2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 26, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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AVIA (Aviation)

  
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    AVIA 101 - Introduction to Aviation

    Credits: 1
    This course will provide an overview of the aviation industry and awareness of the magnitude of aviation activity in the world. The student will discover a multitude of career opportunities and recognize the role aviation education holds in support of the nation’s commerce and air transportation. The student will study the evolution of the industry and recognize general economic, social, and political factors affecting the future of aviation industry.


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    AVIA 120 - Exploring Aviation

    Credits: 1
    This exploratory course is open to all students to learn about and experience aviation. Students will be exposed to different sectors of aviation and will learn how the field of aviation contributes to society. All students will have the opportunity to fly in a training airplane at least twice during the semester. Students will also gain experience through hands-on flight simulation using advanced aircraft simulation. Aviation career options will also be explored. Charge for flights will be assessed. Contact instructor for more information. Notes: Additional fees apply for aircraft rental and instruction. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 150-150L - Introduction to Aviation Meteorology and Lab

    Credits: 2
    This course is an introduction to Meteorology and forecasting. The major focus of this course is to understand public and aviation weather observations and forecasts. Topics covered include understanding the global energy balance and structure of the atmosphere as a background to explain seasons and weather. Air masses and frontal systems, and weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, icing, tornadoes, and tropical systems are related to forecasting. Corequisites: AVIA 150L-150.


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    AVIA 170 - Fundamentals of Flight Theory

    Credits: 3
    Basic aviation principles for the beginning aviator are presented in this course. Topics include aerodynamics, basic aircraft systems, aircraft performance computations, weight and balance computations, meteorology, radio navigation and communication techniques, cross-country preparation, pilot physiology, and emergency operations. Students completing this course will be ready to challenge the Federal Aviation Administration Private Pilot written and oral exams. Notes: For students wishing to fly, this course should be taken with AVIA 171  but it is not required. 35 hours of ground instruction required per 14 CFR 141.57.


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    AVIA 171 - Introductory Flight I

    Credits: 2
    This flight course involves individual flight instruction for the FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Topics include aircraft preflight, weather briefings, basic flight maneuvers, and basic flight regulations. Students will complete, under the supervision of SDSU flight instructors, at least the first progress check of the private pilot certificate. Prerequisites: Instructor consent and AVIA 170  (completed or concurrent). Notes: Additional fees apply for aircraft rental and instruction. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 180 - Attitude Instrument Theory

    Credits: 2
    This course begins with a discussion of Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), airworthiness requirements for flight, and professionalism in aviation. The course proceeds to an in-depth study of instrumentation and glass technologies. Basic attitude flight principles will be enhanced through this course. In addition, students will have a fundamental knowledge of the air navigation systems used to conduct IFR flight. Corequisites: AVIA 181 . Notes: 25 hours of ground instruction required per 14 CFR 141.57.


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    AVIA 181 - Introductory Flight II

    Credits: 2
    In this flight course, students will continue learning how to fly aircraft in the VFR and IFR environments. Topics include cross-country flight and flight planning, night operations, lost and emergency procedures, basic instrument flight control, and National Airspace services. Student will obtain, under the supervision of SDSU flight instructors, the FAA Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land Certificate, as a requirement of course completion and continue on to at least stage I of the instrument commercial 14 CFR 141 requirements. Prerequisites: AVIA 171  and AVIA 180  (completed or concurrent). Notes: Additional charges apply for aircraft rental and instruction. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 189 - Airframe and Powerplant Course

    Credits: 1-40
    The Airframe & Powerplant Course is a block of up to 40 credits awarded to students enrolling in the Aviation Maintenance Management specialization who have completed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved airframe & powerplant program.  Students will be required to produce a FAA airframe & powerplant certificate as proof of successful completion.  Notes: These credits will only apply to the aviation maintenance management specialization.


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    AVIA 200 - Aviation Safety

    Credits: 3
    This course will introduce aviation safety principles as important aspects of air transportation. Topics will include regulatory issues, means of measuring air transportation safety, risk assessment, safety data analysis, use of technology in aviation safety, accident investigation, National Transportation Safety Board oversight of aviation safety, and other appropriate issues as arise.


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    AVIA 201 - Aviation Weather

    Credits: 2
    This course is a study of the basic components of the earth’s atmosphere and provides a basic foundation in the meteorological and environmental factors that influence the formation of the various weather patterns found in near and upper atmospheric levels over the continental United States and the Northern Hemisphere. Included in the course will be discussion on how weather influences the basic aerodynamics of an aircraft in-flight and the basic pilot-static instrument system. This course is intended for students who plan a career as professional pilots or a career in aviation operations or for an elective. Prerequisites: AVIA 150 .


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    AVIA 300 - Human Factors in Aviation

    Credits: 3
    This course will cover a basic, broad overview of human factors as they affect pilot and passenger safety. Topics will include pilot physiological and psychological issues as they relate to aviation safety, and the impact of the external environment upon these issues. The course will introduce the topic of crew resource management (CRM) and the importance of CRM to aviation safety, as well as specific physiological training.


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    AVIA 302 - Aviation Law

    Credits: 2
    This course will cover a basic overview of the aviation legal system. Many policies, procedures, laws and past and current cases that establish legal precedent in landmark court cases will be studied.


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    AVIA 305 - Introduction to Aviation Administration

    Credits: 3
    This course is designed to familiarize the student with the organization and conduct of aviation operations involving the use of general, corporate, and transport aviation aircraft and services. The course will cover aspects of management involved in aviation operations. Topics include security, accounting, regulations, national and global economics, flight line operations, administrative considerations, aircraft maintenance operations, and decision-making. Technological advances pertaining to management operations will be discussed throughout the course.


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    AVIA 310 - Individual Flight Training

    Credits: 1-3
    This course is designed to provide additional flight training experience using a variety of aircraft and simulation sessions. Single-engine aircraft and flight training devices as well as complex/multi-engine may be used for this course to help students develop skills in crew resource management, aviation human factors, aerodynamics, performance, and aviation safety. All students wishing to participate in this course must first meet with a representative from the Aviation Program to develop specific outcomes for the course and then register. The course can be repeated for additional credit. Additional financial aid is awarded for this course for eligible students. Prerequisites: Instructor Consent.


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    AVIA 340 - Advanced Flight Principles

    Credits: 3
    This course will provide students with a background in the technical aspects of flying large complex aircraft. Topics will include advanced aerodynamics, advanced weight and balance, and advanced aircraft system operation.


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    AVIA 350 - Tail-wheel Transition

    Credits: 1
    This course teaches the fundamental and advanced techniques of airmanship utilizing a conventional gear aircraft. The aircraft used for this course will help students to manipulate and master airmanship while building on advanced flight principles. In this course, students will learn how to safely and effectively operate a conventional aircraft. Prerequisites: Departmental authorization.


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    AVIA 370 - Professional Pilot Theory I

    Credits: 3
    This theory course prepares students for FAA instrument and commercial rating. Topics include navigation principles and procedures, air traffic control procedures, applicable FAA regulations, and meteorological considerations for flight in the airspace system. It also covers departure, arrival and en route considerations as well as terminal operating procedures. Students completing this course will successfully complete the FAA Instrument Pilot written examination as a requirement for course completion. Prerequisites: Instructor consent. Notes: 20 hours of ground instruction required per 14 CFR 141.57.


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    AVIA 372 - Professional Flight I

    Credits: 2
    This flight course covers individual flight instruction for FAA instrument and commercial flight ratings. Students will obtain, under the supervision of SDSU flight instructors, the FAA Airplane Single Engine Land instrument rating as a requirement for course completion as well as continue building hours towards the commercial certificate. Prerequisites: Instructor consent and AVIA 370  (completed or concurrent). Notes: Additional fees apply for aircraft rental and flight instruction. Students must have their private pilot certificate before enrolling in course. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course, please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 375 - Professional Pilot Theory II

    Credits: 3
    This theory course prepares students to operate multiengine and single engine aircraft professionally through the National Airspace System as a commercial pilot. Federal regulations, complex aircraft performance and operation, high performance aircraft characteristics, and safe operation of commercial aircraft in the US air transportation system will be covered in this course. Student will successfully complete the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate written examination as a requirement of course completion. Prerequisites: Instructor consent. Corequisites: AVIA 377 . Notes: 35 hours of ground instruction required per 14 CFR 141.57.


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    AVIA 377 - Professional Flight II

    Credits: 2
    This flight course provides individualized flight instruction in preparation for the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Students will complete, under the supervision of SDSU flight instructors, the FAA commercial practical exams. Prerequisites: Instructor consent and AVIA 375  (completed or concurrent). Notes: Additional charges apply for aircraft rental and instruction. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 392 - Topics (COM)

    Credits: 1-3
    A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement.


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    AVIA 400 - Air Transportation System

    Credits: 3
    Advanced study of U.S. aviation issues to include: a historical perspective of the industry, regulatory aspects of the industry, general aviation, military aviation, commercial aviation, manufacturing, and other issues of interest to the air transportation industry. This will include local, state, national, and international aspects of the industry. Discussion of the services and challenges faced by the air transportation system will also be covered in this course.


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    AVIA 440 - Curriculum Design in Aviation

    Credits: 3
    This course will cover the development process of selection, organization and management of instructional content and supplemental materials related to aviation education. Special emphasis will be placed on development of objectives, integration of teaching/learning strategies, and scenario-based training.


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    AVIA 450 - Methods of Teaching in Aviation

    Credits: 3
    This course will feature lesson presentation and methods of delivering instruction in aviation education. This course will equip the student with resources and technology used in the classroom and aircraft to specifically teach content related to aviation. Topics covered include teaching with technology, utilizing instructional aides, motivating students, and marketing a program. Instructional techniques appropriate for aviation education are developed based on models identified in competency-based or performance-based education. Additional support will be provided to help student deliver classroom and aircraft content, assess the content, and provide feedback on the assessment. Students will gain practical experience by utilizing skills learned in class to actively engage the aviation community.


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    AVIA 470 - Professional Flight Instructor Theory I

    Credits: 2
    Defines the responsibilities and role of the professional flight instructor in the process of flight training and general aviation development. The student will study the market of new aspiring pilots and learn how to attract and retain flight students as permanent general aviation customers. This course focuses on the practical aspects of teaching adults to fly. Students completing this course are prepared to challenge the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction knowledge exam and the FAA Flight Instructor knowledge exam. Prerequisites: Instructor consent. Corequisites: AVIA 474 .


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    AVIA 471 - Professional Flight Instructor Theory II

    Credits: 2
    This ground course prepares the flight instructor to teach students in an instrument flight environment in both single engine and multiengine aircraft. Learning objectives include an in-depth study of the responsibilities and techniques to be used as an Instrument Flight Instructor in the multi and single engine-training environment. This course will also include additional study of instrument flight, multi-engine operations, aerodynamics, single-engine operations, and regulations pertaining to the IFR environment. Prerequisites: Instructor consent.


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    AVIA 472 - Certified Flight Instructor Instrument

    Credits: 1
    This course prepares the flight instructor to teach students in an instrument flight environment Prerequisites: Instructor consent.


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    AVIA 473 - Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine

    Credits: 1
    This course prepares the flight instructor to teach students in an aircraft with two or more engines. Prerequisites: Instructor consent.


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    AVIA 474 - Certified Flight Instructor I

    Credits: 2
    This flight course provides the student with a detailed study of the responsibilities and teaching concerns of a flight instructor in a single engine aircraft environment. The course is concerned with the analysis of the flight maneuvers involved with Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates. During this course the student is expected to complete the FAA Certified Flight Instructor practical checkride. Prerequisites: AVIA 470  (completed or concurrent) and instructor consent. Notes: Additional charges apply for aircraft rental and instruction. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 475 - Certified Flight Instructor II

    Credits: 2
    This flight course prepares the flight instructor to instruct in an instrument flight environment in both single engine and multiengine aircraft. The course will place special emphasis on multi-engine aerodynamics and performance, one engine inoperative operations and procedures, flight safety concerns and instrument flight maneuvers in single and multi-engine airplanes. Students will complete the FAA CFII and MEI practical examinations as part of this course. Prerequisites: AVIA 471  (completed or concurrent), AVIA 474 , and instructor consent. Notes: Additional charges apply for aircraft rental and instruction. Any flight, simulation, or instruction time above the required hours posted will be charged at an hourly rate. Flight training materials and test expenses are not included in minimum charges billed to the student at registration. For VA minimum charges and average cost of flight course please see www.sdstate.edu/aviation.


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    AVIA 488 - Student Flight Instruction

    Credits: 3
    Supervised flight instruction in a post-secondary setting. Prerequisites: AVIA 470  and consent.


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    AVIA 489 - Aviation Senior Seminar

    Credits: 3
    This course will explore contemporary and ethical issues in the aviation industry. Students will examine and solve issues related to global aviation, environmental concerns, technology advances, aviation safety and security practices, labor issues, aviation education, and aviation economics. Students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of information literacy and advanced communications through course work.


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    AVIA 491 - Independent Study (COM)

    Credits: 1-3
    Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depend upon the requirements of the topic.


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    AVIA 494 - Internship (COM)

    Credits: 3
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than in the case with field experience courses. Prerequisites: Department approval required.


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BADM (Business Administration)

  
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    BADM 101 - Survey of Business (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is an introduction to the basic business disciplines and the organization and management of the American enterprise system. It also introduces students to the necessary college level skills of critical thinking, effective communication and cooperative and effective learning.


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    BADM 280 - Personal Finance (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is a survey of individual investment opportunities. Topics include common and preferred stocks and corporate bonds, auto, life, and health insurance, home ownership, and will and estate planning. Cross-Listed: FIN 280 .


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    BADM 292 - Topics (COM)

    Credits: 1-3
    Includes current topics, advanced topics and special topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.


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    BADM 310 - Business Finance (COM)

    Credits: 3
    Business finance is an overview of financial theory including the time value of money, capital budgeting, capital structure theory, dividend policies, asset pricing, risk and return, the efficient markets hypothesis, bond and stock valuation, business performance evaluation and other financial topics. Prerequisites: ACCT 211 . Cross-Listed: FIN 310 .


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    BADM 334 - Small Business Management (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course applies business policies and procedures to the small business environment. As such, it is designed for students contemplating management or ownership of a small business. Topics include the nature of the entrepreneur, financing and ownership options, marketing, government regulations, taxation, inventory control and other relevant business functions Cross-Listed: MGMT 334 .


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    BADM 350 - Legal Environment of Business (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This is a study of legal topics as they apply to the business environment. Topics include an introduction to the law, the U.S. Court system, legal process, government regulation, and criminal, tort, and contract issues. Cross-Listed: BLAW 350 .


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    BADM 351 - Business Law (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course involves a thorough study of the law of contracts, sales, product liability, agency, corporations and other selected topics. Prerequisites: BADM /BLAW 350 . Cross-Listed: BLAW 351 .


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    BADM 360 - Organization and Management (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is a study of management, including the planning, direction, controlling and coordinating of the various activities involved in operating a business enterprise. Cross-Listed: MGMT 360 .


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    BADM 370 - Marketing (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and practices of modern marketing. Topics include marketing and its linkages to business, consumer behavior, marketing research, strategy and planning, product and pricing decisions, distributions and promotion decisions, marketing management, and evaluation and control aspects for both consumer and industrial goods. Prerequisites: ECON 201  or ECON 202 . Cross-Listed: ECON 370 /MKTG 370 .


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    BADM 411-511 - Investments (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is a thorough study of the equity market including fundamental valuation techniques, asset allocation, the efficient markets hypothesis and its implications, portfolio theory, risk and return, the primary and secondary market mechanisms, security market indicators, and international investing. An overview of the bond market including bond valuation, duration, and bond portfolio management, and an introduction to options, futures, and forward contracts are provided. The vital roles of computer technology and electronic trading are also explored. Prerequisites: BADM /FIN 310 . Cross-Listed: FIN 411-511 .


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    BADM 412 - Security Analysis (COM)

    Credits: 2-3
    Security Analysis is a thorough study of portfolio management for individual as well as institutional investors and includes both equity and fixed income analysis. Security valuation and analysis are discussed as well as the topics of asset allocation, efficient diversification, portfolio theory and construction, investment policy, and performance evaluation. The vital roles of computer technology and electronic trading are also explored. Cross-Listed: FIN 412 .


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    BADM 424 - Operations Research (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course looks at quantitative tools and methods used in the decision making process of business organizations. Linear programming, decision making under uncertainty, simulation, inventory models, and queuing models will be studied. Prerequisites: ECON 301  and STAT 281 .


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    BADM 457 - Business Ethics (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is a study of the ethical implications of managerial decisions. Topics covered include the responsibility of the organization to the individual and society, the role of the individual within the organization, and ethical systems for American business. The course provides an examination and assessment of current American business practices. Cross-Listed: BLAW 457 .


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    BADM 460 - Human Resource Management (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course provides a survey of managerial practices with respect to the management of the human resource function and an introduction to the topic of human resource management as an occupational choice. Major areas of inquiry include recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits administration and work force integration and maintenance. Prerequisites: Junior standing or higher. Cross-Listed: HRM 460 .


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    BADM 464 - Organizational Behavior (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is a study of individuals and groups. Traditional organization theory and concepts are presented and study is given to motivation, group dynamics, and methods of coordination, change and adaptation within an organization Prerequisites: BADM 360 . Cross-Listed: MGMT 464 .


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    BADM 474 - Personal Selling (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is a study of the skills needed to develop and manage long-term relationships with customers and suppliers. Emphasis is placed on relationship selling, presentation, prospecting, handling objectives and closing techniques with consideration given to differences in the global marketplace


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    BADM 482 - Business Policy and Strategy (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course is designed to develop an understanding of strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. It involves integrating all functional areas of business, analyzing the environment in which the firm operates, and choosing strategies that enable the firm to meet its objectives. Prerequisites: BADM /FIN 310 , BADM /BLAW 350 , BADM /MKTG 370 ; and BADM 360  or BADM 369. Senior standing. Cross-Listed: MGMT 482 .


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    BADM 483 - Small Business Consulting (COM)

    Credits: 1-3
    This course is a consulting program whereby students, working under faculty guidance, assist businesses by researching and developing possible solutions to specific problems involved in business start-up and expansion. Prerequisites: Senior standing. Cross-Listed: ENTR 483 .


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    BADM 485 - Business and Financial Decisions in a Global Economy

    Credits: 3
    Applied qualitative and quantitative skills in management, marketing, financial and economic analysis. Acceleration of the forces of innovation and technology, globalization, changing business models and sustainability require the ability to recognize change, and to be able to adapt to diverse situations and environments. Prerequisites: BADM 360 BLAW 350 FIN 310 , and MKTG 370 . Business Economics majors only; senior class standing.


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    BADM 489 - Business Plan Writing and Competition (COM)

    Credits: 1
    Students will write a business plan and present it to a panel of faculty and business community members. The top three business plan presenters will move on to a statewide competition. Cross-Listed: ENTR 489 .


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    BADM 491 - Independent Study (COM)

    Credits: 1-4
    Includes directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meetings depending upon the requirements of the topic.


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    BADM 492 - Topics (COM)

    Credits: 1-4
    A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student/teacher involvement.


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    BADM 493-593 - Workshop (COM)

    Credits: 1-3
    Special, intense sessions in specific topic areas. Approximately 45 hours of work is required for each hour of credit. Workshops may vary in time range but typically use a compressed time period for delivery. They may include lectures, conferences, committee work, and group activity.


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    BADM 494 - Internship (COM)

    Credits: 1-12
    Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.


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    BADM 498 - Undergraduate Research/Scholarship (COM)

    Credits: 1-12
    Includes Senior Project, and Capstone Experience. Independent research problems/projects or scholarship activities. The plan of study is negotiated by the faculty member and the student. Contact between the two may be extensive and intensive. Does not include research courses which are theoretical.


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BIOL (Biology)

  
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    BIOL 101-101L - Biology Survey I and Lab (COM) [SGR #6]

    Credits: 3
    Study of the nature, diversity, and classification of life, ecology, cells and cell cycles, Mendelian and modern genetics evolution and evolution theory. Intended for those not majoring in biology.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 101. Corequisites: BIOL 101L-101. Notes: Course meets SGR #6 .


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    BIOL 103-103L - Biology Survey II and Lab (COM) [SGR #6]

    Credits: 3
    Study of energetics; plant growth; development and reproduction; animal structure and function. Intended for those not majoring in biology. Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 103. Prerequisites: BIOL 101 . Corequisites: BIOL 103L-103. Notes: Course meets SGR #6 


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    BIOL 105 - Human Biology (COM)

    Credits: 3
    Presents key biological principles that are characteristic of living things in general and human beings in particular, focusing on the application of these principles to the concerns of contemporary life. Not intended for life science majors.


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    BIOL 119 - First Year Seminar

    Credits: 2
    First-year seminar course designed to introduce students to academic success strategies including the development of critical thinking and study skills, identification of campus resources, guidance in academic planning and engagement, time management and goal setting. Students will also investigate wellness topics, contemporary issues, diversity, and the land-grant mission of SDSU. In addition, this course is designed to expose students to the discipline-specific careers and their role in society. Prerequisites: Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology or Pre-Professional program required.


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    BIOL 151-151L - General Biology I and Lab (COM) [SGR #6]

    Credits: 4
    The introductory course for those majoring in biology and microbiology. Presents the concepts or cell biology, evolution, heredity, molecular genetics and ecology.  Laboratory experience that accompanies Corequisites: BIOL 151L-151. Notes: Course meets SGR #6 .


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    BIOL 153-153L - General Biology II and Lab (COM) [SGR #6]

    Credits: 4
    A continuation of BIOL 151, the introductory course for those majoring in biology and microbiology. Presents the concepts of animal and plant structure and function, energetics, and reproduction. Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 153. Prerequisites: BIOL 151 . Corequisites: BIOL 153L-153. Notes: Course meets SGR #6.  


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    BIOL 198L - First Year Mentored Research Lab

    Credits: 2
    Guided and mentored independent research project.


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    BIOL 202-202L - Genetics and Organismal Biology and Lab

    Credits: 3, 1
    First course in a 2-semester sequence designed to teach students current concepts in genetics, cellular and molecular biology. This course prepares students in the biological sciences for advanced courses in their emphasis areas. Topics covered in this course include: mendelian inheritance; mitosis and meiosis; basic cell structure; chromosomal basis of inheritance and linkage; extra nuclear genes; chromosomal mutations; epistasis, alleles and the environment; gene function; genetic mapping; population genetics; quantitative genetics; evolution and natural selection.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 202. Prerequisites: BIOL 103  or BIOL 153 ; CHEM 114-114L . Corequisites: BIOL 202L-202.


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    BIOL 204-204L - Genetics and Cellular Biology and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 3, 1
    Second course in a 2-semester sequence designed to teach students current concepts in genetics, cellular and molecular biology. This course will prepare students in the biological sciences for advanced courses in their emphasis areas. Topics covered in this course include: DNA and chromosomal structure; mobile genetic elements; transcription; RNA processing; translation; enzymes and metabolism; membrane structure and function; respiration and photosynthesis; the endomembrane system and trafficking; cytoskeleton; cell signaling; genetic engineering and biotechnology.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 204. Prerequisites: BIOL 202 . Corequisites: BIOL 204L-204. Notes: One semester of Organic Chemistry is highly recommended.


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    BIOL 210 - Human Physiology for Allied Health Professionals (COM)

    Credits: 4
    Lectures, laboratory work and demonstrations of human physiological processes both normal and abnormal.


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    BIOL 210L - Human Physiology for Allied Health Professionals Lab (COM)

    Credits: 0
    Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 210.


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    BIOL 221-221L - Human Anatomy and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 4
    Structures of various systems in the human body are presented as a structural basis for physiology.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 221. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or consent based on the following criteria a combination of 30 credits completed or in progress, a B or better in CHEM 106 or higher, and an overall GPA of 3.0. Corequisites: BIOL 221L-221.


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    BIOL 239 - The Biology of Dinosaurs

    Credits: 3
    The Biology of Dinosaurs is an interdisciplinary organismal course designed to examine the biology of the extant group Dinosauria. Through the study of dinosaurs, the students will gain a more complete understanding of theories and methodology common to biologists. Dinosaurs provide a unique and compelling context in which to present and reinforce various concepts (e.g., evolution, ecology, systematics, anatomy/physiology, behavior, biomechanics, natural history, extinction) in organismal biology. In addition, principles from mechanical engineering, geology, history, and archeology will be woven into the study of dinosaurs. Prerequisites: BIOL 101  or BIOL 151 .


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    BIOL 290 - Seminar (COM)

    Credits: 1
    A highly focused, and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as internet and are at the upper division or graduate levels. Enrollment is generally limited to fewer than 20 students.


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    BIOL 299 - Transition Year Seminar

    Credits: 2
    The Transition Year Seminar course is designed to assist returning students (non-traditional, adult, and transfer) with transitioning to, or back to, the university. The course will address academic success strategies, identification of university resources, guidance in academic planning and engagement, on-going time management, and goal-setting. Students will also further investigate wellness topics, contemporary issues, diversity, and the land-grant mission of SDSU. Prerequisites: Sophomore class standing, majors from the Department of Biology and Microbiology, and instructor consent.


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    BIOL 311-311L - Principles of Ecology and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 3, 1
    Basic principles of ecology including the sub disciplines of physiological ecology, population ecology, community ecology, evolutionary ecology, and ecosystems ecology from both a theoretical and applied aspect. Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 311. Cross-Listed: NRM 311 . Notes: BIOL 311L is an optional, stand-alone lab.


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    BIOL 325-325L - Physiology and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 4
    Basic cell physiology, neural, hormonal and neuroendocrine control systems. Coordinated body functions.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 325. Prerequisites: BIOL 221-221L  and 8 credits of chemistry. Corequisites: BIOL 325L-325.


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    BIOL 371 - Genetics (COM)

    Credits: 3
    Principles governing the nature, transmission and function of hereditary material with application to plants, animals, humans, and microorganisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 101  or BIOL 151 .


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    BIOL 373 - Evolution (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course provides an overview of biological evolution and its evidence, examines  micro- and macro-evolutionary forces that drive biological diversity, and helps students understand the relevance of evolutionary theory in contemporary issues. Prerequisites: BIOL 151 .


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    BIOL 415-415L/515-515L - Mycology and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 3
    Comprehensive taxonomic survey of the kingdom Fungi; reproductive biology, physiology, genetics, and ecology of fungal organisms; relationship to fungi to human affairs.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 415-415L/515-515L. Prerequisites: BIOL 101  or BIOL 151 . Corequisites: BIOL 415L-415/BIOL 515L-515. Cross-Listed: PS 415-415L/515-515L .


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    BIOL 439-539 - Biology of Aging

    Credits: 3
    Physical, sensory, and physiological changes with age, aging of cells and tissues. Cellular, developmental, endocrine and other theories of aging. Pathologies of aging. Prerequisites: BIOL 325 .


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    BIOL 448 - Molecular and Microbial Genetics

    Credits: 4
    This course in molecular genetics will cover the concepts and the molecular mechanisms in genetics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Students will study the molecular processes underlying gene structure and function, will learn the major components and their basic structures in molecular genetics, will understand the molecular mechanisms of major biological processes such as gene expression and regulation, and will learn to interpret the results from the literature in molecular genetics. In addition, the course will provide a comprehensive coverage of the common molecular tools and their applications. Prerequisites: BIOL 204  or BIOL 371 . Cross-Listed: MICR 448 .


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    BIOL 466-566 - Environmental Toxicology and Contaminants (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course will prepare students in the area of Ecological Effects of Toxic Substances and other contaminants. Wildlife toxicology and impacts of agriculture on the Northern Plains will be emphasized. Topics covered will include pesticides, heavy metals, aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicity and other topics related to Wildlife Toxicology. Cross-Listed: NRM 466-566 .


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    BIOL 467-467L/567-567L - Parasitology and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 3
    The broad field of animal parasitology, including protozoa, helminths, and arthrodpods. Emphasis on identification, life histories, control, and economic and medical importance. Laboratory includes morphology and identification of representative groups of parasites, as well as techniques of diagnosis of parasitic disease.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 467. Prerequisites: BIOL 101  or BIOL 151 . Corequisites: BIOL 467L-467/BIOL 567L-567. Cross-Listed: ZOOL 467-467L .


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    BIOL 470-570 - Cancer Biology (COM)

    Credits: 3
    This course will address the current research directed at understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cancer and explore potential therapeutic targets. Topics covered will emphasize cell cycle regulation and apoptosis, cellular control of proliferation and differentiation, genetic alterations, growth factors and signal transduction, invasion and metastasis, and angiogenesis. Prerequisites: BIOL 202  or BIOL 204  or Instructor consent.


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    BIOL 476-576 - Advanced Mammalian Physiology

    Credits: 4
    An advanced study of the physiological mechanisms utilized by mammals to regulate body functions with the nervous and endocrine systems, to acquire and use chemical energy from their environment, and to integrate the functions of the organs’ systems to maintain the health of the animal. Emphasis is placed on applying physiological concepts and principles to solve problems. Previous courses in anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry are recommended. Prerequisites: BIOL 221  or VET 223  or instructor written consent. Cross-Listed: VET 476-576 .


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    BIOL 483-483L - Developmental Biology and Lab (COM)

    Credits: 4
    Analysis of the processes of animal development beginning with the formation of female and male gametes (ova and sperm) and ending with organ differentiation. Evolutionary concepts of animal development, developmental genetics, and molecular biological approaches to the analysis of development.  Laboratory experience that accompanies BIOL 483. Prerequisites: BIOL 151  and BIOL 153 .


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    BIOL 490 - Seminar (COM)

    Credits: 1-3
    A highly focused, and topical course. The format includes student presentations and discussions of reports based on literature, practices, problems, and research. Seminars may be conducted over electronic media such as internet and are at the upper division or graduate levels. Enrollment is generally limited to fewer than 20 students.


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