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First Year Seminar

Spring 2007


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



FYS 101B  First Year Seminar (AH) Science Versus                  3 credits
          Religion: The Battle of Evolution                 

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A.      GFR:Meets      AH.      This
          interdisciplinary     course    aims    to
          illustrate    the    sheer    breadth   of
          disciplines  across  which  a  dialog  can
          occur   about  science  and  religion,  to
          introduce  historical  examples  of dialog
          that  challenge  dogma from  extremists of
          all  persuasions who preach oversimplified
          "either/or"  conflict,  and  to understand
          the  origin,  construction, and  impact of
          science and religion on society.
[2760] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (ACIV461)       FREELAND, S


FYS 101G  Political Rhetoric in the Media Age                     3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[8214] 0101 M..........4:30pm- 7:00pm (FA  221)       SCHALLER, T


FYS 102   First Year Seminar (SS) Sexuality, Health               3 credits
          and Human Rights                                  

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A.  GFR:Meets SS.   In this seminar,
          we  will  consider a  number of sexuality,
          health  and  human rights  questions: What
          are sexual rights? What is meant by sexual
          health?  How important  are sexual rights?
          What  characteristics of a society promote
          or     hinder    sexual    rights?    What
          responsibilities   are   tied   to  sexual
          rights?  To what extent  do Americans have
          sexual  rights? What  laws restrict sexual
          rights?
[2761] 0101 TuTh.......1:00pm- 2:15pm (PUP 203)       LOTTES, I


FYS 102A  First Year Seminar (SS) Investigating                   3 credits
          Everyday Problems and Their Current IT            

          Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A.  GFR:Meets  SS.   The  purpose of
          this   course  is  to  provide  first-year
          students with an opportunity to study some
          real-world   problems   and   to  see  how
          research  is carried out on those problems
          at  UMBC. This course  will concentrate on
          problems   currently   being   studied  by
          members  of the CSEE Department, but it is
          interdisciplinary  in  nature  since those
          problems    vary    in    subject   matter
          tremendously.
[7713] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (SOND206)       EVANS, S


FYS 103A  First Year Seminar (MS) Thinking With                   3 credits
          Visualization                                     

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          This  course  looks at  solving real-world
          problems    by    applying   visualization
          techniques  based  on the  workings of the
          human  perceptual  system.  Students  will
          analyze   the   effectiveness   of  visual
          representations  and  construct  their own
          visualizations,     strengthening    their
          abilities   to   explore,   evaluate,  and
          understand  large amounts  of quantitative
          data.  This course applies techniques from
          computer   science   to  application  case
          studies from several areas.
[2762] 0101 TuTh.......1:00pm- 2:15pm (ACIV015)       RHEINGANS, P


FYS 103B  First Year Seminar (MS) How We View the                 3 credits
          World: Living as Well-Informed & Engaged          

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          We   will   explore  the  ways  scientists
          evaluate  their work in order to come to a
          common   view   of  reality.  Current  and
          historical  examples of  conflicts between
          rational   and  irrational  approaches  to
          understanding    the    world    will   be
          investigated,    including    intellectual
          struggles during the Soviet era, causality
          and    treatment   of   AIDS,   government
          evaluation of birth control drugs, and the
          ongoing evolution debate.
[2763] 0101 TuTh.......2:30pm- 3:45pm (SOND205)       KARPEL, R


FYS 103C  First Year Seminar (MS) Computation as an               3 credits
          Experimental Tool                                 

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          The   goal  of  this  course  is  to  make
          students  comfortable  with  the  idea  of
          using  mathematical computation  as a tool
          towards  answering questions and embarking
          on  new  explorations.  We  will  begin by
          briefly  examining  this  phenomenon  in a
          historical  and philosophical  context and
          go  on  to  explore  questions  on various
          mathematical  principles,  using web-based
          computational  applets  and  simple Matlab
          programs.
[2764] 0101 MW.........5:30pm- 6:45pm (ACIV007)       SURI, M


FYS 103D  First Year Seminar (MS) GLOBAL WARMING                  3 credits

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          Students in this course will be challenged
          to  represent  and  refute  the scientific
          arguments    leading    to   our   current
          understanding  of the state-of-the-science
          and,  subsequently, examine the process by
          which  such scientific  information can be
          used to affect the making of public policy
          in regards to what is publicly known about
          global warming.
[7712] 0101 TuTh.......4:00pm- 5:15pm (MEYR256)       HOFF, R


FYS 104   First Year Seminar (C) Intercultural                    3 credits
          Exploration Through Film                          

(PermReq) Grade Method: REG
          GEP:N/A.   GFR:Meets  C.   Films  will  be
          grouped  into thematic  units that include
          The   Intercultural   Experience   of  the
          Immigrant    Family,   The   Intercultural
          Experience   in  Times  of  War,  and  The
          Intercultural   Experience   in  Times  of
          Peace.  Because  the films  themselves are
          the  core  materials of the  course, it is
          mandatory    to    attend    each   class,
          participate  in  discussions,  and  do the
          required reading for each session.
[2765] 0101 Th.........4:30pm- 7:00pm (ACIV219)       BELL, A


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