Below is the list of pre-approved courses for Jump Start students. All courses are not offered each semester. You can also view the course catalog for other options. Requests for courses that are not pre-approved for Jump Start will be reviewed, and the Jump Start team will let you know of the decision—this can take some time. The Grace College complete course schedule is located here. Select the term you are interested in.
The principles involved in writing clear expository, persuasive and research papers are studied and practiced. In addition, the English language is examined from a linguistic perspective. Three credit hours.
A study of communication theory as applicable to public speaking. Students explore the components of an effective speech as well as current applications of speaking skills. Emphasis will be placed on practicing and displaying these skills in a classroom setting. Three credit hours.
Must take placement test.
An introductory course focusing on developing fundamental drawing skills and improving visual perception. The primary emphasis is on structural drawing and composition using dry media. A variety of studio exercises will be used. Three hours.
From the simple application of color to the complex devices that create illusionary space, this foundational lecture/studio course concentrates on the basic elements of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Students will apply aesthetics and theoretical methods. Oral and written art criticisms are employed. Three hours.
In this topical survey of the history of the United States to the end of World War II, students will be introduced to the major issues, broad developments and perennial questions that cut to the heart of American identity. The course will cover such topics as the ideological origins of the American nation, the historical relationship between state and national sovereignty, race and slavery, sectional tensions and the Civil War, social and religious movements, and the culture wars that continue to impact American society today. Three credit hours.
This course introduces students to how the political system in America functions. It focuses on the actual workings of the American government and starts with the cultural and constitutional contexts of American politics. Three credit hours.
The cultural and physical elements of human habitats, the significance of the elements of the earth to humans, and the use of maps and their importance. Three credit hours.
A course designed to give the student a broad introduction to general, organic and biological chemistry. The lecture emphasizes general chemical concepts, while the laboratory concentrates on techniques and data handling. Students must enroll concurrently in CHM 1020. Four credit hours.
Designed to support CHM 1010 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
Principles of structure, function and cellular organisms. Includes an introduction to the scientific method, characteristics of cytoplasm, basic cytology, energy acquisition and release, and heredity. Also includes basic plant structure and function. Students must enroll concurrently in BIO 1620. Four credit hours.
The laboratory is designed to support BIO 1610 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
A continuation of BIO 1610. Includes structure, function and interrelationships of the organ systems of animals with particular attention to the human body. Also includes introductory taxonomy, surveying the major groups of plants and animals. Prerequisite: BIO 1610 or permission of the instructor. Students must enroll concurrently in BIO 1720. Four credit hours.
The laboratory is designed to support BIO 1710 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
A study of the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Particular focus will be on application of ecological concepts and field work in various local ecosystems. Students must enroll concurrently in ENV 2120. Four credit hours.
The laboratory is designed to support ENV 2110 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
Topics include algebraic operations, manipulation of functions, polynomial equation solutions, inequalities, logarithms, and exponentials. There will be practice with solving systems of equations, graphing, and algebra applications. Three credit hours.
This is a course on mathematical applications, which uses algebra, statistics, logic and other mathematical concepts to study and model the world around us. Topics include applied statistical applications, fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, population growth logic and other applications. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours, basic algebra. Three credit hours.
This course is a traditional introductory calculus course. We will study functions, limits, derivatives and integrals. Applications of the derivative and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus will be particular highlights of this class. Three credit hours.
The laboratory is designed to support MAT 1230 and must be taken concurrently with the course.
A survey of origin theories with emphasis on creation/evolution. Explores fossils, design, thermodynamics, chronology, flood geology, life in space, current creation research. Three credit hours.
A general education requirement, this class is a study of major topics from several areas of science. Emphasis will be on the scientific method and the interaction between science and society. Topics will be examined in light of current societal needs. Three credit hours.
A survey of our created universe: the solar system, types of stars, constellations and galactic distribution. Emphasis on night observation, laboratory and individual projects. Three credit hours
Activities and lectures will cover motion, energy, gravity, light, radiation, earth materials and space. Three credit hours
An introduction to psychology as the study of human behavior. Basic principles of psychology will be explored, including the process of learning, memory, perception, sensation, motivation and emotion. Personal and social aspects of human development will be emphasized. Three hours.
An introductory study of humans functioning in society. Basic principles of sociology will be experienced, including organization, structure, strata and problems in American society. Emphasis will be placed on observational techniques that will help to develop a spirit of active participation in the world. Three hours.
This course introduces students to the essentials of criminal justice and the most significant issues in today’s American criminal justice system. Students will learn the true roles of the police, courts, and corrections and develop an understanding of the complex ways in which they work together. Information on criminal justice careers will help students learn about the meaning of criminal justice to those who work in the field and will provide useful information that can aid career choices. Three hours.
Develops an understanding and application of basic financial accounting principles. Emphasis on building and using basic financial statements and a manager’s use of accounting data. This course and ACC 2120 together serve as the first year of accounting. Three hours.
The study of the managerial aspects of accounting and finance. Includes an in-depth study of the statement of cash flows, analysis of financial statements, product cost management, cash budgeting and cash management. Prerequisite: ACC 2110. Three hours
During this course, students will be exposed to a wide range of computer science topics and terminology. Coverage will be divided between personal computer hardware components, troubleshooting and introductory programming concepts. Lab fee required. Students keep the PC that they assemble. Three hours.
This course builds on the concepts learned in ISM 1150. Students will use an object-oriented programming language to build programs that solve given problems. Prerequisite: ISM 1150. Three hours
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to the profession such as to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools. Three hours.
A study of the learner at all grade levels and the many factors affecting learning, including theories of learning, environment, heredity, cultural impact, discipline, classroom management, exceptionalities and development. The measurement of academic aptitude and achievement is also covered. Practical application is stressed. Three hours.
This course develops understanding and skill for working with children and parents who come from diverse backgrounds. Areas of diversity include race, ethnicity, native language, culture, class, gender, age, religion and ability. The focus is on increasing knowledge and respect for the diverse child in the classroom setting. Three hours.
A general overview of the Bible that orients the student to the overall presentation of the program of God from the Creation through the Consummation of Christ. Emphasis will be placed on the themes, timeline, structure and coherence of the entire Biblical revelation. Three hours.
*ACT/SAT scores must be over 19 English (ACT) or 24 Writing & Language (SAT)
***must have received a "B-" or higher in SED 1000