AR 2103-01 Art Explorations: Creative Scientific Imaging

In this studio course, students will explore tools utilized historically for scientific research and imaging as well as organic processes. Students will gain experience in using these tools for creative expression and experimentation. Students will have access to tools including digital cameras, desktop scanners, trail cams, macro lenses, microscopes, and others, as well as experience tools such as drones. We will investigate both historic and contemporary imagemakers for inspiration.  Computer software programs will be used to organize and process image files. Students will have the opportunity to design and pursue a long-term individual project.

AR 2113-01 Creative Writing: Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

Students in this course will develop their ability to craft short works of fiction and creative nonfiction (CNF) using their own experiences and insights as raw material. With emphasis on the dramatization of “true” stories, students will review/become familiar with/practice the many elements of effective storytelling, including, but not limited to Plot, Character, Scene, Summary, Point of View, Voice, and Tone. They will learn to identify and analyze these elements in exemplary essays and short stories as well as in work written by their classmates, and they will use them as they learn to craft and revise their own creative writing. By the end of the course, each student will have created a portfolio of their own writing, from first drafts to final products.

Prerequisite: CM 1003

BI 2111 Current Issues of Aquaculture: Conservation, Sustainability and Water Quality

This course investigates the concept of sustainability and the connections between environment, aquatic organisms, and culture of aquatic species globally. Current practices, animal biology and health, near-shore ecosystem conservation, water quality, and strategies to improve the sustainability of aquaculture for food production and species conservation. Each week we will investigate a current issue in global aquaculture: In the form of reading scientific papers, discussions and speakers- students will be immersed into every aspect of the selected issue.

Prerequisite: BI 1114: Diversity of Life

BI 3111 Themes in Marine Science: Past, Present and Future of Ocean Conservation

 In the past few years, several new marine protected areas have been created. We will look at several of these areas of different ages and look at the impacts of this designation on the health of the ecosystems within and about these areas. We will map the extent of these designated areas across the globe and examine what this might actually do for the conservation of marine diversity.

Prerequisite: BI 2033 or Junior Status

BI 3263 Special Topics in Biology:  Marine Mammal Rescue

Students will learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, including cetaceans, manatees, walrus, seals, and sea lions. They will follow the steps of rescue from notification through assessment, examine standard rehabilitation practices, and learn transportation methods and release protocol. They will study government programs that guide the protocol of rescue and learn about public relations and funding needed to support rescue operation. Students will also speak with professionals in the field, learn about challenging rescues and performing necropsies, and draft their own animal rescue through the entire process to release or permanent housing.

Prerequisites: BI 1114 and either WF 1013 or BI 2033

CL2883 Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement

The Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement Class is designed to prepare individuals physically.  With completion of this course and commitment to a fitness program, individuals will be ready for the academy’s physical challenges and a career in law enforcement.

Prerequisites: CL 1013

EH 1123 Environmental World Literature: Encounters in Water

In this course, students will explore the human relationship to water, as described in ancient and modern texts from around the world. Stories of floods and tempests, oceans and rivers, monsoons and droughts, can be found across cultures and continents. This class will draw on such works from a variety of genres, including fiction, epic poetry, and drama. Through close reading, class discussions, and both analytical and creative writing exercises, students will develop an understanding of how water influences the stories we tell.

Prerequisite: CM 1013

EH 3213 Topics in Professional & Technical Writing: Crisis Communications

This service-learning course prepares students for professional writing in their disciplines by developing skills in writing, editing, graphics, document design, and the management of data and other resources. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the variety of writing and communication demands and have the opportunity to create instructions, documents, and other forms of communication related to managing and communicating in crisis.

Prerequisite: CM 1013

ES 2001 Techniques in Environmental Science: Biological Imaging

Full course description pending

HU 2021 Topics in Humanities: What do NGOs Have to Do with Change?

Nonprofit organizations/NGOs contribute powerfully to the provision of human services, protection of the environment and combating climate change. They provide direct services, influence public policy and social change, build civil society and transform the world. This course introduces students to the foundation, and amazing variety of, organizations flourishing in this space. Students will be expected to complete an in-depth review of a selected organization.

Prerequisite: CM 1003

HU 2022 Topics in Humanities: U.S. Slavery

The enslavement of African peoples has shaped our nation in profound ways. Racial slavery supported pervasive and discriminatory racialist ideologies. Debates over slavery informed our Constitution and ultimately led the nation into four years of bloody war. But rather than settling arguments about the role of black men and women in national political, social, and economic life, emancipation raised new questions, many of which beg for resolution today. As Frederick Douglass suggests, black Americans were never passive vessels. From the moment the first black people disembarked on the tip of Long Island and at Jamestown, Africans and African Americans have played a vital role in shaping our nation’s social, productive, cultural, and political life. Their resistance shaped North America’s peculiar institution, and then helped bring about its abolition. Nearly a century later, continued traditions of resistance and struggle forced a reluctant nation to make good on long deferred promises of civil rights. Black Americans’ cultures—from a knowledge of rice cultivation, to the blues sung by working people of the Mississippi Delta, to the poets of Harlem—have influenced language, politics, religion, diet, and even agricultural practices. To leave unexplored the historical experiences of black Americans thus leaves untold—and unexplained—the story of our national past. This course is designed to begin telling that story.

Prerequisite: CM 1003

HU 2033 Intermediate Topics in Humanities: Why Buy? Consumer Purchasing Decisions

This course examines why and how people consume, with a strong focus on making purchases digitally, either on your mobile device, tablet or computer. We will investigate the pre-purchase, purchase and post-purchase stages of the buying process. During our investigation, we will draw on the social sciences to understand the psychological, situational, technological, social and cultural factors influencing the purchasing process. We will explore how perception, motivation, attitudes, values, self-concept, personality, lifestyle, diversity, group influences, and global factors influence our purchasing decisions.

Prerequisite: CM 1013

MA 1883 Applied Computing: Foundations of Python Programming

This introduction to computer science, developed by Google and their university partners, emphasizes problem solving and data analysis skills along with computer programming skills. Using Python, you will learn design, implementation, testing, and analysis of algorithms and programs. And within the context of programming, you will learn to formulate problems, think creatively about solutions, and express those solutions clearly and accurately. Problems will be chosen from real-world examples such as graphics, image processing, cryptography, data analysis, astronomy, video games, and environmental simulation. You’ll get instruction from a world-class computer science professor, delivered remotely through video and interactive media. Then you will attend class for collaborative team projects to solve real-life problems, similar to those a team at Google might face. As part of the course, you will also hear from Google engineers about their careers in the tech industry and how you can prepare yourself for a similar career. Prior programming experience is not a requirement for this course.

UC 4501 Seminar: Advanced Data Analysis using R

Students will learn to use Program R to answer biological questions using techniques dictated by student need, likely including some combination of multiple linear and logistic regression, simple multivariate techniques, and/or simulation-based analysis. Projects will involve investigations of students’ own data, simulated/canned datasets, and data provided by faculty. Recommended for students completing thesis projects, though all are welcome.

Prerequisite: Junior status

UC 4501 Seminar: Understanding the Global Amphibian Extinction Crisis

As a group, amphibians are among the most endangered of all vertebrates on Earth. The causes of decline are numerous, including habitat loss and degradation, pollution, disease, over collection and climate change. In this seminar course, students will critically read and interpret articles from the primary literature on amphibian declines. Students will also lead discussions and make presentations to the rest of the class.

Prerequisite: Junior status