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University Studies Course Descriptions

Center for University Studies and Programs (B CUSP)

B CUSP 104 Discovery Core I: The Arts and Interdisciplinary Writing (10) VLPA,C
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through writing, interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Meets the 5-credit English Composition requirement.

B CUSP 107 Discovery Core I: Individuals, Society, and the Natural World (10) I&S/NW,QSR
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on an aspect of the individual and social relationship to the natural world

B CUSP 108 Discovery Core I: Individuals, Society, and Interdisciplinary Writing (10) I&S,C
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society, and writing

B CUSP 110 Discovery Core I: The Natural World and Interdisciplinary Writing (10) NW,C
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, the role of technology in society, bioethics, or global and local health concerns through writing, interdisciplinary investigation, and the disciplined scientific study of the natural world. Meets the 5-credit English Composition requirement.

 B CUSP 115 Discovery Core II: Individuals and Society (5) I&S
Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective, continues to build creative and critical skills, and focuses on the relationship between the individual and society.

B CUSP 117 Discovery Core II: Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (5) VLPA
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts.


B CUSP 123 Functions, Models, and Quantitative Reasoning (5) NW,QSR
Explores the concept of a mathematical function and its applications. Explores real world examples and problems to enable students to create mathematical models that help them understand the world in which they live. Each idea will be represented symbolically, numerically, graphically, and verbally. Prerequisite: sufficient score on UWB Math Assessment.


B CUSP 124 Calculus I: Origins and Early Developments (5) NW,QSR
Develops modern calculus by investigating the questions, problems, and ideas that motivated its discovery and practice. Studies the real number system and functions defined on it, focusing on limits, area and tangent calculations, properties and applications of the derivative, and the notion of continuity. Emphasizes problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in B CUSP 123 or equivalent, or sufficient score on UWB Math Assessment.

B CUSP 125 Calculus II: Foundations and the Emergence of Modern Analysis (5) NW,QSR
Focuses on the historical emergence of modern calculus, the Fundamental Theorem, area, volume, and area length calculations, properties and applications of the integral, infinite series, Taylor and Fourier expansions, and the Weierstrass definition of limit. Emphasizes problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in B CUSP 124.

B CUSP 131 Special Topics in First-Year Learning (5)
Text Offered: .Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students.

B CUSP 132 Portfolio Assessment (2)
Evaluates the progress of students toward the lower division learning goals at the completion the Freshman year through self-reflection, peer-review, and faculty assessment. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 104, B CUSP 107, B CUSP 108 or B CUSP 110; either B CUSP 117 or B CUSP 120.

B CUSP 133 Freshman Interest Group (3)
Provides a range of educational experiences that are able to move both within and beyond the traditional classroom. Experiences include options such as participation in undergraduate research, community engagement, and on-campus groups organized around themes of common interest.

B CUSP 134 Interdisciplinary Writing (5) C
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research.

B CUSP 142 General Chemistry (5) NW,QSR
For science and engineering majors. Atomic nature of matter, stoichiometry, periodic table, quantum concepts, and gas laws. Includes laboratory. Recommended: high school chemistry and placement into B CUSP 123 or higher.

B CUSP 152 General Chemistry (5) NW
Energy, enthalpy and thermochemistry, spontaneity, entropy and free energy, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics and atomic theory, general concepts of bonding. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: 1.7 in B CUSP 142.

B CUSP 162 General Chemistry (5) NW
Covalent bonding, chemical kinetics, liquids and solids, properties of solutions, the elements in groups 1A-4A, the elements in groups 5A-8A, transition metals and coordination chemistry, and organic chemistry. Includes laboratory. Prerequisite: 1.7 in B CUSP 152

B CUSP 175 Introduction to American Government (5) I&S
Examines the major institutions and processes of American government, including civil liberties and rights, federalism, Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, executive branch, political parties and elections, interest groups, and civic engagement.

B CUSP 176 Introduction to Global Economy (5) I&S,QSR
Provides intellectual frameworks for common concerns about globalization, competition, trade, transnational corporations, migration, and other contemporary questions. Emphasized mastery of relevant data and the ability to connect data to analysis and argument.
Instructor Course Description: Colin Danby

B CUSP 189 Myth, Ritual, and Culture (5) VLPA/I&S
Introduces the concepts of ritual, myth, symbols, and the construction of meaning in fields such as psychology, anthropology, performance studies, theater, and religions studies, focusing on the formation of rituals and their functions in different social contexts.

B CUSP 190 Contemporary Literature (5) VLPA
Critically engages with contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, cross-genre writing, or new media texts to investigate questions such as methods of interpretation, cultural identity, historiography, gender formations, or political analysis.
Instructor Course Description: Linda S Watts

B CUSP 191 Art and Public Spaces (5) VLPA
Examines works from across the arts: painting, writing, film, architecture, theater, new media. Explores their relationship to public spaces such as museums, site-specific structures, galleries, and exhibitions, as well as the history of their public reception. Includes site visits.
Instructor Course Description: Linda S Watts

B CUSP 192 Cross-Cultural Philosophies and Religions (5) I&S
A cross cultural examination of philosophical and religious perspectives on basic questions of human life such as meaning, reality, knowledge, and action, with the aim of developing a sense of the rich complexity of varying cultural and interpretive traditions.


B CUSP 197 Studio Arts: Dance, Theater, Music, and InterArts Performance (2, max. 6) VLPA
Develops skills in a variety of studio arts in order to enhance student ability as a performer, arts creator, educator, or in applied areas of creativity.

B CUSP 200 Introduction to Microeconomics (5) I&S, QSR
Analysis of markets: consumer demand, production, exchange, the price system, resource allocation, government intervention. Recommended: B CUSP 123.

B CUSP 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics (5) I&S, QSR
Analysis of the aggregate economy: national income, inflation, business fluctuations, unemployment, monetary system, federal budget, international trade and finance. Prerequisite: B CUSP 200; recommended: B CUSP 123

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