Texas Southern University

New Core Curriculum Proposed Courses

(Starting Fall 2014)

 

The following is the complete list of the proposed Texas Southern University 2014 Core Curriculum courses grouped by the following Foundational Component Areas:

 


Communication - (6 SCH)

ENG 131: Freshman English I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 1301]

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes--from invention/research to drafting, revising, and editing texts, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasizes effective rhetorical choices based on an awareness of audience, writing purpose, structural arrangement, and style. Focuses on the close reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts and on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and analyzing texts critically. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as ENGL 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ENG 132: Freshman English II (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 1302]

Intensive study of and practice in strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasizes effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry of primary and secondary sources. Focuses on the critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; the systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and the critical consideration of evidence and conclusions. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ENG 131 or its equivalent. Listed as ENGL 1302 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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Mathematics - (3 SCH)

One course from the following courses:

MATH 132: Mathematics for Liberal Arts I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MATH 1332]

Mathematics for Liberal Arts is a course designed for liberal and fine arts, non-mathematics, non-science, and non-business majors. It will provide knowledge of the nature of mathematics as well as training in mathematical thinking and problem solving. Topics may include logic and mathematics reasoning, sets, problem solving, applications, networks, graphs, probability, statistics, geometry, mathematics of finance, and number theory. Three hours of lecture per week. Credit may be received for only one of MATH 132, MATH 133, or MATH 135. Prerequisite: MATH 131 or a passing score on the mathematics portion of the TSI Assessment. Listed as MATH 1332 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MATH 133: College Algebra (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MATH 1314]

Concise overview of functions and their graphs including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic functions and their applications, and solving equations, inequalities and system of equations. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: MATH 131 or a passing score on the mathematics portion of the TSI Assessment. Listed as MATH 1314 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MATH 135: Mathematics for Business and Economic Analysis I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MATH 1324]

Topics from college algebra (linear equations, quadratic equations, functions and graphs, inequalities), mathematics of finance (simple and compound interest, annuities), linear programming, matrices, systems of linear equations, applications to management, economics, and business. Credit may be received for only one of MATH 132, MATH 133, or MATH 135. Prerequisite: MATH 131 or a passing score on the mathematics portion of the TSI Assessment. Listed as MATH 1324 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MATH 136: Precalculus Mathematics (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MATH 2312]

Designed to prepare students for the study of MATH 241. Elementary functions that are differentiated and integrated in calculus stressed, including polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: MATH 133 or by department consent. Listed as MATH 2312 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)

One course from the following two courses:

CHEM 131: General Chemistry I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: CHEM 1311]

Introduction to modern theories of atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, chemical reactions, including oxidation-reduction and stoichiometric calculations. Three hours of lecture per week. Corequisite: MATH 133 or MATH 136. Listed as CHEM 1311 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

BIOL 143: Survey of Life Science (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: BIOL 1308]

In-depth coverage of selected biological principles for non-majors. Covers the molecular through the population levels of life forms and functions. Methods of inquiry and analysis emphasized.  Two hours of lecture and one hour of demonstration per week. Listed as BIOL 1308 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

Plus one course from the following courses:

CHEM 132: General Chemistry II (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: CHEM 1312]

Study of the states of matter, solution chemistry, concepts associated with rates of reaction, homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria, acid-base chemistry, and fundamental thermodynamics. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and MATH 133 or MATH 136. Listed as CHEM 1312 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

BIOL 135: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: BIOL 2301]

Course designed for health careers and pre-nursing students emphasizing the structure-function relationship of human organ systems. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as BIOL 2301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

GEOL 141: Introduction to the Earth (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: GEOL 1303]

Introduction to the study of the earth: the evolution of its landscapes, its weather, its climate, and its place in the universe. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as GEOL 1303 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

PHYS 101: Principles of Physical Science (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: PHYS 1315]

Survey of the physical sciences for non-science majors, including introductory physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, atmospheric and environmental sciences. Three hours of lectures and demonstrations per week. Listed as PHYS 1315 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

PHYS 237: College Physics I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: PHYS 1301]

Introduction to Newtonian physics impacting mechanics, fluids, waves, thermodynamics. Strong competency in pre-calculus required as measured by the department’s online guide. Recitation mandatory. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as  PHYS 1301  in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

PHYS 238: College Physics II (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: PHYS 1302]

Non-calculus based introductory physics course studying the laws of electricity and magnetism, electrical circuits, optics, and modern physics. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 237 or equivalent. Listed as PHYS 1302 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

PHYS 251: University Physics I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: PHYS 2325]

Introduction to Newtonian physics impacting mechanics, fluids, waves, thermodynamics. Strong competency in calculus required as measured by the department’s online guide. Chair’s approval required. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as PHYS 2325 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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Language, Philosophy & Culture (3 SCH)

One course from the following courses:

ENG 230: World Literature I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 2332]

A survey of world literature from the ancient world through the sixteenth century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: ENG 131 and ENG 132. Listed as ENGL 2332 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ENG 231: World Literature II (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 2333]

A survey of world literature from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: English 131 and English 132. Listed as ENGL 2333 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ENG 235: American Literature (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 2326]

A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Three hours of lecture per week.   Prerequisites: ENG 131 and 132. Listed as ENGL 2326 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ENG 244: African American Literature (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 2326]

A survey of African American literature with emphasis on major authors and movements.  Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts.Texts will be selected  for what they reflect and reveal about the African American experience. Prerequisites: ENG 131 and 132. Listed as ENGL 2326 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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Creative Arts (3 SCH)

One course from the following courses:

MUSI 131: Introduction to Music (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MUSI 1301]

Introduction to the elements of music through listening and basic music notation, for non-music majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as MUSI 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MUSI 136: Music Appreciation (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MUSI 1306]

Understanding traditional Western Classical music through study of the cultural periods, major composers and their works.  A brief overview of musical styles from other world cultures will also be included. Illustrations of music examples will be presented through recordings, in-class performances, and outside concert events. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as MUSI 1306 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MUSI 239: Fine Arts in Daily Living (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: HUMA 1315]

Study of visual art, music, drama, and dance with emphasis on the interrelationship and common elements of these art forms and the contributions of selected artists. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as HUMA 1315 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

THEA 130: Introduction to Theatre (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: DRAM 1310]

Overview of the theatre--its aesthetics, theory, history and relationships to other elements of society. May be used to satisfy the aesthetics requirement for various undergraduate degrees offered through the University. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as DRAM 1310 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ART 131: Drawing and Composition I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ARTS 1316]

Basic principles of drawing and composition incorporating the elements and principles of art to provide opportunities for self-expression through the use of varied drawing media and subject matter. Investigation of drawing media and techniques including descriptive and expressive possibilities. Six hours of laboratory per week. Listed as ARTS 1316 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ART 135: Topics in Contemporary Art and Culture (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ARTS 1301]

Introduction to all visual art with special topics in contemporary art and their relationships to cultural issues. Basic elements of sculpture, painting, architecture, performance art, environmental art, computer art, and ceramics are discussed and examined. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as ARTS 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ART 137: Introduction to African Art (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: HUMA 2323]

Fundamentals of African art as related to the philosophies which developed the cultures of the Nile River, the Sahara, the Coastal Forest, and the Savannah. Royal court art, functional art, architecture, decorative adornment, and art as a symbol of rites of passage are examined. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as HUMA 2323 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ART 202: Introduction to Digital Art (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ARTS 2348]

An introductory studio art course that explores the potential of the computer hardware and software medium for their visual, conceptual and practical uses in the visual arts. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as ARTS 2348  in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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American History (6 SCH)

HIST 231: Social and Political History of the United States to 1877 (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: HIST 1301]

Survey of the history of the United States with particular emphasis on the institutions and events which transformed America from an English colony to a world power. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as HIST 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

HIST 232: Social and Political History of the United States since 1877 (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: HIST 1302]

HIST 232 continues the history of the United States with particular emphasis on the institutions and events which transformed America from an English colony to a world power. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as HIST 1302 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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Government/Political Science (6 SCH)

POLS 235: American Government (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: GOVT 2305]

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as GOVT 2305  in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

POLS 236: Texas Government (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: GOVT 2306]

Origin and development of the Texas Constitution, structure, and powers of state and local government, federalism, and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as GOVT 2306  in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)

One course from the following courses:

ECON 231: Principles of Economics I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ECON 2301]

Analysis of the economy as a whole including measurement and determination of aggregate demand and aggregate supply, national income, inflation, and unemployment. Other topics include international trade, economic growth, business cycles, and fiscal and monetary policy. Three hours of lecture per week.  Prerequisites:   Six credits of college level math (Math 133 or Math 136 or the equivalent). Listed as ECON 2301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ECON 232: Principles of Economics II (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ECON 2302]

Analysis of the behavior of individual economic agents, including consumer behavior and demand, producer behavior and supply, pricing output decisions by firms under various market structures, factor markets, market failures, and international trade. Three hours of lecture per week.  Prerequisites:   Six credits of college level math (Math 133 or Math 136 or the equivalent). Listed as ECON 2302 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SOC 157: Introduction to Sociology (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SOCI 1301]

Introduction to the concepts and principles used in the study of group life, social institutions, and social processes. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SOCI 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SOC 158: Contemporary Social Issues (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SOCI 1306]

Application of sociological principles to the major problems of contemporary society such as inequality, crime and violence, substance abuse, deviance, or family problems.  Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SOCI 1306 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SOC 221: Sociology of Human Sexuality (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SOCI 2306]

Study of the psychological, sociological, and physiological aspects of human sexuality. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SOCI 2306 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SOC 238: Introduction to Anthropolgy (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ANTH 2346]

Study of human beings, their antecedents and related primates, and their cultural behavior and institutions. Introduces the major subfields: physical and cultural anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and ethnology. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as  ANTH 2346 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

GEOG 132: World Regional Geography (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: GEOG 1303]

Surveys world regions in terms of the physical, historical, economic, cultural, and political systems that produce characteristics and patterns unique to each region, as well as the connections and commonalities between regions. The course provides students with the foundations and framework for developing a geographic understanding of the world. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as GEOG 1303 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

PSY 131: General Psychology (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: PSYC 2301]

Survey of the essential areas, major theories, and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological priniciples underlying human behavior. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as PSYC 2301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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TSU Institutional Options (6 SCH)

Two courses from two different categories from the following:

Category I - African American Studies:

HIST 281: Introduction to African American History (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: HIST 2381]

Historical, economic, and cultural development of African Americans from slavery through the Civil Rights and post-Civil Rights era.  Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as HIST 2381 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ART 139: African American Art and Culture (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: HUMA 2319]

Analysis of the roots of African-American creativity along with an examination of nineteenth century African-American artists and their relationship to Europe, the Harlem Renaissance, the Sixties, and the emergence of African-American artists in Texas. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as  HUMA 2319 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ENG 244: African American Literature (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ENGL 2326]

Survey of African American literature with emphasis on major authors and movements.  Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected  for what they reflect and reveal about the African American experience. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: ENG 131 and 132. Listed as ENGL 2326 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SOC 254: Black Perspectives in Sociology (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SOCI 2319]

Presentation of the works and critical analysis of a variety of issues that concern the group life of African Americans. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as SOCI 2319   in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

Category II - Communication and Foreign Language:

SC 135: Business and Professional Communication (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SPCH 1321]

Introduction to the basic oral communication skills needed for careers in business and various professions. Students make presentations, conduct interviews, and participate in problem-solving group discussions. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SPCH 1321 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SC 136: Public Address (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SPCH 1315]

Principles of effective speaking and their application to the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the basic forms of public messages; stresses public issues, their relevancy and effect. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SPCH 1315 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

CHNS 131: Elementary Chinese I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: CHIN 1311]

Fundamentals of Chinese pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar along with intensive listening/speaking and reading/writing skills development. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as CHIN 1311 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

FR 131: Elementary French I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: FREN 1311]

Fundamentals of French pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar along with intensive listening/speaking and reading/writing skills development. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as FREN 1311 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

SPAN 131: Elementary Spanish I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: SPAN 1311]

Fundamentals of Spanish pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar along with intensive listening/speaking and reading/writing skills development. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as SPAN 1311 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

Category III - Computer Science:

CS 116: Introduction to Computers and their Applications I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: COSC 1301]

Study of computers as a tool for information processing, content creation, and communication. Topics include: basics of computer systems; productivity tools (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation generation); multimedia; and information retrieval and sharing. Certain sections may contain topics related to specific fields of study. Two hours of lecture and one hour of lab per week.  Listed as COSC 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MIS 204: Fundamentals of Information Systems (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: BCIS 1305]

Introduction to the main components of an Information System: Hardware, Software, Databases, Networks, People, and Processes. Students work with basic software applications that are used in business today to solve daily office problems in the Microsoft Office Suite like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, along with Web Page development tools. Three hours of lecture per week.  Listed as  BCIS 1305  in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

MUSI 132: Introduction to Computer Music (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: MUSI 1390]

Introductory survey of computers and computer peripherals as used in various musical disciplines, including the fundamentals of computer literacy and music software applications. Three hours of lecture per week  Listed as MUSI 1390 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

ART 233: Introduction to Computer Generated Art and Design (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: ARTS 2313]

Broad range of graphic art, desktop publishing, and digital imaging software covered with a focus on combining basic computer techniques and design fundamentals. Use of the computer as a design tool for creating commercial and fine art applications. Six hours of labratory per week.  Listed as ARTS 2313 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

EDCI 210: Instructional Technology I (3 SCH)   [TCCNS: COSC 1301]

Provides foundational information for understanding the development and use of technology in order to facilitate teaching and learning in the classroom. Students will engage in a wide variety of activities and projects designed to integrate technology into curriculum. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as COSC 1301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

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