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BIOL 190H: Introduction to Evolution

Preceptor: Dr. Michael Mayer
Credit: Life Science Core // 4 UNITS

The one-semester foundation course for biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, and biology. Three hours of lecture weekly.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 600 or greater, an ACT Math score of 26 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

CHEM 151H: General Chemistry

Preceptor: Dr. Tammy J Dwyer
Credit: Physical Science Core // 4 UNITS

The first part of a two-semester lecture course (in the Honors Program) which introduces the fundamental principles of modern chemistry. These principles include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, reactivity stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, bonding, acid-base chemistry, redox chemistry and states of matter.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 530 or greater, an ACT Math score of 22 or greater, or pass the Level 1 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

ECON 101H: Principles of Microeconomics

Preceptor: Dr. Stephen Conroy
Credit: Social Science Core // 4 UNITS

How do households and consumers thrive in a world of scarcity?  What happens to our standard of living if we cannot trade with one another or with other countries?  What does this imply about the role of free trade?  What role do prices play in regulating the allocation of goods and services in market-based economies?  How does this differ from centrally-planned economies?  How do firms maximize profits, minimize costs or maximize revenues?  And what implication does this have on factor markets (including the labor markets).  These are some of the issues that we will address in this classic "supply and demand" course which is guaranteed to change forever the way you think about the world!  

ENGR 101H: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Susan Lord
Credit: Elective Credit // 4 UNITS

Are you interested in being a changemaker?  Do you enjoy solving open-ended challenging problems?  If so, consider exploring engineering in this course.  What skills do engineers need in today’s world?  In this class, we will learn modern engineering tools and skills and incorporate them into individual and team design projects to explore engineering.

Students must have a Math SAT score of 570 or greater, an ACT Math score of 25 or greater, or pass the Level 2 Math Placement exam to qualify for this preceptorial course.

HIST 116H: The Vietnam Wars

Preceptor: Dr. Katherine Statler
Credit: Humanities Core // 4 units

Was the Vietnam War the defining event of the 20th century? This class will examine the history of Vietnam, the French colonial experience there, increasing American intervention, and the full-scale conflict that Vietnam became in the 1960s. We will analyze how the forces of decolonization and Cold War concerns collided there, resulting in millions of military and civilian deaths, physical devastation, massive refugee movements, and, finally, peace and reconciliation.  Ultimately, this class will demonstrate how difficult it is for the United States to escape Vietnam's shadow more than 40 years after the war ended. 

POLS 170H: Introduction to International Relations

Preceptor: Dr. Vidya Nadkarni
Credit: Social Science Core // 4 UNITS

Why do we fight?  Can we hope for a world without war?  What are the implications for war and peace of an uneven distribution of power and wealth in the world?  Do our moral responsibilities to other humans stop at the borders of our respective countries?  Are there global problems that cannot be resolved without international cooperation?  Should countries seal their borders against an influx of refugees and asylum seekers who are trying to escape war zones?  In this course, these and other questions will be analyzed through the lens of different analytical perspectives in the sub-discipline of International Relations.  We will examine the core assumptions of the traditions of realism, liberalism, Marxism, social constructivism among others and seek to understand why each of these traditions offer different explanations and policy prescriptions for a range of interstate and global developments.

PSYC 101: Introductory Psychology

Preceptor: Dr. Anne Koenig
Credit: Social Science Core // 4 UNITS

Introductory Psychology (Psyc 101) provides an introduction to the science of psychology and includes discussion of research methods in psychology, the biological bases of behavior, development, learning, memory, cognition, sensation and perception, emotion, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders, and therapy.  In addition to focusing on the scientific method and how psychological knowledge is created, we will apply psychological principles to real life (such as information on stress, sleep, memory, happiness, child development, self-control, and learning).  Psyc 101 is the introductory course for both the Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience majors and counts in the core curriculum.

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