UENG 166 – Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (3 credits)
Although they have often lacked critical respect, science fiction, fantasy, and horror are vitally important genres in fiction and mass media, especially in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These genres offer ways to explore questions, dreams, and worries raised by technological innovation and scientific exploration. Texts can include novels, short stories, graphic novels, film, and television, and students will use a variety of critical approaches to study how these fantastical genres provide a lens to consider very human concerns.
UENV 104 – Earth Processes as Natural Disasters (3 credits)
This course is a survey of Earth's surface processes that have a direct impact, often violently and without warning, on our global society. Information presented in this course integrates the principles of geology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography, and ecology and explores the many ways humans leave themselves susceptible to hazards driven by Earth's dynamic geologic and atmospheric processes. A series of case studies will be presented to students that outline each topic area covered. These include the broad topic areas of earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, mass wasting, coastal hazards, subsidence, severe weather, mass extinction, wildfires, and global climate change. Designed for a general audience, this course is opened to all students who have a natural curiosity about events that often control our global existence.
UIS 101 – Intro to Personal Computers (3 credits)
This course introduces microcomputer applications as tools for productive automation of work. It introduces the computer system and the operating system. It instructs the student in the rudiments of three popular software applications-word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics. CSCI or CIS students may not take this course. This course does not satisfy the science distribution requirement.
UPSY 105 – Intro to Psychology (3 credits)
A general introduction to scientific psychology, including biological psychology, development, learning, memory, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Psychology majors must receive a “C” or better in this course to satisfy psychology major requirements.