Applications in Chemistry
Chemistry; L61 FYP 1810
A weekly lecture by a chemistry faculty member, or other scientist from academia or industry, on their current research activities. The goal is to provide students with a sampling of current research activities dealing with fundamental an applied problems in science and society that are being approached from a chemical point of view.
Chemistry and Energy
Chemistry; L61 FYP 183
This seminar is intended for first year undergraduates to learn about the role that chemistry can play in addressing one of the greatest challenges we face: climate change. Chemistry has played a vital role in providing the energy needs of society, and advances in chemistry can help to develop abundant and economically viable energy technologies that do not have adverse consequences on the environment.
Introduction to Cutting-Edge Research in Biology
Biology and Biomedical Sciences; L61 FYP 181
A lecture course intended for first-year students that focuses on the practice and culture of biological research. Active researchers describe the biological context of their research, the specific questions they have formulated, the means by which they pursue the answers, and their data and conclusions.
Molecular Biology of Genetic Disease
Biology and Biomedical Sciences; L61 FYP 1500
Students gain a fluency in biological language, methods, and reasoning as applied to human health. We study the molecular, cellular, and physiological perspectives for each health-related topic, and examine data and methods that support this knowledge. We emphasize problem-solving and reasoning as it applies to understanding biological processes. The content and problem-solving work are designed to help students prepare for Biology 2960, which is offered each spring semester.
Neuroscience Futures 1: How do we learn about the brain?
Biology and Biomedical Sciences; L61 FYP 1710
In this seminar course for first-year students, students learn about how neurobiologists conduct and communicate research. We focus our discussion on primary research papers written by WUSTL neurobiologists, who visit the class to present their work.
Research and Conservation in Zoos and Botanical Garden
Biology and Biomedical Sciences; L61 FYP 1811
An introduction to the world of zoos and botanical gardens. Students will learn of the diverse and cutting-edge ways in which scientists and conservationists study the world's biological diversity and work to conserve it. Taking advantage of two world-class institutions a short distance from the Danforth campus, the class will meet every week at an off-campus site (primarily the Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden, but also several other institutions) to hear lectures from leading authorities at these institutions, as well touring facilities to see first-hand how research is conducted and how these institutions work to preserve endangered species.
Real Mathematical Applications: Solving Problems with Calculus I
Math; L61 FYP 139A
This is a one credit course, that can only be taken concurrently with Math 131, Calculus I. The purpose of the course is to show how mathematics can solve real world problems, and how calculus dramatically expands the range of problems that can be tackled. Each class will be devoted to the analysis of some problems, which may include: dimensional analysis, the mathematics of convoys, Fibonacci numbers, fractals, linear regression, Euclid's algorithm, Stein's algorithm, network capacities, Braess's paradox, Galton's approach to surnames, how genes spread through populations, SIR model of infectious diseases. The first few classes will not use differentiation. Must be taken concurrently with Math 131.
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Psychological and Brain Sciences; L61 FYP 102
This seminar enables students to explore several of the ideas and issues in contemporary psychology. Each week a different issue is discussed, and students familiarize themselves with critical aspects of the issue and discuss and critically evaluate the pros and cons of each side.
The Meaningful Life
General Studies; L61 FYP 225A
Who am I? Where am I going? How can I lead a meaningful life? This course creates an opportunity for students to reflect on and engage more deeply with the narratives they share with others and tell themselves. Social media demands that we put our stories out into the world, but how are we shaping our lives by the stories we tell?