Spring 2017 Department-Based Honors Courses and Sections of Courses

Biological Sciences

General Biology II (4)
01:119:116:H1 Index #00025
01:119:116 H2 Index #05334
Prereqs: 01:119:115 or 01:119:101

Topics include: Classification, Virology, Prokaryotes, Protist Diversity, Fungi Diversity, Animal Diversity, Plant Diversity, Plant Biology, Nervous System, Sense Organs, Endocrine System, Reproduction, Development, Musculoskeletal System, Digestion & Nutrition, Circulation/Blood, Immunity, Respiration, and Excretion.

Brain, Mind, and Behavior (3)
01:119:195:H1 Index #08090 Class Level: First Year Student
01:119:195:H2 Index #08418 Class Level: Sophomore
01:119:195:H3 Index #08419
Professor J. Schjott

The course will be organized around a number of case stories in the fields of neurology and neuroscience. Several of the case stories are written by V.S. Ramachandran and Oliver Sacks. They both write about patients with neurological deficits in a way that is captivating and fascinating for lay people, but also with enough detail and explanation of the underlying brain mechanisms to be useful as a first view into neuroscience. Articles by other authors from magazines such as The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Scientific American will also be used in the course. The course is aimed at honors students with an interest in the brain, but with no prior knowledge of neuroscience. Both science and non-science majors are welcome.

Business Analytics & Information Technology (BAIT)

Statistical Methods in Business (3)
33:136:385:H1 Index #21130
Professor Ben-Israel
Class Level: Sophomore Junior Senior

Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Physiological Adaptation: Heart, Stress, and Exercise (3)
01:146:310:H1 Index #17928
Professor R. Golfetti


Honors General Chemistry (4)
01:160:164:H1 Index #04329
01:160:164:H2 Index #04330
Professor S. Marvasti
Prereq: 01:160:163 Coreq: 640:136 Or 640:138 Or 640:152 or Equivalent

Covers topics of 01:160:161-162 in more depth.  Material related to current research topics and other fields of scientific interest.

Honors Organic Chemistry (4)
01:160:316:H1 Index #08936
01:160:316:H2 Index #08938
01:160:316:H3 Index #08939
Professors L. Williams – H. Roth
Prereq: 01:160:315

Survey of structure, properties, and reactivity of main classes of organic compounds with a focus on qualitative molecular orbital theory, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis.


Introduction to Communication and Information Processes (3)
04:189:101:H1 Index #16276
04:189:101:H2 Index#20472
Professor Galina Bolden

Survey of the field of communication: interpersonal, group, organizational, speech, mass, intercultural, and international communication; public relations and advertising. Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluate the main branches of communication

  • Analyze different communication scenarios and interactions

  • Learn the basic aspects of communication theory and related applications

  • Recognize differences between vernacular and academic approaches to communication

  • Apply theories of perception, the self, culture, language, nonverbal communication, mediated communication, relationships, organizations, and mass communication to real life situations

Comparative Literature

The Ecological Imagination in Literature, Film, and Media (4)
01:195:220:H1 Index #20199
Professor J. Marcone

Computer Science

Internet Technology (4)
01:198:352:H1 Index #20928

To provide a practical understanding of computer networks with respect to system architectures, protocols, and client-server interaction.  These objectives are accomplished through extensive laboratory exercises.

01:198:211 or 14:332:331; 01:198:206 or 01:640:477 or 14:332:321 or 14:332:226.Please note that courses for which a student has received a grade of D cannot be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements.

Communication media; protocol layers, TCP/IP protocols, wireless protocols, high speed protocols, routing, and switching architectures.
Interprocess communication, client-server interaction, and socket programming.
Emerging trends and technologies such as high speed asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) communication, wireless communication, and videoconferencing.

Expected Work:
Homework and programming projects; final design/analysis project

Midterm exam

Learning Goals:
Computer Science majors ...

  • will be prepared to contribute to a rapidly changing field by acquiring a thorough grounding in the core principles and foundations of computer science (e.g., techniques of program design, creation, and testing; key aspects of computer hardware; algorithmic principles).
  • will acquire a deeper understanding on (elective) topics of more specialized interest, and be able to critically review, assess, and communicate current developments in the field.
  • will be prepared for the next step in their careers, for example, by having done a research project (for those headed to graduate school), a programming project (for those going into the software industry), or some sort of business plan (for those going into startups).


Introduction to Macroeconomics (3)
01:220:103:H1 Index #03474
Professor J. Skydel   
01:220:103:H2 Index #14761
Professor Alex Hohmann
01:220:103:H3 Index #14762
Prerequisite: H sections for honors students only See online schedule for prereqs

Determinants of aggregate employment and national income; evaluation of government policies to alleviate inflation and unemployment. Money, banking, and monetary policy. International trade and finance, and the prospects for world economic development. Prerequisite: 01:640:111, or 115, or calculus placement.

English: Creative Writing

Introduction to Multimedia Composition-Curiosity and Expression (3)
01:351:209:H1 Index #13733
Professor Paul Bielecki

How are our perceptions of art, communications, and information changing as a result of wide spread access to digital technologies and various digital media platforms? This course provides students the opportunity to explore the conceptual challenges that have emerged from the ever expanding digital world that we inhabit through blog postings, group exercises, and individual digital media projects that provide hands on experience of what it is like to compose and share works that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
01:351:212:H1 Index #16157
Professor P. Blaney

Practice in creative writing in various forms (fiction, poetry, drama, essay); critical analysis of students’ manuscripts in class and/or individual conferences. Reading other student work, as well as the work of established writers. Students will practice the careful and close reading of one another's creative work.

English: Theories and Methods

Principles of Literary Study: Poetry (3)
01:359:201:H1 Index #13673
Professor H. Davidson
Prereq: 01:355:101 or 01:355:103 or 21:355:102 or 21:355:104 or 50:350:102

The fundamental concepts and techniques of literary interpretation, with a specific focus on poetry: the nature of poetic language and the methods of analyzing figurative discourse, genre, structure, kinds of poetry; versification and the analysis of meter; the contexts of poetry (personal, cultural, historical) and the poet’s work with tradition.  Readings from a wide range of poets writing in English, including women and minorities, with detailed attention devoted to two particular poets (from diverse historical and cultural backgrounds) chosen by the instructor.

Principles of Literary Study: Prose (3)
01:359:202:H1 Index #18467
Professor A. Goldstone
Prereq: 01:355:101 or 01:355:103 or 21:355:102 or 21:355:104 or 50:350:102

Learn to read fiction like an English professor! This course provides an introduction to the study of narrative, and, while geared to potential English majors, it is suitable for any student interested in learning how fiction works. We start with the premise that novels and short stories are modes of thought with which writers and readers have engaged with the world for centuries. Works of fiction tell stories that are continuously being rewritten; as readers, and especially as literary critics, we are continuously engaged in the project of that rewriting, finding new ways to relate fiction to our lives, connect with it, and make it meaningful to ourselves and others. Students will come away from this course with a solid understanding of a few key ideas about how narrative works and a vocabulary for describing it with technical precision. The course will help you develop a sense for the historical range of interpretative strategies critics have brought to the study of fiction, as well as for the open-endedness of narrative interpretation. Lectures and discussion will thus attend not only to close readings of selected works of fiction, but also to some big questions about what literature is and what we do when we read and write about it.


Approaches to French Literature (3)
01:420:218:H1 Index #05785
Professor Pairet
Prereq: 01:420:132 or Placement;   Test or Permission of Dept;
Credit Not Given for this Course & 01:420:216  

An intensive introduction to the history of French literature from the  last  quarter  of  the  18th  century  to  the  present.  Through the study  of  a  few  complete  texts  and  detailed comparative readings of short excerpts (by Rousseau, Chateaubriand, Staël, Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Flaubert, Maupassant, Proust, Apollinaire, Breton, Césaire, Camus, Sartre, Ponge, Beckett, Perec, Yourcenar, and others), a variety of genres and literary movements will be presented, along with the basic tools of critical analysis. This alternative to Aspects of French Literature (215) is oriented toward students with a solid preparation in French and a strong interest in literature. Significant prior experience with French literary texts, however, is not necessary.


Analysis of Scientific Literature (3)
01:447:216:H1 Index #11848
Professor D. Glodowski
Prereq: 01:119:102 or 01:119:116 highly recommend 01:694:215

A systematic approach to the reading, analyzing, and understanding of primary literature in genetics; emphasis will be placed on data analysis and experimental design and demystifying the process of reading a scientific journal article.

Genetics (4)
01:447:380:H1 Index #15952
01:447:380:H2 Index #15953
Professor R. Michaelis

Introduction to the mechanisms of heredity and evolution. Mechanisms of Mendelian inheritance, meiosis, recombination, gene mutation and mapping, and an introduction to modern biochemical, molecular, and population genetics.

Genetic Analysis II (4)
01:447:385:H1 Index #15584
Professor K. McKim

Experimental methods and concepts in genetics, with emphasis on their application to genetic research. Part II covers mathematical genetics, recombinant DNA, genomics, and special topics relevant to modern genetic research.


Climate Change and Society (3)
01:450:370:H1 Index #16230

This course on climate and society and climate risk management will explore multiple aspects of the intersection of climate change, climate variability and society.

Geological Sciences

The Water Planet (3)
01:460:204:H1 Index #16370
For Honors Students only

Survey of the science, environmental impact, and resource allocation of water on the Earth. Characteristics of water; hydrologic cycle; runoff and erosion; river systems; past and present climates; water quality; political and economic aspects of water.

German, Russian and East European Languages & Literature

Fairy Tales Then/Now (3)
01:470:225:H1 Index #18344
Professor M. Helfer

This course analyzes the structure, meaning, and function of fairy tales and their enduring influence on literature and popular culture. While we will concentrate on the German context, and in particular the works of the Brothers Grimm, we will also consider fairy tales drawn from a number of different national traditions and historical periods, including the American present. Various strategies for interpretng fairy tales will be examined, including methodologies derived from structuralism, folklore studies, gender studies, and psychoanalysis. We will explore pedagogical and political uses and abuses of fairy tales. We will investigate the evolution of specific tale types and trace their transformations in various media from oral storytelling through print to film, television, and the stage. Finally, we will consider potential strategies for the reinterpretation and rewriting of fairy tales.

Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (3)
01:470:371:H1 Index #18373
Professor Nicholas Rennie
Cross-listed with Comparative Literature 01:195:374:01 and Philosophy 01:730:344:01
T2 9:50-11:10am, Murray Hall 211
Th2 9:50-11:10am, Milledoler Hall 100
Click here for the Syllabus
In English. No prerequisites.

Exploration of the work of three German writers who revolutionized modern philosophy, theology, psychology, aesthetics, social and political science, gender studies, historiography, literature and the arts. We will be reading and discussing a selection of key writings by Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Along with these we’ll examine a sampling of texts that were important for their work, and writings that later both reflected their influence and drew their ideas in new directions. Fulfills SAS core goals HST and AHo.

Greek, Modern

Special Topics: Migrants & Refugees in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Residue of the Past in Battles for the Future (4)
01:489:390:H1 Index #21748
Professor Elektra Kostopoulou
Th 4:30-7:30pm Hardenbergh Hall B5
*NOTE: Honors Students registering for 01:489:390:H1 (3 credits) will automatically enroll in Special Topics- 01:090:224:H1 (1 credit).

Between the years 2013-1016 more than two millions of people have attempted to cross the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, seeking refuge in the European Union. The often-morbid outcome of these journeys, as well as the lack of coherent relief strategies regarding survivors, have inspired many to describe this as the worst humanitarian crisis of our century: one that has reshaped radically demographic realities in the broader region, triggering reactions that range from xenophobia and isolationism to new forms of solidarity. In more ways than one, population displacement in the Eastern Mediterranean has become an issue of consuming international concern. This course provides a mechanism of analyzing the complex dynamics that have shaped the issue by reference to past influences, present contingencies, and potential future developments.


The Arts of Power: Ritual, Myth, and Propaganda (4)
01:510:245:H1 Index #12880
Professor A. Bellany
SAS Signature Course

Investigates how paintings, movies, poems, and ceremonies have been manipulated to bolster the political authority of rulers, including Louis XIV, Lincoln, Hitler, and Elizabeth II.

Management & Global Business

Introduction to Management (3)
33:620:301:H1 Index #11683

Professor D. HamiltonIntroduction to Management (Management 301) focuses primarily on managing the enterprise –implementing processes and practices to develop and deliver competitive advantage and superior performance in innovative and socially responsible organizations.  Essential elements of managing the enterprise that are covered in this Management 301 course include: the history and evolution of management principles; strategic management; managing organizational design; designing and developing effective and efficient work processes; managing innovation and growth; managing in a global marketplace; and managing a diverse organization.  How managers leverage values, build an engaging and motivating workplace, and manage risk and ambiguity are integrated into the discussions of topics throughout the course.


Introduction to Marketing (3)
33:630:301:H1 Index #11689
Professor  Monga
Class Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Overview of marketing: the process of creating goods and services in response to consumer wants and needs. Study of the marketing function in organizations.  Analysis of the marketing functions of price, promotion, place, and product.


Calculus II Math/Physics (4)
01:640:152:H1 Index #03993
01:640:152:H2 Index #15977
01:640:152:H3 Index #15978
Professor F. Cakoni
By Permission: Department Staff
Prereqs: 01:640:135 or 01:640:137 or 01:640:143 or 01:640:151 or 01:640:153 or 01:640:191 or 62:640:135 or 21:640:135

Math 152 continues the study of the integral calculus, with applications, and covers the theory of infinite series and power series, touching on differential equations and a few other topics as well.

Multivariable Calculus (4)
01:640:251:H1 Index #05800
01:640:251:H2 Index #09786
01:640:251:H3 Index #15758
Professor D. Molnar
By Permission: Department Staff
Prereqs: 01:640:192 or 01:640:152 or 01:640:154 or 21:640:136 or 50:640:122 or 62:640:136

Analytic geometry of three dimensions, partial derivatives, optimization techniques, multiple integrals, vectors in Euclidean space, and vector analysis.

Honors Calculus IV (4)
01:640:292:H1 Index #03773
Professor E. Carlen
Prereq: 640:291 or Permission of Department   Prereq or Coreq: 640:250

Math 292 is deliberately intended as a course in honors mathematics for students whose primary interest in the course is the mathematics it contains. The textbook will normally be the one used in Math 244 though it may be supplemented by other material at the instructor's discretion. Theorems may be proved in class and required on examinations. The course makes use of linear algebra, which is covered in Mathematics 250.

Introduction to Math Reasoning (3)
01:640:300:H1 Index #13967
Professor J. Komlos
Prereqs: 01:640:152 or 01:640:154 or 01:640:192 or 21:640:136 or 62:640:136

Fundamental abstract concepts common to all branches of mathematics. Special emphasis placed on ability to understand and construct rigorous proofs.

Introduction to Real Analysis I (4)
01:640:311:H1 Index #16018
Professor S. Cramer
By Permission: Department Staff
Prereqs: 01:640:244 or 01:640:252 or 01:640:292 and 01:640:300

Fundamental abstract concepts common to all branches of mathematics. Special emphasis placed on ability to understand and construct rigorous proofs.

Linear Algebra (3)
01:640:350:H1 Index #16017
Professor J. Lepowsky
By Permission: Department Staff
Prereqs: (01:640:250 and 01:640:250 and 01:640:300 and 01:640:244) or (01:640:250 and 01:640:250 and 01:640:300 and 01:640:252) or (01:640:250 and 01:640:250 and 01:640:300 and 01:640:292)

Continuation of 01:640:250. Abstract vector spaces and linear transformations, inner product spaces, diagonalization, and canonical forms. Possible additional topics: systems of ordinary differential equations and numerical techniques.

Mathematical Analysis II (3)
01:640:412:H1 Index #00300
Professor S. Chanillo
Prereq: 01:640:411

Rigorous analysis of the differential and integral calculus of one and several variables.

Abstract Algebra II (3)
01:640:452:H1 Index #04345
Professor L. Carbone
Prereq: 01:640:451
Rigorous study of abstract algebraic systems including groups, rings, and fields.


Concepts of Physics (3)
01:750:106:H1 Index #05401
Professor E. Halkiadakis

Concepts of physics and astronomy in their scientific, social, historical, and current technological context, with no mathematical problem-solving. How the physical universe works, from mechanics and the solar system to relativity, quantum behavior, and the Big Bang. Contributions of scientists from Aristotle, Galileo, and Newton through Einstein, Bohr and up to the present time.

Honors Physics II (3)
01:750:272:H1 Index #03085
01:750:272:H2 Index #03127
01:750:272:H4 Index #07575
01:750:272:H5 Index #11886
01:750:272:H6 Index #15928
01:750:272:H7 Index #19323
01:750:272:H8 Index #19324
01:750:272:H9 Index #19325
01:750:272:HA Index #24051
Professor K. Rabe – S. Salur
Prereq: 01:750:271

Introduction to classical physics, covering mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Classical Physics Lab (1)
01:750:276:H1 Index #03128
01:750:276:H2 Index #07247
01:750:276:H3 Index #03328
01:750:276:H4 Index #03086
01:750:276:H5 Index #04673
01:750:276:H6 Index #10628
01:750:276:H7 Index #19327
01:750:276:H8 Index #19328
01:750:276:H9 Index #19329
01:750:276:HA Index #19330
01:750:276:HB Index #19331
Professor G. Blumberg
Prereq: 01:750:271 or 01:750:275

Experiments in classical physics.


General Psychology (3)
01:830:101:H1 Index #06939
Professor G. Brill
01:830:101:H2 Index #14771
Professor M. Ingate

Survey of main areas of contemporary psychology.


Introduction to Sociology (3)
01:920:101:H1 Index #21652
Professor P. Mclean

Introduction to the systematic study of society and social behavior.


Introduction to the Study of Language (3)
01:940:261:H1 Index #08037
Professor J. Casillas
Special permission of department
CoReq/PreReq: 01:940:202 or 01:940:204

Review of the different aspects of language from the point of view of its internal organization, relationship with cognitive sciences, and relationship to the world.

Supply Chain Management

Introduction to Supply Chain Management (3)
33:799:301:H1 Index #07011
Professor D. Klepacki
Class Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Supply Chain Management (SCM) is a cross-functional discipline concerned with the movement of products, the use of business resources, the flow of information, and the deployment of services in the value chain.   In this introductory course to SCM, we provide students a comprehensive overview of the business processes, value creating activities, and best practices for a supply chain – from forecasting and demand management, to sourcing and procurement, to sales and operations planning, and through logistics (i.e., warehousing, distribution and transportation), out to the customer.

honors program offices

Nelson Biological Labs
Room A-110
P 848-445-3912
Milledoler Hall
Room 119
P 848-932-1406
College Hall
Room 306
P 848-932-2011
Lucy Stone Hall
Room A-201
P 848-445-3206