Complete your college requirements at Community College of Aurora this summer.
Are you a current college student who wants to complete your degree faster and for less money?
Or maybe you’re ready to start your college career and work toward a four-year degree or a promotion at work. Then take a summer class — or a few! — at the Community College of Aurora! You can browse CCA's summer 2019 schedule here.
At CCA, you’ll pay less in tuition, receive quality instruction, and be on your way to achieving your educational and career goals.
Some of the available core classes you can take at the Community College of Aurora:
Mathematics for Liberal Arts
Develops mathematical and problem-solving skills. Appropriate technological skills are included. Content is selected to highlight connections between mathematics and the society in which we live. Topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistical methods, and consumer mathematics. Additional content will include one topic in geometry, numeration systems, decision theory, or management science.
Includes a brief review of intermediate algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, selection of topics from among graphing of the conic sections, introduction to sequences and series, permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem, and theory of equations.
Topics include trigonometric functions (with graphs and inverse functions), identities and equations, solutions of triangles, complex numbers, and other topics as time permits.
Introduction to Statistics
Includes data presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, statistical inference-estimation, hypothesis testing, comparison of populations, correlation and regression.
Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. Includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite integrals and some applications.
Continuation of single variable calculus which includes techniques of integration, polar coordinates, analytic geometry, improper integrals, and infinite series.
Includes all the topics of MAT 203 Calculus III with an additional emphasis on word problems and problem solving. This is the third course in the three-course calculus sequence. This course will additionally contain a thorough examination of multiple integration. This will include double and triple integrals, line integrals, Stokes’ and Green’s Theorems, and their applications.
Science of Biology
Examines the basis of biology in the modern world and surveys the current knowledge and conceptual framework of the discipline. Explores biology as a science – a process of gaining new knowledge – as is the impact of biological science on society. Includes laboratory experiences. Designed for non-science majors.
General College Biology I with Lab
Examines the fundamental molecular, cellular, and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals. Includes cell structure and function, and the metabolic processes of respiration and photosynthesis, as well as cell reproduction, and basic concepts of heredity. This course includes laboratory experience.
Introduction to Human Disease
Focused analysis of the causes and mechanics of human illness and death will be presented for each of the major human body systems. Selected diseases will be studied in greater detail including etiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, sociology, and therapy.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Focuses on an integrated study of the human body, including the histology, anatomy, and physiology of each system. Examines molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of organization plus integuments, skeletal, articulations, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience covering experimentation, microscopy, observations, and dissections. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Focuses on the integrated study of the human body and the histology, anatomy, and physiology of the following systems and topics: cardiovascular, hematology, lymphatic and immune, urinary, fluid and electrolyte control, digestive, nutrition, respiratory, reproductive, and development. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience involving experimentation, microscopy, observations, and dissection. This is the second semester of a two-semester sequence.
Designed for health science majors. Examines microorganisms with an emphasis on their structure, development, physiology, classification, and identification. The laboratory experience includes culturing, identifying, and controlling microorganisms with emphasis on their role in infectious disease.
Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab
Includes the study of measurements, atomic theory, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions, acid and base, gas laws, and condensed states. Laboratory experiments demonstrate the above concepts qualitatively and quantitatively. Designed for non-science majors, students in occupational and health programs, or students with no chemistry background.
General College Chemistry I with Lab
Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reaction and equations, stoichiometry, and thermochemistry. This course covers the development of atomic theory, culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms, and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory and molecular orbital theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.
General College Chemistry II with Lab
Presents concepts in the areas of solution properties, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid base and ionic equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry. This course emphasizes problem-solving skills and descriptive contents for these topics. Laboratory experiments demonstrate qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques.
English Composition I
Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. Basic word processing skills needed.
English Composition II
Expands and refines the objectives of English Composition I. Emphasizes critical and logical thinking and reading, problem definition, research strategies, and writing analytical, evaluative, and/or persuasive papers that incorporate research. Basic word processing skills needed.
Principles of Macroeconomics
Focuses on the study of the American economy, stressing the interrelationship among household, business, and government sectors. Explores saving and investment decisions, unemployment, inflation, national income accounting, taxing and spending policies, the limits of the market and government, public choice theory, the Federal Reserve System, money and banking, and international trade.
Principles of Microeconomics
Studies the firm, the nature of cost, and how these relate to the economy as a whole. Analyzes economic models of the consumer, perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition. Explores economic issues including market power, population growth, positive and negative externalities, income distribution, poverty and welfare, discrimination, and international economic interdependence.
World Regional Geography
An introductory course designed to facilitate understanding of spatial relationships between and among the geographic regions of the world. Includes demographic and cultural (political, economic, and historic) forces related to the physical environments of selected regions. Methods of study include analysis of interrelationships between developed and developing regions, and the interactions between human societies and natural environments.
Physical Geography - Landforms
Introduces the principles of landforms and soil as a major aspect of man’s natural environment. Incorporates an integrated process of lecture, discussion, and laboratory assignments. Course may be transferred to universities and colleges as a science credit.
20th Century World History
Investigates the major political, social, and economic developments, international relationships, scientific breakthroughs, and cultural trends that have shaped the various global regions and nation-states from 1900 to the present. Emphasizes the interactions of global regions and nation-states. Focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening the skills historians use while constructing knowledge in this discipline.
Introduces students to a multidisciplinary approach to world mythology. Common themes are illustrated and connected to religion, philosophy, art, literature, music, and contemporary culture. In addition, students will study various ways of interpreting myth.
Through a study of the visual arts, literature, music, and philosophy, this course introduces students to the history of ideas that have defined cultures. Emphasizes connections among the arts, values, and diverse cultures, including European and non-European, from the Ancient world to 1000 C.E.
Introduction to Literature
Introduces students to fiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes active and responsive reading.
Introduces the cultural significance of the visual arts, including media, processes, techniques, traditions, and terminology.
Covers the basic materials of music, musical forms, media, genres, and musical periods. Emphasizes the development of tools for intelligent listening and appreciation.
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduces significant human questions and emphasizes understanding the meaning and methods of philosophy. Includes human condition, knowledge, freedom, history, ethics, the future, and religion. Course notes for 111: Students will learn how to think rationally in order to critically examine the variety of answers given to some of the world's most important questions. Some of these questions include: "Do we have freewill?", "Is morality relative or absolute?", "Is ultimate reality personal or impersonal?", "Are humans composed of mind and body?", "How is knowledge possible?"
Examines human life, experience, and thought in order to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilling existence. Theories designed to justify ethical judgments are applied to a selection of contemporary personal and social issues. Course notes for 112: Students will learn about the major ethical theories that have delivered insights or principles helpful in discovering the ethical thing to do. Students will then use these insights to evaluate various positions taken on contemporary ethical issues such as stem cell research, euthanasia, the environment, death penalty, world hunger/poverty, etc.
Introduces students to the major world religions from both the Eastern and Western world such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahá’í, and influential pre-literate traditions. Utilizes religious studies methods (historical, sociological, legal, psychological, and phenomenological), to understand the historical development of each religious tradition in terms of communities, cultural context, and modern manifestations; paying particular attention to differences between sects, denominations, schools, and factions within each tradition. Focus will include the examination of the charismatic leaders, prophets, and narratives that inform the worldview of each tradition.
Includes the background of the U.S. Constitution; the philosophy of American government; general principles of the Constitution, federalism, and civil liberties. Examines public opinion and citizen participation; political parties, interest groups, and the electoral process; and the structure and functions of the national government.
Studies human cultural patterns and learned behavior. Includes linguistics, social and political organization, religion, culture and personality, culture change, and applied anthropology.
Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including motivation, emotion, physiological psychology, stress, and coping, research methods, consciousness, sensation, perception, learning, and memory.
General Psychology II
Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including cognition, language, intelligence, psychological assessment, personality, abnormal psychology, therapy, life span development, social psychology, and sexuality. This is a stand-alone course; PSY 101 is not a prerequisite.
Human Growth and Development
Examines human development from conception through death, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors.
Focuses on the growth and development of the individual from conception through childhood, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors.
Introduction to Sociology I
Examines the basic concepts, theories, and principles of sociology, as well as human cultures, social groups, and the social issues of age, gender, class, and race.
Spanish Language I
Develops students’ interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communicative abilities in the language. Integrates these skills in the cultural contexts in which the language is used. Offers a foundation in the analysis of culture.
Spanish Language II
Expands students’ interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communicative abilities in the language across the disciplines. Integrates these skills with the study of the cultures in which the language is used. Offers a foundation in the analysis of culture and develops intercultural communicative strategies.