STA Offers College Courses to its Students


St. Thomas Aquinas High School is proud to offer students an opportunity to take college courses while at STA!

Sign Language, Latin, Business Law, Accounting, Sociology, Biotechnology, Plant Science, Architecture, Anthropology are just a few of the many college courses offered through our college counseling program. Participating Saints will receive an official college/university transcript, strengthen their college resume, and explore a yet untapped area of interest!

Below is a list of college courses that are available to STA students- this is an incredible opportunity and there are a number of important benefits for taking these college courses: 

  • Students will receive an official college/university transcript at the end of the semester.
  • These courses are a very affordable way to gain college experience and earn 3-4 credits (depending on the class).
  • The credits you take are often times transferrable to your degree.
  • Taking honors, AP, and college-level classes demonstrates academic rigor, and the strength of a student’s schedule is an immensely important factor in the college admission process.
  • Students are able to explore areas of interest, from architecture to zoology, and almost everything in between; if you are considering a certain major, taking a class in that area now will help you determine if it’s really something you would like to pursue.

College-Level Courses

Spring 2022 Semester


Mount St. Mary’s University

·         Beginning American Sign Language II (TR, 3:30-4:45 PM)

·         Business Law I (MWF, 8:00-8:50 AM)

·         American Horror Story (TR, 9:00-10:15 AM)

·         Intro to Business & Decision Making (TR, 8:00-9:15 AM)

·         Foundations of Sociology (MW, 8:00-9:15 AM)

·         Sociology of Medicine (MW, 4:00-5:15 PM)

·         Beginning Latin (MWF, 9:00-9:50 AM)

·         Intermediate Latin (MWF, 11:00-11:50 AM)

·         Foundations of Mediation (W, 4:00-6:50 PM)

·         Accounting Principles I (Asynchronous)

·         Introduction to Sport Management (Asynchronous)

·         Intro to Business & Decision Mkg (Asynchronous)

·         Public Speaking (Asynchornous)

·         Foundations of Sociology (Asynchronous)


University of Nebraska

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

  • Water in Society (AECN109)
    • Introduction to the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of historical and contemporary water systems. Students will develop an understanding of hydrologic systems and analyze and engage in decision-making about complex challenges associated with water resource use.
  • Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment (AGRI 115)
    • Application of biotechnology to genetically engineer, identify, select or propagate microbes, plants or animals. Scientists who use biotechnology to solve problems with the environment, with our food system, or with human health
  • Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems (AGRO 107)
    • In this course, students will learn how invasive plants establish and spread in ecosystems and develop an understanding of their impacts on ecosystems from local to global scales
  • Plant Science (AGRO 131, HORT 131)
    • The biology of plants grown for food, feed, fuel, fiber and fun! Starting with natural and managed ecosystems and their interactions, the course then introduces how plants obtain and manage water and nutrients before giving a big picture view of carbon assimilation, metabolism and storage in terms of plant productivity and growth in variable environments.
  • Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry (ASCI100)
    • Overview of the industries in animal science; fundamentals of animal biology related to their application in those industries; and trends and current issues related to production and consumption of animal products important for human welfare.
  • Animal Products (ASCI 210)
    • Knowledge of edible animal products with particular emphasis to meat products from livestock and poultry. Methods of slaughter and fabrication, conversion of muscle to meat, processing techniques, preservation and storage, and consumer related topics discussed and demonstrated.
  • Companion Animal and Equine Behavior (ASCI271)
    • Application of behavior principles to describe normal and problem behaviors of common companion animals and horses.
  • The Science of Food (FDST 131)
    • Covers general and food chemistry, nutrition, food microbiology, food safety and quality, standards that are enforced by regulatory agencies, and food processes applied to improve food quality, shelf life and safety.
  • Insect Biology (ENTO 115)
    • Fundamental insect biology (anatomy, development, physiology, behavior, ecology and diversity). Economic and medical importance of insects and principles of insect pest management.

College of Architecture

  • Introduction to Design (DSGN101)- 2 credits
    • Introduction to architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture and related design fields; the forces that shape these fields and the processes of production they rely upon.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 110)
    • Introduction to the study of society and culture, integrating the four major subfields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology
  • Fundamentals of Computer Science (CSCE 101)
    • A course in the science of computation suitable for prospective CSCE majors and for non-CSCE majors who desire a deeper understanding of computers and the work of computer scientists.
  • Computer Science I: Systems Engineering Focus (CSCE155E)
    • Introduction to problem solving with computers. Topics include problem solving methods, software development principles, computer programming, and computing in society
  • Introductory Human Geography (GEOG140)
    • Human populations, cultures, and landscapes, with particular attention to human-environment relations and global interconnections.
  • American History to 1877 (HIST 110)
    • Survey of American history from the age of discovery through the Civil War.
  • America After 1877 (HIST 111)
    • Emphasis on the political, economic, and social problems accompanying America's rise as an industrialized world power
  • World History Since 1500CE (HIST121)
    • General patterns of human experience in the rise of the modern world: modes of production; structures of power; and systems of belief. The similarities and differences that exist among the world¿s major regions and cultural traditions.
  • Modern Europe (HIST131)
    • Analyzes on a topical basis the impact of social, economic, political, and intellectual changes upon Europe from the Enlightenment and describes the dramatic rise of Europe to prominence in the world and the equally dramatic demise of European domination in the twentieth-century age of war and destruction.
  • Introduction to East Asian Civilization (HIST181)
    • Survey of the traditional cultures and modern history of China and Japan. Emphasis on political systems, intellectual and religious history, and cultural developments.
  • Ancient Rome (HIST210)
    • From the Stone Age until the start of the Byzantine Empire (6th century AD). The expansion of Rome, military changes, social organization, gender studies, relations with foreign peoples, pagan religion, and Christianity. Pre-1800 content.
  • Calculus III (MATH 208)- 4 credits **On Campus Only**
    • Must take math placement exam
    • Vectors and surfaces, parametric equations and motion, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, maximum-minimum, and more.
  • Linear Algebra (MATH314) **On Campus Only**
    • Must take math placement exam
    • Fundamental concepts of linear algebra, including properties of matrix arithmetic, systems of linearequations, vector spaces, inner products, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and diagonalization.
  • Power and Politics in America (POLS 100)
    • Introduction to American government and politics
  • International Relations (POLS 160)
    • How and why states act as they do in their contemporary international relations. Continuing factors, such as power, war, ideology, and governmental organizations, and recently emerging influences.
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101)
    • Introduction to the sociological study of human behavior, especially social organization, culture, and the social institutions that comprise society.

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Cave Paintings to Cathedrals (AHIS 101)
    • Survey of the history of western art from the earliest times to the end of the Medieval period
  • Renaissance to Modern Art (AHIS 102)
    • Survey of the history of western art from the Renaissance period to the twentieth century

College of Education and Human Sciences

  • Human Development and the Family (CYAF 160)
    • Developmental life cycle approach to the study of the individual from conception to death. Each stage of life studied from the perspective of how individual development is fostered within the family system
  • Healthy Living (NUTR 100)
    • Various risk factors and personal behaviors that affect health. Practical methods for self-assessments and improving and maintaining physically active and healthy eating habits.
  • The Science of Food (NUTR 131, CHEM 131)
    • Covers general and food chemistry, nutrition, food microbiology, food safety and quality, standards that are enforced by regulatory agencies, and food processes applied to improve food quality, shelf life and safety.
  • Clothing & Society (TMFD 123)
    • Analysis of social, cultural, aesthetic, and economic influences on clothing and human behavior.

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

  • Survey of Criminal Justice (CRIM 101)
    • The justice process and the criminal justice system in general. Concepts of crime, deviance and justice, and general theories of crime causality. Individual rights in a democratic society and the legal definitions of various crimes. Law enforcement, judicial, juvenile justice and corrections subsystems explored and a number of reform proposals presented.

Interested students can reach out to Dr. Danny Richer with questions ( Go Saints!

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