UNIV   101. Introduction to the University. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Designed to orient new students to the traditions, purposes and expectations of a university education. Students will assess their expectations and evaluate their academic strengths and goals. Through lectures, guest speakers and individual projects, students will learn of VCU resources designed to help them solve problems and to achieve a rewarding and successful academic program. This course is required for students admitted conditionally to VCU; it is recommended for all first-year students.

UNIV   102. MINDSET for Academic Success. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Restricted to first-year students with 24 or fewer earned credit hours who want to improve college success skills. The student, with assistance from his or her adviser, will create an individualized program of study to improve academic performance.

UNIV   103. Education and Career Planning. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 lecture hours. 1-3 credits. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits. An education- and career-planning course focusing on the process of researching and selecting a major. Through course work, research, guest speakers and informational interviewing, students will discover various educational and career options. Topics will include interest, abilities and work-values assessments, decision-making models and career development theories. One- and two-credit versions of the course are offered with correspondingly reduced meeting schedules.

UNIV   111. Focused Inquiry I. 3 Hours.Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Utilizes contemporary themes to give students opportunities and practice in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, collaborative learning, information retrieval and evaluation, and social and civic responsibilities. Incorporates common reading materials and course activities across all sections.

UNIV   112. Focused Inquiry II. 3 Hours.Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV   111 or equivalent. Builds on skills introduced in UNIV   111 by providing practice in expository essays, argument and contextual analysis. Focuses on practice in writing in a variety of genres, framing writing according to both purpose and audience and identifying academically valid sources. This course is writing intensive.

UNIV   151. Focused Learning Workshop in BIOL 151. 1-2 Hours.

Semester course; 3 workshop hours. 1-2 credits. Corequisite: BIOL   151. Designed to assist students in improving their understanding of complex biology material. Will supplement the BIOL   151 class lecture. Course assists students with integrating how-to-learn with what-to-learn for BIOL   151. Includes both discussion and study-skills strategies. Students required to complete homework assignments and to demonstrate mastery of specific study techniques. In addition to the semester-long 2-credit offering, a 1-credit course is opened to students after the first BIOL   151 exam.

UNIV   152. Focused Learning Workshop in BIOL 152. 1-2 Hours.

Semester course; 3 workshop hours. 1-2 credits. Corequisite: BIOL   152. Designed to assist students in improving their understanding of complex biology material. Will supplement the BIOL   152 class lecture. Course assists students with integrating how-to-learn with what-to-learn for BIOL   152. Includes both discussion and study-skills strategies. Students required to complete homework assignments and to demonstrate mastery of specific study techniques. In addition to the semester-long 2-credit offering, a 1-credit course is opened to students after the first BIOL   152 exam.

UNIV   200. Inquiry and the Craft of Argument. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV   112 with a minimum grade of C. A research and writing process course that emphasizes critical analysis, elements of argument, inquiry-based research skills, writing conventions of academic argument and the presentation of argument and research into new mediums.

UNIV   211. Food for Thought. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An interdisciplinary exploration of food using analytical lenses from sociology, anthropology, philosophy, art, literature, history, political science, psychology, economics and religious studies.

UNIV   213. The Truth About Lying. 3 Hours.Play VideoPlay course video for The Truth About Lying

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Students will engage in collaborative inquiry to critically consider their own beliefs, common notions of ethical behaviors and practical standards through exploring the nature and function of lying. Students will work together to build a foundation of knowledge on the subject of lying and investigate a broad range of disciplines through the lie to question, abandon and embrace value judgments imperative to their daily lives.

UNIV   217. Finding Your Voice in Contemporary Society. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV   111 and 112 or both ENGL   295 and HONR   200. Focuses on strategies for expression in contemporary society. This course examines the messages that are conveyed in our society and how people decode and understand those messages. Course will focus on popular culture themes and practical problem-solving.

UNIV   222. Pseudoscience. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Course critically evaluates controversial fringes of scientific inquiry, such as those related to paranormal investigations and quack medicine. By engaging with topics chosen from astronomy, anthropology, biology, mathematics, medicine, philosophy and psychology, students will apply critical thinking skills to a variety of strange and provocative ideas.

UNIV   250. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program. 1 Hour.

Semester course. 1credit. May be repeated for up to 2 credits. Prerequisites: successful completion of UNIV   111 and 112 with minimum grades of B. Utilizes classroom practice to further the core skills developed in UNIV   111 and 112 (writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, collaborative learning, information retrieval and evaluation, and social and civic responsibilities) as well as exposing students to the practice, possibilities, rewards and responsibilities of the act of teaching.

UNIV   251. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 credit. May be repeated for up to 2 credits. Prerequisites: instructor permission; successful completion of UNIV   200 or HONR   200 with minimum grade of B. Utilizes classroom practice to further the core skills developed in UNIV   200 (including writing, critical thinking, collaborative learning, information retrieval and evaluation) as well as exposing students to the practice, possibilities, rewards and responsibilities of the act of teaching.

UNIV   270. Introduction to Leadership Studies. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Open only to students participating in the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program or enrolled in VCU LEAD. Introductory study of leadership theory, group dynamics and human relationships used in volunteer organizations and leisure delivery systems. Foundations of leadership/follower behavior, advanced facilitation techniques and techniques of decision-making, problem-solving, conflict management and program evaluation will be examined.

UNIV   291. University Special Topics. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-4 credits. May be repeated with different content. Specialized topics in subject and competency areas related to the core curriculum program not provided by an existing course or program. May be multidisciplinary. Graded as pass/fail or normal letter grading at the option of the instructor.

UNIV   299. What's the Big Idea?. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Each section in this interdisciplinary course will focus on a particular "big question" that has intrigued thinkers throughout time and across cultures. As students move from personal to global — and from theoretical to practical — investigations of the question, they will come to understand inquiry as a complex cycle of questioning, gathering, examining, interpreting, comparing, analyzing and evaluating, with important application to decision-making and problem-solving in the "real world.

UNIV   350. Peer Leadership Program. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 credits. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Prerequisite: 2 credits of UNIV   250 with a minimum grade of B. Building on skills introduced in UNIV   250, this course gives students hands-on experience in the practice of creating and maintaining student engagement.

UNIV   391. University Special Topics. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-4 credits. May be repeated with different content. Specialized topics in subject and competency areas related to the core curriculum program not provided by an existing course or program. May be multidisciplinary. Graded as pass/fail or normal letter grading at the option of the instructor.

UNIV   499. BIS Senior Capstone. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: senior standing and 18 hours in focus area. Students will synthesize and evaluate the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues discovered during course work in the focus area.