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Preceptorials Linked to the Honors LLC 2013-2014

Introduction to Evolution, Genetics and Ecology (Biol 190H) General Chemistry (Chem 151H)
Introduction to Human Connection (Comm 101H) Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 101H)
Introduction to Engineering (Engr 101H) The Drama of Tyranny: Literature, Culture, and Performance during the Reign of Henry VIII (Engl 224H)
War and Peace in the Modern World (Hist 116H) Calculus II (Math 151)
Introduction to Political Science (Pols 100H)  

Biology 190H: Introduction to Evolution (Section 1)

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

This one-semester foundation course for Biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, and ecology. Three hours of lecture weekly. No prerequisite (every semester).

Biology 190H: Introduction to Evolution (Section 2)

Preceptor: dr. geoffrey morse
Credit: LIFE Science Core / 4 UNITS

This one-semester foundation course for Biology majors provides an introduction to the mechanisms of inheritance, evolution, and ecology. Three hours of lecture weekly. No prerequisite (every semester).

Chemistry 151H: General Chemistry

Preceptor: Dr. Lauren Benz
Credit: Physical Science Core / 4 UNITS

The goal of this lecture course is to introduce the fundamental principles of chemistry and emphasize connections between chemistry and the other sciences, the role of chemical phenomena in the “real world,” and the relationship of chemistry to the concerns of the individual and society.  The course will provide an ideal introduction for those students anticipating majors in the natural sciences.  This course is the first of a two-semester sequence. 

Communication Studies 101H: Introduction to Human Communication

Preceptor: Dr. Roger Pace
Credit: Social Science Core / 4 UNITS

An examination of the principles and contexts of human communication. Some of the principles surveyed are perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and persuasion. The primary contexts examined include interpersonal, group, organizational, and public communication. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-division Communication Studies courses, and fulfills a core curriculum requirement in the social sciences.

Economics 101H: Principles of Microeconomics

Credit: Social Science Core / 4 UNITS

An introduction to consumer behavior and the theory of the firm. Topics include the demand behavior of households, the supply behavior of business firms, production and cost, and an introduction to market structure from competition to monopoly. The goal of the course is to develop and use an economic model as a framework for interpreting real world events. Key topics will be illustrated using classroom experiments and simulations. This preceptorial is ideal for students interested in majoring or minoring in Economics, Business Administration, or Accounting.

Engineering 101H: Introduction to Engineering

Preceptor: Dr. Frank Jacobitz
Credit: Elective / 4 UNITS

Introduction to the field of engineering. Exploration of problem solving in lecture and laboratory projects in different engineering disciplines. Introduction to engineering software tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture-recitation-laboratory weekly. Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 115 or 150 required.

English 224H: The Drama of Tyranny: Literature, Culture, and Performance during the Reign of Henry VIII

Preceptor: dr. maura giles-watson
credit: humanities core/ 4 units

Beginning in 1509 and for his first 15 years on the English throne, all of Europe regarded Henry VIII as the model of the Christian king:  just, prudent, faithful, brave, and generous.  But in the 1520s, Henry changed and the culture of England changed with him.  As Henry became increasingly tyrannical, life became more dangerous for thinkers, writers, and performers like Thomas More, Thomas Wyatt, and John Heywood.  In this preceptorial, we will examine the rapidly shifting cultural and religious ground of the 1520s and 1530s through the lenses of the poetry, drama, and music of the Henrician court.  Se will also read selected prose writings by Thomas More and members of his intellectual circle—including Erasmus—who played an important role in implementing Renaissance humanist ideas in 16th-century Britain.

History 116H: War and Peace in the Modern World

Preceptor: Dr. James Gump
Credit: Humanities Core / 4 UNITS

The ending of the Cold War seemed to promise a new world order characterized by respect for human rights, principles of democracy, and the rule of law. Instead, we have entered the twenty-first century plagued by global conflict and burdened by spasms of terrorism, radical nationalism, ethnic cleansing, a growing gap between rich and poor, and the proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons. Where did these problems arise and why have they not gone away? Furthermore, how have societies gone about managing conflict and sustaining peace over the past two hundred years or so? This Preceptorial will assist students in gaining historical perspective on these questions by exploring the underlying causes of war, revolution, terrorism, and genocide in modern world history. We will begin with an analysis of the contemporary scene and then back up to explore the historical evolution of conflict and its resolution since the era of revolutionary France. Utilizing a global perspective, we will then analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various attempts at managing conflict and sustaining peace in the modern world.


MATH 151: Calculus II with Lab

Preceptor: Dr. Diane Hoffoss
Credit: Math Core / 4 UNITS

The second semester of calculus for students who have university-level credit for Calculus I. The principal topics will be integration, infinite series, differential equations and applications. The course will include both some theoretical aspects of the subject and extensive applications. Prerequisite: MATH 150 or equivalent.


Political Science 100H: Introduction to Political Science

Preceptor: Dr. Del Dickson
Credit: Social Science Core / 4 UNITS

This course will present an overview of political science, including the basic theories, concepts, and approaches of the discipline. We will try to answer two of the most enduring, fundamental, questions of politics: who rules, and why? To do this, we will read a variety of classic political works, from Plato to Hannah Arendt, and use these primary sources to explore different ways in which power is organized, including authoritarianism, democracy, anarchy, and libertarianism. We will then look at theories of political change, especially revolution and conservatism, before concluding the course by discussing some of the interesting connections between law and politics.