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Course Offerings

The following courses are available to students who are enrolled in the Sustainable by Design Residential Academic Program (SbD RAP) at the Williams Village North Residence Hall.  These courses allow participants to gain skills that are applicable across disciplines.  We encourage students to take as many of the courses as possible, to make the most of the time in the program and in the community of the RAP.  The one year RAP program fee covers participation in any/all RAP courses and all events and field trips.

Fall 2016

SUST 2800

This one credit seminar course is required for all students enrolled in the Sustainable by Design RAP and provides an introduction to sustainablity. HSS credit for all engineering students.

COEN 1410 Design for Sustinable Communities

The course allows multidisciplinary teams to work creatively to develop prototypes and design that help make communities more sustainable. This course focuses on the design process incorporating empathy, ideation, low-resolution prototyping, testing, and improving. This course is equivalent to first year engineering projects (GEEN 1400, COEN 1400) and serves as an elective for non-engineering majors.

APPM 1350 Calculus I For Engineers

Topics in analytical geometry and calculus including limits, rates of change of functions, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of differentiations and integration.  Note:  COEN 1350, a 1-credit lab, is available for students who would like more practice working calculus problems in a group learning environment. Requires prerequisite course of APPM 1235 or MATH 1021 or MATH 1150 or an ALEKS math score or 76% or greater.  Students with credit in APPM 1350 may not receive credit for MATH 1080, 1081, 1090, 1100, 1300, 1310, or ECON 1088.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum:  quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills.

 

Additional Historical Course Examples

Spring 2016

COEN 1410 Design for Sustinable Communities

The course allows multidisciplinary teams to work creatively to develop prototypes and design that help make communities more sustainable. This course focuses on the design process incorporating empathy, ideation, low-resolution prototyping, testing, and improving. This course is equivalent to first year engineering projects (GEEN 1400, COEN 1400) and serves as an elective for non-engineering majors.

APPM 1350 & 1360 Calculus I & II For Engineers

APPM 1350: Topics in analytical geometry and calculus including limits, rates of change of functions, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of differentiations and integration.  Note:  COEN 1350, a 1-credit lab, is available for students who would like more practice working calculus problems in a group learning environment. Requires prerequisite course of APPM 1235 or MATH 1021 or MATH 1150 or an ALEKS math score or 76% or greater.  Students with credit in APPM 1350 may not receive credit for MATH 1080, 1081, 1090, 1100, 1300, 1310, or ECON 1088.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum:  quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills.

APPM 1360: Continuation of APPM 1350. Focuses on applications of the definite integral, methods of integration, improper integrals, Taylor's theorem, and infinite series. Prereqs., APPM 1350 or MATH 1300 (min. grade C-). Credit not granted for this course and MATH 2300.

 

Fall 2015

SUST 2800

This one credit seminar course is required for all students enrolled in the Sustainable by Design RAP and provides an introduction to sustainablity.

COEN 1410 Design for Sustinable Communities

The course allows multidisciplinary teams to work creatively to develop prototypes and design that help make communities more sustainable. This course focuses on the design process incorporating empathy, ideation, low-resolution prototyping, testing, and improving. This course is equivalent to first year engineering projects (GEEN 1400, COEN 1400) and serves as an elective for non-engineering majors.

APPM 1350 Calculus I For Engineers

Topics in analytical geometry and calculus including limits, rates of change of functions, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of differentiations and integration.  Note:  COEN 1350, a 1-credit lab, is available for students who would like more practice working calculus problems in a group learning environment. Requires prerequisite course of APPM 1235 or MATH 1021 or MATH 1150 or an ALEKS math score or 76% or greater.  Students with credit in APPM 1350 may not receive credit for MATH 1080, 1081, 1090, 1100, 1300, 1310, or ECON 1088.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum:  quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills.

Spring 2015:

COEN 1410 Design for Sustinable Communities

The course allows multidisciplinary teams to work creatively to develop prototypes and design that help make communities more sustainable. This course focuses on the design process incorporating empathy, ideation, low-resoution prototyping, testing, and improving. This course is equivalent to first year engineering projects (GEEN 1400, COEN 1400) and serves as an elective for non-engineering majors.

PSCI 2012 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Most countries confront a variety of common political problems, including how to gain popular support, what kinds of political institutions are most appropriate, and how to distribute burdens and benefits to different segments of the population. Concentrates on learning how to compare different political systems and provides illustrative examples from several countries in both the industrialized and nonindustrialized world. Approved for GT-SS1. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: contemporary societies. Approved H&SS elective for engineering students. (A small 18 person section rather than 236 person lecture plus recitation on main campus.)

ANTH 1200 Culture and Power

This cultural anthropology course will survey the controversial policies and impacts of the "war on drugs" in both domestic and international contexts through a diversity of readings, films, guest speakers, and media outlets. Durgs studied include alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, MDMA, ayahuasca, and others. Countries studied include the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Afghanistan, Thailand, and others. The history, economics, and politics of drug prohibition and current reform initiatives are embedded in and representative of boht culture and poser. A&S core curriculum: Contemporary Societies.

WRTG 1150 First Year Writing & Rhetoric

Students in Arts & Sciences disciplines will fulfill the writing requirement here at the RAPs with no more than 20 of their peers.  The small class size allows the professor to facilitate writing exercises that enhance our theme of design and sustainability.  There is usually one field trip during the semester to a nearby nature preserve or open space.

Fall 2014:

SSIR 1010 Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Eight sections each with a maximum of 19 students. This ocurse is integral to the community of the SSI/SbD RAPs. It is required for students living in the RAP. It fulfills 3 credits for the A&S course "Ideals & Values" and is an approved H&SS elective for engineering students. Through texts, media, classroom discussions, and engaged group work students will gain a working knowledge of social enrepreneurship as a change model.

AREN 2110 Thermodynamics

Energy is central to achieving sustaiability.  This course teaches the fundamental principles including the first and second law of thermodynamics, thermophysical properties, power and refrigeration cycles, gas mixtures and psychometrics in a way accessible to first and second year college students of all disciplines. The class will explore energy consumption in the Williams Village North building itself. Required for CVEN, AREN, and EVEN students. Technical elective for some other engineering majors. 3 credits in Natural Science for A&S majors. (Course rating by students 5.7 to 5.9 / 6.0, compared to the main campus course of 101 students with course rating more than a full point lower.)

ECON 2010 Principles of Microeconomics

18 person section in RAP, instead of the 200 person lecture on main campus. Examines basic concepts of microeconomics, or the behavior and the interactions of individuals, firms, and government. Approved for engineering students as HSS elective and in A&S core curriculum (contemporary societies).

WRTG 1150 First Year Writing & Rhetoric

Students in Arts & Sciences disciplines will fulfill the writing requirement here at the RAPs with no more than 20 of their peers.  The small class size allows the professor to facilitate writing exercises that enhance our theme of design and sustainability.  There is usually one field trip during the semester to a nearby nature preserve or open space.

FARR 1562 Gandi's Satyagraha

Students take this 3 credit elective to explore social justice, non-violent communication, and meditation.  The professor is a scholar in the Ghandian philosophy of satyagraha, non-violent persuasion.  In just a few hours per week students will develop a personal sense of power and a keen awareness of their place in community.