New Courses



BI 116 Environmental Education for Educators is under development by Sarah Krajewski

This course is designed to teach pre-service and in-service teachers both environmental education and how to develop and teach lessons that build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invite them to explore wildlife and the world around them by developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment that result in informed decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. Through hands-on activities, investigations and lesson planning the students will practice ways to teach a basic understanding for the characteristics of environments, and to comprehend how they functions. There are six areas of study: 1) wildlife populations, addressing characteristics and population dynamics; 2) habitats, ecosystems, and niches, addressing distribution and the importance of these concepts; 3) interdependence, addressing commonalities and interactions among living things; 4) changes and adaptations, addressing environmental changes and organism adaptations; 5) biodiversity, addressing types of biodiversity, human influence, and the importance of habitat. 6) ability to recognize, evaluate, and make responsible choices in their own lives regarding natural resources.

Students who successfully complete this course will be certified in GROWING UP WILD and PROJECT WILD. Environmental Education for Educators is a conservation and environmental education course emphasizing wildlife.


PS235 American Political Thought is under development by Gordon Vurusic

Students in this course will examine the major ideologies of American politics: conservatism, liberalism and radicalism. We will explore the issues concerning democracy federalism, the role of government, individuals liberties and personal identity, as discussed in the writings of major political thinkers in America and those abroad who comprehensively addressed American politics. In addition to becoming familiar with major strains of thinking about American politics, the students will be given multiple opportunities to enhance their critical thinking, analytical, discussion and presentation skills. There are several important rationales for adding PS235 to the GRCC political science curriculum. First, the class would become a part of the pre-major Political Science curriculum at GRCC, enabling students to transfer it to a four year program. Courses dealing with American political ideologies are a normal part of curriculum in all good four-year political science programs, including the ones to which many GRCC political science pre- majors transfer. For example, GVSU has PS337 American Political Thought, Western Michigan University offers PSC 3070 American Political Thought and Aquinas PS370 American Political Thought. Second, in politics, political ideologies govern political actions and, in my experience, many GRCC students lack precise knowledge on origins, principles and structures of the political ideas they encounter every day in American politics. This class would give students the necessary knowledge to gain an in-depth understanding of American politics. Third, the course would work well in conjunction with PS110 Survey of American Government and PS230 Introduction to Political Theory. American political thought was inspired by ideas of major Western political philosophers and the students who take all of these classes would understand the crosscurrents between American political ideologies and a larger body of political philosophy. and American politics Finally the class would challenge students to analyze complex ideas, write persuasive arguments and have an excellent practice in intellectual dexterity necessary to understand ideas in American political thought.


EL 275 Automation/Mechatronics is under development by Roger Kelley

This course utilizes the principles of Controls, Electrical technology and Mechanical technology, to control electro-mechanical systems. Automation/Mechatronic course studies operation, process, sequencing and programming skills for individual automation equipment as stand alone and as this equipment is combined into a complete sophisticated production systems.

Automation/Mechatronics is a new and rapidly growing field that integrates electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, PLCs and computer control systems to create new and improved automated manufacturing production systems. This course is designed for people who are interested in automation, controls, robotics, set up, installation and assembly of automated equipment. This course will apply skills and knowledge from many other GRCC courses as they integrate into a working manufacturing systems.


CA 247 Entrepreneurship in Hospitality and is being developed by Mike Whitman

This course delivers an overview of the steps necessary to manage the opening of a restaurant, bakery or similar operation. Students will design their own concept and develop it to the point of opening the operation.

The coursework and learning process is presented in a step-by-step process in order to best reflect industry practices used in the opening of a new hospitality operation. Topics to be covered are: restaurant development, choosing and developing the management team, preparing a marketable business plan, planning and design, building the restaurant/pre-opening start up.

Within the culinary degree programs in the Secchia Institute, students complete the curriculum in either a culinary, management, baking and pastry, or personal chef track. The curriculum is well suited to deliver the necessary skills or enable students to find work in the industry within their chosen niche. The one missing component is a course that provides the information via a step-by-step process that would enable the student to design, develop and open an operation of their own. The course would be attractive to students who have spent time in the industry and have developed a certain level of skill, but lack knowledge or skills set necessary to manage the opening of a food service operation.


EL272 Electronic Signals and Systems for Biomedical Equipment is under development by Roger Kelley

This course studies the electronic circuits and systems related to clinical medical equipment. It includes the understanding of the entire electronic system as a whole and how the applied electronic circuits and systems are incorporated as subparts in biomedical equipment. It will utilize sensor substitution, test equipment, transducers and computers to find faults or errors in medical equipment. Codes and standards concerning calibration and testing of biomedical equipment will also be reviewed. This course is a specific application of GRCC’s electronics program that will emphasize unique techniques for servicing biomedical equipment. This course will relate electronic circuits, systems, test methods and trouble-shooting techniques specifically to biomedical equipment. It will prepare students for gainful employment in one of top growing electronic fields in the United States and in West Michigan. This course will apply electronic principles which will directly increase the practical knowledge base for student employment. Electronic Signals and Systems for Biomedical Equipment will be a key course in GRCC’s new Electronic Biomedical Certificate program.


PY 283 Research Methods in Psychology is under development by Frank Conner

Examination of basic research methods in psychology. Emphasis on the logic of psychological research, the formulation and testing of hypotheses, research design, sampling procedures, data collection and analysis, and the ethics of conducting research. This course is being developed at the request of our primary transfer university, Grand Valley State University. Research Methods is a required class of all students in psychology or related disciplines such as Social Work and Counseling. The need for a foundation in the scientific method has demanded that students take this class in their first two years in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Many classes in a psychology curriculum today require research methods as a prerequisite. Students with an associate degree who transfer to a four-year curriculum in psychology are at a deficit without this class. The offering of this class is intended to place transfer students at the same advantage in their third year of college as resident students at a four-year university.


TR 245 Automotive Chassis Systems is under development by Chad Lodenstein

Study of chassis systems and related electronic control components. Students will examine the diagnosis and service of chassis-system components, anti-lock brake, regenerative (hybrid-vehicle) braking, stability control, electronic steering and electronically-controlled suspension systems.

In order to meet standards for certification with the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF), automotive programs must provide a minimum of 1080 hours laboratory/shop and classroom instruction. The Automotive Technology program is applying for re-certification with NATEF this year. Evaluation of the college's courses revealed a need for additional hours in three areas of study, specifically: Brakes (+1 c-hr), Electrical/Electronic Systems (+2 c-hrs), and Suspension & Steering (+1 c-hr). This four-contact-hour course will ensure that GRCC's Automotive Technology program meets NATEF's minimum standards.


MUS 117 Jazz Theory I is under development by Kevin Dobreff

A study of jazz music theory, including chord and scale construction and nomenclature; elementary principles of chord voicing and arrangements; chord/scale relationships; and blues, AABA and other song forms.

Analysis of jazz solo transcription as well as basic keyboard skills will be emphasized, in addition to required listening to exceptional examples of standard jazz recordings and attending jazz concerts. The Music Departments at GRCC and Western Michigan University have completed the articulation process making it possible for students to transfer all music courses once the Associate in Music or the Associate in Music with the MACRAO option has been earned. Those students who intend to major in jazz studies at WMU will not have completed the three required courses offered in the freshman and sophomore years. The first of these three courses is Jazz Theory I. By offering this course and the remaining two (Jazz Arranging and Jazz Improvisation at GRCC) our students will transfer as true sophomores in the Jazz Studies Curriculum Track and complete the Jazz Studies certificate at GRCC.


MUS 118 Jazz Arranging is under development by Kevin Dobreff

Jazz Arranging is a study of the art of arranging for the jazz ensemble — both traditional and contemporary. The course will undertake a detailed study of instrument ranges, transpositions and sound potential, and will cover voicings, scoring practices, calligraphy and contemporary trends within the medium. The Music Departments at GRCC and Western Michigan University (WMU) have completed the articulation process, making it possible for students to transfer all music courses once the Associate in Music or the Associate in Music with the MACRAO option has been earned. Those students who intend to major in jazz studies at WMU will not have completed the three required courses offered in the freshman and sophomore years. The second of these three courses is Jazz Arranging. By offering this course and the remaining two (Jazz Theory I and Jazz Improvisation at GRCC) our students will transfer as true sophomores in the Jazz Studies Curriculum Track and they will also complete the Jazz Studies certificate at GRCC.


MUS 176 Music Business Management is under development by

In MUS 176 Music Business Management, students will gain the knowledge and insight to successfully manage an artist as a brand in the music industry. This course expands on the topics discussed in MUS 175 and focuses on an in-depth examination of key aspects in music business management such as: touring, budgeting, accounting and publicity. Furthermore, MUS 176 empowers students to explore entrepreneurial ventures in the music industry as well as increasing their marketability with established music companies. The existing music merchandising curriculum is badly in need of an update. The degree consists of a combination of music core and business core classes, but no classes that bridge the gap or speak to the radical changes that we have seen in the music industry over the last twenty years. MUS 176 – Music Business Management is the second in a sequence of courses that will prepare our students to be successful in the exciting and demanding world of the music industry.




  • HU 219 - Global Studies through International Travel
  • CA 288 - Olympic Competition Attendance
  • CA 210 - Principles of Baking and Pastry Science
  • EXS 225 - Public Health Concepts
  • CA 260 - Advanced Ice Carving and Competition Preparation
  • HVA 260 - Geothermal HVAC Systems
  • MN 146 - Introduction to Robotics
  • HVA 280 - HVAC Internship
  • CA 265 - Pastry, Centerpieces, and Wedding Cakes
  • TR181 - Automotive Technology Internship 1
  • TR281 - Automotive Technology Internship 2
  • CA 233 - Beer, Wine, and Spirits Management


  • CO 155 - Word (Online)
  • CO 171 - Database Design and Development (Online)
  • EN 249 - Technical Writing (Online)
  • CLS 101 - Career Decision Making (Online)
  • WE 139 - Zumba
  • WE 110 - Urban Eco Trek
  • WE 120 - Spinning
  • EN 120 - Improved Editing and Proofreading
  • EL 150 - Electrical Schematics, Electrical Standards and Codes
  • OT 215 -  Supplemental Practice Skills for Occupational Therapy
  • WE 137 - Mat Pilates
  • CJ 164 - Police Academy Boot Camp
  • RD 095 - Reading for College Success
  • PO 245 - Studio Portrait and Illustrative Lighting Techniques
  • MUS 175 - Intro to Music Business