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These are the current course descriptions including any pre- and co-requisites.
BIO 201 - General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution
4 Credits

An in-depth study of the basic concepts of biology including cellular organization and function, Mendelian and molecular genetics, and Darwinian evolution. This course is designed to provide a foundation for advanced study in the biological sciences; laboratory included.



BIO 202 - General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology
4 Credits

A survey of botany, zoology, and ecology; this lab based course will introduce students to current scientific research in these fields. Moving from basic understandings, students will begin to practice botany and ecology in an applied manner and learn to clearly communicate the results of that work, laboratory included.



BIO 203 - General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology
4 Credits

This course provides a basis of the structure and function of all major organ systems and their integration. This course is designed to provide a foundation for advanced study in the biological sciences; laboratory included.



CHM 109 - General Chemistry I
4 Credits

Foundations of chemistry for Science majors. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, phases of matter, chemical energetics, molecular geometry; includes laboratory.

Co-requisite: MTH 102 or equivalent placement.



CHM 110 - General Chemistry II
4 Credits

Continuation of basic principles of chemistry: solutions, equilibria; acids and bases; electrochemistry; nuclear chemistry; descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry. Laboratory experiments in conjunction with the theory.

Prerequisite: CHM 109 with a minimum grade of C.



CHM 229 - Organic Chemistry I
4 Credits

A study of the fundamental theory and laboratory techniques of organic chemistry. Topics include reactions of functional groups, reaction theory, and stereochemistry.

Prerequisite: CHM 110. Co-requisite: BIO 201. 



CHM 230 - Organic Chemistry II
4 Credits

A continuation of Organic Chemistry I. Topics include reactions of functional groups, spectroscopy, and polymer chemistry; includes laboratory.

Prerequisite: CHM 229.



CHM 359 - Analytical Chemistry
4 Credits

Theory and methods of analytical chemistry including classical quantitative analysis and introduction to instrumental analysis. Emphasizes chemical equilibrium principles, statistical analysis of data, computer usage, and development of problem solving and technical skills in the laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHM 110; MTH 160; junior standing.



CHM 360 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis
4 Credits

Theoretical principles and laboratory applications of instrumentation, including spectroscopic methods, electrochemical methods, methods of separation, and radiochemical methods.

Prerequisites: CHM 359.



CHM 439 - Thermodynamics & Kinetics
4 Credits

Topics include the kinetic theory of gases and the three basic laws of thermodynamics and their application to pure substances, simple mixtures, and chemical equilibria. Latter topics include kinetics of reactions. Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHM 230; MTH 241; PHY 219, 220.



CHM 440 - Quantum Mechanics &Spectroscopy
4 Credits
Quantum mechanics - topics include quantum theory, atomic and molecular structure, theoretical principles of spectroscopic and resonance methods, and surface science; includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: CHM 230; MTH 241; PHY 219, 220.
 


CHM 451 - Biochemistry
4 Credits

Advanced study of the molecular basis of biological systems emphasizing the relationship between structure and properties, energetics, kinetics, and metabolic pathways. Laboratory included.

Prerequisites: BIO 201; CHM 229.



CORE/HON 179 - CORE: What Does it Mean to be Human?
3 Credits

This is the first of three interdisciplinary courses that, together with the fourth-year capstone course in the major, comprise ODU’s core seminars. All sections of this seminar will address the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ through the study of humans as embodied, social, spiritual, emotional, rational beings.

While each section listed below will approach that question from a unique perspective, all sections share common learning outcomes and a common text or texts. CORE 179 stresses the importance of a liberal arts education and seeking knowledge while helping students develop and refine the skills needed to succeed in college. Students are encouraged to take this course the fall semester of their first year.

This course is reserved for first-time freshmen only and transfer students with 17 or fewer transfer semester Credits. Pre- or co-requisite: ENG 101 or ENG 110.



CORE or Discipline Specific 279 - CORE: What is the Common Good?
3 Credits

This is the second of three interdisciplinary courses that, together with the fourth-year capstone course in the major, comprise ODU’s core seminars. All sections of this seminar listed below will extend the discussion of human nature in CORE 179 to address the question, ‘What is the Common Good?’

Students will examine the role of individuals belonging to multiple and increasingly diverse communities. Students will have the opportunity to translate knowledge into action through a community service component. While each section will approach the question of the seminar from a unique perspective, all sections share common learning outcomes and a common text or texts.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 102 or ENG 111.



EDU 112 - Introduction to Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult
3 Credits

This introduction to teaching includes supervised early experience of 60 hours in grades 7-12 (AYA) or P-12 (Art) classroom. The exploratory contact with various school activities is designed to help the student clarify the decision to become a member of the teaching profession.

Not open to students with credit for EDU 115 and EDU 346A.



EDU 220 - Educational Psychology
3 Credits 

A research based study of human growth and development as related to teaching and learning. A study of language acquisition, multiple intelligence, learning styles, student diversity and exceptionality, motivation and discipline, learning environments and various forms of assessment/evaluation. Includes field experience of a minimum of 10 hours.

Prerequisites: EDU 105 or 112 or equivalent.



EDU 314 - Content Area Reading
3 Credits

An examination of programs and methods in reading with a focus on theory and current research in comprehension, the writing process, critical thinking and content area reading. Emphasis is placed on reading to learn with meaning-based strategies that help students construct meaning and expand thinking. Informal assessment of educational materials for appropriate content reading levels and adaptation of content reading materials is highlighted. 



EDU 346 - Adolescent to Young Adult and Multi-Age Methods
3 Credits 

A study and practice of the art and the science of teaching as informed by state standards for teacher licensure including: secondary curricula, unit/lesson planning, instructional strategies, learning environments, motivation, classroom management, collaboration, student diversity and exceptionality, assessment/evaluation, the integration of technology in teaching and learning, and professionalism. Includes a minimum of 30 hours of field experience.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Division, EDU 220 or consent of the instructor/advisor. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details.



EDU 353 - Adolescent to Young Adult Science Teaching Methods
3 Credits

This course prepares the science teacher education candidate to teach science to adolescent and young adults in grades 7-12, based on the National Science Teacher Standards (NSTA) and the National Science Education Standards (NSES). Through a study and application of the structure of scientific knowledge and the pedagogy of science, the teacher education candidate will be prepared in the art and science of teaching biology, chemistry, physics, and earth/space/environmental science with emphasis on the science processes of investigation, experimentation, problem-solving, critical thinking, value analysis, and concept teaching.

Includes a minimum of 30 hours of field experience. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details.



EDU 379A - CORE: Principles of Education
3 Credits

Justice is part of our schools. Or, is it? This course in educational foundations will develop from diverse perspectives an understanding of the historical, sociological, and philosophical roots of education as they are impacted by justice and the question “how shall we live.” Current educational issues and developments will structure the course as we look at how education became an institution and why it must continue to grow and change.

Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in EDU 348A. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.



EDU 410 - Assessment & Technology in Teaching & Learning
3 Credits

This course is designed to prepare undergraduate teacher candidates in all licensure programs with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively integrate technology in teaching for student learning and in designing assessment for student learning. Candidates will understand and apply this knowledge during field experiences to fulfill Ohio mandates for value added student growth measures, new innovative teacher assessment measures (e.g. edTPA) and national legislative and judicial mandates (e.g. Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008; IDEA, 2004; NCLB, 2001) aligned with the professional, local, state, and national standards including the common core standards.

Candidates will understand and apply the transformational concepts of universal design for learning (UDL) principles and develop technological, pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) to teach the full spectrum of students in diverse classrooms in the 21st century.

Co-requisites: Adolescent and Young Adult and Multi-Age Program - one methods course from: EDU 346, EDU 353, 354, 355, MTH 352, ART 337; Middle Childhood Program - one methods course from: EDU 347, EDU 349a, EDU 349b, EDU 349c; Intervention Specialists Program - one methods course from: EDU 330, EDU 331, EDU 350, EDU 351; Early Childhood Program - two methods courses from: EDU 339, EDU 333a, EDU 333b, EDU 333c.



EDU 487 - Supervised Teaching: Adolescence to Young Adult or Multi-Age
12 Credits

Full-time, full-semester supervised student teaching in the student's area of licensure. The student teacher assumes responsibility for the full teaching load of the cooperating teacher including planning, teaching, evaluating and managing/disciplining, and teacher duties.

Prerequisites: EDU 346 and Content Methods Course: EDU 353, EDU 354, EDU 355, MTH 352, or ART 337; and EDU 379A. Co-requisite: EDU 488 or equivalent.



EDU 488 - Teaching Seminar: Adolescent to Young Adult or Multi-Age
1 Credit

A discussion of various professional education topics and a sharing of teaching experiences that assist the student in the transition from student to professional teacher. The Program Completion Portfolio is prepared and presented during EDU 488.

Co-requisite: EDU 487. 



ENG 110 - College Writing I
3 Credits

This course emphasizes the strategies students need for writing and thinking across the curriculum. By practicing writing strategies such as argumentation, researched writing (or writing with sources), summary, analysis, comparison and contrast, definition, students will build the skills needed to succeed as college writers. Each section will focus on a specific theme. Themes from previous classes have included the following: American identity, family, love, the politics of food, Native American culture, and biography.

This course does not fulfill the literature requirement for the Core. Not open to students with credit for ENG 101.



MTH 240 - Calculus I
4 Credits

Topics include relations and functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, Mean Value Theorem, extrema, curve sketching, related rates, differentiation of exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, introduction to Integral Calculus, the fundamental theorems of Calculus, elementary methods of integration, and applications. The laboratory component of the course emphasizes mathematical modeling, problem solving, and written/oral communication and will require the use of graphing calculators and mathematical software.

Prerequisite: MTH 160 or placement.



MTH 241 - Calculus II
4 Credits

Topics include a continuation of Integral Calculus, integration techniques, integration of exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, and hyperbolic functions, applications of integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, parametric curves, polar coordinates, series and sequences, and applications. The laboratory component of the course emphasizes mathematical modeling, problem solving, and written/oral communication and will require the use of graphing calculators and mathematical software.

Prerequisite: MTH 240.



PHY 219 - General Physics I
4 Credits

A calculus-aided study of mechanics: translational and rotational motion, the laws of conservation of energy and momentum, hydrostatics and hydrodynamics, and basic thermodynamics; includes laboratory.

Prerequisite: MTH 240 or equivalent.



PHY 220 - General Physics II
4 Credits

A calculus-aided study of electricity and magnetism, optics, introductory modern physics, and simple harmonic waves; includes laboratory.

Co-requisite: MTH 241.



SCI 479 - CORE: Research in the Sciences
3 Credits

This seminar will offer a capstone experience in the student’s own discipline within mathematics, computer and natural sciences as well as a capstone experience in the core curriculum. As a culminating experience in the discipline, this course will require each student to engage in a discipline-specific project under the supervision of a faculty adviser within the student’s own discipline. In addition, students will be asked to ponder and discuss topics relevant to all scientific endeavors. Such topics include, but are not limited to, the scientific method, nature of proof, and research ethics.

As a capstone for the core curriculum, this seminar will provide a setting for students to read and discuss texts which raise questions related to human nature, common good, justice, ethics, scientific expertise, and search for knowledge, in the contexts of scientific research and technological development. Interdisciplinary communication will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Completion of junior core seminar. This course does not fulfill the Natural Science requirement.