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Rio Salado College was established in 1978 in response to a growing need for accessible education solutions and workforce training for the people of Maricopa County and the State of Arizona. The college added hand-coded, online courses to its distance learning options in 1996. In 2004, Rio Salado introduced its first custom-built learning management system, RioLearn, and by 2006, a majority of the classes offered by the school had been converted to an online format. Rio Salado College is widely recognized for its culture of innovation, forward-thinking approach and innovative approach to accessible learning to higher education. It annually serves more than 65,000 students from around the world.

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  • ECN 212
    Microeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles

    Microeconomic analysis including the theory of consumer choice, price determination, resource allocation and in come distribution. Includes non-competitive market structures such as monopoly and oligopoly and the effects of government regulation.

  • ENG 101
    First Year English Composition
  • First Year English Composition

    Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on expository writing and understanding writing as a process. Establishing effective college-level writing strategies through four or more writing projects comprising at least 3,000 words in total.

  • CIS 105
    Survey of Computer Information Systems
  • Survey of Computer Information Systems

    Overview of computer technology, concepts, terminology, and the role of computers in business and society. Discussion of social and ethical issues related to computers. Use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.

  • PSY 101
    Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology

    To acquaint the student with basic principles, methods and fields of psychology such as learning, memory, emotion,perception, physiological, developmental, intelligence, social and abnormal.

  • SOC 101
    Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology

    Fundamental concepts of social organization, culture, socialization, social institutions and social change.

  • ASB 102
    Culture in a Globalizing World
  • Culture in a Globalizing World

    Principles of cultural and social anthropology, with illustrative materials from a variety of cultures. The nature of culture;social, political, and economic systems; religion, aesthetics and language.

  • MAT 142
    College Mathematics
  • College Mathematics

    College-level mathematics and its applications to real-life problems. Emphasis on understanding mathematical concepts and their applications. Topics include set theory, probability, statistics, finance, and geometry.

  • BIO 100
    Biology Concepts
  • Biology Concepts

    A one-semester introductory course covering basic principles and concepts of biology. Methods of scientific inquiry and behavior of matter and energy in biological systems are explored.

  • BIO 105
    Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Biology

    Fundamentals of ecology and their relevance to human impact on natural ecosystems.

  • COM 100
    Introduction to Human Communication
  • Introduction to Human Communication

    Theory and practice of communication skills in public, small group, and interpersonal settings. Includes study of the speech communication process.

  • HIS 103
    US History to 1865
  • US History to 1865

    The political, economic, and social development of the United States from the Pre-Columbian period through the end of the Civil War (1865).

  • ARH 100
    Introduction to Art
  • Introduction to Art

    Understanding and enjoyment of art through study of painting, sculpture, architecture design, photography, and decorative arts. Emphasis on contemporary topics and cultural diversity in the arts.

  • GLG 101
    Introduction to Geology
  • Introduction to Geology

    A study of the kind and arrangement of materials composing the Earth's crust and the geological processes at work on and within the Earth's surface.

  • ENH 241
    American Literature before 1860
  • American Literature before 1860

    Includes literature written prior to 1860 in the United States.

  • GBS 151
    Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Business

    Characteristics and activities of current local, national, and international business. An overview of economics, marketing, management and finance. Prerequisites: None

  • ECN 211
    Macroeconomic Principles
  • Macroeconomic Principles

    A descriptive analysis of the structure and functioning of the American economy. Emphasis on basic economic institutions and factors that determine national income and employment levels. Consideration given to the macroeconomic topics of national income, unemployment, inflation and monetary and fiscal policies.

Tiffin University is an independent, coeducational institution founded in 1888 and located on a 115-acre campus in the State of Ohio. The University enrolls about 5,000 students. It offers professionally-focused academic programs and grants the following degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Business Administration, Associate of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Humanities, and Master of Science. On campus and online courses offered. There are approximately 400 full-time and adjunct faculty--many of whom work in their field of study, and remain closely connected to their industry.

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  • CIS111
    Information Systems and Applications
  • Information Systems and Applications

    This course is designed for students who have used MS Word regularly and have an understanding of MS Windows. Topics covered include responsible use of information technology, hardware concepts, the use, development and maintenance of spreadsheets (Excel), the creation of electronic presentations (PowerPoint), and an introduction to databases (Access). This is a hands-on skills and a conceptual course. Participants will be required to demonstrate software proficiency in the lab, as well as, through objective written tests.

  • ENG141
    Expository and Research Writing
  • Expository and Research Writing

    This course prepares students for academic writing and research. Students will develop skills in summary, synthesis, and argument writing, and will be introduced to college research. They may be taught these skills through a variety of rhetorical modes (pro/con, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, etc.) and/or through rhetorical analysis (ethos, logos, and pathos). Emphasis is placed on developing essays characterized by strong thesis statements; focused, coherent, and logically ordered paragraphs; correct grammar; and correct documentation in APA style.

  • COM241
    Intro to Mass Communication
  • Intro to Mass Communication

    A survey course examining the various media (i.e., newspaper, radio, television, film, etc.) comprising the mass media in contemporary American society. Emphasis is given to the history, structure, and potential effects of each medium.

  • MGT161
    Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Business

    This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with a broad variety oftopics that are fundamental to the understanding of business. These include theessentials of economics, finance, management, marketing, international business,strategy, and ethics. The study and discussion of current issues in each of these areaswill be used to increase the students’ understanding.

  • SOC101
    Principles of Sociology
  • Principles of Sociology

    Introduction to the basic concepts of sociological study, elements of social life, social patterns and institutions, and the process of maintenance and change in society.

  • HIS111
    American Society to 1865
  • American Society to 1865

    This survey course focuses on the social, political, religious, economic and cultural experiences of the inhabitants of North America (excluding Canada) from colonization through revolution, to westward expansion and finally the American Civil War.

  • HIS112
    American Society since 1865
  • American Society since 1865

    This course surveys American History from Reconstruction, through late nineteenth century industrialization, into the development of the nation as a world power by the mid-twentieth century, and culminating in her role during the Cold War andbeyond. Students learn the historical processtracing themes through time and noting important connections among them. Students work with primary and secondary sources to complete at least one written project designed to develop critical thinking skills and reinforce the historical process. History readily lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach; therefore, students should receive a variety of world-views experienced through a number of disciplines. This is a writing intensive course.

  • PSY101
    Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology

    Introduction to psychology as a behavioral science, including historical background, human development (genetic and physical) from birth through death, the senses and perception, intelligence and creativity, and the principles of conditioning, learning, memory, and forgetting.

  • MAT174
    Finite Math
  • Finite Math

    MAT174 applies mathematical techniques to solve real-world problems and involves thestudy of topics including linear models, systems of equations, financial math, set theory,logic, probability, and statistics.

  • PHI110
    The Art of Reasoning
  • The Art of Reasoning

    This course introduces students to philosophy through a study of the art ofreasoning, which is essential in any field or endeavor that requires clear,skillful, and critical thinking. Students will learn how to classify concepts,formulate definitions, analyze and evaluate propositions, analyze, constructand evaluate arguments, and identify common fallacies in reasoning. Thestudy is oriented towards practical applications and involves a variety ofskills in the analysis and evaluation of reasoning in daily life, scientificinquiries and professional fields.

  • PHI112
    Great Philosophers
  • Great Philosophers

    This course provides a historical introduction to philosophy as a source of wisdom andinspiration. In this class we focus on the question: What is philosophy? We shallexamine various philosophers’ answers to this question. Through the course workstudents will become familiar with various views on philosophy, learn how to appreciate,analyze and compare those views, and learn the methods of philosophical analysis.

  • POL101
    Introduction to the American Political Process
  • Introduction to the American Political Process

    A survey course that covers the American democratic process and the distribution ofauthority and responsibility between the federal, state, and local levels.