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Use the Make an Advising Appointment button, above, to schedule your own advising appointments. All advisors are skilled in the many majors and tracks LSA Honors students pursue. If you have a regular advisor, you may seek by the name, or you may seek appointment availability by date, day, or time. 

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Honors Core Curriculum for Winter 2020

Use the links below to read the full LSA Course Guide description of each course. 

Honors 222.001 / Are We Alone? (NS, QR/2)

Instructor:  Eric Bell

Honors 230.001 / The Corporation (SS)

Instructor:  Matthew Hull

Honors 230.010 / Violent Environments, Oil, Development, and the Discourse of Power (SS)

Instructor:  Omolade Adunbi

Honors 232.001 / The Anthropocene (NS)

Instructor:  Anne McNeil

Honors 241.001 / The Fall and Rise of American Empire (RE, HU, FYWR)

Instructor:  Sandra Gunning

Honors Mini-Courses for First-Year Students for Winter 2020

No scheduled mini-courses.

Honors Seminars for Winter 2020

Honors 251.001 / The Symphonic Century:  Music and Revolution in the 19th Century (HU)

Meets together with RCHUMS 356.001

Instructor:  Naomi Andre

Departmental Honors Courses for Winter 2020

By selecting Honors under Special Offerings in the LSA Course Guide, students will find a fairly comprehensive list of Honors courses available for the term. Depending on course coding used by the department, you may find other courses throughout a search, but this is a great start in planning your schedule.

ANTHRARC 258 – Honors Seminar in Anthropological Archaeology
Section: 001 LSA HNRS Madagascar: A Different Universe
Instructor: Henry Wright
Madagascar, an isolated mini-continent in the Indian Ocean, has been viewed by scholars as a laboratory for the study of the diversification of both biological species and cultures. Understandably, many Malagasy -- the inhabitants of Madagascar-- resent this characterization of themselves as objects. Their ancestors first settled on the shores of Madagascar before AD 500, and have elaborated a unique synthesis of Indonesian, South Asian, Near Eastern and African elements which needs to be understood appreciated in its own terms. The seminar will cover begin with an introduction to Madagascar today, its diverse environments, ethnic groups, dialects, music, religions, and recent history. Then we will enter the world of 180 million years ago, introducing the geology, climate, and unusual biology of this isolated land mass. We will then turn to the work of paleo-ecologists and archaeologists on the problem of Madagascar’s initial colonization by people and the spread of human populations in the great island's many environments. The seminar members will then consider the economic and political development, and political ideologies of each of Madagascar’s regions. Finally, seminar members will turn to Madagascar’s colonization by the French, the sanguinary uprising of 1947, independence, and the political and social developments. There is one session per week. There is no required textbook but some participants may want to acquire The NATURAL HISTORY of MADAGASCAR, Ed. By Steven Goodman and Jonathan Benstead (University of Chicago Press Paperback @ $50). There will be frequent in-class handouts, and an electronic course pack.

ANTHRCUL 258 – Honors Seminar in Anthropology
Section: 001 For sophomores  Culture and Medicine
Instructor: Holly Peters-Golden
In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which health and illness are both constructed out of, and interpreted within, cultural settings. Focusing on Western biomedicine, we will discuss a broad range of illness experiences - from schizophrenia to cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder to asthma, Tourette's to Alzheimer's, among others - to address a number of questions currently central to medical anthropology. Topics may include (but will not be limited to) the meaning and alteration of self and personhood in illness; the ways in which medical knowledge is produced and imagined, the culture of science and technology, immunity and risk, illness narrative, and social and historical views of the body.

BIOLOGY 171 – Introductory Biology: Ecology and Evolution (NS)
Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 200, 201 (DIS)
Instructor: Josephine Kurdziel
BIOLOGY 171 is a one-term course in ecology and evolutionary biology that, together with BIOLOGY 172 and 173, collectively form the introductory biology course unit.
The primary aims of BIOLOGY 171 are:
1. to provide factual and conceptual knowledge concerning the origin and complex interactions of the Earth's biodiversity
2. to give an integrated overview of biological organization including genes, individuals, kin groups, populations, species, communities, and ecosystems
3. to engage with biological hypotheses dealing with prominent current issues such as human evolutionary origins, emerging diseases, conservation biology and global change
4. to develop critical-thinking and writing skills.
Topics in BIOLOGY 171 are divided among three primary areas:
• Mendelian genetics and evolutionary processes
• Biodiversity, organismal biology
• Ecology

BIOLOGY 172 – Introductory Biology – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental (NS)
Section: 002, 004 (LEC), Sec 200, 201 (DIS)
Instructor: Steven Clark, Lyle Simmons
BIOLOGY 172 is a one-term course in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology that, together with BIOLOGY 171 and 173, collectively forms the introductory biology course sequence.
The aims of BIOLOGY 172 are:
• to provide factual and conceptual knowledge of how cells, organs, and organisms work; and
• to develop scientific hypothesis-testing and critical-thinking skills.

CHEM 215 – Structure and Reactivity II (NS)*
Section: 200 (LEC) LSA HNRS
Instructor: John Montgomery
Students get further practice in applying the major concepts of chemistry to predicting the physical and chemical properties of organic compounds, including macromolecules, both synthetic and biological.
To be taken with CHEM 216

*Two ways to receive Honors credit in CHEM 215
1. Elect any CHEM 215 section and join an Honors Structured Study Group (SSG). (3 Honors engagement points)
2. Elect Honors CHEM 215 AND Honors CHEM 216 AND join an Honors SSG. (5 Honors engagement points)


CHEM 216 – Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Compounds (NS)
Section: 200 (LEC), 210, 211, 220, 230, 231, 250 (LAB) LSA HNRS
Instructor: Alexander Poniatowski
CHEM 216 builds on the experimental approach started in CHEM 211. Students participate in planning exactly what they are going to do in the laboratory by being given general goals and directions that have to be adapted to fit the specific project they will be working on. They use microscale equipment, which requires them to develop manual dexterity and care in working in the laboratory. They also evaluate the results of their experiments by checking for identity and purity using various chromatographic and spectroscopic methods.
NOTE: Students should elect both CHEM 215 (for 3 credits) and CHEM 216 (for 2 credits).

Honors option for CHEM 230 and CHEM 260–Compute to Learn

GEOG 145 - Introduction to International Studies (SS)
Section: 001 (LEC), 003 (DIS) LSA HNRS
Crosslisted with INTLSTD 101

INTLSTD 101 – Introduction to International Studies (SS)
Crosslisted with GEOG 145
Section: 001 (LEC), 003 (DIS) LSA HNRS
Instructor: Anthony Marcum
International Studies concerns the intersection of multiple disciplines to understand and address the various problems confronting the world today. As the globe grows more interdependent, we increasingly must acknowledge that no border - political, economic, or cultural - will contain or solve issues such as uneven development, environmental degradation, gender inequality, or the spread of deadly diseases. The purpose of this course, then, is to orientate students towards understanding the interconnections across a variety of disciplines and learning how to approach problem-solving in a highly interdependent world.
The course has three (3) overarching themes to unify the disciplines and to begin a conversation on how to understand their intersection. First, we must recognize the conceptual and practical interconnections across the disciplines, ranging from History, Political Science, Human Rights, Economics, Global Health, and Anthropology. Second, the theories and concepts must be grounded in events, actions, and consequences as they emerge in the world. Finally, we learn about the concepts and the examples to arrive at the heart of IS: being solution-oriented in addressing global issues.
Honors:
Students in the Honors section of INTLSTD 101 will have discussions with the primary instructor for the course. These discussions will address special topics that build on material covered in lectures and enable the students to explore key topics of international significance in more depth. Students in the Honors section will also write a longer paper and make one short presentation to their group.

LATIN 231 – Roman Kings and Emperors
Section: 001, 002, 003
Instructor: Gina Soter
This course is a continuation of LATIN 193, a beginning language course which will have covered, by the end of the Fall term, the essentials of Latin morphology and syntax, with some experience in reading continuous Latin prose. The second term of this introductory sequence will continue the reading of Latin with extended selections from both prose and poetry. Through readings and discussion students will be introduced to significant aspects of Roman history and culture. Learning will be enhanced by oral activities.

MATH 176 – Explorations in Calculus (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001 Explorations in Topology and Analysis
Instructor: Anna Weigandt
This course is an Inquiry-Based version of Honors Calculus I and II (such as Math 185/186) and provides the necessary preparation for Multivariable Calculus (Math 215 or the honors version, Math 285). A student who has had some exposure to calculus (e.g., AB or BC in high school, or Math 115) will be well-prepared for this course. The majority of class time will be spent working in groups and presenting ideas and solutions to problems.

MATH 186 – Honors Calculus II (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
Instructor: James Heffers
Most students take calculus in high school, and it may seem that there isn't much new to learn. The goal of this course is to develop the familiar concepts of calculus using a more rigorous and theoretical approach. In particular, with its emphasis on how to use appropriate mathematical language, this course lays a solid foundation for future math courses, and is suitable for students intending to pursue a major in mathematics, science, or engineering who desire a more complete understanding of the underpinnings of calculus. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program. This course is a continuation of Math 185.

MATH 285 – Honors Multivariable and Vector Calculus (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 002
Instructor: Hanliang Guo
The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 286 – Honors Differential Equations (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
Instructor: Lyudmyla Barannyk
The sequence Math 185-186-285-286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors Program.

MATH 296 – Honors Mathematics II (QR/1)Section: 001
Instructor: Sarah Koch
Math 295-296-395-396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors calculus sequence. The emphasis is on concepts, problem solving, as well as the underlying theory and proofs of important results. It provides an excellent background for advanced courses in mathematics. The expected background is high school trigonometry and algebra (previous calculus is not required, but is helpful.) This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LSA Honors program. Math 295 and 296 may be substituted for any Math 451 requirement. Math 296 and 395 may be substituted for any Math 217 requirement.

MATH 297 – An Introduction to Analysis (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001
Instructor: Scott Schneider
This is a course in analysis for students who know how to write rigorous mathematical arguments and possess a firm understanding of the standard concepts of linear algebra. It is specifically designed for students who excelled in Math 217, love mathematics, and wish to transition into the Honors Analysis Sequence.

For more information on Math courses, please visit Department of Mathematics webpage.

PHYSICS 160 – Honors Physics I (NS, QR/1)
Section: 001
PHYSICS 160 covers the fundamental principles of mechanics using a modern perspective. It emphasizes the applicability of these laws in systems ranging from binary stars to nuclear collisions. This class will be different, and more interesting, than any physics course you have taken yet.
The goals of the course are:
1. Application of fundamental principles to a wide range of systems, i.e., from nuclei to stars (unify mechanics)
2. Integrate contemporary physics (atomic models of matter, relativistic dynamics)
3. Engage students in physical modeling (idealization, approximation, assumptions, estimation)
4. Integrate computational physics (now a partner of theory and experiment) into problem solving

PHYSICS 161 – Honors Introductory Mechanics Lab (NS)
Section: 001
PHYSICS 161 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 160.
This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms.

PHYSICS 260 – Honors Physics II (NS, QR/1)
Section: 001
Instructor: Camille Avestruz
PHYSICS 260 is a continuation of PHYSICS 160 and introduces the theory of electromagnetic phenomena. This course will introduce you to:
1. The deeper physical meaning of the concepts
2. A rigorous mathematical approach, using vector calculus when applicable
3. Problem solving including computer use
4. Contemporary applications
If you like physics and math, appreciate the deeper meaning and derivation of concepts and equations, and if you like to do problems, you are in the right course.

PHYSICS 261 – Honors Electricity and Magnetism Lab (NS)
Section: 001, 002
PHYSICS 261 is a three-hour weekly laboratory designed to accompany PHYSICS 260. This lab introduces students to the core concepts of physics, namely careful observations, both quantitative and qualitative, followed by comparison with appropriate mathematical models that serve as the basis for descriptive interpretation. Course material is focused on developing a good understanding of the concepts and principles of Newtonian mechanics while providing sophisticated experiments for demonstrating the validity of these fundamental paradigms. The analytical techniques require high school level algebra and some familiarity with statistical measures of significance, procedures common to any scientific, technical, or medical area of inquiry. Although not an academic requirement, it is assumed that the students will have some basic skills in using a computer at the level of a word processing program or similar application task.

STATS 280 – Honors Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (MSA, QR/1)
Section: 001 (LEC) 002,003 (LAB)
STATS 280 will provide in-depth discussion of models and methods that are appropriate to specific situations, criteria for selecting among them, their strengths and weaknesses and their conceptual footing. Interactive learning will be emphasized in lectures and the laboratory module. During the lab, students will learn to use modern statistical software for visualization and data analysis, and carry out the computational parts of lab assignments.
STATS 280 includes derivations of basic statistical results such as expected values and sampling variances using techniques from pre-calculus mathematics. Students will also be expected to master quantitative relationships such as scaling relationships between variances, sample sizes, and standard errors
Definition and summary of univariate and bivariate data, distributions, correlation, and associated visualization techniques; randomization in comparative studies and in survey sampling; basic probability calculus, including conditional probabilities, concept of random variables and their properties; sampling distributions and the central limit theorem; statistical inference, including hypothesis tests, confidence intervals; one sample and two sample problems with binary and continuous data, including nonparametric procedures; analysis of variance; simple and bivariate regression; simple design of experiments; chisquare and rank-based tests for association and independence.

 

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