17 Fascinating Courses At Binghamton University
Posted by Steven Molinari on April 24, 2015
With over 100 different majors, Binghamton University offers an eclectic assortment of thought-provoking, mentally stimulating and straight-up fun courses. Here are just a few of them.
Course number: OUT 174
Instructor: Benjamin Carver
Learn the ropes, literally! Students in Tree Climbing work as a team to learn basic climbing techniques, how to throw and set ropes, and how to tie proper knots. This course emphasizes team-building concepts and looks for students with the sincere desire to become a proficient climber.
Bones, Bugs & Forensic Science
Course number: ANTH 245
Instructor: Elizabeth A. DiGangi
Cue the CSI theme. In this course, students learn proper handling and preservation of crime scene evidence; forensic DNA analysis; fingerprint and hair analysis; toxicology; entomology; pathology; odontology; and the uses of instrumental methods in evidence analysis.
Korea in the Age of Empire
Course number: AAAS 361/HIST 384L
Instructor: Sonja M. Kim
Want to play 19th-century politician? In this course, students are placed into various government factions, where they are responsible for creating strong arguments and proposing a new government structure for 19th-century Korea. Students also learn about the cultural practices and political economy in Korean society. Topics range from Korea's forced “opening” in 1876 to “liberation” from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.
Back Country Medicine
Course number: OUT 255
Instructors: Kevin L. Hastings/Sarah L. Lister
They don't call it the Great Outdoors for nothing! This course allows students to venture into the wilderness to learn skills and knowledge for safe and successful emergency care and rescue. Students even receive a 16-hour certification in wilderness first aid from a professional wilderness medicine association upon successful completion of the course.
Course number: RHET 354
Instructor: Joseph Leeson-Schatz
Because "I'm right and you're wrong" isn't going to cut it. This class teaches students how to become a great debater! Students compete in formal online debate sessions, informal class debates and are even in charge of putting on their own public debate on or off campus.
Course number: AFST 188B/MUS 144
Instructor: Samuel Elikem K Nyamuame
Interested in exploring another culture? Got rhythm? This ensemble focuses on various styles of traditional music from the African continent and the Diaspora, including Cuba, Brazil and Haiti. Students not only partake in drumming, but also sing and and play other instruments. No prior music experience is required.
Course number: HWS 330/NURS 310
Instructors: Heidi G. Thirer/Kristen J. Ericksen
Sex -- it's complicated. This class covers topics like sexual attitudes, gender roles, sexual orientations, communication and relationships. It also discusses male and female anatomy/physiology and how this relates to contraception and STDs.
Course number: ENG 300Z
Instructor: Virginia L. Shirley
If you're an undead aficionado, this course has your name written all over it. Students explore how zombies have been used throughout history and within society since the time of cavemen. Readings include The Zombie Survival Guide and the Walking Dead series. Brains!
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Course number: IBUS 480E
Instructor: Elena Iankova
For all SOM majors out there, this higher-level course might be of some interest to you. Students examine the comparative perspective of business development and strategy across the world; participating in one of five group projects on the activities and strategies of a particular multinational company operating in Bulgaria, Russia, China, India and Brazil.
Digital Logic Design
Course number: EECE 251
Instructors: Douglas H. Summerville/Zhanpeng Jin
From boolean algebra and functions to the use of CAD tools, this course explores concepts that are both fundamental and advanced. Because someone needs to know what all of those 1s and 0s mean.
Philanthropy & Civil Society
Course number: PAFF 280S
Instructor: David A. Campbell
Ever wondered what it would feel like to be a philanthropist? This course introduces students to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector by giving them a hands-on opportunity to become grant makers. Students are given $10,000 —real money— to change the world. By the end of the of the semester, students decide what non-profit organization they will donate to.
Stand Up Nation
Course number: ENG 300Q
Instructor: Ryan Vaughan
Why did the Bearcat cross the road? This course gives students a better understanding of the importance of humor. Students view the work of several comedians, from Ellen Degeneres to George Carlin, and explore how comedy helps to shape individual meaning and identity.
Course number: SOC 480A
Instructor: Denis A. Ohearn
In this course, students are assigned to a pen-pal inmate where they examine the sociology of imprisonment. Students use memoirs and correspondences with prisoners to examine how real-life experiences of imprisonment correspond to the writings of prison "experts."
Course number: ME 211
Instructor: Changhong Ke
This intro-level course teaches mechanical engineering students basic principles of stress and strain of members subject to axial, shearing, bending, torsion and combined loads. Students will also learn concepts such as Mohr's circle and the deflection of beams. You'll come to know whole new meanings for "stress" and "strain."
Course number: HWS 112
Instructor: Jennifer Wegmann
Are you a female student on the path to self-discovery? This course examines how society has placed women in a dangerous social, emotional and spiritual position. It also devises strategies to help women positively change the way they feel about themselves.
Program Models For Emerging Platforms
Course number: CS 476
Instructor: Yu Liu
Get with the program! This course introduces a number of state-of-the-art programming models for emerging computation platforms. Topics include multi-core programming, GPGPU programming and Android programming.
Sociology of food
Course number: SOC 307
Instructor: Ravi A. Palat
Food isn't just delicious; it's political. This course covers the global history of power, identity and the environment as seen through the prism of food. Some topics include: examining famine and hunger; state regulation of food provisioning and quality; eating patterns at home and in restaurants; labor relations in the food industry; and eating disorders/diets.
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