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Course Descriptions

GEOGRAPHY

GEG6120 - PRINCIPLES OF GEOGRAPHY (S) (3 hrs)
An introduction to the role geography plays in social, political, cultural, economic, and environmental systems. Topical and regional approaches are used to help the student develop a sense of place, meaning, and connections in a complex world. Back to Index

GEOLOGY

GEO4311 - GEOLOGY (N) (5 hrs)
A study of the geologic features of the surface of the earth, and the processes which have produced them. Laboratory work includes identification of rocks and minerals and the use and preparation of geological and topographical maps utilizing the scientific method.

GEO4312 - METEOROLOGY (N) (3 hrs)
An introductory, college-level meteorology course that introduces students to the excitement of weather as it happens while they learn the important physical concepts behind the science that makes the news and impacts everyone, every day. The course will include the concepts of weather patterns, climate, atmospheric composition, structure, pressure, wind, and pollution. Back to Index

GRAPHIC DESIGN

CGA2012 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION (3 hrs)
This course is designed to extend participants’ knowledge of drawing and painting techniques. Students will learn digital skills of integration with computer painting and drawing. (Adobe Illustrator required).

CGA2013 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER GRAPHICS (3 hrs)
Introduction to computer graphics software in the Windows computer environment. A hands-on approach to the fundamental concepts and terminology for creating and editing graphics in Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

CGA2014 - VISUAL COMMUNICATION (3 hrs)
This course is designed to introduce art, graphic design, and journalism majors to the fundamentals of visual communication. Prerequisite: CGA2013 Introduction to Computer Graphics.

CGA2022 - TYPOGRAPHY (3 hrs)
This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of typography. Emphasis is on creative manipulation of letterforms as design elements and their impact on the message communicated by the text and overall design. Students will use Adobe graphic and page layout software to control and enhance type. Prerequisite: CGA2014 Visual Communication, CGA2013 Introduction to Computer Graphics, or basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

CGA2025 - PAGE LAYOUT SOFTWARE (3 hrs)
Page Layout Software is a key component of a desktop publishing system. This course will deal in the arrangement and style of page content along with proper file preparation. Students will combine text and graphics to create layouts for a variety of publications. (Adobe InDesign Required) Prerequisite: CGA2013 Introduction to Computer Graphics.

CGA2030 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL IMAGING (3 hrs)
This course is designed to extend participant’s knowledge of digital imaging techniques by adding skills of integration with computer painting and drawing programs. Computers and flatbed scanners will be used with concentration on the use of Adobe Photoshop and scanning software.

CGA2037 - GRAPHIC DESIGN I (3 hrs)
First in the graphic design sequence, students will learn the fundamentals of visual communication through the basic principles of line, form, and color. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, visual concepts, and visual sensitivity, effective integration of type and image, and technical skills through the use of computer graphic applications. The Adobe Design Suite is recommended. Prerequisite: CGA2013 Introduction to Computer Graphics.

CGA2040 - GRAPHIC DESIGN II (3 hrs)
The second course in the graphic design sequence stresses creative problem solving techniques as applied to single and multiple page layout as well as color and typography. Assignments investigate graphic communication in a variety of two and three-dimensional forms including print media, advertising, packaging, and promotional systems. Building on the iterative processes in previous courses, students will more thoroughly analyze and question problems while exploring a range of solutions. Prerequisite: CGA2037 Graphic Design I.

CGA2065 - DESIGN PORTFOLIO (3 hrs)
Students will evaluate, improve, and select work covering various areas of graphic design for a professional portfolio. Students will develop interviewing and presentation skills to aid in job placement as well as on-the-job training in design-related work. Prerequisite: The student must have at least six (6) credit hours of design coursework and the student has the ultimate responsibility of gaining field experience in a training location approved by the instructor.  Back to Index

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

HPE6311 - INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 hrs)
An introduction to the study of physical education, its history, philosophy, and practice.

HPE6320 - RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP I (2 hrs)
Students will learn how to set up several different tournaments. They will meet in a classroom one day a week and work in a laboratory situation by implementing the intramural programs two days a week. Problems in intramural programs will be a major concern of this class.

HPE6321 - RECREATIONAL LEADERSHIP II (2 hrs)
A continuation of Recreational Leadership I. Students will meet in a classroom setting one day each week and work in a laboratory situation to implement the intramural schedule. They may work with the local school district and the recreation commission in the implementation of playground and recreation programs.

HPE6322 - THEORY OF TENNIS (2 hrs)
This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of tennis, stroke production, mental discipline, and tactics. The class also will introduce the rules, theory, and proper practice methods of tennis.

HPE6334 - THEORY OF COACHING BASKETBALL (2 hrs)
Provides instruction in fundamental skills of coaching, individual and team play, organization of practices, and the handling of teams during the competitive seasons of basketball. Emphasis is placed on the ability of the coach to teach, exercise leadership, negotiate internal team problems, organize and communicate necessary information pertinent to team success, monitor team progress, utilize problem solving and decision making skills, maintain ethical standards and responsibility for team actions, and clearly demonstrate skills necessary for effective communication and motivation of the team.

HPE6339 - TECHNIQUES OF OFFICIATING I (2 hrs)
A basic course in the theory, rules, and mechanics of officiating soccer, volleyball, and football. Students will be required to participate in various activities outside of class to gain knowledge and competencies to obtain certification as an official, although certification is not required.

HPE6340 - TECHNIQUES OF OFFICIATING II (2 hrs)
A basic course in the theory, rules, and mechanics of officiating basketball, softball, and baseball. Students will be required to participate in various activities outside of class to gain knowledge and competencies to obtain certification as an official, although certification is not required.

HPE6341 - THEORY OF COACHING BASKETBALL II (2 hrs)
Provides instruction in fundamental skills of coaching, individual and team play, organization of practices, and the handling of teams during the competitive seasons of basketball. Emphasis is placed on the ability of the coach to teach, exercise leadership, negotiate internal team problems, organize and communicate necessary information pertinent to team success, monitor team progress, utilize problem solving and decision making skills, maintain ethical standards and responsibility for team actions, and clearly demonstrate skills necessary for effective communication and motivation of the team.

HPE6343 - MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BASIC RIDER (1 hr)
This course prepares the student to safely operate a motorcycle through classroom and actual driving sessions. Students who successfully complete this course, for licensure in Kansas, can use this to gain a motorcycle driver’s license. Back to Index

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL RECREATION

HPR6325 - LIFETIME FITNESS (P) (1 hr)
Designed to expose students to facts about and experiences in dealing with motor, physical, physiological, psychological, and nutritional aspects of the human being. The responsibility to maintain fitness during a life span.

HPR6326 - DEFENSIVE TACTICS (P) (1 hr)
Includes lectures, demonstrations, and practice in basic techniques of self-protection as well as striking and delivering a variety of kicks. Self-confidence and self-management will be enhanced by class participation. Lab fee required.

HPR6330 - PHYSICAL CONDITIONING I (P) (1 hr)
A course planned to incorporate activities designed to develop speed, strength, and endurance through exercise and weight training.

HPR6331 - PHYSICAL CONDITIONING II (P) (1 hr)
A course planned to incorporate activities designed to develop speed, strength, and endurance through exercise and weight training.

HPR6332 - PHYSICAL CONDITIONING III (P) (1 hr)
A course planned to incorporate activities designed to develop speed, strength, and endurance through exercise and weight training.

HPR6333 - PHYSICAL CONDITIONING IV (P) (1 hr)
A course planned to incorporate activities designed to develop speed, strength, and endurance through exercise and weight training.

HPR6342 – BASIC YOGA (P) (2 hrs)
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn and experience basic hatha yoga postures, breathing, balance, and relaxation techniques to gain a better feeling of physical strength, flexibility, and well-being. Emphasis will be placed on the physical practice of yoga, allowing the students to experience its many benefits. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to recognize and discuss the benefits of a regular yoga practice, identify specific ways to incorporate yoga principles into their daily lives, be able to demonstrate yoga poses, and create a series of postures, which form a yoga routine.

HPR6351 - RECREATIONAL SWIMMING (P) (1 hr)
This course is designed to teach the student basic swimming skills and/or improve the basic skills. This course will help students and athletes reach a level of swimming competency that will enable them to create a program for sports conditioning and overall physical fitness. Each participant will be evaluated and will be placed into a skill group according to American Red Cross Standard. Participants will progress at their own rate but are expected to complete two skill levels. Participants will be introduced to six strokes and evaluated on each stroke. Certification may be awarded if standards are met for American Red Cross.

HPR6352 - AEROBICS I (P) (1 hr)
This course is designed to introduce and instruct the student in aerobic conditioning.

HPR6353 - AEROBICS II (P) (1 hr)
This course is designed to introduce and instruct the student in aerobic conditioning and upper-body weight training.

HPR6354 - AEROBICS III (P) (1 hr)
This course is designed to introduce and instruct the student in aerobic conditioning, upper-body weight training, and learn flexibility exercises.

HPR6355 - AEROBICS IV (P) (1 hr)
This course is designed to introduce and instruct the student in aerobic conditioning, upper-body strength, flexibility, and lower-body strength.

HPR6361-6364 - AQUATIC FITNESS I-IV (P) (1 hr)
An aquatic fitness class designed around an independent study plan. The course is designed to encourage students to use the water in their overall fitness plan. Students will be able to recognize that swimming uses all major muscle groups in the body, as a result provides the body with excellent overall conditioning as well as aerobic benefits. Athletes will find this work out to be beneficial for off season training as well as cross-training.

HPR6370 – SCUBA I (1 hr)
This is the first part of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADA) course. Learning to dive is not difficult but like any activity worth doing it requires some time and effort. This course consists of classroom instruction, practical experience with the equipment and confined water dives. The course will focus on practical knowledge, dive physiology, safety, and motor skills. If a student wants to gain certification, he/she will need to take a second diving course offered at the college. Prerequisites: The student should be in good health, be able to complete a 200 meter swim at leisure pace, and be able to float 10 minutes on the water surface.

HPR6378 - WEIGHT TRAINING I (P) (1 hr)
A basic course in weight training that is specific to the student’s sport he/she decides to specialize in. To provide the knowledge and inspire the understanding of weight training areas include; circuit training, free weights, safety concerns, stretching, proper warm-up and warm-down. Technique is a major focus. Necessary to organize and teach safe, effective weight training that is specific to the individuals sport.

HPR6379 - WEIGHT TRAINING II (P) (1 hr)
A basic course in weight training that is specific to the student’s sport he/she decides to specialize in. To provide the knowledge and inspire the understanding of weight training areas include; circuit training, free weights, safety concerns, stretching, proper warm-up and warm-down. Technique is a major focus. Necessary to organize and teach safe, effective weight training that is specific to the individuals sport.

HPR6380 - WEIGHT TRAINING III (P) (1 hr)
A basic course in weight training that is specific to the student’s sport he/she decides to specialize in. To provide the knowledge and inspire the understanding of weight training areas include; circuit training, free weights, safety concerns, stretching, proper warm-up and warm-down. Technique is a major focus. Necessary to organize and teach safe, effective weight training that is specific to the individuals sport.

HPR6381 - WEIGHT TRAINING IV (P) (1 hr)
A basic course in weight training that is specific to the student’s sport he/she decides to specialize in. To provide the knowledge and inspire the understanding of weight training areas include; circuit training, free weights, safety concerns, stretching, proper warm-up and warm-down. Technique is a major focus. Necessary to organize and teach safe, effective weight training that is specific to the individuals sport. Back to Index

HEALTH AND VARSITY SPORTS

HVS6511 - VARSITY BASKETBALL I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in basketball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6512 - VARSITY BASKETBALL II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in basketball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6513 - VARSITY BASKETBALL III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in basketball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6514 - VARSITY BASKETBALL IV (P) (1 hr)

Student participation in basketball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6521 - VARSITY BASEBALL I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in baseball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6522 - VARSITY BASEBALL II (P) (1 hr)

Student participation in baseball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6523 - VARSITY BASEBALL III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in baseball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6524 - VARSITY BASEBALL IV (P) (1 hr)

Student participation in baseball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6531 - VARSITY SOFTBALL I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in softball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6532 - VARSITY SOFTBALL II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in softball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6533 - VARSITY SOFTBALL III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in softball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6534 - VARSITY SOFTBALL IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in softball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6541 - VARSITY TENNIS I (P) (1 hr)

Student participation in tennis on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6542 - VARSITY TENNIS II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in tennis on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6543 - VARSITY TENNIS III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in tennis on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6544 - VARSITY TENNIS IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in tennis on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6551 - VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cross-country on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6552 - VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cross-country on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6553 - VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cross-country on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6554 - VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cross-country on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6555 - VARSITY TRACK AND FIELD I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in track and field on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6556 - VARSITY TRACK AND FIELD II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in track and field on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6557 - VARSITY TRACK & FIELD III (P) (1 hr)

Student participation in cross-country on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6558 - VARSITY TRACK & FIELD IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cross-country on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6561 - VARSITY VOLLEYBALL I (P) (1 hr)

Student participation in volleyball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6562 - VARSITY VOLLEYBALL II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in volleyball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6563 - VARSITY VOLLEYBALL III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in volleyball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6564 – VARSITY VOLLEYBALL IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in volleyball on an intercollegiate level.

HVS6571 - RHYTHM I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in Danceline on the collegiate level.

HVS6572 - RHYTHM II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in Danceline on the collegiate level.

HVS6573 - RHYTHM III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in Danceline on the collegiate level.

HVS6574 - RHYTHM IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in Danceline on the collegiate level.

HVS6575 - CHEERLEADING I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cheerleading at the collegiate level.

HVS6576 - CHEERLEADING II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cheerleading at the collegiate level.

HVS6577 - CHEERLEADING III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cheerleading at the collegiate level.

HVS6578 - CHEERLEADING IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in cheerleading at the collegiate level.

HVS6581 - VARSITY SOCCER I (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in soccer at the collegiate level.

HVS6582 - VARSITY SOCCER II (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in soccer at the collegiate level.

HVS6583 - VARSITY SOCCER III (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in soccer at the collegiate level.

HVS6584 - VARSITY SOCCER IV (P) (1 hr)
Student participation in soccer at the collegiate level. Back to Index

HISTORY

HIS6411 - UNITED STATES HISTORY TO 1877 (H) (3 hrs)
This course will study the development of the United States, 1492 to 1877, including English colonialism, the American Revolution, formation of the Union, colonialization of the West, development of sectionalism, the Civil War, and restoration of home rule in the South.

HIS6412 - UNITED STATES HISTORY SINCE 1865 (H) (3 hrs)
Study of the problems and issues involved in the growth and development of the United States Since 1865. The Reconstruction period is treated as an introduction. This course will also cover industrial growth, the Progressive Movement, the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

HIS6420 - WORLD HISTORY I (H) (3 hrs)
This course is an introductory history survey of the birth and early development of world societies to the 16th century. The scope of the course includes the emergence of human communities, the formation of new empires, interaction of cultural communities and patterns of exploration, and conquest. Of specific emphasis are the important political, social, economic, intellectual, religious, technological, environmental, and cultural trends that have shaped the world to A.D. 1550.

HIS6421 - WORLD HISTORY II (H) (3 hrs)
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to World History since A.D. 1500 to the present. This course will survey the important political, cultural, economic, and religious/philosophical accomplishments of humans during this period. Knowledge of one’s cultural is essential if one is to understand the present and intelligently plan for the future. This course seeks to cultivate an appreciation of history and its importance in helping promote human’s positive accomplishments in today’s world. Back to Index

HUMANITITES

HUM2921 - INTEGRATED HUMANITIES (H) (3 hrs)
This course is designed to increase awareness and fluency in various genres of the arts, including art, drama, literature, and music. Emphasis will be placed on critical development, historical perspectives, interrelationships between individual genres, and the role of artistic expression in a free society. When appropriate, actual or virtual field trips to museums, galleries, and performances will be incorporated into the schedule.

HUM2925 - TRAVEL FOR COLLEGE CREDIT (3 hrs)
Traveling to other countries or within our nation will give students opportunities to explore the realities of other environments for experiential awareness in a global context. It will benefit the expansion of student knowledge base in culture, time management, politics, economics, languages, geography, the humanities, environment, and self-awareness. Back to Index

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