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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.


ECN 207 - Principles of Microeconomics
3 Credits
A basic study of the decision making behavior of individuals, households, firms, industries, and other economic units regarding resource allocation. Students will explore how markets function to coordinate the economic activities of different economic units. Topics include scarcity, opportunity cost, demand and supply, consumption, production, market structures, and profit maximization.


ECN 208 - Principles of Macroeconomics
3 Credits
A basic study of the overall economy including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, money supply, national income, and government economic policies. It emphasizes the important measures used to determine an economy’s performance and explores the potential impacts of macroeconomic policy.


EDU 105 - Introduction to Teaching: Middle Childhood
3 Credits
This introduction to teaching includes supervised early experience of 60 hours in a middle childhood 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. 


EDU 120 - Teaching Reading Through Literature for Children & Young Adults
3 Credits
The techniques and methods of teaching reading through the use of literature for pre-school age through young adulthood will be explored. Emphasis is on genres; author and illustrator studies; the inter-relationship of reading, writing, listening, and speaking; multicultural and international publications; and historical and contemporary publishing trends.

Students should develop an appreciation for children’s literature as they select, interpret, discuss, and formulate strategies for using quality books with children. Includes service-learning hours.


EDU 211 - Teaching Phonics & the Structure of Language
3 Credits
A study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of English and of the instructional strategies that support language acquisition and literacy. 

Prerequisite: EDU 103, 105, 110, 112, or equivalent. 


EDU 212 - Developmental Issues & Practice in Reading
3 Credits
A study of the cognitive and linguistic foundations of literacy development in the learner including the cultural, social and psycholinguistic principles and practices underlying reading, and learning to read and write. Traditional literacy practices and current research-based instructional trends for diverse learners at all levels are contrasted and evaluated.

Particular emphasis is placed on word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, the reading and writing process, reading and writing instruction, and assessment as they interrelate. Includes field experience. 

Prerequisite: Prior completion of EDU 211 is recommended.


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 230 - Introduction to Special Education & Diverse Learners
3 Credits
A survey of areas of exceptionality and related topics: learning disabilities, hearing, visual, and orthopedic impairments, behavior, emotional, and communication disorders, developmental disabilities, multiple disabilities, early intervention, transition, giftedness, cultural diversity, parenting, inclusion, legal and ethical issues, implications for educational planning based on individual abilities and needs. Includes field experience of 20 hours. 

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: EDU 103, 105, 110 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 335 - Introduction to Middle Childhood, Diversity & Classroom Management
3 Credits
A study of current practices in applied learning and curriculum development for early adolescents with emphasis on the middle school environment. Focus is placed on understanding the diversity of the student as well as organizational structures that support a student-centered curriculum in middle school settings (grades 4-9). Includes current practices of advisories and family involvement in the education and care of the learner. This course has a service-learning component of 15 hours outside of class time. 

This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


EDU 345 - Study of Ohio
3 Credits

This course provides candidates with current knowledge, skills, and dispositions about the State of Ohio. The emphasis is on outcomes outlined by the Ohio Academic Content Standards for social studies in grades 4-5. The course will focus on the pivotal historical, cultural, geographic, economic, and political/citizenship events in ‘Ohio’ from prehistory to the present day.


EDU 347 - Middle Childhood Language Arts Methods
3 Credits

A study of the planning and delivery of the Language Arts curriculum for middle childhood. Ohio’s Academic Content Standards will frame the exploration of curriculum, lesson planning, instructional strategies and student assessment. An emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary instruction. Includes a minimum of 30 hours of field experience. 

Prerequisites: EDU 105, 211, 220 and 335. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details.


EDU 349A - Middle Childhood Science Methods
3 Credits
A study of the planning and delivery of the science curriculum for middle childhood. Emphasis will be on the philosophy, characteristics, learning theories, lesson planning, assessment and effective classroom practices as applied to the teaching of science in the middle childhood setting. Ohio's Academic Content Standards will frame the exploration of instruction and student assessment. Includes a minimum of 30 hours of field experience. 

Prerequisites: EDU 105, 220 or consent of the instructor. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details.


EDU 349B - Middle Childhood Social Studies Methods
3 Credits
A study of the planning and delivery of the social studies curriculum for middle childhood. Emphasis will be on the philosophy, characteristics, learning theories, curriculum, lesson planning, assessment and effective classroom practices as applied to the teaching of social studies in the middle childhood setting. Ohio's Academic Content Standards will frame the exploration of instruction and student assessment. Includes a minimum of 30 hours of field experience. 

Prerequisites: EDU 105, 220 or consent of instructor. May be a co-requisite with EDU 410. Please see EDU 410 course description for details.


EDU 349C - Middle Childhood Mathematics Methods
3 Credits
A study of the planning and delivery of the mathematics curriculum for middle childhood. Emphasis will be on the philosophy, characteristics, learning theories, curriculum, lesson planning, assessment, and effective classroom practices as applied to the teaching of mathematics in the middle childhood setting. Ohio's Academic Content Standards will frame the exploration of instruction and student assessment. 

Includes a minimum of 30 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDU 105, 220 or consent of instructor. 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 479C - CORE: Reflections on Truth: Middle Childhood
3 Credits
This course will critically examine truth from an educator’s perspective. Truths become evident when we critically examine questions of depth in education from multiple perspectives. In addition to the core seminar questions, other possible topics include classroom diversity and culture, collaboration among multiple stakeholders, and schooling as seen through the eyes of our learners. 

Co-requisite: EDU 484.


EDU 484 - Supervised Teaching: Middle Childhood
12 Credits
Full-time, full-semester supervised teaching in a middle childhood classroom. 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 314 and two of the following: 335, 347, 349A, 349B, 349C. Co-requisite: EDU 479C or equivalent.


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.


ENG 216 - Survey of American Literature
3 Credits
Surveys the major writers of the United States from colonial times through the twentieth century. The course emphasizes historical and cultural influences on writers such as Emerson, Whitman, Melville, Twain, and Faulkner. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


ENG 342 - African Literature
3 Credits
A general survey of African literature including the oral traditions that formed its background. Students will examine various forms of African artistic expression including oral literature, short story, and novels. Students will read literary texts originally written in English or in English translation. Reading of primary texts will be supplemented with critical essays and documentary films. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


ENG 343 - The Literature of American Diversity
3 Credits
A study of literary works and authors not usually included in the traditional canon because of race, ethnic background, gender, age, or other factors. The class includes works by the minority cultures of African-American, Native American, Asian-American, and Hispanic-American as well as other groups left outside the mainstream of the American experience. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


ENG 344 - 19th Century American Literature
3 Credits
By reading authors such as Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman, students will study what is often called “the American Renaissance.” In addition, understanding of romanticism, realism, and other major literary trends of the time, will be developed, discussed, and analyzed.

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


ENG 346 - 20th Century American Literature
3 Credits
A representative study of the poetry, drama, and fiction of the United States since 1900. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


ENG 357 - World Literature
3 Credits
A study of selected masterpieces, in English translation, by international authors whose native language is not English. There will be an exploration of interplay between English-language and other language literatures, discussion of the place of translation, analysis of universal motifs, and exposure to authors not widely read in the United States.

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


ENG 451 - Women's Literature
3 Credits
Explores the roles women have played in the history of literature and explores the contributions of female artists. The course also addresses issues of empowerment, marginalization, and voice. Some sections may include a service-learning component. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


ENV 111 - Astronomy
3 Credits
Study of the heavens. Topics include the life cycle of stars, phases of the moon, a descriptive study of the planets and constellations, and the evolution of our concept of the universe from Ptolemaic beliefs to modern cosmology. Includes laboratory. 


ENV 113 - Geology
4 Credits
An introduction to physical geology with an emphasis on those processes acting to create rocks and minerals, landforms, and structures in and on the earth. Includes laboratory. 


ENV 115 - Environmental Science
4 Credits
Study the complex relationships between the Earth, the atmosphere, and living things, with a critical evaluation of human impacts on natural processes. This is an interdisciplinary class that builds from topics that include meteorology, oceanography, biology, chemistry, physics, and economics. Discover the science behind real world problems facing society and emerging solutions to those problems. Includes laboratory. 

Not open to students with credit for ENV 110 and 112 and 114.


EXSC 121 - Health Education
3 Credits
A basic course in personal, community, and school health including such topics as drugs, mental health, consumer health, and a healthful school environment. 

Not open to student with credit in PEH 121, PEH 125, or EXSC 125.


GEO 125 - World Geography
3 Credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of geography; a comprehensive study of representative world regions. Interdisciplinary in content (culture, history, politics, economics, etc.), geographic in focus. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


HST 201 - American History I
3 Credits
An analysis of the colonial heritage of the United States, the causes and consequences of the American Revolution, the political, social, and economic development of the new nation through the Civil War and its aftermath. 

Not open to students who have taken HST 120.


HST/POL 348E - A History of U.S. Foreign Relations
3 Credits
A study of the relationship between major expressions of U.S. foreign policy and the American ethos in the context of historic foreign policy challenges. 

Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


MTH 140 - Introduction to Statistics
3 Credits
An introduction to the basic concepts and computations used in statistical analysis as well as their application to problems in other disciplines, especially biology, business, education, and social sciences. Topics include the description of data graphically and numerically, the collection of data via samples and experiments, and the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from data.

The laboratory component of the course emphasizes conceptual understanding, interpretation of statistical quantities, and written/oral communication and will require the use of mathematical software. 

Prerequisite: MTH 102 or placement.


MTH 145 - Discrete Mathematics
3 Credits
Consideration of discrete mathematical topics including logic, set theory, algorithms, Boolean algebra, number systems, and graph theory. 

Prerequisite: MTH 102 or placement. Not open to students with credit for MTH 345.


MTH 150 - Principles of Mathematics & Technology for Early Childhood Teachers & Intervention Specialists
3 Credits
Development of the basic ideas of numbers, number relationships, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability in a problem solving, activity-oriented approach to the study of mathematics appropriate for early childhood teachers and intervention specialists.

The structure of the course will stress: learning mathematical ideas in a hands-on, cooperative learning setting; the interrelationships within mathematics and the connections that exist between mathematics and other disciplines; the communication of mathematics accurately, both orally and in writing; the elements of mathematical modeling; discussion of the evaluation, acquisition, and implementation of current technology and resources; the use of estimation and the reasonableness of answers; the integration of appropriate technologies; the use of patterns and relationships to analyze mathematical situations; the use of current literature on the learning and teaching of mathematics; and allowing the students the opportunity to reflect on their own mathematical behavior.

The course will require the use of manipulatives, calculators, computer software, and the Internet to reinforce the development of mathematical concepts, skills and pedagogy. 

Prerequisite: Education major and MTH 102.


MTH 152 - Principles of Mathematics & Technology for Middle Childhood Teachers
3 Credits
Development of the basic ideas of numbers, number relationships, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability in problem solving, activity-oriented approach to the study of mathematics appropriate for middle childhood teachers.

The structure of the course will stress: learning mathematical ideas in a hands-on, cooperative learning setting; the interrelationships within mathematics and the connections that exist between mathematics and other disciplines; the communication of mathematics accurately, both orally and in writing; the elements of mathematical modeling; discussion of the evaluation, acquisition, and implementation of current technology and resources; the use of estimation and the reasonableness of answers; the integration of appropriate technologies; the use of patterns and relationships to analyze mathematical situations; the use of current literature of the learning and teaching of mathematics; and allowing the students the opportunity to reflect on their own mathematical behavior.

The course will require the use of manipulatives, calculators, computer software, and the Internet to reinforce the development of mathematical concepts, skills and pedagogy. 

Prerequisite: Education major and MTH 102.


MTH 160 - Precalculus
3 Credits
Topics include number theory and systems, solutions of equations and inequalities, factoring, functions and their graphs, inverse functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses, trigonometric identities, solutions of trigonometric equations, 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 127 or MTH 128 or placement. Not open to students with credit for MTH 240.


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.


POL 101 - The Great Issues of Politics
3 Credits
Introduction to the study of politics and government; survey of the discipline, the structure of the United States system of government and the major issues of political science including: the theory and function of government and the political process, public law, international politics, comparative government and foreign relations, and political development. Emphasis is on issues, approaches, methodologies, democracy and citizenship.


SCI 102 - Principles of Physics & Chemistry
3 Credits
A course designed for non-science majors that focuses on the fundamental topics within chemistry and classical Newtonian physics and how they affect a variety of environmental issues, including air quality, global climate change, energy consumption, development and use of alternative energy sources, water quality, and use of polymeric recyclable materials. 

Prerequisite: MTH 102 or equivalent placement. Not open to students with credit for CHM 102 and PHY 102.


SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
3 Credits
A survey of the basic concepts of the sociological analysis of human behavior. Topics include culture and socialization; deviance and social control; stratification and social class; inequalities of gender, race, ethnicity, and class; collective behavior and social change; and the role of social institutions in society including family, health care, education, religion, politics, and the economy.

Some sections may include a service-learning component. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


THR 181 - Introduction to Theatre
3 Credits
An introduction and overview of the elements of theatre: acting, directing, stagecraft, and playwriting, with some attention to theatre history. Students will be encouraged to attend theatrical productions on campus and in Central Ohio. A great way to learn about the theatre. Not open to students with credit for COM 181.