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ENG 1A Freshman English (3)
Completion with a grade of C (2.0) or better and a score of 4 or better on the Writing Exit test fulfills Communication Skills requirement in writing for both the Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. Principles and practice of writing with attention to analytical reading. Includes discussion skills, library usage, research techniques, and an introduction to literature. Completion with a grade of C or better.

ENG 1B Freshman English (3)
Completion with a grade of C (2.0) or better and a score of 4 or better on the Writing Exit test fulfills Communication Skills requirement in writing for both the Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. Principles and practice of writing with attention to analytical reading. Includes discussion skills, library usage, research techniques, and an introduction to literature. Completion with a grade of C or better.

ECO 2 Macroeconomics (3)
An introductory analysis of the aggregate economic system. This course discusses methods of recording and determining gross national product, employment, price stability, fiscal and monetary policy.

BUS 5 Business Law 1 (3)
An introduction to the development of legal principles for business activity, as found in common law, statutory laws, and the Uniform Commercial Code. Use of case studies for practical applications. Introduction to legal reasoning and legal writing; concentration on contracts and their use throughout all business negotiations; introduction to issues of commercial liability and sales transactions.

PHS 1 Scientific Concepts (3)
This introductory course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of the scientific principles that govern our environment. The primary emphasis is chemistry, including an overview of the properties of chemicals with a closer look at the atom, the elements, and chemical bonds and reactions. Also addressed are topics in Physics such as mechanics, heat and energy. This course will provide students with the foundation needed for continued study in the sciences and applied fields such as nursing.

ECO 1 Microeconomics (3)
An exploration of the economic affairs of industries and the individual business firm. This course introduces the price system, the law of supply and demand and economic analysis of individual markets such as labor or international trade.

PHI 10 Critical Thinking (3)
Students taking this course will learn reasoning techniques so they develop their skills at argumentation, spotting fallacious reasoning, examining uses of language, evaluating reasoning, examining assumptions, weighing evidence, determining credibility of witnesses, problem solving, decision-making, and applying critical thinking skills to moral reasoning, advertising, the media, and legal reasoning. This course carries credit equivalent to PHI 5 GS-II, VB3.

PHI 92 Business Ethics (3)
A case study approach to business ethics and information technology. Using ethical theories, we will cover such moral dilemmas as affirmative action, electronic privacy, censorship and the Internet, and business practices (product liability, whistle blowing, honesty, advertising) environmental concerns, global issues, corporate decision-making and responsibility. Students who take this course may not take PHI 21 for credit. Honors student should take PHI 21H, not PHI 92.

SPR 86 Portmont College 101 (3)
This course is designed to assist new students in successfully transitioning into MSMC?s rigorous online and blended learning format. College Success specialists conduct this in-person intensive session. Course topics may include time-management, effective utilization of college technology, self-care and stress management, academic planning, career planning and introduction to college resources.

SPR 25 Scholar Mentor Seminar / Peer Tutoring (1)
A survey of the issues and skills needed for successful peer tutoring. Emphasis is placed on understanding of tutoring principles and practices important for initiating a productive tutorial relationship. Permission of instructor is required.

RST 61 World Religions (3)
A survey of the largest religious traditions: includes Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Other religions may be added (e.g., Confucian/Taoism at the discretion of professor). This course focuses on the following: the religion's historical development, its sacred texts, essentials in its way of life, its spiritual life and arts, and distinctive truths about ultimate realities and the unique purpose of human life and afterlife hopes. Prerequisite for RST 161: A lower division course in the same area.

BUS 16A: Accounting Principles 1 (4)
Course emphasis is on the measurement, valuation, and the accumulation of accounting data. Topics include the accounting cycle through financial statements, accounting for merchandise, internal control, notes, bad debts, inventories and accounting for lived tangible and intangible assets. Focus is on the sole proprietorship. Faculty-guided lab experiences are provided for additional reinforcement of course concepts.

BUS 16B: Accounting Principles 2 (4)
Course emphasis is on the measurement, valuation and the accumulation of accounting data. Topics include accounting for partnerships, corporations, bonds, cash flow statements, present value, annuities and financial statement analysis. Faculty guided experiences are provided for additional reinforcement of course concepts. Prerequisite: BUS 16A.

MTH 28 Mathematical Analysis for Business (3)
Topics in Algebra including solutions of systems of equations and inequalities; exponential and logarithmic functions; linear programming and mathematics of finance. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics to problems in business. Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Examination or completion of MTH 2X.

MTH 38 Elements of Probability & Statistics (3)
Topics in Algebra including solutions of systems of equations and inequalities; exponential and logarithmic functions; linear programming and mathematics of finance. Emphasis is placed on the application of mathematics to problems in business. Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Examination or completion of MTH 2X.

BUS 4 Business Foundations & Analysis (3)
An analytical survey of the principles and skills necessary for accounting, economics, marketing, finance, human resources, management, and government policies as they apply to business in the United States and globally. Through the course students develop a framework for analyzing business issues and develop critical thinking skills to solve organizational problems. This course will include an introduction of the case method.

BUS 21 Business Writing (3)
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BUS 185 Principles of Management (3)
This course discusses the four principal functions of management: planning, organization, leadership and control, including quality control, managing cultural diversity, motivation and other leadership issues, decision making, group communication and organization. Case studies explore these topics within the context of business ethics and corporate responsibility to the community. Prerequisite: BUS 4 (except Weekend College).

BUS 160 Principles of Marketing (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of marketing. Through this course, (a) the foundations of marketing will be explored--product issues, pricing decisions, distribution channels and promotional strategies; (b) the users of marketing will be identified; (c) the role of marketing in the organization and society will be examined; (d) marketing objectives, tools and resources will be assessed; and (e) components of strong marketing strategy will be evaluated. Prerequisite: BUS 4 (except Weekend College).

BUS 175 Sales Management (3)
This course explores the function of sales and the relationship to the overall marketing program. Topics considered include setting sales objectives, formulation of sales strategy, development of a sales organization, selecting and working with distributors and dealers, measurement of salesmen's performance, evaluation of sales management performance, control of sales operations, and integration of sales and other marketing activities. Prerequisite: BUS 160.

BUS 184 Organizational Behavior (3)
This course brings the insights into human behavior in organizations brought forth by psychology and sociology and centers them on their implications for business organizations. Issues pursued in this course include group dynamics, communications, motivation, leadership, and decision making as well as organizational design, culture, development and change. The discipline of organizational behavior is unique in its combined goals of seeking organizational success while advocating employee empowerment.