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Course Preview: Mathematics

MATH 15a – Applied Linear Algebra

Typically this course is taken after a student has completed Techniques of Calculus A/B.  If you were able to receive credit from AP Calculus AB/BC, then you may have enrolled in this class without taking any mathematics course at Brandeis.  Assuming that you are hoping to pursue some sort of major or minor in Mathematics if you intend on taking this course, feel free to browse through the department’s website. If you are having difficulty planning additional courses in this department, email a professor or UDR.  There are many resources that are available, so use them!

This course will focus on matrices, determinants, linear equations, vector spaces, eigenvalues, quadratic forms, linear programming, and more!  Emphasis will be placed on techniques and applications.

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Summer Humanities Program

Humanities, being reason and imagination, is an opportunity to explore many aspects of the world that we may not have been familiar with beforehand.  It allows us to answer questions and understand concepts from our ever-changing surroundings.  To learn more about why you should enroll in a Humanities Class this summer, please read the 5 benefits listed below:

1.  Understanding Change.  The world around us is constantly changing and in order to get the fullest understanding of everything, we first need to learn more about our past and present to figure out how to deal and manage things for our unknown future.

2.  Real People.  We are a world made up of unique individuals that cannot necessarily be listed as plots on a graph or numbers on a spreadsheet.  Each person has his or her own genetic and cultural make up.  In Humanities, people and cultures are viewed at a more personal and understanding level.  Classrooms are no longer boring lectures, but relatable learning material that is interesting, fun, and exciting!

3.  Skills.  Important skills that are necessary for doing well in Humanities courses are just as important in the real world.  Doctors, Lawyers, and other professions are continuously looking for people that can read other people and not just analyze the data given to them on a piece of paper.  If one can think analytically and critically in conjunction with analyzing the human being or group, he or she will be very successful in the job field.  Humanities courses also teach people how to express one’s self verbally and in writing in an informative and interesting way.  Overall, these courses will be extremely helpful in the long run.

4. Working together.  If your sharing and team-oriented skills were not fully shaped in kindergarden, elementary school, or during summer camp, then have no fear, because Humanities courses are here!  As long as you keep an open mind and are ready to learn the new, important skills that these courses have to offer, you will be successful in absorbing everything.

5.  Meeting new people.  If you know how to meet new people and how to handle different situations, not only will you be a huge hit at parties, but you will also have the confidence that could be quite beneficial when networking for your career.

So enroll in a Humanities course today and let literature, philosophy, and the professors shape your mind for your future.

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Introductory Biology 15b

BIOL 15b is one of the more basic biology courses that fulfills the science requirement. Often you’ll see non-science majors in the lecture hall alongside those newly embarking on a science concentration.  This class touches on many of the same concepts found in the AP Biology curriculum, which explains why the registrar recommends against taking this course if you have taken AP Bio.  Because there is a lot of material to cover, it is important that you remain focus throughout the session and try to absorb as much of it as possible.  If you are taking this course with the intention of enrolling in BIOL 22a/b in the future, this course will provide an excellent foundation for those future courses.  Be sure to save your notes and lectures, perhaps they will be useful in semesters to come!

Course Tuition: $2,236 plus a nonrefundable, once per summer $50 registration fee.
http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/offerings.php?sessionid=0&programid=25#

Benefits: Science

If you are familiar with the pre-med students that enroll in Brandeis, then you are aware of the rigorous courses and structure that is set out for them.  Nearly every semester has one or two courses dedicated to completing a Major requirement in Life Sciences in order to graduate on time.

As a part of the Brandeis community, I am extremely proud of the Medical School Statistics that we are able to provide on our pamphlets every year, and these intensive Life Science Programs are what provide for these statistics.  If you find yourself in that group of people that consider Gerstenzang, or the G-Zang, as your second home then you understand that the structure that is provided for on the Biology Website is needed in order to receive the best possible grades possible for this degree.

If you are considering going abroad, then this can also put a stress on the full-proof plan.  And if you are considering an additional major or minor, which many Brandeis students do choose, then the burden is going to only get more burdensome.  To relieve some stress and some structure-overload, the Brandeis Summer Program offers many courses that go towards your science major.

General Chemistry and its Laboratory supplement are both available.  Unfortunately, Biology Lab is not available any given summer because the experiments require more time than is provided for within a summer module, or even the extended program.  Either way, there are a handful of courses that will stimulate your learning experience as well as facilitate any other interests that you might have outside of the sciences.