Summer Classes Course Descriptions

First Summer Session, May 29, 2019-June 28, 2019

BIO203 Genetics

An introduction to classical genetics, molecular genetics and evolution. Includes a major writing project designed to explore specific topics in genetics and evolution. Three hours lecture  per week. ELECTIVE COURSE

ECO105 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. FOUNDATIONS-SOCIAL SCIENCE

ECO207 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.


ECO335 Intermediate Microeconomics Analysis

A study of the principles of demand, production, and pricing of commodities, productive series, and productive resources in various industries and market situations.

ENG101 Composition

A study of the fundamentals of effective written expression, with emphasis on grammar, syntax, and usage, and on the development of thesis-directed essays that make use of evidence and argumentation to validate their theses.  Coupled with attention to the fundamentals of research, including quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing effectively and accurately and citing sources correctly, using any of a number of forms for citations and works cited.  Required of all first-year students with the exception of students who evince superior facility in written expression.

ENG236 Apocalyptic Texts

Human beings have been obsessed with how their worlds will end…and what will come after that end. Thinking in terms of origins and ends of a historical progression seems to oscillate between the representations of a Paradise or a Utopia (as a beautiful end after or for life) and between the representations of an Apocalypse or a Dystopia (as a terrible end of life). The meanings and values ascribed to human existence have been both shaped by and have driven this cycle, and the aim of this class is to examine that relationship between social, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, and literary representations and the meanings and affects associated with the Apocalyptic popular imagination. Apocalyptic stories and visions say much about the society from which they originate.  They could address direct fears, but they can also be read metaphorically. Thus, recent popular literature about nuclear Armageddon, about biological warfare, and about brain eating zombies says something profound about us and about our present postmodern existence, reflecting on questions about our meanings, values, affects, and identities.  This class will explore how literature and Postmodern Thought address these questions, and relate to the lived experiences of those who imagine the Apocalypse reflecting their innermost desires, fears, or hopes. We will examine film, literary, historical and philosophical texts, about the end(s) of the world(s) in an attempt to answer these questions and to reflect on our contemporary society and its meanings-or lack thereof. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS-GLOBAL-HUMANITIES

MAT110 Elementary Statistics

This course gives students a general overview of modern statistics.  Topics include: organization of data; probability and probability distributions; measures of central tendency and variability; normal distributions; sampling; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression.  A TI-89 graphing calculator is highly recommended.  FOUNDATIONS-QUANTITATIVE REASONING

MAT131 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.  FOUNDATIONS-QUANTITATIVE REASONING

MUS122 Music in World Cultures

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. Students are introduced to basic musical concepts with emphasis on understanding musical instrument types and their characteristic sounds. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-FINE ARTS

MUS283 Popular Music & Digital Culture

This course explores the interrelationships between commercial popular music and digital media in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Students will explore issues such as gender and identity in popular music, the remix as cultural practice, the politics of digital sampling, hip-hop and dance music in Post-Ferguson America, the relationship between music and interactive media such as video games, and globalization in the age of cloud computing. By combining critical listening skills with original research and writing, students will engage core debates within popular music, digital media, and cultural studies. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS-GLOBAL-HUMANITIES

SOC/REL231 Cults & New Religious Movements

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. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS

SYN315 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. SYNTHESIS

Second Session, July 1, 2019-August 1, 2019

BUS155 Personal Finance

This course will provide the student with an introduction to various concepts associated with finance as well as learning practical applications. The course is geared toward practical knowledge and application of personal finance that is necessary for decision making in everyday life. Topic coverage includes financial decision making, basic financial planning (budgeting), tax issues, managing savings and other liquid accounts, buying a house, the use of credit (debt), insurance, managing investments and saving for retirement are included in the course. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-QUANTITATIVE

BUS310 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. Prerequisite: ECO207. ELECTIVE COURSE

CHE102 Science of Food & Cooking

This course is designed to use food and cooking as a means to learn biochemistry. After exploring some basic biochemistry, explore various food types, such as fruits, vegetables, beer, wine, bread, baked goods, chocolates, candy, meat, milk, cheese, eggs and custards. Students will implement experiments with food aimed at exploring questions and testing hypotheses to develop their critical thinking skills. Students will need access to a kitchen with some basic cooking equipment and will purchase food for the laboratory component. General Studies Foundations-Natural Science.

No prerequisite knowledge or courses are required except the ability to do simple mathematics.

ECO301 International Economics

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.

ENG135 Short Fiction

These courses provide students with a foundational introduction to the language and methodology required for the close reading of texts. Students become familiar with the fundamental analytical tools for performing such readings, and apply those tools regularly to the readings in the course using them to write about the texts they have read.  Different sections of ENG 135 focus on different texts, but in all cases students will exercise their interpretational and analytic skills. May be repeated with a new topic.  GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS HUMANITIES

SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

A general study emphasizing the concepts methodologies through which the sociologist investigates the nature of the social structure and the social processes related to individual behavior.  Satisfies general studies social science requirement.  FOUNDATIONS-SOCIAL SCIENCE

Ten Week Session May 29, 2019-August 1, 2019

ENG235 Vampire in Film & Literature

In The Vampire in World Literature and Film, students will learn about other cultural groups in a global context by viewing, reading, and writing about texts that examine the myth of the Vampire in literature and film, examining the connections that exist among them in relation to the cultural fears and individuals’ desires within the National groups. GENERAL STUDIES CONNECTIONS-HUMANITIES

PHY102 Astronomy

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.  FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PSY100 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.  FOUNDATIONS-SOCIAL SCIENCE

PSY205 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. PREREQUISITE: PSY100