Honors Program Courses
SPRING 2015*Non-Honors students with a 3.5 GPA are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a departmental override to register for an Honors course.
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|H CHEM 1220||Principles of Chemistry II||32272||Chemistry is the science of understanding how atoms and molecules rearrange themselves to transform one substance into another. In this class we will discover some of the magic of why reactions take place, how fast they occur, and how they reach equilibrium. We’ll discuss how metallurgy and explosives enabled the Industrial Revolution, and how electrochemistry underlies the current Information Revolution.||9:00-10:15||TR (Hybrid Class)||WB 111||Chuck Wight|
|H ENGL 2010||Nature Writing||31112||What is wilderness? Join us for an in-depth look at our world through the eyes of our nation’s best nature writers. Stroll through New England woods with Henry Thoreau, befriend a snake in Canyonlands with Edward Abbey, narrowly miss a bear attack on the Appalachian Trail with travel writer Bill Bryson, study a pond of lilies with poet Mary Oliver, and climb Yosemite’s heights with naturalist John Muir. Snowshoe and hike in Ogden’s foothills to experience wilderness for yourself.||12:00-1:15||TR||EH 304||Sunni Wilkinson|
|HNRS PS2030||Our Place in the Cosmos: Reflections on the Copernican Principle||30719||In this course, we will explore the historical ideas of our planet’s place in the Cosmos, from early ideas of a geocentric universe to modern ideas of cosmology and the multiverse. We will explore original writings from Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and others, as well as explore modern scientists view of the humanity’s place in the Cosmos, and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe.||9:30-10:20||MWF||SL 220||John Armstrong|
|HNRS LS2040||What a Plant Knows||30720||How do plants know up from down? How do they tell time? How can they tell if they have neighbors? How does a Venus flytrap know when to spring its trap? Daniel Chamovitz discusses the answers to these questions and more in his book What a Plant Knows. We will read this book and explore the primary research literature that it is based on.||9:00-10:15||TR||SL 421||Sue Harley|
|HNRS SS2050||Sci-Tech World: A vision of humanity through the lens of science and technology, past, present, and future||30721||This course will examine current and historical discussions of our scientifically and technologically constructed world. We will look at our “Sci-Tech World” through fiction, fact, history, politics, art, psychology, and more. Class participation, field trips, weird projects should be expected.||12:00-1:15||TR||LI 227||Dave Ferro, Eric Swedin, & Luke Fernandez|
|HNRS CA1530||Why Creativity Matters||30723||What does it mean to be creative, and how might creativity help us navigate the change from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age? In this class we will study and discuss creativity from a multitude of angles, including what aptitudes creative people have in common, regardless of their field. We will also engage in interdisciplinary, hands-on creative exercises, especially in the areas of design, music, drawing, and writing. No experience necessary!||10:30-11:20||MWF||BC 317||Catherine Zublin & Carey Campbell|
|HNRS HU1540||LGBT Identities & Popular Culture||30724||Navigating a diverse world can be both frightful and exhilarating. Enroll in this course to explore the intricacies of LGBT identities through the lens of film, television, and theater. Course work includes the analysis and discussion of LGBT language, history, and legal issues. This hybrid Tues./Thurs. course will meet in class on Tuesday. Thursday will be spent viewing online films and television shows and completing online discussion assignments.||10:30-11:45||TR
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|HNRS HU2010||The Art of Protest—The Protest of Art||30725||While some consider the primary purpose of literature, film, and music to be mere forms of entertainment, this class will examine the revolutionary potential of art to explore and expose issues related to social justice. The movies, paintings, literature, photographs, and music selected for the class have been chosen for their power to incite emotion, provoke thought, and instigate profound ethical questions.||9:00-10:15||TR||LI 231
|HNRS HU/DV2130A||Echoes of Religion and Shadows of Culture in Middle Eastern Women’s Literature||30726||This course explores the ways in which the cultural and religious doctrines and practices of sexual difference in the Middle East are reflected in women’s literature and film. The class periods will consist of thematic discussions based upon the assigned readings and films that will allow us to consider Middle Eastern women’s personal, social and ecclesiastical boundaries, and the impact of those cultural and religious constrictions on women’s perceptions of purpose and possibilities.||10:30-11:20||MWF||LI 227||Ryan Thomas|
|HNRS 3900||The Physics of Poetry and the Poetry of Physics: The Whys and Hows of Science and Literature||30727||We will explore what happens when science meets humanities, suggesting that the distance between soft science and hard science is not as great as we might think. Students will turn math into poetry and question how well literature represents science. Join us for movies about Darwin and aliens, a novel about a mad scientist, a comedy about statistics, and a graphic novel about a super-hero physicist.||9:00-10:15||TR||LI 227||Sally Shigley & Brad Carroll|
|HNRS 4990||Honors Senior Project||30729||TBA||TBA||LI 225||Judy Elsley|