Catamount GAP Academic Tracks

Each of the academic themes that make up Catamount GAP offers a robust and exciting curriculum. Within a learning community design, each cohort will offer a holistic exploration of the courses offered and invite you to discover how interdisciplinary learning will empower you to identify as a true member of the academy at WCU! Designed to be experiential, and taught by some of WCU most expert faculty, each group will challenge you to excellence. Review your options and remember to review the links below for more details about each group. Enrollment limits apply and overall enrollment in the summer program will factor into cohort availability and placement, in order to insure the sustainability of a robust program. All courses offered, no matter which academic theme you choose will count toward graduation even if you change your major. You will not take a course in Catamount Gap that will not help your progress toward a degree!

All courses subject to change, courses listed below reflect 2017 Catamount Gap offerings.

Track 1: Whee Teach Cohort

This is a dynamic learning community for students interested in becoming educators. In the fall semester, you will also have the opportunity to join WHEE TEACH, a student organization for education majors to further explore what it means to be a teacher. Programs of study that benefit from the Whee Teach cohort include all Education programs of study such as: Elementary, Middle Grades, Health and Physical, Inclusive, Art, English, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Sciences, and Spanish Educations.

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
PSY 150 3 General Psychology
HEAL 123 3 Health and Wellness
USI 130 1 University Experience

Link to the School of Teaching and Learning

Track 2: General Studies Cohort

This learning community is open to students in any discipline or students who are Undecided. In this dynamic pairing, you will explore topics at the crossroads of communication and politics, specifically how both impact our daily lives as educated citizens.

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
COM 201 3 Communication
PSC 190 3 Seminar in Political Science
USI 130 1 University Experience

Track 3: Honors College Cohort

This learning community is for students admitted to the Honors College. You will explore your own creativity in the Arts while exploring cultural systems around the world. The Honors Path allows you to earn 7 of the required 24 hours of credit in the Honors College. What a great start!!

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
ART 104 3 Intro to Visual Arts
ANTH 120 3 Comparing Cultural Systems
USI 101 1 Honors Forum

Link to the Honors College

Track 4: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

This learning community is for students interested in the Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management as well as other disciplines that will benefit from taking a math course over the summer . You will explore the world of engineering or construction management and learn the importance of mathematics in these creative and innovative fields. Students in this cohort will be enrolled in one of three different Math courses based on Math placement criteria and will be enrolled as a full group in the other two courses. Programs of study that will benefit from this track include: Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology - Applied Systems Technology, Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology - Technical Operations, and Construction Management, Chemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Mathematics, and Computer Schience . STEM Cohort participants are also eligible to participate in our STEM Enrichment program at no additional cost!

Group A – Math 130-7 Credit Hours

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
MATH 130 3 College Algebra
ENGR 199 3 Engineering Seminar
USI 130 1 University Experience

Group B – Math 146-8 Credit Hours

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
MATH 146 4 Pre-Calculus
ENGR 199 3 Engineering Seminar
USI 130 1 University Experience

Group C – Math 153-8 Credit Hours

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
MATH 153 4 Calculus
ENGR 199 3 Engineering Seminar
USI 130 1 University Experience

Link to the College of Engineering and Technology

Link to Mathematics and Computer Science Department (includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, and Geosciences and Natural Resources)

Track 5: Pre-Nursing Cohort

This learning community is for students interested in Nursing disciplines. You will explore the field of Nursing as a profession and begin to build the skills and aptitudes you will need to succeed in a career as a health care provider. Programs of study that would benefit from the Pre-Nursing cohort include: BSN Pre-Licensure Program, Accelerated BSN Program, and RN to BSN Program.

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
NSG 101 1 Introduction to Nursing
CHEM 132 4 Chemistry
USI 130 1 University Experience

Link to the School of Nursing

Track 6: Health Sciences Cohort

This learning community is designed for students who plan to major in any of the disciplines that are part of the College of Health and Human Sciences. You will explore course topics from the perspective of and how they relate to you as a future professional in your career in the health sciences and how you can use that information in a global perspective. Programs of study that would benefit from the Health Sciences cohort include: Athletic Training, Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Nutrition and Dietetics, Recreational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Social Work.

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
HSCC 192 3 Introduction to Health Studies
PSY 150 3 General Psychology
USI 130 1 University Experience

Link to the College of Health and Human Sciences

 

Track 7: College of Business Cohort

Students in the College of Business cohort are introduced to business concepts through a local, regional, national, and global lens. This learning community is for students interested programs of study within the College of Business, including: Accounting, Business Administration and Law, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Management, Sales and Marketing, and Sport Management.

Course Prefix Credits Course Title
BA 133 3 Introduction to Business
PSC 110 3 Global Issues
USI 130 1 University Experience

Link to College of Business

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