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2007-2008 VSCC Catalog 
2007-2008 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses of Study

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The section on Course Descriptions contains an alphabetical listing of all disciplines in the College and a description of all course offerings. The official course title appears in bold type. The figures in parentheses following the course title denote the number of semester hours of credit for that course.

Course offerings are listed under the division of instruction in which they are taught. The courses are identified by course number, course title, and credit hours. Course numbers have no reference to the semester in which the courses are taught. The College reserves the right to alter the course offering of any discipline, and the right to alter any specific course in the catalog without notice.

The Semester Schedule of Classes is published a few weeks prior to the opening of each term. It contains a listing of the specific courses to be offered, with the time, place, and instructor in charge of each section. It also contains special announcements concerning registration procedures. Copies are available in the Office of Admissions and in the Office of Student Services. The College reserves the right to make changes in any schedule prior to or during registration.


CEU, Non-Credit Courses


In addition to the credit courses of study, the College offers a wide variety of non-credit courses through the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development. These offerings are as diverse as the population they serve and are reviewed regularly to update content and topics to meet the ever changing needs, interests, and expectations of the community and workforce. As a result of the updates, a listing of courses and course descriptions are not included in this catalog. Course listings and descriptions are provided in the printed and online schedule of classes each term.

Non-credit subject matter ranges from arts and crafts, home improvement, computer training, workplace skills, leisure-time activities, financial matters, dance and exercise, management, technical training, etc. Successful completion of non-credit courses earns nationally recognized CEU credits.

Course Placement


The placement of a student in any given college-level course will depend upon his/her having met certain prerequisites for that particular course. Fulfillment of prerequisites for any given course will be established on the basis of achievement in the corresponding high school course, the achievement on the related section of the ACT, and/or the achievement on the other tests administered by the College during registration procedures for applicants. The placement procedures are designed to help guide the enrolling student into courses commensurate with his/her ability.

Course Descriptions


Descriptions of courses offered by the College are listed alphabetically according to subject area.

The descriptions include (1) a subject area abbreviation/three or four letters (e. g. MUS for MUSIC or ENGL for English), (2) a course identification number, (3) a short title, (4) semester hours of credit (in parentheses), (5) a brief content description, (6) whether or not a laboratory is included, (7) prerequisite or corequisite courses (if any).

Courses numbered 001 to 0999 are developmental; courses numbered 100 to 1999 are freshman level; courses numbered 200 to 2999 are sophomore level. Some course numbers may be followed by a letter. This indicates some special aspect of the course. The current letter designations used and their meanings are:


D =


Dual listed course (Identical course and course number
are also listed in another discipline.) This designation
takes precedence over other letters.


T =


Topical or Selected Topics course; content varies;
course often has variable credit. See catalog description
for specifics.


C =


Course is an Allied Health Clinical Experience.


P =


Course is a Practicum course.


S =


Special Interest Courses.

Courses that are designated primarily for vocational/career programs have been designated by an asterisk (*) following the course number. A number of these courses are accepted as transfer credit by some colleges and universities, but that decision is made by the receiving institution. These courses are collegiate level work, but they have been developed with a purpose other than being university parallel courses.

Additional Information Regarding Courses



The purposes of art at Volunteer State Community College are (1) to offer art courses for the general student body, and (2) to supply curricula for students desiring a career in art and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students interested in a career in art should seek guidance from the art faculty before enrolling in art courses.


The aviation offering has two aims: (1) to provide basic courses for the general education student who desires to know more about aviation, and (2) to assist the student who wishes to obtain an FAA private pilot's license for recreational or business use.


The Biology course offerings reflect the varied degree programs for which they are designed. Biology 1030 is a four-semester hour course designed for the non-science major. Biology 1030 must be paired with a 4-hour science course from another discipline (ASTR, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, PSCI) to fulfill the 8-hour Natural Science general education requirement. The BIOL 1110-1120 sequence is intended for those students having a strong background and desiring a more in-depth survey of biology than the BIOL 1010-1020 sequence offers.

Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both courses in any pair: (BIOL 1030, BIOL 1010); (BIOL 1030, BIOL 2010); (BIOL 1030, BIOL 1110); (BIOL 1010, BIOL 2010); (BIOL 1010, BIOL 1110); (BIOL 2010, BIOL 1110).


The chemistry offerings at the College include essentially all of the chemistry courses that would be required in the first two years of a four-year curriculum in biology, chemistry, engineering, pre-nursing and pre-medical professional curricula. For students having little or no background in chemistry, CHEM 110* (Internet course without laboratory) and CHEM 1030 (university-parallel one semester with laboratory) are offered. Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both CHEM 1030 and CHEM 1110.


Communication is the study of human interaction in interpersonal and group settings (among friends, families, and co-workers, for example), and in public settings (including the workplace, the community, and the mass media). Courses in each of the five programs - General Communication, Business & Professional Communication, Journalism, Radio/TV, and Speech & Forensics - balance theory with practical skills.

Computer Information Systems

For additional special skill COMPUTER courses not designed for degree credit, please refer to the Special Interest Course listings located at the end of the Course Description section of this catalog.


General Information: The freshman English courses, ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020, are a sequence and must be taken in that order. The student must have successfully completed ENGL 1010 before registering for ENGL 1020. The student must have successfully completed ENGL 1020 before registering for any sophomore English course. If sophomore literature is required in the curriculum, the student may elect to take one of the following courses: ENGL 2010, 2020, 2110, 2120, 2310, or 2320. The courses may be taken in any order. No other VSCC English courses may be substituted for the sophomore literature requirement specified in the general education program for any degree.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

In order to help satisfy the need for ESOL instruction by students whose first language is not English, Vol State offers a program which teaches reading, writing and speaking to non-native students. These courses are designed to take students from low-intermediate proficiency to fluency adequate for their successful completion of standard college level courses.

Students should take the English Placement test and be advised before registering for classes.

Students seeking ESOL instruction in reading should enroll in designated sections of DSPR 0700 (Reading I) or DSPR 0800 (Reading II), depending upon placement scores.

Students seeking instruction in writing should enroll in ESOL designated sections of DSPW 0700 (Writing I) or DSPW 0800 (Writing II), depending upon placement scores.

ESOL sections of DSPR and DSPW courses are designated by an E after the course number.  DSPR 0700E, DSPR 0800E, DSPW 0700E, DSPW 0800E.

Students who are not prepared to enroll in the classes listed above may enroll in sections of Continuing Education.
For additional information on enrollment or placement testing, contact the Humanities Division.


Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both courses in any pair: (GEOL 1030, GEOL 1040); (GEOL 1030, 1050).


General Objectives: The courses in mathematics are designed to provide the basic preparation for students who plan to: (1) enter professional schools; (2) teach in elementary or secondary schools; (3) major in mathematics, in the natural (biological or physical) sciences or in other areas with mathematics requirements; (4) enter careers in business and industry. Courses are also provided to meet the cultural and general education requirements.

Placement in Courses: A student may be eligible to enter advanced mathematics courses on the basis of his high school record and/or satisfactory ACT scores. Permission to enter advanced classes on this basis must be obtained from the Dean, Mathematics and Science Division, or Chairman of the Mathematics Department. Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both courses in any pair:(MATH 1130, MATH 1710); and (MATH 1830, MATH 1910).

Mathematics Laboratory: Any enrolled student may utilize the Mathematics Laboratory. Supplementary audio/visual materials, tutorial computer software, and personalized instruction are available.

Media Information Resources

The purpose of the Media Information Resources program at Volunteer State Community College is to provide non-traditional, inter-disciplinary cultural enrichment courses, based on information finding skills.

Medical Imaging

(See Special Interest Courses in Computerized Tomography, Mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging)


The purposes of music at Volunteer State Community College are (1) to offer general music courses to the student body as a whole, (2) to provide applied music instruction and music ensembles for any student who wishes to participate.

Applied Music: Individual Instruction

One hour credit in individual instruction is granted for one half-hour lesson per week. The special fee for all individual instruction in music may be found in the Schedule of Classes published each semester


A student may couple PHYS 1030 with ASTR 1030, BIOL 1030, BIOL 1040, CHEM 1030, GEOL 1030, or PSCI 1030 (refer to Natural Science - General Education Core) to complete the 8-hour Natural Science Requirement. Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both courses in any pair: (PHYS 2010, PHYS 2110); (PHYS 1030, PHYS 2010); (PHYS 1030, PHYS 2110).

Special Interest Courses

In support of the effective fulfillment of its mission, the College promotes lifelong learning opportunities throughout the College's twelve-county service region. Special interest classes are open to all who desire to improve professionally or to enrich their personal lives. These courses are not applicable toward any associate degree or technical certificate nor are credit hours related to Special Interest Classes included for financial aid purposes.