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Abilene Christian University    
2017-2018 Catalog 
  
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Course Descriptions


The numbers in parentheses following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. An asterisk (*) following these three figures indicates variable or alternative credit, and the last figure represents the maximum variation in semester credit hours. In general, credit hours for these variable courses may range from one to the number indicated.

The frequency of offering follows the meeting and credit hour information. Courses offered every year are designated by semester(s) only. Courses offered every other year are designated by semester and odd/even year.

Note: Since most courses are not offered every semester, students should be aware that failure to take a required course when it is offered may delay graduation.

Any course may be offered on demand should sufficient interest be demonstrated and should a qualified instructor be available. “Demand” courses with a defined content will be offered as regularly as practical for the host department.

At the end of the course description, the following information will be given when applicable: laboratory information, corequisites (“concurrent enrollment”) and prerequisites, cross listed courses (“same as”), special fees, and pertinent information about the use of the course.

Courses and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix and numerically within each prefix. The department and college assignments are also noted. ACU uses a three-digit course numbering system. Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-level courses (primarily for freshmen and sophomores). Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are upper-level, or advanced, courses (primarily for juniors and seniors). Courses numbered 500 to 799 are graduate courses. All courses numbered 000 to 099 do not count toward graduation or GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites, which must be met before a student may register for that course. In some cases, a student may have special knowledge, skills or background that will enable him or her to perform well in a given class without meeting its prerequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department and/or instructor offering the course. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students should refer to the most recent catalog for course corequisites, prerequisites, and restrictions.

Course Sequencing

Some courses have recommendations of a previous course(s) for appropriate sequencing. Such recommendations are not prerequisites; the system will allow any student meeting a course’s prerequisites to enroll for a course regardless of whether the student meets the sequencing recommendations. Students are cautioned, however, to follow sequencing recommendations when all of the courses in the sequence are on their degree plans.

Guided Study, Special Topics, and Tutorial Courses

Each department may offer Guided Study (also called Independent Study) courses (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700); Special Topics courses (140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740); or Tutorial courses (generally offered to students at Study Abroad locations) as special needs dictate and/or available faculty allow. The first number will indicate the level of the course. Special Topics courses are offered on a one-time basis, to take advantage of particular faculty expertise, or to allow a department to develop a course for permanent inclusion in the inventory of courses. Generally, Special Topics and Tutorial courses may be included in the Semester Schedule when they are offered; Guided Studies will not be included in the Semester Schedule.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer.

For further information contact the transfer course coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.

 

English

   •  ENGL 622 - Rhetoric and Belief
   •  ENGL 623 - Discourse Theory
   •  ENGL 624 - Non-Traditional Rhetoric
   •  ENGL 625 - Rhetorical Methods and Publication
   •  ENGL 631 - Contexts: Studies in a Single Author
   •  ENGL 633 - Connections: Studies in a Literary Period
   •  ENGL 650 - Contemporary Composition Theory
   •  ENGL 652 - Rhetorical Theory and Praxis
   •  ENGL 699 - Master's Thesis

Engineering

   •  ENGR 115 - Introduction to Engineering and Physics
   •  ENGR 116 - Introduction to Engineering and Physics Laboratory
   •  ENGR 131 - Computer Aided Design and Modeling
   •  ENGR 135 - Introduction to Electric Circuits
   •  ENGR 136 - Introduction to Electric Circuits Laboratory
   •  ENGR 210 - Digital Logic
   •  ENGR 211 - Digital Logic Laboratory
   •  ENGR 220 - Engineering Mechanics: Statics
   •  ENGR 222 - Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
   •  ENGR 281 - Engineering Thermodynamics
   •  ENGR 305 - Environmental Health and Safety for Engineers
   •  ENGR 306 - Engineering Ethics
   •  ENGR 320 - Material Science
   •  ENGR 332 - Mechanics of Materials
   •  ENGR 333 - Fluid Mechanics
   •  ENGR 334 - Heat and Mass Transfer
   •  ENGR 342 - Measurement Techniques
   •  ENGR 343 - Measurement Techniques Laboratory
   •  ENGR 350 - Engineering Economics
   •  ENGR 355 - Electronic Devices
   •  ENGR 356 - Electronic Devices Laboratory
   •  ENGR 388 - Network Analysis
   •  ENGR 390 - Junior Clinic
   •  ENGR 422 - Embedded Systems
   •  ENGR 423 - Embedded Systems Laboratory
   •  ENGR 430 - Senior Clinic I
   •  ENGR 431 - Senior Clinic Studio I
   •  ENGR 432 - Senior Clinic II
   •  ENGR 433 - Senior Clinic Studio II
   •  ENGR 434 - Fluid Thermal Systems
   •  ENGR 481 - Thermodynamics

Environmental Science

   •  ENVR 112 - Plant Science
   •  ENVR 233 - Soil Science
   •  ENVR 320 - Energy Resources
   •  ENVR 341 - Water Resources
   •  ENVR 345 - Range and Wildland Plants
   •  ENVR 350 - Rangeland Ecology
   •  ENVR 354 - Range Science
   •  ENVR 410 - Environmental Law and Policy
   •  ENVR 420 - Environmental Thought
   •  ENVR 455 - Wildlife Ecology
   •  ENVR 458 - Wildlife Management Techniques

Family Studies

   •  FAM 232 - Family Finances
   •  FAM 251 - Introduction to Family Studies
   •  FAM 265 - Child Development
   •  FAM 285 - Family Theories: An Introduction
   •  FAM 325 - Child Life
   •  FAM 356 - Human Intimacy
   •  FAM 362 - Families in Society
   •  FAM 452 - Parenting and Family Skills
   •  FAM 453 - Family Crises and Resiliency
   •  FAM 454 - Aging and the Family
   •  FAM 455 - Ministry to Fathers
   •  FAM 470 - Family Life Education Methodology
   •  FAM 485 - Ethics and Professional Development
   •  FAM 495 - Family Studies Practicum

Finance

   •  FIN 310 - Financial Management
   •  FIN 311 - Money and Banking
   •  FIN 411 - Principles of Investment
   •  FIN 412 - Financial Theory and Practice
   •  FIN 414 - Bank Management
   •  FIN 416 - Personal Financial Planning
   •  FIN 419 - International Financial Markets
   •  FIN 420 - Entrepreneurial Finance
   •  FIN 434 - Portfolio Management
   •  FIN 439 - Student Managed Investment Fund
   •  FIN 499 - Finance Internship
   •  FIN 643 - International Finance

English as a Second Language

   •  FLEN 021 - Low-Intermediate Reading
   •  FLEN 023 - Low-Intermediate Oral Communication
   •  FLEN 027 - Low-Intermediate Grammar
   •  FLEN 029 - Low-Intermediate Writing
   •  FLEN 031 - High-Intermediate Reading
   •  FLEN 033 - High-Intermediate Oral Communication
   •  FLEN 037 - High-Intermediate Grammar
   •  FLEN 039 - High-Intermediate Writing
   •  FLEN 041 - Advanced Reading
   •  FLEN 047 - Advanced Grammar
   •  FLEN 049 - Advanced Writing

Latin

   •  FLLA 111 - Elementary Latin I
   •  FLLA 112 - Elementary Latin II
   •  FLLA 221 - Intermediate Latin I
   •  FLLA 222 - Intermediate Latin II

French

   •  FREN 111 - Elementary French I
   •  FREN 112 - Elementary French II
   •  FREN 221 - Intermediate French I
   •  FREN 222 - Intermediate French II
   •  FREN 321 - French Composition and Conversation
   •  FREN 341 - Introduction to French Culture
   •  FREN 342 - French Cinema
   •  FREN 461 - Medieval and Renaissance Literature
 

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