A sampling of the courses that can be taken in SPAN Division programs are listed below. However, students are not limited to these classes. Courses listed in bold are in the Indiana Core Transfer Library and are dual credit courses for all public high schools. To see the full list of courses offered at IUPUI and current course schedules, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.
ANTH-A 103 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 cr.). A survey of human biological and cultural evolution from early pre-Pleistocene hominids through the development of urbanized state societies with the goal of better understanding our human heritage (not open to students who have taken A303).
ANTH-A 104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.). A survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparative examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potentials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials (not open to students who have taken A304).
HER-H 100 Art Appreciation (3 cr.). An understanding and appreciation of outstanding works of art through analysis of artistic purposes and techniques, and knowledge of historical style and subject matter. Not counted as credit toward the B.F.A. or B.A.E. degrees, nor toward the major or minor requirements in art history.
HER-H 101–102 History of Art I-II (3–3 cr.). I. Historical and contextual survey of selected works and cultures from the history of art. Selected regions of the world will be covered, though the Western tradition will be studied in greater depth. Defines historical terms, processes, contexts and principles of a range of media from Prehistoric through Late Gothic. Required of all Herron degree students. II. Historical and contextual survey of selected works and artistic movements from the history of art. Selected regions of the world will be covered, though the Western tradition will be studied in greater depth. Defines historical terms, processes, contexts, and principles of a range of media from the Renaissance through World War I. Required of all Herron degree students.
HER-H 103 Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 cr.). This course introduces the vocabulary of visual arts in the twentieth century. Major movements are briefly introduced with characteristic works. Painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, computer graphics, video, and environmental and performance art in the past three decades are emphasized. Required of all Foundation Program students. Not counted toward the major or minor requirements in art history. May be counted under electives.
BIOL-K 101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr.). Prerequisite: high school or college chemistry. An introductory course emphasizing the principles of cellular biology; molecular biology; genetics; and plant anatomy, diversity, development, and physiology.
BIOL-K 103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr.). Prerequisite: K 101. An introductory biology course emphasizing structure, physiology, development, diversity, and behavior in animals, and evolution and ecology of plants and animals.
Courses for the non-major:
BIOL-N 100 Contemporary Biology (3 cr.). Selected principles of biology with emphasis on issues and problems extending into everyday affairs of the student.
BIOL-N 107 Exploring the World of Animals (4 cr.). Equivalent: PU BIOL 10900. This course introduces students to animals and their native environments. It surveys individual ecosystems and highlights the interactions, features, and characteristics of the animals found there. Examples of discussion topics include unique features of animals; animal relationships; societies and populations; exotic species; and behavior, including mating, communication, feeding and foraging, and migration. Environmental issues including the effects of pollution on ecosystems are also discussed. Not equivalent to K 103.
BUS-A 100 Basic Accounting Skills (1 cr.). This course covers the process of recording economic events that underlie financial statements. The basics of generally accepted accounting principles are introduced as they affect financial statements. The fundamental aspects of managerial accounting are related to planning, controlling, and decision making in business organizations. Different cost definitions are developed and cost-volume-profit analysis is introduced as an important financial planning and control skill.
BUS-L 100 Personal Law (3 cr.). Effects of law on everyday lives. May include such topics as family law, criminal offenses and traffic violations, personal injury and property damage claims, employee rights, landlord-tenant law, consumer rights, debt collection, selected real and personal property issues, wills and estates, selected contract law issues, and forms of business organization (partnership, proprietorship, and corporation).
BUS-X 100 Business Administration: Introduction (3 cr.). Business administration from the standpoint of the manager of a business firm operating in the contemporary economic, political, and social environment.
CHEM-C 100 The World of Chemistry (3 cr.). A topically oriented, nonmathematical introduction to the nature of matter. Topics covered include fossil fuel and nuclear sources of power; environmental issues involving chemistry such as recycling, acid rain, air and water pollution, global warming, and ozone depletion; genetic modification of foods; DNA profiling; use of food additives and herbal supplements; and other public policy issues involving science.
CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr.; lecture, recitation). Prerequisite: at least one semester of high school algebra. Usually taken concurrently with C 121. Essential principles of chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, properties and reactions of elements and compounds, stoichiometry, solutions, acids, and bases. For students who are not planning careers in the sciences and for those with no previous coursework in chemistry. Note: most degree programs that include C 101 require the concurrent laboratory C 121.
CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.; lecture, recitation). Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra and one year of high school chemistry. Usually taken concurrently with C 125. A placement examination may be required for admission to this course. Principles of inorganic and physical chemistry emphasizing physical and chemical properties, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and states of matter.
CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II (3 cr.; lecture, recitation). Prerequisite: C 105 or equivalent. Continuation of C 105. Usually taken concurrently with C 126. Topics include condensed phases, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics.
CHEM-C 110 The Chemistry of Life (3 cr.). Prerequisite: high school chemistry recommended. Optional laboratory: C 115. A nonmathematical introduction to organic molecules and their transformation to useful materials such as drugs and polymers. An emphasis is placed on the chemical features of biomolecules, including hormones and eurotransmitters, proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates (sugars), and nucleic acids (DNA/RNA). The chemistry of enzymes, carcinogens, vitamins, antihistamines, anesthetics, genetic engineering, mental health, and other health-related topics.
CHEM-C 115 Laboratory for C 110 The Chemistry of Life (2 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: C 110. Laboratory work illustrating topics covered in C 110.
CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: C 101 (3 cr.). Introduction to the techniques and reasoning of experimental chemistry. Emphasis is given to study of physical and chemical properties of inorganic compounds.
CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.; lecture, laboratory). Prerequisite or corequisite: C 105 or equivalent. Laboratory work illustrating topics covered in C 105.
CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr., lecture, laboratory). Prerequisite: C 105 and C 125. Prerequisite or corequisite: C 106 or equivalent. Continuation of C 125. Laboratory work illustrating topics covered in C 105 and C 106.
CLAS-C 205 Classical Mythology (3 cr.). Introduction to Greek and Roman myths, legends, and tales, especially those that have an important place in the Western cultural tradition.
CLAS-C 209 Medical Terms from Greek and Latin (2 cr.). Basic knowledge of some 1,000 words, together with materials for formation of compounds, enables student to build a working vocabulary of several thousand words. Designed for those intending to specialize in medicine, dentistry, or microbiology. Does not count toward the foreign language requirements or the distribution requirement.
COMM-C 180 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.).The study of human dyadic interaction, including topics such as perception processes, verbal and nonverbal communication, theoretical models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in various relationships. Course covers applications of interpersonal communication theory and research, including communication competence.
COMM-R 110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.). Theory and practice of public speaking, training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content for informative and persuasive situations, and application of language and delivery skills to specific audiences. A minimum of six speaking situations.
COMM-T 130 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.). An introduction to the study of theatre; the wide range of critical, historical, aesthetic, and practical interests necessary to a well-rounded view; and emphasis on theatre as an art form and elements of dramatic construction.
N 100-Level Courses: Courses in this category are primarily for majors outside of science. They are especially for those who are not familiar with computers. These courses do not satisfy the computer science course requirement for School of Science majors.
CSCI-N 100 Introduction to Computers and Computing (3 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 00100, M001, or equivalent. No computing experience assumed. How computers work, word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and Internet skills. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques. Lecture and laboratory. Credit given for only one of CSCI-N 100, CPT 106, or BUS-K 201.
N 200-Level Courses: Courses in this category or higher levels satisfy the computer science course requirement for School of Science majors with the major department's approval (except N 241, which counts only as elective credit). They assume some previous use of computers. Consult your advisor before registering. The courses do not fulfill requirements for the computer science major nor the certificate in applied computer science.
CSCI-N 200 Principles of Computer Science (3 cr.). Explore the big ideas of computer science and computational thinking through hands-on explorations with social networking, gaming, big data, robots, programming, and more. Learn about the creativity, usefulness, and breadth of computer science in a fun way that can enhance any field of study. Students from all schools and majors welcome. No prerequisites.
CSCI-N 201 Programming Concepts (3 cr.). Summary of basic computing topics, problem-solving techniques, and their application to computing. Introduction to programming concepts with a focus on language-independent principles such as algorithm design, debugging strategies, essential control structures, and basic data structure concepts. Lecture and laboratory.
CSCI-N 207 Data Analysis Using Spreadsheets (3 cr.). Prerequisite: MATH 11100. Summary of basic computing topics. An introduction to data analysis using spreadsheets. Emphasis on the application of computational problem-solving techniques. Lecture and laboratory.
CSCI-N 241 Fundamentals of Web Development (3 cr.). Introduction to writing content for the Internet and World Wide Web. Emphasis on servers, hand-coded HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and extending HTML with other web technologies. Lecture and laboratory.
The following courses fulfill requirements for the computer science major.
CSCI 23000 Computing I (4 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 22100 or MATH 16300. The context of computing in history and society, information representation in digital computers, introduction to programming in a modern high-level language, introduction to algorithm and data structures, and their implementation as programs.
CSCI 24000 Computing II (4 cr.). Prerequisite: 23000. Continues the introduction of programming began in CSCI 23000, with particular focus on the ideas of data abstraction and object oriented programming. Topics include programming paradigms, principle of language design, object oriented programming, programming and debugging tools, documentation, recursion, linked data structures, and introduction to language translation.
ECON-E 101 Survey of Current Economic Issues and Problems (3 cr.). For nonmajors only. Basic economic principles applied to current social issues and problems. Topics covered will typically include inflation, unemployment, wage and price controls, welfare, social security, national debt, health programs, food prices, pollution, crime, mass transit, revenue sharing, multinationals, population, and energy. Not open to those with previous college-level economics courses.
ENG-L 105 Appreciation of Literature (3 cr.). Stresses the enjoyment and humane values of literature. The course provides workshop experiences and programmed exercises as well as experience in listening to and studying visual adaptations of poems, novels, and dramas.
ENG-L 115 Literature for Today (3 cr.). Prerequisite: ENG-W 131. Poems, dramas, and narratives pertinent to concerns of our times, such as works concerning values of the individual and society, problems of humanism in the modern world, and conflicts of freedom and order.
ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry (3 cr.). ENG-W 131 teaches skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing to help students meaningfully engage artifacts, events, and issues in our world. The course builds students' abilities to read written and cultural texts critically, to analyze those texts in ways that engage both students' own experiences and the perspectives of others, and to write about those texts for a range of audiences and purposes as a means of participating in broader conversations. Assignments emphasize the analysis and synthesis of sources in making and developing claims.
ENG-W 140 Elementary Composition/Honors (3 cr.). Offers an introductory writing course for advanced freshman writers. Requirements, including number and type of assignments, are parallel to ENG-W 131. ENG-W 140 offers greater intensity of discussion and response to writing. Evaluation is based on portfolios of the student’s work.
ENG-W 270 Argumentative Writing (3 cr.). P: ENG-W 131 or 140 (with a grade of C or higher). Offers instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays about complicated and controversial issues. The course focuses on strategies for identifying issues, assessing claims, locating evidence, deciding on a position, and writing papers with clear assertions and convincing arguments.
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FIS 10100 Investigating Forensic Science (1 cr.). Forensic science is the application of scientific methods to matters involving the public. Crime scene investigation will be taught so students will have general knowledge on techniques used in the field. Students will also be exposed to basic understanding of common forensic science concepts and learn how analysis of specific types of evidence is analyzed in a forensic science laboratory. Topics will include but are not limited to crime scene, hairs, explosives, fire debris, serology, DNA, illicit drugs, fingerprints, footwear, questioned documents, inks, glass, paints, blood spatter, and soils.
FIS 10101 Investigating Forensic Science Laboratory (2 cr.). Forensic science is the application of scientific methods to matters involving the public. One of its principle applications is the scientific analysis of physical evidence generated by criminal activity. During this laboratory course you will learn basic techniques used to analyze forensic evidence. This will start with concepts in evidence documentation and collection. You will then learn concepts used in pattern recognition, forensic chemistry and biology, and trace evidence. There will be hands-on activities in all these disciplines. Topics will include but are not limited to crime scene, fibers, hairs, explosives, fire debris, serology, DNA, illicit drugs, fingerprints, footwear, questioned documents, inks, glass, paints, blood spatter, and soils.
FIS 20500 Concepts in Forensic Science (3 cr.). Forensic science is the application of scientific methods to matters involving the public. One of its principle applications is the scientific analysis of physical evidence generated by criminal activity. During this course, you will learn basic concepts in forensic science and criminal justice system and apply the basic concepts toward evidence collection and analysis. Topics will include fingerprints, impression evidence, firearms, questioned documents, pathology, entomology, anthropology, and forensic science and the law and ethics. This course qualifies for the 30 credit hour university requirement in the general education core.
GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment (3 cr.). Physical environment as the home of humans, emphasizing the distribution and interaction of environmental variables (e.g., landforms, vegetation, soils, weather, and climate).
GEOG-G 108 Physical Systems of the Environment Laboratory (2 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 107. Laboratory session to complement G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment. Practical and applied aspects of meteorology, climatology, vegetation, soils, and landforms. This laboratory session is optional for students enrolling in G 107.
GEOG-G 110 Introduction to Human Geography (3 cr.). An introduction to the principles, concepts, and methods of analysis used in the study of human geographic systems. Examines geographic perspectives on contemporary world problems such as population growth, globalization of the economy, and human-environmental relations.
GEOG-G 130 World Geography (3 cr.). An analysis of the existing and emerging geographic patterns in the world and of the processes and trends producing such patterns. An examination of the global scale of human activities and interaction with the environment and the linkages tying the various regions of the world into a single, global system.
GEOL-G 107 Environmental Geology (3 cr.). An introduction to geology through discussion of geological topics that show the influence of geology on modern society. Topics include mineral and energy resources, water resources, geologic hazards and problems, geology and health, and land use.
GEOL-G 109 Fundamentals of Earth History (3 cr.). Basic principles of Earth history: geologic time, basic rock types, and reconstructing past environments; physical development of the earth, including its interior, mountain formation, and plate tectonics; origin and development of life, including evolution and the fossil record. With laboratory G 119, equivalent to IUB GEOL-G 104, IUB GEOL-G 112, and PU GEOS 11200.
GEOL-G 110 Physical Geology (3 cr.). Introduction to processes within and at the surface of the earth; description, classification, and origin of minerals and rocks; the rock cycle; internal processes, such as volcanism, earthquakes, crustal deformation, mountain building, and plate tectonics; and external processes, such as weathering, mass wasting, streams, glaciers, ground water, deserts, and coasts. With laboratory G 120, equivalent to IU GEOL-G 103, IU GEOL-G 111, and PU GEOS 11100.
GEOL-G 115 Introduction to Oceanography (3 cr.). Nonmathematical introduction to the geology, biology, and physical characteristics of the ocean. Includes waves, tides, and currents of the world ocean, the adaptations and distribution of marine animals, pollution of the marine ecosystem, and an introduction to the global ocean and atmosphere system.
GEOL-G 117 Environmental Geology Laboratory (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 107. Laboratory exercises in environmental aspects of the geosciences. To accompany G 107.
GEOL-G 119 Fundamentals of Earth History Laboratory (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 109. Laboratory studies of rocks, fossils, and stratigraphic principles to reconstruct past environments and interpret Earth history. To accompany G 109.
GEOL-G 120 Physical Geology Laboratory (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 110. Laboratory studies of minerals and rocks, landscapes, and earth structures. To accompany G 110 for non-geology majors.
GEOL-G 130 Short Courses in Earth Science (topic varies) (1 cr.). Five-week short courses on a variety of topics in the earth sciences. Examples of topics include lunar and planetary geology, geology of Indiana, geology of national parks, glaciers, water, gemstones, geology of art, earthquakes and volcanoes, and dinosaurs. Each short course is 1 credit; no topic may be taken for credit more than once.
GEOL-G 132 Environmental Problems (3 cr.). This course is offered online and provides experience in addressing some of the kinds of problems that arise in studies of the environment. Particular attention is given to developing skills in evaluating scientific articles, specifically, the relevance of the information in an article, the credibility of the author, and the accuracy and usefulness of the quantitative information provided. The kinds of problems considered in this course will vary from semester to semester, but will be chosen from a list that includes global warming, tropical rain forests, acid rain, water pollution, solid waste disposal, appropriate use of land, and the ability of regulations to protect the environment. Three or four such topics will be covered each semester.
GEOL-G 135 Indiana Geology (3 cr.). An in-depth investigation of Indiana's geology, including minerals and rocks, geologic time, mineral resources, fossils, topography, soil, water resources, and special geologic features such as the falls of the Ohio River and the Indiana Dunes.
GEOL-G 136 Indiana Geology Field Experience (1 cr.). Prerequisite or corequisite: G 107, G 110, or G 135. Application of geologic principles to the solution of geologic problems in field settings. Projects on geologic topics, including sedimentary rocks and fossils, soils, mineral resources, hydrology, glacial history, and karst topography. Students undertake two projects per semester and must be available on two Saturdays for field work. Preparation for field days uses a combination of television, the web, and email. Each project requires a written report.
GEOL-G 180 Dinosaurs (3 cr.). A survey of the characteristics and evolution of dinosaurs. Topics include occurrence of dinosaur remains in the fossil record, basic anatomy, principles used in classification, types of predatory and plant-eating dinosaurs, environments occupied during life, biology and behavior, extinction theories, dinosaur hunters, and dinosaurs in the media and the public eye.
HIM-M 108 Introduction to Health Information Management (3 credits). This course introduces the health information management profession and health care delivery systems. Topics include health care settings, the patient record, electronic health records (EHRs), data collection standards, legal aspects of health information, coding, and reimbursement. Students gain hands-on experience with a virtual EHR and examine the impact of EHRs on health care.
HPER-H 160 First Aid and Emergency Care (3 cr.). Lecture and demonstration of first aid measures for wounds, hemorrhage, burns, exposure, sprains, dislocations, fractures, unconscious conditions, suffocation, drowning, and poisons, with skill training in all procedures.
HPER-H 180 Stress Prevention and Management (3 cr.). Comprehensive course on stress management. Intended for college students from all fields of study. Applies several stress management techniques, including time management, deep breathing, progressive muscular relaxation, yoga, and study skills. To benefit most from class, students must practice stress reduction techniques outside of class.
HPER-H 195 Principles and Applications of Lifestyle Wellness (3 cr.). This course will increase an awareness of and provide instruction pertaining to wellness and will assist the student in making healthy lifestyle choices. The course supports an emphasis on measurable parameters within the physical dimension of wellness and incorporates the remaining dimensions of emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, and spiritual wellness.
HIST-H 105–106 American History I–II (3–3 cr.). I. Colonial period, Revolution, Confederation and Constitution, and National Period to 1865. II. 1865 to present. Political history forms framework, with economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history interwoven. Introduction to historical literature, source material, and criticism.
HIST-H 108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr.). Emergence of civilizations in the Near East, sub-Saharan Africa, and pre-Columbian America. Role of revolutions, such as geographic, scientific, industrial, social, and political (American and French), in establishment of European hegemony in Asia and the Western Hemisphere.
HIST-H 109 Perspectives on the World since 1800 (3 cr.). Rise and fall of European imperial rule in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Special focus on impact of World War I and Chinese, Mexican, and Russian revolutions. Independence movement in India, World War II, Cold War, new nations in Asia and Africa, and struggle for solidarity in Latin America.
HIST-H 113–114 History of Western Civilization I–II (3–3 cr.). I. Rise and fall of ancient civilizations; barbarian invasions; rise, flowering, and disruption of medieval church; feudalism; and national monarchies. II. Rise of middle class; parliamentary institutions, liberalism, and political democracy; industrial revolution, capitalism, and socialist movements; and nationalism, imperialism, international rivalries, and world wars.
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.). Problem solving with information technology; introductions to information representation, relational databases, system design, propositional logic, and cutting edge technologies; CPU, operating systems, and networks; laboratory emphasizing information technology, including web page design, word processing, databases, and using tools available on campus.
INFO-I 202 Social Informatics (3 cr.). Introduction to key social research perspectives and literatures on the use of information and communication technologies. Discusses current topics such as information ethics, relevant legal frameworks, and popular and controversial uses of technology (e.g., peer-to-peer file sharing and digital divides). Outlines research methodologies for social informatics.
INFO-I 270 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Principals and Practices (3 cr.). Fundamental principles and practices of human-computer interaction (HCI) and evaluation. Specific focus is given to the introductory knowledge of HCI methods, tools, and techniques for designing and evaluating user interfaces through the use of low and high fidelity prototypes for the Web and software.
INFO-I 275 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Theory (3 cr.). Fundamental theories of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user-centered design. This course is both a survey of HCI research and an introduction to the psychological, behavioral, and other social science knowledge and techniques relevant to the design of interactive and ubiquitous computing systems.
MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.). Prerequisite: MATH 11100 or 11000 (with a minimum grade of C–) or equivalent. Set theory, logic, permutations, combinations, simple probability, conditional probability, and Markov chains. An honors option is available in this course.
MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.). Prerequisite: MATH 11100 or 11000 (with a minimum grade of C–) or equivalent. Sets, limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications. An honors option is available in this course.
MATH 15300 Algebra and Trigonometry I (3 cr.).P: MATH 11100 (with a minimum grade of C) or placement. MATH 15300–15400 is a two-semester version of 15900. Not open to students with credit in 15900. MATH 15300 covers college-level algebra and, together with 15400, provides preparation for MATH 16500, 22100, and 23100.
MATH 15400 Algebra and Trigonometry II (3 cr.).P: MATH 15300 (with a minimum grade of C). MATH 15300–15400 is a two-semester version of 15900. Not open to students with credit in 15900. MATH 15400 covers college-level trigonometry and, together with 15300, provides preparation for MATH 16500, 22100, and 23100.
MATH 15900 Precalculus (5 cr.). P: 11100 (with a minimum grade of B) or placement. MATH 15900 is a one-semester version of 15300–15400. Not open to students with credit in 15300 or 15400. MATH 15900 covers college-level algebra and trigonometry and provides preparation for MATH 16500, 22100, and 23100.
MATH 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr.). P: MATH 15900 or 15400 (with a minimum grade of C) or placement. Introduction to differential and integral calculus of one variable, with applications.
MATH 16600 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 cr.). P: MATH 16500 (with a minimum grade of C). Continuation of MATH 16500. Inverse functions, exponential, logarithmic, and inverse trigonometric functions. Techniques of integration, applications of integration, differential equations, and infinite series.
MATH 17100 Multidimensional Math (3 cr.). P: MATH 15900 or 15400 (with a minimum grade of C) or placement. An introduction to mathematics in more than two dimensions. Graphing of curves, surfaces, and functions in three dimensions. Two- and three-dimensional vector spaces with vector operations. Solving systems of linear equations using matrices. Basic matrix operations and determinants.
NEWM-N 100 Foundations of New Media (3 cr.). An exploration of the characteristics of digital media, including interactivity, hypermedia, immersion, and storytelling. Includes an introduction to the practice, theory, and history of new media, from the viewpoint of technology, communication, and culture. There are readings, demonstrations, examples, hands-on projects, and written assignments.
NEWM-N 131 Game On! A History of Video Games (3 cr.). This course examines ancient and traditional games to inform a history of video games from their humble birth in the 1940s to the present. Students design and evaluate aspects of games to understand the historical development of game designs.
PHIL-P 110 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.). An introduction to the methods and problems of philosophy and important figures in the history of philosophy. Concerns such topics as the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the existence of God. Readings from classical and contemporary sources (e.g., Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Sartre).
PHIL-P 120 Ethics (3 cr.). An introductory course in ethics. Typically examines virtues, vices, and character; theories of right and wrong; visions of the good life; and contemporary moral issues.
PHIL-P 162 Logic (3 cr.). A study of the principles of logic. The course covers a variety of traditional topics, selected for their practical value, within formal and informal logic. Among the topics typically covered are fallacies, syllogisms, causal hypotheses, logic diagrams, argument analysis, and truth-functional reasoning.
PHYS 10000 Physics in the Modern World (5 cr.). Prerequisite: introductory high school mathematics. Ideas, language, methods, and impact of physics today.
PHYS 20000 Our Physical Environment (3 cr.). A nonmathematical introduction to physical concepts and methods by means of examples from daily life and current technological applications.
PHYS 15200 Mechanics (4 cr.). P or C: MATH 16600. Equiv. IU PHYS P221. Statics, uniform and accelerated motion; Newton's laws; circular motion; energy, momentum, and conservation principles; dynamics of rotation; gravitation and planetary motion; properties of matter; and simple harmonic and wave motion.
PHYS 21800 General Physics (4 cr.). Prerequisite: MATH 15900 or equivalent. Mechanics, conservation laws, and gravitation; simple harmonic motion and waves; and kinetic theory, heat, and thermodynamics for students in technology fields.
PHYS 21900 General Physics (4 cr.). Prerequisite: PHYS 21800. Electricity, light, and modern physics.
PHYS-P 201 General Physics I (5 cr.). Prerequisite: MATH 15900 or equivalent. Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines, especially life sciences. Intended for students preparing for careers in the life sciences and the health professions. Three lectures, one discussion section, and one two-hour laboratory period each week.
PHYS-P 202 General Physics II (5 cr.). Prerequisite: P 201. Electricity and magnetism; geometrical and physical optics; and introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics. Three lectures, one discussion section, and one two-hour laboratory period each week.
The Department of Physics has academic, advising, and administrative responsibility for the courses in astronomy offered at IUPUI.
AST-A 100 The Solar System (3 cr.). Survey of the solar system, including the earth, sun, moon, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, laws of planetary motion, etc. Discussion of the origin of the solar system, life on earth, and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Also astronomical instruments and celestial coordinates.
AST-A 105 Stars and Galaxies (3 cr.). Survey of the universe beyond the solar system, including stars, pulsars, black holes, principles of spectroscopy and the H-R diagram, nebulae, the Milky Way, other galaxies, quasars, expanding universe, cosmology, and extraterrestrial life.
POLS-Y 101 Introduction to Political Science (3 cr.). For any student interested in better understanding the political world in which we live. The course explains some fundamental political concepts such as power, conflict, authority, and governments. It may also include an overview of the major subfields of political science: comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy.
POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.). Introduction to the nature of government and the dynamics of American politics. Origin and nature of the American federal system and its political party base.
PSY-B 110 Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.). Equiv. to IU PSY-P 155 and PU PSY 12000. This foundational course introduces students to psychology as a systematic and scientific way to think about the biological and social aspects of behavior and mental processes. Topics include research methods, behavioral neuroscience, sensation/perception, learning, memory, cognition and language, motivation/emotion, personality, social, stress and health, psychological disorders and treatment, and life-span development.
SPEA-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.). Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society.
SPEA-J 150 Public Safety in America (3 cr.). The protection of persons and property involves a number of public and private organizations. This course examines the roles that agencies working within the fire services, emergency management, criminal justice, and the private security sector play in securing public safety in the United States.
SPEA-J 222 Murder in America: Causes and Consequences (3 cr.). An investigation of homicide in the United States. Focus on the level and nature of homicides as well as domestic homicides; serial and mass murder; race, ethnicity, and gender; drugs and alcohol; school and workplace homicides; investigation; profiling and the death penalty; and homicide prevention and intervention programs.
SPEA-V 170 Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr.). Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy making at all levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system. Credit not given for both SPEA-V 160 and 170.
SPEA-V 222 Principles of Sustainability (3 cr.). Meeting the needs of the present without jeopardizing the future involves an interrelationship between environmental, social, and economic systems. This course introduces and investigates the interrelationships between these approaches to synthesize a basic understanding that can lead to sustainable policies in the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
REL-R 100 Studies in Religion (3 cr.). Select introductory issues in religion. Interdisciplinary in emphasis. May be repeated for up to 9 credit hours under different titles.
REL-R 111 The Bible (3 cr.). A critical introduction to the major periods, persons, events, and literatures that constitute the Bible; designed to provide general humanities-level instruction on this important text.
REL-R 120 Images of Jesus (3 cr.). This course is designed to introduce students to the variety of traditions about the figure of Jesus. It will acquaint students with the wide array of images of the Jesus character through a historical analysis of these images portrayed in texts, art, music, film, and television.
REL-R 133 Introduction to Religion (3 cr.). Introduction to the diversity of traditions, values, and histories through which religion interacts with culture. Emphasis on understanding the ways the various dimensions of religion influence people’s lives.
REL-R 173 American Religion (3 cr.). A consideration of American religion, with particular emphasis on the development of religious diversity and religious freedom in the context of the American social, political, and economic experience.
REL-R 180 Introduction to Christianity (3 cr.). Survey of beliefs, rituals, and practices of the Christian community with a focus on the varieties of scriptural interpretation, historical experience, doctrine, and behavior.
SOC-R 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.). Prerequisite: ENG-W 131 or consent of instructor. Consideration of basic sociological concepts, including some of the substantive concerns and findings of sociology, sources of data, and the nature of the sociological perspective.
SOC-R 121 Social Problems (3 cr.). Selected current problems of American society are analyzed through the use of basic sociological data and the application of major sociological frameworks. Policy implications are discussed in light of value choices involved in various solutions.