Spring 2017 Science and Math Courses

Pre-Approved Science and Math Courses

View the list of CHC pre-approved science and math courses from across the university.


Spring 2017 HC 207H: 21st Century Science

Professor: James Schombert

4 credits

•  CRN 32578: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 08:30 – 09:50 @ LAWRENCE 222
•  *Required Lab: CRN 32579: Fridays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ WIL 13

The 21st century is positioned to be a turning point in scientific knowledge and technological progress. During this last century, our description of Nature has shifted from a static Cartesian-Newtonian view of a clockwork Universe to an expanding Universe ruled by chaos and complexity. This course will explore topics in three divisions of Nature; the macroscopic world, microscopic world, and cosmology. In addition, this course will serve as an introduction to the philosophy that we use to apply meaning to reality, such as reductionism, emergence, holism and creation.  Read More

Spring 2017 HC 209H: Natural Hazards and Disasters and their Social Impact

Professor: Ilya Bindeman & Elena Bogolyubova

4 credits

•  CRN 36234: Mondays & Wednesdays, 14:00 – 15:20 @ PLC 361

This course explains physical and geological aspects of natural disasters, such as volcanic eruption, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons with many examples around the globe, crossing countries of different economic levels of development. This course estimates human costs, economic and social vulnerability of different populations, and compares the readiness, the governmental response and recovery in both high and low-income countries. Read More

Spring 2017 HC 209H: Earthquakes

Professor: Eugene Humphreys

4 credits

•  CRN 36235: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:50 @ PLC 248

While earthquakes are both terrifying and awesome short-duration events, the understanding of what they are is a fascinating story of scientific discovery that is occurring still. In this class we will step through the evermore sophisticated observations and hypotheses to develop the ideas of what an earthquake is, why they occur, how seismic and tsunami waves propagate, and what is and is not (yet) predictable. Read More