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Course DescriptionsESF Summer Semester 2019

Registration for Summer 2019 begins on February 4

Course Number Section Course Credits Location Session Description
* APM 104 TBD College Algebra and Precalculus 3 Online Combined Summer Session

Elements of analytic geometry. Emphasis on the concepts of polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry and trigonometric functions and their application to design and life and management sciences.

Prerequisites: Three years of high school mathematics.

Note: although this course is scheduled for 12 weeks, students may, once they begin the course on May 20, accelerate their progress and complete the course at any time, but no later than August 9.

Textbook: Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus. Stewart, 6th ed.

* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

 

 

* APM 105 TBD Survey of Calculus and its Applications I 4 Online Combined Summer Session

Introduction to calculus for students in the life and management sciences. Elements of analytic geometry, functions and their graphs, with an emphasis on the concepts of limits, and differentiation techniques for algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions and their application to economics and the life and management sciences. Some multivariable calculus including constrained optimization.

Prerequisites: Precalculus or 3.5 years of high school mathematics.

Note: although this course is scheduled for 12 weeks, students may, once they begin the course on May 20, accelerate their progress and complete the course at any time, but no later than August 9. Drop and add deadlines, as linked below, must be adhered to. Credit will not be granted for APM 105 after successful completion of MAT 284, MAT 285, or MAT 295 at SU.

Textbook: Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach. Larson, 8th edition

* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

* APM 391 TBD Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 ESF Campus TBD May 13 - May 31

Introduction to concepts and methods of statistics as applied to problems in environmental science and forestry. Topics include inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing), sampling distributions, descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, comparison of population means and proportions, categorical data analysis, regression and correlation, and nonparametric methods. 

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: ISBN# 978-1-4652-8863-9 Introductory Statistics for Environmental Sciences

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Friday, May 31, 2019

* Course meets the SUNY General Education requirement for Mathematics.

BPE 510 TBD Introduction to Polymer Coatings 3 Online May 13 - July 26

Fundamental science of polymerization and film formation for a wide class of organic coatings, including acrylics, latexes, polyesters, amino resins, epoxies, alkyds, and silicon derivatives as well as the integration of appropriate binders and additives affecting coating quality. Reaction chemistries and their distinguishing characteristics for several cross-linking agents. Reaction kinetics are considered with emphasis on the influence of conditions during synthesis. Various organic coatings are compared based on desired mechanical and optical properties along with specific applications. The nature of defects and the resulting effect on product lifetime of coatings are examined.

Prerequisites: B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Textbook: ISBN 9780471698067 Organic Coatings: Science and Technology. Wicks, Jones, Pappas and Wicks, 3rd Ed. Wiley-Interscience, 2007

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop: Monday, June 3, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Monday, July 22, 2019

BPE 536 TBD Radiation curing of Polymer Technologies 3 Online May 13 - July 26

Broad treatment of development and use of radiation curing of polymer technologies as they apply to industry-related roles such as chemists, engineers, technicians, and managers. Properties and development of free-radical and cationic systems initiated by various radiation sources. Chemical and physical underpinnings of common radiation curable materials and mechanisms. Analysis techniques that monitor the cure reaction and the properties of cured material. Emphasis on the considerations and challenges in common applications of radiation curable polymer systems and associated costs, regulatory, and safety considerations.

Prerequisites: B.S. from an accredited institution with at least one semester of organic chemistry or permission of instructor.

Textbook: None

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop: Monday, June 3, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Monday, July 22, 2019

EFB 200 TBD Physics of Life 3 Online Summer Session 2

Introduction to basic principles of physics from a perspective of biological function, structure and adaptation.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: None

EFB 307 TBD Principles of Genetics 3 Online May 13 - June 14

A general course covering concepts of genetics and evolution basic to upper-division biology and biochemistry courses. Includes the inheritance and analysis of Mendelian and quantitative traits, the chemical nature of the gene and its action, genetic engineering, the genetic structure of populations and their evolution. Numerical methods for characterizing and analyzing genetic data are introduced.

Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology.

Textbook: Concepts of Genetics by Klug, 10th edition, (Electronic or Hard copy); The Red Queen by Matt Ridley; Required online access: Mastering Genetics.

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

Deadlines:

Last day to add: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, May 20, 2019

Last day to drop: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, June 3, 2019

Last day to withdraw with penalty: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

EFB 462 TBD Animal Physiology 3 Online Summer Session 1

An introduction to the physiology of adaptation to the physical and biotic environments, including animal energetics, biology of body size and physiological constraints on animal life history.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: None

EFB 480 TBD Principles of Animal Behavior 4 Online Summer Session 1

Basic principles of animal behavior and the scientific process. Proximate and ultimate mechanisms controlling the behavior of animals including humans, with an emphasis on evolution.

Prerequisites: A full year of introductory biology.

Textbook: [Required] Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach (8th edition or later) by Alcock; [Suggested] An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (any edition) by Davies and Krebs.

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures, recitations, and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Requires time spent outside of scheduled meetings developing an animal behavior experiment. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

EFB 496 TBD Tropical Conservation Biology 3 Online June 24 - July 26

As an introduction to the discipline of conservation biology, the course seeks to demonstrate how basic biological science can be integrated with social, economic and political perspectives to achieve the goals of biological conservation. Several core themes that will be covered in a series of video lectures, online discussions and readings, including: biodiversity - distribution, value and measurement; global threats to biodiversity; philosophy, tools and applications; and tropical conservation problems and solutions.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: All readings provided by instructor in PDF format.

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

  • Deadlines:

    Last day to add: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Last day to drop with 100% refund: Monday, July 1, 2019

    Last day to drop: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    Last day to withdraw without penalty: Monday, July 15, 2019

    Last day to withdraw with penalty: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

EFB 496 TBD Principles of Evolution 3 Online Summer Session 2

An introduction to the fundamental processes driving evolution (Genetic drift, gene flow, mutation, sexual selection, and natural selection), the evolution of life-histories, trade-offs, and phenotypic plasticity. Macroevolutionary concepts covered include speciation, extinction, co-evolution, and the reconstruction of phylogenies.

Prerequisites: EFB 307 and EFB 320, or equivalents

Textbook: [Required] Evolution. Futuyma, Douglas J. and Mark Kirkpatrick, 4th Ed. 2017; [Required] Why Evolution is True. Coyne, Jerry, 2009, Penguin. (Dr. Coyne asks that you actuall purchase the book rather than downloading it illegally)

Note: This is an online course with online video lectures and virtual classroom discussions scheduled each week (Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 9:00 am). Homework, quizzes, and exams will be administered online. Contact instructor, Dr. Helenbrook (wdhelenb@syr.edu) for further details.

EFB 496 / EFB 696 TBD Flora of Central New York 3 ESF campus TBD and field Maymester

Field identification and ecology of spring flowering vascular plants, woody plants, ferns and fern allies. We will visit several high quality natural areas in Onondaga County and nearby counties. At least one class session will be devoted to the identification of gaminoids and other challenging plant groups in lab. Field trips often involve extended hikes over rough terrain. Prior completion of a course that included plant identification is strongly recommended.

Additional Fees: Additional fee of $40.00 for transportation applies (in addition to tuition)

Prerequisites: None, but note reccomendation in course description above.

* EST 221 TBD Introduction to American Government 3 Online Maymester

Describes American political system and its roles and functions in society. Examines how political processes change over time, including the role of rhetoric and argumentation in policy development. Explores critical analysis of political phenomena.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: (2017). We the People by Ginsberg, Lowi, Tolbert, & Weir. 11th CORE edition ebook. Norton. ISBN 9780393630541. Available at http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294993780

 

Deadlines

*Course meets the SUNY General Education Requirements for Social Sciences.