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ARTH 101   History of the Arts           3.0: 3 cr. E
A cultural course that deals broadly with all the arts in a historical and geographical context - A general knowledge course, a new and daring approach to history useful to any cultured person
Pre-requisite LE 101
ASTRO 100   Introduction to Astronomy         3.0: 3 cr. E
A general science course designed to educate students about the modern views of the origin and evolution of the universe. It describes the solar and extra-solar systems, the planets, moons, constellations, and major celestial objects. It highlights the vastness of the universe and the wonder of its parts. As a result of taking this course, students will gain appreciation for the beauty of the universe and for its Creator.
BIOL 101   Introduction to Biology I         3.0: 3 cr. E
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of Genetics and Evolution, for students undertaking the Freshman Program.
BIOL 102   Introduction to Biology Laboratory I     0.3: 1 cr. E
A set of experiments that introduces students to the world of Biology, including use of the microscope, introduction to DNA isolation and manipulation, and the safe use of biology laboratory equipment
BIOL 103   Introduction to Biology II         3.0: 3 cr. E
This course compliments BL 101 and introduces the students to the basic concepts of Immunology and Metabolism.
Pre-requisite BIOL 101
BIOL 104   Introduction to Biology Laboratory II     0.3: 1 cr. E
A set of experiments that introduces students to metabolism, including anatomy of the nervous systems, neurophysiology, testing for glycaemia, blood cells, blood typing, and an introduction to immunological techniques.
Pre-requisite BIOL 102

BUSN 101   Freshman Business I           3.0: 3 cr. E
This is a survey of the major fields in Business Administration. Topics covered include a brief overview of management, marketing, finance, accounting and data processing.
CHEM 100   Introduction to Chemistry I         3.0: 3 cr. E
Basic Chemistry Level I for Freshman students in the Scientific section. An elective for Freshman students in the Literary section. Accordingly, the course covers the following topics: Atomic theory of matter, types of reactions, concepts of acids and bases, molecular and ionic equations, oxidation-reduction reactions, calculations with chemical formulas and equations, stoichiometry, empirical gas laws, the ideal gas law, introduction to quantum chemistry.
CHEM 101   Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I     0.3: 1 cr. E
The aim of this course is to introduce and familiarize Freshman students with the laboratory environment. Students will learn how to safely handle chemical reagents, glassware and basic apparatus by carrying out basic and preliminary experiments.
Co-requisite CHEM 100
CHEM 102   Introduction to Chemistry II       3.0: 3 cr. E
Basic Chemistry Level II for Freshman students in the Scientific section. Accordingly, the course covers the following topics: types of chemical bonds, electronegativity and polarity, rate of a chemical reaction, half life, chemical equilibrium, Le-Chaterlier's principle, Equilibrium in aqueous solutions (acids, bases, buffer), solubility, introduction to organic chemistry: hydrocarbons, hybridization, alkanes and cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic hydrocarbons, reactions of hydrocarbons, organic compounds containing oxygen, Reaction of oxygen containing organic compounds, organic compounds containing nitrogen, and organic polymers.
Pre-Requisite CHEM 100
CHEM 103   Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II     0.3: 1 cr. E
In this laboratory course, Freshman students will carry out experiments such as precipitation, electrical conductivity of solutions, acid-base titration, melting point determination, distillation, etc.
Co-requisite CHEM 101

CHEM 110   Introduction to Food Chemistry and Nutrition   3.0: 3 cr. E
An introductory course for the exploration of the structure, properties, and chemical composition of food systems and the changes they undergo during processing and under storage. Basic food chemistry provides the student with knowledge of the three primary food constituents: carbohydrates, lipids and proteins and some of the main reactions between them. The Caloric concept of different food components is also discussed.
CHEM 150   Introduction To The Science Of Cosmetics   3.0: 3 cr. E
This is an enjoyable course for all students regardless of their educational formation or background. Cosmetics and toiletries are products of our every day life, ranging from the use of toothpastes, hair gels, deodorants, facial soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners and many others. Understanding how these products are made and how they work will unable you to decide which product to buy and which serves simply as a commercial tool. The student will also become familiar with basic perfume manufacturing process.
At the end of the course, each pupil will "manufacture" his/her own product they chose. The list includes shampoos, shaving creams, toothpastes, hand creams etc…
CSIS100   Basic Computer Applications       2.4: 2 cr. E
The course is intended to help the students master a number of software packages used in problem solving and daily operations in their different fields. The applications covered are mainly: word processing, spreadsheets, internet and presentations. The course employs a combination of lecture-based delivery of material and experimental hands-on problem solving workshops.
ECON 101   Freshman Economics I         3.0: 3 cr. E
A broad introduction to the field of economics and its principles, both at the micro and macro levels. Topics covered include supply and demand and utility under different market conditions, national income, public finance and international deals.
ENGL 101    English Communication Skills I        5.0: 5 cr. E
English 101 focuses primarily on the underlying skill of grammar as a basic means to produce error-free sentence writing. Students are exposed not only to traditional sentence patterns but also to outlining and paragraph writing. Training is also given in reading and oral communication.
Prerequisite: BE or TOEFL score 197 or above and EEE below 70.
ENGL 102    English Communication Skills II       5.0: 5 cr. E
English 102 focuses primarily on the four traditional sentence patterns as a means to promote effective, coherent, and unified paragraph writing. Students are exposed to basic and key principles of effective writing as well as to different types of paragraph and essay development. Training is also given in reading and oral communication.
Prerequisite: LE 101 or TOEFL score 197 and EEE 70 or above but below 80.
EVSC 100   Introduction to Environmental Science     2.0: 2 cr. E
This course will introduce the principles of basic-science and technology involved in processes of environmental change, pollution and protection of natural resources, and their implications to economic and human systems.

FHSC 101  SKILLS FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE         3.0: 3 cr. E
This course introduces students to basic knowledge about health and healthy lifestyle choices which support their "well-being". It examines the interdependence between health, lifestyle and social environment and provides students with practical life skills and techniques that could lead to positive changes in health behaviors and environment. Students are encouraged to apply knowledge and skills to personal and real -life situations

FNAT 101   Basic Drawing I           3.0: 3 cr. E
Meant to be an introductory approach not only to hand skills, but mostly to ways and means of analysis and to dealing with proper understanding of sight. Teaching the eye to be intelligent. Corollary to this are the handskills.
GEOG 101   Organization Of The World            3.0: 3 cr. E
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the new organization of world space. It will focus on the study of the major economical and political powers as well as the relation between North and West (USA/JAPAN, INDIA/CHINA). The course will analyze the new territorial organization and the international communication and information network, the commercial exchange, the formation of economical alliances, unemployment problems, energy and all new geographical challenges.
GEOL 100    Introduction to Geology         3.0: 3 cr. E
An introduction to earth science from a geological and ecological perspective. Provides information about formation of the Earth and Solar System; evolution of the crust, mantle, and core; weathering and soil formation; hydrology and limnology; and protection of earth resources and environmental sustainability.
HIST 100    The Twentieth Century          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course presents the evolution of the world from the middle of the Nineteenth Century to the present, beginning with the industrial revolution and the triumph of nationalist states in Europe and their impact on cultural and artistic evolution. It analyzes colonialist expansion and imperialist interests and rivalries during this period. The course emphasizes the outcomes of the First and Second World Wars and on the principal events of our contemporary world such as the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, the 1929 world economic crisis, the cold war and its effects, and decolonization and development of the Third World.
MATH 111   Introduction to Calculus I         3.0: 3 cr. E
The course introduces the basic trigonometric functions and their inverses. It discusses the basic ideas of functions including limits, continuity, derivatives, variations, and symmetry of functions leading to the graphs of polynomial and rational functions. The course then introduces indefinite integrals, the rules for anti-derivatives and the substitution method before definite integrals and their application to areas are discussed. The course ends by introducing vectors within a three dimensional coordinate system and by defining sets of points such as planes and lines in space.
MATH 112   Introduction to Calculus II         3.0: 3 cr. E
This course has been organized to present the calculus of logarithmic and exponential functions. Separable variable, linear first and second order differential equations follow. Basic operations in complex numbers are covered in detail. Combinatory analysis that involves combinations and permutations follows. Topics in analytical geometry such as angles between lines and planes and the orthogonal projection of a point on a plane are presented.
Pre-Requisite MATH 111
MATH 113   Introduction to Calculus III         4.0: 4 cr. E
The basic ideas concerning sequences of numbers and their limits are covered in the first part of the course. Algebraic manipulation and substitution integration techniques are carried a step further by introducing powerful techniques as integration by parts and the integration of rational and inverse trigonometric functions. The concept of probability is then introduced. Basic operations in complex numbers are developed to cover applications to Demoivre's and Euler's formulas and solutions to differential and second order complex equations. At the end of the course a detailed analytic geometry of conic sections is presented.
Pre-Requisite MATH 111

NUSC 100   Introduction to Nutrition            3.0: 3 cr. E
This is an introductory course in nutrition, designed for freshman students. The course covers the basic concepts of nutrition, with an emphasis on the different classes of nutrients - carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, fat soluble and water soluble vitamins, major minerals and water. Moreover, the course introduces students to various topics in nutrition such as the nutrient requirements of the human body, the digestive system, eating disorders, energy balance and healthy body weight, physical activity and the body's responses, and the relationship between diet and health. Current nutritional controversies will be discussed and evaluated.
PHIL 101   An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy I     3.0: 3 cr. E
A survey course that traces the intellectual and cultural development of Arabs from Pre-Islamic times up to the rise of Islamic "Kalam". Special emphasis is placed on the translation movement and the passing of Greek sciences to the Arabs.
The course concludes with an introduction to the basic concepts in classical Greek philosophy up to Plotinus and the schools of Alexandria. The course is meant to be a preliminary to PHIL 102.
PHIL 102   An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy II     3.0: 3 cr. E
This course is a survey of Islamic philosophy starting mainly with al-Kindi, al Farabi and Ibn Sina as upholders of the rational approach to truth including revelation, moving on to Al-Ghazali and the anti-reason movement, and winding up with rationalism in its come back with Ibn-Rushd in the Arab West.
Emphasis is placed at each stage on the stand of the respective philosophers on at least five of the issues that most engaged Islamic thought: The existence of God, the question of creation, the existence of the soul, the hear after and the congruency of philosophy and revolution.
Pre-Requisite PHIL 100
PHYS 100   Introduction to Physics I         3.0: 3 cr. E
Physical quantities, standards and units. Vectors and scalars. Velocity and acceleration. Motion in one, two and three dimensions. Newton's laws, falling bodies, uniform circular motion. Work and energy, power, Kinetic energy theorem. Conservation of total energy. Rectilinear sinusoidal motion, angular sinusoidal motion. Linear and angular momentum collisions. Gravitation.
PHYS 102   Introduction to Physics II         3.0: 3 cr. E
Fluids, statics, pressure, Pascal's principle and Archimede's Principle. Wave motion, interference of waves. Sound waves. Temperature, Kinetic theory, Brownian motion. Thermodynamics, first and second law. Alternating current, R-L-C circuits, power in A/C circuits. Light nature and propagation, reflection and refraction at plane surfaces. Spherical mirrors, interference of light. Diffraction, polarization, photoelectric effect, X-rays.
Pre-Requisite PHYS 100
PSIA 101   Introduction to Political Sciences I       3.0: 3 cr. E
This course provides the students at the Freshman level with the basic foundation and framework of knowledge about political science: What is political science? Why is it called a science? The answer to these two questions will be provided by exposing students to the different definitions of politics, the different approaches to the study of political science, the different tools of political analysis, and the four major elements of political science: Comparative politics, political ideologies and philosophy, public administration and international relations.
PSIA 102   Introduction to Political Sciences II     3.0: 3 cr. E
This course provides the students at the Freshman level with careful explanations and analysis of a number of topics in political science, including, but not necessarily limited to, political power, forms and machineries of governments, democracy, the nation, the state, political ideologies, political interaction and global politics.
Pre-Requisite POLS 101
PSYC 101   Introduction to Psychology I       3.0: 3 cr. E
This is an introductory course, which surveys the development of psychology from its inception up to the present, with emphasis on major concepts and schools. Class lectures and discussions are supplemented with a textbook and selected readings
PSYC 102   Introduction to Psychology II       3.0: 3 cr. E
This course is a continuation of PY 101 with more concentration on, and exposition of, modern psychological theories and concepts. Special emphasis is placed on the relationship between psychology and the other fields of studies in Arts and Social Sciences. Class lectures and discussions are supplemented with textbook and selected readings
Pre-Requisite PSYC 101
SOCL 101   Introduction to Sociology I         3.0: 3 cr. E
This course will involve a comprehensive introduction to the study of sociology. It focuses on identifying, explaining, and interpreting, concepts, principles, patterns and processes of human social relations. This is done by exposing the students to a systematic study of social structures, interactions, and social forces in society. Students registered for this course will first be introduced to the different definitions of sociology, its problems and perspectives. They will be then exposed to themes such as culture, society, socialization, conformity, deviance, gender, social stratification, etc. Upon completion of the requirements of the course, the students will be familiar with a sociological perspective they can apply to their own reality. They will be able to understand the major social forces that shape who they are, what they believe, and how they choose to live their lives.
SOCL 102   Introduction to Sociology II         3.0: 3 cr. E
This course is an introductory overview of sociology. It will start by exposing the students to the existing social institutions such the kingship, the family, the marriage, etc. It will as well study the different social changes taking place in the modern world. In that regard, students registered for this course will be exposed to themes such as globalization of social life, urbanization, revolutions and social movements, etc. Furthermore, they will learn the basic sociological approaches, theories and methods that are used by sociologists. They as well will be exposed to the different theoretical developments that took place in the field of sociology in the last decades. Upon completion of the requirements of this course, students will have a clear understanding of the major sociological orientations. They will be able to apply these orientations to social situations and problems. They will be as well more aware of the relevance of sociology and sociological research to their lives and to their future professions and careers.
Pre-Requisite SOCL 101

ASTR 111    Birth and Age of Stars          3.0: 3 cr. E
An applied science course designed to educate students about the universe. Ancient civilizations wandered about stars and used their imagination and came up with fiction stories. In this course, students will be introduced into scientific notion about how stars are born from collapsing clouds of gas and dust, and about the processes of stellar evolution by which a star undergoes a sequence of radical changes during its lifetime.

ASTR 112    Galaxy and Expansion of the Universe           3.0: 3 cr. E
An applied science course designed to educate students about the universe. Students will be introduced to concepts and paradoxes of a non-static but expanding universe; that the great groupings of stars that were seen through telescopes are not part of our own galaxy but belong to distant galaxies; that almost all galaxies are flying away from the Galaxy we are in, Milky Way; and that the velocity of recession was proportional to the distance from us. The accelerating universe is the observation that the universe appears to be expanding at an increasing rate.

BIOL 111    Introduction to Marine Biology           3.0: 3 cr. E
This course will be an opportunity for participants to learn basic concepts of marine biology. It provides an introduction to marine organisms and ecosystems and thus a framework for further study of marine biology. The main topics covered are: the marine environment; the types and variety of marine organisms; major ecological categories of marine organisms: invertebrates, fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals; marine productivity and fisheries; marine pollution and conservation.

BUSN 111    Introduction to Management          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course provides the student with the basic principles of organizational management theory applicable to all types of business organizations. This includes the main functions of management namely planning, organizing, leading and controlling. This course also examines the processes of management including environmental analysis, motivational theory, managing by objectives, decision making, problem solving, and performance measurement.

CHIN 111    Introduction to Chinese          3.0: 3 cr. Chn
This course offers an introduction to Chinese language and culture for students with no or little previous experience. The purpose of this course is for students to speak, read and write Chinese at a basic level.

CSIS 111    Introduction to Internet and software          3.0: 3 cr. E
The course provides a broad introduction to the World-Wide Web and Internet-related software. Topics covered include: the protocols of the web, tools and technologies to creatively participate in basic web development, the impact of the WWW and Internet on issues of personal privacy and computer system security. The course emphasizes several essential skills including critical thinking and ethical reasoning regarding the issues of personal privacy and computer security in the WWW environment.

FNAT 111   Appreciation of fine Arts          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course is an introduction to the Arts: such as (but not limited to) Music, Visual, Architecture, Theatre, Dance, and Cinematic. This course focuses on the study and appreciation of the fine and performing arts and the ways in which they reflect the values of civilizations. These different concepts will be explored through hands-on experimentation and/or viewing videos and pictures, discussions, reading and writing assignments.

FNAT 112    Introduction to Painting          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course introduces painting through color for materials and techniques. Color mixing, composition, ideas and concepts, themes, experimentation with painting materials, and problem solving are addressed.

FREN 111    Intro. à la langue Française          3.0: 3 cr. F
L'étudiant apprend dans ce cours à faire une manipulation du contexte immédiat de l'expérience quotidienne en français de parler et d'écrire: identifier, décrire et caractériser les personnes, objets, lieux et événements, donner des informations et des instructions, émettre des commandes simples et des demandes.

GEOG 111    Introductions to Physical Geography          3.0: 3 cr. E
The courses addresses major elements of the natural environment earth/sun relationship, land forms, weather and climate, natural vegetation and soils. It introduces the student to types and uses of maps.

GEOL 111    Introduction to Marine Geology          3.0: 3 cr. E
An applied science course designed to educate students about Earth interior and the dynamic nature of our planet. Marine geology has strong ties to physical oceanography. It investigates the ocean floor and coastal margins. These are subjects of extreme importance in providing the critical evidence for sea floor spreading and plate tectonics. The deep ocean floor is the last essentially unexplored frontier, and detailed mapping in support of both military and economic (petroleum and metal mining) objectives are is essential.

HIST 111    History of the Roman Republic          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course offers a political, social, economic and cultural history of Rome from the city's origins to the establishment of the Roman Empire in the Age of Augustus.

HIST 112    History of the Middle East           3.0: 3 cr. E
This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the present. It traces broadly the formation of an Islamic World over a millennium and follows its engagements with modernity, examining closely the shift from the overarching paradigm of the multi-ethnic/multilinguistic Ottoman Empire to that of the mono ethnic/monolinguistic modern nation states. This course covers the political history of the region including the experience of British and French colonialism, the rise of nationalist movements, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and focuses on its social, intellectual, and cultural history.

PART 111    Approach to music understanding           3.0: 3 cr. E
This is a practical course, students will learn about some instruments, note reading, values, time signatures and rhythm.

PART 112    Music: form of Art          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course offers a description of many kind of music with different styles and genres: Classical music, Rock, Hip-Hop, Metal, Opera and Jazz.

SPAN 111    Introduction to Spanish          3.0: 3 cr. E
This course provides an introduction to Spanish linguistics. The course begins with an exploration of the sound system of Spanish and its theoretical representation. Students learn the discussion with topics in Spanish morphology such as word formation and verbal inflection.

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