Jan 17, 2019  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

New Courses and Course Changes Effective Spring 2019

American Studies
AMST 220 - Introduction to American Studies - Description changed to: What does it mean to be an American? This course aims at answering this question by exploring cultural pluralism in American political, social and economic life while focusing on systems of power and inequality. This interdisciplinary course uses historical information, personal memoirs, works of fiction, academic essays, television shows, films, popular music, advertisements and internet sources to promote discussion about race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion and sexuality in both past and present contexts.

Aviation Science
AVSC 200 - Instrument Flight - Prerequisite changed to: AVSC 100 (or AVSC 108) and AVSC 111

AVSC 212 - Instrument Pilot Ground School - Prerequisite changed to: AVSC 100 (or AVSC 108) and AVSC 111

AVSC 217 - Air Traffic Control - Prerequisite changed to: AVSC 100 (or AVSC 108) and AVSC 111


Communication Studies
COMM 227, 305, 312, 313, 334, 336, 337, 341, 350, 353, 359, 366, 371, 373, 390, 391, 392, 401, 415, 430, 492, 493, 495, 496
- Prerequisite COMM courses no longer require a minimum grade of “C”

COMM 337 Publich Relations and Theory - Title changed to: Public Relations Theory and Research


Computer Science

Image result for images of newCOMP 145 Computing for Mathematics Educators - Prerequisite: MATH 161/161E or MATH 141, each of which may be taken concurrently. In this course, future mathematics educators will solve problems by writing computer programs with input, output and control structures, including decision structures and repetition, using tools that are particularly relevant to the elementary classroom. In addition, students will use a computer algebra system to gain mathematical insights and solve mathematical problems, including programming in the computer algebra system. Readings and discussion will address computing and technology in schools. Offered fall semester. A student who has successfully completed COMP 150 may not take this course for credit. Students who wish to reach computer programming at the secondary level should take COMP 151 instead of or in addition to this course.

COMP 320 Unix/Linux System Administration - Prerequisite changed to: COMP 250. When offered changed to: alternate years.


Education-Master’s Core
EDMC 532 The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
- Description changed to: This course addresses the critical social, economic, political and sociocultural issues challenging educators and society today. Issues are examined from a variety of vantage points, including philosophical, theoretical underpinnings, research findings and the positions taken by professional organizations and teacher unions. Students will write an informed philosophy of education paper focused on their professional status to be included in their eportfolio at the end of the program. They will also articulate a personal position on critical issues in education, discuss techniques for leadership in schools, and understand how school and community advocacy are important for the professional educator.


GEOG 315 Quantitative Methods in Geography
- Title changed to: Environmental Applications in Spatial Analytics; prerequisite changed to: GEOG 213; description changed to: To better understand the natural world, we use spatial data and analysis methods which allow us to capture, analyze and model environmental processes. Remotely sensed data from UAVs, satellites and other methods, along with other geospatial data have explicit location encoded in their structure, which allows us to combine and analyze the information within a spatial context. This course will give students hands-on experience in applied GIS and statistical methods for analyzing data sets to better understand earth processes.


LASP 281 Spanish Conversation - Prerequisite changed to: LASP 200 or consent of instructor.



Image result for images of newMUSC 211 - Introduction to Music Therapy will provide students an overview of the music therapy profession. This will include the history of music therapy as a field, current practice, a survey of basic literature in music therapy, basic assumptions and practices, clinical applications of music as therapy, and the pathway to becoming a professional music therapist.


Natural Science - Interdisciplinary

Image result for images of newNSCI 160 - Building Capital to Support STEM Studies (1 credit) - Students in this course will understand and learn how to develop social, psychological and cultural capital in support of success in STEM studies. Students will discuss readings and write brief reflections on their background, including the strengths they can tap to be successful in STEM studies and careers. Graded on (P) Pass/(N) No Pass basis. Offered annually.

Image result for images of newNSCI 360 - Next Steps in STEM (1 credit) - Students in this course will develop a detailed personal plan that they can execute in their senior year to be fully prepared for successful employment or entry into graduate/professional schools after graduating in science or mathematics from BSU. Students will refine resumes, practice interviewing for jobs or positions, and create a senior year research or co-curricular plan that provides the best opportunity for success after graduating. Graded on (P) Pass/(N) No Pass basis. Offered annually.

Image result for images of newNSCI 410 Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Mathematics (1 credit) - Students in this course will develop and execute an interdisciplinary research program. Working with students from different backgrounds and majors, groups of students will work together to define a significant problem, conduct research on a possible solution, and communicate that solution to the university and broader community. Offered fall semester.



Image result for images of newPHYS 410 Astrophysical Imaging - Prerequisite: PHYS 244 or permission of instructor. This course will introduce students to the basics of taking digital astronomical images, preparing the images for scientific study and analyzing these images by utilizing programming languages commonly used in the discipline. Class time will be dedicated partly to lecture and partly to hands-on work, including using equipment and programming. Offered alternate years.

Image result for images of newPHYS 416 Modern Theoretical Physics - Prerequisite: PHYS 244 with a minimum grade of “C-“. This course covers the theory of relativity, atomic structure, quantum theory, nuclear physics and elementary particles. Offered fall semester.

Image result for images of newPHYS 418 Modern Experiments - Prerequisite: PHYS 244 with a minimum grade of “C-“. Students perform modern physics experiments, emphasizing modern instrumentation, safety and data acquisition in addition to professional journal keeping and lab report writing. Three hours of laboratory weekly. Offered fall semester.

PHYS 437 Optics II - Title changed to: Optics with Lab; prerequisite changed to: PHYS 244 with a minimum grade of “C-“

PHYS 439 Mechanics - Format changed to: Two hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period weekly.

Image result for images of newPHYS 480 Physics Capstone - Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Formal application required.
Students will apply physics in a capstone project of their choice, studying a problem or application of personal interest. Students are responsible for completing brief written descriptions of their work and making oral presentations to the department. Offered annually


PSYC 370 Abnormal Psychology - Prerequisite changed to: PSYC 100; and PSYC 150; and PSYC 201 with a minimum grade of “C”; or consent of instructor