Preceptorials Linked to the Faith and Reason LLC


ARCH 101: Introduction to Architecture Studio

Preceptor: Dr. Juliana Maxim
Credit: Fine Arts Core // 4 UNITS

The purpose of this course is to offer, to any student, an introduction to the basic steps of design as it is done in architecture. In a studio format, you will draw, sketch, and build models in order to explore a range of architectural issues that form the foundation of the discipline.
You will learn to communicate effectively and poetically your ideas, state your intent and position, and make design decisions. Larger discussions regarding architecture’s role in mediating culture, nature and technology will help develop your architectural vocabulary and imagination.
In the last part of the semester, we will experiment with building collaboratively selected projects at full scale (design/build). The studio will culminate in a collective exhibition.

BIOL 190: Introduction to Evolution

Preceptor: Dr. Terry Bird
Credit: Life Science Core // 3 UNITS

This one-semester foundation course for Biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution and ecology. Three hours of lecture weekly. No prerequisite.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 600 or greater, an ACT Math score of 26 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

CHEM 151: General Chemistry I

Preceptor: Dr. Jeremy Kua
Credit: Physical Science Core // 3 UNITS

Chemistry 151 is the first part of a two-semester lecture course which introduces the fundamental principles of modern chemistry. These principles include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, reactivity, stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, bonding, acid-base chemistry, redox chemistry, and states of matter.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 530 or greater, an ACT Math score of 22 or greater, or pass the Level 1 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Preceptor: Dr. Deborah Kelly
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

In Microeconomics we examine decision making by looking at how costs, benefits, and incentives influence choices, and how these choices affect individuals and markets.  We discuss how markets can lead to efficient outcomes and when markets may fail to be efficient.  Economics provides necessary tools to understand international trade and global living standards, and a framework to evaluate proposals for environmental protection and sustainability.  Microeconomics provides an introduction to consumer behavior and the theory of the firm. Topics include the demand behavior of households, the supply behavior of business firms, an introduction to market structure, and the workings of input markets.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

Preceptor: Dr. Jennifer Zwolinski
Credit: Social Science Core // 3 UNITS

This course will provide an introduction to the scientific study of psychology. It will include a broad overview of many of the sub disciplines of psychological science including the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, developmental psychology, learning, memory, cognition, motivation, emotion, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and evidence based treatments. This course will integrate both empirical and applied aspects of psychological science. This class is open all majors and it is a prerequisite for the two majors (Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience) offered in USD's Psychological Sciences Department.

THRS 119: Christianity: Past, Present, Future

Preceptor: Dr. Rico Monge
Credit: Theology and Religious Studies Core // 3 UNITS

In this course, we will survey the history and development of Christian beliefs and practices, with attention to how different Christian groups formed through disagreement on matter of both faith and practice. We will also explore the way Christianity manifests itself in our contemporary world and come to a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences among the three major branches of Christianity. While studies of Christianity often emphasize only what Christians believe, we will also pay close attention to what Christians have done and currently do, because what one practices demonstrates what one believes and vice-versa. 

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