Summer Courses Available Online!


Summer courses are now available online!  The wait is finally over, making this weekend the perfect time to think about enrolling in the Summer Program at Brandeis University.  The unique programs that our university has this summer will gladly facilitate the learning experience of your undergraduate careers.

http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/offerings.php

Let us know what you think and comment which class you are most looking forward to take!  Happy browsing!

Summer 2012, Welcome!

Summer is just around the corner and the sunshine beaming into the classrooms all over campus is just one of the many beauties of being in Waltham during the Summer.  When you find yourself in the library until 2am because of midterms over the next few weeks, please remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  For the graduating seniors, this light might mean their commencement ceremony, the real world, and/or continuing their education at a graduate school level.  For those of us that still have a few years left, I would strongly encourage everyone look into our summer program.  Summer 2012 means new opportunities.  Courses will be announced within the next few days, but in the meantime think about all the great benefits of enrolling in summer courses.

At the top of the class – Features – The Justice – Brandeis University

Once Upon A Time… There was a great article featuring the Films of Disney course! For those of you that could not enroll for this term, the course will be offered THIS summer! So now you can live happily ever after.

At the top of the class – Features – The Justice – Brandeis University.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As we find ourselves anxiety ridden from all of the midterms and papers that are due just a few days before the February break, we also find ourselves wondering what to do on this lovely Tuesday.  Why is this Tuesday so LOVE-ly?  Well… it’s Valentine’s Day!  For all of the lovers out there today, here is another Unofficial Brandeis Guide to Valentine’s Day.

Boys, this is your holiday to step it up.  Treat your girlfriend to SOMETHING.  There are so many things to do in the area, and if you want to keep it within your budget you can always make a quick stop to Hannaford, the BranVan goes right there!  Hannaford is really your one-stop-shop with flowers, chocolates, and stocked shelves with endless possibilities.

However, you know your relationship better than I do.  If your Valentine likes to keep things more casual, then surprise him or her with a movie and a bottle of champagne (sparkling cider for those under 21). And, who doesn’t like chocolates (points them!)?  If you forgot to buy flowers, you can always pick up balloons in the game room in Lower Usdan.

If you aren’t really feeling the whole movie and champagne idea, then check out the Stein.  They have great prices and can be paid using a meal plan!  We all know at least one person who says that their parents met/dated here.  Who’s to say that they didn’t go to the Stein back in the day?  Actually, who’s to say that the Stein was even around then?  Regardless, it’s definitely an option.

Oh wait, what about Boston!?  Boston is only a train ride away.  I know that I am personally guilty of not using the Commuter Rail as often as I could or should, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to venture off to the Middle-Sized Apple (Sorry, I’m a New Yorker).  Unfortunately, restaurants tend to be overbooked and prices are much more expensive knowing that their demands will be met.  Maybe make a whole evening out of it.  Walk around, but bundle up!

If Boston seems a little bit out of reach, then book two spots on the BranVan and head over to Marcellino (11 Cooper Street)!  This hidden gem is around the corner from Skellig.  It is an amazing Ristorante Italiano with so many choices on the menu, every one of them being just as delicious as the last.

Ladies, kick back and enjoy the rest of the day.  If you feel the need to do something for your man, you can make a quick run to Natick and pick up some cologne.  I would strongly recommend Bleu de Chanel, Burberry Touch, or Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme.  If you want to do something a little bit more personal, think about your boo’s interests.  Does he like music festivals?  Get him concert tickets or neon apparel. Does he like big teddy bears? Who doesn’t?!  Tip: Walgreens has many different sizes, all within budget!  If you want to put on your Julia Child apron, you can definitely bake some cookies.  Try something new, like a peanut butter heart on top of a sugar cookie.  It’s fun, creative, and it’ll make your heart melt (literally, let your cookies cool slightly before doing this!).

Better luck next time!
This is addressed to both of you!  Everyone loves cupcakes.  There’s no better way to anyone’s heart that a scrumptious Crumb’s Cupcake.  For next year, look into getting the 12-pack Gourmet Taste Pack or the 6-pack Signature Collection.

Most importantly:
Today should not be the only special day for you and your partner.  Be sure to always be nice, never start fights, and throw in a few surprises throughout the year.  It’s the perfect way to keep your relationship fun and exciting.  Enjoy the rest of your day and be safe!

Biology Curriculum Change

Attention Prospective Biology majors:

As many of you know, Biology is of one of the largest majors that is offered at Brandeis University.  The graduate school acceptance rates are so incredible that they attract “biophiliacs” from all over the world, literally.  Upon your arrival at Brandeis, you can immediately spot all of the Bio majors, usually by their heavy textbooks, 100 Carbonless Duplicate Paged Laboratory notebooks, and TI-80+ calculators.  These students came here for an understanding of fundamental and current biological knowledge in various areas, and nothing will stand in their way.

Some of you might be s little intimidated by the General Chemistry prerequisite, but fear not, Brandeis has adapted to the needs of its students and has provided alternatives!  Let’s just to take a few steps backwards, Biology is broken up into two sub sections, a bachelor’s degree of Arts and a bachelor’s degree of Science.  Both appear to require a year of General Chemistry before students decide to enroll in basic Biology courses.  Chemistry provides the foundation of Biology; however, if you have found that Chemistry is really not your forté, then read the following to learn how you can still get that degree in Biology:

1. Before you make any rash decisions, be sure to give Chemistry a chance during the shopping period.  It will definitely be helpful to sit in a Brandeis science class before embarking on more advanced courses.  If you seem to be leaning more towards dropping the course at the end of the shopping period, perhaps shop BIOL 15B Human Implications as well.

2.  If after the shopping period you feel that Chemistry is not for you, then talk to the professor and advisor to a second and third opinion.  The BIOL 15B course that was just mentioned is just one alternative for students that still want to pursue the Biology major.  It still satisfies the BIOL 22A/B prerequisite and you learn a lot on an introductory level.

3.  Perhaps you have taken AP Chemistry and/or AP Biology in high school, or a similar course, and you feel very confident in your science skills, then you should meet with your advisor and see what he or she thinks is the next best move for you.  Although the majority of students that enroll in BIOL 22A/B are sophomores, the course is open to exceptionally well-prepared first-year students.

After one has satisfied the core requirements for this major, students have the opportunity to pursue a specific field of interest or can continue to learn about the different biological courses and concepts that Brandeis has to offer.  In addition to the exceptional courses, these students also reserve the opportunity to participate in laboratory research and attend departmental colloquia.

Upon graduation, these Brandeis biology majors have many doors that open for them.  Depending on the courses that were taken and the individual’s interests, the student could pursue his or her graduate level education in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, and allied health professions.  The student can also elect to join the work force as a biological researcher.   Others may choose to combine their other majors and/or minors to go in a completely different direction post-undergrad like law school, business, or education.  The possibilities are endless.  For more information, please visit the Biology University Bulletin.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For those interested in furthering their education in graduate studies of medicine, dentistry, and/or veterinary medicine, be sure to research their requirements or recommended requirements before you decide to not take General Chemistry.  Many of these schools strongly recommend some sort of chemistry background as it will be helpful in your future studies.

If you want to get a jumpstart on your Biology major requirements, be sure to keep an eye out for Summer 2012 Courses!

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