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Spring 2023 New Courses and Special Topics Offerings

Want to explore exciting topics such as spatial justice, astrostatistics, or geochemistry? Or would you rather investigate nervous system injury, or take a seminar series to quickly expand the knowledge of your field?

Consider taking one or more of the 20+ exciting new and special topic courses available in Spring 2023.

Check back often as courses and descriptions will be added as soon as they're available.

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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).

Bioinformatics

BINF 354 DL1: Foundations in Mathematical Biology
An interdisciplinary introduction to life sciences for physicists, chemists, engineers, and mathematicians. Combines knowledge from natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, quantitative reasoning, and information technology. Covers selected topics in ecology, physiology, biochemistry, and behavior. May include biochemical reaction kinetics, the Hodgkin-Huxley model for cellular electrical activity, continuous and discrete population interactions, and neural network models of learning. Techniques utilized include ordinary differential equations, difference equations, algebraic equations, and computer simulations.

Chemistry

CHEM 460 001: Chemistry in the Kitchen
One semester capstone course exploring the chemistry observed and experienced in household kitchens. As chemistry is the study of matter and its changes, this course explores the chemistry of the food we eat and cook on a molecular level. Students will participate in a creative and scholarly project, practice scientific communication skills, and learn to apply a chemical perspective to real world situations.

CHEM 460 201: Chemistry in the Kitchen
Lab section for 001. One semester capstone course exploring the chemistry observed and experienced in household kitchens. As chemistry is the study of matter and its changes, this course explores the chemistry of the food we eat and cook on a molecular level. Students will participate in a creative and scholarly project, practice scientific communication skills, and learn to apply a chemical perspective to real world situations.

Forensic Science

FRSC 515: FARO Forensic 3D Documentation
This course gives students the opportunity to become Certified Laser Scanner Operators. The course focuses on the operation of FARO laser scanners in conjunction with the use of the FARO scan software. Mason students in this course will create accurate 3D scans in indoor and outdoor scenarios, import them into the software, extrapolate critical measurements, and prepare scan projects for courtroom presentation.  

Geology

GEOL 603 001: Geochemistry
Includes stable isotope, crystal, water, and organic geochemistry; geochronology; and geochemistry of rocks.

Mathematics

MATH 421 001: Abstract Algebra II
Expands on the algebraic structure of groups from the first course in abstract algebra to introduce rings and fields. All three structures are explored via Galois theory, which shows the vital interconnectivity of the three structures, and how this can be applied to obtain deep theorems about the symmetries among roots of a polynomial. Topics include: rings, ideals, homomorphisms, polynomial rings, factorization, divisibility, vector spaces, extension fields (algebraic and transcendental), the fundamental theorem of field theory, splitting fields, classification of finite fields, constructible numbers, impossibility theorems for angle trisection and circle squaring, the fundamental theorem of Galois theory, and solvability of polynomials by radicals.

Neuroscience

NEUR 328 201 & NEUR 328 202: Cellular Neuroscience Lab
Intro to basic neurophysiology to accompany NEUR 327 Cellular Neuroscience. Students will learn and apply principles from across cellular neuroscience, practical lab skills for neurophysiological experiments, computational analysis of central pattern generators in a gamified program, record and analyze biopotentials through intracellular and extracellular recordings.

Special Topics Courses

Astronomy

ASTR 390 001: AstroStatistics
Bayesian and frequentist statistical and data analysis methods applied to data and problems in astrophysics and the space sciences.

ASTR 590 002: AstroStatistics
Bayesian and frequentist statistical and data analysis methods applied to data and problems in astrophysics and the space sciences.

Bioinformatics

BINF 704 001: Applications of Genomics in Health
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. 

BINF 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.

BINF 704 DL3: Colloquium in Bioinformatics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

BINF 739 001: Computational Analysis of Viral Genomes
Comp Analysis Viral Genomes is a hands-on-based experience to identify and characterize an unknown viral pathogen using genomics-based bioinformatics. The format includes lectures by the instructor and primary scientific literature reviews, which are presented and discussed by students. A group project to analyze a pathogen genome using in silico tools is the centerpiece linking the lectures and readings. 

Biology (100 to 400 level)

BIOL 417 002: Conservation Genetics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

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

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

BIOL 417 006: Water and Disease
This course covers the human pathogens that can be found in aquatic environments, ranging from freshwater to estuarine to marine systems.  The role the environment in the transmission of infectious diseases, the specific microbes that cause environmentally transmitted disease of public health importance, their prevention and control by technological and other measures and how the health risks posed these microbes are assessed will be explored. We will consider the microbes and their diseases transmitted by wastes, water, air, food and vectors, the ways that these disease agents enter, survive and spread through the environment to result in human exposures, how their risks are assessed and measured and how these risks are prevented and controlled through engineered/technical, policy and regulatory approaches.

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

BIOL 417 DL2: Stress Biology Seminar
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 DL4: Creativity and Innovation
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

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 and Comp Biology II
Through this course, students will learn the tools of bioinformatics and the concepts underlying them.  Students will  learn about the following  topics: protein analysis and eukaryote  genomes. Accessing bioinformatic  and genomic  databases using a variety of tools, high-throughput sequencing technologies and data generated by these techniques, de novo assembly, read mapping and variant  calling,  gene  expression and  analysis of  gene expression  data, metagenomics and human diseases from a bioinformatics perspective, etc. Students will learn through a combination of lectures, hands-on computer  exercises,  and reading and  presentation of a scientific poster. Students will benefit most from this class by being inquisitive and proactive learners.

BIOL 435 001: Invertebrate Paleontology
Invertebrate Paleontology looks at the distribution of common invertebrate fossils through taxonomic classification and morphology. This course follows evolutionary trends from 3.8 billion years ago until the recent times, and incorporates the relationships with sedimentary rocks to deduce past depositional environments.

BIOL 435 201: Lab for Lecture 001
​​​​​​​Invertebrate Paleontology looks at the distribution of common invertebrate fossils through taxonomic classification and morphology. This course follows evolutionary trends from 3.8 billion years ago until the recent times, and incorporates the relationships with sedimentary rocks to deduce past depositional environments.

Biology (500 to 600 level)

BIOL 508 003: Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Covers the evolution, biology, ecology, and behavior of marine mammals from polar bears and sea otters to whales and dolphins. Marine mammal conservation and policy is also a major component of the course; several lecture sessions are devoted to the issue of whaling, threats to marine mammal populations, and recent conservation issues such as marine mammals and noise pollution.

BIOL 508 004: Water and Disease
This course covers the human pathogens that can be found in aquatic environments, ranging from freshwater to estuarine to marine systems.  The role the environment in the transmission of infectious diseases, the specific microbes that cause environmentally transmitted disease of public health importance, their prevention and control by technological and other measures and how the health risks posed these microbes are assessed will be explored. We will consider the microbes and their diseases transmitted by wastes, water, air, food and vectors, the ways that these disease agents enter, survive and spread through the environment to result in human exposures, how their risks are assessed and measured and how these risks are prevented and controlled through engineered/technical, policy and regulatory approaches.

BIOL 508 006: Medical Biochemistry
Biochemistry involves the study of the molecular composition of living cells, the organization of biological molecules within the cell, the structure and function of these biological molecules and the relationship between structure and function. Methods and approaches used in the present course will be correlated with the biochemical basis of human disease.  

BIOL 508 DL2: Stress Biology Seminar
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 508 DL4: Medical Biochemistry
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department for more information.

BIOL 553 001: Advanced Topics in Immunology
An Introductory graduate-level course based on Dr. Yuntao Wu's HIV research that focuses on general properties of the immune response to include cells and tissues of the immune system, antibodies and antigens, maturation and activation of regulation of lymphocytes.  

BIOL 691 001: Creativity and Innovation
Creativity and innovative thinking are essential requirements for success in any field. Wherever we work, we are confronted with unforeseen challenges that require unique and novel solutions. Creative thinking is the foundation for progress in science, arts, and the commercial sector. Maximizing creativity is of primary importance to maintain a competitive edge in biomedical science. Everyone has the capacity for unique, innovative ideas. During this course, the creative process will be explained and demonstrated. Guided by the instructor, students will practice their creativity and hone their skills by developing, fine-tuning, and sharing innovative ideas. 

BIOL 691 DL1: Principles of Biomedical Literature Review and Writing
The course is designed to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Principles of biomedical literature review are integrated into the development of a project proposal for the master’s research project that the student completes the following semester.

BIOL 695 001: Applications of Genomics in Health
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. 

BIOL 695 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.

Biosciences

BIOS 704 001: Applications of Genomics in Health
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 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.

Chemistry

CHEM 490 DL1: Undergraduate Seminar
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

CHEM 790 DL1: Graduate Seminar
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Climate Science

CLIM 991 001: Climate Dynamics Seminar
Presentations in climate dynamics field by Mason faculty and invited speakers.

Computational and Data Sciences

CDS 486 001: Statistical Inference
This course focuses on statistical inference and the process of obtaining conclusions about populations and/or scientific truths from data. Topics include estimation principles, hypothesis testing, statistical decision theory, bayesian methods, and maximum likelihood estimation. After taking this course, students will understand the broad directions of statistical inference and use this information for making informed decisions utilizing data.

Computational Science and Informatics

CSI 709 001: Topics in Computational Science and Informatics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

CSI 899 DL1: Colloquium in Computational Science/Informatics
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

Computational Social Science

CSS 739 001: Developing High Impact Research Questions
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

CSS 898 DL1: Research Colloquium in CSS
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 490 001: R Programing for Scientists
The R environment is an excellent resource for environmental scientists given that it is a free open source coding-based statistics program that can handle almost any analysis or data manipulation problem you have. This course will introduce the R environment with a focus on applied statistics for environmental scientists. Throughout the course you will gain experience with the R environment, data manipulation, plotting and exporting publication worthy plots, multiple types of regression analyses and hypothesis testing, using R as a GIS tool, and survey analysis.

Environmental Science and Policy (500 to 900 level)

EVPP 505 002: Fundamentals of Environmental GIS
Provides the basic knowledge to explore complex environmental data sets and relationships among biological, ecological, physical and anthropogenic variables using geographic information systems. Using spatial mapping and exploration tools students will be capable of independent analysis of complex environment.

EVPP 505 003: Soil Science
Composition, classification, physical properties, and origin of soils. Notes: May include field trips.

EVPP 505 201: The Diversity of Fishes Lab
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 202: Energy and Climate Law
Description forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to the department  for more information.

EVPP 505 203: R Programming for Environmental Sciences
The R environment is an excellent resource for environmental scientists given that it is a free open source coding-based statistics program that can handle almost any analysis or data manipulation problem you have. This course will introduce the R environment with a focus on applied statistics for environmental scientists. Throughout the course you will gain experience with the R environment, data manipulation, plotting and exporting publication worthy plots, multiple types of regression analyses and hypothesis testing, using R as a GIS tool, and survey analysis.

EVPP 692 003: Master's Seminar: History of Life on Earth
Beginning about 3.5 billion years ago life came to planet Earth, originally prokaryotes. Eukaryotes came into being about 2 billion years ago and multicellular life about 900 million years ago. Plants colonized land about 460 million years ago and terrestrial vertebrates about 350 million years ago. But this appearance of a gradual and continuous directional change in planet Earth and its life belies multiple wide swings in Earth’s atmosphere over this period related to biological activity, volcanic explosions, massive lava flows, asteroid impacts, continental drift, and mass extinctions. This seminar will examine the exciting and breathtaking new insights recently made into the history of life through Earth’s history.

EVPP 692 DL1: Master's Seminar: Solving Virginia's Environmental Problems
Virginia is facing many environmental problems. How can they be solved will be considered in this seminar. Each student will pick a solvable issue and present a strategy to the class. Student presentations will occur. Discussions will consider the topic and suggested strategies.​

This will be a very hands-on seminar to include research of the issue, identified stakeholders, existing policies noted, and a timeline that might be used to solve the environmental problem.​

EVPP 991 003: Solving Virginia's Environmental Problems
Virginia is facing many environmental problems. How can they be solved will be considered in this seminar. Each student will pick a solvable issue and present a strategy to the class. Student presentations will occur. Discussions will consider the topic and suggested strategies.​

This will be a very hands-on seminar to include research of the issue, identified stakeholders, existing policies noted, and a timeline that might be used to solve the environmental problem.​

EVPP 991 004: The History of Life on Earth
Beginning about 3.5 billion years ago life came to planet Earth, originally prokaryotes. Eukaryotes came into being about 2 billion years ago and multicellular life about 900 million years ago. Plants colonized land about 460 million years ago and terrestrial vertebrates about 350 million years ago. But this appearance of a gradual and continuous directional change in planet Earth and its life belies multiple wide swings in Earth’s atmosphere over this period related to biological activity, volcanic explosions, massive lava flows, asteroid impacts, continental drift, and mass extinctions. This seminar will examine the exciting and breathtaking new insights recently made into the history of life through Earth’s history.

Geology

GEOL 392 001: Geology and Earth Science Seminar
Undergraduate experience that includes discussion of scientific articles and attending seminars presented by outside experts, faculty, or students.

GEOL 792 DL1: Seminar Earth Systems Geology Earth Sciences
Capstone experience that includes discussion of scientific articles and attending seminars. Seminars presented by outside experts, faculty, and students.

Geography and Geoinformation Science (300 to 400 level)

GGS 399 002: Spatial Justice
Have you ever noticed that there’s not an e-waste dumping site next to campus, but these sites are common in other parts of the world? Ever wondered why an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico solicits broadscale national and international media coverage and cleanup efforts, while the oil seeping into the ocean on a daily basis in the Niger Delta in Nigeria isn’t something that crosses your feed? 
If you’re curious to activate or flex your social justice mindset with a spatial perspective, this course is right for you. Spatial Justice provides a set of theories to teach us how to critically interrogate unequal distribution of various environmental and social resources. We examine a set of case studies and ask: Why this? Why here? (new paragraph) We investigate processes of inequity that explain spatial patterns of inequality across various scales and in urban and rural contexts. We consider what has been and needs to be done to disrupt processes and discourses that have led to spatial injustices in the first place.
Geographers and non-geographers are welcome. The course does not require, nor teach, technical skills; however, there is flexibility in course projects so that students may produce quantitative or qualitative analyses.

GGS 399 004: Transportation Geography
Every day and increasing throughout the years, Americans take 1.1 billion trips, accounting for 11 billion miles, through the transportation system in the United States. This demonstrates how essential travel is to our communities. With the emergence of technologies, changes are expected in the why, when, where, and how of people movement. Our Transportation Geography course highlights the characteristics of mobility of people and the operation of transportation systems through the lens of spatial geography at international, national, regional, and urban levels. It gives an overview of transportation engineering, planning, theory, and practice, with a strong emphasis on current issues being discussed in the planning and transportation industries. This is an interactive and engaging course with real-world applications and activities, where the hypothetical nature of the lessons is used as a jumping-off point to discuss the transportation planning process and how planning occurs on actual transportation projects.

GGS 470 002: Global Assessment
This course teaches participants how to undertake Python-based data analysis, modeling, simulation, and visualization of high-resolution spatial data at the planetary scale. An examination of the most prestigious scientific journals demonstrates many examples of ‘global assessments’ relating to deforestation, climate change, natural hazards, and many other topics. Indeed, graduate students able to undertake systematic assessment of the whole globe for their chosen area of study have a strong foundation for developing new scientific discoveries, informing decisions in industry and government, and publishing their work in high-impact scientific journals. Therefore, this course has three main learning outcomes. Firstly, developing global geospatial data analytics in Python to support decisions in industry and government. Secondly, gaining a proficient ability to work with high-resolution local data (e.g., 1 km^2) but at the global scale. Finally, running basic parallel computing scripts, both on a single machine and on a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

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 590 002: Deep Learning for Geoinformation Systems
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are rapidly transforming the way we live. The demand for skilled professionals is growing at an unprecedented rate. Ever wonder how the brain is modeled or how we can use such models to solve complex problems? Come join us to learn how to build deep learning models that solve a variety of problems from statistical regression, image identification, fooling other deep learning models to creating Shakespeare. Learn how to integrate deep learning methods into your current research. We will learn the basics of two major deep learning libraries: TensorFlow and PyTorch. Previous students have endorsed this course, saying “Best class that I have ever taken” (U.S Army Captain) and “This course was of great assistance in my PhD work” (JV). Start your path to further enhancement of your skills by taking Deep Learning for Geoinformation.

GGS 590 005: Spatial Justice
Have you ever noticed that there’s not an e-waste dumping site next to campus, but these sites are common in other parts of the world? Ever wondered why an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico solicits broadscale national and international media coverage and cleanup efforts, while the oil seeping into the ocean on a daily basis in the Niger Delta in Nigeria isn’t something that crosses your feed? 
If you’re curious to activate or flex your social justice mindset with a spatial perspective, this course is right for you. Spatial Justice provides a set of theories to teach us how to critically interrogate unequal distribution of various environmental and social resources. We examine a set of case studies and ask: Why this? Why here? (new paragraph) We investigate processes of inequity that explain spatial patterns of inequality across various scales and in urban and rural contexts. We consider what has been and needs to be done to disrupt processes and discourses that have led to spatial injustices in the first place.
Geographers and non-geographers are welcome. The course does not require, nor teach, technical skills; however, there is flexibility in course projects so that students may produce quantitative or qualitative analyses.

GGS 590 006: Global Assessment
This course teaches participants how to undertake Python-based data analysis, modeling, simulation, and visualization of high-resolution spatial data at the planetary scale. An examination of the most prestigious scientific journals demonstrates many examples of ‘global assessments’ relating to deforestation, climate change, natural hazards, and many other topics. Indeed, graduate students able to undertake systematic assessment of the whole globe for their chosen area of study have a strong foundation for developing new scientific discoveries, informing decisions in industry and government, and publishing their work in high-impact scientific journals. Therefore, this course has three main learning outcomes. Firstly, developing global geospatial data analytics in Python to support decisions in industry and government. Secondly, gaining a proficient ability to work with high-resolution local data (e.g., 1 km^2) but at the global scale. Finally, running basic parallel computing scripts, both on a single machine and on a High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster.

Mathematics

MATH 629 001: Bialgebras and Combinatorics
This topics course will serve as an introduction to the application of abstract algebra in combinatorics. We will discuss some topics (algebras, coal- gebras, bialgebras and Hopf algebras) that are not covered in a usual algebra course (group, rings, modules and fields), but have in recent times shown to be useful in combinatorics, such as enumerative combinatorics and graph theory.

MATH 795 001: Graduate Seminar
Mandatory for all PhD students. Weekly seminar graded on presentations and attendance. Faculty presentations on potential thesis topics and presentations by students.

Neuroscience

NEUR 411 001: Nervous System Injury & Disease
Most likely, you know someone that has been affected by a nervous system disorder. From Traumatic Brain Injury to Alzheimer’s Disease, nervous system disorders affect millions of families and have long fascinated doctors, scientists, and the general public. In this course, we will explore what happens when things go wrong in the nervous system. Specifically, we will explore a wide variety of nervous system disorders, focusing primarily on the cellular and molecular mechanisms at play. We will also examine the history, significance, symptoms, and treatment of these disorders. We will accomplish this through a combination of lectures, discussion boards, writing exercises and assignments. This course is designed to develop your skills in reading, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data, while emphasizing practical scientific writing skills.

NEUR 411 002: Nervous System Injury & Disease
Most likely, you know someone that has been affected by a nervous system disorder. From Traumatic Brain Injury to Alzheimer’s Disease, nervous system disorders affect millions of families and have long fascinated doctors, scientists, and the general public. In this course, we will explore what happens when things go wrong in the nervous system. Specifically, we will explore a wide variety of nervous system disorders, focusing primarily on the cellular and molecular mechanisms at play. We will also examine the history, significance, symptoms, and treatment of these disorders. We will accomplish this through a combination of lectures, discussion boards, writing exercises and assignments. This course is designed to develop your skills in reading, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data, while emphasizing practical scientific writing skills.

NEUR 461 005: Behavioral Chemistry
Neurochemistry and neuroendocrinology, including neurotransmitter synthesis, genetic aspects of neural functioning, mechanisms of action of neurotransmitters and second messenger systems, regulation of neuroendocrine systems, neuroendocrine effects on behavior, and neuroimmunology. 

NEUR 461 DL4: Neuroscience and Society
Explore the implications of new developments in basic and clinical neuroscience on society. This course will examine key topics ranging from genetics to artificial intelligence, through an understanding of the science and an exploration of its ethical and social implications. We will examine how advances in functional neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, and brain machine technologies raise important legal, ethical, and social questions.

NEUR 592 DL3: Neuroscience and Society
Explore the implications of new developments in basic and clinical neuroscience on society. This course will examine key topics ranging from genetics to artificial intelligence, through an understanding of the science and an exploration of its ethical and social implications. We will examine how advances in functional neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, and brain machine technologies raise important legal, ethical, and social questions.

Physics

PHYS 331 001: Physics of Renewable Energy
The course covers the physical principles for a range of renewable energies, including solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal using mathematical and other types of analysis. The course demonstrates how the application of methods and principles of physics allow us to understand the basic operation, advantages, limitations, and relative merits of various renewable energy sources.

PHYS 390 001: AstroStatistics
Bayesian and frequentist statistical and data analysis methods applied to data and problems in astrophysics and the space sciences.

PHYS 390 002: Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
This is an interdisciplinary introduction to the theory of fluid dynamics for astrophysicists, physicists, and space scientists. The focus is on the physical and mathematical understanding of the governing equations of fluid mechanics and how they help us better understand various physical processes in nature and the universe.

PHYS 581 001: Topics in Renewable Energy
The course covers the physical principles for a range of renewable energies, including solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal using mathematical and other types of analysis. The course demonstrates how the application of methods and principles of physics allow us to understand the basic operation, advantages, limitations, and relative merits of various renewable energy sources.

PHYS 590 001: AstroStatistics
Bayesian and frequentist statistical and data analysis methods applied to data and problems in astrophysics and the space sciences.

PHYS 590 002: Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
This is an interdisciplinary introduction to the theory of fluid dynamics for astrophysicists, physicists, and space scientists. The focus is on the physical and mathematical understanding of the governing equations of fluid mechanics and how they help us better understand various physical processes in nature and the universe.

PHYS 703 002: Seminar in Physics
This seminar/colloquium course welcomes a myriad of reputable physics speakers. Previous semesters’ speakers can be found here. Details on this year’s speakers will be available closer to the start of the semester.