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Developing a biblical worldview is a core tenet of every Hillcrest education. Students will leave Hillcrest with a solid understanding of what it means to think and act as a follower of Christ.
Developing a biblical worldview is a core tenet of every Hillcrest education. Students will leave Hillcrest with a solid understanding of what it means to think and act as a follower of Christ.
Students will be asked to dig deep as they navigate through and find the answers to their biggest questions about relationships with God (e.g., Why should I even trust Him?), themselves (e.g., What if I really mess up?), and others. During each lesson students will plunge into the Bible and study one Biblical passage that relates to the topic they are focusing on, and will end their study with a direct connection to Jesus.
The Bible is the infallible, inerrant and inspired Word of God. It is the basis of faith for billions of people around the globe, yet many students express frustration over their attempts to understand the Bible. They have picked up a smattering of information over the years and know certain parts of God's Word better than others, but most still do not see how those stories fit together. And yet, when the pages of Scripture are opened One God, One Book, and One Story emerge. The aim of this course is to help students understand the big picture of the Bible, and how their story fits into God's unfolding plan of salvation..
This class is designed to help students develop a biblical worldview. Because worldviews are pertinent to every person’s life – the way we think and the way we act—and because virtually every worldview promises some sort of salvation or utopia, the study of worldviews is of critical importance. By the time the student completes this course, they should understand how certain ideas comprise a worldview’s content and give it form.
Worldview II takes students through an in depth study of the six major worldviews, looking at each worldview's perspective in ten academic disciplines.
In this course specifically designed for upperclassmen, students will explore personality traits, family dynamics and social issues in a biblical context.
Students will engage in mission opportunities in the Fergus Falls area and gain context for living a missional life through studying God's Word and reading mission-focused texts.
This is a two semester course designed to give each student a reading series of intellectual, historical, and religious works. Reading comprehension and analytical discussion of the works will be measured throughout the semester. Through the reading of these works, the students will understand the reliability of the Bible and Christian doctrine.
An introductory look at the Old Testament beginning with Genesis and going through Malachi.
In this Bible course, student will be learning about the origins of the world, nature, man, sin and the covenant God established with Abraham and his descendants. Topics of monumental importance such as creation versus evolution, man’s fall into sin, and the universal flood are studied. The goal is to understand the book as it ties into the whole salvation story centered around Jesus and to glean practical lessons for our daily lives.
The emphasis of this course is a semester long study of the book of Proverbs. The study is lecture and discussion based and will involve some small group interaction.
These little-known books of the Old Testament were written for times and situations that were quite similar to the moral and religious atmosphere of our own society. The students will learn that God’s Word speaks to our lives as they hear the prophets’ messages to the two kingdoms of Israel. There is much law and judgment but also much grace and Gospel for us to apply.
An introductory look at the New Testament beginning with the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and continuing through the book of Revelation.
The emphasis of this course is a yearlong study of the Gospel of Mark. The study will be discussion based and therefore involve a considerable amount of working in small groups. The main text will be a blank manuscript of the Gospel of Mark. This course is also designed to provide students with practical experience in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ both in work and indeed.
It is apparent that the Apostle John wrote with brazen intentionality and ruthless selectivity. His purpose was clear, “These (miracles) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). John’s aim was to focus less on what Jesus did and more on who He was so that each reader would come face-to-face with the One who made God known to us (John 1:18). This course will be a verse by verse study of the Apostle John’s eyewitness gospel account. It is designed to be highly discussion based, and will focus on the deeper theological teachings that John addresses. The objective is for students to find life in the name of Jesus and no other (John 1:12; 10:10b).
The Act is not done yet. That is, the act of God’s Holy Spirit, extending the Gospels and building His church through those who believe in Jesus. In this course, the students see the apostles in action during the early years of the Christian church. Students learn from the examples, messages, and practices of early Christians as well as study some current mission themes and models. The objective is to facilitate the students’ own involvement in spreading God’s Kingdom.
Students will learn about the Apostle Paul and the things he believed by engaging in a chapter by chapter, verse by verse Bible study of each of Paul’s letters: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Timothy, I & II Thessalonians, Titus, Philemon. A historical overview is included for each book with information about the church or individual recipient of Paul’s letter. Both theological and practical issues are discussed in depth.
Geography is a 7th grade social studies course. Students will strive to understand how man and God’s creation interact as well as how we can be good stewards of all that has been entrusted to us by God. Building on US Geography knowledge gained at the elementary level, this class seeks to review and refresh the students’ current mapping skills and abilities and then expand that knowledge by applying it to World Geography. This class will focus on the world in the Solar System and then narrow the focus on individual continents, countries, peoples, cultures religions, and economies.
U.S. History is an 8th grade social studies course focusing on the emergence of the United States, via hopeful colonizers and entrepreneurs, as a nation of united colonies with a significant role in global events. This historical period begins with the age of Exploration in Western Europe and concludes with a survey of our burgeoning role in international events; how historical movements such as industrialization and immigration played a role in moving the United States into world leadership roles. This course will begin to move the student toward higher level thinking and discussion of over-arching subjects and topics as well as enable them to connect the older history of the United States to current events and issues. The student will also comprehend the critical role that a Christian world view had on the foundation and development of the United States as a country and as a world leader/power.
World History is a “big picture” look at the events and civilizations that have formed the world we know today. This freshman level survey course observes history through a Christian perspective, beginning with the creation of man and moving through the rise of civilizations and empires, culminating in the events of the Reformation and Renaissance. World History is a challenging course that is intended to meet basic social studies graduation requirements for HLA students, as well as prepare students to continue toward the successful completion of senior high level US History and Western Civilization survey courses. Emphasis is placed on gaining critical thinking skills, cogent essay writing abilities, and demonstrating aptitude through reasoned discussion.
Early U.S. History is a brief survey course of the history of the United States from the period of colonization through the Civil War era. Many primary source documents and Goldfield’s The American Journey will be used as the course texts. In addition to studying the historical time period to the Civil War, a brief update of top news stories will be given each day so that students will build a comprehensive understanding of major events that currently shape the modern world. This course will give the students a basic knowledge base and set of skills that will give them an understanding of American history that will prepare them for the CLEP exam or an introductory college course.
Pre-Requisite: Early U.S. History
Modern U.S. History is a survey course of the US as a major player in world affairs. Materials from authors such as Eric Foner, Stephen Ambrose, the center for foreign policy development, and numerous primary sources are studied. In addition, a part of each day will be a study and evaluation of current world events taken from a variety of sources. This course concludes the high school level U.S. history survey. This course will give the students a basic knowledge base and set of skills that will give them an understanding of American history that will prepare them for the CLEP exam or an introductory college course.
Philosophy and Religion is an upper level literature and critical thinking course. This class is a search for truth and the existence of God through the pages of philosophical works and biographies from the past century. Students engage with a variety of key texts, both historical and contemporary, learning to read critically and analyze important theological and philosophical questions. Philosophy and Religion augments many of Hillcrest’s core classes, bringing together ideas from upper level English, History, and Christian Worldview courses.
Economics/Marketing/Leadership is a high school class primarily for juniors or seniors. There are no pre-requisites. The class provides students with some background and understanding of a national economy, of the business world, of markets and marketing, and of the skills and personality qualities that relate to being an entrepreneur or a leader in any organization. An overview is provided of basic economics, both micro and macro, the “laws” of leadership (John Maxwell), and basic principles and topics in marketing.
Sociology is a year long course that analyzes and studies human relationships with each other and God. The course places a high emphasis on how sociological theories and methods can be applied to daily life. Both a secular humanistic view of sociology and a Biblical Christian view are studied and contrasted within each unit. This course prepares students for an understanding of how our increasingly secularized nation views and approaches current sociological issues and problems of the day. Students will understand the different approaches to issues such as drug use, cohabitation, divorce, euthanasia, abortion, violent crime, racism, poverty, and education. Seniors and Danielsen students currently enrolled in the social track will be given first priority for this course.
AP European History is a college level course that covers the time period of the Italian Renaissance to the 21st century. The course includes the political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, philosophical, demographic, economic, and military history of the time period. Students in this course should possess strong reading, writing, and analytical skills. Each student will take the final College Board AP exam which will be administered in May. This course is the final course in the history department for students who have taken World History and the United States history survey courses. This elective course is the culmination of history courses taken at Hillcrest Academy and is strongly encouraged for high-achieving students in the Humanities program.
English 7 is a formational and foundational course which prepares 7th grade students for success in all academic areas. Students receive foundational skills in language arts, writing, speaking, and reading, including analysis of the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/favorite vacation speech.
English 8 is a high school prep course for 8th grade students which builds upon the foundational skills learned in English 7. Students receive instruction and practice in skills involving language arts, writing, speaking, and reading, including analysis of the novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/favorite Bible character speech.
English 9 is the first level of high school English/language arts. Students receive instruction and practice in skills involving language arts, writing, speaking, and reading. Highlights of English 9 literature analysis include a variety of African American literature, To Kill A Mockingbird, and an introduction to Shakespeare through Romeo and Juliet. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/topical speech.
English 10 is a sophomore-level language arts class which builds on the skills acquired in English 9. Students will receive instruction in, practice, and show mastery of skills involving language arts, writing, speaking, and reading. Highlights of English 10 literature analysis include Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and two novels, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/topical speech.
International English is an elective course for Danielsen School exchange students in the English subject area. This class uses an anthology of texts in a variety of genres from all over the world, selected to give an understanding of English as an international language used around the globe. The main focus is on communication, both written and spoken.
American Literature is an English/Language Arts course taught at the 11th grade level. Students will read and analyze several classic American novels of the 19th century. Students will also learn to prepare a research paper according to standard manuscript form, be involved in a continuous vocabulary improvement program, and learn to write and edit with a clear grasp of the intricacies of capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure.
World Literature is an English/Language Arts course taught at the 12th grade level. Students will study, interpret, and analyze several formative works of world literature. Students will also learn advanced writing in the English language for both communicative and academic purposes, expand vocabulary with advanced terminology, and demonstrate solid understanding of the principles of English grammar and usage.
AP European Literature is designed to help students become careful, serious readers of a wide variety of literature, balancing both classic and contemporary works. The chosen literature for study will emphasize British and American writers from the 16th century to the 21st century but will also include a few from other cultures. The workload of the class will be consistent with that of a college literature course. An additional requirement is the national AP English Lit. & Comp. Exam given in May. Earning a grade of 3 or higher (out of 5) on the exam will enable students to receive college credit at most universities in the United States.
Pre-Requisite: Math 76 desired but not required
Math 87 is taught at the Junior High level using Saxon Course 2 as its primary text. This class is designed for incoming 7th and 8th grade students. The students shall use skills associated with understanding numbers, basic problem solving with whole numbers, fractions and decimals, proportions, probability, and area of two and three-dimensional geometric figures. Students are introduced to percents and algebraic equations.
Pre-Requisite: Math 87 or placement test.
Pre-Algebra continues an orderly study of mathematics as students move from a focus on computational skills to an application of these skills in an algebraic problem-solving environment. The topics covered in this course help students develop an understanding of basic principles of algebra along with an introduction to other topics including geometry, proportions, probability, and basic data analysis. Larson Pre-Algebra is the primary text for this course.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra .5 or placement test
Algebra 1 continues an orderly study of mathematics as students move from Pre-Algebra into a more thorough application of algebraic principles. This course uses Larson Algebra 1 as its primary text. The topics covered in this course help students to solve and graph linear equations and inequalities both as individual problems and systems of equations. Higher degree polynomials are introduced and students learn how to graph, factor, and solve a wide variety of expressions including quadratic equations.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1
Geometry emphasizes logical methods of thinking through deductive and inductive reasoning using theorems and postulates involving parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and polygons. This course uses Larson Geometry as its primary text. The topics covered in this course help students develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of geometry and how it applies to their overall understanding of mathematics. This course may be taken prior to or concurrently with Algebra 2.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1
Algebra 2 begins with a review and extension of topics from Algebra 1 and then moves into a study of real and complex numbers. This course uses Larson Algebra 2 as its primary text. Core concepts include a complete study of equations and inequalities involving polynomials, an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions, rational and radical functions, conic sections, and probability. Preparation for Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus is the primary focus of this course.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1 and Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus prepares juniors for AP Calculus and seniors for college math entrance requirements. Pre-Calculus reviews, expands on, and then advances many of the topics learned in Algebra 2 and Geometry. The content focuses on polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, and provides an introduction to Calculus through limits, differentiation and some applications of differentiation.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus is the highest level math course offered at Hillcrest Academy. This course culminates in the AP Calculus AB national test. Success on the AP test leads to college credit, the maximum equivalent being a semester of college calculus. This course centers on limit processes. The idea of a limit is used to develop the operation of differentiation, and its opposite, antidifferentiation. In addition to applications of the derivative, this class considers differentiation and integration of natural logarithmic and exponential functions, which are applied to finding areas between curves and volumes of solids.
Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1
Consumer Math is a practical course on the management and understanding of personal finance. This course follows Algebra I and Geometry, which, along with Arithmetic, provide the basic math skills needed for life. The class covers a variety of relevant financial topics including budgeting, economical decision making, savings, and financing major commitments such as college education.
Science 7 is a life science course. Life science explores observations and decisions about living things. In Science 7 students will learn about observations other people have made as well as develop skills necessary to make good observations on their own. Students will look to what God has said about life and living organisms as they learn the principles He has given to direct our decision making concerning living things. The text presents the material from a Christian perspective.
Science 8 is an earth science course. In Science 8 students study God’s natural world including geology, oceanography, astronomy, meteorology and the environment. Through a close look at the water cycle, the motions of the universe and the external and internal forces that shape the earth, students develop an increased appreciation for God’s creation. As they are led to examine their own lifestyles, they become conscious of the impact their actions have on the environment.
Physics 9 provides the student with a foundation in physics and chemistry as preparation for more-advanced science courses. In Physics 9 students study the basic structure of matter, how forces produce motion and hold matter together, the various forms of energy, chemical elements and the compounds they form. The text emphasizes science not as the source of ultimate truth, but rather as a tool to learn about God’s world. By studying science, the students discover the laws or ordinances that God has established to govern the physical world.
Biology is the study of life systems. The class content is taught from a Christian perspective, which marvels at God's creative design in all of life's diversity. This is a rigorous college preparatory class designed to introduce you to the major focal points of biology, including organic chemistry, cell biology, genetics, theories of biological genesis, classification and comparative anatomy & physiology. The class incorporates labs, field work and dissections for a hands-on biology experience.
Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Biology is recommended.
Chemistry is the study of matter: its properties, interactions and formations. This class provides an overview of the discipline of chemistry, relating chemical models to real world substances. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, measurements & formulas, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws and an introduction to organic chemistry. Concepts are reinforced through labs. This is a rigorous college preparatory class that focuses on mastering foundational skills necessary for success in college chemistry.
Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Algebra 1, Geometry is strongly recommended.
Physics is the study of the interaction of time, matter and space. It is the foundational to art, the sciences, technology, engineering, robotics, computer applications and life. The class is based on group projects and hands-on experiences alternating with concept development to achieve three goals: 1) gain problem-solving skills within a team context, 2) gain a strong conceptual understanding of physics, 3) become highly proficient at applying physical models to predict real life outcomes. Topics covered include Newtonian physics, kinetics, energy, waves, sound, light, magnetism, electricity and an introduction to quantum physics.
Anatomy and Physiology is an introductory course in which students study one of God’s spectacular creations, the human body. The course includes a basic overview of the body’s biological systems, how they are organized and how they function. Students study interactions between various cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. Anatomy and Physiology explores practical and relevant applications of anatomical knowledge to everyday life. This course is especially useful for students contemplating a future medical career.
The course, Robotics, is a project-based learning experience that introduces the concepts and applications of robotic technology to students. The class follows the engineering design process to design, prototype, modify and compete in robotic challenges. This is done through scratch-built Arduino-based robots, VEX robotics kits and in cooperation with Central Lakes Robotics (CLR) which competes in the BEST robotics program. CLR is the top scoring BEST robotics team, consistently taking the top honors in the past four years of competition.
Students that sign up for the robotics class learn important STEM skills, including the engineering design process, teamwork, marketing, speech, CAD, principles of mechanical and electrical engineering, coding, the use of shop tools such as mills, 3D printers and CNC routers. Students will have opportunities to investigate practical applications of robotic technology at local businesses and through research projects. The class meets daily during the school schedule. The formal BEST robotic build portion of the class takes place when CLR meets after school.
A first level course, no pre-requisite is required. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the French language through everyday situations in which they practice listening, speaking, writing, and reading French.
Pre-Requisite: French 1
A second level course. Students must have taken French 1 or an equivalent course. The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to further study the French language, increase vocabulary and improve listening and reading comprehension.
Pre-Requisite: 2 years of German study, or the consent of the instructor.
This course focus on deepening the students’ knowledge and understanding of German-speaking peoples and their culture. Students master fundamental grammar points and build on that foundation to increase their abilities to understand written and spoken German. This course uses news, current events, songs, and other media in German to expose students to German as it is used today. Students are also encouraged to explore areas of personal interest.
During one semester in 7th grade and one in 8th, the students are introduced to the study of foreign language along with the study of a bit of Latin. Students learn many important Latin phrases which have been incorporated into the English language (think words or phrases like rigor mortis or quid pro quo). They also learn grammar terms and practices such as conjugation, declension etc.(et cetera is a Latin term!) as well as some vocabulary as they study some basic Latin. Since Latin is the source of Romance languages as well as much of English these courses help students succeed in language classes later in their high school career.
This first level course has no prerequisite. Students will learn to communicate in both written and oral Spanish in the present tense. Time is spent acquiring very useful vocabulary in categories such as numbers, colors, common verbs, body parts etc. Basic grammar is learned but the focus is on fluency not grammatical perfection. Actions, songs, storytelling, games, grammar exercises, guided conversations and the use of Spanish Psalms or other Bible selections are some of the means used to learn the language.
Pre-Requisite: Spanish 1
In this course students build on what they learned in Spanish 1, refining and amplifying their reading and communication skills. A study of the gospel of John in Spanish is an integral part of the class. Focus is on the past and future tenses of verbs as well as common categories of vocabulary.
Pre-Requisite: Spanish 1 and 2
The grammar and vocabulary of the first two years are reviewed and strengthened. The goal is to move away from translation or English explanations and rather use previously acquired Spanish to define vocabulary and build comprehension. According to the progress of the students some authentic (real life as compared to language course) Spanish literature is used.
An introductory computer course focused upon developing typing and basic computer skills.
This course will present the information and skills necessary to become proficient in the use of Google Apps and other web 2.0 applications available in the cloud. Students will learn basic computer skills in production and formatting documents, spreadsheets, and multimedia presentations. In addition students will develop skills in online research, communication and project collaboration.
Pre-Requisite: Computer Applications
Students will learn throughout the year to make digital presentations and to become digital storytellers. We will use technology to integrate images, graphics, narration, sounds, and music into a finished video work that can be published to physical media or uploaded to the internet. For each project, students will follow the steps in the creation process: Preproduction; Production; Post-production. Students will employ with a large variety of computer software as creative tools. They will also use scanners, still cameras, video cameras, lighting and microphones.
Students who are excelling in creative disciplines may be selected for a hands-on marketing & media mentorship program offered by the Hillcrest marketing & publications office. Students in this program will develop and hone marketable skills by actively participating in the promotion of the school. Activities include photography, video editing, social media management, writing, design and layout.
Students in this course produce the Beacon, the annual yearbook of Hillcrest Academy.
This fascinating course includes an introduction to general economics in addition to studying and evaluating the distinctions of American marketing and leadership models. The student is equipped to critique various organizational leadership models as well as current marketing strategies.
The materials presented in this course will help students establish healthy financial habits and goals as they move towards collegiate life and beyond. Students will learn to apply biblical principles to all areas of personal finance.
This course meets weekly. Emphasis is placed on physical exercise with participation in various recreational and athletic activities.
This course meets once a week with students up through 10th grade that are not involved in a varsity sport or strength training. Emphasis is placed on physical exercise with participation in various recreational and athletic activities.
This course meets four days a week and can be used to meet the Phy. Ed requirement. The purpose of the class is to build strength, speed, jumping ability and agility for dedicated athletes. Students will work hard each day in the weight room on the Coremax equipment.
This course will look at various health topics from a Christian perspective.
Through a special partnership with Grand Canyon University, Hillcrest helps students ascertain how to operate in an online college environment. Providing an expert teacher in the Online Learning Lab, students will be ushered through their college courses, mentored on best practices with their online course load while completing their courses in high school for college credits that transfer to most college and university systems.
The course offerings are listed below:
This course introduces the text of the Old Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.
This course introduces the text of the New Testament with emphasis on the biblical narrative, genres, major historical periods, and theological themes.
This course is a study of biological concepts emphasizing the interplay of structure and function, particularly at the molecular and cellular levels of organization. Cell components and their duties are investigated, as well as the locations of cellular functions within the cell. The importance of the membrane
is studied, particularly its roles in controlling movement of ions and molecules and in energy production. The effect of genetic information on the cell is followed through the pathway from DNA to RNA to protein. Co-requisite: BIO-181L.
This lab course is designed to reinforce principles learned in BIO-181 through experiments and activities which complement and enhance understanding of macromolecules, cell membrane properties, cellular components, and their contribution to cell structure and function. Assignments are designed to relate cellular processes such as metabolism, cell division, and the flow of genetic information to cell structure. Co-requisite: BIO-181.
This course is a study of biological concepts emphasizing the interplay of structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization. Relationships of different life forms are studied, noting characteristics and general lifecycles of the different types of organisms, including bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. Plant structure, function, an reproduction are studied, as well as photosynthesis and plant nutrition. Ecological principles are discussed, including organism interactions at the various ecological levels. Principles of conservation are introduced. Prerequisite: BIO-181. Co-requisite: BIO-182L
This lab is designed to reinforce principles learned in BIO-182. Organisms are examined to recognize similarities and differences among different types. Plant structure and processes, including photosynthesis and water transport, are investigated through observation and activities. Concepts of ecology are explored through study of species interactions projects and other activities. Co-requisite: BIO-182.
This course is the first of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of cells; tissues; genetics; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Co-requisite: BIO-201L.
This course involves a study of the gross anatomy and functions of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. This experiential lab involves gaining basic knowledge of the use of human cadavers, animal demonstrations, and computer assisted instruction. Co-requisite: BIO-201.
This course is the second of a two-course sequence examining the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. This portion includes the study of immunity; metabolism; energetics; fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance; and the endocrine, hematologic, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-201L. Co-requisite: BIO-202L.
This course is a study of the gross anatomy and functions of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems. The experiential lab involves an advanced exploration of concepts using human cadavers, animal demonstrations, and computer-assisted instruction. Prerequisites: BIO-201 and BIO-201L. Co-requisite: BIO-202.
This course is an overview of the business of sports, including career opportunities, as well as a study of the value of professional management to sports organizations.
An introduction to the principles of chemistry; designed for students without a strong background in science. Topics covered include a survey of the chemical and physical properties of elements and compounds, chemical reactions, chemical energetics, acids and bases, and chemical bonding. An introduction to organic and biochemistry emphasizes the relationship between molecular structure and function. Co-requisite: CHM-101L.
This lab course is designed to compliment and support the principles being addressed in CHM-101. Students learn basic lab techniques related to general and organic chemistry, building upon and strengthening foundational knowledge such as stoichiometry and reaction types. Additionally, some topics are addressed from a biochemical standpoint to highlight application to daily living. Co-requisite: CHM-101.
This is the first course of a two-semester introduction to chemistry intended for undergraduates pursuing careers in the health professions and others desiring a firm foundation in chemistry. The course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry and begins with basic concepts. Topics include an introduction to the scientific method, dimensional analysis, atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry and chemical reactions, the gas laws, thermodynamics, chemical bonding, and properties of solutions. Prerequisites: MAT-134 or MAT-154. Co-requisite: CHM-113L.
The laboratory section of CHM-113 reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture course. Experiments include determination of density, classification of chemical reactions, the gas laws, determination of enthalpy change using calorimetry, and determination of empirical formula. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or MAT-154. Co-requisite: CHM-113.
This is the second course of a two-semester introduction to chemistry intended for undergraduates pursuing careers in the health professions and others desiring a firm foundation in chemistry. Upon successful completion of this course, students demonstrate knowledge and/or skill in solving problems involving the principles of chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics; understanding chemical reactions using kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics; comparing and contrasting the principal theories of acids and bases; solving equilibrium involving acids, bases, and buffers; describing solubility equilibrium; describing terms associated with electrochemistry and solving problems associated with electrochemistry; and describing fundamentals and applications of nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM-113. Co-requisite: CHM-115L.
The laboratory section of CHM-115 reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture course. Experiments include determination of rate law, examples of Le Châtelier’s principle, the use of pH indicators, buffer preparation, experimental determination of thermodynamic quantities, the use of electrochemical cells, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHM-113 and CHM-113L. Co-requisites: CHM-115.
This course is a study of media history and theory with an emphasis on the implications and impact of mass messages on meaning, culture, and society.
This course presents the history of visual art and its connection and influence on modern media. Students gain an artistic vocabulary by becoming familiar with many kinds of visual art, developing their skills in visual analysis, increasing their understanding of aesthetic theory, and applying that understanding in presentations. Prerequisite: COM-126.
This basic course in oral communication uses focused content to practice the principles of effective oral presentation. The lectures, speaking assignments, and all written work will acquaint the student with the theory, practice, and necessary technological literacy required for effective message building and presentation.
A worldview acts like glasses through which one views the world. In this course, students explore the big questions that make up a worldview, questions like “Why are we here?” and “What is my purpose?” Students examine how Christians answer these questions and work on exploring their own worldviews, as well as learning how worldview influences one’s perceptions, decision making, and everyday life.
The course covers microeconomic topics, macroeconomic topics, and international economics topics. Microeconomic topics include the nature and method of economics, supply and demand, utility, and supply and demand elasticities. Macroeconomic topics include the measurement of national output, factors that impact output, other means of measuring national wealth and economic well-being, unemployment, inflation, GDP accounting, and business cycles. While the focus of this course is primarily on the U.S. economy, some comparative economic analysis will be covered. In addition, select topics related to international trade and finance are introduced.
Teacher candidates survey how children and early adolescents grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas while understanding the implications for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences. This survey of the seminal concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents allows teacher candidates to build foundational knowledge for constructing learning opportunities that support individual student’s development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.
This is a course in writing academic prose, including various types of essays, arguments, and constructions. A writing-intensive course.
This course explores various types of research writing, with a focus on constructing essays, arguments, and research reports based on primary and secondary sources. A writing-intensive course. Prerequisites: ENG-105.
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. It covers the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, citizenship, and patterns of political behavior.
This course compares and contrasts various systems of government in Western and non-Western countries, and explores political and diplomatic processes and how they affect international relations, nations, and localities.
This course surveys global civilizations from Africa and the Americas to Eurasia as an overview of the principal cultural, political, and economic themes that shaped world civilization.
This course provides an overview of the principal political, economic, and cultural, themes that shaped the United States from the Colonial period into the 20th century.
This course provides an introduction to the basic components of the criminal justice system in the United States today: corrections, courts, and law enforcement.
This course provides an examination of classic and contemporary theories of crime causation, including psychological and social causes of crime and theories of punishment.
This course is designed to build students’ understanding of, and skill in, basic algebraic practices and procedures. Students learn to manipulate mathematical operations involving real and complex numbers. Topics include solving and graphing equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations, operations on functions, use of real and complex number systems, solving rational functions, and solving exponential and logarithmic functions. Emphasis will be placed on algebraic processes and building a framework for future courses.
The course covers mathematics that matter in modern society. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems and is appropriate for students whose majors do not require college algebra or higher.
This course is designed to prepare learners to integrate fundamental mathematical concepts with the critical and quantitative thinking needed to solve workplace-related problems. The course is founded upon a functional and technological approach to algebra. Topics include functions, algebraic and exponential equations, systems, matrices, probability, and statistics. Emphasis is placed on developing students’ understanding of mathematical representation and logical reasoning to solve real-world problems. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-110.
This course is a unified study of fundamental algebra and trigonometry concepts that provide the necessary background for the study of calculus. Topics include linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables; scatter diagrams and curve fitting; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, their graphs, and their inverse functions; and systems of equations and inequalities. There is an emphasis on developing both a fundamental understanding of the concepts involved as well as their application to real-world problem solving. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-134 or MAT-154.
This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts and methods of elementary calculus and its application to real-world problems. Topics include a brief review of linear, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions; understanding and calculating limits, continuity, and derivatives as rates of change; differentiation rules including derivatives of polynomials, exponentials, trigonometric, and logarithmic functions; product and quotient rules, the chain rule, and implicit differentiation; related rates, curve sketching, maximum and minimum problems, mean value theorem, linear approximation, indeterminate forms, and L’Hospital’s rule; and applied optimization problems, antiderivatives, and approximating areas under the curve. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-250 or MAT-261.
This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts, methods, and applications of integral calculus and is the second course in a three-course sequence. Topics include definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus, and integration rules; arc length, solids of revolution, and physical applications; techniques of integration including improper integrals and an introduction to differential equations; polar coordinates, parametric equations, infinite sequences, and series; power series and conic sections; and vector arithmetic, dot product, and projections. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT-252.
This course provides an introduction to the study of basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, and decision making. Emphasis is placed on measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation, regression, discrete and continuous probability distributions, quality control population parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.
This course introduces students to the scientific method. Students are expected to classify objects and materials based on physical and chemical properties, as well as develop an understanding of chemical reactions and flow of energy in a system.
This course is a study of basic concepts of physics, including motion; forces; energy; the properties of solids, liquids, and gases; and heat and thermodynamics. The mathematics used includes algebra, trigonometry, and vector analysis. A primary course goal is to build a functional knowledge that allows students to more fully understand the physical world and to apply that understanding to other areas of the natural and mathematical sciences. Conceptual, visual, graphical, and mathematical models of physical phenomena are stressed. Students build critical thinking skills by engaging in individual and group problem-solving sessions. Prerequisites: MAT-250, MAT-261 or College Algebra. Co-requisite: PHY-111L.
This course utilizes lab experimentation to practice concepts of physical principles introduced in the PHY-111 lecture course. Learners are able to perform the proper analysis and calculations to arrive at the correct quantifiable result when confronted with equations involving gravity, sound, energy, and motion. Prerequisite: MAT-250, MAT-261 or College Algebra. Co-requisite: PHY-111.
This course is the second in a one-year introductory physics sequence. In this course, the basics of three areas in physics are covered, including electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Course topics include an introduction to electric and magnetic fields, the nature of light as an electromagnetic wave, geometric optics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear reactions. Prerequisites: PHY-111 and PHY-111L. Co-requisite: PHY-112L.
This course utilizes lab experimentation to practice concepts of physical principles introduced in the PHY-112 lecture course. Some of the topics learners understand and analyze involve the relationship between electric charges and insulators/conductors, magnetism in physics, energy transformations in electric circuits, the relationship between magnetism and electricity, and how they relate to the medical industry. Prerequisites: PHY-111 and PHY-111L. Co-requisite: PHY-112L.
This foundation course in the science of behavior includes an overview of the history of psychology, the brain, motivation, emotion, sensory functions, perception, intelligence, gender and sexuality, social psychology, human development, learning psychopathology, and therapy.
This course presents a survey of the concepts, theories, and methods used by sociologists to describe and explain the effects of social structure on human behavior. It emphasizes the understanding and use of the sociological perspective in everyday life.
This course builds a foundation in the language development skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course textbook is supported by an extensive workbook and online lab which allows students to hear Spanish spoken by native speakers. Students practice their spoken Spanish through face-to-face activities or by recorded wave files. Additionally students are prompted to growth in global awareness through participation in cultural events in their communities, reviewing movies set in Hispanic cultural settings, and reading books in English by Hispanic authors about Hispanic culture.
This course is a continuation of SPA-104. Prerequisite: SPA-104.