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    2020 Pre-College Course Offerings

    Extended Format 2020

    PA 250: Topics in Asian Studies: Elementary Hindi 1 - Nidhi Arya
    The study of basic grammatical structures and patterns with exercises meant to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing presented in a cultural context.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    PA 250: Topics in Asian Studies: Elementary Hindi 2 - Nidhi Arya
    This course is designed to build on skills acquired in PA250 Elementary Hindi 1. 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. Prerequisite: Elementary Hindi 1 for Block B portion of the course.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1


    Block A: May 27 - June 19, 2020


    EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change - Ulyana Horodyskyj
    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. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning      Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                     Units: 1

    FM 102: Basic Filmmaking  - Maria Govan
    An introduction to the art and craft of making films. This course provides an opportunity to produce a short video worthy of becoming a part of your artistic or professional portfolio. The first two assignments are warm-ups for the final and will give you a chance to get used to the equipment and refine your skills in cinematography, editing, and project planning.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    GY 125: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - Kyle Anibas
    This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and application of the world of spatial mapping using Geographic Information Systems. The class is a mix of in class lecture, lab work, and field work to develop spatial thinking.

    Program Fee: N/A                     

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    HK 125: Human Nutrition  -  Robin Van Helmond (FULL)

    Students will learn to describe and categorize the functions of macronutrients and micronutrients, and identify sources of each. They will also explore diet and lifestyle factors associated with the risk of various chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and compare dietary needs for different stages of life. By the end of this course, students will be able to describe the relationship between energy intake, metabolism, physical activity, and weight control translate nutrition science concepts into specific and easy-to-understand dietary recommendations. We will evaluate the scientific relevancy of nutrition messages available on the Internet and other media and apply your knowledge of nutrition, dietary guidelines, and the relationship between diet and health as you assess your own diet and diet-related health risks. Students will also design a daily meal plan for a balanced nutrient intake and specific calorie level.

    Program Fee: N/A             

    Prerequisites: N/A.                       Units: 1

    HY 200: Topics in History: History and Film in Post-WWII Europe and the United States - Jake Smith and Bryan Rommel-Ruiz
    This course mobilizes mass market films to help students think through the intertwined histories of authority and violence in post-WWII-era Europe and the United States. Whether it was postwar Germans attempting to understand the Nazi period or Americans of the early 21st Century seeking to find appropriate ways to memorialize the 9/11 attacks in New York, films served as one of the primary arenas through which large-scale historical events were processed and memorialized in the popular imaginary. Students will emerge from the class not only with a more robust understanding of transatlantic history in the postwar period but also with a set of tools they can use to interrogate mass cultural artifacts as archives of historical meaning.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                        Units: 1

    IT 103 Elementary Italian l  -  Amanda Minervini
    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: Foreign Language

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

    MA 117: Probability and Statistics  -  David Brown (FULL)
    An introduction to the ideas of probability, including counting techniques, random variables and distributions. Elementary parametric and non-parametric statistical tests with examples drawn from the social sciences and life sciences. (No credit if taken after any other college-level statistics course.) Not recommended for mathematics majors.

    Program Fee: N/A  

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    PC 133: Astronomy  -  Juan Burciaga

    In this introductory course in astronomy, students will investigate the history of astronomy and the nature, formation, and structure of the stars and universe. Possible topics will include planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy and the nature of the universe.  Much of the course time will be spent at night under the stars or in the laboratory exploring the basis of astronomical knowledge. Laboratory work will include learning to use telescopes, taking photographs of the sky, and using a spectroscope. Students will take at least one extended trip to either the Baca Campus or the Colorado College mountain cabin.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                          Units: 1

    PH 203: Contesting Climate Justice  -  Marion Hourdequin
    Global climate change and human responses to it will deeply shape economies, cultures, migration patterns, and life prospects for people across the world in the decades and centuries to come. Climate change raises difficult questions of justice and equity: How might the burdens of reducing emissions be fairly shared among nations? Who should pay for adaptation in climate-vulnerable regions? Who should have a say in climate decisions? This course will examine multiple conceptions of fairness, equity, and justice in relation to climate change and explore how calls for justice and fairness are used both to reinforce and to challenge existing power relations, within and among nations.

    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.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    PY 100: Introduction to Psychology: Basis of Behavior - Jordyn Wilcox (FULL)
    Examination of psychological phenomena from biobehavioral and sociobehavioral 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.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    Block B: June 22 - July 15, 2020

    AS 110: Book Arts and Letterpress  -  Lucy Holtsnider

    This course provides an introduction to designing, printing, and binding artists’ books and related ephemera. The ability of artists’ books to enable the interweaving of technologies that would otherwise be isolated by arbitrary partitions of time or culture will be a point of focus. The course will also include visiting artist talks and a day-long field trip to the Rocky Mountain Land Library in South Park, Colorado.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    CP115: Computational Thinking  - Richard Wellman

    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. 

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    FM 101: Introduction to Film Studies  - Scott Krzych

    Film in its formal and ideological dimensions, narrative, documentary, and experimental. Students learn to become active and critical viewers of films, and to situate film aesthetics within historical, industrial, cultural, and political contexts, developing an understanding of film form as interlinked with content. 1 unit.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    FM 200: Topics in Film History and Genre: Great Movie Thrillers  - George Butte

    This class will introduce students to different kinds of movie thrillers, from the police procedural ("The French Connection") to serial killer films (Lang's "M" and "The Silence of the Lambs") to political thrillers (Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate"), the heist film (Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"), and Hitchcock (maybe "Strangers on a Train"). Great thrillers have important existential themes, about guilt and innocence, identity, gender and sexuality, violence, and the social contract. There will be a significant writing component of the class to develop skills in exploring complex ideas. The class will also provide students with a framework for understanding film as a narrative form and as an art form.

    Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    GY 140: Physical Geology -  Solomon Seyum
    The fundamentals of physical geology: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; basic mineralogy; structural geology; mapping; and examination of local stratigraphic units.

    Program Fee: $150

    Prerequisites: N/A           Units: 1

    IT 104 Elementary Italian 2  -  Adele Sanna
    This course is designed to build on skills acquired in IT101. Students will continue to develop basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations. Prerequisite: IT103 or COI. .

    Critical Perspectives: Foreign Language

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

    MA 126: Calculus 1  -  Stefan Erickson (FULL)
    Differential and integral calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions and applications. Students normally begin the calculus sequence with this course.
    Program Fee: N/A 

    Prerequisites: N/A                         Units: 1

    MU155 Introduction to Jazz - Stephanie Doktor
    Musicians, critics, and historians have struggled to define jazz for a hundred years. This introduction to the history of jazz focuses on the musical processes and cultural concerns that have come to define this genre. Emphasis on the ways that social issues such as racial segregation, discrimination and the African-American struggle for civil rights have contributed to the aesthetics and political power of jazz music. No previous experience required. Writing in the Discipline. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

    Program Fee: 

    Prerequisites: N/A                                         Units: 1

    PA 250/EV 261/RE 200: Topics in Asian Studies: Buddhism, Society and Ecology  -   Asoka Bandarage

    At the root of contemporary global environmental and social collapse is a world view and a social system based on human domination of nature and of each other. There is now a growing recognition that environmental sustainability and human well-being require a shift from the prevailing system of domination and extremism to a global consciousness and a socioeconomic system based on interdependence and partnership. In this course we examine the contribution that the teachings of the Buddha can make to this global scientific and ethical discourse and the movements for psycho-social transformation.
    This interdisciplinary course draws upon a broad range of fields including global political economy, sociology, philosophy, ecology and Asian Studies. The course will provide an overview of interrelated contemporary crises of climate change, economic inequality and violent conflict; introduce the ethics and basic philosophical concepts of Buddhism, such as, impermanence, interdependence, non-violence and the Middle Path: explore ecological and ‘socially engaged Buddhism’ in Asia; and engage students in the discourse and efforts for personal and collective change.

    Program Fee: $90

    Prerequisites: N/A                           Units: 1

    Pre-College Block - Canceled Summer 2020

    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 biology of species like tamarisk as a window to the interactions between chemistry and biology in driving wetland structure. Students will conduct experiments and collect data in order to quantify these interactions; basic statistical methods will be employed in using quantitative reasoning skills to determine the degree to which tamarisk physiology depends on the biology and chemistry of wetland habitats. Students will also 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 122: Social Entrepreneurship: Leadership & ImpactRS45161_4_4_15_BIG IDEA_0009

    Assistant Professor Kat Miller-Stevens

    Social entrepreneurship is the practice of identifying, starting, and growing successful mission-driven businesses, nonprofits, and social ventures - that is, organizations that strive to advance social change through innovative solutions. This course is an introduction to social entrepreneurship, an emerging field that lies at the intersection of entrepreneurship and social change. The course will review innovative leaders who are attempting to mitigate problems facing humanity and our planet today. Course materials and activities will introduce students to characteristics of the social impact leader, philanthropy skills and knowledge, scaling of social impact, and impact measurement for social ventures. Students will discuss philanthropy and giving and the ways you might contribute your time, energy, and skills to promote health, equity, peace – whatever it is you care most about – in your life beyond this course. The class will learn the complex web of individuals and organizations that make up the social impact sector before each student works to create their own social impact plan.

    EN 104: Cross Genre Writing WorkshopStudents outdoors

    Associate Professor Steven Hayward and Assistant Professor Nate Marshall

    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.

    FG 106: Do #AllLivesMatter?: Historical and Contemporary Protest in the U.S.

    Student+ProtestAssistant Professor Heidi R. Lewis

    #BlackLivesMatter was created after the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “as a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society.” In response, #AllLivesMatter was created more informally to counter what many felt was an exclusionary focus on Black lives at the expense of others. This, however, is just one example of the debates that ensue regarding various forms of protest, especially that which is entrenched in discourses about race, gender, sexuality, and other identity markers. This course allows students to examine these debates about protests concerning the LGBTQ movement, immigrants’ rights, mass incarceration, and others.

    PC 121: Cosmology, Antigravity, and the Runaway UniverseRS64814_a7

    Professor Shane Burns

    Recent observations made using the Hubble Space Telescope and other space-based observatories have revolutionized our understanding of the origin, evolution, and fate of our universe. We now have answers to questions that humans have pondered since our ancestors first looked up at the night sky. Did the universe have a beginning? If so, how old is it? Will it come to an end? We know the answers to many questions, but we are also confronted with a universe that is made mostly of mysterious “dark energy” and “dark matter.” Dark energy seems to produce an antigravity effect that causes the universe to expand at an ever-increasing rate, yet we know almost nothing about it.

    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. 

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