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.

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.

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#

New Summer Classes Added to Summer 2012!

3 new classes have been added to Summer 2012!

BIOL 172b – Growth Control and Cancer with Justin Dore
M, T, W, Th 9:00 – 10:50 AM
Summer Session I: May 29 to June 29, 2012
Requirements Fulfilled: sn
This course covers the fundamental rules of behavior of cells in multicellular organisms. We will examine cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern cell growth, and differentiation and survival in normal cells, as well as how this regulation is disrupted in cancer.

JOUR 89a – Contemporary Media: Internship and Analysis with Maura Jane Farrelly
Extended Summer Session: May 29 to August 3, 2012
Prerequisite: AMST 15a, 137b, or 138b
This course brings together students who are independently engaged in various media internships and provides an opportunity for them to exchange their experiences w

ith other students and to discuss and analyze related readings. Students will receive career guidance in the various communication fields and they will have an opportunity to practice job-hunting skills, such as resume and cover letter writing. Students who choose to satisfy the journalism minor’s internship option must take this course. Students should first contact Prof. Maura Jane Farrelly to discuss their proposed Internship, or for advice in finding an internship site.

HISP 104b – Peoples, Ideas, and Language of the Hispanic World with Jorge Arteta

M, T, Th 8:30 – 10:50 AM
Summer Session I: May 29 to June 29, 2012
Requirements Fulfilled: hum, fl
Prerequisite: 30-level Spanish course or equivalent.
This course offers an opportunity to expand the participants’ linguistic skills in Spanish while simultaneously deepening their understanding of Hispanic culture. The main theme of the course is the history and ideas that shape the Spanish-speaking world, from its peninsular origins to the realities of Spanish-speakers in the Americas, including the United States.

The following topics will be studied throughout the course:

  • Concepts of identity and culture
  • Religion and mythology in the course of history
  • Dynamics of nation formation
  • Hispanic peoples, ideas and languages in the USA

Pertinent vocabulary and complex grammar not mastered in previous courses will be studied, contextualized and applied during the course as appropriate. Please note that most of the study of grammar will be assigned to be done outside of class, as well as the course manual’s activities. Students will improve their listening skills, as well as develop new strategies to acquire new vocabulary and carry out the following functions in Spanish: narrating, describing, giving out advice and recommendations, comparing and contrasting, expressing opinions and providing valid arguments.

Registration is now open!

Check out all the summer course offerings at:

http://www.brandeis.edu/summer/courses/index.html

 

Brandeis Summer Students Studying on Campus

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.

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