Choosing Courses [Part II]
Later this summer, you will find links to more detailed information from the Registrar and academic departments about:
- First Year Seminars (FYS)
- Writing Courses (W)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Practicums (NSEP)
- AP and IB Credit Guide
- College Jazz Ensemble: Interested in playing jazz on campus this fall? The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble has projected openings in all sections. Please be sure to bring your instrument with you to campus. Any questions about the ensemble and the Swat jazz scene can be directed to Drew Shanefield - email@example.com. Enjoy your summer and I hope to meet you in the fall! Drew Shanefield, Director of the Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble.
- College Orchestra and College Wind Ensemble: Calling all instrumentalists! The Swarthmore College Orchestra and the Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble are both welcoming new members, and we will be having auditions for both groups on Monday, September 3 (the first day of classes) throughout the day. Auditions are informal and laid back: just prepare any 2-3 minute piece that you enjoy playing. If you're interested in joining either ensemble, sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board across from the Music Department Office when you arrive on campus. In the meantime, feel free to email Andrew Hauze (the director of both ensembles) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We hope to make music with you in the fall!
- Want to relieve stress while making beautiful music? Come sing with us - and get academic credit for it! The Swarthmore Chorus and Chamber Choir are holding auditions. The Chorus, a mixed group of about 70 singers, has sung such major works as Bach's B-minor Mass and St. John Passion, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Brahms' Requiem, Schönberg's Friede auf Erden, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. The Chamber Choir, a select mixed group of about 24 singers, tackles more intimate repertoire, such as Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah, Lasso's Missa pro defunctis, and Bach's cantatas and motets. The Chorus rehearses every Wednesday from 7-8:30pm; Chamber Choir rehearses every Wednesday from 8:30-10pm. Membership in Chorus is necessary to audition for and sing in the Chamber Choir. Academic credit available for both ensembles. Contact Joseph Gregorio for audition information.
- Engineering (ENGR 003): Problems in Technology - Writing and practicum course in the division of natural sciences and engineering. This course, for students not intending to major in science or engineering, concentrates on the car - something we are familiar with and take for granted. But... did you ever wonder how it works or think about the impact it has on your life? This is a writing course and it also satisfies the requirement for a natural sciences and engineering practicum. There are no required prerequisites. Class meets M-W-F at 10:30 and laboratory time is Tuesday afternoon. If you would like more details, contact Prof. Macken.
- Chemistry 002 First-Year Seminar: From Farm to Table - The Chemistry of Food and Food Production. Only offered this Fall, this seminar will explore the chemical nature of food, starting from the properties of its major components: proteins, fats and oils, carbohydrates, and water. We will discuss how these properties give rise to choices in preparation, preservation, and cooking of foods. We will also examine the environmental effects of food production, including effects on water quality and climate change. This course does not count towards a chemistry major.
- Physics 02M First-Year Seminar: Physics in Modern Medicine. This course assumes no prior background in physics or biology and no math beyond elementary algebra will be used. The course will count toward the Natural Science and Engineering (NSE) distribution requirement students have to fulfill, but it has no lab.This is a fascinating and important subject in health science today. Medical schools are realizing that preparation in basic science and technology should become an increasing part of undergraduate preparation, but the subject by itself is interesting. Throughout the semester, students will have the opportunity to visit many of the medical physics facilities at the University of Pennsylvania, including their new proton beam accelerator for cancer treatment. There will also be guest lectures by physicians and a biomedical engineer.
Astronomy 6: Introductory Cosmology. Meets second-half of the fall 2013 semester. This half-credit class is designed to give students who are excited about cosmology, and comfortable with physics and math, a short introduction to the subject. The level of the class is relatively high and aimed at students who could be astronomy or astrophysics majors. Though the class has no official pre-requisites, some exposure to single-variable differential and integral calculus is required. Students concurrently taking Math 25 or higher will have an adequate mathematical background, and high-school calculus will generally be sufficient. Similarly, there are no official physics pre-requisites, but some exposure to basic physics, especially mechanics, gravity, and the properties of light, are required, even if only in high school. No prior, specific knowledge of astronomy is presumed. This is a new course being taught this fall by David Cohen.
Registration for courses will happen on the Friday of Orientation Week, after you've met with your academic advisor. For now, make a list of courses that not only are in the discipline you think will be your major, but also those courses that interest you outside that discipline. This will be a good start for that first conversation with your advisor.
Some courses will need to be lotteried. If you are concerned about a particular course and whether there is need for a lottery, please refer to that academic department's webpage under "Courses."
Check back here later.