2016-2017 Catalog


Curriculum

Students make a choice of courses from the Core Curriculum Requirements noted below. They must take the following number of credits from each of the Core areas.

Requirements and the Number of Credits

English

3-8

Study & Technology Skills

0-2

Mathematics

3-5

Natural Sciences

7-8

Social Sciences

3

Fine Arts

3

Humanities

6

Constitution

3-6

Cultural Diversity

3

Total

31-48

English (3-8 credits required)

An English placement exam is given to students with an Enhanced ACT score of 1-17 in English or a Verbal/Critical Reading SAT score of 200-430 in Verbal, or to students who have not taken the ACT or SAT. Students who placed below ENG 100 on the placement exam are referred to developmental English courses at the community college.

COURSE

Enhanced ACT English

SAT Verbal/Critical Reading

Accuplacer


     

Sentence Skills


Reading Comprehension


ENG 100

18-20

420-480

60-85


60-75


ENG 101

21-29

490-650

86 or above


76 or above


ENG 102

30-36

660-800

   

Students who complete ENG 102 will satisfy the Core Curriculum Requirement. Typically, students take ENG 101 during their first semester at the college and ENG 102 during the second semester. Students needing extra assistance in English writing skills will take ENG 100, a 5-credit course offering more instruction and practice than ENG 101. A student who successfully completes (with a C or higher grade) ENG 100 can move on to ENG 102.

ENG 100Composition I Enhanced

5.00

or

ENG 101Composition 1

3.00

ENG 102Composition II

3.00

 

Study and Technology Skills (0-2 credits required)

Accompanying the student's Core Curriculum Courses are two credits of course work that will teach time and stress management skills, study skills, and technological skills that will be used in subsequent and concurrent courses. Students also will learn about student support services (e.g. advising, financial aid), library research skills, academic integrity (e.g. plagiarism), and our program in assessment of learning outcomes. Transfer students with 30 or more transferrable college credits will be able to waive the Study and Technology Core Requirement. Transfer students who transfer less than 30 credits will be required to take CEP 123.

CEP 123College and Career Success

2.00

Mathematics (3-5 credits required)

NSC students can be placed into mathematics courses by submitting ACT or SAT scores, or by taking an Accuplacer test. All degree programs require MATH 120 or higher to fulfill the Mathematics Core Curriculum (please see your degree outline for specific course requirements).

COURSE

Enhanced
ACT Math

Re-Centered
SAT Math

Accuplacer

Elementary Algebra (EA)
and College Level Math (CM)

MATH 95M*

19 or below

440 or below

EA: 84 or below

CM: N/A

MATH 96A* +

MATH 120E

 

MATH 96D* +

MATH 126E

 

MATH 96S* +

STAT 152E

 

 

 

20-21

 

 

 

450 or above

 

 

 

EA: At least 85

CM: N/A

MATH 120

or

STAT 152

22

530 or above

EA: At least 85

CM: At least 63

MATH 126

25-27

560 or above

EA: At least 85

CM: At least 70

MATH 181

28 or above

630 or above

EA: At least 85

CM: At least 101

MATH 120Fundamentals of College Mathematics

3.00

MATH 124College Algebra

3.00

MATH 126Pre-calculus Mathematics I

3.00

MATH 127Pre-Calculus Mathematics II

3.00

MATH 128Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry

5.00

MATH 181Calculus I

4.00

MATH 182Calculus II

4.00

STAT 152Introduction to Statistics

3.00

*NOTE: Courses below the 100 level do not count toward a student’s Grade Point Average.

Natural Sciences (7-8 credits required)

Students are required to take two science courses, at least one of which must include an associated laboratory course

ANTH 102Introduction to Physical Anthropology

3.00

AST 103Introduction to Astronomy: Solar System

3.00

AST 104Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies

3.00

CHEM 105Chemistry, Man, and Society

3.00

ENV 101Introduction to Environmental Science

3.00

GEOG 117Introduction to Meteorology

3.00

GEOL 100Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Natural Disasters

3.00

AST 103 and AST 104: Must be taken with AST 105 to fulfill laboratory requirement.

The following courses may be taken for laboratory credit. Students must complete all prerequisites prior to enrolling in natural science courses.

AST 105Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies Laboratory

1.00

BIOL 101Biology for Non-Majors

4.00

BIOL 189Fundamentals of Life Science

4.00

CHEM 110Chemistry for Health Sciences I

4.00

CHEM 111Chemistry for Health Sciences II

4.00

CHEM 112Introduction to Chemistry

4.00

CHEM 121General Chemistry I

4.00

CHEM 122General Chemistry II

4.00

GEOL 101Exploring Planet Earth

4.00

PHYS 151General Physics I

4.00

PHYS 152General Physics II

4.00

Social Science (3 credits required)

ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3.00

COM 216Survey of Communication Studies

3.00

COU 300Introduction to Human Services and Counseling

3.00

CRJ 104Introduction to Administration of Justice

3.00

ECON 103Principles of Macroeconomics

3.00

PSC 210American Public Policy

3.00

PSC 211Comparative Government and Politics

3.00

PSC 231World Politics

3.00

PSY 101General Psychology

3.00

PSY 460Social Psychology

3.00

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3.00

SOC 102Contemporary Social Issues

3.00

WMST 101Introduction to Women's Studies

3.00

Fine Arts (3 credits required)

Any Art Course

3.00

FIS 100Introduction to Film

3.00

FIS 110Language of Film

3.00

MUS 121Music Appreciation

3.00

MUS 122Survey of Jazz

3.00

MUS 128Masterworks of Music

3.00

MUS 134Jazz Appreciation

3.00

THTR 100Introduction to the Theatre

3.00

VIS 100Creating with Digital Video

3.00

VIS 112Introduction to Animation

3.00

Humanities (6 credits required)

CH 201Ancient and Medieval Cultures

3.00

CH 202The Modern World

3.00

COM 101Oral Communication

3.00

COM 250News Gathering and Writing

3.00

ENG 131Introduction to Literature

3.00

ENG 205Introduction to Creative Writing, Fiction, and Poetry

3.00

ETS 101Introduction to Ethnic Studies

3.00

Any Literature Course ENG 231 or higher

3.00

Any Philosophy Course (other than 102, 105, 109)

3.00

Any History Course

3.00

Foreign Language Course 111 or above

3.00-4.00

Any American Sign Language (AM prefixed) Course

3.00-4.00

Constitution (3-6 credits required)

CH 203American Experience and Constitutional Change

3.00

PSC 101(from an NSHE institution)

PSC 101(equivalent from out of state)

and

PSC 100Nevada Constitution

1.00

PSC 101(equivalent from out of state)

and

HIST 217Nevada History

3.00

HIST 101US History to 1865

3.00

and

HIST 102US History 1865 to Present

3.00

HIST 101US History to 1865

3.00

and

PSC 100Nevada Constitution

1.00

HIST 101US History to 1865

3.00

and

HIST 217Nevada History

3.00

HIST 102: must be taken at an NSHE institution excluding UNR

Cultural Diversity (3 credits required)

The Cultural Diversity requirement aims to engender understanding, appreciation, and insight into different, non-mainstream American or non-Western cultures. It also helps provide students with different lenses and perspectives through which to view cultural constructs such as class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

Any of the following courses will fulfill the requirement:

AM 253Deaf Culture

3.00

ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3.00

ANTH 216Cultures Through Film

3.00

EDRL 402Literature for Young Adults

3.00

ENG 231World Literature I

3.00

ENG 232World Literature II

3.00

ENG 272Queer Literature

3.00

ENG 290Introduction to African-American Literature

3.00

ENG 292Introduction to Chicano Literature

3.00

ENG 427AWomen and Literature

3.00

ENG 481AComparative Literature

3.00

ENG 481BModern Comparative Literature

3.00

ENG 485Topics in Comparative Literature

3.00

ENG 485AAsian Literature

3.00

ENG 486AStudies in Post-colonial Literature and Theory

3.00

ENG 490Asian American Literature

3.00

ENG 490AGender and Sexual Identity in Literature

3.00

ENG 494ANative American Literature

3.00

ENG 495CAfrican-American Literature

3.00

ENG 496AThemes in Modern Chicano Literature

3.00

ENG 497ATopics in Multicultural Literature

3.00

ETS 101Introduction to Ethnic Studies

3.00

ETS 375US Latino/a-Chicano/a Experience

3.00

ETS 435Asian-American Identities in Comparative Context

3.00

HIST 320Hispanic Culture in the US

3.00

HIST 418American Indian Relations

3.00

HIST 424Role of Religion in US Culture

3.00

HIST 432History of Women in the US

3.00

HIST 433African-American History

3.00

HIST 436Nazi Holocaust from American Perspective

3.00

HIST 444Latinos in the American West

3.00

HIST 449History of Japan

3.00

HIST 450Modern Chinese History

3.00

HIST 470History of Mexico

3.00

HIST 478Middle Eastern Studies

3.00

NURS 310Cultural Diversity in Healthcare

3.00

SOC 230Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

3.00

SOC 449Sex and Social Arrangements

3.00

SOC 453Gender and Society

3.00

SOC 469Crossing Borders/Global Migrations

3.00

SOC 471Racial and Ethnic Conflict in the United States

3.00

WMST 101Introduction to Women's Studies

3.00