Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate in Science

The legal field is a fast-paced, growing industry that needs paralegals and legal assistants to thrive. In this hands-on, technology-enhanced, American Bar Association-approved program, you will become qualified to play an essential role on a legal team, by learning critical thinking and specialized skills as well as ethical behaviors.

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Getting Started: Spring 2023

Sept. 29:  Financial Aid


Jan. 3:  Application


Jan. 9:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
  • Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
  • Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want. 
  • Hands-on experience: Apply your knowledge to real-world situations through internships with industry partners.
  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials. 

Note: Paralegals  may not provide legal services directly to the public except as provided by law.

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Type: Associate in Science
Major Code: LEGAL-AS
CIP: 1722030200

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Spring 2023
This course is a study of law as it relates to the sources of law, courts and court procedures, torts, crimes and contracts.
This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
This course will provide an understanding of the rationale of the laws that affect the student every day. This is a survey course in which the student will study a variety of substantive areas of the law and legal principles, utilizing critical thinking and examining challenging issues.
The student who successfully completes this course should have a knowledge of law sources and experience with their use. The student will learn the basics of legal research and perform research in the principle sources of law, including cases, statutes, constitutions, court rules and administrative regulations. The student will also accomplish research in secondary authorities, execute proper legal citations and participate in the high technology of legal research. Lab fee required.
This course provides students with the methods, techniques and procedures for the research and preparation of legal memoranda, trial and appellate briefs and other forms of legal documents. The student who successfully completes this course should have the ability to render argument in forceful, lucid prose and to understand the values of adversarial and objective writing. The student will understand the basics of the American legal system, appreciate that judicial decision-making is not always to be emulated and distinguish between legal traditions which are both valued links and hindrances to writing. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of the principles of litigation and the rules of procedure for federal and Florida courts, including pleadings and practice. The student who successfully completes this course will understand the organization and structure of the civil litigation system and appreciate the different judicial forums. The student will develop an understanding of the litigation process, its goals, the rules of procedure and the constitutional provisions which influence the litigation process. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of the various classifications and functions of tort law, including intentional and negligent torts, causation, proximate cause and defenses. The student who successfully completes this course will develop an understanding of the elements of tort causes of action and the legal defenses to such causes of action. The student will examine the practical aspects and issues involved in personal injury law, understand the asserting of legal claims, recognize appropriate remedies and draft related documents.
This course includes a detailed study of testacy and intestacy, preparation of wills and codicils, fundamentals of execution and probate administration. The student who successfully completes this course will understand and apply the legal requirements for the proper preparation, execution and probate of wills and trust instruments. Students will understand the types of estates under Florida Law/the Uniform Probate Code and how to complete the necessary forms to accomplish the probate goal of marshalling assets, identifying legal creditors and paying legal claims and distributing probate assets.
This course includes an overview of property law in general and Florida law in particular. Students who complete this course will demonstrate a knowledge of real property law and its application to real property transactions. Students will understand the mechanics of various commercial and private property transactions and mortgage foreclosures. Students will appreciate the theories/concepts of legal descriptions, ownership, title searches, acquiring and transferring, appraising, financing, closing, leasing, condominiums and cooperatives, environmental law, taxation, ethics and drafting appropriate legal documents.
This course will prepare the student for responsibilities associated with the management of a law office. The student will examine the structure of a law office, time and records management, billing methods, technology and computers, administrative procedures, client relations, office operating procedures and professionalism in the workplace. The student who successfully completes this course will understand the practical and ethical issues of law office organization and functions through the visitation to a law firm/agency, interviewing of employees and preparation of oral and written reports.
This course includes an examination of general and Florida laws of marriage, divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, custody, legitimacy, support, guardianship and the juvenile. The student who successfully completes this course will have a basic knowledge of what family law is and the skills to use that knowledge to apply legal standards and draft documents used in the practice of family law.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of financial accounting. Topics include the accounting cycle, analysis of financial statement transactions, financial statement preparation, accounting for assets, liabilities, equities, revenues and expenses. Accounting for entities, including partnerships and corporations is introduced.
This course provides instruction and practice in the fundamentals of accounting. Selected topics include accounting careers, basic accounting terminology and principles, steps in the accounting cycle, general journals, general ledgers, financial statements, worksheets, adjusting and closing entries, cash controls and payroll. This course may be used to provide a foundation for financial accounting. Activities are recorded manually and using appropriate software. Lab fee required.
This course is a study of law as it pertains to agency, partnerships, corporations, real and personal property, wills and estates, insurance and negotiable instruments.
This is an introductory course covering the nature, scope and methods of economics, economic concepts and economic institutions. Emphasis is placed upon production, consumption, determination of prices, distribution of income, fiscal policy, national income determinants, money and banking and comparative economic systems. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for AA degree seeking students.
This course deals primarily with economic problems. Emphasis is given to markets, production functions, economic role of government, agricultural problems, labor-management relations, imperfect competition, interest and capital, economic security, international trade and finance and economic development. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course includes a study of the definition and classification of criminal offenses, the principles of criminal responsibility and the legal procedures in a criminal prosecution. The student who successfully completes this course will have an understanding of the elements of crimes, have performed hands-on research, have drafted documents and have participated in oral trial presentations regarding a hypothetical criminal case.
Intellectual property, often known as IP, allows people to own their creativity and innovation in the same way that they can own physical property. The course is divided into the four areas of intellectual property law which include trademark, copyright, patent and trade secrets. For each area, the course will aim to cover the statutory bases, as well as discuss key doctrines and cases. Finally, the course will expose each student to the practical considerations faced by those working in related legal fields. The student will explain the filing process, filing systems, and the typical life cycle of a case for each area of intellectual property. Common litigation causes of action and remedies will also be discussed.
This course includes an overview of intermediate real estate law topics with a specific emphasis on real property transactions in Florida. Students who complete this course will understand the fundamental concepts underlying a real estate closing, including the issuance of title insurance commitments, policies and endorsements and various federal and state regulations that affect real estate closings. Students will appreciate the concepts of title examination, encumbrances and adverse matters, title insurance, water rights, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), Florida homestead and the Marketable Record Title Act.
This course is largely transaction and problem-oriented. This course will discuss problems involving real estate transactions under Florida law, including real estate contracts, parties to Florida transactions, financing, property descriptions and settlement statements. This course trains students in the use of the Attorneys' Title Insurance Database System for completing title examinations and updates and the E-Closing DT closing software program.
This course prepare students to conduct online research using a variety of full-service, low-cost and free modalities and databases including, but not limited to, Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, LoisLaw, Fastcase, Versuslaw, Casemaker, Casetext, Ravel, Google and Bing. Students should develop competencies with respect to natural language and searches using terms and connectors. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to search effectively using key numbers and headnotes, Shepherds and Keycite and their various equivalents. Students will learn to narrow and focus searches using subject matter and procedural terms, specific dates and time-frames, courts, attorneys and parties. In addition, students will learn to perform non-legal research (using business and academic databases) to support legal claims, defenses and typical law office activities. With frequent guests from the local legal community, this entry-level class offers hands-on experience working through basic real-world legal research challenges.
This course deals with the law of immigration within the United States. The course will focus on immigrants and the different categories of non-immigrants and the various laws that must be followed to visit the U.S. from abroad or gain permanent resident status. Immigration law is a form-based area of law. As such, we will identify and complete the various forms that are used in the immigration process. Students will identify the vocabulary often used in immigration cases, practice preparing various types of immigration forms and develop an understanding of how to deal with the immigration client.
In this course topics of current interest and other areas of law are presented in group instruction. This course may be taken four times for credit.
Students will perform duties for various real estate attorneys engaged in transactional practices. Typical duties will include providing legal and administrative support to the assigned attorney, coordinating communications and activities between the assigned attorney and clients, working with clients, the assigned attorney, title examiners, and underwriting counsel to coordinate, track, and follow-up on orders, assist with legal research, preparation of documents and other paralegal related activities required to support clients. Other duties may include preparing closing documents, ancillary documents, title-related affidavits, and policies and endorsements, attending to title curative matters and identifying requirements of survey exceptions. Additional duties may include preparing and issuing title policies, e-recordings, disbursements; providing reports as needed, providing specialized services and support to clients, tracking and maintaining client lists and overseeing and creating invoices.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course prepares students for the NALA Certified Paralegal examination by providing a comprehensive review of the material included on the exam with emphasis on the areas currently tested. The course will include practice examinations designed to prepare students for the actual exam. The course is open to anyone preparing to take the Certified Paralegal Exam or interested in obtaining a general overview of various legal disciplines.
This course will expose the student to various policies and environmental regulations concerning air quality and dependence on foreign energy sources. Discussion will include enactment of policies, laws, regulations and programs with regard to conventional and alternative energy sources. Assessment of concerns over future depletion of global oil supplies and the impact to the U.S. economy will be discussed. The federal, state or local governmental response to issues concerning pollution and its impact on the number of environmental laws, the effectiveness of any proposed initiative and the extent of implementation and enforcement will be explored.
This course focuses on the application of business law for the small business owner. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to identify the various forms of business ownership and the legal and tax implications of each. Students will have an understanding of the laws covering issues such as personnel, contracts and the protection of intellectual property. The student will be able to understand and explain how to comply with the reporting requirements for local, state and federal entities.
This course is a study of law as it relates to the sources of law, courts and court procedures, torts, crimes and contracts.
This course is a study of law as it pertains to agency, partnerships, corporations, real and personal property, wills and estates, insurance and negotiable instruments.
This course involves an analysis of International Law and the World's Legal Systems as dynamic, social, and political institutions impacting legal considerations in corporate, government, domestic and foreign business environments. In this course, we will examine the differences in national laws and legal systems through an analysis and comparison of various foreign legal systems. We will also address various aspects of international business law, including but not limited to, resolving international commercial disputes, international sales and commercial transactions, access to foreign markets and regulation of import/export competition and unfair trading. This course is designed to acquaint the students with the general framework of the international legal system, the manager's role in it, and the specific institutions and practices that affect international business. The readings and assignments will assist the students in developing (1) a "comfort zone" with legal language and principles and (2) and ability to timely recognize legal implications in proposed business decisions. Case study will assist the student in developing a rubric for the recognition and proper consideration of the legal aspects of common international business transactions.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an enhanced knowledge of the impact that emerging technologies and social media platforms are having on the legal system, substantive areas of law, and the legal profession. Students will gain knowledge of how social media is affecting fundamental notions of jurisdiction, jurisprudence and substantive areas of law including family, criminal, tort, employment, securities, intellectual property, defamation, estate planning/probate, and constitutional law. In this course, the students will examine the various rules that businesses, schools, colleges, employers, states, and the federal government must be aware of when dealing with social media in corporate, government, and academic settings. Considering the novelty of the field of social media, the students will also entertain the most recent judicial opinions and Court decisions, as well.
This course explores topics relevant in today's legal studies discipline. Course material is delivered in an individual setting and often will include a research paper/project based on a current legal topic.
This course is designed to provide an overview of the business environment. The business disciplines discussed include management, international business, marketing, finance, economics, accounting and business law. This course provides useful information for business majors and any others involved in owning or operating businesses. This course is also recommended for students expecting to take ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting.
This course provides business and non-business majors with the skills necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur. The fundamentals of starting and operating a business, developing a business plan, obtaining financing, marketing a product or service and developing an effective accounting system will be covered.
This course explores the dynamic environment of international business, a multi-disciplinary subject that draws from international economics (balance of trade, balance of payments), politics, institutions, culture and technology as well as insight into the mechanics of international trade and investment, the international financial system and business management in the global marketplace.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This is a travel/study course combining preparation on campus, travel and study in the discipline of business. Content is variable depending on the program in which the student enrolls and the specific topics to be covered. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure. Permission of the instructor is required.
This course emphasizes the study of the four fundamental functions of management: planning, leading, organizing and controlling and their application to business decision-making. Connections will be made between the planning process and the controlling function to evaluate organizational performance. The course also studies theoretical principles of management, communication concepts, human resource management, organizational structures as well as motivational theory. Principles will be applied to entrepreneurial, corporate and international organizations.
Overview of the history and current practices related to the quality movement. Students will study contributions of quality experts such as Deming, Juran and Crosby and will be introduced to the concepts of team management, group processes and problem-solving skills. Various measurement tools for process improvement and control will be examined.
This course will focus on management of sustainability in enterprises using a problem-based learning approach. A foundation of knowledge in sustainable business practices in a variety of industry settings will be developed.
The purpose of this course is to explore the theories and practices relating to the management of human resources (HR). The role of the human resources department will be discussed regarding its role in the corporate organization as well as meeting personnel corporate goals and objectives. The course will also explore HR's relationship with functional departments, departmental supervisors, as well as middle and executive management. The principles of job analysis, job description, job skills, recruitment and selection techniques, motivation and performance evaluation will be explored in depth.
This course introduces students to operations management techniques including their application to functional areas of the business enterprise. Topics include the design and management of production operations including productivity, strategy, capacity planning, location, layout, resource management, just-in-time systems, materials requirement planning and project management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to make decisions and resolve problems in an operations management environment and demonstrate an understanding of the role of operations management in the supply chain.
This course involves a comparative study of global management practices. This course also addresses the questions of how and when to be sensitive to cultural issues and to develop the skills needed to effectively manage in diverse global environments.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This course explores topics relevant in today's management discipline. Course material is delivered in an individual setting and often will include a research paper/project based on a current management topic.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student’s academic program.
This course emphasizes researching current social media techniques and their application to the business marketing environment. Current social media advertising platforms will be examined and reviewed. Techniques and insights for extracting business value out of social media will be examined. Review of data analytics including ROI will be applied to social media tools.
This is an introductory course in marketing, emphasizing the four elements of the Marketing Mix: Product, Price, Place and Promotion. The course focuses on the marketing concept, role of strategic planning and development of marketing strategies. In addition, the concepts of market segmentation, demographics and selection of a target market will be studied. Importance of market research, consumer and industrial buying habits and the differences between consumer and industrial goods are also explored. Concepts behind product development and product acceptance are reviewed in the context of pricing and promotional techniques throughout the product life cycle. Importance of branding is evaluated. The concept of an integrated marketing campaign is explored within the context of the promotional mix - advertising, direct selling, sales promotion and public relations. Online marketing is explored utilizing the Internet.
This is an advanced course emphasizing the application of fundamental marketing principles to a global marketplace. The global marketplace consists of over two hundred countries and an even greater number of languages and cultures worldwide. The course focuses on the role of strategic planning and the development of marketing strategies for this international marketplace. Strategies for opening up new markets will be explored - pure exporting, use of local distributors, global manufacturing and wholly owned subsidiaries. Basic concepts of demographics, market segmentation and selection of target markets will be applied to this complex worldwide stage. The course will explore the differences in international consumer and industrial buying habits as well as the impact of language, culture and religion on local promotional campaigns. The complexity of product development, product naming and pricing will be explored on a country-by-country basis. This course will also explore the complexities of developing worldwide distribution systems as they are affected by differing local laws, taxation and regulations.
This course emphasizes the development and implementation of a marketing strategy with emphasis on social media applications. Content will be developed for specific social media platforms. Topics covered will include development of an e-Marketing plan, market segmentation and targeting strategies, customer relationship management techniques, and the differentiation of owned and paid media.
This course will provide essential insight for successfully marketing an entrepreneurial venture using innovative marketing strategies. This course is designed to provide entrepreneurs with practical applications in interactive technologies and web-based services. Students will gain experience in the use of marketing via the Internet and social media. The student will be introduced to the role that direct selling and direct marketing play in the entrepreneurial environment. Students will develop a marketing project to assist in launching and implementing the new marketing venture.
This course is designed for students who need keyboarding/typewriting skills for personal use. Students will learn to operate the computer keyboard by touch.
This course is a study of the current management principles, concepts, organizational trends, technology and human relations as related to the responsibilities of the administrative office manager. Simulations, case studies and projects are used to develop decision-making and supervisory skills necessary for office organization and administration.
This business-oriented Internet research class provides research strategies and specific search tools to find relevant and reliable information in the most effective and efficient manner from among the enormous amount of data that resides on the World Wide Web. The course addresses basic searches, selecting the right keywords, phrase searching, Boolean operators, filters, advanced search operators, evaluative criteria to determine the reliability of sites, meta-search engines, subject guides, specialty information and social media platforms. Hands-on activities allow students to utilize research strategies and search tools.
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic program.
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to practical, work-related applications. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned faculty advisor is required. Students may earn internship credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated based upon the student's academic program.
This course is designed to help students become more effective in college. The course teaches students how to set goals, manage time, improve retention of information, take notes, strengthen test-taking skills, deal with test anxiety, master stress reduction techniques, think critically, approach problems creatively, communicate more effectively, use the library and other college services, adapt to various instructional styles, understand their own learning style and identify and deal with problems (learning, personal or social) that interfere with their ability to learn, develop an appreciation for diversity and develop appropriate classroom behaviors. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to assist first-year students in making a smooth transition into Seminole State College of Florida. The course will provide students the opportunity to understand the culture of higher education. Topics covered in the course include the vocabulary of higher education, college policies, student code of conduct, educational planning (class scheduling techniques, class formats, transfer process and techniques to select a major), information literacy and financial information (financial aid and personal money management).
The purpose of this course is to develop higher-order thinking abilities needed for academic success and personal development. Each element in this course is designed to help students become critical thinkers. Students will be challenged to think, reason, read and write clearly, logically and effectively in order to better understand our world and everyday situations. Critical thinking is often the first step in problem solving. It is essential for understanding ourselves and our relationships. The course will explore critical thinking as it helps to enhance our communication. The development of critical thinking will be fostered by applying these skills to contemporary issues and personal experiences. Students will begin to learn to recognize persuasion and bias, steps to problem-solving, analyze structure of arguments and evaluate the merits of arguments.
This course is designed to instruct students in the specific study habits, attitudes, thinking skills and problem-solving skills necessary for success in mathematics courses. Through the use of various attitude scales, students will determine personal strengths and weaknesses as well as behavior and attitude changes needed in order to maximize proficiency in mathematics. This course may be taken only one time for credit.
The purpose of the Financial Success for Students course is to help students learn the skills to stay out of debt and stay in school. Each element in this course is designed to help students think critically to develop financial habits that lead to success, significance and satisfaction. Students who are financially savvy in college do not let finances interfere with their ability to learn and succeed in college. This course will teach students how to avoid financial pitfalls and set financial goals as well as learn basic techniques for overcoming financial mistakes, manage money, expand their knowledge of financial aid and scholarships and learn basic budgeting skills.
This course is work-based experience that provides students with supervised career exploration activities and/or practical experiences. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated at the discretion of the Career Development Center.
This course is a work-based experience that provides students with supervised career exploration activities and/or practical experiences. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated at the discretion of the Career Development Center.
This course is a work-based experience that provides students with supervised career exploration activities and/or practical experiences. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated at the discretion of the Career Development Center.
This course is a work-based experience that provides students with supervised career exploration activities and/or practical experiences. Seminars may be a component of this course and regular contact with the assigned advisor is required. Students may earn cooperative education credits based on the completion of the required work experience and satisfactory completion of assignments including, but not limited to, seminars and a project. This course may be repeated at the discretion of the Career Development Center.

Any General Education course

English I Gen Ed Core
3
Credits
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for degree seeking students.
In this course, students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.
Art Appreciation Gen Ed Core
3
Credits
This course introduces students to art from a variety of cultures and historical contexts. Topics include major art movements, varieties of materials and aesthetic theories. Coursework covers formal terms, elements and principles common to the study of art and architecture. The course stresses the relationship of design principles to various art forms including, but not limited to, sculpture, painting and architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze a variety of artistic styles, periods and media and students will have an increased vocabulary of art terminology. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This humanities course is designed to introduce students to the critical study of human culture and its varied expressions across time. Students will employ interdisciplinary methods of analysis through engagement with diverse cultural artifacts in order to develop a foundational understanding of the human experience and its connection to culture. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This humanities course is designed to introduce students to the critical study of human culture and its varied expressions across time. Students will employ interdisciplinary methods of analysis through engagement with diverse cultural artifacts in order to develop a foundational understanding of the human experience and its connection to culture. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities for degree seeking students.
This course is designed to further student understanding of the concepts and applications of analytical and theoretical approaches to literature. Students will employ critical thinking in their interrogation of the texts. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
Open to all students, this course is designed for the musical layman and is a survey course devoted to music in world civilization. Included is a study of the music relating to the background of the life and other arts of the times. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is designed for the musical layman and is a survey course devoted to music in world civilization. Included is a study of the music relating to the background of the life and other arts of the times. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree-seeking students. Honors level content. Permission from Honors Director required.
This course covers fundamental philosophical questions of the human condition including: discussions of existence, identity, ethics, culture, free will, personhood, politics, distributive justice, and much more. Students engage in deep critical thought, analysis of philosophical perspectives including their own, and ultimately gain perspective on how philosophy manifests itself in every aspect of our lived experience. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement.
This course covers fundamental philosophical questions of the human condition including: discussions of existence, identity, ethics, culture, free will, personhood, politics, distributive justice, and much more. Students engage in deep critical thought, analysis of philosophical perspectives including their own, and ultimately gain perspective on how philosophy manifests itself in every aspect of our lived experience. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Honors level content. Permission required from Honors director. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement.
This course surveys the art of theatre. Students will learn about the process of creating theatre through study of the production process and the many artists who participate in the creation of theatre. Through videos and attendance at live theatre, students will also learn the various forms of theatre, such as tragedy and comedy and various modes of presentation, both presentational and representational. Students will also be introduced to theatre's historic roots and its diversity as expressed in various cultures throughout the globe. This course contains a reading and writing component. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B. E. 6A-10.030. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Humanities requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is a survey of the elementary aspects of the astronomical universe. Topics include the history and growth of astronomy, instrumentation, solar system, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Star-gazing sessions and planetarium trips are included to identify the prominent constellations and stars. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is a study of the characteristics of living organisms. Unifying concepts such as metabolism, genetics, evolution and cellular organization will be investigated. Designed for non-science majors, this course does not fulfill the credit requirements for biology majors (see BSC 2010C). This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This course is a study of the characteristics of living organisms. Unifying concepts such as metabolism, genetics, evolution and cellular organization will be investigated. Designed for non-science majors, this course does not fulfill the credit requirements for biology majors (see BSC 2010C). Honors level content. Permission from Honors Director required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science Requirement for A.A. degree-seeking students.
This course is a study of the characteristics of living organisms with emphasis on man. Unifying concepts such as metabolism, energy utilization and reproduction will be investigated. Laboratory exercises will emphasize basic principles of biology. Designed for non-science majors, this course does not fulfill the credit requirements for biology majors. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
Anatomy and Physiology I - Transfer

BSC 1085 is not offered at Seminole State College of Florida

This course is primarily for science majors or students with a strong biology background. It is a study of the molecular and cellular composition and function of living organisms. Emphasis will be given to structure, chemical metabolism and genetic mechanisms. Laboratory illustrates basic biological principles. Lab fee required. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises during the lecture may be used to complement course material. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory exercises during the lecture may be used to complement course material. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a one-semester course for the non-science major designed to meet the General Education requirement. Presumes no chemistry or mathematics background. Basic chemical principles are covered and related to larger topics that may include the chemistry of water and the atmosphere, energy sources, natural and man-made materials and environmental issues. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course serves as the first semester of the two-semester general chemistry sequence. Topics covered include problem-solving, atomic and molecular structure, chemical formulas and nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding models, gas laws, solutions and other selected topics. Laboratory experiments are chosen that support these topics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course will introduce students to the Earth as a complex and dynamic system. Focus will be on the solid Earth, the oceans, the atmosphere and interactions among these subsystems. Students will learn of the Earth's origin and place within the solar system. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree-seeking students.
This is a three-credit-hour General Education course with no prerequisites. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a three-credit hour General Education course. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a four-credit-hour General Education course with no prerequisites. Students will study the impact of human systems on the physical and biological environment as well as discuss possible solutions to today's environmental problems. Topics include ecology, natural resources, energy, pollution, population growth, urbanization and sustainability. The laboratory will give students an analytical learning experience in environmental science, as well as teach them to apply the learned concepts to real world problems and issues. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course is for non-science majors. Fundamental concepts of physics with application of everyday experiences are covered. Topics include kinematics, mechanics, electricity and magnetism and special topics. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the physical factors in our environment. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This course contains a descriptive and quantitative study of kinematics, mechanics, energy and applications of mechanics. This course meets the requirements for professional and technical students needing an algebra-based physics course. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
This honors physics course is designed for science, engineering and mathematics majors. Topics studied are kinematics, mechanics and applications of mechanics. Lab is included. Lab fee required. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Science requirement for degree seeking students.
College Algebra Gen Ed Core
3
Credits
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a first course in analytic geometry and the theory and application of calculus. Selected topics include a review of functions, limits and continuity, the derivative, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions and their inverses, the Mean Value and Intermediate Value Theorems, extrema and graph sketching, area and the definite integral, anti-differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration of transcendental functions and their inverses. A graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. Students should ask the instructor which calculator will be used. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students.
This is a first course in analytic geometry and the theory and application of calculus. Selected topics include a review of functions, limits and continuity, the derivative, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions and their inverses, the Mean Value and Intermediate Value Theorems, extrema and graph sketching, area and the definite integral, anti-differentiation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and integration of transcendental functions and their inverses. The graphing calculator will be used throughout the course. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students.
The following topics will be covered in this course: sets and Venn diagrams, logic, inductive and deductive reasoning, counting principles, permutations and combinations, probability, descriptive statistics and geometry. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Liberal Arts with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.
This course provides an opportunity for students to see mathematics used in ways not seen in traditional mathematics courses. Topics are selected from the following: financial mathematics, numbers and number systems, elementary number theory and graph theory. Additional topics may be included at the discretion of the instructor. History of mathematics, critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques and the appropriate use of technology will be used throughout the course. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Liberal Arts with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.
This course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods for those students entering a science or business-related field. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Statistics with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.
This Honors course introduces descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-sample inferences, correlation and regression and nonparametric tests. This course is a first course in statistical methods and involves Honors students in projects and development of portfolios. Honors level content. Permission required from Honors director. This course satisfies the General Education State Core Mathematics requirement for degree seeking students. It is recommended that students without college-level math credits have completed a secondary-level course in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, or Math for College Statistics with a grade of ‘B’ or higher before taking this course.

* POS 2041 or POS 2041H partially satisfies the Civic Literacy requirement. Students entering the Florida College System for the first time in Fall 2022 or later can satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement by passing a course and an assessment.   Refer to the online catalog for assessment options.

U.S. Federal Government Gen Ed Core Civic Lit
3
Credits
In this course basic aspects of the federal government are studied. Emphasis is placed upon content and interpretation of the Constitution, Federalism, the Congress, the Presidency, the federal court system and the citizen's connection to the federal government by means of elections, political parties, interest groups and public opinion. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for A.A. degree seeking students and the Florida state civic literacy requirement per Florida Statues Section 1007.25 for all students.
Honors U.S. Federal Government Gen Ed Core Civic Lit
3
Credits
In this course, basic aspects of the federal government are studied. Emphasis is placed upon content and interpretation of the Constitution, Federalism, the Congress, the Presidency, the federal court system and the citizen's connection to the federal government by means of elections, political parties, interest groups and public opinion. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Social Science/History requirement for A.A. degree seeking students and the Florida state civic literacy requirement per Florida Statues Section 1007.25 for all students.
Total Credits: 64

Gen Ed Core   Denotes that a class is a State of Florida General Education Core Course.

Beginning in the 2022-23 academic year and thereafter, students entering associate in arts, associate in science or associate in applied science, or baccalaureate degree programs must complete at least one (1) course from each of the general education subject areas listed in this section prior to the awarding of their degree. Please refer to this catalog's Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the General Education Core Courses .

Civic Lit   Denotes that a class counts toward the course Civic Literacy Requirement.

The State of Florida requires that all students graduating from Seminole State College of Florida and other institutions in the Florida College System (FCS), as well as from any State University System (SUS) institution, fulfill a Civic Literacy Competency requirement prior to submitting an Intent to Graduate form in the term they plan to graduate. Requirements vary based on admit term and program. Please refer to this catalog’s Graduation Requirements section for specific requirements on the Civic Literacy Proficiency Requirement.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole StateUFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,131$6,380$5,666 $5,954 
Room and Board-0-$10,950$11,592 $11,498 
Books and Supplies$1,000$810$1,000$1,200
Total$4,131$18,140$18,258$18,652

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* Tuition costs are based on the current academic year for in-state students living on campus. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on cost of attendance information provided by the State University System of Florida. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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