Get a Human Approach to Biology in Spring 2019

Biology students at ACC during labDid you know…?

The biology department has a course that covers basic human anatomy and physiology with a focus on wellness, nutrition, and disease prevention? It has lots of amazing labs like blood typing, EKGs, DNA fingerprinting, urinalysis, and even a CADAVER WORKSHOP!

It’s BIO104 Biology – A Human Approach.

There is a traditional version and a hybrid version. Both have a lab that meets once a week. There are two sections running Spring 2019:

BIO 104 101
Lecture: Monday/Wednesday, 9 – 10:15am
Lab: Wednesday, 10:30am – 12:20pm

BIO 104 301
Lecture: Online
Lab: Tuesday, 4 – 5:50pm

It’s a GT (guaranteed transfer) science class. This would be great for you if you are in one of our healthcare programs or need a transferable lecture/lab science course. Talk to your advisor about how to apply this class to your degree or certificate!

by Rachel Willard, ACC Biology Faculty

Spring 2019 – Learning Community Courses

What is a “Learning Community?”

A learning community is two ACC classes that are paired with a common theme. Two professors, one from each class/subject area, work closely together to offer students an opportunity to learn content in a strategically-connected manner. Each course has at least one shared assignment. Students complete the assignment, and then both instructors grade it based on established learning objectives in their individual course.

• Students must enroll in both classes.
• Students earn full credit for both classes.
• Grades are given for each class, independent of the paired class.

All of our spring Learning Community Courses are guaranteed to transfer.

Spring 2019 Learning Community Courses

Literature and Psychology of the Apocalypse

LIT 115-102 and PSY 102-103 (Intro to Literature & General Psychology II)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1:00-2:15 p.m.

A fully-integrated course in which students read, write, and learn about the end of the world while considering how real people would respond in apocalyptic situations.

Both courses are part of the Great Books program.

Sex and cinema: it’s more than porn!

PSY 217-101 and HUM 103-101 (Human Sexuality & Intro to Film Art)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:45 p.m.

A fully-integrated course in which students explore sexual identity, sexual health, and sexual behavior through the stylistic and narrative systems of film.

Great Debates

ENG 122-109 and HIS 101-102 (English Composition II & Western Civ: Antiquity-1650)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

A linked course that will look at the events, peoples, groups, ideas, institutions, and trends that have shaped Western Civilization from the prehistoric era to 1650. By studying the direct writing of this period as well as modern modes of historical and argumentative writing, students will analyze, evaluate, and construct their own arguments and writing.

ENG 122 is part of the Great Books program.
HIS 101 includes a 6-week gaming component.

Arguments and Astronomy

ENG 122-110 and AST 101-102 (English Composition II & Planetary Astronomy with Lab)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-4:45 p.m.

A linked course that will apply advanced composition research, rhetorical analysis, and writing skills to the study of the universe within the solar system.

Both courses are part of the Great Books program.

For more information about learning communities courses at ACC, contact Erica Henningsen at 303.797.5786 or erica.henningsen@arapahoe.edu.

What is Concurrent Enrollment

(And why should I participate?)

Move Mountains with the Concurrent Enrollment Program!

Move Mountains with the Concurrent Enrollment Program!

Have you heard your colleagues or friends talk about concurrent enrollment but wondered what it really is?  Concurrent Enrollment (CE) is a nationwide trend in higher education to offer high school students the option of participating in college-credit courses taught by college-approved high school teachers on their high school campuses. Sometimes called “dual credit” or “dual enrollment” or “college in the high school,” students enrolled in these classes earn credit towards both high school graduation and college completion.

Here at ACC, we offer students a couple different options.  One option is for students to take classes in their high school.  Check with your counselor for courses available at your school. Our Concurrent Enrollment Office works with over 30 high schools across 8 school districts enrolling over 2400 students per semester.  If a high school student discovers that the CE options on his/her high school campus don’t align with future career goals, a student may choose to take courses on our campus, with permission from their high school counselor, working with our Student Recruitment and Outreach Office.

So, why would a student want to participate in concurrent enrollment classes at their high school?  One great reason is cost: they’re free!  When taken at their high school, the cost of tuition for these classes is paid through the student’s home school district and the College Opportunity Fund (COF).  With the sky-rocketing costs of higher education and the continuing need for employees with degrees, students have the opportunity to lower their overall cost of college tuition, potentially reducing any future debt.

Another reason for students to take advantage of concurrent enrollment is the advantage of experience.  To enroll in a CE course, students apply for admission to the community college and begin their journey of higher education.  As CE students in the high school, they learn key skills that prepare them to transition smoothly into a post-secondary institution.

For students who’ve long known about (and perhaps dreaded) those AP or IB courses, a CE student has the advantage of earning the credit immediately on successful course completion with a “C” or higher with no exit exam or post-test required.  The credit appears on an ACC transcript as if the student had taken the course on our campus, and it can potentially apply directly towards a degree.  If a student takes a CE course designated as a “guaranteed transfer,” the course will transfer to any Colorado public institution.

If we want to create better futures for our secondary students with clearer pathways to post-secondary degrees and sustainable careers, perhaps we should look closer at encouraging them to consider their concurrent enrollment options!

To learn more about ACC’s Concurrent Enrollment Program, visit our website.

by Shari Culver, ACC Concurrent Enrollment Specialist