Browse Winter Courses
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- Payment is due at the time of Registration.
- Students can take a maximum of 4.5 credits.
- Winter Session is December 17th-January 11th. There is an overlap with Fall semester finals at USM. Please plan accordingly.
1. A quick and easy printable PDF course listing*. Additional courses may become available. Check back often for the most up-to-date list!
*Please note, students must satisfy all program and course prerequisites in order to register. In addition, we strive to keep our course PDF's current but please note that course listings and availability are subject to change. For complete and up-to- date details on courses, please visit the USM MaineStreet Class Search or call 207-780-5900.
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3. For your convenience, an interactive course listing that provides faculty contact information and course description.
ABU 190 Spreadsheet & Problem Solving
Alice B Cash
An examination of problem-solving techniques using modern computer applications software. Primary focus is on the use of electronic spreadsheets as a problem-solving tool, including proper spreadsheet model design and the use of appropriate graphical representation of model results. Other computer problem-solving software is examined. Interpretation and effective communication of results, both written and oral, are practiced. Prerequisite: MAT 051B or equivalent proficiency and computer literacy.
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BUS 275 Applied Business Analysis
This course provides students with an understanding of statistical concepts and tools that are critical in business decision making. The discussion and development of each topic are presented in an application setting, with the statistical results providing insights and solutions to real world problems. The coursework requires extensive use of commercially available statistical software. Prerequisite: ABU 190 (C or higher grade, or test out option), MAT 108 (C- or higher grade) and MAT 210 (C- or higher grade) or other approved statistics course (see www.usm.maine.edu/sb/stats.html for approved courses).
BUS 335 International Business
Robert S Heiser
Introduction to the global economy and the political and cultural environments of international business. Topics include financial, marketing, and human resource issues in international business. Prerequisites: ECO 101, ECO 102, and junior standing.
CMS 102 Intro to Communication
Glorianne C Schott
This course provides students with an overview and brief history of the field of communication, introduces them to theory development and the research process, and illustrates how communication theories can be applied to everyday life. Students will explore communication in a variety of contexts, including intrapersonal, organizational, intercultural, and mass communication.
CMS 332 Communication in the Family
This course examines the role of communication in various family types. Students will be introduced to research and theory on the family and will apply findings to their own lives. Topics covered will include family satisfaction, communication rules, decision making, values, structures, autonomy, and conflict. Students will be asked to draw upon their family backgrounds for analysis and discussion. 3 credits.
CMS 350 The Internet and Society
Leonard J Shedletsky
This course explores the worldwide network of computers linked to form a new medium of communication-the Internet. Course content will include the computer as a tool of communication, and how the Internet influences communication in such ordinary areas of life as work, interpersonal relations, and education. Students must have access to the Internet to participate in this course. 3 credits.
CON 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness
Alicia C Trott
The primary emphasis of this course is to teach students how to take control of their personal health and lifestyle habits. Major areas will include nutrition/weight management, fitness training techniques, flexibility, coronary risk factor management, muscular strength/endurance, stress management, and other wellness-related topics. Class content will include readings, discussions, self-assessment activities, and development of personalized nutrition and physical activity plans.
CON 270 Holistic Approach Reproductive Health
Allison S Gray
This course will enable the student to look critically at reproductive health options through the lifespan. Through readings, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and online discussions, we will weigh evidence related to alternative, complementary, and natural approaches to managing reproductive health issues. The course will follow a life span, growth and development approach. Course topics will include natural family planning methods, holistic contraception, infertility and pregnancy issues, holistic birth support skills, and holistic care of the newborn after birth. In addition, adult reproductive issues will be covered including menopause, erectile dysfunction, and sexuality in aging. The student will participate online via the discussion board, online quizzes, short essays, and complete an assignment to create a holistic teaching page related to a reproductive health topic.
CON 281 Holistic Health II
This course explores the realm of holistic health in greater depth. A strong component will focus on approaches to healing, including such topics as nutrition, meditation, forgiveness, and thought communication. Spiritual and metaphysical dimensions will be integrated as they relate to the total well-being of the individual. The primary goal is to become conversant with holistic approaches that are widely used in promoting and supporting self-healing and transformation in both self and others.
CRM 100 Introduction to Criminology
Dusan I Bjelic
This course focuses on the nature of crime and on problems concerning its measurement and distribution. The course examines some of the popular images of crime in the media and elsewhere, the creation and utility of official and unofficial crime statistics, and theories about the causes of crime. A grade of "C" or better is required in this course in order to continue in the major.
ESP 223 Nature Based Tourism
David B Jones
This course covers the basics of nature tourisma fast-growing, broad category that covers ecotourism and adventure tourism. An emphasis is placed on a variety of tourist activities and programs involving the outdoors in Maine and northern New England. This is a required course for a minor in nature tourism.
GEY 100 Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Moving Plates
Mark T Swanson
An introduction to minerals, rocks, and the processes that have continually shaped the earth over hundreds of millions of years of geologic history. The course also explores how the movements of crustal plates generates earthquakes, volcanoes, continental rifting, sea floor spreading, subduction, and continental-scale mountain ranges. For core science course credit, registration in one of the following: GEY 101 or GEY 106 is required; concurrent registration is recommended.
GEY 101 Lab Experiences in Geology
Mark T Swanson
Weekly lab sessions will focus on the basic skills of mineral identification, rock classification, and interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. Field trips to local geologic sites of interest will help illustrate rock types and geologic processes that shape our world. Traditional map, compass, and modern GPS techniques will be utilized. For core science course credit, registration in one of the following: GEY 100, GEY 103, or GEY 105 is required; concurrent registration is recommended.
HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development
Julie A Zink
This course introduces developmental theory and research that encompasses the entire lifespan. Emphasis will be on prenatal development through adolescence, with an overview of adult development. A multi-disciplinary and multicultural view of human development will be taken by examining theories from a socio-cultural context and in consideration of change as well as stability throughout the life cycle. The interaction of hereditary, environmental, and socio-cultural factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. Prerequisite: Second semester freshmen or above; must have completed College Writing and EYE course.
HTY 122 United States History 1800 to 1900
Adam M Tuchinsky
A thematic treatment of the nineteenth-century United States and its peoples. Chronological coverage of the nation's political, social, economic, intellectual, and institutional development provides the context for addressing the personalities and events of the country and its relations with the larger world.
LCC 340 Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Role
Sharon E Timberlake
In this course, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements, interviews, and updated e-portfolios.
LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics
Christy L Hammer
This writing instruction course assists students in articulating and assessing their own values. It examines the range of ethical theories and positions and explores the influence of particular cultural ideologies on ethical beliefs. The course considers the ethical principles implied by democracy, sustainability, justice, and difference. It examines ethical issues and dilemmas faced by individuals, organizations, and nations while exploring personal and collective decision-making processes in a global context. Prerequisite: Core Area C.
MAT 105 Mathematics for Quantitative Decision Making
Muhammad A El-Taha
This is an introductory course in quantitative literacy that, through lecture and lab, emphasizes critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and technological tools. Topics are selected to develop an awareness of the utility of mathematics in life and to instill an appreciation of the scope and nature of its decision making potential. Prerequisite: successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics.
MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics
Bhisham C Gupta
An introduction to probability and statistics through lecture and lab. Particular topics include random variables and their distributions, methods of descriptive statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation. Prerequisite: successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics.
MUS 100 Music Appreciation and History
Michele Kaschub (Class # 15227)
A survey of music from the Gregorian chant to the modern times, covering musical practices of the renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Representative works by the outstanding composers of each period. Open to all students.
MUS 103 Introduction to Jazz
A survey of jazz from its inception to the present day. Involves a study of the origins and stylistic development of jazz. Open to all students.
MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music
A background study of concepts and skills essential to an intelligent reading of music. The development of natural music abilities through participating in singing, rhythmic activities, and instrumental work. An appreciation of music through awareness of basic structures. Open to all students.
PHI 107 Introduction to Philosophy: World Philosophy
Derek Anthony Michaud
This course presents the world views of philosophers from ancient to contemporary times. The thinkers will be chosen from a broad range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Emphasis will be placed on the wide diversity and historical background of philosophical positions. This course satisfies the Cultural Interpretation requirement of the new Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: A college writing course.
PHI 235 Philosophy and Social Media
Julien S Murphy
The course examines the moral dimensions of communicative social interaction in a digital context. The focus is how social media transform traditional ethical issues such as: truth, trust, privacy, autonomy, sexual responsibility, civility and community. Students will learn moral and legal frameworks for evaluating the digital dimensions of social life.
PSY 101 General Psychology I
John P Broida
An introduction to the study of behavior as a natural science. Among the topics covered are: method of inquiry, physiological foundations of behavior, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, learning and thinking. This course is a prerequisite for all courses in the Department.
REC 223 Nature Based Tourism
David B Jones
This course covers the basics of nature tourism, a broad category that covers ecotourism, adventure tourism, and a variety of activities and programs involving the outdoors. An emphasis is placed on Maine and northern New England nature tourism. REC 223/ESP 223 is one of the required courses for the nature tourism minor offered jointly between the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Department of Environmental Science.
RHF 118 Yoga
Amanda D Curtis Kezal
RHF courses are designed to provide education and skill development in a particular recreation or health/fitness activity. Because skill and/or fitness development are objectives in all RHF courses, students must attend and participate in class activities in order to pass. The Department reserves the right to request written medical clearance for participation in courses that require high intensity exercise.
WST 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Deborah H Larson
This course explores from a variety of perspectives the following inter-related themes and topics: the economic, political, and social status of women as a group and in discrete cultural contexts; the politics of representation, or how ideas about femininity and feminism are promoted throughout the media and other vehicles of culture; the construction of consciousness, both through the media and through feminist tactics; women and collective action in the past, present, and future. This course is writing-intensive; students are expected to practice their writing skills through formal essays. Offered every semester.