Chemistry 120 & 125—Foundations in Chemistry and Lab (F7) – Prof. Will Eckenhoff
A study of the basic concepts and principles of chemistry. Topics to be considered include stoichiometry, acids and bases, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, kinetics and thermodynamics. The laboratory is an experimental introduction to the physical and chemical properties of matter. F7 awarded with satisfactory completion of CHEM 120 and CHEM 125.
Computer Science 141—Programming Fundamentals (F6) – Prof. Catie Welsh
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of procedural programming. Topics include data types, control structures,functions, arrays, files, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. Emphasis is placed on program design and problemsolving techniques. The course also includes an introduction to the historical and social context of computing and an overview of computer science as a discipline.
First Year Writing Seminar 151 – Thinking About Violence, Writing About Peace (F2s) – Prof. Joseph Jansen
What should people do when others bring violence upon them? Do humans have a right to self-defense, even if that means meeting violence with more violence? When we turn to history for answers, the most common opinion from the societies of the ancient Mediterranean world to Medieval Christendom to contemporary America is that force must be met with force, whether individuals suffer violence from a single assailant or fall victim to violence from their own governments. Yet, some dissenting views exist, most notably those of Socrates, Jesus, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. In this course, you will examine the various forms of non-violent resistance that these thinkers espoused. By confronting the radical nature of their political, social, and (sometimes) religious projects, which vigorously challenged the status quo of their societies, you will develop your own views about violent and non-violent resistance, all the while sharpening your critical thinking skills and enhancing the quality and persuasiveness of your writing.
History 209 – Politics of Natural Disasters (F3, F8) - Prof. Jeffrey Jackson
By studying the evolution of people’s responses to “natural disasters,” this course helps students understand the politics of environmental change. The course begins by developing a conceptual vocabulary drawn from the interdisciplinary field of “disaster studies.” We then explore the governmental, economic, and social contexts and institutional responses to several catastrophic events—such as volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and fires—to discover how they reshaped laws, public policy, and urban development. Students will examine how the mass media has often misrepresented disasters thereby creating public perceptions which have a significant impact on policy. We will also consider how disasters are woven into the historical memories of various societies and used as reference points to understand both the past and the future.
International Studies 110 – Introduction to International Relations (F3, F8) – Prof. Steve Ceccoli
As an academic subject, international relations comprises two major sub-fields: international relations (involving cooperation and conflict between and among nation-states and non-state actors) and international political economy (focusing on global economic relations). This course seeks to improve student abilities to analyze and understand past, contemporary, and future world politics. Particular attention is paid to historical, geographical and institutional foundations of international relations as well as explanatory frameworks and concepts useful in probing a broad range of international political activity.
Music 145 – Psychology of Music (F5, F8) – Prof. Courtenay Harter
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of music in the human experience. In addition to developing a musical vocabulary and critical listening skills, we will address questions such as: what is music? how does the mind respond to musical stimuli? The answers will be studied through the confluence of various disciplines, including anthropology, biology, education, musicology, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology, as we review and analyze traditional and emerging issues in this rapidly evolving field.
Religious Studies 101 – The Bible and Contemporary Ethical Issues (F1) – Prof. Duane Loynes
Ethical issues are a ubiquitous part of our personal experience and the cultural landscape. For example, the overwhelming majority of the content on a nightly newscast (besides sports and weather) concerns issues pertaining to morality. We are inundated with ethical decisions, opinions, and controversies every day. Yet, we don't often like to discuss or challenge our moral actions. In this course, we will discuss controversial ethical issues, guided by the following questions: 1) What role has the Christian Bible (and religion in general) played in our cultural ethical formation? 2) How does one’s culture and/or social location (e.g., race, gender, class) affect our experiences and our ethical perspectives? 3) How can we evaluate ethical issues without merely relying on intuition, our upbringing, or our desires? 4) How does our understanding of ethics make the world a better—or worse—place?