Core, Elective, and Supporting Courses (School of Professional Studies)


The School of Professional Studies offers a variety of courses that support its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including Core course, distributed as noted in the description of the SPS undergraduate curriculum, and elective and supporting courses, some of which may be required as part of a particular degree program. Descriptions for elective and supporting courses not listed below can be found in the various program sections of this catalog.

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Course Descriptions: Core Courses

Area I: Skills for Life and Work

ENGL 107 College Composition

Develops skills necessary for effective writing of thesis-centered essays at the college level, including analytical, critical, and argumentative essays. Research and documentation techniques included. Students in the School of Professional Studies may not take this course pass/fail. Formerly ENG 107 College Composition.

3 credits

Prerequisites for College of Arts and Sciences: ENGL 105 with grade of ""C"" or better or placement test proficiency

Prerequisites for School of Professional Studies: ENGL 105 with a grade of C or better OR score of 9 or higher on Writing portion of Accuplacer test.

General Education: Foundational Skills Area

FLC Area I Core Area I: Skills for Work and Life

COM 225 Intercultural Communication
COM 290 Public Speaking
SPAN 103 Spanish for the Workplace

BADM 211 Business Mathematics
MATH 109 Foundations of Mathematics

Information Literacy
INT 109 Information Literacy

Technology has brought a vast new world of information resources into the classroom and the University. We are accessing, analyzing and communicating information faster than every before. A measure of success today is how well one can discover, retrieve, evaluate, manage and communicate all forms of data, information and knowledge within a technological environment both ethically and legally. This course introduces Trinity students to the information and technology tools that support the information discovery, analysis and integration that are part of critical thinking and communicating. This includes having a fundamental understanding of the ethical and legal issues.

3 credits

Core Area I: Skills for Work and Life

Area II: Understanding the Self and Society

Arts and Humanities
ENGL 215 Major United States Writers II

Studies major US literary works in a variety of genres from the late 1800s to the present, including poetry, fiction, and drama. Formerly ENG 252 American Literature II.

3 credits

ENGL 267 Multicultural United States Literature
FNAR 101 Survey: History of Art I
FNAR 102 Survey: History of Art II
HIS 132 Twentieth Century United States
HIS 155 The 20th Century World
RST 290 Religions of the World

Social Sciences
COM 201 Interpersonal Communication

Offers an introduction to the fundamental theories and principles of interpersonal communication with emphasis on analyzing and assessing the communication skills necessary to create and sustain effective communication in personal and professional relationships.

3 credits

Core Area II: Understanding Self, Society, and Nature

ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology

Scientific Understanding
BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology
ENVS 101 Discovering Planet Earth

Area III: Ethics and Moral Reasoning

PHIL 245 Ethics I

Introduces the student to social ethics and the concepts of person and community by examining the moral traditions that inform our understanding of the individual. The course traces the focus of ethics from a concern about what kind of person to be to the more modern and narrow concern in how to act in both the public and private domains, acknowledging the ways in which our cultural and historical practices help shape our vision. Formerly PHI 212 The Moral Dimension: Persons and Community.

3 credits

General Education Curriculum: Values and Beliefs Area

FLC Area III: Philosophy Cluster

Core Area III: Ethics and Moral Reasoning

PHIL 253 Business and Professional Ethics

Course Descriptions: Elective and Supporting Courses

Descriptions for elective and supporting courses not listed below can be found in the various program sections of this catalog.

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

A systematic approach to the study of the human body. The first part of this year-long course emphasizes the tissues, the integumentary system, the bones and skeletal tissue, muscles and muscle tissue, and the nervous system. Students have the opportunity to apply concepts discussed during the lecture portion of the class to clinical questions presented throughout the semester. Three hours of laboratory per week. Does not fulfill Biology major requirement. There is an additional laboratory fee.

4 credits

General Education: Knowledge and Inquiry Area

BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health Professions
BIOL 242 Human Genetics
CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
GST 300
GST 400 Senior Seminar in the Humanities
GST 401 Transforming Education into Action
HPNU 110 Professional and Career Success in the Health Professions
HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
HPNU 210 Pathophysiology
HPNU 220 Pharmacology
ISYS 103 Internet Research
ISYS 141 Introduction to Programming
ISYS 201 Introduction to Computer Applications for Business
ISYS 211 Information Systems in Organizations
ISYS 213 Decision Support Systems
ISYS 221 Information Technology I: Hardware
ISYS 222 Information Technology II: System Software
ISYS 231 Computer Networks
ISYS 241 Intermediate Programming
ISYS 243 Web Page Design
ISYS 301 Advanced Computer Applications
ISYS 311 Database Management Systems
ISYS 321 UNIX/Linux Fundamentals
ISYS 331 Internet Concepts and Architecture
ISYS 341 Data Structures and Algorithms
ISYS 343 Programming for the Internet
ISYS 351 Electronic Business
ISYS 353 Project Management
ISYS 361 Information Systems Security
ISYS 431 Network Design and Implementation
ISYS 498 Independent Study
ISYS 499 Senior Seminar: Information Systems Analysis and Design
ISYS 611 Information Systems in Organizations
ISYS 615 Systems Analysis and Design
ISYS 631 Data Communications and Networks
ISYS 653 Information Systems Project Management
ISYS 661 Information Systems Security
ISYS 663 Systems Intrusion Detection and Response
ISYS 667 Data Protection
ISYS 673 Information Security: Risk, Strategies, and Management
ISYS 675 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Security
ISYS 677 Issues and Trends in Information Security Management
PHIL 351 Bioethics for Health Care Professionals

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