College Courses

College English 101

College English 101 is a college freshman English literature and composition course which focuses on developing competent writers by combining reading comprehension and analysis using a variety of world literature, both fiction and non-fiction, and various writing patterns and techniques. The course includes a focus on strengthening English-related competencies through critical reading, literary theory, academic and real-world writing, vocabulary, understanding fallacies, debate, oral presentation in individual or group collaboration, various research documentation formats, literary criticism, and the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of literature and non-academic examples from world culture. Furthermore, the curriculum covers deconstructing written and visual messages, grammar, MLA documentation, and study skills. Students complete the rigors of this course in preparation for higher education and an appreciation for the connection between the written word, past and present societies, and the student’s own life.


College English 102

This course combines college comparative English literature with a continued emphasis on expository writing patterns started in CE101. Seniors who have the prerequisites necessary for this course fully understand that the workload will encompass a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in preparation for success after high school. The course includes a focus on strengthening English writing conventions through academic and real-world writing, logical fallacies, oral presentation in individual or group collaboration, various research documentation formats, literary criticism and the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of literature and non-academic examples from world culture, and critical reading strategies. Genres of literature include fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and drama.


College Algebra MA-102

A study of algebra including absolute values, equations and inequalities, complex numbers, polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations. This course should help students improve their abilities to observe carefully, think critically and communicate clearly. More specifically, upon completion of this course, the students should be able to solve a linear equation, solve a quadratic equation, find the zeros of a polynomial function, solve an exponential equation.


College Precalculus MA-116

Preparation for calculus, including an intensive study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. Applications include simple maximum/minimum problems, exponential growth, decay, and surveying problems.


College Calculus MA-220

College MA-220 is the study of limits, continuity, differential calculus, and its applications during the fall semester. 


College Calculus MA-221

College MA-221 is the study of integral calculus with applications, multivariable calculus, trigonometric functions (both integration and derivatives) and volumes of solids (as well as surface areas of solids should time permit) during the spring semester. 


College Statistics

This class will include basic ideas in statistics: frequency distributions and their graphic representation, measures of central tendency and variation, probability theory, the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, correlation, and sampling. This class will help students improve their abilities to observe carefully, think critically, and communicate clearly. More specifically, upon completion of this course, students should be able to use a graphing calculator to solve problems from descriptive and inferential statistics; construct and draw a variety of graph types to display and analyze data; compute measures of central tendency including mean, median, mode, weighted average, and trimmed mean; compute measures of variation including range and standard deviation for samples and populations; determine the correlation of compared date; compute the probability of simple and compound events.


College Biology 101

College Biology 101 and 102: A one-year, two-semester course for students who plan to major in biological sciences or prepare for a pre-professional program. Classroom and laboratory sessions focus on biological topics as they apply to all life, to recent scientific findings, and how they advance understanding of classical concepts, the interaction of environmental and biological forces to produce life. Prerequisites for College Biology 101: Physical Science 8 &9, Biology, and Chemistry. Prerequisite for College Biology 102: College Biology 101


College Chemistry 121 and 122         

An introduction to the transformation of matter that includes atomic theories; chemical nomenclature using the Stock system; understanding mass relationships in chemicals reactions; balancing chemical equations; determining the limiting reagent in a reaction; understanding the nature of oxidation-reduction reactions, precipitation reactions, and acid-base reactions; the properties of gases and the Ideal Gas Law and the Kinetic Molecular Theory; the use of the Periodic Table to understand and predict the chemical and physical properties of the elements; thermodynamics; and the nature of chemical bonding in ionic and molecular compounds.  


College U.S. History 233

This course traces political, social, economic, and cultural developments from the Colonial Period through Reconstruction. Cause-and-effect interrelationships among individuals, issues, and events are emphasized. Interaction with primary source documents facilitates critical thinking and historical insight.


College U.S. History 243

This course traces political, social, economic, and cultural developments from Reconstruction through the Reagan-Bush Era. Cause-and-effect interrelationships among individuals, issues, and events are emphasized. Interaction with primary source documents facilitates critical thinking and historical insight.


College Government

This course concentrates on government institutions and the political process, primarily at the national level. Emphasis is placed upon the historical foundations of the political system as well as the historical contexts in which the process has developed. Interaction with primary source documents facilitates critical thinking.


College Spanish 113

Advancing Spanish language acquisition is the main goal of this college course along with the study of Spanish-speaking countries. All instruction will be done in the target language except for when translation is required for clarification. Students are expected to communicate only in Spanish during this course.  Since students entering this course have had at least two years of coursework in the language, this course will focus on continuing to develop fluency and proficiency in the language. Students will practice presentational speaking as they share their research on cultural topics. Students will read a novel, articles, and story narratives.  Students will listen to native speakers on the internet as well as to each other during class. Students will keep a daily journal to improve writing skills. Through these activities and others, students will advance their vocabulary base and improve their grammatical accuracy as well as gain new knowledge about the target cultures.

Prerequisites: Students have had two highly successful years of high school level Spanish language study.


College Spanish 123

This course continues to develop the fluency skills practiced in SPN 113.  There will be a balance between the four basic language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Building Spanish language acquisition continues to be the main goal of this college course along with the study of Spanish and Hispanic cultures. All instruction will be done in the target language except for when translation is required for clarification. Acknowledging that students taking this course already have varying degrees of Spanish language skills from previous work in the language, the course will aim to increase their fluency and proficiency.  All four language skills will be targeted for vocabulary acquisition, cultural topics, and grammatical accuracy. Inductive as well as some deductive sequences for learning grammatical structures will be used. The historical fiction novel El Tiempo Entre Costuras as presented in the Spanish TV series will be a focus of instruction this semester for language and historical information. Other Spanish-speaking countries will also be researched for cultural enrichment. This course is highly interactive and constant student engagement is critical for success.

Prerequisites: Students have performed well in SPN 113.


College Art Appreciation 113

This class explores the creative products and processes of visual expression from Ancient to Modern periods.  Students will proceed through time and space via a travel journal, recording their personal reactions to each stop and showing understanding of the artistic expression.  Advanced images in Fine Art, Craft and Architecture are presented and students will make connections to the cultural influences behind these works. Students will create a timeline and artifacts that reflect their personal journey.  No prerequisite.


College Studio Art 123

An introductory study of the theory, principles, and elements of art, this course includes basic art analysis, criticism, and aesthetic concepts. Through their responses, students will create a portfolio of work reflecting the creativity, research and skills gained in this course. A sketchbook and notebook will be kept that illustrate the thought processes and observations behind the larger works.  This is a student-directed course and projects will center around student interest. This class is intended for the general interest student; no previous art study is required. `


College Latin 113

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of the Latin language in addition to information on Latin culture and literature. It focuses on developing reading comprehension with additional practice in writing, listening, and speaking.


College Art History 113

An introductory study of the history, theory, principles, and elements of art. This course includes basic art history  analysis, criticism, and aesthetic concepts as they relate to specific art periods.  It is intended for the general interest student; no previous art study is required. `

Through their responses, students will create a journal of work reflecting travels through art history and cultures and  the creativity, research and skills gained in this course. Journal entries will reflect the students’ interaction with the work of specific time periods and original work created from these ideas.


College Art 123

An introductory study of the theory, principles, and elements of art, this course includes basic art analysis, criticism, and aesthetic concepts. It is intended for the general interest student; no previous art study is required. May include a field trip as announced.

Through their responses, students will create a portfolio of work reflecting the creativity, research and skills gained in this course. A sketchbook and notebook will be kept that illustrate the thought processes and observations behind the larger works. Most work is based on student choice, with a few specific assignments that are more directed.