Spartan Early Start Class List

Spartan Early Start 2021 Classes

Please select one or two of the classes below to enter in your application.  Please review the information on the FAQ page and consider the AP, Dual Enrollment, or other credits you are transferring in to MSU. If you have questions, please consult your college advisor.  If you have questions, please email the SES team.

When reviewing the courses below, please note the organization of the course information as you make your decisions:

  1. First, you will see the classes organized by MSU College, then by academic programs within the college. For example, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Agribusiness Management program.
  2. Next, you will see the course code and section number, which you need when you apply. For example, ABM 130, section 731.
  3. Then, you will see a course description. Note that some courses have specific topics for each section, specifically IAH and ISS courses.
  4. Fourth, we state if the class is synchronous (you need to meet online at a specific day and time) or asynchronous (you do not need to meet at specific time each week). To check times for synchronous classes, please check the Summer Schedule of courses at msu.edu.
  5. Finally, we provide notes for the class related to who can take the course, suggested academic backgrounds, and restrictions.

If you want to check to see if your previous course credits to test credits would satisfy a course prerequisite, please check online or email us.

If you want to check to see if your previous course credits to test credits would satisfy a course prerequisite, please check online or email us.

Most course offerings online at MSU suggest the following technology:

A broadband (high-speed) internet connection is recommended. Most computers manufactured within the last four years will meet your needs. Students need a Windows machine with Internet Explorer 8.x; or Firefox 3.x or a Macintosh, with Firefox 3.x. Minimum screen resolution of 1024×768; Minimum 56K modem connection to internet. Students’ computers should be able to play videos and have a microphone for class participation and assignments at times.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES 

Crop and Soil Sciences
Course Title: Introduction to Crop Sciences

Course Code: CSS 101, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Principles of crop production including integrated crop management. Sustainable agriculture. International agriculture. Environmental challenges to crop production.

Meets: Asynchronous

Forestry
Course Title: Michigan’s Forests

Course Code: FOR 101, Section 730 (1 credit) 

Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.

Meets: Asynchronous

Forestry
Course Title: Seminar on Forest Issues

Course Code: FOR 110, Section 730 (1 credit) 

Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources. 

Meets: Asynchronous

Food Science
Course Title: Principles of Food Science

Course Code: FSC 211, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Scientific principles, historical perspective, and current status of technology related to food composition, safety, toxicology, processing, preservation, and distribution.

Meets: Synchronous (Tue Thu : 8:30 AM-9:50 AM)

Fisheries and Wildlife
Course Title: Fundamentals of Fisheries & Wildlife

Course Code: FW 101, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Ecological and sociological concepts of fisheries and wildlife ecology and management. Career opportunities. 

Meets: Synchronous (Tue Thu : 8:30 AM-9:50 AM)

 

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Course Title: Literature, Cultures, and Identities

Code: IAH 207, Section 021 (4 credits) 

Explorations in how literature reflects, creates, and challenges cultural and individual identities. Approaches and materials from literature, philosophy, the arts, religion, and history. 

FOCUS: Afrofuturism: Black Time in the Black Imagination.

Meets:  Synchronous (Mon Wed : 1:00 PM-2:20 PM and Fri : 10:20 AM-11:10 AM)

Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities
Course Title:
Themes and Issues: Human Values and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Course Code: IAH 231A, Section 730 (4 credits) 

Values of individualism, responsibility, love, community, and rationality. Students are introduced to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.

Section Focus: Global Fact Hunters: testing our knowledge of the world and exploring our unconscious biases.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Prerequisite- (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement) or (AL 210 and completion of Tier I writing requirement) or (AL 110 and AL 210). 

Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities
Course Title:
Themes and Issues: Human Values and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Course Code: IAH 231A, Section 731 (4 credits) 

Values of individualism, responsibility, love, community, and rationality. Students are introduced to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.

Section Focus: Global Fact Hunters: testing our knowledge of the world and exploring our unconscious biases.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Prerequisite- (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement) or (AL 210 and completion of Tier I writing requirement) or (AL 110 and AL 210). 

Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities
Course Title:
Themes and Issues: Human Values and the Arts and Humanities (D)

Course Code: IAH 231A, Section 732 (4 credits) 

Values of individualism, responsibility, love, community, and rationality. Students are introduced to diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.

Section Focus: Global Fact Hunters: testing our knowledge of the world and exploring our unconscious biases.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Prerequisite- (IAH 201 or IAH 202 or IAH 203 or IAH 204 or IAH 205 or IAH 206 or IAH 207 or IAH 208 or IAH 209 or IAH 210) or (RCAH 202 and completion of Tier I writing requirement) or (AL 210 and completion of Tier I writing requirement) or (AL 110 and AL 210). 

Religious Studies

Course Title: Religion in Film

Course Code: REL 175, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Film representation of religions and spiritual traditions through their representations in film.

Meets: Asynchronous

Theatre

Course Title: Introduction to Theatre

Course Code: THR 100, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Introduction to the technique, vocabulary and appreciation of theatre in its varied forms within historical and contemporary contexts.

Meets: Asynchronous

Theatre

Course Title: Acting I for Non-Majors

Course Code: THR 101, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Improvisational exercises, creative exercises, monologue and scene study.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note:  Not open to undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Arts Theatre Major or in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Major.

Theatre

Course Title: Sex, Sexuality and Theatre

Course Code: THR 336, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Thematic exploration of how and why sex and sexuality have been used in theatre throughout history.

Meets: Asynchronous

 

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION ARTS AND SCIENCES

Communication Arts and Sciences
Course Title: Creative Thinking

Course Code: CAS 110, Section 742 (3 credits) 

 Learn to use creative and critical thinking skills to generate unique ideas and media content that can be used to solve complex problems. Instruction requires online interaction with flexible time frames for meeting course requirements. This asynchronous class provides learning materials and requirements for interaction with faculty and other students, including deadlines for completion of learning objectives and testing.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Open only to students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Communication
Course Title: An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Course Code: COM 225, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Principles and practices of interpersonal communicationEmphasis on effective and responsible interpersonal communication. 

Meets: Synchronous (Mon Wed Fri : 9:10 AM-10:00 AM)

Communication
Course Title: Effects of Mass Communication

Course Code: COM 240, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Major social effects of mass media on audience behavior. Political communication. Media effects on children. Message strategies producing attitude change. Interrelationships between mass media and interpersonal communication.

Meets: Asynchronous

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Teacher Education
Course Title: Introduction to Early Childhood Elementary Education

Course Code: TE 100, Section 010 

Teaching practices and child development across grades PK-6. Understanding educational experiences, interests, abilities, and demands of the education profession.

Meets: Synchronous (Thu : 11:30 AM-12:20 PM)

Teacher Education
Course Title: Introduction to Early Childhood Elementary Education

Course Code: TE 150, Section 732 

Students’ experiences as learners in comparison to psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories and assumptions about learning and teaching in and out of school.

Meets: Asynchronous

Teacher Education
Course Title: Introduction to Early Childhood Elementary Education

Course Code: TE 150, Section 733 

Students’ experiences as learners in comparison to psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories and assumptions about learning and teaching in and out of school.

Meets: Asynchronous

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Course Title:  Dynamics of Personal Adjustment

Course Code: CEP 260, Section 732 

Theories and issues in psychological adjustment. Dynamics operating within individuals and in their interactions with others. Implications for learning, development, and well-being.

Meets: Asynchronous

 

ELI BROAD COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Accounting

Course Title: Survey of Accounting Concepts
Course Code: ACC 230, Section 730 

Basic concepts in financial and managerial accounting for non-business majors.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note:  Not open to students in the Accounting major or in the Business – Admitted major or in the Business-Preference major or in the Finance Major or in the Hospitality Business Major or in the Human Resource Management Major or in the Management Major or in the Marketing Major or in the Supply Chain Management Major.

General Business Law

Course Title: Introduction to Business Law
Course Code: GBL 323, Section 731

Introduction to the legal system. Basic concepts of constitutional law, torts, contracts, and product liability. Administrative law and government regulations.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note:  Not open to students in the Accounting major or in the Business – Admitted major or in the Business-Preference major or in the Hospitality Business Major or in the Human Resource Management Major or in the Management Major or in the Marketing Major or in the Supply Chain Management Major or in the Finance Major.

 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCE 

Integrated Studies in Biological Science
Course Title: Applied Environmental and Organismal Biology
Course Code: ISB 202, Section 005 (3 credits) 

Historical and recent development of ideas about behavior, ecological, and evolutionary processes. Critical evaluation of the use and misuse of human understanding of nature, emphasizing recent findings.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Pre-requisite: ((MTH 101 or concurrently) or (MTH 103 or concurrently) or (MTH 103B or concurrently) or (MTH 116 or concurrently) or (MTH 124 or concurrently) or (MTH 132 or concurrently) or (MTH 201 or concurrently) or (LB 118 or concurrently) or (STT 200 or concurrently) or (STT 201 or concurrently)) or designated score on Mathematics Placement test

Integrated Studies in Biological Science
Course Title: Applied Environmental and Organismal Biology
Course Code: ISB 202, Section 009 (3 credits) 

Historical and recent development of ideas about behavior, ecological, and evolutionary processes. Critical evaluation of the use and misuse of human understanding of nature, emphasizing recent findings.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Pre-requisite: ((MTH 101 or concurrently) or (MTH 103 or concurrently) or (MTH 103B or concurrently) or (MTH 116 or concurrently) or (MTH 124 or concurrently) or (MTH 132 or concurrently) or (MTH 201 or concurrently) or (LB 118 or concurrently) or (STT 200 or concurrently) or (STT 201 or concurrently)) or designated score on Mathematics Placement test

Integrated Studies in Physical Science
Course Title: Visions of the Universe
Course Code: ISP 205, Section 009 (3 credits) 

Role of observation, theory, philosophy, and technology in the development of the modern conception of the universe. The Copernican Revolution. Birth and death of stars. Spaceship Earth. Cosmology and time.

Meets: Synchronous (Mon Wed Fri : 11:30 AM-12:20 PM)

Note: Pre-requisite: (MTH 101 or MTH 103 or MTH 103B or (MTH 116 or concurrently) or (MTH 124 or concurrently) or (MTH 132 or concurrently) or (MTH 201 or concurrently) or (LB 118 or concurrently) or (STT 200 or concurrently) or (STT 201 or concurrently)) or designated score on Mathematics Placement test.

 

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE

Criminal Justice
Course Title: Criminology

Course Code: CJ 220, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Introduction to the socio-legal foundation of crime. Crime typology and measurement procedures. Theory and public policy. Societal responses to crime and criminals.

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Open to students in the Peace and Justice Studies Minor or in the Sociology Major or in the Youth and Society Minor or in the Criminal Justice Major or in the Law, Justice, and Public Policy Minor or in the Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement Minor or approval of school.

Economics
Course Title: Introduction to Microeconomics

Course Code: EC 201, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Economic institutions, reasoning, and analysis. Consumption, production, determination of price and quantity in different markets. Income distribution, market structure and normative analysis. 

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Asynchronous online section with online exams with dates and exams posted in syllabus. Additional M/W Q&A sessions offered on campus throughout the semester. (limit of 100 at any individual session) Exam Policy – All exams will be administered via D2L using a lockdown browser and remote proctoring service. Students must have access to a webcam and microphone. The system is compatible with Windows (10, 8, 7), Mac (MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10), and iPad (iOS 11.0+). The system is not compatible with Chromebooks.

Economics
Course Title: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Course Code: EC 202, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Determinants of Gross National Product, unemployment, inflation and economic growth. National income accounting and fiscal policy. Aggregate demand, supply management and monetary policy.

Meets: Synchronous (Mon Wed Fri : 10:20 AM-11:10 AM)

Note: Synchronous online section with online exams held only during scheduled class time. Exam Policy – All exams will be administered via D2L using a lockdown browser and remote proctoring service. Students must have access to a webcam and microphone. The system is compatible with Windows (10, 8, 7), Mac (MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10), and iPad (iOS 11.0+). The system is not compatible with Chromebooks.

Economics
Course Title: Introduction to Macroeconomics

Course Code: EC 202, Section 731 (3 credits) 

Determinants of Gross National Product, unemployment, inflation and economic growth. National income accounting and fiscal policy. Aggregate demand, supply management and monetary policy.

Meets: Synchronous (Mon Wed Fri : 11:30 AM-12:20 PM)

Note: Synchronous online section with online exams held only during scheduled class time. Exam Policy – All exams will be administered via D2L using a lockdown browser and remote proctoring service. Students must have access to a webcam and microphone. The system is compatible with Windows (10, 8, 7), Mac (MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10), and iPad (iOS 11.0+). The system is not compatible with Chromebooks.

Geography
Course Title: Introduction to Economic Geography

Course Code: GEO 113, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Spatial distribution of resources, population, enterprise, trade, consumption, and production. Interaction of those distributions at local to global scales.

Meets: Asynchronous

Geography

Course Title: Introduction to Human Geography
Course Code: GEO 151, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Systematic study of spatial patterns and processes that have shaped human use and alteration of the world.

Meets: Asynchronous

Geography

Course Title: Introduction to Meteorology
Course Code: GEO 203, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Fundamentals of meteorology. Energy balance, adiabatic processes, horizontal motion, cyclogenesis, and severe weather.

Meets: Asynchronous

 

Geography

Course Title: World Regional Geography
Course Code GEO 204, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Economic, political, cultural, environmental, and technological processes and conditions that explain the diversity of world regions.

Meets: Synchronous (Mon Wed : 10:20 AM-11:40 AM)

Human Development and Family Studies

Course Title: The Individual, Couples and Families

Course Code HDFS 145, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Development of the young adult in the human ecological context. Issues of sexuality, gender, parenting, work and family interface, communication, and resource use. Diversity in relationships and families.

Meets: Synchronous (Thu : 10:20 AM-11:40 AM)

History

Course Title: US Business and Economic History

Course Code HST 213, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Evolution of American economy from colonial period to the present. Relationship between government and business. The relationship of labor to industry and government. Political culture and the world of business.

Meets: Synchronous (Mon Wed : 4:10 PM-5:30 PM)

Integrative Studies in Social Sciences
Course Title: Society and the Individual (D)

Course Code: ISS 210, Section 007 (4 credits) 

Evolution of human behavior with an emphasis on the individual and society. Family and kinship, social organizations. Societal types, personality, and the life cycle.

SECTION TOPIC: Symbolic, economic, ecological, and social aspects of human-animal interaction in a variety of cross-cultural contexts.

Meets: Asynchronous

Integrative Studies in Social Sciences
Course Title: Social Differentiation and Inequality (D)

Course Code: ISS 215, Section 005 (4 credits) 

Types, causes and consequences of stratification in human societies. Age, class, gender, race and other factors which define social position. Education, occupation, political economy.

SECTION TOPIC: Critical Analysis of Social Inequality in Modern Political Economies: Focus on the U.S.

Meets: Asynchronous

Integrative Studies in Social Sciences
Course Title:
Government and the Individual (D)

Course Code: ISS 230, Section 301 (4 credits) 

Critical examination of the role of government in regulating individual behavior. Implications for cultural values and beliefs and modes of behavior. Analysis of consequences of different theories for resolving, or creating problems in public policy.

SECTION TOPIC: Immigration to, and Migration Within, Post World War II Europe

Meets: Asynchronous

Note: Course begins October 4

Political Science
Course Title: Introduction to International Relations

Course Code: PLS 160, Section 730 (3 credits) 

Dynamics of conflict and cooperation. Processes of foreign policy decision making. Major international economic issues. Basic future trends. Primary analytical approaches for studying world politics.

Meets: Asynchronous

Political Science
Course Title: Introduction to Data Analytics

Course Code: PLS 202, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Approaches to data analysis in the social sciences. Computational tools for data collection and visualization across various digital sources, including text or social media.

Meets: Asynchronous

Psychology
Course Title: Developmental Psychology Infancy to Childhood

Course Code: PSY 244, Section 001 (3 credits) 

Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development from infancy through childhood.

Meets: Asynchronous

 

Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Course Title: Big Ideas Seminar

Course Code: UGS 101, Section 307 (1 credit) 

CRITICAL THINKING AND INNOVATION IN CLINICAL MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH. This seminar employs the nineteenth century cholera epidemics in London, England, along with the development of anesthesiology, as the central case study. We will examine how the cause of the epidemics was determined via critical thinking long before the development of germ theory. How the rise of anesthesiology led to solving the cause cholera will also be considered. This seminar will explore `critical reasoning` what it is and is not, how a critical thinking strategy was (and is) applied within the disciplines of clinical practice, public health, and epidemiology, and how critical thinking is the foundation for innovation. Seminar will meet seven sessions throughout the semester as specified in the instructor’s syllabus. OS (Online/Remote- synchronous) – Instruction requires interaction online at scheduled meeting times. This synchronous class has required attendance and includes deadlines for completion of learning objectives and testing.

Meets: Synchronous (Tue : 3:00 PM-4:50 PM)

 

Undergraduate Studies

Course Title: Big Ideas Seminar

Course Code: UGS 101, Section 730 (1 credit) 

LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: ACADEMIC, PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS. At one point in time, distance learning in higher education included sets of cassette tapes with recorded lectures, assignments submitted and returned through the postal service, and exams proctored by a local liberation. Learning outside of the physical classroom takes shape very differently in the age of the internet and amidst new sets of challenges, a pandemic included. The transition from a physical classroom to learning in an online environment is not just a matter of sitting in front of a computer instead of sitting at a desk in a classroom. This course will address the complex academic, personal, and professional components of learning in online environments. In addition, this course will equip students with resources and strategies that support their academic success in online learning. Instruction requires interaction online at scheduled meeting times. This synchronous class has required attendance and includes deadlines for completion of learning objectives and testing.

Meets: Synchronous (Tue : 8:30 AM-9:50 AM)

Undergraduate Studies

Course Title: Big Ideas Seminar

Course Code: UGS 101, Section 731 (1 credit) 

LEARNING IN THE DIGITAL AGE: ACADEMIC, PERSONAL, AND PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS. At one point in time, distance learning in higher education included sets of cassette tapes with recorded lectures, assignments submitted and returned through the postal service, and exams proctored by a local librarian. Learning outside of the physical classroom takes shape very differently in the age of the internet and amidst new sets of challenges, a pandemic included. The transition from a physical classroom to learning in an online environment is not just a matter of sitting in front of a computer instead of sitting at a desk in a classroom. This course will address the complex academic, personal, and professional components of learning in online environments. In addition, this course will equip students with resources and strategies that support their academic success in online learning. This section is designed for and restricted to students with a major or minor in Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE).

Meets: Asynchronous

Undergraduate Studies

Course Title: People, Places and Purpose

Course Code: UGS 110, Section 348 (1 credit) 

Developing effective intercultural and interpersonal skills, analytical and critical thinking in the university experience, identifying campus resources, and determining one’s academic and professional goals.

Meets: Synchronous (Fri : 10:20 AM-11:40 AM)

Note: This section is restricted to students with a declared major in the College of Social Science.