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Note: Each class counts as a full credit unless otherwise noted.

BIO 198 – Principles in Nutrition

Shari Morris

This course focuses on nutrients, their digestion and metabolism. We will discuss which foods we should eat more and which food to eat less and why!  We will explore the question “Is food medicine?”  In doing this we will explore the links between nutrition and health including diabetes, disordered eating, heart disease, and cancer just to name a few.  Students will take online quizzes and complete two projects: a food journal and a short video.

BIO 298 – Principles of Parasitology

Andrew Davinack

Principles of Parasitology is designed to introduce students to the field of parasitology and infectious diseases, emphasizing current research on the ecology, reproduction, genetics and evolution of parasites. The course will explore parasites that infect humans as well as host/parasite relationships of species infesting a range of invertebrate and vertebrate hosts. In addition, students will be introduced to basic bioinformatics skills. Taken together, the course is designed to give you an appreciation for the diversity of parasites and their impacts on hosts, while incorporating higher-level thinking to solve open-ended problems. This course is particularly geared towards students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine (both human and veterinary), public health, epidemiology and wildlife biology.

BIO 398 – Principles of Cancer Biology

Jennifer Lanni

Prerequisite: Genetics (BIO 211)

In this course, we will explore the molecular and biological underpinnings of cancer and cancer therapeutics. Topics will include oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, apoptosis, angiogenesis, and specific cellular pathways that are activated or inactivated during tumorigenesis. We will also discuss traditional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, and contrast them with more recent treatments that target specific mutations or utilize immunotherapy. This course counts as a BIO300 lecture in the Molecules/Genes area and also fulfills the Biochemistry major BIO300 requirement.

CHEM 101 – Introduction to General Chemistry

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Raluca Craciun

​​CHEM 101 is an introduction to general chemistry focusing on topics relevant to the health professions. It is also appropriate for students seeking a preparatory course prior to entry into CHEM 153 (offered every Fall semester).

CHEM 198 – Forensic Science

Hilary Gaudet

In this course, students will learn the basics of forensic science, including crime scene investigation, forensic biology (pathology, DNA typing, serology), forensic chemistry (toxicology, illicit drugs, fire, and explosives), and legal aspects of forensic science.

ENG 100 – College Writing Workshop

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Angie Sarhan

Note: This is a half credit course.

A small class for students who want individualized instruction and practice in writing and who need to achieve a satisfactory level of proficiency in written academic English. In addition to one class meeting per week, students meet individually with the course instructor and a writing tutor to identify and pursue solutions to specific writing problems. The course is normally taken either prior to or at the same time as English 101.

FNMS 244 – Visualizing Cultural Data

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Josh Stenger

This is a project-based, hands-on introductory course for anyone with an interest in data visualization and information design. No prior experience with design, data science, or programming is necessary. Students will learn to collect, prepare, and analyze data, and will use entry-level tools to build visualizations that produce meaningful insights. Projects will include designing an information dashboard, a narrative infographic, an interactive map, and a multi-panel interactive visual story. Students will learn to combine creative, critical, and computational thinking in ways that will strengthen their information fluency and digital literacy skills, skills that are increasingly important to academic success and professional pursuits alike.

FNMS 298 – Sound in Film & TV

Robert Stokowy

Sound is the quiet hero of every media production. Sonic elements determine our perception of a scene and guide our emotions – too often without us noticing it. In this course we will put sound in the spotlight. Students are invited to explore and discuss the forms and functions of sound in movies and TV shows. We are going to watch, listen, analyze, and debate recent as well as older media productions to foster an understanding of what sound can do to us as viewers and listeners.

MGMT 198 – Jump Starting Your Career Search

Leanna Lawter

This course will help students master the building blocks for a successful internship or job search. The course will cover self-presentation (resume and cover letter tactics, LinkedIn, and LyonsLink), researching industries and companies; networking; and the interview and selection process. Students who complete the course will have a strong understanding of the job search process and an action plan to conduct a successful job search.

MGMT 388 – Business Internship

C.C. Chapman

Your internship is an experiential learning opportunity where you can practice the skills and expertise that you have acquired in your classes in a work setting. The internship for academic credit course allows you to grow professionally and personally by using your internship as a platform for developing a deeper understanding of the industry you are working in, set learning objectives for your internship and reflecting on how you have (or have not) accomplished those learning objectives, and getting valuable feedback from your supervisor as part of your learning experience. This course focuses on guiding your learning in your internship in a manner that promotes reflection and furthers your understanding of how our liberal arts and business education are valuable tools in your future career. You should have arranged an internship prior to the start of the course.

MUSC 208 – Songwriting

Del Case

No prerequisites, but please email instructor with interest

An introduction to the processes, materials, and aesthetic issues involved in creating and analyzing songs within the post-1960 folk/singer-songwriter traditions. Coursework will include both creative and analytical assignments. The course will culminate in a public performance and the recording of a studio demo. Enrollment by permission of instructor.

PHIL 125 – Logic

Nancy Kendrick and Teresa Celada

An introduction to categorical, propositional and predicate logic with particular emphasis on methods of discovering and proving the validity of arguments. Designed to improve students’ ability to reason clearly and precisely. Analysis of logical equivalence, soundness and the relation of truth to validity.

POLS 298 – Health Politics & Policy

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Miranda Yaver

There is no set of policy issues more bound up with underlying social, cultural, and political currents than health policy. A principal aim of the course is to give students an appreciation of how these dynamics have influenced policy in the health care context. We will examine such topics as Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, abortion, and pandemics, with readings drawn from political science, health policy, public health, and court cases. What forces have coalesced to produce health care legislation, and what is the scope of the rights protected? How has the Supreme Court interpreted Congress’s right to regulate health care? What is the status of abortion in light of the Supreme Court’s recent overruling of Roe v. Wade, and what does that mean for reproductive health care in the states? How have Congress, courts, and agencies interacted to shape not just national health policy programs, but also the government’s intervention into pandemics? This course, which lies at the intersection of politics, public policy, and law, will culminate with the crafting of a health policy brief on a topic of the student’s choosing (in consultation with the professor).

PSY 211 – Learning & Memory

Kathleen Morgan

A study of memory from behavioral, cognitive and biological perspectives. Reviews principles of classical and operant conditioning as they have been established through animal research and applied in behavior therapy and takes a cognitive approach to human memory, with an emphasis on information-processing theories.

THEA 102 – Public Speaking

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jennifer Madden

Public Speaking will help students achieve greater confidence and expertise as communicators while further developing their unique voice and style. We will examine all aspects of the communication process: how to compose effective, interesting speeches, establish meaningful connections with audiences of any size and utilize the critical art of persuasive speaking. Students will engage in debates, mock interviews, conflict resolution exercises, and deliver various presentations, ranging from informal to formal.  By the end of this course, students will be able to speak with increased ease and deliver engaging, informative presentations to various audiences.

Visual Art 298 – Research and Practice: Developing a Personal Art Project

Zibby Jahns

How do we conceive of larger art pieces situated in conversation with the canon of art and history? Through a combination of visiting artists, readings, discussion, prompts and demonstrations, this class will teach students the skills of creating research-based works around the concept of selfhood. The objective of this course is to build a system of practice, research and working to apply towards future projects. Our course readings and discussion will delve into the ethical conundrums of research in order to question the institutions of archiving and establish responsible research practices. These systems of working will make the formation of long-term projects possible. Each week will be driven by small creative assignments such as self-portraiture, map-making and letter writing that will encourage students to develop new ways of making. Through these personal exercises, students will form a working method to identify and respond to the subject matter/material/objects that trigger their artistic interests. Each participant in the course will be asked to pinpoint how their own body acts, moves, and has history: acts as a walking archive. Through this internal investigation, we will learn to channel memoir through making, instead of testifying to our bodies’ histories. This course will benefit students looking to prepare a project proposal, an exhibition, or thesis project. It is ideal for students interested in pursuing an MFA after college, establishing a consistent studio practice, and making more involved and intentional art pieces. You will be working with materials and media you already have access to and feel comfortable expressing yourself with while on break–a camera, computer modeling, drawing, clay, knitting–you name it. The goal of this course is not for students to create a grand masterwork, but to learn how to encourage new ways of making that can preserve discovery and surprise, which then can be applied towards a future endeavor. Students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply, but an already established art practice is preferred. Any media can be used in this course. Ample one-on-one visits with the professor will be provided to investigate the idiosyncrasies and nuances of each student’s practice.