SPS Core Curriculum and Elective/Supporting Courses


The School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers students a breadth of coursework to prepare them for productive citizenship. After completion of a degree program within SPS, students will be able to:

  1. Apply effective oral and written communication skills, and present images and information using appropriate media.
  2. Reason abstractly and think critically.
  3. Synthesize quantitative information and formulate evidenced-based conclusion.
  4. Discuss social justice and its impact in a diverse world.
  5. Utilize skills for living as responsible, ethical and contributing citizens.
  6. Identify, locate, and effectively and ethically use information from various print and digital sources.
  7. Analyze and evaluate information from a scientific perspective to develop reasoned solutions to real world problems.

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Course Descriptions: Core Curriculum

Area I: Skills for Life and Work

Writing (3 credits)

  • ENGL 107 College Composition

Communication (6 credits)

  • COM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 225 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 290 Public Speaking

Quantitative Literacy (3 credits, course determined by major; check appropriate catalog page)

  • MATH 108 Finite Mathematics

Information Literacy (3 credits)

  • INT 109 Information Literacy

Area II:  Understanding the Self and Society

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

  • ENGL 150 Writing about Literature
  • ENGL 267 Multicultural United States Literature
  • FNAR 101 Survey: History of Art I
  • FNAR 102 Survey: History of Art II
  • HIS 130 Introduction to American Civilizations
  • HIS 132 Twentieth Century United States
  • HIS 155 The 20th Century World
  • PHIL 103 Reasoning and Argumentation
  • RST 101 Religion and Human Experience
  • RST 102 Religions of the World

Social Sciences (6 credits, courses determined by major; check appropriate Catalog page)

  • ECON 100 Principles of Economics
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • POLS 103 The American Political Process
  • PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
  • SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology

Scientific Understanding (4 credits)

  • BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology
  • ENVS 101 Discovering Planet Earth

Area III: Ethics and Moral Reasoning

Ethics (3 credits—course determined by major; check appropriate Catalog page)

  • PHIL 245 Ethics I
  • PHIL 251 Bioethics
  • PHIL 253 Business and Professional Ethics

Course Descriptions: Elective and Supporting Courses

Descriptions for elective and supporting courses not listed below can be found in the various program sections of this catalog.

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health Professions
BIOL 242 Human Genetics
CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
HPNU 110 Professional and Career Success in the Health Professions
HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
HPNU 210 Pathophysiology
ISYS 103 Internet Research
ISYS 141 Introduction to Programming
ISYS 201
ISYS 211
ISYS 213
ISYS 221 Information Technology I: Hardware
ISYS 222 Information Technology II: System Software
ISYS 231 Computer Networks
ISYS 241 Intermediate Programming
ISYS 243 Web Page Design

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