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Summer Classes Course Descriptions

BIO 203 Genetics 

An introduction to classical genetics, molecular genetics and population genetics. Includes a major writing project designed to explore specific topics in genetics and evolution.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective course None

BUS 210 Operations Management
An introduction to concepts, principles, and practices of effective creation and distribution of goods and services. The focus of the course is on quantitative techniques for problems solving and decision making in a variety of strategic and tactical areas of operations management, including total quality management, forecasting, product design, process design and capacity planning, location planning, supply chain management, inventory control, and project management.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective course ECO 207 Principles of Economics

CHE 183 Science of Food & Cooking 

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
 Foundations- Natural Science None

ECO 105 Principles of Economics 
An introduction to the methodology of economics and basic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The primary objective of this course is to provide a foundation for further study in economics. It also serves as an introduction to basic economics as a social science.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Social Science None

ECO 207 Statistical Analysis for Economics & Business
Introduction to the concepts, theories, and methods of statistical problem-solving in business and economics. Topics covered include frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, elementary probability and sampling theory, probability distributions, elementary hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Quantitative Reasoning ECO 105 Principles of Economics

ECO 233 Comparative Economics
An important aspect of the trend toward the globalization of markets is that economic decisions and their outcomes are becoming increasingly intertwined and interdependent. This growing interdependence requires knowledge of the rules and institutional mechanisms by and with which other economies operate. Such knowledge has become a crucial economic resource, the use of which economic policymakers, industrial leaders, and individual firm managers can no longer do without. This course examines the various approaches and methods used to solve economic problems in a number of societies, both past and current, with a special emphasis on today’s key European and Asian economies. It analyzes the principles and institutions by which these economies have sought to improve their objectives of better resource allocation, technological progress, income distribution, and growth.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Connections Global ECO 105 Principles of Economics

ECO 301 International Economics & Finance 
A study of international economics and finance. Topics covered include a survey of the major theories of international trade, foreign exchange systems and markets, international money and capital markets, and international banking. Special attention will be paid to these topics as the framework within which the financial managers of multinational corporations operate.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective Course ECO 105 Principles of Economics

ECO 336 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis 
An examination of the modern history of determination of the level and rate of growth of income, employment, output, and general price level. Alternative fiscal and monetary policies to facilitate full employment and stable economic growth.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective Course ECO 105 Principles of Economics

ENG 135 Writing About Film 

This course will explore several of the various approaches to writing about  cinema.  The class will view feature length films and discuss strategies for developing a lucid analysis of each film. There will be three areas of analysis:   Structure, character, and the moral imagination.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations-Humanities No

ENG 235 Banned Books
The history of the use of literature in education at all levels is one fraught with challenges from many sides of the political, religious and cultural spectrum, and for various (and sometimes surprising) reasons.  In this course, students will analyze the circumstances in which the course texts were challenged and/or banned and by which groups specifically (political, religious and cultural).   Students will be asked to distinguish groups according to location, tradition and values.  Students will also examine the formation of these groups in relation to the specific banning and challenging cases. Given the topic of this class, we will be reading and discussing many controversial subjects openly, so an open mind and ability to discuss controversial issues civilly is a prerequisite for this class.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Connections-Humanities ENG 102 Writing with Texts

ENG 235 Vampires in Film & Literature
This course will examine the Vampire Myth in the Literature and Cinema of various cultures as metaphor for the fears and desires of their particular time and place.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Connections-Humanities ENG 102 Writing with Texts

MAT 131 Calculus I
Fundamental concepts of functions of one variable. Topics include: limits, continuity differentiability, derivative applications, curve stretching, related rates, and maxima-minima problems. Introduction to indefinite and definite integration including the fundamental theorems and numeric approximation techniques are also covered. This is normally the first math course taken by students entering a math or math-related curriculum.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Quantitative Reasoning None

MAT 132 Calculus II
Continuation of Calculus I. Topics include transcendental functions, applications of integration including volumes, surface areas, arc length and work. Also covered are integration techniques, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, sequences and series, and Taylor’s theorem.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective Course MAT 131 Calculus I with C- or higher

MUS 120 Introduction to Music 
This course offers an overview of Western classical musical styles, with an emphasis on the symphonic repertory and music by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Others genres including opera, chamber music, the art song, and church music, will also be explored. We will focus on developing basic musical vocabulary and listening skills, skills that will also be applicable to listening to and thinking about popular musical styles. The connections between music and social context will also be discussed. Concert attendance and listening assignments will be part of the course experience. FOUNDATIONS-FINE ARTS

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Fine Art None

MUS 122 Music & World People
A grand tour of the musical styles of the world’s large culture regions: sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Islamic world, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, East Asia, Amerindia, and the Western world. Student will be introduced to basic musical concepts with emphasis on understanding musical instrument types and their characteristic sounds. Students will listen to recordings of ancient and medieval folk music types of traditional rural communities (work songs, harvest songs, lullabies); the art music of the aristocratic courts (including the South Asian raga and the Western symphony); and the modern musical styles emerging in the contemporary urban and electronic age, from Chinese rock to African rap. Film viewings will help students link the diverse musical sounds with social contexts. Each semester we try to arrange for the visit of a world musician to personally introduce their style to the class.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective Course None

PHY 102 Modern Astronomy with Lab
An exposition of a wide variety of topics in modern astronomy including celestial motion, stellar spectra and evolution, galaxies, solar systems, and cosmology. Three hours lecture per week. One three-hour laboratory per week.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Natural Science None

PSY 100 General Psychology
This course introduces students to the broad discipline of psychology, focusing on theories and research explaining behavior. Major areas include, but are not limited to biopsychology, motivation, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development, stress and health, personality, and psychopathology.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Social Science None

PSY 205 Biological Psychology 
A study of the neurobiological basis of behavior. The biological and evolutionary foundations of sensation and perception, emotions, sleep, memory, and mental health issues are examined. The nature-nurture debate is discussed as well as the extent to which the mind contributes to stress, sickness, and health.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Foundations- Social Science PSY 100 General Psychology

SOC 210 Research Methods

An exploration of the application of the basic tenets of scientific research to social science topics. Topics investigated include the formalization of research topics, the isolation and operationalization of theoretical concepts, the construction of hypotheses, sampling theory and alternative means for selection, study design selection and evaluation, data collection techniques, the organization of empirical data for hypothesis testing.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Elective None

SOC 231 Cults & New Religious Movements (cross-listed as REL 231)
This course provides an opportunity for students to develop a general sociological understanding and perspective with which to evaluate, interpret, and understand new religious movements, also known as “cults.” Topics investigated include the historical emergence of new religious movements, recruitment strategies, and the use of violence. Several case studies are used throughout the course including: The People’s Temple, The Branch Davidians, Aum Shinrikyo, Montana Freeman, Solar Temple, Heaven’s Gate and Chen Tao.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Connections None

SPA 221 Cultures/Contacts in Latin America 
This course is designed to offer special topics of interest in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture. Readings, discussions, reports and examinations will be in English.

Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Connections-Global-Humanities None

SYN 315 Baseball & American Culture
As you might have guessed from the title, this course examines baseball and its relationship to American culture. From its beginnings as a folk game, to an organized sport, to a commercial business, baseball has been one of America’s most popular and enduring institutions – you might even say it’s as American as apple pie. Baseball’s unique place in American history and mythology allows us an accessible lens through which to view many facets of American history and life, including but not limited to:

• The impact of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration on American life;
• Performances and expressions of national identity;
• The tension between labor and capital;
• Racial prejudice, segregation, and integration in American society;
• Gender roles in both private and public life;
• The evolution of quantifying baseball (i.e. Sabermetrics vs. the “Old Scout”);
• The role of folklore and mythology in American culture.
In short, we will be making connections between baseball and the larger tapestry of
American culture. We will not only look at how baseball has mirrored American life, but
also the ways it has influenced American identity, beliefs, and society.
Fulfills Albright College General Studies Requirement Prerequisite required to take this course
Synthesis None