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Course Description
Automotive Hybrid Fundamentals

An introduction to automotive hybrid, electric, and fuel cell systems; the benefits of these alternative technologies are explored and the proper safety practices suggested by vehicle manufacturers are identified.

Automotive Air Conditioning Systems

Theory and principles of operation of automotive air conditioning systems, diagnostic procedures, environmental implications, and proper handling of refrigerants.

Automotive Internship

Practical experience in the operation and repair of the various components of the automotive industry by working with technicians at a work site; completion of 320 hours of designated work per semester required.

Special Projects

Structured environment allowing the student the opportunity to define learned skill sets from previous automotive courses. Tailored around the interests and needs of the individual with guidance from professional staff.

Study Skills

This course is designed to assist students in developing and enhancing common study skills and qualities needed for college success, including: time management, note-taking, test-taking strategies, critical thinking, reading, memory techniques, learning styles, utilizing college resources, discipline, motivation. Students will reflect on their own behaviors, expectations, and attitudes to build effective academic strategies. The course will target students having academic difficulties, including those on probation.

Career Exploration

Comprehensive examination of the career exploration process designed to assist students in making informed career decisions. Topics include career development theories; the role of self-knowledge in career planning; use of the Internet in career research, college majors and related occupations; and the study of the employment trends and their implications.

Job Readiness in the Digital Age

Thorough review of the job search process including traditional and non-traditional approaches to prepare students to navigate today's ultra-competitive employment market. Course will examine the role of networking, as well as preparation of cover letters, resumes, job applications, development of interviewing skills, building employment references, and the impact of technology in finding employment to include social media. Coursework will also focus on workplace survival skills, including employer expectations, work attitudes and ethics, customer service, working well with others, appropriate attire.

Broadcasting: Intro

Students become familiar with the origin and history of broadcasting; understand the operation, structure, and organization of broadcasting in the United States - geographical, economical, statistical, and influential; become acquainted with the legal, social, educational, and artistic aspects of broadcasting; examine broadcasting codes and audiences.

Announcing/Performance 1

A study of the problems the radio announcer-performer faces. Includes analysis, interpretation, and communication of a variety of types of announcing and performance areas. Develops student's speech, personality, and character as an announcer-performer.

Announcing/Performance 2

Continuation of BDC 120. Enables students to improve talent and ability in advanced announcing and performance activities such as pre-recorded announcements, features, in-depth news announcing, and other specialized broadcast experiences. Two class meetings each week and six hours of laboratory work each week on an individual basis.

Broadcast Writing

Writing news and commercials for broadcast. Developing a professional attitude toward broadcast journalism, emphasizing legal and ethical limits. Experience in planning and writing to sell an idea, service, or product.

Audio Production

This course provides students with practical "hands-on" experience in the use of the audio production equipment that is used in radio and television studios. This course will prepare students in the theory and practice of the interconnection of production in audio, video, and multimedia technologies.

Biology Concepts/GE

A one-semester introductory course covering basic principles and concepts of biology. Methods of scientific inquiry and behavior of matter and energy in biological systems are explored.

Plants and People/GE

Principles of plant biology and taxonomy with an emphasis on human relevance including plants as a source of food, fiber, medicine, and other commercially important uses.

Natural History of the Southwest/GE

Study of the common plants and animals of the Southwest including their distribution, adaptation behavior, and ecology.

Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology/GE

Biology 160 is a study of the structure and function of the human body. The course is designed for students who desire a one semester course in anatomy and physiology.

General Biology (Majors) I/GE

Principles of structure and function of living things at molecular, cellular, and organismic levels of organization. Includes molecular and cellular biology, genetics, viruses, bacteria, protista, and fungi.

General Biology (Majors) II/GE

Additional principles of structure and function of living things at molecular, cellular, and organismic, and higher levels or organization. Includes evolution, organismal biology of plants and animals, population biology, and ecology.

Anatomy and Physiology I/GE

Study of structure and function of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system.

Anatomy and Physiology II/GE

Continuation of structure and function of human body. Topics include endocrine, immune, lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.