Advanced Credit Courses

The following courses are offered at Advanced Credit Program's partnering high schools. Specific course offerings will vary at each high school. The number of credit hours for each course is indicated in parentheses after the course title.  Students should verify their eligibility to enroll in individual courses with their ACP teacher or school counselor. 

Every college and university has a set of general education requirements that all student must meet in order to graduate. It is in the best interest of students to familiarize themselves with their college or university's general education requirements in order to graduate on time. If a student plans to attend UMSL after high school, they should review UMSL's general education requirements, many of which can be completed by ACP students while in high school. 

Advanced Credit courses not fulfilling general education goals or foreign language requirements may generally be used to satisfy general electives at their choice of post-secondary institutions.

 

Art | Biology | Business | Chemistry | Communication
English
 | Foreign Languages and Literatures | Gender Studies
Geology | History | Mathematics | Philosophy | Physics
Political Science | Psychology | Theatre, Dance & Media Studies

ART

Art History

Art History 1100: Introduction to Western Art (3) - An introduction to major historical movements in Western art.

Art History 2291: Issues and Ideas in Art History (3) - Prerequisites: ART HS 1100 or permission of instructor. Intensive studies of a few selected works from various eras and cultures, with special attention to the particular social and cultural factors surrounding their creation.  May be repeated for credit with a change of topic and permission of advisor.

Studio Art

Studio Art 1030: Ceramics I (3) - An introduction to basic methods and theory of ceramics including work with hand-built construction, wheel techniques, and glazing.

Studio Art 1060: Photography I (3) - An introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of digital photography, along with photo editing software and printing techniques.

Studio Art 1130: Ceramics II (3) - Prerequisite: ST ART 1030. A continuation of ST ART 1030. 

Studio Art 1132: Sculpture I (3) - An introduction to traditional and contemporary materials, aesthetics, and theories of three-dimensional art.  

Studio Art 1140: Drawing I (3) - An introduction to drawing through the study of figure, object, and environment.

Studio Art 1142: Figure Drawing I (3) - Basic studies of the human form and anatomy from the model in a variety of drawing media.

Studio Art 1150: Design I (3) - Studio problems in the creative use and integration of the elements of two-dimensional design: line, form, space, texture. 

Studio Art 1151: Design II (3) - Prerequisite: ST ART 1150. A continuation of ST ART 1150, two-dimensional design, with introduction to color theory. Some application of mixed media problems. 

Studio Art 1170: Printmaking I (3) - Prerequisites: ST ART 1150 and ST ART 1141 or consent of the instructor. An introduction to printmaking techniques, materials, and theories. The course will include work in a variety of print materials.  

Studio Art 1180: Painting I (3) - ST ART 1140 and ST ART 1150 or consent of the instructor. An introduction to the use of oil and/or acrylic painting media. Studio problems to develop technical and expressive skills on various surfaces.

Studio Art 1210: Graphic Design I (3) - Prerequisites: None. Introduction to graphic design with an emphasis on fundamentals of space, emotion, shape, form, and concept.  Projects in design, layout and typography will be addressed. The course is recommended to be taken concurrently with ST ART 1150, Design I.

Studio Art 1220: Graphic Design II (3) - Prerequisites: ST ART 1150 and ST ART 1210.Continuing introduction to graphic design, focusing on developing concepts and design process, typographic systems and layout systems. 

Studio Art 2160: Photography II (3) - Prerequisites: ST ART 1060. An introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of black and whit photography and the darkroom.

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BIOLOGY

Biology 1012: General Biology (3) - Emphasis on fundamental principles of biology. Biology 1012 can be applied toward fulfillment of the general education requirement in science. Biology 1012 does not satisfy the prerequisite requirements in other courses in biology at the 2000 level or above. Students who plan to pursue a career in medicine or one of the medical-oriented professions should enroll in Biology 1811 rather than Biology 1012.

Biology 1013: General Biology Laboratory (2) - Prerequisite: Biology 1012 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory course to accompany General Biology. Biology 1013 can be used to fulfill the general education requirements in a laboratory science. Biology 1013 does not meet the prerequisite requirements for other courses in biology.

Biology 1131: Human Physiology and Anatomy I (4) - Prerequisite: Biology 1012 or its equivalent. The basic aspects of the structure of the healthy human body and how it functions. Special emphasis is on how the human body adapts itself to its environment and how changes affect physiological activities.

Biology 1202: Environmental Biology (3) - An examination of the biological basis of current environmental problems, with emphasis upon resources, energy, pollution, and conservation.

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BUSINESS, College of

Business Administration 1900: Introduction to Personal Law (3) - This course introduces students to the American legal system and the basic issues every individual must deal with in our society.  The course will be of interest to anyone seeking a job, leasing an apartment, buying a car or house, borrowing money, buying insurance, getting married or divorced, entering contracts, filing a law suit, writing a will, or accumulating wealth.  May not be used for credit in any undergraduate business program.

Finance 1590: Personal Finance for Nonbusiness Majors (3) - For future professionals who want to learn more about personal finance and how to better manage their resources.  The topics include purchasing/leasing cars, home acquisitions, investing in stocks and bonds, mutual funds, retirement planning and health and life insurance.  Special emphasis will be on the nontechnical aspects of these issues. Cannot be used for credit in BSBA program.

Information Systems 1800: Computers & Information Systems (3) - This course covers the basic concepts of networked computers including the basics of file management on local and remote computers, electronic mail, Internet browsers, and web page development. Students are also exposed to applications used in business for solving problems, communicating, and making informed decisions, including word processors, presentation software, and electronic spreadsheets. Students will also develop business applications using a popular programming language or database management tool. Credit cannot be granted for both CMP SCI 1010 and INFSYS 1800.

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CHEMISTRY

Chemistry 1111: Introductory Chemistry I (5) - Prequisite: MATH 1030 (or a score of 26 or higher on either the math ACT or the Missouri Math Placement Test). Presents an introduction to the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry.  Laboratory experiments are designed to demonstrate some aspects of qualitative and quantitative analysis and to develop skills in laboratory procedures.  Chemistry majors may not include both CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1111 in the 120 hours required for graduation. 

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COMMUNICATION

Communication 1040: Introduction to Public Speaking (3) - Theories and techniques of organization, evidence, argumentation, persuasion, and delivery in public speaking.

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ENGLISH

English 1100: First Year Writing (3) - Integrates critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and studies actual writing practices.  Sequenced reading and writing assignments build cumulatively to more complex assignments.  Includes formal and informal writing, drafting and revising, editing for correctness, synthesizing source material, and documenting sources accurately. Fulfills 3 hours of the General Education requirement for Communicating Skills.  Does not count toward the major in English.

English 1120: Introduction to Literature (3) - The student is introduced to the various literary types, including poetry, drama, fiction, and the essay.

English 1170: American Literary Masterpieces (3) - An introduction to major themes and works in American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. 

English 1950: Topics in Literature (3) - This course will introduce the students to selected literary topics and/or genres. Each semester the department will announce topics and course content. Topics such as alienation, justice, and the absurd, and genres such as science fiction and contemporary drama are typically possibilities.

English 2120: Topics in Writing (3) - Prerequisite: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110. This course will introduce the student to writing in specific areas. The department will announce topics and course content in the schedule. Possible topics are argumentation, reading and writing about public affairs, sports reporting and writing, and writing about science. A student may repeat the course once when topics are different. The course counts toward the certificate in writing.

English 2310: English Literature Before 1790 (3) - The development of English literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.  Introduces students to major literary movements and themes through the reading and analysis of representative works of selected major authors.

English 2320: English Literature After 1790 (3) - The development of English Literature from the beginning of the nineteenth century.  Introduces students to major literary movements and themes through the reading and analysis of representative works of selected major authors.

English 2340: Introduction to Drama (3) A close study of major dramatic works in various modes, to introduce the student to the forms and techniques of dramatic literature. 

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FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Chinese

Chinese 1001: Chinese I (5) - Emphasis is placed upon the understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin Chinese and upon the acquisition of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax.

Chinese 1002: Chinese II (5) - Prerequisites: Chinese I or equivalent. Emphasis is placed upon the understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin Chinese. Continuation of the acquisition of the fundamentals of grammar and syntax.

Chinese 2101: Intermediate Chinese I (5) - Prerequisites: Chinese 1002 or equivalent. Grammar review and continued development of language skills.

French

French 1001: French Language and Culture I (5) - Students will develop communicative skills in French, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Introduction to Francophone culture through discussion of readings and visual media. Intended for students with no previous French experience.

French 1002: French Language and Culture II (5) - Prerequisite: French 1001 or equivalent. Students will continue to develop communicative skills in French, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Continued exploration of Francophone culture through discussion of readings and visual media.

French 2101: Intermediate French Language and Culture I (3) - Prerequisite: French 1002 or equivalent. Students will further develop the four language skills through meaningful communicative interaction.  Students will advance their understanding of Francophone culture through discussion of readings and visual media.

German

German 1001: Beginning Language and Culture: German I (5) - Iintroduction for students with little or no knowledge of German. Students will develop listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills and become familiar with the cultures and history of the German-speaking countries. The course is conducted mainly in German. GERMAN 1001,
GERMAN 1002, and GERMAN 2101 together form the introductory German language sequence.

German 1002: Beginning Language and Culture: German II (5) - Prerequisite: German 1001 or equivalent. Students will continue to develop listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills and to become familiar with the cultures and history of the German-speaking countries. The course is conducted mainly in German.GERMAN 1001, GERMAN 1002, and GERMAN 2101 together form the introductory German language sequence.

German 2101: Intermediate Language and Culture: German III (3) - Prerequisite: German 1002 or equivalent. Students will advance their understanding of German-speaking cultures through discussions, readings, and written work.  Tthrough meaningful communicative interaction, students will further develop their language skills. The course is conducted mainly in German. GERMAN 1001, GERMAN 1002, and GERMAN 2101 together form the introductory German language sequence.

Spanish

Spanish 1001: Spanish Language and Culture I (5) - This first Spanish course is designed to encourage the development of communicative proficiency through an integrated approach to the teaching of all four language skills - listening and understanding, reading, writing, and speaking. It encourages development of communicative proficiency through an interactive task-based approach, provides students with an active and rewarding learning experience as they develop their language skills and cultural competency, and fosters awareness of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic cultural materials and information. SPANISH 1001, SPANISH 1002, and SPANISH 2101 together form the introductory Spanish language sequence.

Spanish 1002: Spanish Language and Culture II (5) - Prerequisite: Spanish 1001 or equivalent. This secondSpanish course is designed to continue the development of communicative
proficiency through an integrated approach to the teaching of all four language skills - listening and understanding, reading, writing, and speaking. It encourages development of communicative proficiency through an interactive task-based approach, provides students with an active and rewarding learning experience as they strengthen their language
skills and cultural competency, and fosters awareness of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic cultural materials and information. SPANISH 1001, SPANISH 1002, and SPANISH 2101 together form the introductory Spanish language sequence.

Spanish 2101: Spanish Language and Culture III (3) - Preperquisites: SPANISH 1002 or equivalent. This third Spanish course is designed to further develop communicative proficiency through an integrated approach to the teaching of all four language skills - listening and understanding, reading, writing, and speaking. It continues the development of communicative proficiency through an interactive task-based approach, provides students with an active and rewarding learning experience as they strengthen their language skills and cultural competency, and fosters awareness of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic cultural materials and information. Students will complete a final project that demonstrates the knowledge acquired through the basic language sequence. SPANISH 1001, SPANISH 1002, and SPANISH 2101 together form the introductory Spanish language sequence. Successful completion fulfills the foreign language requirement for Bachelor of Arts candidates.

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GENDER STUDIES

2102 Introduction to Gender Studies (3) - Same as SOC WK 2102, HIST 2102, and SOC 2102. This core course is required for all Women's and Gender Studies Certificate earners. This class introduces students to the cultural, political, and historical issues that shape gender. Through a variety of disciplinary perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the course familiarizes students with diverse female and male experiences and gendered power relationships.

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GEOLOGY

Geology 1001: General Geology (3) - Earth materials and processes, including geological aspects of the resource/energy problems.  Laboratory involves identification of common rocks and minerals.

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HISTORY

History 1001: American Civilization to 1865 (3)  - Evolution of the cultural tradition of the Americas from the earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century, with emphasis on the relationship of ideas and institutions to the historical background. Course fulfills the state requirement.

History 1002: American Civilization 1865 to present (3) - Continuation of History 1001 to the present. Course fulfills the state requirement for American history and government. History 1001 or History 1002 may be taken separately.

History 1030: The Ancient Empires of the Mediterranean (3) - Survey of ancient history in the near east, the Aegean, the central and western Mediterranean.  Themes: politics and economy, war and society, culture, including art, literature, technology, religion and philosophy. The chronological span is from the neolithic period (7500-3000 B.C.) in the near east to the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century A.D.

History 1031: Topics in European Civilization: Emergence of Western Europe to 1715 (3) - Lectures and discussions on the development of Western European society and tradition from approximately 1000 to 1715.

History 1032: Topics in European Civilization: 1715 To The Present (3) - Lectures and discussions on the development of Western European society and tradition from 1715 to the present. 

History 1041: East Asian Civilization (3) - The development of Asian civilization from earliest times to the Manchu conquest.

History 1042: East Asian Civilization (3) - Continuation of History 1041 with emphasis on the Asian response to the Western incursion.

History 1075: World History to 1500 (3) - A survey of the history of humankind to 1500 including the beginnings of civilization Mesopotamia, Africa, Asia and the Americas, the rise of Classical civilizations and the development of major transnational social, economic, political and religious networks.

History 1076: World History Since 1500 (3) - A survey of the history of humankind since 1500, emphasizing the growing interdependency of regional economic, political, and social systems.  Topics will include imperialism, industrialization, and globalization.

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MATHEMATICS

MATH 1030: College Algebra (3) - Pprerequisites: A satisfactory score on the UMSL ALEKS Math Placement Examination, obtained at most one year prior to enrollment in this course, or approval of the department. Topics in algebra and probability, polynomial functions, the binomial theorem, logarithms, exponentials, and solutions to systems of equations.

MATH 1310 Elementary Statistical Methods (3) - Prerequisite: MATH 1030 or MATH 1040 or a satisfactory score on the UMSL ALEKS Math Placement Examination, obtained at most one year prior to enrollment in this course.  An introduction to the basic tools and elementary methods of statistics, such as testing of hypotheses, analysis of variance, method of least squares, and time series.  A student may not receive credit for more than one of MATH 1310, MATH 1320, and MATH 1105.

MATH 1800: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5) - Prerequisite: MATH 1030 and MATH 1035, or MATH 1040 and MATH 1035, or a satisfactory score on the UMSL ALEKS Math Placement Examination, obtained at most one year prior to enrollment in this course, or approval of the department. This course provides an introduction to differential and integral calculus. Topics include limits, derivatives, related rates, Newton's method, the Mean-Value Theorem, Max-Min problems, the integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus, areas, volumes, and average values.

MATH 1900: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5) - Prerequisite: MATH 1800. Topics include conic sections, rotation of axes, polar coordinates, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse (trigonometric) functions, integration techniques, applications of the integral (including mass, moments, arc length, and hydrostatic pressure), parametric equations, infinite series, power and Taylor series.

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PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy 1120: Asian Philosophy (3) - Critical study of selected philosophical classics of India and China.

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PHYSICS

Physics 1011: Basic Physics I (3) - Pprerequisites: MATH 1030 and MATH 1035, MATH 1100 or MATH 1800 strongly recommended. A course specifically designed for students in health and life sciences covering the topics in classical mechanics such as kinematics, Newton's laws, energy, momentum and oscillations.  This course will not fulfill the PHYSICS 2111 requirement for physics, chemistry, and engineering majors.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science 1100: Introduction to American Politics (3) - Introduction to basic concepts of government and politics with special reference to the United States, but including comparative material from other systems. Course fulfills the state requirement.

Political Science 1500: Introduction to Comparative Politics (3) - this course introduces students to western and non-western systems. It examines similarities and differences in the basic political ideologies, structures, economies, social institutions and governmental processes of developed and developing countries. It also provides frameworks for understanding the cultures of the world that are the basis for formal economic and political institutions. In addition, the course examines the role of non-state institutions, including trans-national ones, in
shaping national policies. It uses case studies from Africa, Asia, LatinAmerica, as well as Europe, to enhance student understanding of comparative politics.

Political Science 2820: United States Foreign Policy (3) - Prerequisite: Political Science 1100 or 1500, or consent of instructor. Examination of the factors influencing the formation and the execution of United States foreign policy, with a focus on specific contemporary foreign policy issues.

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PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology 1003: General Psychology (3) - A survey of the basic concepts, theories, and pivotal findings over the past 100 years in the science of Psychology, with special emphasis on contemporary concepts and findings that focus on the relation of the brain to normal and pathological behaviors.

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THEATRE

Theatre 1210: Fundamentals of Acting (3) - Course develops personal communication and presentation skills through vocal, physical, and emotional exercises designed for the beginning actor. Course emphasizes relaxation, concentration, improvisation, script analysis, characterization, and scene work exercises to develop elementary performance skills.

Theatre 1900: Introduction to Theatre Technology (3) - Introductory course covering the basic theories and techniques of theatre technology including stage equipment and safety, scenery, lighting, costuming, properties, sound and box office.  

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