2020 Summer Session *Tentative* Course Offerings

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AMST120 HM – Hyphenated Americans

Instructor: Isabel Balseiro

This course focuses on the experience of immigrants in the United States and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds, as reflected in literature and critical theory. The course will weave together works that treat the lives of immigrants and minority groups in the United States with examinations of such contemporary issues as bilingual education, the conditions of migrant workers, and children as cultural and linguistic interpreters for their parents. The intentionally broad and interdisciplinary nature of the course will enable us to explore cultural identities, socioeconomic status, and gender-‐specific roles.

Prerequisite: None

BIOL048 HM – Science vs Pseudoscience

Instructor: Anna Ahn

The class will examine the process of science and contrast it with pseudoscience. Students will learn about the flaws in human thinking as we critically evaluate information and misinformation. Some major, biologically-relevant topics will be covered in more depth, such as placebo medicine and the anti-vaccine and anti-GMO movements. Additional pseudoscience topics will be determined by students, e.g., denialism, conspiracy theories, ESP, etc. The class will be taught from the perspective of a scientist.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM023A HM – Chemistry in the Modern World

Instructor: Adam Johnson

Chemistry plays an important role in addressing an array of global and societal challenges. This course examines contemporary applications of chemistry in such areas as energy, space exploration, and global climate change.

Prerequisite: None

CSCI005 HM – Introduction to Computer Science

Instructor: Zach Dodds

Introduction to elements of computer science. Students learn computational problem-solving techniques and gain experience with the design, implementa¬tion, testing, and documentation of programs in a high-level language. In addition, students learn to design digital devices, understand how computers operate, and learn to program in a small machine language. Students are also exposed to ideas in computability theory. The course also integrates societal and ethical issues related to computer science.

Prerequisite: None

ENGR086 HM – Materials Engineering

Instructor: Albert Dato

Introduction to the structure, properties, and processing of materials used in engineering applications. Topics include: material structure (bonding, crystalline and non-crystalline structures, imperfections); equilibrium microstructures; diffusion, nucleation, growth, kinetics, non-equilibrium processing; microstructure, properties and processing of: steel, ceramics, polymers and composites; creep and yield; fracture mechanics; and the selec­tion of materials and appropriate performance indices.

Prerequisites: CHEM023A HM & 023B HM, MATH030B/G HM, MATH040 HM, and PHYS024 HM, or equivalents (one year of general chemistry and one semester each of calculus, linear algebra, and mechanics, respectively.) High school students interested in taking the course should have completed AP-level coursework in chemistry, calculus, and physics (mechanics).

GEOG179B HM – Place, Power and Difference

Instructor: David Seitz

This course introduces students to key concepts in social and cultural geography, including space, place and scale, as well as the “cultural turn” that led human geographers to re-think their understanding of what power is and how it operates. The course investigates the difference that thinking geographically makes to the study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other relations of difference and power.

Prerequisite: None

HIST150 HM – Technology and Medicine

Instructor: Vivien Hamilton

This course explores the increasingly technological nature of medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, investigating the impact of new technologies on diagnostic practices, categories of disease, doctors’ professional identities, and patients’ understanding of their own bodies. Technologies studied include the stethoscope, electrotherapy devices, X-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.

Satisfies HMC HSA writing-intensive requirement. Course not open to high school students.

Prerequisite: None

MATH019 HM – Single and Multivariable Calculus


A comprehensive view of the theory and techniques of differential and integral calculus of a single variable together with a robust introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, infinite series, Taylor series in one and several variables, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, linear approximations, the gradient, directional derivatives and the Jacobian, optimization and the second derivative test, higher-order derivatives and Taylor approximations, line integrals, vector fields, curl, divergence, Green’s theorem, and an introduction to flux and surface integrals.

Prerequisite: None

MATH055 HM – Discrete Mathematics

Instructor: Dagan Karp

Topics include combinatorics (clever ways of counting things), number theory, and graph theory with an emphasis on creative problem solving and learning to read and write rigorous proofs. Possible applications include probability, analysis of algorithms, and cryptography.

Prerequisites: MATH030B/G HM (Calculus) or equivalent; MATH040 HM (Linear Algebra) or equivalent.

MATH171 HM – Abstract Algebra I

Instructor: Yesim Demiroglu

Groups, rings, fields, and additional topics. Topics in group theory include groups, subgroups, quotient groups, Lagrange’s theorem, symmetry groups, and the isomorphism theorems. Topics in Ring theory include Euclidean domains, PIDs, UFDs, fields, polynomial rings, ideal theory, and the isomorphism theorems.

Prerequisites: MATH040 HM or MATH073 HM and MATH055 HM or equivalent.

MATH 178 HM – Nonlinear Data Analytics

Instructor: Weiqing Gu

In this course, we will cover analysis of nonlinear large dynamic data including but not limited from auto cars, cell phones, robots, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). We will start with visualizing such data using geometric methods. We then will represent such data in certain configuration spaces to capture the intrinsic non-linear relationship in the data. (For example, UAVs’ data including accelerometer and gyroscope data, obeys nonlinear kinematics and dynamics relationships, a curved 3-D sphere S3 can capture their rotations when we use unit quaternion representations. A traditional statistical correlation matrix cannot capture those nonlinear relations since a correlation matrix only captures linear relationships in the data.) We will then cover more advanced geometric data analysis techniques including nonlinear Riemannian (non-Euclidean) distances for modeling such big data problems (e.g. used for building a cost function). We will also demonstrate how to perform optimization techniques on such curved configuration spaces by extending optimization methods such as gradient descent and Newton’s method to such curved spaces. Finally, we will apply our learned techniques to solve real-world problems involving big nonlinear dynamic data.

Prerequisite: CSCI070 HM and (CSCI140 HM, or MATH131 HM, or MATH157 HM) or equivalent.

MUS118 HM – Music in the United States

Instructor: Chuck Kamm

A survey of the history and development of music in the United States, this course will examine the diverse musical cultures and traditions, including European, African, Latin American, Native American, Asian, and others that have come to this country and have influenced the works of musicians and composers in the United States. Musical examples from American popular culture (jazz, rock, country, and pop), from religious services and practices of various denominations and sects, from ethnic groups and folk cultures within the United States, and from art music in the United States will be studied as expressions of important concerns and values in our society, and as influences on music in other countries as well.

Prerequisite: None

PHYS051 HM – Electromagnetic Theory and Optics

Instructor: Tom Donnelly

An introduction to electricity and magnetism leading to Maxwell’s elec¬tromagnetic equations in differential and integral form. Selected topics in classical and quantum optics.

Prerequisite: PHYS023 HM and PHYS024 HM or equivalent.

PSYC179I HM – Psychology of Human Sexuality

Instructor: Leah Manning

Human sexuality is composed of animal instincts, anatomical details of sexual engagement, reproduction, needs for intimacy, sexual identities, and concerns with health and wellbeing. There are an enormous variety of ways humans express sexuality within social and cultural contexts and among individuals. The purpose of this course is to explore the different aspects and variations of sexuality in human lives.

Prerequisite: None

RLST113 HM – God, Darwin, Design in America

Instructor: Erika Dyson

Course examines the relationships between science and religion in the United States from the early 19th century to the present. Starting with the Natural Theologians, who made science the “handmaid of theology” in the early Republic, we will move forward in time through the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Andrew Dickson White’s subsequent declaration of a war between science and religion, into the 20th century with the Scopes trial and the rise of Creationism, the evolutionary synthesis, and finally the recent debates over the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools.

Satisfies HMC HSA writing-intensive requirement.

Prerequisite: None

STS010 HM – Introduction to Science, Technology and Society

Instructor: Marianne DeLaet

An introduction to the interactions among science, technology, and society. Examines the different concepts of rationality and the values that underlie scientific and technological endeavors as well as the centrality of value conflict in technological controversies.

Prerequisite: None