FSEM Courses

Welcome! Here you’ll find a full list of all Fall 2020 First-Year Seminar (FSEM) offerings. Browse through the pages of classes, select a course from the first drop down 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

    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 100G2 | Parasites: Monsters Within

    In this seminar we will explore the fascinating world of parasites, including the evolutionary adaptations that allow them to be some of the most abundant organisms on earth, outnumbering free-living species 4 to 1.

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    FSEM 100K9 | Past, Present, and Future of Commerce*

    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

    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 100N3 | Climate Change and Energy Resources

    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 100R1 | Endurance Sports

    This interdisciplinary FSEM sets out to explore two big questions regarding endurance sports (defined as competitive sub-maximal physical activity over a prolonged period of time). It will also explicitly address related themes such as race, gender, wealth, and cheating.

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