Pathway Course Descriptions

Courses that may be Suitable for Dual Enrollment

ART 155–Introduction to Art History - 3 credits
Surveys the history and stylistic development of the visual arts. The student is introduced to the process of formal, compositional analysis as it relates to content and historical context, as well as the changing role of art and artist in culture.

ASL 101 - American Sign Language I - 3 Credits
American Sign Language I is an introduction to the language used by members of the deaf community in the United States. This course focuses on conversation in signs, basic rules of grammar and cultural aspects of the deaf community.

BIO 107 - Human Biology - 3 credits
This course explores the basic structure and function of the human body. All organ systems will be studied; including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Selected disorders and the anatomical and physiological relationships to the body will be discussed. Biological terms and meanings of appropriate terms are emphasized along with the relationships between the various organ systems in both health and disease.

BIO 155- General Biology I - 4 credits
Introduces biology as a science that deals with fundamental concepts and processes common to all living organisms. Topics considered include basic ecological principles, evolution, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular respiration and photosynthesis.

BIO 171 - Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 credits
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence that explores the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the body. Topics include basic organic chemistry, cells, tissues and the following organ systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine. Also discussed will be interactions between systems as well as selected diseases and the disorders and their relationship to typical anatomy and physiology.
Prerequisite(s): CHM 107, CHM 155, CHM 264 or high school chemistry and RDG 080 or a satisfactory Placement Test score

BUS 120 - Mathematics of Business - 3 credits
Provides a basic knowledge and skill in the calculations necessary for a business career, including trade discounts, commissions, sales, payrolls, statistics, depreciation, interest, insurance, annuities, investment, credit and taxes.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory placement test score

CHM 107 - Introductory Concepts in Chemistry I - 4 credits
A study of the basic concepts in chemistry is presented without the emphasis on the mathematical models that are found in the general chemistry courses. Basic atomic and molecular structure are explored with stress on periodic properties and chemical reactions. Stoichiometry, states of matter and solution chemistry are presented while applications of chemistry are emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory placement test score

CHM 155 - General Chemistry I - 4 credits
Studies the concepts of atomic structure, chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, quantum chemistry and principles of chemical reactivity. Stoichiometry, thermodynamics and solution chemistry are presented using a quantitative approach. Gases and the structure of solids and liquids are also studied.
Prerequisite(s): High school chemistry, MTH 052

CPT 145 - Introduction to Computer Technology - 3 credits
This survey course provides students with an overview of computer technology topics-hardware, software, networking, Internet, data management, system design, ethical issues, mobile computing, programming and careers in computer technology. It is designed as a first course for students pursuing a degree in the computer field.

CPT 150 - Microcomputer Concepts - 3 credits
This course introduces students to the microcomputer and various state-of-the-art software applications; word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation. The overall goal of the course is to guide the student into becoming a proficient microcomputer user.

DFT 105 - Technical Drafting I - 3 credits
A beginning course for students who have little or no previous experience in drafting. The principle objectives are: basic understanding of orthographic projection; size description, detail and assembly work drawings; understanding of principles and appropriate applications of descriptive geometry. A.S.A. standards are stressed. Interpretation of industrial sketches and prints is introduced to emphasize accepted drawing practices and to develop an early appreciation of engineering graphics.

DFT 106 - Technical Drafting - 4 credits
A continuation of DFT 105 Technical Drafting I. The instructional units will provide the students with more advanced drafting techniques and competencies. Handbooks and other material sources in adherence to the American National Standards Institute will be utilized.
Prerequisite(s): DFT 105

DFT 258 - AutoCAD - 4 credits
AutoCAD teaches students to draw, edit, dimension and plot 2-D machine drawings with AutoCAD software. Basic operating features and file management functions of Microsoft Windows will also be taught in the course.

DFT 259 - Advanced AutoCAD - 4 credits
Advanced AutoCAD covers advanced drawing and editing commands, drawing and plotting scales, symbol and block usage, Xreferences, paper space functions, ordinate dimensions, and customizing toolbars. Approximately one-third of the semester will be devoted to covering AutoCAD’s 3D solid modeling capabilities.
Prerequisite(s): DFT 258

DFT 266 - Autodesk Inventory - 4 credits
Autodesk Inventor is created and marketed by Autodesk for mechanical design. Inventor is a 3-D feature based parametric solid modeling computer software. Inventor may be used to create 3-D,solid model parts, engineering drawings of solid model parts and assemblies of sold parts. Inventor is also capable of creating sheet metal parts and sheet metal part drawings. The primary goal of this course is to teach students how to use Inventor software for solid part modeling. Creating and editing solid parts, creating engineering drawings from solid parts, assembly modeling and creating sheet metal parts will be covered in lectures and lab assignments.

ECN 255 - Macroeconomics - 3 credits
Introduces the principles of macroeconomics with an emphasis on the United States economic system. In examining aggregate economic performance, the course will explore the topics of scarcity and choice, unemployment, inflation, aggregate supply and aggregate demand, money and banks, monetary and fiscal policy, policy debates and international economics. Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory placement test scores

ECN 256 - Microeconomics - 3 credits
Introduces the principles of microeconomics with an emphasis on individual decision-making. In examining competition and theories of the firm, the course will explore the topics of scarcity and choice, markets and price determination, market structures, labor and financial markets, public goods, regulation/deregulation, and international economics.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory placement test scores

ELC 106 - Circuit Analysis I - 4 credits
Considers the principle electrical quantities; current, voltage and resistance; electrical properties of materials, Ohms law, DC power calculations, series and parallel circuits and series- parallel networks; circuit analysis and conversions, network theorems, measurement instruments and techniques; AC sine wave characteristics, inductive and capacitive circuit and analysis.
Corequisite: MTH 052

ELC 107 - Circuit Analysis II - 4 credits
Mathematical techniques developed in Circuit Analysis I are extended to Advanced DC circuits including capacitive and inductive reactances. Exponential responses are investigated. Methods for determining circuit responses with varying frequency sinusoidal voltage and current sources driving them are investigated. Complex notation and complex algebra are used extensively in solving network problems.
Prerequisite(s): ELC 106, MTH 108

ENG 161 - College Writing - 3 credits
This course covers the fundamentals of college writing including the paragraph, expository essay patterns, and the argumentative essay. Emphasis is placed on developing a coherent thesis, writing concisely and clearly, and adapting one’s writing to a particular audience. In addition, it will foster an appreciation of cultural diversity, explain how experiences and attitudes shape an individual’s reading, and demonstrate how language can shape thinking. This course also emphasizes self-editing, mechanics, grammar, and word choice. It provides the basis for students to produce a range of effective writing from technical and business communications to research papers and critical essays.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 070, RDG 080 or satisfactory Placement Test score

ENG 164 - Advanced Composition -  3 credits
This course further develops and refines the student’s abilities in expository and argumentative writing, introducing the student to the methods, techniques, and materials of research. The written work of the course includes the completion of an in-depth research paper done by the student under the instructor’s supervision. The course continues to stress conciseness and clarity of expression; reviews mechanics implicit in correction and revision of written composition; and teaches English usage and grammar as needed.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 161

ENG 255 - Introduction to Literature - 3 credits 
Introducing students to literary analysis, the content of this course varies, but relies most heavily on short stories and emphasizes both critical analyses of the works presented as well as the social/historical contexts in which they were written. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas as they become familiar with various critical approaches to the texts. Students are asked to identify that which constitutes literary value in a text and are encouraged to broaden their definitions of literary culture.

ENG 258 - Survey of World Literature - 3 credits
Covers western and non-western literary classics and their relevant modern counterparts. The types of literature covered include the epic, the tale, the novel, drama, the essay, and poetry. A comparative approach is used in dealing with such themes as war, adventure, love, social customs, and death and the afterlife.

EPS 150 - Astronomy -  4 credits
An introduction to the solar system with an emphasis on the sun, major and minor planets, earth-moon system, etc., and the study of physical laws of motion and properties of light. Some night observation and lab work are an important part of this class.

EPS 160 - Earth Science -  3 credits
A physical science course with emphasis on topics from astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and geology, focusing on the earth as the physical environment in which we live. This course also covers man’s impact on the environment.

FRN 155 - Beginning French I - 4 credits
A beginning language course with emphasis on elementary speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.

GEO 155 - Intro to Human Geography: Human Settlements & Global Chancge - 3 credits
This is a geography course about the interacting relationships between earth and humans. The focus is on the physical and human geographical aspects of the global environment with emphasis on the environmental impact of human settlement.

HIS 155 - Early Western Civilization - 3 credits
A survey and analysis of western civilization from its origin through the 17th century. Major political, social, economic and cultural trends and their influence on modern civilization are examined.

HIS 156 - Modern Western Civilization - 3 credits
A survey and analysis of western civilization from the 18th century to the present. Nationalism, industrialism, imperialism and major intellectual and social developments are emphasized.

HIS 255 - Early U.S. & PA History - 3 credits
A survey course in United States history from the discovery of the New World to the close of the Civil War. The story of our American heritage told against the backdrop of revolution, expansion, nationalism, industrial growth and sectional strife.

HIS 256 - Modern U.S. & PA History 3 credits
A survey course in United States history from the end of the Civil War to the present. Examination of political, social, economic and cultural trends with emphasis on the impact of reconstruction, industrialism, progressivism, isolationism, imperialism, conservatism and liberalism.

HUM 156 - Critical Thinking - 3 credits
Designed to show an order associated with the learning process. Observation and listening skills are developed as an introduction to critical thinking. Relationship between observation, interpretation, perception and generalization are considered. Critical thinking and analysis to reach reasonable end points are developed by applying necessary skills to a variety of written and oral topics

MTH 108 - Mathematics for the Technologies I - 4 credits
A course for technologies majors emphasizing application and problem solving. Topics include: review of fundamental algebra; formula transformation; dimensions and units; radicals; systems of linear equations, graphing of data, equations and functions; right triangle trigonometry; and quadratic equations and functions.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory Placement Test score

MTH 109 - Mathematics for the Technologies II - 4 credits
A course for technologies majors emphasizing application problem solving and proof. Topics include: graphs of trigonometric functions, operations with complex numbers, logarithmic and exponential functions, and equations, introduction to analytic geometry, algebraic radicals, trigonometric identities and equations.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 108 or satisfactory Placement Test score

MTH 157 - College Algebra - 3 credits
Topics include an overview of basic skills learned in intermediate algebra with additional emphasis on equation solving; inequalities; systems of equations; complex numbers; graphing techniques for linear, polynomial, and rational functions; circles; absolute value; polynomial division and synthetic division; and piece-wise functions.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 100 or MTH 100A or satisfactory Placement Test score

MTH 158 - Precalculus Mathematics - 3 credits
Designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics covered include: exponential logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their graphs, identities, applications, calculator usage, logarithmic. Exponential and trigonometric equation and problem solving.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 157 or satisfactory Placement Test score

MTH 160 - Introduction to Statistics - 3 credits
An introduction to statistics with an emphasis on application rather than theoretical development. Topics covered include: frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, statistical inference, testing of hypotheses, regression and correlations. Elementary research designs are included. It is advised that students have a background in algebra.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory Placement Test score

MTH 161 - Modern College Mathematics - 3 credits
A course designed for students preparing for the pre-nursing exam and non-science majors. Topics include limited coverage of algebra and geometry, a discussion of ratios and proportions, and some work with percentages, probabilities, dimensional analysis and statistics.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 052 or satisfactory Placement Test score

MTH 172 - Analytical Geometry & Calculus I - 4 credits
A first course in calculus and analytical geometry. Topics include limits and derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions; applications of derivatives, continuity and basic integration techniques.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 109, MTH 158 or satisfactory Placement Test score

MUS 155 - Music Listening: A Survey - 3 credits
Introduces the study of the elements of music, instruments of the orchestra, and the lives and works of composers from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. Corresponding listening selections are provided in class.

PHL 160 - Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits
Introduction to Philosophy examines the major philosophical problems of philosophy as discussed by classical, medieval and modern philosophers.

PHL 161 - Introduction to Ethics - 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the main questions in ethics: What is a good life? Does morality depend upon religion? What makes an action right or wrong? Are morals relative or absolute? Students will examine these and other questions using a variety of ethical theories. These theories will also be applied to concrete issues like animal rights and euthanasia. Satisfies the humanities area of the general education requirement.

PHY 107 - Applied Physics - 4 credits
An introduction to physics emphasizing application and problem solving. Topics include data analysis, mechanics, thermodynamics, properties of matter, electricity and optics. Laboratory exercises provide reinforcement of concepts as well as experience in experimental techniques.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 108 or MTH 100

PHY 155 - College Physics I - 4 credits
An introduction to the fundamental physical laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Laboratory exercises are provided to reinforce the material presented in lecture and to provide experience in preparing technical reports.
Prerequisite(s): MTH 108 or MTH 100 and high school physics

POL 155 - American National Government - 3 credits
The evolution and current practice of the principles, form and operation of our national political system. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues to illustrate the interaction of the components of the political system.

PSY 160 - General Psychology - 3 credits
General Psychology is an introduction to the study of human behavior. Psychology is presented as both a biological and a social science. Facts, principles, processes, theories and research are explored in the course of study. The course will include the application of the scientific method, analysis of human behavior and synthesis of the components and causation of human behavior.

SOC 155 - Principles of Sociology - 3 credits
This course is designed to be a student’s first college-level sociology class. The topics to be covered include: the history of sociology, the methods, fields, and vocabulary of sociology; the social interaction of persons and groups; the process of socialization and social structures; social institutions such as family, religion and education. Through this course students should learn “what is sociology?” as well as how sociology fits with other academic disciplines and how sociology can be used outside of the classroom.

SOC 205 - Cultural Anthropology -  3 credits
Examines the concept of culture and its significance in the study of the behavior of man. Places special emphasis on social organization.

SPA 155 - Beginning Spanish I - 4 credits
A beginning language course with emphasis on elementary speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.

SPA 156 - Beginning Spanish II - 4 credits
Continuation of Spanish 155. Emphasis on the development of increased oral ability, reading and writing.
Prerequisite(s): SPA 155

SPC 155 - Effective Speech - 3 credits
Helps students to acquire skills in presenting clear, concise, well-organized, interesting ideas to an audience and to acquire skill in listening actively to the ideas of others.

SPC 156 - Interpersonal Communication - 3 credits
Focuses on the theoretical aspects of communication and on the development of skills necessary for effective interpersonal interactions.