Additional Electives

Understanding Electives:

The St. Mary’s curriculum is a four-year, college-preparatory experience that requires a student to accumulate academic and community service credits in order to graduate. These graduation requirements are enhanced by a variety of additional elective offerings. These elective offerings create student choice in CORE classes (Math, Science, Social Studies, English), World Languages, Fine Arts, STEM/PLTW, and Business education.


Below are the detailed descriptions of the additional elective courses being offered for the 2021-2022. Refer to the curriculum map see which courses are available for each class (freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors).

710 Applied Economics
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior or Department Approval. Offered in Spring only.

Economics examines how societies choose to allocate scarce resources among competing uses. This course focuses on fundamental economic concepts, prices and markets, and economic institutions and issues. Assessment includes various projects and a final exam.

Text: Economics: Principles and Practices. Glencoe-McGraw Hill, 2008. (ISBN: 978-0-07-874764-9); online/digital resources.

745 Business and Personal Finance
0.5 credit
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior or Department Approval. Offered in Fall only.

Students examine how personal financial management affects their daily lives in the area of banking, investments, credit, budgeting, and income taxes. Assessment includes both an in-class exam and various projects including a career planning lab, a lab which includes creating financial goals, a budget, finding an apartment, paying monthly bills and expenses and filing a tax return.

Text: Kapoor et al. Business and Personal Finance. Glencoe-McGraw Hill, 2007. (ISBN 10: 0-07-868712-8; ISBN 13: 978-0-07-868712-9)

761 Fundamentals of Engineering
0.5 credit Elective

This is an elective course with a two-fold purpose. First, this course is designed to increase our offerings in STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. Secondly, it is designed to provide students with a survey of all the engineering disciplines without having to make a commitment to be in an engineering program. The focus is on Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical, and Aerospace Engineering. This is only a semester course and will be offered in the Spring. It is open to all students but is recommended for freshmen and sophomores. There is no final exam but there will be a semester project and the course is approximately 60% hands on activities.