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GEC Course Descriptions

General Education Courses (GEC)
The general education requirements are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory basis to fields of study and discuss how each discipline conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. General education courses are designed to help a student develop a useful perspective of cultural, political, scientific and economic issues.

Undergraduate students are required to meet the general education requirements listed below. Students should choose 12 courses from the list below in consultation with the academic advisor.

General Education Courses (12 Courses - 36 Credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit
GEC 101
Prerequisite: GEC 101
At this stage, the student will use strategies that focus on writing as a communicative process, to include invention, drafting, revision, and editing. They will also learn to recognize and write within different rhetorical situations, to include purpose and audience.
3
GEC 102
Prerequisite: GEC 101
At this stage, the student will use strategies that focus on writing as a communicative process, to include invention, drafting, revision, and editing. They will also learn to recognize and write within different rhetorical situations, to include purpose and audience.
3
GEC 103
Prerequisite: None
This course provides the skills needed to prepare and deliver informative and persuasive speeches. Students will focus on adapting communication styles and content to diverse speakers and audiences. The course emphasizes how to compose meaningful and coherent messages; conduct research; and develop effective presentation skills. Students will be required to deliver several oral presentations in front of the class during the course of the semester.
3
GEC 105
Prerequisite: None
The short story holds a privileged place in the field of American literature. Students will read a selection of short stories by women and men from different cultural backgrounds in order to view the diversity of this genre, and to examine issues relevant to life as an ordinary American.
3
ENG 145
Prerequisite: None
Academic and Business Writing focuses on reviewing the fundamentals of standard written English. Students will practice writing common forms business and academic documents. This interactive class provides students an opportunity to improve their communication abilities that are necessary for success in college and beyond.
3
MATH 101
Prerequisite: None
Academic and Business Writing focuses on reviewing the fundamentals of standard written English. Students will practice writing common forms business and academic documents. This interactive class provides students an opportunity to improve their communication abilities that are necessary for success in college and beyond.
3
MATH 151
Prerequisite: Math 101
This course covers functions, limits, the derivative, maximum and minimum problems, the integral, and transcendental functions.
3

Social Sciences: (1 Course - 3 Credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit
GEC 130
Prerequisite: None
This course examines human and animal behavior, relating experimental studies to practical problems. The course includes topics such as learning, memory, motivation, stress, emotion, intelligence, development, personality, therapy, psychopathology and social psychology.
3
GEC 131
Prerequisite: None
This course examines patterns in political institutions, public policy, and conflict within and between communities and interest groups.
3
GEC 132
Prerequisite: None
This course examines patterns in political institutions, public policy, and conflict within and between communities and interest groups.
3

Laboratory Sciences: (2 Courses - 6 Credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit
GEC 120
Prerequisite: None
This course introduces the fundamentals of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, thermo chemical changes and conservation of energy.
3
GEC 122
Prerequisite: None
This course covers the principles of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
3
GEC 124
Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of Biology. The course includes cell structure, chemistry and function, adaptation, and ecology.
3
GEC 126
Prerequisite: None
This course provides the introduction to the dynamics of the Earth-volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, streams, groundwater, glaciers, waves, wind, and landslides, with emphasis on the environmental applications of these processes. Also the course will cover the tools of the geologist--minerals, rocks, maps, and aerial photographs.
3

World Literature: (2 Courses - 6 Credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit
GEC 110
Prerequisite: None
World History is the only course offering students an overview of the entire history of humankind. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world.
3
GEC 112
Prerequisite: None
A survey of physical, cultural, and economic aspects of world regions. An introduction to how constituent parts of the world differ from one another in their associated resources, cultures and economics. Attention is given to the interrelationships, interdependencies, and associations that bind together the diverse communities of the world.
3
GEC 114
Prerequisite: None
This course will do comparison of political processes and governing structures in European nations, the former Soviet Union, China, and the United States.
3