Rhode Island College

2018-2019 Catalog


Distribution Courses

Distribution courses emphasize ways of thinking and methods of inquiry within various disciplines. Students are required to take one course in each of the following seven areas:

  • Arts—Visual and Performing

  • History

  • Literature

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Science (lab required)

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Advanced Quantitative/Scientific Reasoning

Courses

Advanced Quantitative/Scientific Reasoning (AQSR)

Courses in the AQSR category have Mathematics or Natural Science prerequisites and often additional prerequisites. For the full list of prerequisites, see the course description section of this catalog.

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ANTH 235Bones and Stones: How Archaeologists Know

4

Annually.
ANTH 306Primate Ecology and Social Behavior

4

Fall, Spring.
ANTH 307Human Nature: Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

4

Fall, Spring.
BIOL 221Genetics

4

Fall.
BIOL 335Human Physiology

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
CHEM 104General Chemistry II

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
CHEM 106General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
CSCI 423Analysis of Algorithms

4

Spring.
GEOG 201Mapping Our Changing World

4

Fall, Spring.
GEOG 205Earth's Physical Environments

4

Fall, Spring.
HIST 207Quantitative History Through Applied Statistics

4

Spring (alternate years).
HSCI 232Human Genetics

4

Fall.
MATH 213Calculus II

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 239Contemporary Topics in Mathematics II

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 241Statistical Methods II

4

Fall, Spring.
MATH 248Business Statistics I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 324College Geometry

4

Fall, Spring.
PHIL 220Logic and Probability in Scientific Reasoning

4

Fall, Spring.
PHYS 102General Physics II

4

Spring, Summer.
PHYS 120The Extraordinary Physics of Ordinary Things

4

Spring.
PHYS 201Electricity and Magnetism

4

Spring.
PHYS 309Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

4

Fall (odd years).
POL 300Methodology in Political Science

4

Fall, Spring.
PSCI 208Forensic Science

4

Fall, Spring.
PSCI 214Introduction to Meteorology

4

Fall.
SOC 302Social Research Methods

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SOC 404Social Data Analysis

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SWRK 303Social Work Research Methods II

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.

Arts—Visual and Performing (A)

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ANTH 167Music Cultures of Non-Western Worlds

4

Fall, Spring.
ART 101Drawing I: General Drawing

4

Fall, Spring.
ART 104Design I: Two-Dimensional Design

4

Fall, Spring.
ART 210Nurturing Artistic and Musical Development

4

Fall, Spring.
ART 231Prehistoric to Renaissance Art

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ART 232Renaissance to Modern Art

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
COMM 241Introduction to Cinema and Video

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
COMM 244Digital Media Lab

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
DANC 215Contemporary Dance and Culture

4

Fall, Spring.
ENGL 113Approaches to Drama: Page to Stage

4

Fall, Spring.
FILM 116Introduction to Film

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MUS 167Music Cultures of Non-Western Worlds

4

Fall, Spring.
MUS 201Survey of Music

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MUS 203Elementary Music Theory

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MUS 223American Popular Music

4

Fall, Spring.
MUS 225History of Jazz

4

Fall, Spring.
PHIL 230Aesthetics

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
THTR 240Appreciation and Enjoyment of the Theatre

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
THTR 242Acting for Nonmajors

4

Summer.

History (H)

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
HIST 101Multiple Voices: Africa in the World

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
HIST 102Multiple Voices: Asia in the World

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
HIST 103Multiple Voices: Europe in the World to 1600

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
HIST 104Multiple Voices: Europe in the World Since 1600

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
HIST 105Multiple Voices: Latin America in the World

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
HIST 106Multiple Voices: Muslim People in the World

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
HIST 107Multiple Voices: The United States in the World

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.

Literature (L)

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
ENGL 120Studies in Literature and Identity

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ENGL 121Studies in Literature and Nation

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ENGL 122Studies in Literature and the Canon

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ENGL 123Studies in Literature and Genre

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
FREN 115Literature of the French-Speaking World

4

Fall, Spring.
ITAL 115Literature of Italy

4

Fall, Spring.
PORT 115Literature of the Portuguese-Speaking World

4

Fall, Spring.
SPAN 115Literature of the Spanish-Speaking World

4

Fall, Spring.

Mathematics (M)

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
MATH 139Contemporary Topics in Mathematics

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 177Quantitative Business Analysis I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 209Precalculus Mathematics

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 212Calculus I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
MATH 240Statistical Methods I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.

Note: Completion of the Mathematics category of General Education does not satisfy the College Mathematics Competency. In addition, students in the elementary education curriculum who complete MATH 144 (and its prerequisite, MATH 143) shall be considered to have fulfilled the Mathematics category of General Education.

Natural Science (NS)

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
BIOL 100Fundamental Concepts of Biology

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
BIOL 108Basic Principles of Biology

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
CHEM 103General Chemistry I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
CHEM 105General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
PSCI 103Physical Science

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
PSCI 211Introduction to Astronomy

4

Fall, Spring.
PSCI 212Introduction to Geology

4

Fall, Summer.
PSCI 217Introduction to Oceanography

4

Spring.
PHYS 101General Physics I

4

Fall, Summer.
PHYS 110Introductory Physics

4

Spring, Fall, Summer.
PHYS 200Mechanics

4

Fall.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)

ONE COURSE from

CourseTitleCreditsOffered
AFRI 200Introduction to Africana Studies

4

Fall, Spring, Summer (as needed).
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

4

Fall, Spring.
ANTH 102Introduction to Archaeology

4

Fall, Spring.
ANTH 104Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics

4

Fall.
COMM 240Mass Media and Society

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
ECON 200Introduction to Economics

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
GEND 200Gender and Society

4

Fall, Spring.
GEOG 100Introduction to Environmental Geography

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
GEOG 101Introduction to Geography

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
GEOG 200World Regional Geography

4

Fall, Spring.
GEOG 206Disaster Management

4

Fall, Spring.
POL 201Development of American Democracy

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
POL 202American Government

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
POL 203Global Politics

4

Fall, Spring.
POL 204Introduction to Political Thought

4

Fall, Spring.
PSYC 110Introduction to Psychology

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
PSYC 215Social Psychology

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SOC 200Society and Social Behavior

4

Fall, Spring.
SOC 202The Family

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SOC 204Urban Sociology

4

As needed.
SOC 207Crime and Criminal Justice

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SOC 208The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.
SOC 217Aging and Society

4

Fall, Spring, Summer.