    This course explores the use of web analytics tools to study the online experience in order to improve it. Also covered are social media analytics features, advanced segmentation displays, multi-dashboard configuration, and using Top 20 reports. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4500 - Purchasing

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    How materials, supplies and equipment are evaluated for business consumption provides the basis of the course. A step-by-step analysis of the purchasing function from the purchase request to the decision to buy. Included are the principles of vendor evaluation, material management and procurement. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4510 - Retailing

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    The course is designed for those who hope to become managers, owners of retail firms, or representatives of businesses that sell to retailers. Thus it considers the long-range problems of retailers. Cases and text material are used to develop an understanding of such problems related to establishing retail stores such as location, layout, buying, pricing, fashion, and retail research. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4700 - Training and Development

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2410 .
    Processes, methods, theories, and current practices of training and development activities in business and corporate settings. Human resources development practices which facilitate learning and change to enhance organizational objectives. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4760 - Venture Lab

    Prerequisite or co-requisite(s): BA 3760 
    Venture Lab requires students to operationalize frameworks for idea generation, feasibility, study analysis, market research, or business plan development; propose their project using the appropriate framework and expectations; and complete a semester-long experiential learning project. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4800 - Public Relations

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
    Study of principles, cases, and problems to facilitate understanding of the philosophies, objectives, and techniques of public relations in companies, corporations, and institutions. An examination of relations with employees, stockholders, consumers, community, educational institutions, suppliers, dealers, and government. The tools of public relations are examined and applied to case problems. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4910 - Business Policy/Strategic Planning

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and all business core courses: BA 2010 ; BA 2200 ; BA 2410 ; BA 2500 ; BA 2700 ; BA 2850 ; BA 3200 ; FIN 3600 .
    This course will focus on strategic planning, environmental analysis, internal analysis, policy formulation, and control methods. Case studies will be used to examine short-term and long-range plans and their consequences. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4950 - Business Internship

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or permission of the dean of the College of Business.
    Capstone course in which the student will participate in an actual industry setting as a trainee member of the management team. In addition to work experience, the student will also participate in a seminar program discussing the relationship of principles and theories to actual operations in the industry. Credit(s): 1-6
  • BA 4960 - Senior Project

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and permission of the dean of the College of Business.
    Application of business principles to an extended project. Credit(s): 1-6
  • BA 4965 - Supply Chain Management Capstone

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2520 ; BA 2530 ; BA 3520 ; BA 3620 ; BA 3950 ; Senior standing.
    The supply chain management capstone course is designed for students to synthesize both the theoretical and practical skills they have learned throughout the program in a collaborative capstone project using a simulation or a case analysis. Under the case analysis, students will address supply chain management challenges by developing a plan for adding value to the management of the supply chain by focusing on logistics, purchasing, quality processes, and ethical and global considerations. Under a simulation approach, students will experiment with supply chain and channel management strategies in an engaging game-like exercise. The goal is to place students in a simulated environment where they will launch new products to the market and manage the entire supply chain. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 4990 - Special Topics in Business

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the College of Business.
    Directed study of a special body of subject matter in the field of business. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Credit(s): 1-6


  • CH 1000 - Fundamentals Of Chemistry

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Measurement and units; significant figures; matter and energy; atomic and molecular structure; formulas and equations; chemical bonding; stoichiometry; balancing equations; states of matter; solutions; acids; bases and salts. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 1150 - Chemistry for Health Professionals

    Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry or CH 1000 ; MA 1030 .
    A foundation for further study in the health fields, students enrolled in this course develop understanding in topics from general chemistry, such as matter, measurements, bonding, pH, equilibrium, and introductory kinetics. Introductory concepts from organic chemistry (such as nomenclature, functional groups identification, and basic reactions) and biochemistry (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and amino acids) are explored to understand biomolecular chemistry. Classroom and laboratory are integrated. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 1220 - General Chemistry & Lab I

    Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry or equivalent; MA 1090  with a C or better or concurrent with MA 1100  or MA 1200 .
    A quantitative approach to general chemistry; atomic and molecular structures; reactions and stoichiometry; gas laws; thermochemistry; chemical bonding; properties of solutions. Classroom, laboratory and computer activities are integrated. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 1230 - General Chemistry II

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1220  with grade of C or better.
    Chemical kinetics; gaseous and solution equilibria; thermodynamics; metals and their properties, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry; electrochemistry. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 1240 - General Chemistry II Lab

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1220 . Co-requisite(s): CH 1230 .
    Extending topics in the associated General Chemistry II course, this hands-on laboratory addresses reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, and transition metals. Topics also include laboratory safety, use of laboratory equipment to collect quantitative data, analysis of chemical reactions, acid-base titrations, and introductory spectroscopic methods. Credit(s): 1
  • CH 2400 - Organic Chemistry I

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1230  with a grade C or better. Prerequisite or co-requisite(s): CH 2410 .
    Topics include bonding principles, intermolecular forces, nomenclature, isomerism, stereochemistry; synthesis and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, aromatic compounds and functional groups. Addition, elimination, and substitution mechanisms. Also included in the course is a study of pKa and pH, and an introduction to instrumental analysis. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 2410 - Organic Chemistry I Lab

    Prerequisite or co-requisite(s): CH 2400 .
    Expanding understanding in the linked lecture course (Organic Chemistry I), topics include melting points, boiling points, simple distillation, fractional distillation, extraction, recrystallization, and synthesis of short-chain and single-ring organic compounds studied. Students will hone skills in chemical hygiene, laboratory safety, and use of ground glass equipment. Credit(s): 1
  • CH 2500 - Organic Chemistry II

    Prerequisite(s): CH 2400  and CH 2410  with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite(s): CH 2510 .
    Topics include nomenclature, isomerism, stereochemistry, synthesis and reactions of functional groups, nucleophilic substitutions and eliminations mechanisms, spectroscopic analysis of organic molecules, and the study of organic functional groups in biomolecules. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 2510 - Organic Chemistry II Lab

    Co-requisite(s): CH 2500 .
    Topics include laboratory safety, use of groud glass equipment, melting points, boiling points, simple distillation, fractional distillation, extraction, recrystallization and synthesis of various types of organic compounds studied in Organic Chemistry II.  Credit(s): 1
  • CH 2990 - Special Topics in Chemistry

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of Dean of College of Arts and Sciences.
    Directed study of a special body of subject matter in the field of Chemistry. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Credit(s): 1-6
  • CH 3500 - Analytical Chemistry

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1230  and CH 1240  with a grade of C or better. Co-requisite(s): CH 3510 .
    Topics include statistical analysis of analytical data, acid-base equilibria, acid-base titrations, electrochemistry, analytical separations, as well as atomic and molecular optical spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography and electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry. Credit(s): 3
  • CH 3510 - Analytical Chemistry Lab

    Co-requisite(s): CH 3500 .
    Topics include statistical analysis of analytical data, acid-base equilibria, acid-base titrations, electrochemistry, analytical separations, as well as atomic and molecular optical spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography and electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry. Credit(s): 1

Child Development

  • CD 1100 - Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course examines the historical, philosophical, legal, and social foundations of education through socio-cultural lens. In addition, students will explore the professional skills, competencies and dispositions necessary to provide an effective and meaningful education to a diverse student body. This course emphasizes the research and study of these principles as they relate to modern trends and issues in PreK-12 educational environments. Credit(s): 3
  • CD 4020 - Diverse Learners in Today’s Classrooms

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    In today’s classrooms, educators must consider the legal and ethical principles impacting instruction and knowledge of learners. This course introduces and identifies principles and theories, as well as foundational knowledge and practice that are relevant to laws, policies, and historical points of view that encompass human diversity issues and their impact on a child’s success at school. The foundations established in the course will be utilized to influence professional practice and equip educators with the knowledge of instructional planning, best practices, and differentiated instruction for all exceptionalities. Maximizing opportunities for success includes understanding all exceptionalities and models of collaborative instruction and inclusion of support services. Credit(s): 3
  • CD 4060 - Inclusive Content Assessment

    Prerequisite(s): CD 4020 .
    Creating assessment. Class members will develop knowledge and skills of assessment and grading practices for all students in inclusive general education classrooms. Essential elements of assessment include: Formative, summative, and standardized assessments, assessments as diagnostic tools, developing learning targets, understanding assessment protocols, defining mastery, developing and using rubrics, as well as how to utilize student feedback to improve instruction. Credit(s): 3


  • COMM 1250 - Foundations of Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course introduces students to the foundational topics of Communication studied in today’s scholarship; topics include verbal and nonverbal communication, common obstacles to interpersonal and group communication, and the relationship between language and personal identity. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 1400 - Public Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course introduces students to the principles and practices of effective oral communication for diverse audiences. Students will select, organize, and deliver messages for various structured public communication settings. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2150 - Visual Meaning

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 1252 .
    This course explores basic principles, theories, and applications of non-discursive methods of communication. Students will first analyze and evaluate images, especially photographs and videos as communicative messages. Also, students will develop skills in creating and producing multiple forms of non-discursive communication using various tools and design platforms. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2210 - Design Fundamentals

    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course introduces concepts in visual design. Student will learn about graphic elements, style, grids, color theory, organization, proportion, and scale. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2350 - Interpersonal Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 ; ENG 1252 .
    This course focuses on the process of interpersonal communication as a dynamic and complex system of interactions; it also provides theory, actual practice, and criticism for examining human interactions in work, family, and other social contexts. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2450 - Writing for Journalism

    Prerequisite or co-requisite(s): ENG 1252 .
    This course provides a survey of written journalism; topics include writing for various journalistic purposes as well as an introduction to the journalistic process. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2460 - Typography and Layout

    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course emphasizes type as fundamental to successful graphic design skills. Students will learn how to choose and specify type as well as the foundations of type as a visual element, type applications, and type design. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2650 - Video Storytelling

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2450 .
    This course will teach students to produce visual stories with video, images, and text. These visual stories can be featured in film, the internet, social media, and media broadcasts. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2700 - History of Mass Media

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course provides an overview of mass media. The course begins with Gutenberg’s first press and the role newspapers played in American history from the Colonial period to today, and then it considers the present state of the mass media and future directions it appears to be taking. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2750 - PR for Sports

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 1252 .
    This course explores a sports organization’s key publics. Students will learn how to evaluate relationships as well as foster desirable and meaningful relationships between the sports organization and the public. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2800 - Social Media Communication

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 1272 .
    This course explores the history, evolution, and growth of social media as 21st century communications process. Students will learn advances that contributed to the growth of social media as well as social media’s impact on society. Additionally, students will learn how to develop social communication plans and understand how to effectively communicate on various social media platforms. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2990 - Special Topics in Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Directed study of a special body of subject matter in the field of Communication. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Credit(s): 1-6
  • COMM 3000 - Language and Culture

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 ; ENG 1272 .
    This course introduces students to the study of signs and the way signs mediate meaning and provide the foundations for a culture’s beliefs, emotional responses, and ideological positions. Students will focus upon the connection between words and thoughts, and the ways visual images and nonverbal behaviors communicate meaning. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3410 - Introduction to Animation

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2210  
    This course introduces basic pre-visualization skills in the graphic design field. Students will use traditional drawing methods to communicate con­cepts for digital design, storyboarding animations, and 3D modeling. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3450 - Multimedia Journalism

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2650 .
    This course requires students to utilize multimedia techniques into interactive projects used in the field of journalism. These projects include audio, photo, video, and other forms of technology that journalists use in their careers. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3510 - Digital Imaging

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2210  
    This course introduces the aspects of digital imaging. Students will learn basic saving methods, selection, and retouching tools as well as be intro­duced to scanning procedures, layers, masks, and various other aspects of imaging software. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3600 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 ; ENG 1272 .
    This course introduces major rhetorical theories that students can apply to various media forms. Students will learn how to use the various theoretical approaches to analyze and criticize both discursive and non-discursive methods of communication. Through the study of rhetoric, students will examine the ways in which ideologies and behaviors are formed.  Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3650 - TV Broadcasting

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2650 .
    This course introduces reporting and anchoring for television broadcast formats. Students will prepare and produce television programs that are pre-scripted, live, or improvised. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3750 - Radio and Podcasting

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2450 .
    This course provides hands-on experience to learn the concepts and skills necessary for radio and pod casting. Students will use professional audio recorders and editing software to create their own program. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3800 - VFX and Motion Graphics

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2210  
    This course focuses on visual effects and how to incorporate motion graphics into digital media content. Students will learn how to use soft­ware that integrates this technology and will composite their own graph­ics into a project.  Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3900 - UX Digital Design

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 1272  
    This course focuses on the development and analysis of communication on digital platforms. Students will explore how words, symbols, and design on digital platforms affect user behavior. Students will also explore how to use modern analytical and technical tools to explore, build, and test digital user experiences. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3950 - Sportscasting

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 3650   and COMM 3750  
    This course focuses on the elements of an effective sportscaster, which include scriptwriting, performing, and filming. Students will also learn to develop their own on-air personality that appeals to a sports audience. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4010 - Sports and Media

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 2322 .
    This course focuses on the representation of sports in the media, including the history and evolution of sports media. Students will study mediated sports through application of critical theory, with careful attention to contemporary issues and their cultural impact. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4100 - Theories of Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 ; ENG 2322 .
    This course introduces students to the two general methodological approaches communication studies take: the scientific or objective and the interpretive. Students will investigate a number of topics and theories important today in the field of communication studies through these two general methodologies. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4200 - Media Ethics and Law

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 ; ENG 2322 .
    This course covers the ethics, legal, and policy guidelines as It relates to communication and the media. These guidelines will be discussed in regards to free speech, news gathering and broadcasting, political speech, commercial speech, and advertising. In addition, students will explore government regulations on the media. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4250 - Crisis Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2450 ; ENG 2322 .
    This course will cover the development of strategic plans and execution of communication related to events that have the potential to generate negative media coverage or unfavorable public opinion. Students will learn the types of communication during a crisis and how to effectively communicate crises to the public. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4300 - Publication Design

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2210 ; COMM 2460 .
    This course focuses on page layout for various types of publications. Students will learn to utilize tools and key commands, place text and im-ages, apply typographical formats, use text styles, manipulate tabs, and control design elements to create various publication designs. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4500 - Contemporary Media Studies

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2650 ; ENG 2322 .
    This course is an investigation of current media issues. While newspapers, radio, and television will be considered, this course will focus on understanding mass media that exists on the internet. Websites, news sites, blogs, social media, and video sharing sites will be studied. As technology evolves, this course will include future developments in the field of mass media. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4550 - Sports Journalism

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2450 ; ENG 2322 .
    This course provides an overview of the sports journalism field in the newspaper, magazine, and broadcasting networks. Students will learn how to write for professional and college sports information as well as how to broadcast for TV and radio sports productions. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4600 - Advanced Animation

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 3410  
    This course focuses on strategies for efficiently creating virtual models to be used in animations. Students will use advanced animation techniques to create character animation and 3D environments including rigging, key framing animation, lighting, camera angles, texturing, and motion. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4750 - Applied Communication

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
    This course includes practical experience in communication, such as applied communication research, internship or alternate projects. All internships, research, and projects must be related to the field of Communication. Variable credit. One credit may be earned per 40 hours of internship work up to a maximum of 12 credits. Credit(s): 3-12
  • COMM 4960 - Senior Capstone

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.
    This course provides an opportunity for a comprehensive review of theoretical concepts with practical application of communication knowledge and skills in a culminating project. Credit(s): 3

Computer Science

  • CS 1200 - Introduction to Computer Science

    Prerequisite or co-requisite(s): MA 1030  or MA 1090 .
    A broad based introduction to the field of computer science including topics from both hardware and software history and design. Development of an extensive vocabulary in computer science. Other topics introduced include: binary numbering systems, logic circuits, programming, operating systems, file systems. Credit(s): 3
  • CS 1250 - Problem Solving for Programmers

    Prerequisite(s): MA 1010  or  MA 1025 .
    Introduction to the types of problems computer programmers encounter. Students will learn to apply a disciplined approach to problem solving. The value of teamwork is shown through group work. Topics studied include logical algorithm development, selection and iteration logic, flowcharts, and outlines. Common software may be utilized in this course. Credit(s): 3
  • CS 1300 - Computer Science I

    Prerequisite(s): CS 1200  or CS 1250  with a C or better; MA 1030  or MA 1090  with a C or better.
    An introduction to the art and science of software development. Topics include: top-down design, writing requirements and specifications, developing algorithms, coding algorithms in a high level programming language, debugging algorithms and code, basic control structures, and basic data structures. Unscheduled laboratory. Credit(s): 3
  • CS 1350 - Computer Science II

    Prerequisite(s): CS 1300  with a C or better.
    A continuation of CS 1300. The emphasis is on designing and programming object-oriented computer solutions to problems , as well as on the data structures used for this purpose. An introduction to the analysis of algorithms is presented; more data structures such as linked lists, stacks, queues; recursion; Students will learn to look at data from the perspectives of abstraction, implementation, and application. Credit(s): 3

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