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Spring 2024 New Courses and Special Topics Offerings

Want to explore exciting topics such as immunology, coral reefs, or quantum algorithms? Or would you rather investigate urban planning, or take a seminar to quickly expand the knowledge of your field?

Consider taking one or more of the 20+ exciting new and special topic courses available this semester.

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New Course Offerings

Use the drop down menu to review the course descriptions. For more detailed course information, visit PatriotWeb and search for the course’s subject and number (i.e. BIMR 480).

Biomedical Research

BIMR 510 001: Creativity and Innovation
Creative and innovative thinking is the most important requirement for success in any field. Creative thinking drives all progress in the arts, the sciences, and the commercial sector. Under this philosophy, students will be immersed in a culture of creativity surrounded by mentors and advisors who explain and demonstrate the creative process. Students will be shown that every team member in a modern career ranging from summer scientists to tenured professors – can be the originator (and inventor) of a seminal idea that opens a whole new field.

Computational & Data Sciences

CDS 465 DL1: Modeling Interactive Populations
Employs several computational methods to create an agent-based model of an evolving and interactive population. Applied scenarios will include human identification through DNA profiles, community analysis through connected graphs, data generation, virus tracking, and evolution of human traits in me. Software skills developed will include Python, Pandas, and SQL.

Environmental Science & Public Policy

EVPP 441 001 and 201: Protist Diversity and Ecology
This course is designed to examine the diversity and ecology of photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic protists (one of the five Kingdoms of organisms) and cyanobacteria (precursors to protists) primarily distributed in freshwater and marine habitats. The evolution and phylogeny of these related, but relatively distinct organismal groups are highlighted. An ecological perspective is used to explore the diversity and ecological significance of algae which are the main primary producers in aquatic ecosystems and heterotrophic protozoa which play an important role as consumers in microbial food webs. Biotechnological applications of protists such as their potential as energy sources and as building materials is explored as well economic and health concerns caused by harmful and nuisance algal blooms and protozoan parasites are discussed. The laboratory provides students with hands on exercises to sample, view and identify protists as well as experience in laboratory and field methods used.

Geography and Geoinformation Sciences

GGS 485 003: Capstone in Geography & Geoinformation Sciences
Provides students with project-based culminating experience that integrates geographic problem solving with real-world data and questions. Students work in teams on client-based projects and present project deliverables. This course requires analytical, collaborative, communication, organizational, and research skills, with students demonstrating mastery of geographic thought and practice.

Special Topics Courses

Bioinformatics

BINF 704 DL1: Special Topics Speaker Series
Seminar series on the latest findings from Principal Investigators (both internal and external speakers) that share published and unpublished data regarding infections (i.e. RNA and DNA viruses as well as bacteria), immunity (both tissue and immune cells in primary and secondary lymphatics), diagnostics, and therapeutics (drugs, exosomes, etc).

BINF 739 001:  Computational Analysis of Viral Genomes
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

BINF 739 DL2: Computational Social Neuroscience
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

BINF 739 DL3: Scientific Writing and Presentations
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

BINF 739 P01: Computational Analysis of Viral Genomes
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

Biology (100 to 400 level)

BIOL 417 003: Female Reproductive Biology & Health
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information

BIOL 417 004: Coral Reef Ecology, Health & Conservation 
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information

BIOL 417 006: Water and Disease
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information

BIOL 417 007: Creativity & Innovation
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information

BIOL 417 DL3: Research and Development in Biotechnology Companies
This course focuses on Research and Development approaches and methodologies used in solving critical problems in biosciences/life sciences through biotechnology.  The course will focus on various steps needed for product development and commercialization.  The course will primarily cover agricultural and medical technologies in a case study format.  Students will develop skills to evaluate novel technologies and methodologies being used in the biotech industry to address medical and agricultural problems.  Students will learn to develop skills needed to analyze patents, literature and data, and learn to formulate research plans.

BIOL 417 DL5: Conservation Genetics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Course Goals:  At the end of this course, you will have received exposure to a variety of aquatic pathogens.  You should understand their transmission and how anthropogenic effects can increase infection risk. You will also have gained experience in presentation skills to both a broad and a narrow audience.

BIOL 417 DL6: Human Pathology
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 418 DL1: Bioinformatics/Comp Biology II
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 435 001: Invertebrate Paleontology
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 435 201: Invertebrate Paleontology Lab
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Biology (500 to 600 level)

BIOL 508 002: Coral Reef Ecology, Conservation & Health
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 508 006: Water and Disease
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 508 007: Coral Reef Ecology, Conservation & Health Lab
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 508 DL1: Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 508 DL3: Research and Development in Biotechnology Companies
This course focuses on Research and Development approaches and methodologies used in solving critical problems in biosciences/life sciences through biotechnology.  The course will focus on various steps needed for product development and commercialization.  The course will primarily cover agricultural and medical technologies in a case study format.  Students will develop skills to evaluate novel technologies and methodologies being used in the biotech industry to address medical and agricultural problems.  Students will learn to develop skills needed to analyze patents, literature and data, and learn to formulate research plans. 

BIOL 553 001: Advanced Topics in Immunology
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 553 E01: Advanced Topics in Immunology
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 691 001: Creativity & Innovation
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 691 DL1: Computational Social Neuroscience
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 691 DL2: Scientific Writing and Presentations
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 691 DL3: Creativity & Innovation
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 691 DL4: Biomedical Literature Review & Writing
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOL 695 DL3: Special Topics Seminar
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Biosciences

BIOS 704 001: Applications of Genomics in Society
Apps of Genomics is a seminar-based exploration of recent and unexpected insights resulting from the application of genomics to non-health questions. The format includes lectures by the instructor and primary scientific literature reviews, which are presented and discussed by students. This provides public speaking opportunities to improve presentation skills. 

BIOS 704 002: Precision Oncology Studies
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

BIOS 704 DL2: Colloquium Speaker Series
One-hour seminars offered weekly from top funded researchers from around the country on various topics of molecular biology of medicine, diagnostics, and therapeutics. The broad topics have included virology, bacteriology, molecular medicine, Ebola, extracellular vesicles, HIV/Aids, neurological diseases associated with these diseases and a range of diagnostics approved by the FDA as well as therapeutics that cover basic fundamental drugs, antibodies and nucleic acid approaches.  Registered students are required to submit a one-page report one week after the seminar with introduction, results, discussion and reference sections.

BIOS 704 DL3: Special Topics Seminar
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

Chemistry

CHEM 579 001: Advanced Physical Chemistry
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Climate Science

CLIM 759 001: Aerosols
Presentations in climate dynamics field by Mason faculty and invited speakers.

CLIM 759 002: Atmospheric Convection
Presentations in climate dynamics field by Mason faculty and invited speakers.

CLIM 759 003: Water and Climate Systems
Presentations in climate dynamics field by Mason faculty and invited speakers.

Computational Science and Informatics

CSI 709 002: Random Network Models
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Computational Social Science

CSS 739 001: Random Network Models
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Environmental Science and Policy (300 to 400 level)

EVPP 490 008: R Programming for Environmental Scientists
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 490 SA1: SA: Conservation Storytelling
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 490 SA2: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Environmental Science and Policy (500 to 900 level)

EVPP 505 002: Fundamentals of Environmental GIS
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 003: Soil Science
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 012: R Programming for Environmental Scientists
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 013: Protist Diversity and Ecology
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 015: Ecological Rehab Practicum
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 SA1: SA: Nepal Conservation Story​​​​​​​
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Geography and Geoinformation Science (300 to 400 level)

GGS 399 SA1: SA Cambodia Post-Genocide
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

GGS 470 002: Global Assessment
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

GGS 470 003: Spatial Models for Public Health
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Geography and Geoinformation Science (500 to 900 level)

GGS 590 001: Urban Planning
Cities are changing rapidly and are facing complex challenges. According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the global population currently lives in cities, which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050. This necessitates thinking differently about how to solve 21st-century problems. Our Urban Planning course gives an overview of theoretical and empirical urban design and planning models that emerged to describe the spatial structure of cities. It highlights the evolving structure of cities and examines the planning and political processes as well as the economic forces forming cities. The goals and expectations of this course are ambitious, but the main objective is to give the class a taste of how to think and act as a planner. Participants should expect to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of what planners do, as well as examine the possibilities and limitations they face.

GGS 590 006: Global Assessment
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

GGS 590 007: Urban Geography
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

GGS 590 008: DeepLearning for Geoinformation
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

GGS 590 009: Spatial Models for Public Health
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Mathematics

MATH 400 001: History of Math
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

MATH 493 001: Quantum Algorithms
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

MATH 629 001: Homological Algebra
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

MATH 689 001: Quantum Field Theory
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

MATH 689 002: Quantum Algorithms
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

MATH 689 003: Math Modeling for Complex Systems
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Neuroscience

NEUR 461 001: Behavioral Chemistry
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

NEUR 461 002: Cellular/Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disorders
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

NEUR 461 DL3: Computational Social Neuroscience
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

NEUR 592 DL1: Computational Social Neuroscience
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

NEUR 689 001: Glutamatergic Systems
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

NEUR 689 002: Cellular/Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disorders
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

NEUR 689 DL3: Scientific Writing and Presentations
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Physics

PHYS 390 001: Magnetohydrodynamics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

PHYS 390 002: Exploring the Solar System
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

PHYS 590 001: Magnetohydrodynamics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

PHYS 780 001: Molecular Dynamics Modeling
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.