Dec 06, 2019  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Course Descriptions


All undergraduate courses offered by the university are listed. Not all of the courses listed are offered within a single academic year. A listing of the courses offered during a given semester is available online before preregistration each semester.

Note: This catalogue has been amended per a 2016 UNCW Faculty Senate decision to retroactively remove the Thematic Transdisciplinary Cluster requirement from the University Studies program. Students who wish to complete a cluster may do so, however, completion of a cluster is no longer required. Course description references to Thematic Transdisciplinary Clusters apply to students who choose to complete a cluster.

Trial Courses

Academic departments may offer special trial courses during the fall and spring semesters on a one-time basis without adding them to their regular departmental offerings. A second trial offering, if additional data are essential, must be within two regular semesters of the first. Numbers designating these special courses are 292 and 492. Descriptive information on trial courses does not appear in the catalogue but is on file in the Office of the Registrar.

Sequenced Courses

A hyphen connecting courses (e.g., 201-202) indicates that the first course in the sequence must be satisfactorily completed prior to registration in the second course of the sequence. When course numbers are separated by a comma (e.g., 201, 202), the first course is not necessarily prerequisite to those following. 

Online Courses

The university currently offers a variety of online courses, and two degree programs, the RN to B.S. option in nursing and Bachelor of Science in clinical research (CLR), are delivered totally online. Such courses are so designated in the Class Schedule and are open to both on- and off-campus students. Students interested in these programs should consult the online courses Web site http://www.uncw.edu/online.

Credits and Class Meetings

Unless specifically indicated at the end of the course description, the number of hours a class meets each week is the same as the credit hour value of the course. The semester hours credit for each course is indicated in parentheses immediately below the title of the course. For example, if three hours of credit may be earned, the credit is indicated as follows: (3). In variable credit courses, the minimum and maximum hours are shown as follows: (1-3).

Course Prefixes

The prefixes used to designate courses are abbreviations of the names of departments or fields of study within departments, as shown below:

 

Physical Education

   •  PED 499 - Honors Work in Physical Education

Physics

   •  PHY 101 - Elementary College Physics I
   •  PHY 102 - Elementary College Physics II
   •  PHY 103 - Great Ideas in Physics
   •  PHY 104 - Physics for Future Presidents
   •  PHY 105 - Introductory Physics
   •  PHY 111 - Naked-eye Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy
   •  PHY 201 - General Physics I
   •  PHY 202 - General Physics II
   •  PHY 220 - The Physics of Music
   •  PHY 225 - Electronics
   •  PHY 260 - Introduction to Astronomy
   •  PHY 300 - Analog Circuits
   •  PHY 311 - Mathematical Physics
   •  PHY 315 - Computational Physics and Complexity
   •  PHY 321 - Classical Dynamics I
   •  PHY 322 - Classical Dynamics II
   •  PHY 335 - Modern Physics
   •  PHY 350 - Fluid Mechanics
   •  PHY 400 - Advanced Laboratory
   •  PHY 411 - Electricity and Magnetism I
   •  PHY 412 - Electricity and Magnetism II
   •  PHY 415 - Solid State Physics
   •  PHY 420 - Global Climate Change
   •  PHY 425 - Atomic and Molecular Physics
   •  PHY 435 - Nuclear Physics
   •  PHY 444 - Quantum Theory
   •  PHY 445 - Optics
   •  PHY 455 - Thermal Physics
   •  PHY 475 - Physical Oceanography
   •  PHY 477 - Observational Methods and Data Analysis in Physical Oceanography
   •  PHY 478 - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
   •  PHY 479 - Ocean Circulation Systems
   •  PHY 480 - Coastal And Estuarine Systems
   •  PHY 481 - Research Cruise Experience
   •  PHY 490 - Special Topics in Physics
   •  PHY 491 - Directed Individual Study
   •  PHY 493 - Physics Laboratory Teaching Practicum
   •  PHY 495 - Physics Seminar
   •  PHY 497 - Capstone Seminar
   •  PHY 498 - Internship in Physics
   •  PHY 499 - Honors Work in Physics

Political Science

   •  PLS 101 - American National Government
   •  PLS 111 - Politics and Government in Global Perspective
   •  PLS 201 - Introduction to Political Science Methods
   •  PLS 202 - Contemporary American Political Issues
   •  PLS 203 - Religion and Politics in the United States
   •  PLS 204 - Judicial Politics
   •  PLS 205 - Campaign and Elections
   •  PLS 208 - Politics and the Entertainment Media
   •  PLS 209 - Environmental Politics
   •  PLS 212 - Introduction to Political Theory
   •  PLS 217 - Ethics and Leadership in Public Life
   •  PLS 218 - Ethics in International Affairs
   •  PLS 220 - Introduction to International Relations
   •  PLS 221 - Model United Nations I - Introduction to United Nations Issues and Organization
   •  PLS 222 - Contemporary International Political Issues
   •  PLS 230 - Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
   •  PLS 240 - Great Decisions Lecture Series
   •  PLS 294 - Transnational Politics Study Abroad I
   •  PLS 300 - American Constitutional Law I
   •  PLS 301 - American Constitutional Law II
   •  PLS 303 - Political Behavior
   •  PLS 304 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
   •  PLS 305 - The Constitution and the Criminal Justice System
   •  PLS 307 - The American Legislature
   •  PLS 308 - Public Administration
   •  PLS 309 - The American Chief Executive
   •  PLS 310 - Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence
   •  PLS 312 - Scope and Methods of Political Science
   •  PLS 313 - Early Political Thought
   •  PLS 314 - Modern Political Thought
   •  PLS 315 - Contemporary Political Ideologies
   •  PLS 316 - Women in Politics
   •  PLS 317 - Political Thought of Asia
   •  PLS 329 - Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy
   •  PLS 330 - Political Systems of Africa
   •  PLS 331 - Politics in Developing Nations
   •  PLS 332 - Politics of Central America and the Caribbean
   •  PLS 333 - Politics of South America
   •  PLS 334 - Revolutionary Movements
   •  PLS 335 - European Political Systems
   •  PLS 336 - Russian and Post-Soviet Political Systems
   •  PLS 337 - Chinese Politics
   •  PLS 338 - Political Systems of the Middle East
   •  PLS 339 - Asian Politics
   •  PLS 340 - Blacks in American Politics
   •  PLS 341 - Latino Politics
   •  PLS 342 - Race and Politics in the Americas
   •  PLS 350 - State Government and Politics
   •  PLS 351 - Urban Government and Politics
   •  PLS 352 - American Political Culture
   •  PLS 353 - American Parties and Interest Groups
   •  PLS 360 - Introduction to Nonprofit Management
   •  PLS 361 - Nonprofit Leadership Experience
   •  PLS 362 - Leading and Managing Volunteers
   •  PLS 401 - Senior Seminar
   •  PLS 402 - U.S. Immigration Politics
   •  PLS 403 - Public Opinion
   •  PLS 404 - Campaign Management and Strategies
 

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