FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you'll find a full list of all Fall 2018 First-Year Seminar (FSEM) offerings. Browse through the pages of classes, select a course from the first dropdown menu, or browse by subject area. Please note that this site shows the FSEMs regardless of whether or not they are full, so there is no guarantee that a course will still be open at the time of your registration.

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    FSEM 100E4 | Cryptology
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    Cryptology is the area of mathematics that studies cryptography, the art of encrypting messages, and crypt-analysis, the science of breaking encrypted messages. This first-year seminar studies these ideas broadly through mathematical explorations accessible to the inquisitive student with only basic algebra skills.

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    FSEM 100K9 | Past, Present, and Future Trends in Commerce*
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    This course examines how commerce has been conducted in the past and present. Students will review the evolution of commerce and will review, discuss, and theorize how it will change in the future. Students will evaluate historic and current patterns of trade, research the potential of expected changes to the business environment, and summarize the advantages and disadvantages of a potential change.

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    FSEM 100M1 | Numbers Rule Your World
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    Data is everywhere. The “Information Age” has unleashed a deluge of facts and figures that describe everything in our world, from mouse clicks and movie ratings to tweets and touchdowns. In this seminar we will study state-of-the-art techniques for gathering, sifting, dissecting, and understanding the vast quantities of numerical information that the human race is generating.

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    FSEM 100M4 | Game Theory
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    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. The conflict between cooperation and completion—between working toward the public interest or self-interest—is one of the key dilemmas of life. For people who like to analyze rather than moralize, game theory is a way to break down problems to their essentials, understand the actions of the participants, and evaluate possible solutions.

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    FSEM 100N3 | Climate Change and Energy Resources
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    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. Many people, including most climate scientists, have concluded that human-generated greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels, are creating profound changes in the Earth’s climate system. In this class we will evaluate the evidence that human use of fossil fuels is responsible for altering Earth’s climate.

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    FSEM 100N6 | Part Game, Part Play: Gamers and Gaming
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    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. Games have played a role in every generation and are part of mainstream culture. Games foster engagement—the foundation of any positive learning experience. In this course, you will become game designers and create a game around a serious topic of choice. An exploratory and participatory approach is central to this course experience.

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    FSEM 100P6 | Science and Technology—Because We Can, Should We?
    Hela Cells

    This section of FSEM is designated as an honors course and satisfies the requirements for students enrolled in the University Honors Program. Is science going too far? Is it pushing the boundaries of what should be done by what can be done? This FSEM will examine some of the greatest scientific advances in the last 50 years, the impacts they had on society, and the cost of these advancements.

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    FSEM 100Q | The Human Animal
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    Are humans the only species to feel envy, vengefulness, love, and compassion? Are we alone in our self-awareness and ability to infer the thoughts and emotions of others? This seminar explores the facts, misconceptions, and controversies surrounding the scientific study of human evolution and culminates in a winter break study abroad trip to the original cradle of life—Tanzania.

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