- Career and Technology Course Descriptions
- CAT 406 <CATM 4360> Work-based Mentorship.
Designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain specialized work-based experiences. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. May be repeated or taken concurrently to a maximum of 9 hours. Writing enhanced. Credit 1-9.
NOTE: Sam Houston State University has adopted a four-digit course numbering system to become effective Summer 2011. Four-digit course numbers are indicated in the course descriptions in orange and within angle brackets < >.
- Chemistry Course Descriptions
- NOTE: THEA requirements for mathematics courses listed as prerequisites for chemistry courses are published in the current schedule of classes. These requirements are in addition to any prerequisites listed below.
- CHM 114 <CHEM 1105>
Chemistry in Context Laboratory.
Laboratory for CHM 134 <CHEM 1305>. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 134 <CHEM 1305> is recommended. Credit 1.
- CHM 115 <CHEM 1106> Inorganic and Environmental
Laboratory for CHM 135 <CHEM 1306>. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 135 <CHEM 1306> is recommended. Fall, Spring, Summer I. Credit 1.
- CHM 116 <CHEM 1107> Organic and Biochemistry
Laboratory for CHM 136 <CHEM 1307>. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 136 <CHEM 1307> is recommended. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 1.
- CHM 118 <CHEM 1111> General Chemistry I:
Laboratory for CHM 138 <CHEM 1311>. Prerequisite: Prior credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHM 138 <CHEM 1311>. Fall, Spring, Summer I. Credit 1.
- CHM 119 <CHEM 1112> General Chemistry II:
Laboratory for CHM 139 <CHEM 1312>. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 118 <CHEM 1111>, CHM 138<CHEM 1311>, and prior credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHM 139 <CHEM 1312>. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 1.
- CHM 134 <CHEM 1305> Chemistry in Context, Applying Chemistry to Society.
Chemical phenomena, concepts and principles are explored within the context of the role of science and technology in society. A life-centered approach rather than a subject-centered one has been employed in the development of course curriculum. This course is specifically designed to satisfy the natural science core requirement of students who are not specializing in science. Concurrent enrollment in CHM 114 <CHEM 1105> is recommended. Credit 3.
- CHM 135 <CHEM 1306> Inorganic and Environmental
The elements and their compounds are considered from a non-technical standpoint with emphasis placed on more familiar materials. This course is for non-science majors. Fall, Spring, Summer I. Credit 3.
- CHM 136 <CHEM 1307> Introductory Organic and
An orientation in organic chemistry is given in the first part of the course to allow treatment of the chemistry of nutrition and other biochemical aspects given in the last part. This course is for non-science majors. Prerequisite: CHM 135 <CHEM 1306>, CHM 138 <CHEM 1311> or completion of a high school chemistry course. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 3.
- CHM 138 <CHEM 1311> General Chemistry I:
The following topics are studied: chemical changes and laws governing them; nomenclature; introduction to thermodynamics; reactions involving oxygen, hydrogen, acids, bases, and salts; ionization; metathesis; the periodic table, and atomic and molecular structure. This course is for chemistry and other science majors. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MTH 163 <MATH 1316>, MTH 170 <MATH 1314>, MTH 199 <MATH 1324> or MTH 284 <MATH 2384> or equivalent, or a minimum Math score of 270 on the THEA (or equivalent). Fall, Spring, Summer I. Credit 3.
- CHM 139 <CHEM 1312> General Chemistry II: Lecture.
Descriptive chemistry, gas laws, equilibria, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and oxidation-reduction reactions are presented. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138 <CHEM 1311>. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 3.
- CHM 238 <CHEM 2323> Organic Chemistry I: Lecture.
A study of chemical bonding and structure of organic molecules is made. Functional group reactions and syntheses are emphasized. Reaction mechanisms, nomenclature and isomerism are studied. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/ 1111> and 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 3.
- CHM 218 <CHEM 2123> Organic Chemistry I: Laboratory.
Laboratory for CHM 238. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, CHM139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, and prior credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHM 238 <CHEM 2323>. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 1.
- CHM 239 <CHEM 2325> Organic Chemistry II: Lecture.
The general plan of CHM 238 <CHEM 2323> is continued. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>CHM 139/119 <CHEM 1312>/1112>, and 238 <CHEM 2323>. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 3.
- CHM 219 <CHEM 2125> Organic Chemistry II:
Laboratory for CHM 239 <CHEM 2325>.. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311>/1111>, CHM139/119 <CHEM 1312>/1112>,CHM 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, and prior credit for or concurrent enrollment in CHM 239 <CHEM 2325>. Fall, Spring, Summer II. Credit 1.
- CHM 241 <CHEM 2401> Quantitative
The fundamental principles of quantitative analysis are emphasized. Acid-base, complexometric, precipitation, and redox titrations, solution equilibria and spectrophotometric analysis are discussed. Laboratory exercises involve all types of volumetric procedures and colorimetric analysis. Four-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111> and 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112> Fall, Spring. Credit 4.
- CHM 339 <CHEM 3339> Metabolism.
This course is a study of the bioenergetics associated with the metabolic pathways and processes. The metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids; the interrelationship of the metabolic pathways; and the regulation of metabolism are emphasized. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119<CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125>, and 348 <CHEM 3438>. Spring. Credit 3.
- CHM 348 <CHEM 3438> Introductory
The chemistry and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids and vitamins; enzyme kinetics; the processes of and mechanisms of digestion and absorption; and biological buffers are studied. Four-hour laboratory. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, and 239/219<CHEM 2325/2125>. Fall. Credit 4.
- CHM 361 <CHEM 3361> Discoveries in Chemistry and
Attention will be focused on early scientists, the times in which they worked, important aspects of their efforts, and how their research continues to impact us today. Lectures will occur in the geographical areas where their work took place. Prerequisite: CHM 135 <CHEM 1306> or CHM 138 <CHEM 1311>, junior standing, and permission of the instructor. Odd years during the Spring/Summer I break. Credit 3.
- CHM 367 <CHEM 3367> Introductory Inorganic
General principles of inorganic chemistry are presented with a descriptive and practical rather than mathematical approach. Periodic relationships of elements and bonding, reactions and synthesis of inorganic compounds, acid-base chemistry are studied. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, and 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>. Fall. Credit 3.
- CHM 368 <CHEM 3368> Environmental
The chemical principles underlying the effects of air, water, and soil pollution are covered. Specific attention is paid to gas phase radical reactions, light absorption characteristics of atmospheric components, solution chemistry of fresh and salt water systems, and the mobility and chemistry of metal components of soil systems. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 241 <CHEM 2401>, 238 <CHEM 2323>. and 239 <CHEM 2325> (or concurrent enrollment in CHM 239). Spring even years. Credit 3.
- CHM 410 <CHEM 4100> Chemical Literature
Methods of searching the literature in chemistry are presented. Emphasis is placed on the use of Chemical Abstracts, Beilstein, chemical patent literature, journals, and reference collections in the several specialties of chemistry. Prerequisite: Junior standing in chemistry. Fall, Spring. Credit 1.
- CHM 426 <CHEM 4260> Advanced Integrated Laboratory.
This course will involve in-depth experiments that require the use of sophisticated synthetic and analytical procedures in the areas of organic, inorganic or analytical chemistry. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 CHEM 2325/2125>, 241 <CHEM 2401>, and 448 <CHEM 4448>. Spring. Credit 2.
- CHM 440 <CHEM 4440> Instrumental Analytical
Spectrophotometry, separation techniques and mass spectrometry are discussed. Specific topics include the computer’s use in the modern laboratory, ultraviolet and visible absorption, atomic absorption, flame emission, and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy, infrared absorption, and gas and liquid chromatography. Instruments for these techniques are used in the laboratory work. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125>. and 241 <CHEM 2401> and a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment in CHM 448 <CHEM 4448>. Four-hour laboratory. Fall. Credit 4.
- CHM 441 <CHEM 4441> Methods for Environmental and
This course covers the philosophy of modern instrumental methods used for environmental and industrial analyses. The topics to be covered include quality control and quality assurance good laboratory practices, waste minimization and elimination, safe laboratory operation, ISO standards, EPA methodology, and statistical data analysis. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C in CHM 241<CHEM 2401>, 238 <CHEM 2323>, and 239 <CHEM 2325>, and CHM 368 <CHEM 3368>. Spring. Credit 4.
- CHM 442 <CHEM 4442> Air
An in-depth study of the sources of air pollution is made. Sampling procedures and the chemical analyses required for identification of pollutants are studied. Control methods for the restriction of air pollution are outlined. Four-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 241 <CHEM 2401>, 238 <CHEM 2323> and 239 <CHEM 2325>. Spring odd years. Credit 4.
- CHM 443 <CHEM 4443> Structural Spectroscopic
A survey of the spectroscopic and spectrometric methods for elucidation of structural information for chemical compounds with emphasis on the structural identification of unknowns. The methods of ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and both one- and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be covered. The relative strengths, complementary nature, and utility will be discussed. The focus will be the determination of chemical structures by spectroscopic/spectrometric methods. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, and 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125>. Spring even years. Credit 4.
- CHM 448 <CHEM 4448> Physical Chemistry
The foundations of thermodynamics and spectroscopic methods (radio-frequency, microwave, infrared, Raman, UV-visible, and X-ray) are developed from first principals with an atomistic point of view. Four-hour laboratory. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/ 2125>, MTH 142 <MATH 1420>, 143 <MATH 1430>, and one year of physics. Fall. Credit 4.
- CHM 449 <CHEM 4449> Physical Chemistry
The developments of thermochemistry, phase diagrams, equilibria, and kinetics are traced from the statistical mechanics of quantum states to the macroscopic observations of thermodynamics. Four-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125>, MTH 142 <MATH 1420>, 143 <MATH 1430>, one year of physics and CHM 448 <CHEM 4448>. Spring. Credit 4.
- CHM 467 <CHEM 4367> Advanced Inorganic
Properties of atoms and ions, bonding theory and structure, acid-base theory, reactions of inorganic compounds, nonaqueous solvents, and coordination chemistry are studied. Emphasis is on the underlying theoretical concepts involved. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125> and 448 <CHEM 4448>. Spring. Credit 3.
- CHM 480 <CHEM 4380> Forensic
This is a one semester course focused on surveying important aspects of chemistry to forensic inquiries. Focus will be on the validity of results. Techniques and methods for selecting proper techniques to answer various questions will be discussed. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in CHM 138/118 <CHEM 1311/1111>, 139/119 <CHEM 1312/1112>, 238/218 <CHEM 2323/2123>, 239/219 <CHEM 2325/2125>, 440 <CHEM 4440>, 448 <CHEM 4448>, and 467 <CHEM 4367> (or concurrent enrollment in CHM 467 <CHEM 4367>); MTH 142 <MATH 1420>, 143 <MATH 1430>, Spring. Credit 3.
- CHM 495 <CHEM 4395> Undergraduate Research in
This course acquaints the senior student with techniques used in simple research problems. Prerequisite: student must have a minimum of 20 semester hours in chemistry and consent of the Department Chair. May be repeated for an additional three semester hours by those students having a definite project to complete. This course may be taken for Academic Distinction credit. See Academic Distinction Program in this catalog. Credit 3.
NOTE: Sam Houston State University has adopted a four-digit course numbering system to become effective Summer 2011. Four-digit course numbers are indicated in the course descriptions in orange and within angle brackets < >.
- Communication Studies
- COM 131 <COMS 1331> Introduction to Human
A survey of the communication studies field. Students will be introduced to the basic principles, concepts, and modes of human communication in the contemporary world through class activities, projects, and lectures. Designed for non-majors. Credit 3.
- COM 161 <COMS 1361> Public
An introductory course in research, composition, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches for various purposes and occasions. Includes strategies for reducing speaker apprehension. Credit 3.
- COM 231 <COMS 2331> Introduction to Communication
Theory and Research.
An introduction to theory and research in the field of communication with an emphasis on interpersonal and family communication. Students prepare reviews of literature as well as scholarly abstracts. Credit 3.
- COM 282 <COMS 2382> Communication for Business and
This course examines theory and research in interpersonal principles, leadership strategies, listening, and nonverbal communication. Emphasis is on the application of this knowledge to develop communication skills in settings such as interviewing, group decision-making, speech preparation and presentation. Not for Communication Studies majors, minors, or specializations. Credit 3.
- COM 284 <COMS 2384> Argumentation and
A study of argumentation as a type of discourse and an instrument of critical decision making. Instruction and public practice in research, analysis, organization, use of evidence, refutation, and delivery. Prerequisite: COM 161 <COMS 1361> or permission of the Chair. Credit 3.
- <COMS 2385> Communication in Communities.
Recommendations are made for improving student communication with people from differing backgrounds in community organizations. Students will work with such an organization throughout the semester for a minimum of 20 total hours over at least six visits to the service-learning site. A list of organizations is provided in class. Credit 3.
- COM 286 <COMS 2386> Interpersonal
Theory and research in one-to-one communication in relationships. Topics include perception, listening, conflict management, and the development and maintenance of relationships. Credit 3.
- COM 290 <COMS 2390> Multimedia Communication.
Applications of technology to the preparation and presentation of speeches and other forms of oral discourse. Credit 3.
<COMS 3365> Humor in Communication.
This course examines how humor functions across a variety of contexts, including interpersonal, organizational, public, and political. It is based on theory, research, and practical application. Credit 3.
- COM 370 <COMS 3370> Intercultural
A study of the theory, research, and practice of communicating within and across cultures. Research in intercultural communication will be studied with an emphasis on application to the student’s own intercultural communication. Credit 3.
- COM 371 <COMS 3371> Conflict, Negotiation, and
Explores the complexities of conflict in order to understand the forces that make conflict challenging and to develop a repertoire of skills for thinking about and managing conflict more effectively in a variety of close relationship contexts. Credit 3.
- <COMS 3372> Interpersonal Health Communication.
This course examines patient and physician communication skills, communicating social support for those with serious illnesses, survivorship, identity issues, media influence, and e-health across a wide range of communication contexts. These include family, culture, and computer-mediated communication. The course uses a lecture/discussion format. Credit 3.
- COM 381 <COMS 3381> Great American
A critical study of modern social movements and campaigns through analysis of speakers and speeches, 1900-2000. Credit 3.
- COM 382 <COMS 3382> Persuasion.
A study of the principles of attitude change and theories of persuasion as they apply to the speaker, political campaigns, and social movements. Fall. Credit 3.
- COM 383 <COMS 3383> Small Group
An examination and application of the research, theories, and practices of interaction, leadership, and problem-solving in formal and informal small group settings. Prerequisite: COM 286 <COMS 2386> or COM 384 <COMS 3384>. Spring. Credit 3.
- COM 384 <COMS 3384> Speech for
Designed primarily for prospective teachers, this course focuses on the research, theory, and practice of communication in classrooms as well as other instructional settings. Students will organize and present formal and instructional presentations in simulated classroom situations. Limited to juniors and seniors. Not for Communications Studies majors except those seeking teacher certification. Credit 3.
- COM 390 <COMS 3390> Human Communication in Virtual
Analyzes the impact of human communication technology on organizations of all types, including political, social, religious, and educational institutions. The course will examine how communication technologies shape organizations, channel power, manage crisis, establish leadership, and redefine privacy and freedom of expression. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and 12 hours of communications studies courses. Credit 3.
- COM 465 <COMS 4365> Nonverbal
The study of systems of nonverbal communication and their effective use, including body language, vocalic, facial, and spatial communication. Students will apply current theory and research in nonverbal communication to their own communication. Credit 3.
- COM 466 <COMS 4366> Deceptive
An in-depth study of lying and other forms of deception in a variety of communication contexts, including interpersonal, public, and legal. Designed to provide empirical, ethical, and critical understanding of deception to aid students in assessing their own messages and the messages of others. Prerequisite: at least sophomore standing. Credit 3.
- COM 478 <COMS 4378> Internship in Communication
An on-the-job application of skills and theories learned in the classroom for selected individual students who have completed their junior year. Internships are with public relations and governmental agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations. Prerequisites: At least junior standing, 12 COM <COMS> hours completed, and approval of the Chair. Credit 3.
- COM 481 <COMS 4381> Communication
survey of contemporary theories of communication. Prerequisite: 12 hours COM <COMS> completed. Credit 3.
- COM 482 <COMS 4382> Applied Rhetorical
A study of the major theories of rhetorical analysis from ancient times to the present with basic applications to American public communication. The course also presents non-American and non-traditional rhetorical methodology. The student will be required to apply the various paradigms in analyzing communication artifacts past and present. Prerequisite: 12 COM <COMS> hours completed. Spring. Credit 3.
- COM 486 <COMS 4386> Family Communication.
An intensive examination of interpersonal communication at all levels in the context of families. Students pursue original research projects, reviews of literature, and annotated bibliographies. Prerequisite: COM 286 <COMS 2386>.. Credit 3.
- COM 491 <COMS 4391> Undergraduate Seminar in
This course allows a student to pursue particular problems or issues beyond the limits of current course offerings. The problem or issue, however, will be within the student’s area of specialization. This course may be taken for Academic Distinction credit. See Academic Distinction Program in this catalog. Prerequisite: 12 hours COM <COMS> completed and approval of the Chair. May be repeated for credit. Credit 3.
- COM 492 <COMS 4392> Seminar in Communication
This course provides students an opportunity to study new areas of scholarship in communication and special interest topics offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Credit 3.
NOTE: Sam Houston State University has adopted a four-digit course numbering system to become effective Summer 2011. Four-digit course numbers are indicated in the course descriptions in orange and within angle brackets < >.
- CNE 231 <COUN 2331> Introduction to the Helping
This course will provide an introduction to the helping relationship, especially as it relates to educational and community settings. Students will be challenged to consider their motivations, needs, and goals related to the art of helping. Students will engage in a service learning project as part of exploring the nature of the helping relationship. Students will also be introduced to basic attitudes, dispositions and skills needed for helping relationships and counseling. Credit 3.
- CNE 232 <COUN 2332> Career
This course will help students explore a lifelong plan for career development. Students will use real life assessments to determine aptitudes, interests and values related to careers. Students will learn how to utilize on campus and internet resources to develop resumes, portfolios and practice job interviewing skills. Activities in this course are designed to give students an advantage for entering the job market. Credit 3.
- CNE 331 <COUN 3331> Introduction to Principles of
This course will provide the student with an overview of the counseling profession to include professional issues, ethics, history, credentialing, professional associations, and roles of counselors in various settings. Emphasis is placed on the development of professional identity, the value of the counseling relationship, and theory. Students will choose from several activities allowing them to recognize the value of counseling in human service activities. Credit 3.
- CNE 332 <COUN 3332> Introduction to Child-Centered
Participants will learn the basic principles that guide child-centered play sessions via didactic and experiential activities. The course will help participants understand how child-centered play sessions facilitate the recognition and expression of feelings in children, as well as strengthen problem-solving skills, pro-social skills, and engagement with parents. Students will role-play facilitative skills including recognizing and responding to children's feelings, play session limit setting, and building children's self-esteem. Students will have opportunities to observe live and video taped child-centered play sessions. Credit 3.
- CNE 487 <COUN 4387> Workshop in Counseling and Human
This workshop course will allow the undergraduate student to conduct in-depth study in a specific topic area related to counseling and human services. Topics will vary as needs demand. May be repeated as scheduled topics vary. Credit 3.
- Computer Science Course Descriptions
- CTE 133 <CSTE 1330> Introduction to
This is a computer literacy course. Basic computing concepts are presented. Assignments provide a hands-on experience in using microcomputer applications. Multimedia and the Internet are introduced. May not be taken for credit toward a CS major or minor. This course may be taken as a classroom based course or as an Independent Study/Internet course. Credit 3.
- CTE 233 <CSTE 2330> Multimedia Technologies.
This course examines the use of modern multimedia tools in the production foof professional communication materials. The course specifically examines multi-platform image, sound and video editing tools, CD/DVD, wiki and podcast production tools as well as supporting web-publishing tools and scripting techniques for the purpose of enriching the professional communication environment. May not be taken for credit toward a CS major or minor. Credit 3.
- CTE 333 <CSTE 3330> Web
This course explores the concepts and techniques associated with the development of modern dynamic Web sites. Topics covered include web design fundamentals, modern web development tools, style sheets, markup languages, accessibility, session management, interactive communication and security. The course also examines a number of Web 2.0 technologies that support blog, wiki and social networking applications. Prerequisite: CTE 233 <CSTE 2330>. Credit 3.
- CS 146 <COSC 1436> Programming Fundamentals I.
This course is an introduction to programming. Topics include fundamental concepts of computer programming and software development methodology, including data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of programming running, testing, and debugging. The development of procedures and the writing and testing of programs to implement them are emphasized. This course includes a 2-hour lab-based component. This course assumes a general familiarity with computers. Prerequisites: eligibility for MTH 163 <MATH 1316>, 199 <1324>, <2312>, or <2413>. Credit 4.
- CS 147 <COSC 1437> Programming Fundamentals II.
This course is a continuation of CS 146 <COSC 1436> and emphasizes the relationships between the data objects in computer programs. The use of control structures and data types is reviewed, with emphasis on structured data types. An object-oriented programming paradigm is used, focusing on the definition and use of classes along with the fundamentals of object-oriented design. The course includes basic analysis of algorithms, searching and sorting techniques, and an introduction to software engineering. This course includes a 2-hour lab-based component. Prerequisites: CS 146 <COSC 1436>; MTH 199 <MATH 1324>, MTH 163 <1316>, or <2413>. Credit 4.T
- CS 160 <CSTE 1331> Visual
This course is an introduction to programming using the visual paradigm, aimed at students with little or no background in programming. The core notions of problem solving through programming are introduced, following an object-oriented approach to visual programming. Credit 3.
- CS 234 <COSC 2327> Networks I.
The course covers the hardware components of computer networks, an introduction to internetworking, local and wide area networks, as well as OSI and TCP/IP models, basic networking protocols and the development of client/server applications. Prerequisite: CS 146 <COSC 1436>. Credit 3.
- CS 272 <COSC 2329> Computer Organization and Machine Language.
An introduction to instruction set architectures, emphasizing central processor organization and operations. Specific topics include data representations, register architectures, addressing modes, the fetch/ execute cycle; interrupts, subprogram calls, I/O services, digital logic gates and basic Boolean algebra, and sequential and combinational circuits. Programs will be assigned in a representative assembly language to explore these areas. Prerequisite: CS 146 <COSC 1436>, <CS <COSC 1437> (may be taken concurrently). Credit 3.
- CS 278 <COSC 2347> Special
In-depth study of a programming language used to implement information systems. Real time components, visual techniques, and artificial intelligence will be utilized as appropriate. This course may be repeated for credit with the approval of the undergraduate advisor. A different language must be covered to receive approval for repeat credit. Prerequisite: CS 147 <COSC 1437>. Credit 3.
- CS 333 <COSC 3327> Computer Architecture.
This course is a continuation of CS 279 <COSC 2329>, exploring computer organization and architectures in more depth and breadth. Specific topics include milestones in the philosophy of computer design, Karnaugh maps for circuit minimization, memory types and organization, caching, pipelining, micro-architectures, parallel architectures, I/O devices, buses and bus protocols. Throughout the course, physical and performance considerations will be stressed along with the hardware's interaction with operating systems. Prerequisite: CS 279 <CS 2329>. Credit 3.
- CS 334 <COSC 3318> Data Base Management Systems.
This course emphasizes the design of information systems using database software and query language/programming interfaces. Data warehouse concepts are introduced. Legacy systems, LAN and distributed systems based systems are used to give the student hands-on experience in systems development. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: CS 147 <COSC 1437>. Credit 3.
- CS 336 <COSC 3337> Information Systems Design and
This is a course in the design and implementation of large-scale file and persistent object-based information systems. Client/server systems are covered. Prerequisite: CS 278 <COSC 2347> (COBOL). Credit 3.
- CS 362 <COSC 3319> Data
Structures and Algorithms.
Introductory treatments of such topics as orthogonal lists, strings, arrays, linked lists, multilinked structures, indexed and direct files, and generalized data management and database management systems. Prerequisites: CS 147 <COSC 1437>, MTH 299 <MATH 2399> or <MATH 2414>. Credit 3.
- CS 373 <COSC 3331> Human-Computer
This course presents a comprehensive introduction to the principles and techniques of human-computer interaction. The course examines the event-driven model through the development of applications utilizing graphical design environments and the use of rapid application prototyping to explore a variety of techniques for HCI, particularly in relation to mobile and other non-traditional devices. Prerequisite: CS 147 <COSC 1437>. Credit 3.
378 <COSC 3332> Game Programming and
This course allows those students who desire to learn more about game programming to apply what they have learned in their foundation courses in that area. Gaming is a compelling way to motivate students to learn challenging technical concepts such as programming, software engineering, algorithms, and project management. Prerequisite:CS 272 <COSC 2329>. Credit 3
- CS 394 <COSC 3312> Numerical Methods.
This course develops the concepts underlying the use of the computer for interpolation, approximations, solutions of equations and the solution of both linear and nonlinear systems equations. Mathematical software and/or user written programs are utilized. Also offered as MTH 394. Prerequisites: CS 147 <COSC 1437> and MTH 143 <MATH 1430> or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
- CS 396 <COSC 3321>Digital System Design.
This course is an introduction to Boolean Algebra and graph theory with emphasis on their applications in the design of digital computer software and hardware. Logic systems are designed and analyzed. Prerequisite: CS 272 <COSC 2329> <COSC 2329> . Credit 3.
- CS 430 <COSC 4316> Computer Design and Construction.
This course deals with the design and implementation of assemblers, interpreters and compilers. Topics include symbol tables, lexical scanning, syntactic analysis, object code generation and storage allocation. Programming assignments will involve implementation of functional components of a translator. Prerequisites: CS 272 <COSC 2329> <COSC 2329> and CS 362 <COSC 3319>. Credit 3.
- CS 431 <COSC 4327> Computer Operating
This course is concerned with software organization of computer systems. It is intended to bring together the concepts and techniques of programming languages, data structures and computer organization by considering their role in the design of general computer systems. The problems which arise in multi-accessing, multiprogramming, and multiprocessing are emphasized. Prerequisites: CS 333 <COSC 3327> and CS 362 <COSC 3319>. Credit 3.
- CS 437 <COSC 4319> Software
This course is an introduction to formal methods of specifying, designing, implementing and testing software for large programming projects. Methods of estimating and predicting reliability are discussed. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: 3 hours of advanced CS and CS 334 <COSC 3318> <COSC 3318>. Credit 3.
- CS 438 <COSC 4330> Computer
This course introduces graphical API’s used in developing graphical user interfaces and multimedia applications. Topics covered are selected from the PHIGS, Windows, Presentation Manager, X-Windows, digital video and other appropriate technologies. Prerequisite: 6 advanced hours of CS. Credit 3.
- CS 463 <COSC 4326> Networks Theory.
This course examines the theoretical basis for data communication together with an examination of the structures and protocols associated with the control of error, congestion and routing. The course includes an examination of network administration fundamentals and socket programming in client-server applications. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: <COSC 2327> and 6 advanced hours of CS. Credit 3.
- CS 470 <COSC 4340> Special Topics in Computer
Topics of general interest are offered on a timely basis. Previous topics include Cognitive Computing, Embedded Linux Systems, Visual Graphics/Component Systems. Prerequisites: For all CS 470 <COSC 4340> topics С 6 hrs. advanced CS. Credit 1-3.
- CS 477 <COSC 4320> System Modeling and Simulation.
This is an introduction to modeling and simulation for analysis of computer software and hardware. Application of simulation analysis to design and development of computer software and systems including modeling of computer and software components will be discussed. Design, coding and use of discrete event simulation software will be covered. Prerequisite: Six advanced hours of CS and MTH 379 <3379>. Credit 3.
- CS 482 <COSC 4318> Programming Languages.
This course emphasizes programming languages which support the Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) paradigm. Programming assignments are used to illustrate the features and weaknesses of the language and to develop the student’s proficiency in the use of OOP technology. Prerequisite: CS 147 <COSC 1437>. Credit 3.
- DF 138 <DFSC 1317> Introduction to Digital
Forensics and Information Assurance.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of digital forensics technology. Emphasis is placed on identifying threats to, and vulnerabilities of, computer systems and how to minimize them. Students will learn how hackers identify victims, how attacks are executed, and various methods used to access to computer systems. Credit 3.
- DF 270 <DFSC 2XXX> Special Topics.
Topics of general interest are offered on a timely basis. Prerequisites: For all DF 270 <DFSC 1317> topics, DF 138 <DFSC 1317> . Credit 1-3.
- DF 290 <DFSC 2320> Hardware
Techniques in the duplication, recovery and restoration of digital evidence. Includes hard disks, floppy drives, CD formats, DVD formats, zip drives, mobile phones, PDA’s smart cards, memory technologies, and other devices capable of storing digital information. Prerequisite: DF 138 <DFSC 1317>. Credit 3.
- DF 291 <DFSC 2317> Network
The rationale and necessity for securing computer systems and data networks, as well as methodologies for the design of security systems, establishing security protocols and the identification of best practices in the administration, testing and response protocols for secure communications systems. Prerequisite: DF 138 <DFSC 1317>. Credit 3.
- DF 390 <DFSC 3320> Digital Forensics
This course explores tools for the recovery of information on protected or damaged hardware for the purpose of providing evidence of misuse or abuse of systems. Topics also include the chain of evidence, protocols for data recovery, cryptographic analysis, password recovery, the bypassing of specific target operating systems, and obtaining data from digital devices that have been damaged or destroyed. Prerequisite: DF 138 <DFSC 1317>. Credit 3.
- DF 391 <DFSC 3317> Cryptography.
This course will describe the basic principles of cryptography and how it is used in modern computer and communication systems. It will cover single ciphers, modern ciphers, public-key cryptography, key management, cryptanalysis and steganography. Students will learn how cryptography is used for message secrecy, integrity, authentication and digital signatures. Application areas to be discussed include e-mail, files, network communication, and electronic payments. Prerequisite: DF 138 <DFSC 1317>. Credit 3.
- DF 470 <DFSC 4340> Special Topics in Digital
Topics of general interest are offered on a timely basis. Previous topics include DC3 Challenge. Prerequisites: For all DF 470 <DFSC 4340> topics 6 hrs. advanced DF. Credit 1-3.
- DF 491 <DFSC 4317> Information
This course provides an introduction to basic security needs. The course will include, but not be limited to individuals vs. government privacy issues, federal encryption standards, the different layers of security currently available, the practical application of user level and system level cryptography, and strategies for evaluation and selection of security methods. Prerequisite: DF 291 <DFSC 2317> and 3 ADV DF hours. Credit 3.
- DF 492 <COSC 4349> Professionalism and Ethics in
This course examines the nature, need, and value of well-formed ethical constructs. Topics include ethical theory and how different ethical theories can be applied to situations involving existing and emerging technologies. The course will include class discussions, through case studies, of the nature of professionalism, personal and professional codes of ethics and conduct, and the professional handling of ethical and moral conflict. The course also explores the role of the professional in public policy and the awareness of consequences of ethical dissent and whistle blowing. Writing Enhanced. Prerequisite: Senior classification with 6 hours advanced CS or DF courses. Credit 3.
- Criminal Justice Course Descriptions
- CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> Introduction to the Criminal
An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the facets of the criminal justice system, the sub-systems and how they interrelate, processing of offenders, punishment and its alternatives, and the future of the criminal justice system. Credit 3.
- CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> Criminology.
Crime as a form of deviant behavior; nature and extent of crime; past and present theories; evaluation of prevention, control, and treatment programs. Credit 3.
- CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364> Fundamentals of Criminal
A course in substantive criminal law which includes definition of law, definition of crime, general principles of criminal responsibility, elements of the major crimes, punishments, conditions or circumstances which may excuse from criminal responsibility or mitigate punishment, the court system of Texas and the United States, basic concepts of criminal law with emphasis on the penal law of the State of Texas. Credit 3.
- CJ 265 <CRIJ 2365> Correctional Systems and
Analysis and evaluation of contemporary correctional systems; discussion of recent research concerning the correctional institution and the various field services. Credit 3.
- CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> Police Systems and
Philosophy and history of law enforcement; limitations imposed on law enforcement in a democratic society in accordance with the Constitution; agencies of law enforcement; role and place of law enforcement in the total justice process. Credit 3.
- CJ 268 <CRIJ 2368> Criminal
This course provides a brief overview of scientific crime detection and more detailed discussion of techniques for case management and documentation, the concept of proof, the impact of emergent technology on the investigative process, interacting with victims and witnesses, and interviewing suspects. Particular emphasis may be placed on the investigation of particular types of crimes, for example, homicides, sex offenses, child abuse, hate crimes, and so forth. Prerequisite: CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> <CRIJ 2367> or consent of instructor. Credit 3.
- CJ 294 <CRIJ 2394> The Courts and Criminal
Examines procedural requirements for judicial processing of criminal offenders. Examines concepts of evidence sufficiency, standards of proof, due process, and constitutional safeguards. Credit 3.
<CRIJ 3331> Foundations of Forensic Anthropology I: Physical Anthropology.
This course surveys the biology of humans from an anthropological perspective. It is a foundation course for students interested in anthropology, forensic anthropology, forensic nursing, medical school, or crime scene investigation. The course introduces the student to all four fields of anthropology: archaeology (prehistoric and historic human activity), cultural anthropology (past and contemporary cultures and cultural diversity), biological anthropology (primates, basic genetics, human evolution, and human biological diversity), and linguistics (language and communication) and how these fields are intertwined among themselves and to many aspects of criminology. The course content focuses predominantly on physical anthropology topics which correlate well with criminal justice issues as well as preparing students, interested in forensic anthropology, for more advanced topics in forensic anthropology. No prerequisites. Credit 3.
- CJ 339 <CRIJ 3339> History of the Criminal Justice
A study of the major social, economic, legal and political events which have contributed to the formation of the American Criminal Justice System. Emphasis is on the common roots of the different components of the present system. Prerequisite: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361>. Credit 3.
- CJ 361 <CRIJ 3361> Comparative Criminal Justice
The study of criminal justice in societies other than the United States including, but not limited to, the European region, the Asian region, and the African region. Emphasis is on the uncommon roots of criminal justice in these regions and the effectiveness of such systems in responding to criminal behavior. Prerequisites: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> and CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>. Credit 3.
- CJ 362 <CRIJ 3362> White Collar
The study of the ideas and perspectives that are dominant in the field of white-collar crime. Topics such as organizational crime, occupational crime, legislation aimed at white collar crime, law enforcement, causes of white collar crime, and possible forms of intervention will be discussed. Prerequisites: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> and CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>. Credit 3.
- CJ 363 <CRIJ 3363> Violent
This course provides an introduction to psychological issues relating to understanding, assessing, managing criminal and other abnormal behavior. An overview of mental disorders and their relationship to criminality and violence is provided. Topics include sanity, psychopathy, criminal profiling, serial killers, stalking, women who kill, and threat assessment. Prerequisite: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> or CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>. Credit 3.
- CJ 364 <CRIJ 3364> Special Offenders and Special
The identification and study of special or unusual offenders with special or unusual needs . Special offenders include those which rarely are covered in standard criminology classes, such as wildlife poachers, serial killers, computer hackers, substance abusers, and business and professional scam artists. Prerequisites: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> and CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>.
- CJ 366 <CRIJ 3366> Forensic
This course introduces students to the process of analysis of forensic evidence and developments in crime scene techniques. Students will gain basic knowledge of and some practical experience in techniques concerning various types of evidence including fingerprint, impression, hair, fiber, trace, firearms, took marks, biological, accelerant, explosive, and drug. Credit 3.
- CJ 368 <CRIJ 3368> Understanding Sexual
This course provides an overview of the sexual offender. The origins and various motivations for sexual offending are explored as are treatment strategies and their relative effectiveness with different offender groups. Various approaches to community supervision are examined as are controversial issues such as castration of sex offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> or CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>. Credit 3.
- CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378> Introduction to Methods of
Methods and techniques of research in the behavioral sciences; historical development of psychological and social research; techniques and problems. Credit 3.
- CJ 394 <CRIJ 3394> Global Terrorism and Homeland
This course provides an overview of the field of terrorism. Using a multi-dimensional approach that draws from international relations, law, and police strategies, the course emphasizes research and analysis. Students also gain the ability to examine and scrutinize international strategies aimed at reducing terrorist incidents. Prerequisite: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> or CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>. Credit 3.
- CJ 396 <CRIJ 3396> Juvenile Delinquency and
Nature and extent of delinquency, explanatory models and theories: the juvenile justice system; history, philosophy, and evaluation of the juvenile court, juvenile court practices and procedures; the role of the police officer and the correctional officer. Credit 3.
<CRIJ 3420> Human Osteology: The Analysis of Human Bone.
This course thoroughly examines the human musculoskeletal system. The course covers the structure and function of bone including bone growth and development and the distinction between juvenile and adult skeletal elements. The course is designed to equip the student with thorough knowledge of the normal appearance of the human skeleton and its variation caused by population variation, genetic disorders, diseases, or trauma. No prerequisites. Credit 4.
- CJ 430 <CRIJ 4330> Law and
The nature, functions, limitations and objectives of law; civil procedure; civil law and selected social problems, for example abortion, euthanasia; the civil courts; the grand jury and petit jury; torts; civil liability for police and correctional officers; family law. Credit 3.
- CJ 432 <CRIJ 4332> Legal Aspects of
Legal problems from conviction to release; pre-sentence investigations, sentencing, probation and parole; incarceration; loss and restoration of civil rights. Emphasis on practical legal problems confronting the probation and parole office and the correctional administrator. Credit 3.
- CJ 436 <CRIJ 4336> Understanding Human
The dynamics of human behavior; analysis of the biological, cultural, sociological and psychological factors. Credit 3.
- CJ 438 <CRIJ 4338> Child Abuse and
Students will develop knowledge concerning key concepts and terminology related to child abuse and neglect, related laws and court procedures, ways to address and investigate cases, and programs available to assist in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, as well as programs designed to protect children. This course will also provide a foundation for students who may enter professional careers that place them in a position to address and/or investigate suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.
- CJ 462 <CRIJ 4362> Substance Use and Abuse.
The description, classification, and analysis of the extent of the drug problem. Credit 3.
<CRIJ 4363> Cybercrime.
This seminar focuses on topics related to cybercrime, including legal, enforcement, behavioral, and social factors that influence its perpetration, prevention, and prosecution. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing. Credit: 3.
- CJ 464 <CRIJ 4364>Crime Scene Investigation Techniques.
This course provides a foundational overview of criminalistics from the standpoint of crime scene investigation. Theoretical understanding and hands-on experience in crime scene processing is provided. Basic criminalistic and laboratory techniques are introduced and discussed. Lab report design and interpretation of results are also included. Prerequisite CJ 336 <CRIJ 3366>. Credit 3.
CJ 465 <CRIJ 4365> Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice.
The study of theories and practices in areas of legality, morality, values and ethics as they pertain to criminal justice. Included will be such topics as police corruption, brutality, and methods of dealing with such practices, as well as the concept of profession and professional conduct. Credit 3.
- CJ 467 <CRIJ 4367> Correctional Strategies.
This course examines treatment options in both institutional and field corrections settings. There is a focus upon special populations, including mental health populations and their treatment, aging in prison, women, HIV populations, and issues surrounding race and ethnicity. Prerequisite: Junior Standing and CJ 265 <CRIJ 2365>. Credit 3.
- CJ 468 <CRIJ 4368> Global Organized
Historical survey of organized crime in America, areas of influence, remedial practices and control. Credit 3.
- CJ 470 <CRIJ 4370> Interviewing and
Counseling psychology with emphasis on principals and procedures; the theoretical foundations of therapeutic psychology; therapeutic techniques and therapeutic process. Credit 3.
- CJ 473 <CRIJ 4373> Undergraduate Internship in
A minimum of three months in an approved criminal justice or social agency setting taken preferably between junior and senior years. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply academic learning in practical situations. See the College’s Internship Coordinator for details about this program. Credit 9.
- CJ 476 <CRIJ 4376> Readings and Independent Studies
in Criminal Justice.
Designed for advanced students in the behavioral sciences who are capable of independent study. Registration upon approval of the appropriate Assistant Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and the instructor directing the course. Credit to be arranged.
- CJ 477 <CRIJ 4377> Special Topics in Criminal
Designed to give the advanced undergraduate student academic flexibility. Maybe repeated for credit. Credit 3.
- CJ 480 <CRIJ 4380> Victimology.
Survey of the literature, research and current trends concerning the victim in the criminal justice system; particular attention is given to the victim rights and compensation, fear of crime measuring victimization, and the impact of victimization on the individual. Credit 3.
- CJ 482 <CRIJ 4382> Social
The psychological and sociological aspects of socially deviant behavior; theoretical overviews and implications for social control and social policy. Credit 3.
- CJ 483 <CRIJ 4383> Family
The course will address the theoretical issues, both past and present, regarding family violence in order to provide the student with an understanding of the salient issues. In addition, attention will be given to the impact family violence has on the victim and society, legal aspects of family violence, key factors associated with recognition of family violence (especially child abuse), and pertinent research focusing on the subject. Credit 3.
- CJ 484 <CRIJ 4384> Police
Analysis of police policies with particular attention to the current major problem areas from the point of view of both the administrator and the line operations officer. Integration of established scientific knowledge with practical police experience in the various areas of police functioning. Prerequisite: CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> <CRIJ 2367>. Credit 3.
- CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385> Crime, Justice and Social
This course is the study of how social diversity and inequality shape the way criminal behavior is defined and controlled through the application of the criminal law and criminal justice system. Attention is given to the disparity of criminal offending, victimization, and criminal justice processing across demographic groups as well as explanations for observed disparities. The course also explores subordinate group members as criminal justice professionals. Prerequisite: CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361>, CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> <CRIJ 2362>, CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378>. Credit 3.
- CJ 486 <CRIJ 4386> Problem Analysis in Criminal
This course serves as a capstone for the Criminal Justice undergraduate student. Students will use skills and knowledge from prior courses to address challenges facing the criminal justice system. The class will focus on application of research skills and analytic techniques to address these issues. Prerequisite: Senior Standing, CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378> and STA 379 <STAT 3379> or equivalent. Credit 3.
- CJ 494 <CRIJ 4394> Constitutional Issues in Law
The course focus is the intersection of the U.S. Constitution and the criminal justice system. Major decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court serve as the core resource, including those addressing Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment governmental authority issues. Emphasis is placed on development of analytical reasoning skills through the case study method. Prerequisite: Junior Standing and CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364>. Credits 3.
CJ 442 <CRIJ 4442>Introduction to Forensic Anthropology.
This course equips students with the methodologies and applications of forensic anthropology. The course includes extensive hands-on exercises working with the human skeletal system. Students will learn and apply the methods used in building the human biological profile, which includes the determination of sex, age, ancestry, and stature based on skeletal features. Students learn the biomechanics of bone and identify skeletal pathologies and/or trauma. Prereq. <CRIJ 3420>