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Students at six southern Utah high schools will have direct access this fall to the first electronically delivered concurrent enrollment courses offered by Southern Utah University.

Each of the two courses - Humanities 101 (Introduction to Humanities) and Animal Science 110 (Introductory Animal Science) - will partially fill a general education requirement at SUU. Each will be taught for 50 minutes four days per week and offer four quarter hours of college credit.Students at Bryce Valley, Cedar City, Escalante, Kanab, Parowan and Valley high schools will be offered the Introductory Animal Science class at 8 a.m. each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8 a.m. beginning Sept. 20 and running through Dec. 6.

The Introduction to Humanities course will be taught at the same schools each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m.; it will also run Sept. 20 through Dec. 6.

If their school district contracts with SUU, high school students won't pay tuition, just a $20 registration fee, according to Jack Hill, SUU director of distance learning, said. "College credits earned under this program will be the same as if the classes were taken at the university, and those credits will be as transferable as if they were earned on campus."

The interactive courses will be offered over the Utah Education Television Network (EDNET) system directly to those schools in the SUU service hub area. Students in each school will be able to interact with the instructor and with students at other schools.

Registration packets are available at each of the participating high schools, or interested students may contact either Hill at (801) 865-8084 or Martha Minnick at (801) 865-8085 for packets or more information.

"Interested students should initiate registration procedures as soon as possible," Hill advises. Additional electronic delivery concurrent enrollment courses, each of which counts toward satisfying general education requirements, are planned for winter and spring quarters. History 101 (Introduction to Western Civilization) and Political Science 110 (American National Government) are scheduled for delivery during winter quarter.

Spring quarter offerings are Finance 287 (Personal Finance) and Music 101 (Introduction to Music).

Dan Dail will teach this fall's animal science class, and Matthew Nickerson will teach the humanities course. Dail is agriculture program director at SUU, where he oversees general operations of the university's farm and ranch. Nickerson is a member of the SUU library faculty; he coordinates an honors class and is director of faculty development.

Dail's course will include a survey of principles applied to the production of domestic animals and the products they yield. Feeding, genetics, reproduction, animal products, health and behavior, and animal agriculture economics will be presented.

Nickerson will introduce students to fine arts, literature, music and philosophy associated with great achievements in Western civilization. A number of electronic teaching techniques will be employed.