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    2021 Pre-College Course Offerings

    Pre-College Block - July 12 - July 28

    AS 112: Introduction to Drawing: Landscape Immersion

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    Assistant Professor Kate Aitchison

    In this class, students will explore introductory drawing techniques specially in relation to the Colorado landscape. Emphasis will be on observational and technical drawing skills as we explore landscapes surrounding the Colorado Springs area, drawing outside on location. Students will gain fundamental skills by studying line, shape, value, and composition. These concepts will be explored using different marking making tools will be introduced including charcoal, pencil, ink, and conte. Students will be both in field drawing from the landscape itself, and in the classroom, learning technical concepts in a more controlled setting. Taking lessons from this multi-pronged, approach, students will complete a portfolio of finished drawings that speak to the complex nature of our contemporary landscapes.

    Supported by The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in honor of Joyce Robinson

    BE 101: Chemistry and Biology of Colorado WetlandsRS52261_camping22-scr

    Associate Professor Murphy Brasuel & Associate Professor Shane Heschel

    This course will examine the ecology and chemistry of the wetland habitats along the Colorado Front Range. Through inquiry-driven research experiences students will explore the physiological and edaphic factors that determine the distribution of plants in wetland habitats. This cross-disciplinary course will have a special focus on invasive plant species in wetland habitats and involve studies of the interactions between chemistry and biology in driving wetland structure. Students will conduct experiments and collect data in order to quantify these interactions, and will gain a greater familiarity with the scientific language of wetland ecology, learning both botanical and chemical terms in order to better describe wetland habitat structure and function.

    EC 110: Marketing for Entrepreneurs RS45161_4_4_15_BIG IDEA_0009

    Assistant Professor John Mann

    This course will provide an introduction to many of the major concepts in marketing (differentiation, segmentation, positioning, pricing, promotion, brand relationship) and key marketing activities (developing basic marketing and advertising strategies, conducting market research, developing and refining concepts, and making a pitch to interested third parties to support the venture).  The class will be highly experiential, and involve a great deal of presenting in class.  As such, we will also seek to develop your creativity, communication and critical thinking skills.

    EN 104: Cross Genre Writing WorkshopStudents outdoors

    Associate Professor Steven Hayward

    This high-energy workshop allows creative writers to try their hands at a range of styles. From prose to spoken word to plays, we will explore across genres, building a tool box of literary adventure.

    MB 100: Viruses: The Biology of Epidemics

    Professor Ralph Garcia-Bertrand

    This class will introduce students to the basic concepts and language of cell biology and viral infection.  In addition, the course will cover the political, economic, and social consequences of the HIV epidemic, as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

    PS 102: Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics


    Assistant Professor John Grace

    This course examines the gripping drama of ancient Roman politics, from the struggle for freedom to the temptations of empire, as it is notoriously described by Machiavelli in “The Prince,” and vividly portrayed in Shakespeare’s Roman plays.

    SO 190: Topics in Sociology: Globalization & Immigration PolicyRS61587_11

    Associate Professor Eric Popkin

    This course will delve into theoretical debates over why people migrate, the role of states in managing migration flows, and the "actors" who have shaped immigration policy. Students in the class will have an opportunity to visit a number of community organizations run by or serving immigrants in Colorado Springs and Denver. 


    Block A: June 2 - June 25, 2021

    EV 128: Introduction to Global Climate Change-  Mike Taber
    Introduction to the contemporary Earth climate system that focuses on the roles of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and land surface, and an overview of how this system has changed in the past and is predicted to change in the future. Includes the use of mathematical models to describe complex systems and the role of policy, economics, and ethics in mitigating human impact.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World & Quantitative Reasoning         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    FR 101: Elementary French 1- Alistaire Talent
    This course is designed as an introduction to the language and cultures of French-speaking (Francophone) regions of the world. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with texts, audio-visual and internet resources, students will begin to develop competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing about self-generated information related to their daily lives and to life in different foreign cultural settings. Emphasis on the acquisition of basic communicative skills, i.e. naming and describing people, places, and objects in Francophone and non-Francophone cultural settings.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    HK 125: Human Nutrition- Eryn Murphy
    Investigation of the structure, digestion, storage, utilization, and bioenergetics of macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, fat). Suggested intake, and sources of macronutrients, micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and water in maintaining normal physiological function are examined. Topics related to energy balance and nutrition for physical activity and recovery are also discussed.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World         Program Fee: N/A               

    Prerequisites: N/A                                                                             Units: 1

    PC 133: Astronomy- Juan Burciaga
    Our solar system, our galaxy, the expanding universe of galaxies. Methods for obtaining astronomical data; fundamental properties of planets, stars, interstellar matter and galaxies; their origin and evolution; unusual objects like pulsars, quasars and black holes; life in the universe.

    Critical Perspectives:Scientific Investigation of the Natural World, Quantitative Reasoning                  Program Fee: N/A  

    Prerequisites: N/A                                                   Units: 1

    PC 141: Physics for the Life Sciences- Evelyn Schumer
    This is the first block of a two-block sequence in introductory physics tailored to students majoring in one of the life sciences. This course       covers mechanics, thermodynamics, and fluids.

    Critical Perspectives:Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement & Quantitative Reasoning   Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites:  Mathematics 125 or 126 or equivalent or consent of instructor.                                                          Units: 1

    PS 225: Conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy- John Gould

      Ideas and Institutions which condition the formulation and execution of the nation's foreign policy.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                                                                                                                          Program Fee: N/A              

    Prerequisites: Either 209 or 225 can be counted towards the PS and IPE majors, but not both.                          Units: 1

    PY 100: Introduction to Psychology- Tomi-Ann Roberts
    Examination of psychological phenomena from biobehavioral and socio behavioral perspectives. Contemporary issues in psychology such as  intelligence, development, perception, learning, abnormal behavior, language, and social behavior are explored. Scientific methodology and its application to psychological phenomena are stressed.

    Critical Perspectives: laboratory/field requirement for natural sciences or Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement     

    Program Fee: N/A              Prerequisites: N/A                   Units: 1

    Block B: June 22 - July 15, 2021

    AN 212: Language of Racism- Christina Leza

    Critical Perspectives: N/A          Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    CH 107: General Chemistry I- Peggy Daughtery
    107 emphasizes the basic principles of atomic structure, periodic properties, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. Laboratory included.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement & Quantitative Reasoning         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: COI or 2yrs HS Algebra & 1yr HS Chemistry.       Units: 1

    CP 115: Computational Thinking- Matthew Whitehead (Remote Only)
    Introduction to the encoding of information as data and the automation of quantitative reasoning with computer programs. This course covers the basics of the Python programming language with examples drawn from many fields (e.g. chemistry, biology, linguistics, art, music). This is the first course for those interested in computer science.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A       Units: 1

    FR 102: Elementary French II- TBD (Remote Only)

    This course is designed to build on skills acquired in FR101. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with texts, audio-visual and internet resources, students will continue to develop competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing about self-generated information related to their daily lives and to life in different foreign cultural settings. Students will use language to complete simple tasks in specified Francophone as well as non-Francophone contexts.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                             Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: French 101 or COI                   Units: 1

    HK 321: Human Physiology- Eryn Murphy
    Provides an integrative approach to understanding normal physiological relationships of major organ systems in the human body through lectures and laboratory experiences. Information is presented from the cellular to the organismal level. Designed to meet the needs of students interested in pre and allied health fields when taken in conjunction with HK204.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                                                         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites:  Human Biology and Kinesiology 204                     Units: 1

    HY 212/EV 273: American Environmental History- Amy Kohout
    A survey of American history from the perspective of the environment, beginning with the biological and cultural invasion of the New World in 1492 and ending with current environmental problems and their historical roots. Topics include Native American vs. Euro-American views of nature, the impact of changing economic systems on the environment, and the impact of the landscape on various American cultures..

    Critical Perspectives: Foreign Language   Program Fee: N/A                    

    Prerequisites: N/A               Units: 1

    MA 129: Calculus II- Molly Moran (Remote Only)
    Techniques of integration, applications of the definite integral, differential equations, Taylor polynomials, vectors in two and three dimensions, differential calculus of functions of several variables.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World & Quantitative Reasoning            Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: Mathematics 125 or 126. No credit after Mathematics 128.                                        Units: 1

    MB 201: Molecular Biology- Olivia Hatton
    Laboratory techniques common in contemporary research in genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology. Introduction to research ethics.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                                                                        Program Fee: N/A     

    Prerequisites: Molecular Biology 131 or Molecular Biology 111 or COI           Units: 1

    PC 142: Physics for the Life Sciences- Evelyn Schumer
    This is the second block of a two-block sequence in introductory physics tailored to students majoring in one of the life sciences. This course covers electricity, magnetism, basic electrical circuits, waves, optics, and quantum physics.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement & Quantitative Reasoning         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: Physics 141 or equivalent or COI.                                        Units: 1

    Block C: July 26 - August 13

    FM101: Introduction to Film Studies-Scott Krzych (Remote Only)

    Critical Perspectives:  N/A          Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A       Units: 1

    FG 212/RM 200/FM 205: Critical Media Studies- Heidi Lewis 

    Studies the competencies necessary for analyzing mass media codes and conventions and interpreting the meanings and ideologies generated by texts in TV, film, radio, internet, and other industries, especially regarding how race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, citizenship, and other social, cultural, and political markers are constructed. Examines the impetuses for and implications of these constructions, including the ways in which they are revised, resisted, and reproduced.

    Critical Perspectives:  Diverse Cultures and Critiques & Social Inequality                              Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites:                     Units: 1

    HY 200: American History, American Film- Bryan Rommel-Ruiz
    Selected topics in the study of history. Specific content and emphasis to be determined by the instructor.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A          Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                        Units: 1

    IT 103: Elementary Italian I-Dario Sponchiado
    Introduction to Italian language and culture, with emphasis on the acquisition of basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations

    Critical Perspectives: N/A            Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                        Units: 1

    PH 101: Greek Philosophy- Rick Furtak
    An examination of the origins of Western philosophy as it arose in ancient Greece. The course begins with the Pre-Socratic philosophers, centers on the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, and closes with the important Hellenistic traditions of Stoicism, Skepticism, Epicureanism, Cynicism, and Neoplatonism.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                                                                        Program Fee: N/A     

    Prerequisites: N/A           Units: 1

    PS 270: Liberty and Equality- Eve Grace & John Grace 
    Explores the question whether there is a fundamental justification for democratic rule by analyzing diverse defenses and critiques of the claims that democracy is founded on the truth of human equality and best provides for individual liberty.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A        Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                        Units: 1

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