Early College Program

Course Descriptions

The following brief course descriptions will provide students with an idea of what they will be studying in Idaho State University's Early College Program courses. Credit information is also provided. This list of courses changes every school year. Contact the Early College Program office for the most current list.

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Art

Course Description
ART 1105
Drawing I
(3 credits) Introduction to the fundamental skills of drawing, including composition, proportion, light, gesture, and black and white media. Students will begin to explore technical and conceptual approaches to drawing. May cover still life, landscape, figure drawing. Investigate artists and stylistic periods.

ART 1106

Drawing II

(3 credits) Continuation of ART 1105; refine skills and further explore technical and conceptual approaches to drawing. Introduction to color. Continue investigating historical and contemporary artists. PREREQ: ART 1105.

ART 2271
Introduction to Ceramics
(3 credits) Techniques of forming ceramic art by coiling, slab construction, and throwing on the potter's wheel, with emphasis on form, glazing, and decorative techniques.
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Biological Sciences

Course Description
BIOL 1101
Biology I

(4 credits) Major concepts in biology with an emphasis on the acquisition of new knowledge, cell structure and function, principles of inheritance, and evolution. COREQ; BIOL 1101L. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

BIOL 1101L
Biology I Lab

(0 credits) Assignments to apply principles from BIOL 1101. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

BIOL 1102
Biology II
(4 credits) Major concepts in biology with an emphasis on the development of diversity, plant and animal structure and function, ecology, and behavior. PREREQ; BIOL 1101; COREQ; BIOL 1102L
BIOL 1102L
Biology II Lab
(0 credits) Assignments to apply principles from BIOL 1102.

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Chemistry

Course Description
CHEM 1101
Intro to General Chemistry
(3 credits) Atomic structure, chemical calculations, solutions, acid-base reactions, and equilibrium. May not be used as a prerequisite to other courses in chemistry except CHEM 1102. PREREQ: MATH 1108 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

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Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Course Description
COMM 1101
Principles of Speech
(3 credits) Basic course in oral communication that emphasized the theory and practice of informative speaking, logical argumentation, persuasion, small group discussion, and interpersonal communication. Designed to explain the humanistic nature of human communication and to improve a student's ability to express ideas orally. Satisfies Objective 2 of the General Education Requirements.

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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Course Description

CSD 2205

Intro to Professions in Communication Sciences

(3 credits) Survey of speech, hearing, and language disorders, including study of the development of speech. Observations, films and assigned readings serve as illustrations of the various communications problems.

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English

Course Description

ENGL 1101

English Composition

(3 credits) Course in which students read, analyze and write expository essays for a variety of purposes consistent with expectations for college-level writing in standard edited English. Partially satisfies Objective 1 of the General Education Requirements.

ENGL 1102

Critical Reading and Writing

(3 credits) Writing essays based on readings. Focus on critical reading; research methods; gathering, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing ideas and evidence; documentation. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or equivalent.
ENGL 1110
Introduction to Literature
(3 credits) Introduction to the critical reading of various literary genres, with attention to the interpretation and evaluation of representative texts. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

ENGL 1115

Major Themes in Literature

(3 credits) Introduction to literature through the study of one or more major themes that cross historical and cultural boundaries. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with different content. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

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Finance

Course Description
FIN 1115
Personal Finance
(3 credits) Evaluate and analyze personal and public information and databases to develop financial literacy for budgeting, credit, borrowing, planning, insurance, investing and estate planning. Examine financial literacy within the larger context of the regulatory environment, society, data integrity and ethics. Satisfies Objective 8 of the General Education Requirements.

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French

Course Description

FREN 1101

Elementary French I

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in French and to acquaint them with the culture of the French-speaking countries. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

FREN 1102

Elementary French II

(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in French and to acquaint them with the culture of the French-speaking countries. PREREQ: FREN 1101 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

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Geosciences

Course Description

GEOL 1101

The Dynamic Earth

(3 credits) Understanding the Earth as a dynamic system. Explores the interaction between four major earth components: the solid earth, the atmosphere, the ocean and biological communities, including humans. Specific focus on climate change, natural hazards, and Earth resources. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

GEOL 1101L

The Dynamic Earth Lab

(1 credit) Geological fundamentals: rocks and minerals, geologic time, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, surface processes, earth resources and climatic change. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

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German

Course Description
GERM 1101
Elementary German I
(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in German and to acquaint them with the culture of the German-speaking countries. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.
GERM 1102
Elementary German II
(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in German and to acquaint them with the culture of the German-speaking countries. PREREQ: GERM 1101 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

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Health Care Administration

Course Description

HCA 1110

Introduction to Allied Health Professions

(3 credits) Introduction to the allied health professions with emphasis on interrelationships and the team approach to health care.

HCA 2210

Medical Terminology and Communication

(2 credits) Terminology and vocabulary basic to all areas of medical science, hospital services, and allied health specialties. Develops skills in correct written and oral usage of medical terms. Equivalent to HE 2210.

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Health Education

Course Description

HE 2221

Introduction to Health Education

(3 credits) Concepts essential to understanding the discipline: competencies, ethics, health education theories and philosophies, and career opportunities for professional health educators in school and community settings.

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History

Course Description
HIST 1101
Foundations of Europe
(3 credits) Historical development of Europe since ancient times as a world region and its expanding importance in the first global age, to 1700. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.
HIST 1102
Modern Europe
(3 credits) Europe's rise and decline as the dominant world region during the second global age, from 1700 to the present. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.
HIST 1111
U.S. History I (to 1865)
(3 credits) Colonial origins and achievement of independence, constitutional government, national boundaries, and the preservation of the union. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.
HIST 1112
U.S. History II
1865 to present)
(3 credits) The domestic and international development of a plural industrial society. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.
HIST 1118
U.S. History and Culture
(3 credits) An introduction to U. S. history and culture, including cultural change over time. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements.

HIST 1120

Global History Since 1500

(3 credits) This course takes a thematic approach to investigating major patterns of interaction between diverse human societies over the past 500 years. Students will critically analyze how cultural, social, economic, and/or environmental exchanges between people from different regions helped shape the modern world. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements.

HIST 2249

World Regional Geography

(3 credits) Introductions to world regions, using a geographic perspective as a vehicle through the principal themes of human geography including, but not limited to, the spatial distributions and interactions of history, culture, economy, population, and environment. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements.

HIST 2252

East Asian History

(3 credits) The origins and growth of the distinctive cultures of China and Japan; their encounters with the West and different responses to Westernization, and their roles in the modern world. Satisfies Objective 9 of the General Education Requirements.

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Mathematics

Course Description
MATH 1153
Introduction to Statistics
(3 credits) Descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing for one and two parameters. Emphasis on applications to a wide variety of disciplines. PREREQ: MATH 1108 or equivalent test scores. Satisfies Objective 3 of General Education Requirements.

MATH 1170

Calculus I

(4 credits) Real-valued functions of one real variable: limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, applications. PREREQ: MATH 1144 or MATH 1147 or equivalent test scores. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements.

MATH 1175

Calculus II

(4 credits) Techniques of integration, trigonometric integrals, improper integrals. Applications of definite integrals. Sequences and series. Parametric curves in the plane, polar coordinates. PREREQ: MATH 1170.

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Music

Course Description
MUSC 1100
Introduction to Music
(3 credits)A listening-oriented course with Western art music as its principal focus. Designed for the general student. No music reading ability/performance skills are assumed. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

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Physical Education

Course Description

PE 2222

First Aid, CPR and Sport Safety

(3 credits) Course includes training in first aid, CPR and sport safety. The course also covers strategies for reducing the risk of suffering a heart attack. The sport safety portion will cover sports-related injury prevention.

PE 2237

Activity Performance Techniques III

(3 credits) Laboratory-enhanced skills in fitness and conditioning-based recreation, nontraditional games and activities. Emphasis on skill development and performance.

PE 2243

Anatomical Foundations of Human Activity

(3 credits) Study of human body structure including the neuromuscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and organ systems. Course is designed for health and physical education candidates.

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Physical Education Activity

Course Description

PEAC 1132

Individualized Physical Education

(1 credit) Introduction to lifetime fitness programming components with individually-designed programs. Physiological self-assessments, safety, and equipment are covered.

PEAC 1134A

Beginning Weight Training

(1 credit) Instruction and participation in fundamentals of progressive body-building and conditioning with resistance, including various modalities. Physiological self-assessments and safety will be covered.

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Physics

Course Description

PHYS 1111

General Physics I

(3 credits) Introductory physics course for students in scientific and technical fields, particularly the biological sciences; mechanics, wave motion, thermodynamics. PREREQ: MATH 1143 or MATH 1147 or equivalent. COREQ: PHYS 1113. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

PHYS 1113

General Physics I Lab

(1 credit) Demonstrating principles of physics. COREQ: PHYS 1111. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

PHYS 1152

Descriptive Astronomy

(3 credits) Survey of the historical and modern observation of the sky. Physical relationships in the solar system; planets, satellites, comets, etc., and theories of the creation of the universe and life in the universe. COREQ: PHYS 1153. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

PHYS 1153

Descriptive Astronomy Lab

(1 credit) Use of astronomical equipment, telescopes, cameras, etc. COREQ: PHYS 1152. Partially satisfies Objective 5 of the General Education Requirements.

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Political Science

Course Description

POLS 1101

Introduction to United States Government

(3 credits) This class examines the United States political system covering not only the Constitutional basis, structure, and organization of the national government but also the interactions of individual citizens and organized groups in civil society with the institutions of government. Required for all students majoring in political science. Partially satisfies Objective 6 of the General Education Requirements.

POLS 2202

Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis

(3 credits) Introduction to critical thinking about politics. Students learn to comprehend and critically analyze discourse and writings on political and social issues, to identify errors in the logical or presentation of facts in political discourse, to be able to demonstrate independent political judgment by formulating logically valid and factually sound arguments. Required for all students majoring in political science. Satisfies Objective 7 of the General Education Requirements.

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Spanish

Course Description
SPAN 1101
Elementary Spanish I
(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in Spanish and to acquaint them with the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.
SPAN 1102
Elementary Spanish II
(4 credits) Intended to teach students basic communication skills and grammatical structures in Spanish and to acquaint them with the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. PREREQ: SPAN 1101 or equivalent. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements.

SPAN 2210

Spanish for Health Care I

(3 credits) A course designed to teach health care professionals how to communicate proficiently with Spanish-speaking patients. Integrates thematically related vocabulary, grammar, and culture with an emphasis on occupational communication. PREREQ: SPAN 1102 or equivalent, and permission of instructor.

SPAN 2211

Spanish for Health Care II

(3 credits) A course designed to teach health care professionals how to communicate proficiently with Spanish-speaking patients. Integrates thematically-related vocabulary, grammar, and culture with an emphasis on occupational communication. PREREQ: SPAN 2210 or equivalent.

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