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ACC 120 Financial Accounting

This is a course of study that introduces financial accounting and financial reporting for business entities. It offers an introduction to accounting information system with emphasis on measuring, reporting, and using accounting information related to operating, investing, and financing activities, and involves detailed discussion of accounting concepts and issues concerning the financial position, income statement, statement of stockholders’ equity and statement of cash flows.


ACC 159 Payroll Accounting

The goals of this course are to develop an understanding of personnel and payroll records that provide information required by numerous laws.. Payroll accounting systems using payroll registers, recording of accounting entries and payroll are presented relating to the payments of wages and salaries. A computerized payroll project is required.


BIO 100 Human Biology
This course is a general science course for non-science majors. It covers general topics in biology including the chemistry, cells, cell division, genetics, protein synthesis, biotechnology, and bioethics. Several body systems including the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems are also covered.

BIO 206 Ecology
Introduces basic relationships between organisms and their environment. It includes a study of the abiotic environment, natural selection, population ecology, growth and genetics, species interactions, energy flow and nutrient cycling, geographic ecology, and animal behavior.

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management

A general survey of business, with an analysis of business enterprise elements and functions. A fundamental consideration is also made of the various areas of business specialization.


BUS 210 Principles of Marketing
A study of methods, policies, and institutions involved in the distribution of goods and services, including an analysis of consumer and industrial markets, channels of distribution, and the organization of a marketing program. Students will be required to read current literature in the field.

BUS213 Business Communications
Designed to give a comprehensive view of communication: its scope and importance in business, its role in establishing a favorable outside-the-firm environment, and effective internal communication program. The various types of business communication media are covered. The course also develops an awareness of the importance of succinct written expression to modern business communication.


BUS250 Principles of Management
Studies theories and techniques of management, including case studies of managers in action and the problems they face.

BUS 260 Business Law I
Introduces fundamental legal principles and their application to business and everyday life. Includes law and society, contracts, agency, sales, commercial paper, bailment, and secured transaction.


BUS 261 Business Law II
A continuation of BUS 260 covering partnerships and corporations, real and personal property, insurance suretyship, bankruptcy, wills and trusts, and labor law.

CHE 100 Introduction to Forensic Science
This course is designed to provide an overview of the basic science concepts and techniques used in a forensic laboratory. The nature and significance of physical evidence and the underlying chemical and biological principles of the scientific techniques employed for analysis and the interpretation will be emphasized. Topics covered include hair, fiber and paint analysis, forensic toxicology and serology, blood spatter, arson and explosives, fingerprinting and forensic DNA analysis techniques.

CHE 101 Applied Chemistry
This is a basic chemistry course appropriate for non-science majors, elementary education majors, and students in pre-nursing. Students learn basic concepts and the vocabulary used in chemistry as well as how to apply concepts to quantitative problems. The topics covered include measurement, atoms, molecules, mass, energy, naming compounds, acids and bases, and basic organic chemistry concepts.

CHE 112 General Chemistry II
This is a second semester course in a two-semester sequence which presents the basic laws and concepts of general quantitative chemistry. This course will focus on the principles of reactivity of solids, liquids and gasses with respect to chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, precipitation reactions, entropy, free energy, red-ox chemistry, and an introduction to nuclear chemistry.


CSC 102 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications
This course focuses on the latest application software and operating systems used in the business world. The course will prepare students to be intelligent users of computers and to understand the basics of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and the internet through “hands-on” laboratory experiences.

CSC 121 Fundamental Concepts of Computing
This course introduces students to the fundamental ideas in computer programming. Students will be exposed to both languages. Topics include flow charts, variables, loops, if statements, events, string commands and functions. Major emphasis is placed n problem solving, sound programming techniques, and good program design.


CSC 202 Database Systems
This is a comprehensive course in database management with a significant focus on, database design and application development. Topics include advanced queries, SQL, data entry forms, relational reports, database programming, database normalization, and relational database design.


CSC 215 Web Design and Programming
This course will enable students to design, develop and maintain a website on the Internet. Students shall learn the basics of graphical editing and manipulation, HTML coding, website construction, uploading, maintenance and ongoing administration. Exercises and projects will allow students to apply the principles of web design to their own sites that will be created in the course.


COM 101 Public Speaking
An introductory course offers the student the opportunity to understand and to improve public communication skills by writing and delivering a minimum of four speeches during the semester. These may include (but are not limited to): speaking to inform, speaking to persuade, speaking for special occasions, and speaking in small groups. At least one of these speeches must include the use of visual aids. Students will learn theories and techniques of writing effective speeches that are audience-centered, and they will participate in the performance, observation, and critical evaluation of public speaking presentations.


ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics
This course is an analytical introduction to the mechanisms for allocating economic resources and distributing income. The course examines supply and demand, elasticity applications, price determination and utility theories, costs and outputs in various market structures, regulation and deregulation of business, financial markets, the effect of globalization on the micro economy, the operation of factor markets and international trade relations, while assessing government policies intended to alter resource allocation improve efficiency and redistribute income.


ECO 102 Principles of Macroeconomics
This course is a survey introduction to economic aggregates and their determinants. The course examines market relationships, aggregate performance objectives and measurements, national income determination theories, money and the banking system, fiscal and monetary policies and productivity and economic growth. Issues analyzed include the effectiveness of stabilization policies, the inflation - unemployment trade off, and the deficit dilemmas as the global implications of U.S. macroeconomic policies and the effects of U.S. and world free-trade agreements.


ENG 094 Fundamentals of Composition
This writing course is designed to help students develop the writing skills they will need in college, and, more specifically, to prepare them for English 101. The course focuses on the writing process and developing writing skills in two areas: out-of-class compositions and in-class essay tests. Students learn to write short papers that are clear, concise, unified, and relatively free of mechanical and grammatical problems. Students write a minimum of eight papers, some out of class and at least two in class. Students must earn a “C” or better to pass the course. Near the end of the course, students will complete a timed writing that will be evaluated by the English Department to assess the writer’s preparedness to move on to English 101.


ENG 101 English Composition
This course is designed to help students acquire the skills they will need for academic success. They will learn to produce essays that are clear, concise, and unified. The writing process is emphasized. Students write papers both out of class, at least one of which requires outside sources and documentation, and in class. Near the end of the course, students will complete a final in-class essay which will be evaluated by the English Department to assess the writer’s preparedness to move on to other college-level writing courses.


ENG 102 Literature and Composition
This course is designed to introduce students to literature and to writing about literature. Since passing ENG 101 is a prerequisite to this course, students are expected to have mastered basic writing skills and be able to write an effective essay. ENG 102 emphasizes oral and written analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama. Students write a minimum of six papers.


ENG 206 Introduction to Newswriting

This course is designed to teach the skills needed for writing print media. While the focus is on new writing (summary leads, inverted pyramid-style journalism), the course also covers new gathering, coverage of special beats, feature writing, journalism law and ethics. Students will report real events and learn to work on deadline.


ENG 211 Modern American Literature
The course explores American literature from post-Civil War era to the present. Readings include non-fiction, poetry, drama, and short and long fiction. The course follows chronological order and considers political, social, religious, and economic influences on writers. Students will read well-known authors such as Twain, James, B.T. Washington, Chopin, and Faulkner, and less widely-published minority writers.


ENG 235 Technical Writing
This course focuses on the forms of written communication required to obtain and hold a job, to participate in business, to report in technical and investigative fields, and to serve in community or professional organizations. Students will receive instruction and practice in writing summaries, correspondence, instructions, publicity releases, reports, brochures and proposals. Students will also learn to choose a format and style appropriate for their audience and purpose.

ENG 250 English Literature 1800 to the Present
English Literature 1800 to the Present is a study of British Literature from the Romantic period to the present. Readings include a variety of forms - from short stories, novels and essays, to letters and poetry- paying particular attention to themes (Revolution/War/Empire/Colonialism, the Rights of Women, Religion and Science, and the Role of the Artist). Students read works by such authors as Blake, Wordsworth, Austen, Hardy, Eliot, Yeats, Tennyson, and Woolf.


ENV 101 Environmental Science
This course is an interdisciplinary science course that provides an overview of environmental processes, human impact on the global environment, and solutions to environmental problems. There will be a strong emphasis on environmentally sustainable practices, pollution prevention and control, conservation and ecological factors, economic issues and influences on environmental policies, and renewable versus nonrenewable energy and mineral resources.


ENV216 Hazwoper/Hazmat
HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) is at the intersection of three Federal regulatory agencies (EPA, OSHA, DOT) and includes several career fields (science, technology, engineering, medicine, toxicology, law, psychology, organization management, loss prevention, QA/QC, construction, waste management, etc.). The purpose of this course is to ensure awareness and promote safety among employees who may be exposed to chemical hazards in the work-site. This course meets the mandated OSHA requirements for the classroom  training portion of personnel engaged in hazardous waste operations as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120. This certification is a job requirement for many entry-level positions in the area of environmental consulting.


FRE 101 Elementary French I
Elementary French I is designed for the beginning student with no previous experience in French. The main objectives of this course are to help students develop effective communication skills in French through the elementary development of the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), while focusing on and critically examining cultural beliefs, values and aspects of everyday life in Francophone societies.


FRE 250 Quebec Culture and Society

The course offers an in-depth Study of Quebec people, their land, their history, their traditions, and their culture, and examines its relationship and influence upon the cultural heritage of northern New York. Students will examine these topics in a seminar format with an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing a variety of resources, including selected literature, newspaper articles, films, music, internet sites and television broadcasts.


GWS 101 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies

This course offers and introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies, an interdisciplinary academic field that explores critical questions about the meaning of gender in society. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions an debates in Women’s and gender Studies scholarship, both historical and contemporary. Gender Scholarship critically analyzes themes of gendered performance and power in a range of social spheres, such as law, culture, education, work, medicine, social policy and the family.


HIS 101 History of Early America
This course surveys American development from early settlement through the Civil War. Tracing the origin and growth of political, economic, social and cultural institutions, special emphasis will be placed on key questions about the relevance and significance of American Colonial life, the American Revolution, Constitution making, Jeffersonian Republicanism, the War of 1812, Jacksonian Democracy, Manifest Destiny, slavery, and the Civil War.

HIS102 History of Modern America
This course surveys and examines selected problems and opportunities facing the United States in the late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Tracing the development and growth of political, economic, social and cultural institutions, special emphasis is on the significance and relevance of industrial growth, the Gilded Age, the Populist Revolt, the Progressive Reform movement, America as a World Power, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the New Deal, World War II, the Fifties, the Dissenting Sixties, and the trials and tribulations of the Seventies and the Eighties.


HIS 122 Western Civilization in the Modern Era
This course is a survey of the actions and beliefs that have shaped Western Civilization from the Renaissance, through the ages of scientific and social revolution, including the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. The course concludes with the 20th century and concepts of nationalism, globalization and progress as basic parts of our social structure. (This course can be used for social science, humanities or elective credit.)

HIS 132 History of the Modern World
This course surveys the major civilized traditions during the past five centuries. Principle themes include the evolution of Western dominance, the development of the scientific and cosmopolitan world views, political revolutions East and West, the rise and fall of colonial empires, the impact of the industrial and democratic revolutions, global conflicts, and nation-building in the Third World. (This course can be used for social science, humanities or elective credit.)


HPE 101 Personal Health
This course emphasizes the importance of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to personal health. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, emotional and mental health, drug and alcohol use, physical fitness, nutrition, child abuse identification, schools against violence in education training and human sexuality.


HPE 125 Nutrition for Health and Fitness
This course emphasizes the important relationship between nutrition, health promotion, and fitness. Students will investigate sound, practical nutritional and fitness recommendations that reduce stress, boost the immune system, increase energy, decrease body fat, build muscle, protect good health, enhance performance and invest in lifelong well-being. Topics of discussion include nutritional requirements and guidelines, nutritional needs at various ages and fitness levels, nutritional and exercised-base weight management, and nutritional research and application.


HUM 110 Introduction to the Arts
With the use of community and area resources in the arts, as well as classroom lectures, videos and reading assignments, the course provides the foundation needed for appreciation of the visual and performing arts.


HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services
This course is an introduction of the human service profession and the broad range of services and functions of the human service professional. The student will be exposed to the many roles that human service professionals play at their workplaces, types of agencies that employ human service workers, and a general overview of the human services profession. Students will learn about the helping process, aspects of multicultural work, ethical standards, legal and professional issues in the human service profession.


HUS 103 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Development
This course introduces the profession of early childhood care and development focusing on developmentally appropriate practices; types of programs in the field of early childhood and curriculum planning principles for young children’s early educational experiences, along with providing an overview of historical and social perspectives related to early childhood education.


HUS 105 Introduction to Basic Counseling Skills for the Human Services Professional
This course is designed as an introduction to the skills used in basic counseling roles found in the human services field. Interviewing techniques, communication skills, problem-solving techniques, and conflict resolution are explored. Working with special populations is addressed. The course includes presentations, discussions, experiential activities, and role-playing which will afford the student the opportunity to test his/her knowledge and skills in the counseling field.


HUS 110 Critical Topics in Chemical Dependency
This course serves as an introduction to the field of chemical dependency counseling. It explores each drug classification, an historical overview of cultural attitudes, the impact of abuse on individuals, families, and communities, treatment modalities, and international drug policies.


HUS 175 Ethical Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling
This course is designed as an introduction to the theories and ethical practices used in the chemical dependency counseling field. Historical development of each theory and current practical application will be stressed. Ethical situations that arise in counseling will be discussed and students’ understanding of the need for ethical practice will be explored.


HUS 200 Case Management and Crisis Intervention
This course is designed to offer specialized, applied knowledge in the community services field to develop the skills and abilities in the case management process. The course will examine each step from intake through termination. Actual agency forms will give the student the opportunity to compile and manage cases and prepare client files. Students will also explore the role of the Human Services professional by examining different theories and strategies for crisis intervention for individuals and groups.


HUS 201 Social Service Agencies
This course examines the mobilization of communities and the delivery systems of various social service programs. Community change processes will be introduced. Nationally prominent and locally managed programs will be analyzed in relation to internal structure, functions of management, defining mission statements, the identification of goals and objectives, competent service provision, the referral process, advocacy, diversity issues, flexibility, and worker burnout. The challenge of client empowerment via agency programming and influences of social policy will be addressed.


HUS 206 Group Skills for Human Services Professionals
This course identifies and introduces the crucial skills that are necessary for competence in the area understanding systems and conducting groups. Areas include working with different types of groups, the treatment process, and responding to cultural differences that may affect group process. Specified populations will be addressed.


HUS 210 Identification, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
This course is designed to instruct the student in the process of client identification, diagnosing, and treatment planning of substance abuse/dependency issues. It also explores the motivational techniques and the completion of treatment documentation.


HUS 281 Field Practicum Seminar
The objective of the Field Practicum Seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to discuss, examine, and prepare for their internship experiences. The seminar is intended to compliment the internship by offering a structured, yet informal setting to study the application of human services principles, objectives, and skills. A basic premise of this seminar is that in any field setting a great deal about the delivery of human services, and about one’s own skills and attitude, can be learned if one knows where, when, and how to observe.


HUS 282 Field Practicum
The objective of the Field Practicum is to provide students with the opportunity to discuss, examine, and evaluate their internship experiences and observations. Students will be encouraged to integrate and apply knowledge learned in earlier courses, as well as to develop an analytical perspective appropriate for a student “participant observer.” This practicum seeks to support students as they work their way through the maze of the field setting, by providing a forum for sharing questions and insights. A total of 250 hours of fieldwork experience is needed to complete this course.


INT 203 Introduction to Quality Control/ Quality Assurance

This course examines quality control and quality assurance practices in manufacturing. Students will learn the international quality standards such as ISO 9000 ISO 14000, and ASTM. Practice in using quality improvement methodologies and tools will be used to solve problems. Skills will be taught so students can use statistical concepts, data collection techniques, problem solving tools, and the scientific method to improve processes.


LIB 101 Library Research Skills
Focuses on the use and retrieval of information within the Clinton Community College library and other information networks. Students will gain an understanding of the structure of information, the process of information retrieval and critical evaluation of sources. Emphasis will be on the development of lifelong information skills.


MAT 103 Finite Mathematics
This course emphasizes mathematical skills and techniques applicable to business, life sciences and social sciences. Course topics include linear functions, quadratic function, mathematics of finance, systems of equations, matrices, linear programming, set theory, basic probability and combinatorics. The use of a graphing calculator is required for this course to further the exploration of these topics and their applications.


MAT 161 Elementary Statistics
This course is a study of basic statistical techniques and some related probability theory. Course topics include data collection and presentation, measures of central tendency and dispersion, grouping and graphing data sets, linear correlation and regression, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypotheses testing. Distribution studies include the binomial, normal, and student's t. At least one student project is required for this course. The use of a graphing calculator is required for this course to further the exploration of these topics and their applications.


MAT 215 Calculus for Business Students

This course provides skills and techniques necessary to solve mathematical problems of modern businesses. Course topics include a review of algebra and basic set theory; mathematical modeling; functions and their graphs; an introduction to limits; the methods of finding derivatives; the interpretation and application of derivations in economic terms, and finding antiderivatives with their application in the business world. The use of a graphing calculator is required for this course to further the exploration of these topics and their applications.


MET 101 Meteorology

Meteorology is a course designed for the student who would like to learn more about weather phenomenon. This course explores atmospheric phenomena such as the nature and variability of the wind, temperature, cloud and precipitation as well as the Earth’s energy budgets. Emphasis is placed upon the various terminology and tools that meteorologists employ to observe, study and predict storm systems, the development and movement of fronts, as well as thunderstorms and tornadoes. Current topics such as the El Niño, climate modification and air pollution will also be addressed.

MUS 101 Music Appreciation
This course presents a basis of intelligent music listening with a series of listening experiences. Knowledge of music technicalities, and information relating to the historical/ cultural aspects of music, develops sensitivity to the art. A wide variety of music from ancient through contemporary styles, including representative masterpieces which form an important part of our musical tradition is explored.

MUS 115 American Musical Theatre
This course traces the development of the American musical theatre from its late 19th Century roots to the present, viewing the musical as entertainment, art form, and commercial enterprise. The dramatic literature, music, personalities, and traditions of musical theatre are explored, along with the effect of social, political, and economic influences. This is a critical appreciation course, not a production course.

NUR 106 Medical Terminology
A comprehensive study of medical terminology involving spelling, pronunciation, and definitions. Included is the basic structure of medical words: prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and plurals. Emphasis is on building a professional vocabulary helpful for employment in the medical field.


PHY 100 Conceptual Physics

Conceptual physics is a laboratory course that emphasizes the concepts of physics while de-emphasizing complex mathematical calculations. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, hear and temperature, sound and topics from modern physics. Students who have received credit for PHY111 or PHY112 cannot subsequently receive credit for PHY100. In the case that a student completes PHY100 prior to completing PHY111 or PHY112, then PHY100 will count as free elective credit only.


PSC 240 State and Local Government
This course is an introduction to the organization, structure, and functions of state, county, and municipal governments.


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
This course is a survey of the major areas and theories in psychology, introducing students to the research methods, terminology and diversity of contemporary psychology. The course will cover topics such as principles of personality, learning, thought, memory, biopsychology, emotion, stress, mental health, social psychology and developmental processes. This course meets SUNY General Education requirements.


PSY 230 Human Development
This course provides a general introduction to the area of Developmental Psychology and a survey of developmental processes that influence the growth of the physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional aspects of the person throughout the lifespan.


SCI 110 Foundational Skills in Science

This is a foundation course designed for science students to prepare them for course work in subsequent science classes. Students will be introduced to scientific writing, writing effective lab reports, how to perform literature searches, how to evaluate sources, use of spreadsheets, constructing and evaluating graphs and tables, scientific measurement, handling data and use of statistics for data analysis.


SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
This course provides an introduction to the social work profession and prepares students for entrance to the social work major. Students are introduced to the attributes, contexts, fields of practice, and practice settings of professional social work. Practice with specific client groups is examined and students are encouraged to begin identifying practice areas of interest to them.


SOC 103 Juvenile Delinquency

This course explores the problems of juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system in American society. Concepts of delinquency causation and control are discussed in both historical and modern perspectives. The interrelationship of delinquency and family, school, religion and society in general are explored. The roles of the juvenile court personnel, including the prosecutor, defense counsel, the judge and the juvenile probation officer are evaluated as are the concepts of community-based and institutional corrections. Special delinquency problems such as gangs, substance abuse and juveniles in adult courts are explored.

SOC 209 Aging in Society
This course will explore aging as a social phenomenon (not just a biological fact) in order to more fully understand the social and personal implications of the aging process. Both "macro" and "micro" perspectives will be applied to answer questions about the experience of aging for the individual and their society. The diversity of the population referred to as "elderly" will be emphasized as students explore the cultural, social, economic, and political, health, and personal dimensions of becoming old and being old in America.


SOC 212 Sociology of the Family
This course offers a comparative theoretical study of family organization in different societies. The dynamic nature of the family institution in American society is a core theme. Historical and contemporary issues are analyzed to include cross-cultural discussions regarding marital interaction, parent-child relations, sexual behavior, divorce, remarriage, and death.


SPA 101 Elementary Spanish

Elementary Spanish I is designed for the beginning student with no previous experience in Spanish. The main objectives of this course are to help students develop effective communication skills in Spanish through the elementary development of the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), while focusing on and critically examining cultural beliefs, values and aspects of everyday life in Spanish-speaking nations.

THE 115 American Musical Theatre
This course traces the development of the American musical theatre from its late 19th Century roots to the present, viewing the musical as entertainment, art form, and commercial enterprise. The dramatic literature, music, personalities, and traditions of musical theatre are explored, along with the effect of social, political, and economic influences. This is a critical appreciation course, not a production course.