Complete the general education courses for your degree with Gateway Education. Take as many college courses as you would like for only $95 per month and choose your courses below for only $55 per course. All Gateway Education courses are 100% online, ACE recommended and transferable to Western Governors University.

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American Government Add to cart

College Credits: 3 

This course covers American Government, both past and present. Many Americans, when asked, “Why study and understand our government?” respond that it is uninteresting. Yet our political system is a stimulating subject. People fight and die for political principles. Our government addresses the most foundational aspects in your life – your personal safety, the purity of your food, your education, and your ability to voice your opinion. Understanding our government without relating its concepts to our contemporary world does make government challenging to comprehend. We take democracy for granted, yet it has taken generations for it to mature. While most of us realize that government is compulsory, people have asked elementary questions about the institution of government for centuries. What is the correct function of government? Why or where did diverse forms of government originate? What is the paramount form of a nation’s government to serve its citizens? Why are some governments legitimate and others illegitimate? Perhaps the next time you are in line waiting to vote, take time for contemplation. Why am I voting? Not all peoples have had, or have, the right to vote. Is government really essential? How does government influence my life? 

American Literature Add to cart

College Credits: 3 

The American Literature Course surveys prose and poetry written in the United States from colonial times to the present. It emphasizes fiction and poetry and is primarily a presentation of knowledge about literary works—their content, their backgrounds, and their authors—but it also is concerned about and requires familiarity with the concepts and terminology used by literary critics and literary historians. 

One should survey American literature and its basic literary periods to gain a sense of the historical development of American literature, while making personal observations and analysis. Traditional American writings will be selected from a diverse group of authors and will be presented and analyzed to gain an understanding of how American authors influenced the heritage of the United States. 

Anatomy & Physiology I Add to cart

College Credits: 3 

As the first part of a two course series, this course initiates the application of the conceptual framework to the subject of Human Anatomy and Physiology, by introducing many scientific concepts and providing a comprehensive overview of the integrative mechanisms that contribute to the function of the human body. The course places emphasis on organization and overview of the human body, chemical reactions, maintenance of the body, integration, regulatory mechanisms and the dynamics of support and motion. Specific topics covered include anatomical terminology, organization of the body, histology, cell biology, and tissues, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, joints, the muscular system, nervous system, neural integration, special senses and the autonomic nervous system. 

Anatomy & Physiology II Add to cart

College Credits: 3 

As part two of a pair of courses, this course briefly reviews basic concepts and principles related to the function of the human body, and then continues the application of this established conceptual framework set up in the first session of Human Anatomy and Physiology, by providing a comprehensive overview of the integrative mechanisms that contribute to the function of the human body not covered in the first session of the course. The course places emphasis on organization and overview of the human body, chemical reactions, maintenance of the body, integration, regulatory mechanisms and the dynamics of support and motion, as they pertain to topics not covered in the first session of the course. Specific topics covered include a review of A&P fundamentals from A&P I, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the vasculature and respiratory system, the lymphatic and immune systems, the digestive system, the urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the reproductive system. 

Anatomy & Physiology Lab I Add to cart

College Credits: 1

This stand-alone lab course can be used alongside an A&P I lecture. This lab course initiates the application of Human Anatomy and Physiology by having students complete at-home laboratory experiments, guided by online exploration activities, exercises, and evaluations. It is the first part of a two part series. The lab course places emphasis on organization and overview of the human body, chemical reactions, maintenance of the body, integration, regulatory mechanisms and the dynamics of support and motion. Specific topics covered include anatomical terminology, organization of the body, histology, cell biology, and tissues, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, joints, the muscular system, 

Anatomy & Physiology Lab II Add to cart

College Credits: 1

This stand-alone lab course can be used alongside an A&P II lecture. This lab course initiates the application of Human Anatomy and Physiology by having students complete at-home laboratory experiments, guided by online exploration activities, exercises, and evaluations. It is the second part of a two part series. The lab course places emphasis on organization and overview of the human body, chemical reactions, maintenance of the body, integration, regulatory mechanisms and the dynamics of support and motion, as they pertain to topics not covered in the first session of the course. Specific topics covered include a review of A&P fundamentals from A&P I, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the vasculature and respiratory system, the lymphatic and immune systems, the digestive system, the urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the reproductive system. 

Biology Add to cart

College Credits: 3 

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of information collection and interpretation, hypothesis analysis, and principles and processes of biology. This course will address fundamental biological principles using the two cornerstones of modern biology: genetics and evolution. Elementary chemistry, cell theory, reproduction, and development will also be covered. The emphasis is on biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, genetics. Introduction will be made to the basic principles of modern biology, including biomacromolecules, bioenergetics, cell structure, homeostasis, evolution, and ecological relationships. 

College Algebra Add to cart

College Credits: 3

College Algebra is a college-level algebra course for non-mathematics majors. In this course, students will become familiar with currently taught algebraic vocabulary, symbols, and notation and will learn to solve both routine problems requiring basic algebraic skills and non-routine problems that demonstrate their understanding of concepts. The subject matter of this course includes number systems and operations, algebraic operations, equations and inequalities, and functions and their properties. 

Developmental Psychology Add to cart

College Credits: 3

Students will learn the concepts, principles, theories and applications associated with the study of the life span, conception through death. Emphasis areas include genetics, prenatal development, childbirth, infancy, toddlerhood, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and early, middle and late adulthood, as well as death and dying. Overarching ideas throughout different time periods of the life span will be studied, and knowledge of how development during one period may affect later periods will be learned. 

English Composition 1 Add to cart

College Credits: 3

A one semester equivalent course in freshman level English Composition 1 that introduces the principles of writing with emphasis on writing process, thesis, content, organization, purpose, and audience. It focuses on writing improvement through the practice of writing and reading, with weekly Language Instruction and practice. The final exam consists of three essay questions that measure: 

  1. The students’ ability to compose an argument using written resources and experience to persuade a reader 
  2. To analyze and respond to literary text. 
  3. To analyze and critique a written essay. 

English Composition 2 Add to cart

College Credits: 3

The course objective is to provide knowledge that expands on the principles of writing from English Composition 1, while emphasizing Understanding, Analyzing, and writing about literature with the appropriate use of writing process, thesis, content, organization, purpose, and audience. 

Ethics Add to cart

College Credits: 3

The academic study of Ethics includes about one-third theory and two-thirds practice. The theories and concepts of ethics have been historically fostered by major theorists who employ philosophical design to form ethical principles for application. Ethical theories, moral concepts, judgments and reasoning, meta-ethics (value theory, skepticism, naturalistic fallacy, etc.) and basic ethical concepts will be addressed in the theory portion of the course and final evaluation. Ethical practice questions will deal with corporate/business, social, personal, environmental, medical and professional issues and are among the majority of those facets which are evaluated in the end. Ethics is not a study of “black and white” sets of issues; rather, students must be able to apply ethical theory, concepts, knowledge and skill to a variety of situations. 

Fundamentals of Public Speaking Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive and practical overview of core concepts in public speaking. Units emphasize ethical, social, and theoretical considerations of public speaking; audience analysis; research; presentation and language style; purpose of public speaking; speech structure and organization; speech delivery and reception. The course culminates in the final exam and a final speech delivered and written by the student. 

Health and Human Development Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts in health and human development. Emphasis is placed on health, wellness, and the mind/body connection; human development and relationships; substance use and abuse; fitness and nutrition; disease and disease prevention; safety, consumer awareness, and environmental concerns. Basic understanding of anabolic steroids, over the counter medications, dependency/addiction and societal effects are examined. 

History of United States 1: Early Colonization to 1877 Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course covers the period of United States history from early European colonization to the end of Reconstruction, with the majority of focus on the period of 1790 through 1877. In the part covering the seventieth and eighteenth centuries, emphasis is placed on British colonies. The following topics are included in this course: political institutions, political developments, behavior and public policy, social developments, economic developments, cultural and intellectual developments, and diplomacy and international relations. 

Introduction to Humanities Add to cart

College Credits: 3  

Humanities is the study of human culture. For this reason this course is very broad in scope and covers poetry, prose, art history, philosophy, music, theater, architecture, film, and dance. This course will provide the student with the broad frameworks, within which, enduring questions of existence, relationships, values, and aesthetics can be examined. The students must demonstrate their knowledge of facts (names, works); understand and interpret literary passages and art works; recognize medium, style, writer’s characteristics and other techniques. Students must show their understanding of humanities by interpreting works of art, recalling specific information, and applying concepts. Concepts from the disciplines studied in this course are going to be integrated with contemporary American culture. 

Introduction to Macroeconomics Add to cart

College Credits: 3

Economics is the study of how best to allocate scarce resources among competing users. Its study can be divided into two parts, microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is concerned with the individual agents operating within the economy, inclusive of households, individual workers and businesses and how they use the scarce resources available to them. It looks at the economy from the bottom-up. Macroeconomics, however, looks at the economy as a whole; or from the top-down. In more technical terms, macroeconomics studies the factors that influence aggregate demand and aggregate supply. Our focus will be on studying and understanding the macroeconomy. 

This course is designed as an introductory survey of the economic concepts that are commonly used in understanding economic issues at the aggregate, or national level. The emphasis is on examining the overall functioning of the economy, exploring and understanding such phenomena as gross domestic product, national income, unemployment, inflation, the business cycle, as well as the fiscal and monetary policy tools that can be used to achieve a desired economic objective. In addition, the course will provide a basic understanding of international economics, with a focus on exchange rates, international trade and balance of payment dynamics.

Introduction to Microeconomics Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts in Microeconomics. Emphasis is placed on basic economic concepts such as: the interactions of supply and demand in any market; the nature and functions of product markets and input factor markets; the theory of consumer choice; the analysis of firm behavior under different market structures; the impact of market failure on social welfare; and the positive and negative potential of government tax and regulatory policy. 

Introduction to Philosophy Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course covers the nature of philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, human nature, contemporary philosophy, and world philosophy. The material is organized by the major concepts, questions, and movements discussed by philosophers since the ancient Greeks and before, beginning in 1500 B.C. Events that are contemporaneous with major philosophers are related to the material as well. Ancient world philosophy and modern thinking relevant to our lives today are also explored. 

“The feeling of wonder is the mark of the philosopher, for all philosophy has its origins in wonder.” Plato’s statement about the nature of philosophy and the philosopher provides us with a starting point for examining philosophy as a subject and as an activity. 

The first scientists were pre-Socratics who looked for tangible explanations for physical phenomena rather than explaining those phenomena by referring to the activities of the gods and goddesses in another world. Every area of knowledge we now possess began in the wonder of those early first natural philosophers. If the tree is a good metaphor for knowledge creation, the roots were truly the first philosophical ideas. 

We can all learn to be philosophical and to make rational choices and decisions about our daily activities as individuals. Respecting each other’s rights and fulfilling our duties to each other can make a better world. 

Introduction to Psychology Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This psychology course will provide student knowledge on psychological theory, principles and terminology. This course, this course stresses basic facts, concepts and generally accepted principles. The course covers thirteen areas, in almost equal percentages, that include: history of psychology, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal and developmental psychology, treatment and social psychology, as well as statistics, test and measurements. 

Introduction to Sociology Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course focuses on five major areas: institutions (family, educational, political, economic, communications); social stratification (mobility, power, race and ethnic relations, gender, and aging); social patterns (demography, geography, and community); social processes (groups, change, socialization, culture, and roles); and the history of sociology and sociological theory. Theoretical approaches surrounding significant topics in the field of sociology are provided; research methods in Sociology are introduced. Basic concepts are defined; examples of abstract ideas are offered. 

Introduction to World Religions Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course measures knowledge and understanding of indigenous and major world religions, historically as well as socially. From ancient native religions around the world to major current radical religious movements, this course spans millennia full of religious rituals, cultures, developments and shifts. Major content areas include religious frameworks (types of expression, structures, personal beliefs, definitions, and phenomena); sociological, psychological and philosophical perspectives; religious traditions and historical development; and comparative analysis of religious narratives around the globe. Religions covered include primal and indigenous religions, Hellenic and Roman Traditions, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and the Baha’i Faith. Participants will not only become well-prepared for assessment but will also be enriched by a cornucopia of religious traditions, backgrounds and evolutionary developments throughout the history of humanity. 

Life and Teachings of Apostle Paul Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts the Apostle Paul’s life and ministry. Emphasis is placed on major events in the Bible; the Gospels and the message of Christianity; The conversion of Saul of Tarsus; the writings of Paul; the ministry of Paul; and Paul’s legacy. 

Microbiology Add to cart

College Credits: 3  

Microbiology is a course intended for students interested in learning about the microbial world and how the microbial world influences human actions and interactions. This course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms and human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology, microbial growth and control, microbial evolution, genetics, and genetic modification, the effects of climate change on microbial environments, naming and classification of microbial organisms, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, public health and industrial microbiology, and immunity. This course also includes instruction in microbial genetics, cell biology, cell physiology, virology, pathogenic microbiology, environmental microbiology, and laboratory methods including microscopy. In the course we will address not only the ability of microorganisms to cause disease, but also their role in research, their importance in functional ecosystems and their economic significance.

Microbiology Lab Add to cart

College Credits: 1

This stand-alone lab course can be used alongside a Microbiology lecture. This lab course initiates the application of Microbiology by having students complete at-home laboratory experiments, guided by online exploration activities, exercises, and evaluations. Microbiology is a lab course intended for students interested in learning about the microbial world and how the microbial world influences human actions and interactions. Specific topics covered include Laboratory Safety, Using a Virtual Microscope, Microbiology Laboratory Preparation, Microscopy for Microbiology – Use and Function, Aseptic Technique and Culturing Microbes, Bacterial Morphology and Staining Techniques, Bacterial Identification through Selective and Differential Media, Hand Washing and Normal Flora, Bacterial Enumeration- Dilutions and Plate Counts, Environmental Influences on Microbial Growth – Salt Tolerance and pH Testing, Biochemical Testing for Microbial Identification – Methyl Red, Voges-Proskauer, and Catalase Testing, Antiseptics and Disinfectants, and Food Safety.

Nutrition Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview on the foundational concepts of nutrition and clinical dietary principles. This course is a tailored introduction to nutrition for students who are pursuing careers or further education in public health, nursing, and other allied health fields. Emphasis is placed on the following core topics: overview of nutrition; macronutrients; water and micronutrients; physiology of nutrient utilization; and consequences of energy balance. 

Pathophysiology Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of foundational concepts in Pathophysiology. Emphasis is placed on the following core topics: cell biology; hematology; the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; the renal system and fluid/electrolyte mechanisms; neurology and the musculoskeletal systems; the gastrointestinal system and nutrition; the endocrine and reproductive systems; and clinical applications related to various systems. 

Pharmacology Add to cart

College Credits: 3

The goal of Pharmacology is to understand how different pharmacotherapeutic agents play a role in treating diseases from an integrated physiological pharmacological perspective. In addition, we examine how these therapeutic concepts are applied to patient care, where we address the role of nurses in developing a comprehensive approach to the clinical application of drug therapy by implementing the nursing process. Since personalized medicine is an emerging area of medical practice, emphasis will be given on the principles of pharmacogenomics and pharmacokinetics. Finally, focus will be on concepts of safe medical practices through advances in information technology. 

Principles of Management Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course covers human resources, operational and functional aspects of management, and contemporary issues in management. An overview of key management concepts and the evolution of management theory and thought throughout the years are covered. Students learn the five key management functions– planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. And contemporary topics are covered to help put these concepts into the proper context for a new and ever-changing world. Students are expected to demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired. 

Statistics Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts in Statistics. Emphasis is placed on the foundations of statistics; probability; correlation and regression; sampling distributions; and inferential statistics. 

Technical Writing Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts in Technical Writing and is equivalent to a lower-level college course in technical writing. Emphasis is placed on theory and practice of technical writing; purpose of technical documents; technical writing process; and document design. 

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East Through 1648 Add to cart

College Credits: 3

This course provides a comprehensive overview of core concepts in Western Civilization through 1648. Emphasis is placed on Ancient Near East, Ancient Greece and Hellenistic Civilization; Ancient Rome; Medieval History; Renaissance and Reformation; Early Modern Europe. Students will be given a basic understanding of world events from 8000 B.C.E. to 1648, and students will be able to analyze political, religious, and cultural developments in early western civilization. 

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