BIOL 126 – Insects and Humans
In lecture, students will explore the long and complex relationship between insects and humans through art, history, literature, science, and popular culture. Since antiquity, insects have infected us with disease, attacked our crops, infested our food stores, pestered our animals, and damaged or destroyed our belongings. But they have also inspired artisans, architects, cartoonists, engineers, gourmands, religious thinkers, and scientists. The lab portion of the course will focus on the development and implementation of a citizen science project to survey the insects of Dejarnette Park and the communication of those results to the public via social media. Four hours. AOK: Natural & Math Sciences-Natural Science Laboratory.
CHEM 125 - Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Today's Courtroom
In this course the student will acquire an understanding of the methods and techniques used in crime detection. Topics as diverse as microscopy, toxicology, serology, fingerprinting, and document and voice examination, as well as arson and explosives investigation will be examined. Extensive use of case studies will be made emphasizing the role that the forensic scientist played in the detection and solution of the crime. Four hours. AOK: Natural & Math Sciences-Natural Science Laboratory.
CLAS/FLET 201 – The Ancient Epics
Readings in English translation of the epics of Homer, Hesiod, Apollonius, Virgil, Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius. Special attention will be given to oral formulaic composition, the literary epic, the didactic epic, literary conventions and traditions, and the influence of the genre on Western literature. Same as FLET 201. Three hours. AOK: Arts & Literature-Literature.
FILM 262 - Filmmaking
An introduction to the visualization practices and production principles of filmmaking with an in-depth examination of the professional language, personnel, equipment, and technical components involved in pre-production, production, and post-production. An exploration of the creative role of the director in such activities as artistic shot selection, visual and audio synchronization, music and sound alignment, storyboard development, cinematography, and editing. An examination of the process of filmmaking with an emphasis on interaction and coordination among such elements as scene construction, frame composition, lens selection, lighting, camera placement or movement, and film coverage/ratios. Three hours. AOK: Arts & Literature-Arts.
GEOL 381 - T:Geology of Hawaii
Four hours. AOK: Natural & Math Sciences-Natural Science Laboratory; CAR: Experiential-Travel.
JAPN 220 - Culture of Japan
This course is a broad survey of Japanese culture from 1800 to the present, examining the interplay between cultural, political, and economic forces in Japan as reflected in a variety of media - visual art, film, and literature - and the effect of these forces upon social structures and institutions. In addition, attention will be given to the impact that cultural appropriation and assimilation have had upon how Japanese individuals and groups have defined themselves vis-a-vis their own past and the rest of the world. Among topics to be considered are: gender and gender roles; the role and impact of "popular culture", the phenomenon of "Japanization" in twentieth-century Asia; consumption and the evolution of consumerism; and, the changing role of "tradition." Three hours. AOK: Arts & Literature-Literature. CAR: Non-Western.
MATH 105 - Introduction to Finite Math
This course provides an introduction to several areas of finite mathematics which have numerous applications, particularly in the social sciences. Topics will include decision theory, discrete probability, linear programming, matrices, and linear systems. Three hours. AOK: Natural & Math Sciences-Math.
MATH 111 – Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to statistical inference and sufficient probability theory for such an introduction. Topics include elementary data analysis, elementary probability, discrete and continuous random variables, distributions (including the normal distribution), correlation and regression, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, confidence levels, and tests of significance. Students may not receive credit for successful completion of MATH 111 and MATH 113. They may receive a total of seven hours of credit for successful completion of a combination of MATH 111 and BIOL 350, or MATH 113 and BIOL 350. However, the two statistics courses may not be used together to fulfill the collegiate requirement in mathematics. Three hours. AOK: Natural & Math Sciences-Other.
MUSC 260 - The History of Rock and Roll: Popular Music from
Slavery to the Present
This class will cover the history of popular music from its roots in the African Diaspora through the blues, jazz, country, folk, and ultimately, rock and roll. As well as studying the great rock bands, album art, and history-making recordings, students will study the evolution of the protest song, Tin Pan Alley, and why certain geographic locations became hubs of musical innovation. Three hours. AOK: Arts & Literature-Arts.
PHIL 211 - Philosophical Problems
This course is an introduction to the topic of personal identity as treated in the theory of knowledge and in metaphysics. Readings are contemporary and interdisciplinary. Topics include mind and body, memory, artificial intelligence, and cultural relativism. Three hours. AOK: Civilizations-Philosophy & Religious Studies.
PSCI 202 – American Government and Politics
This course considers the fundamentals of American government and politics. It is a survey of the theoretical principles upon which the U.S. national government was founded as well as a practical look at the structure and function of U.S. national government. Emphasis is placed on the U.S. Constitution, American political institutions, mass political behavior, and mediating institutions such as political parties, interest groups, and the media. Three hours. AOK: Social Sciences.