Dealing with college is enough stress on its own; many times, we try making it a little less stressful by taking easy courses that will not only be fun, but can also help in boosting your GPA. Appalachian State University have some of these easy courses and here are 10 of them.

1. MAT 1010 – Introduction to Mathematics

This course is an introduction to mathematical problem solving. Emphasis is on the development of conceptual understanding rather than on computational drill. Using appropriate computational tools, including computers, is fundamental to the course. All sections cover personal finance and consumer statistics. One or two additional modules come from such disciplines as ecology, art, music, astrophysics, cryptology, resource allocation, construction, and election theory.

2. GLY 1101 – Introduction to Physical Geology

Earth, Environment, and Evolution introduction to the composition, origin, and modification of Earth materials through the study of the Earth’s interacting dynamic systems; study and application of the scientific method with reference to the principles of geology as demonstrated through use of case histories and laboratory material.

3. ANT 2230 – Biological Anthropology

Biological anthropology is the study of primate biology within an evolutionary framework. Topics include evolutionary theory, heredity, the evolution and behavior of living and fossil primates, and an examination of the evolutionary story of Homo sapiens.

4. GES 1842 – Dinosaurs: Then and Now

This class will survey all aspects of dinosaur paleontology, considering them as fossil organisms and examining their geological, temporal, and current and paleo geographic distribution.

5. PSY 1200 – Psychological Foundations

This course will focus on the biological and cognitive foundations of individual behavior, as well as the individual in the social context. Research on psychological phenomena will be reviewed to demonstrate the logic of the scientific method, to foster critical thinking, to identify potential shortcomings in interpretations of behavior (e.g., claims presented in the popular media), and to describe linkages to everyday experiences (e.g., aesthetic and perceptual judgments, improved studying, friendship and attraction, and development of political attitudes). Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use empirical data to draw sound conclusions about behavior. Finally, connections to other thematic areas of scholarly inquiry within other disciplines will be presented.

6. SOC 1000 – The Sociological Perspective

This course applies the sociological perspective to the experience of individuals within differing social contexts, ranging from interpersonal interactions and small groups to larger organizations and the broader society. Relationships between individuals and their societies are examined with respect to a variety of issues, including socialization processes and cultural diversity; the nature of gender, racial, and other social identities; and institutional settings ranging from the family to the economy and government. Required for majors and minors.

7. PS 3121 – International Terrorism

This course introduces the student to the characteristics of international terrorism, the causes of terrorism, and the control of terrorism. Throughout, students are presented key concepts to which they can refer for analyzing the future of international terrorism.

8. PE 1727 – Fly Fishing

This course introduces a non-traditional method of fishing. If you are someone that loves fishing, this is definitely a course to take to learn more about the background and history.

9. MUS 2015 – History of Rock Music

GEN ED: Fine Arts Designation; Integrative Learning Experience (Theme: “Revolutions: Social and Political”) Study of musical groups, soloists and styles related to the evolution of this genre, and on related social, historic and political events. Pre-rock influences and rock music from the late 1940s through significant developments of the late twentieth century. Lecture three hours.

10. PE 1705 – Open Water SCUBA Diving

This course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment.

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