Below is the list of pre-approved courses for Jump Start students. Not all courses are offered each semester. You can also view the course catalog for other options. Requests for courses that are not pre-approved for Jump Start will be reviewed, and the Jump Start team will let you know of the decision. Jump Start courses are offered on-campus only. Online course options are not open to Jump Start students.
Languages, Literature, and Communication
ENG 1100 Effective Writing*
The principles involved in writing clear expository, persuasive and research papers are studied and practiced. In addition, the English language is examined from a linguistic perspective. Three credit hours.
COM 1100 Public Speaking in Society
A study of communication theory as applicable to public speaking. Students explore the components of an effective speech as well as current applications of speaking skills. Emphasis will be placed on practicing and displaying these skills in a classroom setting. Three credit hours.
Beginning Level Foreign Languages
Must take placement test.
ART 1200 Drawing I
An introductory course focusing on developing fundamental drawing skills and improving visual perception. The primary emphasis is on structural drawing and composition using dry media. A variety of studio exercises will be used. Three hours.
ART 2110 Art and Design Fundamental
From the simple application of color to the complex devices that create illusionary space, this foundational lecture/studio course concentrates on the basic elements of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Students will apply aesthetics and theoretical methods. Oral and written art criticisms are employed. Three hours.
History and Political Science
HIS 2050 American Journeys
In this topical survey of the history of the United States to the end of World War II, students will be introduced to the major issues, broad developments and perennial questions that cut to the heart of American identity. The course will cover such topics as the ideological origins of the American nation, the historical relationship between state and national sovereignty, race and slavery, sectional tensions and the Civil War, social and religious movements, and the culture wars that continue to impact American society today. Three credit hours.
POS 2200 Introduction to American Government
This course introduces students to how the political system in America functions. It focuses on the actual workings of the American government and starts with the cultural and constitutional contexts of American politics. Three credit hours.
GEO 1010 World Geography
The cultural and physical elements of human habitats, the significance of the elements of the earth to humans, and the use of maps and their importance. Three credit hours.
Science and Mathematics
CHM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry
A course designed to give the student a broad introduction to general, organic and biological chemistry. The lecture emphasizes general chemical concepts, while the laboratory concentrates on techniques and data handling. Students must enroll concurrently in CHM 1020. Four credit hours.
CHM 1020 Introduction to Chemistry Lab
Designed to support CHM 1010 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
BIO 1610 General Biology I
Principles of structure, function and cellular organisms. Includes an introduction to the scientific method, characteristics of cytoplasm, basic cytology, energy acquisition and release, and heredity. Also includes basic plant structure and function. Students must enroll concurrently in BIO 1620. Four credit hours.
BIO 1620 General Biology I Laboratory
The laboratory is designed to support BIO 1610 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
BIO 1710 General Biology II
A continuation of BIO 1610. Includes structure, function and interrelationships of the organ systems of animals with particular attention to the human body. Also includes introductory taxonomy, surveying the major groups of plants and animals. Prerequisite: BIO 1610 or permission of the instructor. Students must enroll concurrently in BIO 1720. Four credit hours.
BIO 1720 General Biology II Laboratory
The laboratory is designed to support BIO 1710 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
ENV 2110 General Ecology
A study of the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Particular focus will be on application of ecological concepts and field work in various local ecosystems. Students must enroll concurrently in ENV 2120. Four credit hours.
ENV 2120 General Ecology Lab
The laboratory is designed to support ENV 2110 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
MAT 1120 College Algebra
Topics include algebraic operations, manipulation of functions, polynomial equation solutions, inequalities, logarithms, and exponentials. There will be practice with solving systems of equations, graphing, and algebra applications. Three credit hours.
MAT 1180 Mathematical Models
This is a course on mathematical applications, which uses algebra, statistics, logic and other mathematical concepts to study and model the world around us. Topics include applied statistical applications, fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, population growth logic and other applications. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours, basic algebra. Three credit hours.
MAT 1230 Calculus 1
This course is a traditional introductory calculus course. We will study functions, limits, derivatives and integrals. Applications of the derivative and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus will be particular highlights of this class. Three credit hours.
MAT 1240 Calculus 1 Lab
The laboratory is designed to support MAT 1230 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
SCI 1160 Theories on Origins
A survey of origin theories with emphasis on creation/evolution. Explores fossils, design, thermodynamics, chronology, flood geology, life in space, current creation research. Three credit hours.
SCI 2030 Faith, Science, and Reason
Faith, Science, and Reason guides students through science and mathematics from the 1600’s until today, and through immersive learning we seek to understand why we study these subjects. By expanding our knowledge of these subjects we grow in learning science’s limitations, and as Christians we aim to see where humanity fits and operates within the scientific paradigm. Finally we seek to discover how the Christian can incorporate our faith and reason within the scientific enterprise, striving to become productive citizens capable of communicating to those possessing different worldviews.
SCI 2360 Introduction to Astronomy
A survey of our created universe: the solar system, types of stars, constellations and galactic distribution. Emphasis on night observation, laboratory and individual projects. Three credit hours
SCI 1140 Physical Science Survey
Activities and lectures will cover motion, energy, gravity, light, radiation, earth materials and space. Three credit hours
Behavioral Science Undergraduate
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to psychology as the study of human behavior. Basic principles of psychology will be explored, including the process of learning, memory, perception, sensation, motivation and emotion. Personal and social aspects of human development will be emphasized. Three hours.
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology
An introductory study of humans functioning in society. Basic principles of sociology will be experienced, including organization, structure, strata and problems in American society. Emphasis will be placed on observational techniques that will help to develop a spirit of active participation in the world. Three hours.
SOC 2340 Intro to Criminal Justice
This course introduces students to the essentials of criminal justice and the most significant issues in today’s American criminal justice system. Students will learn the true roles of the police, courts, and corrections and develop an understanding of the complex ways in which they work together. Information on criminal justice careers will help students learn about the meaning of criminal justice to those who work in the field and will provide useful information that can aid career choices. Three hours.
School of Business
ACC 2110 Financial Accounting
Develops an understanding and application of basic financial accounting principles. Emphasis on building and using basic financial statements and a manager’s use of accounting data. This course and ACC 2120 together serve as the first year of accounting. Three hours.
ACC 2120 Managerial Accounting
The study of the managerial aspects of accounting and finance. Includes an in-depth study of the statement of cash flows, analysis of financial statements, product cost management, cash budgeting and cash management. Prerequisite: ACC 2110. Three hours
ISM 1150 Introduction to Computer Science
During this course, students will be exposed to a wide range of computer science topics and terminology. Coverage will be divided between personal computer hardware components, troubleshooting and introductory programming concepts. Lab fee required. Students keep the PC that they assemble. Three hours.
ISM 2150 Object-Orientated Computer Programming
This course builds on the concepts learned in ISM 1150. Students will use an object-oriented programming language to build programs that solve given problems. Prerequisite: ISM 1150. Three hours
ISM 2700 HTML and Web Development
School of Education
SED 1000 Teaching School in America
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to the profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools. Three hours.
SED 2200 The School Age Child***
A study of the learner at all grade levels and the many factors affecting learning, including theories of learning, environment, heredity, cultural impact, discipline, classroom management, exceptionalities and development. The measurement of academic aptitude and achievement is also covered. Practical application is stressed. Three hours.
SED 2500 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society***
This course develops understanding and skill for working with children and parents who come from diverse backgrounds. Areas of diversity include race, ethnicity, native language, culture, class, gender, age, religion and ability. The focus is on increasing knowledge and respect for the diverse child in the classroom setting. Three hours.
School of Ministry Studies
BIB 1050 Exploring the Bible
A general overview of the Bible that orients the student to the overall presentation of the program of God from the Creation through the Consummation of Christ. Emphasis will be placed on the themes, timeline, structure and coherence of the entire Biblical revelation. Three hours.
*ACT/SAT scores must be over 19 English (ACT) or 24 Writing & Language (SAT)
***must have received a “B-” or higher in SED 1000
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