Sep 25, 2021  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course descriptions include the following elements:

Course Code,  Number, and Titles: The course code indicates the department or program in which the course is housed. The course number indicates the level at which the course should be taken. Generally, first-year students take 100-level courses; sophomores, 200-level; juniors, 300-level; and seniors, 400-level. Students are required to limit course selection to courses not more than one level above their class standing. First-year students are not permitted to enroll in 400-level courses. Undergraduate students who need 12 or fewer semester credits to complete all baccalaureate degree requirements may request permission from the Director of Graduate Studies to take courses for graduate credit to complete a regular course load during the semester of  graduation. However, undergraduate students may not enroll in courses at the 600-level or 700-level.

Credits: The number of semester hours of credit given upon completion of the course.

Course Content: A brief description of subject matter gives students an idea of what to expect in the course.

Prerequisites: If required or recommended, a prerequisite is either a course that must be completed prior to enrolling in the course or some other requirement that must be met prior to enrolling in the course.

Grading Method: If a course is offered on a grade-only or pass/no credit-only basis, that status is included in the course description. A department’s general pass/no credit policy is included in its listing of program requirements. Students should check the policy before enrolling in a course on a pass/no credit basis.

Frequency of Offering: Course descriptions may indicate how often the course is offered.

Note:

◎= Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

 

Philosophy

  
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    PHIL 130 - Moral Problems


    (3 S.H.)

    A practical course in ethics, involving concrete issues and their impact on the individual, society, and social policy. Topics may include abortion, euthanasia, sexuality and sexual morality, feminism, welfare, capital punishment, pornography and censorship, animal rights, world hunger, war, and terrorism.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 140 - Introduction to War, Peace, and Terrorism


    (3 S.H.)

    An introductory course exploring issues concerning war, peace, and terrorism from the perspectives of moral and political philosophy. Guest speakers present points of view. Topics usually include causes and justifications of war, conditions for peace, and whether terrorism is ever justified. Further topics may include conscientious objection, varieties of pacifism and nonviolent resistance, land mines, child soldiers, suicide terrorists, mercenaries, genocide, and international arms sales.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 201 - Classical Philosophy


    (3 S.H.)

    A study of the philosophical ideas, values, and world views of ancient Greece, especially its views on the nature of the universe, humanity, knowledge, religion, ethics, and politics. Theories from the Presocratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle will be critically examined and contrasted with contemporary beliefs and values.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 210 - Inductive Reasoning


    (3 S.H.)

    Introduction to inductive reasoning and how to avoid being tricked by faulty or pseudo scientific claims and arguments, and how to critically assess public policy in light of good scientific reasoning. Students study how to use experimentation and the scientific method to test theoretical, statistical, and causal hypotheses. Famous discoveries in the history of science are used as illustrations. Other topics include fundamental concepts of probability, sampling, causation, and correlation.  Meets GOAL 4. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 230 - Moral Theory


    (3 S.H.)

    A study of major ethical theories, concepts, and issues; for instance, Kantianism, utilitarianism, ethical relativism, concepts of justice, human rights, moral responsibility, and free will.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered as appropriate.
  
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    PHIL 231 - Business Ethics


    (3 S.H.)

    An introduction to ethical theory and reasoning and their application to business decisions. Topics addressed are economic justice and the rights and obligations of employers, employees, and consumers. Issues include product liability, privacy, exploitation, and obligations to future generations and the environment.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 232 - Environmental Ethics


    (3 S.H.)

    A critical investigation into our rights and ethical responsibilities with respect to nature. Topics include the moral status of nature, its value, and the sustainability of our consumption, population, and pollution growth given their effects on the environment and future generations.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 10. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 240 - Philosophy of Science


    (3 S.H.)

    Examines basic issues in the philosophy and foundations of science, such as the testing of hypotheses, the construction and confirmation of theories, the nature of scientific explanation, and the concept of laws of nature. The course also investigates the distinction between science and pseudoscience and studies to what extent each has influenced recent public policy, social debates, and school curricula. Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 250 - Symbolic Logic


    (3 S.H.)

    An examination of methods for putting ordinary deductive reasoning into symbols in order to test its validity. Topics include ways to translate English into symbols, uses of truth tables, rules for deduction in propositional and predicate logic, models for showing invalidity, and strategies for constructing proofs.  Meets GOAL 4. Offered as appropriate.
  
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    PHIL 260 - Problems in Philosophy


    (3 S.H.)

    A variable-content course considering salient problems in philosophy. May be repeated as University Studies credit as issues change.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered as appropriate. May be repeated as University Studies credit as issues change.
  
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    PHIL 270 - Philosophy of Religion


    (3 S.H.)

    Topics will include arguments for and against the existence of God; the nature of religious belief, miracles, religious language, faith, and reason; as well as Freudian, Existentialist, and Postmodern approaches to religion. This course also briefly reviews the historical and theological background of the main Western religions.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered as appropriate.
  
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    PHIL 280 - Philosophy of Art


    (3 S.H.)

    An introduction to the fundamental concepts and issues in the philosophy of art. Topics include: The definition of art, art’s role and function, taste and judgment, interpretation and intention, representation and expression. The course covers a wide range of views and spans the length of Western philosophy, within the larger realm of social, political, moral, gender, and scientific issues.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered as appropriate.
  
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    PHIL 301 - Early Modern Philosophy


    (3 S.H.)

    This course examines the main themes of early modern philosophy by investigating the views of some of the principal European philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries: the rationalism of such philosophers as Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz; the empiricism of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume; and the constructivism of Kant.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 302 - Contemporary Philosophy


    (3 S.H.)

    A study of major figures and issues from the 19th and 20th centuries. Philosophers may include Mill, Marx, and Wittgenstein. Issues may include the nature of knowledge, the nature of mind, and the nature of the state.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities). Offered as appropriate.
  
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    PHIL 330 - Biomedical Ethics


    (3 S.H.)

    Ethical issues in health care; for example, abortion, termination of treatment, euthanasia, truth-telling and confidentiality, medical experimentation and informed consent, transplant surgery, artificial insemination, surrogate pregnancy, the allocation of medical resources.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHIL 332 - Philosophy of Law


    (3 S.H.)

    Consideration of the philosophical foundations of law. Topics may include the nature of law, concepts of responsibility and liability, theories of punishment, causation in the law, discrimination and equality, the relation of law and morality, the obligation to obey the law, civil disobedience, liberty and privacy, and theories in private law (tort, contract, property).  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered as appropriate.
  
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    PHIL 341 - Just War Tradition


    (3 S.H.)

    At the junction of ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy, this course investigates the just-war tradition and its modern application in the acts and laws of war. Topics may include historical developments in just-war tradition, conditions for just-war and just-fighting, preventive war, humanitarian military intervention, nuclear weapons, guerrilla warfare, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and treatment of terrorist suspects.  Meets GOAL 6 (Humanities) and GOAL 9. Offered as appropriate.

Physical Education and Sport Science

  
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    ✽ PESS 100 - Soccer


    (1 S.H.)

    Fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for the recreational purposes of the participant. Includes rules, conditioning, and strategy of play. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 101 - Basketball


    (1 S.H.)

    The development of basic fundamental skills, knowledge, and strategies involved in beginning basketball in order to be able to enjoy recreational basketball. Offered yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 103 - Racquetball


    (1 S.H.)

    The development of basic fundamental skills, knowledge, and strategies involved in beginning racquetball in order to be able to enjoy playing recreational racquetball. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 104 - Volleyball


    (1 S.H.)

    The development of basic fundamental skills, knowledge and strategies involved in volleyball in order to be able to enjoy recreational volleyball. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 120 - Ballroom Dance


    (1 S.H.)

    Introduction to the basic techniques of recreational ballroom dancing. Includes the foxtrot, waltz, lindy, and rumba. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 122 - Beginning Swimming


    (1 S.H.)

    This course covers basic water safety skills and knowledge including physical and mental adjustment to water for non-swimmers. Additional fee. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 123 - Intermediate Swimming


    (1 S.H.)

    Fundamental skills and endurance related to swimming strokes and aquatic safety. For swimmers who can handle themselves in deep water.  Additional Fee. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    PESS 124 - Water Safety Instructor


    (2 S.H.)

    Teaching methods for swimming, diving, basic water safety, and program development. Culminates with Red Cross certification.  Additional fee.   Prerequisite: ✽ PESS 123 - Intermediate Swimming  or demonstrated competency. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    PESS 125 - Lifeguarding/CPR & First Aid


    (2 S.H.)

    This course presents the knowledge and skills required of an American Red Cross certified lifeguard.  Additional Fee. Grade only. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    PESS 129 - Perspectives of Physical Education


    (1 S.H.)

    Introduction and orientation to the field of Physical Education. Includes brief historical perspective, aims, objectives, values, issues, qualifications and opportunities in the profession. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 130 - Sports, Games & Activities I


    (3 S.H.)

    An activity-based course focused on skill development and knowledge regarding various sports, games and activities. This course includes the following activities: soccer, tennis, badminton, racquetball, bowling, basketball, and golf. Additional fee. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 132 - Fundamentals of Movement


    (3 S.H.)

    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the development of fundamental movement skills and movement concepts specific to K-5 learners in physical education. Grade only. Offered each semester.
  
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    PESS 133 - Sports, Games & Activities II


    (3 S.H.)

    An activity-based course focused on skill development and knowledge regarding various sports, games and activities. This course includes the following activities: flag football, ultimate frisbee, softball, volleyball, pickle-ball, team handball, and disc golf.
    Grade only. Offered each semester.
  
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    ✽ PESS 134 - Downhill Skiing


    (1 S.H.)

    Fundamental skills and knowledge appropriate for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced skier. Additional fee. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 135 - Weight Training


    (1 S.H.)

    Fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for the recreational purposes of the participant. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 140 - Bowling


    (1 S.H.)

    Fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for the recreational purposes are provided for the participant. The course includes rules and strategies of play. Additional fee. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 141 - Golf


    (1 S.H.)

    This course will teach students the techniques of a golf swing. Golf course strategies and etiquette will be explained and examined on an authentic golf course. Additional fee. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 142 - Badminton


    (1 S.H.)

    The development of basic fundamental skills, knowledge, and strategies involved in beginning badminton in order to be able to enjoy playing recreational badminton. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    ✽ PESS 144 - Contemporary Activities


    (1 S.H.)

    This course introduces the student to varied contemporary, movement-based activities. A variety of activities will be introduced as a means of encouraging movement and expanding the student’s leisure interest profile.  Additional fee for some courses. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA. May be repeated for credit under different subtitle.
  
  
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    PESS 195 - Foundations of Physical Education


    (2 S.H.)

    Introduction and orientation to the field of physical education. Includes a brief historical perspective of the field, current issues and trends; as well as an introduction to lesson planning, class management principles and instructional delivery. Grade only.
  
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    ✽ PESS 199 - Lifetime Fitness/Wellness


    (2 S.H.)

    A theory and lab course designed to encourage a lifetime commitment to regular physical fitness. Includes wellness topics, laboratory sessions, and aerobic activities. Activities vary according to semester offered. Grade only. Yearly or on demand. Note: Activity courses are offered on an optional pass/no credit basis except those designated grade-only. Activity courses required for physical education majors and dance minors must be taken for letter grade. If physical education activity courses are repeated to improve competency, only the final grade will count in calculating GPA.
  
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    PESS 200 - Elementary Physical Education for Classroom Teachers


    (2 S.H.)

    Program planning, games, materials, methods and techniques of teaching Physical Education activities to children designed specifically for early childhood, and elementary classroom teachers. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 205 - Secondary Methods of Physical Education


    (3 S.H.)

    This course provides practical instruction methods through lecture, classroom settings, and teaching models that will be focused at the middle and secondary level of instruction. Students will be able to understand and instruct a prescribed curriculum in the physical education classroom setting. Prerequisites:  PESS 195 - Foundations of Physical Education . Grade only.
  
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    PESS 206 - Elementary Methods of Physical Education


    (3 S.H.)

    Introduction to teaching physical education in grades PK-6; the course is designed especially for physical education majors. The course focuses on movement concepts, fitness, integration, rhythmic activities, games, and motor development of young learners and how to organize, plan, implement, and assess that content through a physical education program. Prerequisites: PESS 195 - Foundations of Physical Education . Grade only.
  
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    PESS 207 - Fitness & Wellness Methods of Physical Education


    (3 S.H.)

    This course provides the pre-service physical education student with the pedagogical skills necessary to promote, advocate for, and empower K-12 students to come lifelong learners who value physical activity.
    Prerequisites:  . Grade only. Offered fall and spring.
  
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    ✽ PESS 214 - First Aid and CPR


    (2 S.H.)

    This course covers how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. Certification can be earned.  Additional Fee. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 235 - Principles of Coaching


    (3 S.H.)

    This course is designed to provide the student an introduction to the principles of coaching. Topics to be covered include the following: Developing a positive philosophy of coaching, qualities of head and assistant coach, sport pedagogy (planning and teaching sport skills), team management, personal manager, support groups, manager of media, recruiting process and issues, problems and concerns of athletics. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 251 - Sports Science


    (3 S.H.)

    The study of anatomical, mechanical, maturational, psychological, and physiological kinesiology as it applies to the practice of coaching. The major focus is to present the scientific principles that constitute the basis for sound athletic coaching practices. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 280 - Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport


    (3 S.H.)

    A detailed study of the application of selected psychological variables for coaches and individuals who participate in physical activity and sport. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 300 - Motor Learning and Development


    (3 S.H.)

    Theoretical foundations of motor learning and development and practical applications of theories in the teaching of motor skills across a life span. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 301 - Physical Education in Elementary Classrooms


    (1 S.H.)

    Program planning, games, materials, methods, and techniques of teaching physical education activities to children for early childhood, elementary, and middle school. Prerequisite: Admission to the Rochester Elementary Education program. Grade only. Offered yearly.
  
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    PESS 304 - Techniques of Coaching Football


    (1 S.H.)

    Theory and practice of teaching and coaching football. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 305 - Techniques of Coaching Basketball


    (1 S.H.)

    Theory and practice of teaching and coaching basketball. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 306 - Techniques of Coaching Track/Field & Cross Country


    (1 S.H.)

    Theory and practice of teaching and coaching track/field and cross country. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 307 - Techniques of Coaching Baseball & Softball


    (1 S.H.)

    Theory and practice of teaching and coaching baseball and softball. Grade only.
  
  
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    PESS 322 - Techniques of Coaching Soccer


    (1 S.H.)

    Theory and practice of teaching and coaching soccer. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 328 - Techniques of Coaching Volleyball


    (1 S.H.)

    Theory and practice of teaching and coaching volleyball. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 331 - Perceptual Motor Development


    (2 S.H.)

    In-depth examination of contemporary motor developmental theories, principles of normal and abnormal motor development, and clinical applications of immature locomotor patterns. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 337 - Developmental/Adapted Physical Education


    (3 S.H.)

    Methods, techniques, and special programs of physical education for the atypical child. Emphasis will be on those disabling conditions most prevalent in the school system and the laws that govern them. Lab and practical experiences are included. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 402 - Organization and Administration of Sport


    (3 S.H.)

    Plans of organization, administration, policies, budget, finance, legal aspects, staff, physical plant, publicity, public relations, time schedules, student leaders and programs. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 403 - Organization and Leadership in Physical Education


    (3 S.H.)

    Organization and administrative aspects of an effective physical education program pertaining to budgets, personnel, facilities, legal responsibilities, diversity, technology, leadership and communication. Upon successful completion of the course students will (1) understand the policy and procedures required to be an administrator within physical education, (2) become knowledgeable regarding effective leadership and communication; and (3) complete a capstone project (electronic portfolio) that demonstrates one’s knowledge and ability to implement technology within the field. Pre-requisites:  ,  , and  . Grade only.
  
  
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    PESS 412 - Independent Study in Physical Education or Coaching


    (1-3 S.H.)

    Opportunity to work independently. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, preparation of proposed outline and major advisor’s permission. Grade only.
  
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    PESS 417 - Special Topics in Physical Education or Sport


    (1-3 S.H.)

    Typically offered on a workshop basis. Subject matter determined by department. Grade only. Course may be repeated when offered with different subject matter, content, and topic.
  
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    PESS 422 - Standard First Aid/Personal Safety Instructor and Basic First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instructor Course


    (2 S.H.)

    Red Cross instructor certification in Basic First Aid and CPR.
  

Physics

  
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    PHYS 115 - Conceptual Physics


    (4 S.H.)

    Many demonstrations, everyday applications, and hands-on interactive simulations are used to make physics understandable to the general education student. Non-mathematical approach. Lab. Not open to students with credits in higher numbered, non-aviation physics courses.  Meets GOAL 3. Offered each semester.
  
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    PHYS 140 - Energy


    (3 S.H.)

    This course focuses on energy needs, trends, and long-term prospects and resource supplies. The physics of energy, atoms, nuclei, thermal energy, solar energy, alternative energies, and consequences of energy production are discussed. The present governmental energy policy will be discussed along with proposed changes to the policies. Meets GOAL 3 and GOAL 10. Offered each semester.
  
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    PHYS 141 - Physics for Future Presidents


    (3 S.H.)

    This course focuses on the current physics and technology that shape our world today so that classroom participants can make informed economic, social, and political decisions in areas such as energy, terrorism, climate change, technology, and other relevant topics. Even if you are not a future president, this course is still for you. Meets GOAL 3 and GOAL 10. Grade and P/NC. Offered each semester. Note: Effective Spring 2014.
  
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    PHYS 160 - The Science of Music


    (4 S.H.)

    This is a lecture and laboratory course about sound and acoustics, relating music and physics and other associated topics, including environmental noise, room acoustics, and digital audio recording and editing.  Meets GOAL 3. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHYS 180 - Investigative Science I: Physical Science in Your Environment


    (4 S.H.)

    An integrated science experience designed specifically for elementary education majors. Inquiry-based exploration of chemical and physical characteristics of nature in the regional and global community. Focus on development of pre-service student pedagogical content knowledge and connections to state and national science education standards as relates to teaching science in elementary schools. Meets GOAL 3. Lecture and laboratory combined. Grade only. Field trips required. Offered every semester. Note: Students can enroll in either BIOL 180, CHEM 180, GEOS 180 or PHYS 180, but they cannot earn credit for more than one course.
  
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    PHYS 185 - Investigative Science III: Scientific Investigation of your Environment


    (4 S.H.)

    An integrated Earth and Life Science experience through inquiry-based, hands-on exploration of Earth, Space and Life Science content. Emphasis on science education principles and connections to state and national science education standards. Meets GOAL 3. Lecture and laboratory combined. Prerequisites: BIOL 180, CHEM 180, GEOS 180, or PHYS 180. Grade only. Field trip required. Offered on demand. Note: Students can enroll in either BIOL 185, CHEM 185, GEOS 185 or PHYS 185, but they cannot earn credit for more than one course.
  
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    PHYS 201 - General Physics I


    (4 S.H.)

    An algebra-based course covering the principles of mechanics, waves, sound, and fluids for those contemplating the study of biology, medicine, etc. or seeking a general education course in the physical sciences.  Meets GOAL 3. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite:  MATH 120 - Precalculus . Offered each semester.
  
  
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    PHYS 221 - University Physics I


    (4 S.H.)

    A calculus-based course covering mechanics, which aims to meet the specific requirements of students who expect to major in physics, mathematics, chemistry, or engineering.  Meets GOAL 3. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: MATH 212 - Calculus I . Offered each semester.
  
  
  
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    PHYS 231 - University Physics IB


    (1 S.H.)

    A calculus-based course covering waves, sound, and geometric optics. Lecture and laboratory mix. Co-requisite/prerequisite: PHYS 222 - University Physics II . Offered once a year.
  
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    PHYS 232 - University Physics IIB


    (1 S.H.)

    A calculus-based course covering wave interference and diffraction, thermodynamics, relativity, and special topics in modern physics. Co-requisite/prerequisite: PHYS 222 - University Physics II . Offered once a year.
  
  
  
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    PHYS 311 - Science Teaching Methods


    (4 S.H.)

    The application of current research trends and modern technology in science education are used to prepare science majors for the teaching of secondary school science content and process. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Education Department, two years of coursework in a science major, and PHYS 201 - General Physics I  or PHYS 221 - University Physics I . This course is a prerequisite to student teaching. Offered yearly.
  
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    PHYS 312 - Practical Considerations of Teaching Science


    (2 S.H.)

    An opportunity for the qualified teaching candidate to obtain practical knowledge about and experience in teaching science content. Objectives include 1) program planning and evaluation, 2) evaluating current curriculum materials to determine their alignment with local, state, and national science standards, 3) modifying existing lessons and curriculum materials to align with those standards, 4) developing assessments that evaluate the learning of science concepts and methods of scientific inquiry, and 5) using research in science education to justify and defend a proposed instructional model or curriculum. Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program, G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher, and permission of instructor. Credits may not be applied toward  “electives” category of other programs in chemistry. Grade only.
  
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    PHYS 320 - Computational Physics


    (2 S.H.)

    A laptop course in computational physics. Numerical methods for integration and differential equations. Symbolic manipulation. Graphics animations, 3-D plots, density plots, three-body problem, potentials and fields, chaos, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 222 - University Physics II . Offered yearly.
  
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    PHYS 321 - Computerized Data Acquisition and Analysis


    (2 S.H.)

    A lecture-laboratory course which teaches students how to acquire and analyze data, and control lab apparatus with a graphical computerized control system, Labview. Prerequisites: PHYS 202 - General Physics II  or PHYS 222 - University Physics II . Offered every two years.
  
  
  
  
  
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    PHYS 333 - Microprocessor Electronics


    (4 S.H.)

    A lecture-laboratory course on the programming and interfacing of the M68HC12 Motorola microcontroller. Applications of the controller to analog to digital conversion, input and output control, and software timing and interrupts will be covered. Prerequisite: PHYS 332 - Computer Organization . Offered yearly.
  
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    △ PHYS 340 - Modern Physics


    (4 S.H.)

    A lecture-laboratory course in modern physics. Special relativity, kinetic theory, Bohr Atom, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and condensed matter physics. Prerequisites:  PHYS 223 - University Physics III  and MATH 213 - Calculus II . Offered yearly.
  
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    PHYS 342 - Introduction to Nuclear Science


    (4 S.H.)

    Introduction to nuclear science will cover the basic characteristics of nuclei: their structure, interaction, and reactions, and the many applications of nuclear science to many different scientific fields. Prerequisites:   or  .
  
  
  
  
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    PHYS 399 - Internship


    (1-8 S.H.)

    Supervised industrial, business, or government experience designed by the WSU physics advisor, the work supervisor, and the student. Open only to junior or senior physics major or minor. Prerequisite: Department approval. P/NC only. Offered on demand.
  
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    PHYS 400 - Seminars


    (1-4 S.H.)

    This course consists of one or more seminars offered from time to time on a variety of topics in physics. Students may repeat the course under a different topic. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Offered on demand.
  
  
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    PHYS 425 - The Physics of Semiconductors


    (3 S.H.)

    A study of the physics of semiconductors, pn junctions and transistors; fabrication of semiconductor devices including integrated circuits; and the electrical characteristics and behavior of these devices. Prerequisite: △ PHYS 340 - Modern Physics . Offered every two years.
  
  
 

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