Spring 2020 Honors Foundation Courses

HONS 152 Honors Biology II (Professor Brian Scholtens)
This is a course for Honors biology majors covering life and living systems.  It will emphasize the evolution, form and function of organisms.  It will introduce you to primary literature and give you practice evaluating this literature.  This course should help prepare you for upper level courses in organismic biology.

Co-requisite(s): HONS 152L.

HONS 156 Honors Geology II (Professor Erin Beutel)
An analysis and interpretation of the geologic and paleontologic record to better understand our planet’s 4.5 billion-years of history and the context for human existence within it. The course uses geological and paleontological methods to help the student appreciate scientific approaches to testing and verifying hypotheses.

Co-requisite(s): HONS 155L.

HONS 158 Honors Physics II (Professor Ana Oprisan)
A continuation of Honors Physics I. Topics covered are Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Relativity, Atomic Physics, Quantum Physics and Nuclear Physics. Lectures emphasize the application of these topics in interdisciplinary areas. Examples of interdisciplinary applications are electric potentials in biology and medicine, magnetic field in medicine, or optics and the biology of human vision and possibly visual arts.

Prerequisite(s): HONS 157/HONS 157L or PHYS 111/PHYS 111L, MATH 120, or permission of the instructor
Co-requisite(s): HONS 158L

HONS 160 Honors Astronomy II (Professor Ana Uribe)
A continuation of Honors Astronomy I. Subjects covered include: instruments used in astronomy, stars (binary, variable), star clusters, interstellar matter, galaxies and cosmology. A working knowledge of high school algebra is assumed.

Prerequisite(s): HONS 159 and HONS 159L. This course assumes a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.
Co-requisite(s): HONS 160L

HONS 165 Honors American Government (Professor Kendall Deas)
This course focuses on the institutions and processes that shape our American system of government. Students in this class will develop an essential understanding of American government and politics. The class will explore various aspects of the U.S. government including its institutions, the history and constitutional origins of those institutions, the laws and policies which govern our daily lives, and the political behaviors and attitudes of Americans. In addition to developing a knowledge of these important topics, students will gain an interest in contemporary political issues and events.

HONS 170 Honors Intro to Philosophy (Instructor Jennifer Baker)
A general introduction of philosophy, focused on an examination of problems in central areas of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.

Note: A student may not receive credit for both HONS 170 and PHIL 101.

HONS 192 Honors Organic Chemistry: Applications of Molecular Structure and Properties (Professor Tim Barker)
An introductory course utilizing theoretical principles and fundamental facts to form an understanding of the structure, characterization, properties and reactivities of organic compounds. Functional groups, fundamentals of reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopy are included.

Prerequisite(s): HONS 190 and HONS 190L with a grade of D+ or higher
Co-requisite(s): HONS 192L
Co-requisite(s) or Prerequisite(s): MATH 120 is recommended as a pre-or co-requisite.

HONS 210 Honors Business Law (Professor Roxane DeLaurell)
This course is designed to introduce students to the legal, ethical and regulatory environment of business. Students will focus on the laws of contract, property and torts once a foundation of the legal system is established. Analysis of ethical considerations in a business environment will strengthen the student’s ability to make critical decisions in the strategic arena of business.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

HONS 280 The Physics of Sound and Music (Professor Michael Larsen)
A multidisciplinary introduction to the science of sound (acoustics) including content from physics and music theory with a few selected topics from biology and psychology. Topics will include mechanical and electronic generation and propagation of sound; perception of sound; the acoustics of vocal and instrumental music; musical elements such as pitch, loudness, and timbre; and musical constructs such as scales, temperament, and harmony. Prior background knowledge of physics or music is not required, but helpful.

HONS 281 Intro to Southern Studies (Professor Julia Eichelberger)
This Honors course introduces students to major trends and transformations in the U.S. south and to multiple interpretations of the region’s distinctiveness and significance. After developing core knowledge of the region and ways it has been interpreted, students participate in southern studies by completing a research project of their own.

HONS 281 Intro to Theatre (Instructor TBD)
This Honors course introduces students to the history, literature, principles and techniques of the theatre. This course requires attendance at events and written critical responses, and is intended for non-majors.

*course offerings subject to change

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