Honors Courses—Fall 2019

Please be aware that Fall registration for honors students will be opening on the following dates:

 

Monday, April 1, 2019 for students with 100 credits or more;

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 for students with 85 to 99.9 earned credits

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, early registration groups including honors students

 

Please register as early as you can to take advantage of the widest range of choice.

 

HONORS COURSES ● FALL 2019

Biology – BIO 131-01H (7935)Introductory Biology Laboratory I

Tuesday 9:30AM-12:15PM ● SENG-331 ● Prof. Benjamin Winslow

 

1 Credit. The first of a two-semester sequence designed to provide freshmen biology majors and other students with hands on training in scientific thinking & techniques. This course emphasizes hypothesis generation, experimental design, and communication of results through peer-review style written reports. During most class sessions, students learn techniques, and then develop their own hypotheses & design experiments to test in consultation with the lab instructor. Corequisite: BIO 121 or permission of instructor. Fulfills Gen Ed Requirement ‘S’ For Natural Science.

 

Chemistry – CHM 155-02H/02HR (8045/8046) ● Modern Chemical Principles I 

MWF 11:00-11:50AM/Wednesday 3:00-3:50PM ● TBA ● Prof. Melissa Silvia

 

3 Credits. Physical and chemical principles pertaining to the structure of chemical species and the nature, extent, and rates of chemical reactions. The details of stoichiometry, energy changes associated with chemical reactions, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and the phenomenon of chemical periodicity are emphasized and discussed in light of modern scientific theories. For science and engineering majors. Non-honors sections are offered.  Corequisite: CHM 161.  Fulfills Gen Ed Requirement ‘S’ For Natural Science. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 2A.

Chemistry – CHM 161-01H/01HL (8047/8048) ● Introduction to Applied Chemistry I 

Thursday 11:00AM-11:50AM/Thursday 12PM-1:50PM ● TBA ● Prof. Ava Kreidler-Mueller

 

1 Credit. An introduction to chemical laboratory techniques and methods with emphasis on preparation, purification, and identification of compounds, elemental analysis, reaction stoichiometry, chemical ionization, thermochemistry, spectrophotometric techniques, and selective descriptive inorganic chemistry. Most experiments involve the identification of unknowns and statistical analysis of data. The experiments in CHM 161 parallel the topics covered in CHM 151. A written laboratory report summarizing the procedure and results for each experiment is required. For science and engineering majors. Honors sections are offered. Prerequisite: CHM 151 or CHM 153 as Co- or Prerequisite with a grade of C- or better.  Fulfills Gen Ed Requirement ‘S’ For Natural Science.

 

Economics – ECO 231-02H (8969) ● Principles of Microeconomics

TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM ● LARTS 101 ● Prof. Merve Meral

 

3 Credits. Survey of the American economy focusing on markets, the price system, and resource allocation. Price determination in competitive and imperfectly-competitive markets. Applications in agricultural economics, legal prices, excise taxes, labor market issues, advertising, technological change, pollution and the environment, public goods, antitrust policy, international trade, and alternative economic systems. Fulfills Gen Ed Requirement ‘E’ For Ethics and/or ‘G’ for Global Awareness. Fulfills the University Studies Requirement 4A or 4B.

 

Engineering – EGR 111-05H/05HL (8462/8463) ● Intro Engineering & Computing

MWF 2:00PM-2:50PM/Friday 3:00PM-4:50PM ● TBA/SENG 201 ● Prof. Milana Vasudev

 

3 Credits. Introduction to engineering and computing with emphasis on development of problem solving skills through projects. The course is designed to increase the success of first year students.  It includes an overview of majors in the college, and the importance of engaged learning. Team work, written and oral communication skills are covered. Ethical issues in engineering and computing are discussed.

 

Engineering – EGR 497-02H (8176) ● Bioengineering Capstone Design I

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM ● TEX-102 ● Prof. Qinguo Fan

 

2 Credits. Professional and management activities of project engineering as a two course sequence. Students working in teams will integrate their learning by selecting a senior Bioengineering design project, leading to a written and oral presentation of a project proposal. Intellectual property rights, ethics and economic issues, as well as applicable regulations will be considered.

 

English – ENL101- 08H (8317) ● Critical Writing and Reading I

MWF 9:00AM-9:50AM ● TBA ● TBA

 

3 Credits. Argument-focused course that introduces students to scholarly reading and writing strategies. Students practice widely-applicable methods of reading, writing, and revising arguments. Students read college-level arguments from diverse popular, public, and academic genres in order to develop their academic skills of analyzing single arguments, synthesizing multiple perspectives, and composing informed responses to an ongoing conversation.  Fulfills a Gen Ed Requirement for Critical Writing and Reading Tier I. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 1A.

 

English – ENL 101-41H (8337) ● Critical Writing and Reading I

TuTh 12:30PM-1:45PM ● TBA ● TBA

 

3 Credits.  Argument-focused course that introduces students to scholarly reading and writing strategies. Students practice widely-applicable methods of reading, writing, and revising arguments. Students read college-level arguments from diverse popular, public, and academic genres in order to develop their academic skills of analyzing single arguments, synthesizing multiple perspectives, and composing informed responses to an ongoing conversation.  Fulfills a Gen Ed Requirement for Critical Writing and Reading Tier I. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 1A.

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English – ENL 200-03H (8362) ● Studies In Literature: Topic: Imagining India: Literature and Film

TuTh 2-3:15 PM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Prof. Anupama Arora

3 Credits. Once regarded as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the British Empire, India has been variously imagined in “the West” in different historical periods as a land of heat and dust, maharajahs, gurus and mystics, unparalleled riches and unmitigated poverty, Gandhi and non-violence, unruly crowds, cloistered women, and arranged marriages. In more recent decades, “India” seems to be featured in debates over outsourcing and globalization, as a rapidly growing economy, in the popularity of Bollywood films or yoga, or as Indo-chic. In this course, we will explore the ways in which India has been represented, imagined, and constructed by Indians themselves and by others. Through reading a variety of texts (literary and visual) and situating them within specific socio-historical contexts, this course will explore how we have come to inherit a set of ideas about India that persist powerfully in literature and culture. Texts we may read and watch include The Sign of Four, The God of Small Things, A Passage to India, Gandhi, Slumdog Millionaire, Bend it Like Beckham, among others. This course fulfills University Studies Requirement 3A. Dependent on College/Major, it can also satisfy a Literature requirement.

Finance – FIN 312-06H (8704) ● Business Finance

TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM ● TBA ● Prof. Zhaojin (Lily) Xu

 

3 Credits.  An introduction to the nature of financial management. The course presents the basic tools used in the decision-making process as they pertain to the acquisition, management and financing of current and long-term assets. Working capital policies, the time value of money, capital budgeting and debt and equity financing are discussed.  Pre-requisites ACT212 and ECO231 or permission from the instructor.

 

Honors – HON 101-01 (10004) ● Scholarship in Community (Blended Course)

MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Professor TBD

 

3 Credits. Exploration of the relationship between scholarly inquiry and community. This course offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the interaction between individuals and communities, bringing in guest scholars from many fields of study to explore the relationship between community and diversity, the relationship between community ethical values and individual ethical values, and the individual responsibilities of scholars. Prerequisite: incoming first-year students only. Fulfills Gen Ed ‘C’ Requirement for Cultural and Artistic Literacy, “D” for Diversity or “E” for Ethics.  Fulfills University Studies Requirement 1E and 4A.

Honors – HON 101-02 (10006) ● Scholarship in Community (Blended Course)

MWF 12:00PM-12:50PM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Professor TBD

 

3 Credits.  Exploration of the relationship between scholarly inquiry and community. This course offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the interaction between individuals and communities, bringing in guest scholars from many fields of study to explore the relationship between community and diversity, the relationship between community ethical values and individual ethical values, and the individual responsibilities of scholars. Prerequisite: incoming first-year students only. Fulfills Gen Ed ‘C’ Requirement for Cultural and Artistic Literacy, “D” for Diversity or “E” for Ethics.  Fulfills University Studies Requirement 1E and 4A.

 

Honors – HON 101-03 (10005) ● Scholarship in Community (Blended Course)

TuTh 12:30-1:45PM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Professor Thomas Stubblefield

 

3 Credits.  Exploration of the relationship between scholarly inquiry and community. This course offers a multidisciplinary exploration of the interaction between individuals and communities, bringing in guest scholars from many fields of study to explore the relationship between community and diversity, the relationship between community ethical values and individual ethical values, and the individual responsibilities of scholars. Prerequisite: incoming first-year students only. Fulfills Gen Ed ‘C’ Requirement for Cultural and Artistic Literacy, “D” for Diversity or “E” for Ethics.  Fulfills University Studies Requirement 1E and 4A.

 

Honors – HON 201-01 (13350) ● Knowing Ourselves ● Topic: History of Scientific Knowledge: From Plato to Neil deGrasse Tyson

M 4-6:30 PM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Prof. Beth Lehr

 

3 Credits. Humans in the Global West sought to understand their world “scientifically” at least as far back as Plato and Aristotle. Intellectual movements with labels like the “Enlightenment” and the “Age of Reason” established the scientific method as the most rational means of achieving knowledge. This course explores major events in the development of the scientific method; the rise and fall of quasi-sciences; the transformation of scientific knowledge as it moved from amateur to professional status; and the role of scientific knowledge in Western society, and how society, in turn, impacted scientific knowledge. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 4A.

 

Honors – HON 301-01 (8476) ● Honors Research Across the Disciplines (Blended Course)

Wednesday 3:00PM-4:40PM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Prof. Ava Kreidler-Mueller

 

3 Credits. Preparation for Honors thesis or project. Students should take this seminar no later than the semester BEFORE they plan to begin work on their project. The course explores topics such as creative and critical thinking, project and time management, research ethics, and public presentation. By the end of the semester, students will identify their project supervisor and submit their initial project proposal. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 4C.

 

Honors – HON 301-02 (8477) ● Honors Research Across the Disciplines (Blended Course)

Wednesday 8:00AM-9:40AM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Prof. Kristen Sethares

 

3 Credits. Preparation for Honors thesis or project. Students should take this seminar no later than the semester BEFORE they plan to begin work on their project. The course explores topics such as creative and critical thinking, project and time management, research ethics, and public presentation. By the end of the semester, students will identify their project supervisor and submit their initial project proposal. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 4C.

 

Honors – HON 301-03 (8478) ● Honors Research Across the Disciplines

Tuesday 3:30PM-5:10PM ● Honors Classroom (Library-213) ● Professor TBD

 

3 Credits. Preparation for Honors thesis or project. Students should take this seminar no later than the semester BEFORE they plan to begin work on their project. The course explores topics such as creative and critical thinking, project and time management, research ethics, and public presentation. By the end of the semester, students will identify their project supervisor and submit their initial project proposal. Fulfills University Studies Requirement 4C.

Honors – HON 490-01 (8479) ● Honors Thesis Project I

Independent Study ● Prof. Catherine Villanueva Gardner

 

3 Credits. Research for and preparation of an honors thesis in partial fulfillment of the University Honors Program requirements for graduation as a Commonwealth Scholar, for students whose honors research is multi-disciplinary. In the first semester, the student engages in intensive reading and research appropriate to the thesis or project, culminating in a formal written proposal. During the second semester, the student completes the writing and other preparation of the thesis or project. Students must present their results in an appropriate public forum. Students typically register to continue to complete HON 491, and an intermediate grade of IP can be given in HON 490 until there is a final grade for HON 491 which can then also be applied to HON 490. On the other hand, a final grade can be given at the conclusion of HON 490.  Enrollment requires a permission number from the instructor.

Honors – HON 491-01 (8480) ● Honors Thesis Project II

Independent Study ● Prof. Catherine Villanueva Gardner

 

3 Credits. Research for and preparation of an honors thesis in partial fulfillment of the University Honors Program requirements for graduation as a Commonwealth Scholar, for students whose honors research is multi-disciplinary. In the first semester, the student engages in intensive reading and research appropriate to the thesis or project, culminating in a formal written proposal. During the second semester, the student completes the writing and other preparation of the thesis or project. Students must present their results in an appropriate public forum. Students typically register to continue to complete HON 491, and an intermediate grade of IP can be given in HON 490 until there is a final grade for HON 491 which can then also be applied to HON 490. On the other hand, a final grade can be given at the conclusion of HON 490.  Enrollment requires a permission number from the instructor.

 

Management – MGT 312-04H (7694) ● Legal Framework Business

MWF 1:00PM-1:50PM ● TBA ● Prof. Michael Levinson

 

3 Credits. Overview of the legal environment of business. Topics covered include contracts, agency and tort law; labor law; securities law. Students will develop a general background in the major aspects of the law as it affects the daily business environment.

Management Information Systems – MIS 101-06H-LEC/L1-LAB (7645/7646) ● The Business Organization

MF/W 10:00PM-10:50PM ● TBA ● Professor Elizabeth Oliveira

 

3 Credits. A technology-based, cross-discipline course for first-year students, the first business core course. It introduces first-year business majors to the world of business and enriches their first year experience. It provides students with an overview of business, its environment and its subsystems (e.g. operations, marketing, accounting, finance and information systems); and enhances their computer and team-working skills. Through informational and advising experiences students make decisions in areas such as the selection of courses, a major, a career and the utilization of on-campus student resources.

 

Mechanical Engineering – MNE 380-01H (9056) ● Honors Enrichment

Wednesday 3:00PM-3:50PM ● TBA ● Prof. Wenzhen Huang

 

1 Credit. Honors enrichment course supplementing a required junior level course in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. This course is open to honors students who are enrolled in the affiliated required course in the mechanical engineering curriculum. The course provides coverage of more advanced topics and more in-depth analysis of concepts than are covered in the basic class. The course may include lecture and laboratory components at the instructor's discretion.

 

Mechanical Engineering – MNE 497-02H (9029) ● Mechanical Engineering Design Project I 

TuTh 2:00PM - 3:15PM ● TBA ● Prof. Sheikh Ferdous

 

2 Credits. Professional and management activities of project engineering, first of a two course sequence. Topics covered include engineering ethics, selection of senior design project, and initial product design leading to a written and oral presentation of project proposal. Project will be completed in MNE 498, but work done in this course is evaluated and a course grade is given.

Nursing – NUR 106-04H (8672) ● Intro to Professional Nursing

TuTh 8:00AM-9:15AM ● Dion-114 ● TBA

 

3 Credits. Provides an introduction to the discipline of professional nursing. Learners examine their values and beliefs in relation to the basic concepts and behaviors that define the discipline. Promoting health, guiding persons through the health care experience and shaping the health care environment are presented as key processes to maximize health for individuals, families, groups and communities. Emphasis is placed on socializing the learner as an active, developing professional within the context and dimensions of the discipline. Learners will explore their relationship to self, individuals, families and communities as well as to the profession of nursing.

Nursing – NUR 214-02H (8257) ● Scholarly Inquiry

Tuesday 2:00PM-4:50 PM ● Dion-114 ● Prof. Kristen Sethares

 

3 Credits. The AACN (2008) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice guided the development of this course which introduces the baccalaureate nursing student to the process of scholarly inquiry. The course focuses on preparing students to be consumers and users of research. Specific connections between theory, components of the research process, and their application to evidence-based practice are explored using research exemplars. Strengths and weaknesses of various quantitative and qualitative research designs are discussed, as is their appropriateness for investigating.

For students in the College of Nursing only. Fulfills the University Studies 1C requirement.

PHY109 -02H (13331) ● Freshman Seminar I

TuTh 11:00-12:15 PM ● TBA ● Professor Alan Hirshfeld

 

3 Credits: The Physics Freshman Seminar (Honors) is designed to involve first-year and transfer physics majors in the Honors program, as well as Honors students with an interest in physics, in discussions, presentations, and hands-on activities related to fundamental and applied physics, the physics major, and the role of physics in addressing various societal issues and needs. In this course you will engage in a variety of tasks, which might include: in-class, team-based problem-solving activities; hands-on, exploratory projects involving measurement, graphing, and elementary mathematical analysis of experimental data; practice writing a technical report; discussions and written and/or oral presentations on topics such as the history and development of physics and the impact of physics on society. In addition to the above, Honors students will (i) write a paper exploring the societal impact of any chosen sub-field of physics and (ii) complete several quantitative homework assignments related to topics introduced in class. There may also be guest presentations by physics faculty members on opportunities for students to become involved in their research programs. Some of the concepts and analytical methods you will review here will be useful in the technical courses you are required to take in the physics major. Also discussed are the physics major curriculum and requirements; interrelationship between physics and allied fields of study, such as mathematics and astronomy; and institutions, interactions, and communications within the professional physics community. Fulfills the University Studies requirement 1E: Foundation for Learning through Engagement

Physics – PHY 113-02H/HL/HR (8810/8811/8812) ● Classical Physics I

MWF 1:00-1:50PM/Wednesday 10:00-11:50AM/Monday 10:00-10:50PM ● TBA ● TBA ● TBA ●

  1. Renuka Rajapakse/TBA/Prof. Marguerite Zarillo, Prof. Nur-E-Mohammad Rifat

 

4 Credits. Calculus-based introduction to classical mechanics, emphasizing problem solving. Topics include 1- and 2-dimensional kinematics and dynamics; Newton's Laws of Motion; work, energy and momentum; and rotational motion and angular momentum. Many of these topics are further explored in laboratory experiments.

Political Science –PSC 284-02 (10291) ● Model UN (Combined Section:  PSC284-02H)             

MWF 11-11:50 AM ● Location TBD ● Prof. Peter Sanby-Thomas

3 Credits: The Examination of the role played by the United Nations in dealing with important issues and challenges in the arena of international politics.  Students perform the role of delegates representing individual countries and, through the format of simulations learn about the statecraft of foreign policy, diplomacy and international relations.  Following completion, students will be eligible to participate in the University’s Model UN Club that attends the NMUN conference in New York City every spring. Fulfills 4C and 5B (University Studies) (the latter being contingent on attending the NUMN Conference) and International Politics Concentration in Political Science

Production & Operation Mgmt – POM 212-06H (7663) Business Statistics

MWF 9:00 AM-9:50PM ● TBA ● TBA

 

3 Credits. Examines both descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to business. Topics include graphical and tabular methods of data presentation, probability theory and distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression and forecasting. Emphasis is placed on concepts, applications, and the proper use of statistics to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Throughout this course students will use computer software to perform statistical analyses. Students will learn how to make decisions using facts and the techniques of data analysis. Students will also use the internet to supplement classroom learning.