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While students may want to take some specialty courses at the college level, most focus on courses that meet high school graduation requirements and will count toward a bachelor’s degree at a university.
A selection of these kinds of courses and the expert faculty teaching them include:
|ENGLISH COMPOSITION I - ENGL 1110
Explanatory and persuasive, personal and public writing; instruction in generating, focusing, developing, researching and presenting ideas consistent with subject, purposes and audience.
Lead Instructor – Anthony Edgington, PhD, associate professor and director of the composition program, with research focused on different aspects of rhetoric and composition.
|COLLEGE ALGEBRA - MATH 1320
Number systems; elementary theory of equations and inequalities; functions and relations; exponentials and logarithms; systems of equations and topics in analytic geometry.
Lead Instructor – Kevin Gibbs, MA, associate lecturer, with a concentration on developmental and beginning college courses and combining technology with traditional teaching techniques.
|SURVEY OF BIOLOGY – BIOL 1120
A survey of major biological principles and phenomena in various plants and animals with emphasis on man.
Lead Instructor – Brenda Leady, PhD, whose doctoral studies focused on aquatic ecology. The idea of active learning and technology to help someone discover the excitement of biology is her passion.
|CHEMISTRY AND SOCIETY – CHEM 1100
Introduction to basic chemistry and its impact on society. Topics include: power, energy, and fuels; water and pollution; soaps and detergents; nutrition; poisons and toxins; plastics and polymers; drugs.
Lead Instructor – Claire Cohen, PhD, lecturer
|SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY – ASTR 1010
General astronomy, including appearance of the sky and nature and evolution of the Earth, Moon, solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe.
Lead Instructor – Lawrence Anderson-Huang, PhD, chair of physics and astronomy whose research centers on numerical simulations of radiative transfer and thermodynamic equilibrium in astrophysical situations.
|WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY – GEPL 2040
The course examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.
Lead Instructor – Patrick Lawrence, PhD, and chair of geography and planning. His research interests are in the area of water resources, watershed management and wetland planning.
|AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT – PSC 1200
An introductory survey of the institutions, processes and politics of the federal government and its relationship to state governments.
Lead Instructor – Renee Heberle, PhD, associate professor, with research interests in feminist theory, sexual politics and women and the law.
|SOCIOLOGY I – SOC 1010
Sociological topics regarding social behavior, institutional dynamics and social change are examined, and the principles and basic concepts used by sociologists are taught.
Lead Instructor – Patricia Case, PhD, associate professor, and author of numerous papers and articles as well as lead research investigator on various subjects and topics in the area of sociology.
|BUSINESS PRINCIPLES AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS – BUAD 1020
Course provides an overview of the role of micro-computers and information systems in business applications. Training in word processing and spreadsheets for problem solving.
Lead Instructor – Terribeth Gordon, PhD, associate dean in the College of Business and Innovation.
|PUBLIC SPEAKING – COMM 2600
Applies the principles of informative and persuasive communication in the construction, delivery and critique of public presentations. Students taking the online course must have access to video recording equipment (iPad, smartphone, camera, etc.) to submit assignments.
Lead Instructor – David Strukel, MA, lecturer, with research interests including mass communication and media performance. He is a member of the flipped classroom learning and Apple Higher Education task forces.
|ART HISTORY AND VISUAL LITERACY – ARTH 1500
Introduction to interpretation of works of art and architecture, and historical relationships of artists, patrons and audiences in art’s production and purposes.
Lead Instructor – Thor Mednick, PhD, assistant professor specializing in 19th and 20th century European art and African art. He is an internationally recognized expert and award recipient.
|AMERICAN LITERATURE – ENGL 2760
This course offers students an opportunity to study in a lecture/discussion format. Lectures provide historical and critical background. Discussion sections provide in-depth study of individual works.
Lead Instructor – Carmen Phelps, PhD, associate professor and has written on race, sexuality, and performance in writing, new media, and popular culture. She teaches surveys of African-American literature and courses on single authors, including Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes.
|NUTRITION AND HEALTHY LIVING – HEAL 2800
Learn basic nutrition concepts. Personal practices are analyzed and evaluated to plan improvements.
Lead Instructor – Deb Boardley, PhD, professor and licensed dietitian, with a research interest focused on food and nutrition behavior.
|PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY – PSY 1010
A survey of the branches of psychology and the scientific approach to the study of behavior.
Lead Instructor – Michael Caruso, MA, associate professor with special interest and research in the areas of teaching and technology, memory, and aging.
|STATISTICS – MATH 2600
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods including point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression. Credit not allowed for both MATH 2600 and 2630.
Lead Instructor – Minhui Paik, PhD, lecturer whose research focuses on the analysis of large data sets, survey sampling and missing data in sociology, science and industry.
More Courses and More Options
Note that many other courses are available at UT in a traditional classroom or online setting. Please check the course catalog online for the days/times of these courses in a traditional classroom or online setting, and then talk to your high school counselor.