California University Fall Registration

UHS students have an excellent opportunity to earn California University credit at an affordable cost with the convenience of online courses that easily fit into your busy schedule. You can log on anytime day or night to complete your coursework!  Students who will be be Juniors and Seniors for Fall 2016 can apply for the Cal U early admit program.

Registration opens April 8, for Fall 2016 courses, Take online or on campus Cal U courses for a reduced tuition rate – only pay 25% of prevailing tuition.  Cal U courses transfer to other accredited colleges and universities.  To be eligible students must have overall GPA of 3.0.  To apply please visit:

For Any Questions or more information Contact:

Barbara R Crofcheck, MS ’94
Director, Office of Continuing Education
California University of PA
250 University Ave – Box 94
California, PA 15419
724-938-4491/ 1-888-412-0479
Fax: 724-938-5712

Following is information about some of Cal U’s Online Courses!

Fall 2016 High School Early Admit

Online Course Descriptions

Semester dates:  August 29, 2016 to December 16, 2016

ACC 200 – Financial Accounting – The fundamentals of accounting concepts and procedures for sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations. The interpretation and use of financial statements and other relevant accounting information will be emphasized. (3 crs.)

ART 109 – Landmarks of World Art -Is an introduction to the defining monuments of world architecture from prehistory to the present. (3 crs)

CMD 220 – Communication Across the Lifespan – Through lecture, reading and direct observations, students will learn about the normal development of language across the lifespan. They will also learn about the abnormalities that occur at specific stages of life. Subjects are arranged chronologically throughout the course so that the first unit addresses prenatal life; the second unit, birth; ending with the elderly. (4 crs)

COM 101 – Oral Communication – This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for preparing and presenting extemporaneous speeches to accomplish informative and persuasive goals on issues of civil, political or cultural importance. Course topics include audience analysis, research, organization, language use and delivery that facilitate effective communication with audiences. (3 crs.)   

CSC 101 – Personal Productivity Software – This course provides a structured laboratory experience designed to develop and enhance a student’s proficiency in using selected Windows microcomputer application software packages. (3 crs.)

ECO 201 – Principles of Microeconomics – This course focuses on explaining the economic choices made by individuals, households and firms. Topics to be covered will include: consumer choice, supply and demand and markets, production and costs, economic efficiency, and market structure. (3 crs.)

ECO 202 – Principles of Macroeconomics – An introduction to the determination of national income; problems of inflation and unemployment; international trade; and economic growth. Emphasis is placed on the roles of monetary and fiscal policy in the conduct of macroeconomic policy. Prerequisite: ECO 100 or ECO 201 is recommended. (3 crs.)

ENG 101 – English Comp 1 – Composition I is a sequel to English Language Skills. It provides guided practice in writing, with emphasis on thoughtful analysis of subject matter, clear understanding of the writing situation, flexible use of rhetorical strategies and development of stylistic options, particularly those related to an understanding of a variety of purposes and voices. ENG 101 continues the development of the essential writing, reading and thinking skills stressed in ENG 100. Prerequisite: A passing grade on the placement test or ENG 100 (3 crs.)

ENG 102 – English Comp II – The sequence of Composition I – Composition II provides guided practice in writing, with an emphasis on more demanding writing situations. It continues the work begun in Composition I with more complicated rhetorical strategies and stylistic options, especially audience-centered considerations. ENG 102 introduces research and research writing at the undergraduate level. Prerequisite ENG 101 (3 crs.)

ESP 210 – Special Education Foundations and Collaboration – This course is designed to provide information and skills necessary for accommodating exceptional learners in a variety of school arrangements. The primary focus is foundations and characteristics of special education and collaboration/consultation for the successful inclusion of students with high and low incidence exceptionalities into the inclusionary classroom.  (3 cr)

GCM 101 – Time-Based Media – This course focuses on time as an element of design and communication. In design, time usually incorporates changes that can be in the form of an animation, an event or an action taken by the viewer. This is an introductory-level course for all students who would like to explore the creative use of traditional time-based media and story-telling. Students will use non computer-based media to view, analyze, capture, and express the world around us. (3 crs.).

HIS 101 – History of the U.S. to 1877 – American history from the Pilgrims to the age of modern industry: the Colonial heritage, American Revolution, the emergence of a new nation, westward expansion, Civil War and postwar Reconstruction. (3 crs.)

HSC 115 – Current Health Issues – Current Health Issues is a course designed to convey information concerning the individual’s role in establishing a healthful lifestyle as well as encouraging prevention of disease and a focus on healthful living. The basic themes from the text include personal responsibility, a commitment to prevention, practical applications of knowledge, and a focus on behavioral change. (3 crs.)

JUS 105 – Introduction of Forensic Science – Forensic science is the use of science in a court of law and encompasses various scientific disciplines. This course is an introduction to the field of forensic science. This course is designed to expose students to various methodologies and applications used in the forensic context, which involves the collection, examination, evaluation and interpretation of evidence. Topics discussed include crime scene investigation, collection and categorization of physical evidence, the physical properties of glass and soil, instrumental analysis, hair, fiber and plant evidence, forensic serology, arson evidence, DNA evidence, fingerprints, tool and firearm marks, and document and voice analysis. (3 crs.)

JUS 205 – Principles of Homeland Security – Students will gain an understanding of Homeland Security by understanding the various principles, which establishes a foundation upon which to organize our efforts as a nation. Students will gain an understanding of how the National Strategy aligns and focuses homeland security functions within critical areas such as intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic terrorism, protecting critical infrastructure, defending against catastrophic terrorism, and emergency preparedness and response. The first three mission areas focus primarily on preventing terrorist attacks; the next two on reducing our Nation’s vulnerabilities; and the final one on minimizing the damage and recovering from the aftermath of terrorist’s attacks.  ( 3crs)

MAT 110 – Applications of Math – This mathematics course will cover how to apply mathematics to real-world situations such as determining methods of fair voting and apportionment, finding the shortest path, scheduling meetings, determining the best return on investments, and collecting data to show patterns. The prerequisite for this course is passing Part A of the mathematics placement exam. (3 crs)

MAT 120 – Elementary Topics in Mathematics I – This is the first course of a sequence of two mathematics content courses specifically designed for Pre-K to grade 8 teacher education candidates by providing an overview of fundamental mathematical concepts. The content covered includes basic algebraic work with equations and inequalities in one unknown, systems of equations, problem-solving, sets, concepts of logic, binary operations, systems of numeration, number theory, rational numbers, real numbers, measurement, and use of calculators and computers. Prerequisite: University Math Placement test Part A Score 11 or SAT Math 440 or ACT Math 18.  (3 crs.)

MAT 181 – College Algebra – Fundamental operations; factoring and algebraic fractions; exponents and radicals; functions and graphs; equations and inequalities; properties of graphs; systems of linear equations; synthetic division; and rational zeros of polynomials. Prerequisite: DMA 092 or pass Part B of the University math placement test (12 or higher) or SAT – Math 520 or higher. (3 crs.)

MAT 191 – College Trigonometry – This course is a thorough development of trigonometry. It includes both circular and right-triangle geometry, evaluation of trigonometric functions, graphing trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, analyses of trigonometric graphs, verifying trigonometric identities, solutions of trigonometric equations, and applications of trigonometry. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MAT 181 or pass Part C of the University mathematics placement test or SAT-math 580 or above. (3 crs.)

MAT 215 – Statistics – For non-mathematics majors; not counted toward a mathematics major. Frequency distribution, percentiles, measures of central tendency and variability, normal distribution, populations, samples, sampling distribution of means, sampling distribution of proportions, type I and II erros, hypothesis testing of means, confidence intervals, decision procedures, correlation, chi-square, simple analysis of variance, and design of experiments. Appropriate technology will be used. Prerequisite: Undergraduate level DMA 092 minimum grade of D; or Undergraduate level MAT 191 minimum grade of D or Undergraduate level MAT 181 minimum grade of D; or Undergraduate level MAT 099 minimum grade of D or (Math Placement Part A 11 and Math Placement Part B 12) or ACT Math 22 or SAT Math 520 or Math Accuplacer Arithmetic 072 (3 cr)

POS 105 – American Politics – This is an introductory course in American government focusing on the major institutions and processes in the American political system. Topics discussed in the course include separation of powers, checks and balances, civil liberties, political parties, the Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, federalism, and policy-making processes. (3 crs.)

PSY 100 – General Psychology – This course is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. It explores topics such as the biological basis of behavior, research methods, learning, emotions, cognitive processes, perception, personality, abnormal behavior and the treatment of mental disorders. Research as well as practical application is stressed. (3 crs.)

SOC 100 – Principles of Sociology – This survey course permits students to explore the rich variety of topics studied by sociologists. Central to all the topics are the structures and processes of human interaction. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of natural and social factors in human behavior. Attention also is given to topics such as the meaning and function of culture; the origin, function and characteristics of social institutions; and the genesis and nature of social pathology. (3 crs.)

SOC 210 – Social Inequality – We examine the distribution of key social resources–wealth, power, and status—to groups and individuals, as well as theoretical explanations of how unequal patterns of distribution are produced, maintained, and challenged. In addition to global inequalities, we give special consideration to how race, ethnicity, and gender intersect with social class to produce different life experiences for people in various groups in the United States.  Prerequisite: SOC 100  (3 crs)

SOW 150 – Introduction to Social Work – This course explores the social, political, economic and historical dimensions of poverty and welfare services in the United States. It complements other beginning courses in the social sciences by integrating this knowledge in a fashion which aids in the comprehension of welfare services while establishing a basis for movement toward higher level courses. (3 crs.)

SPN 101 – Elementary Spanish I – This course is designed for the student without previous knowledge of Spanish who wishes to achieve a command of language fundamentals. Acquisition of speech skills in the classroom is reinforced in the language laboratory. Progressively greater emphasis is placed on reading and writing. Three class-hours and one language lab-hour per week. (3 crs.)

SPN 102 – Elementary Spanish II – This is a continuation of Spanish 101. Three class-hours and one language lab-hour per week. Prerequisite: SPN 101 or three to four years of high school Spanish. (3 crs.)

WST 200 – Introduction to Women’s Studies –Women’s Studies 200 examines both the diverse and the collective experiences of women and men. The complex intermingling of privilege and inequality that intersect and diverge among women’s and men’s identities and roles will be analyzed, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, etc. The impact of gender and social justice issues in arenas such as education, work, family, sexuality, identity, entertainment, sports, religion and social policy will be explored. (3 crs.)

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