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The three-semester Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program begins with a Research Methods seminar taken in the fall of freshman year. The Methods seminar focuses on how to identify a good research question. In the spring of the freshman year, students begin their laboratory work in their specific Research Stream. Some students continue their research during the summer, as volunteers or with fellowships. In the fall of the sophomore year, FRI students continue their research project in their Research Stream.

Students receive course credit for each semester's work, which applies to their degree requirements. Below is the coursework and credit received:

Year                Semester       Credits      Course

Freshman          Fall                        2                     FRI Research Methods Seminar

                            Spring                  4                      Research Stream part 1

Sophomore       Summer                                      Optional research (volunteer, fellowship)

                            Fall                        4                     Research Stream part 2



Courses for students in Harpur College of Arts & Sciences

Notice: BIOL 115 Equivalency
Biofilms
Biogeochemistry
Biomedical Chemistry
Community & Global Public Health
Environmental Visualization
Molecular & Biomedical Anthropology
Neuroscience
Smart Energy

Courses for students in Watson School of Engineering & Computer Science

Image & Acoustic Signals Analysis
Smart Energy

FRI policy regarding student progress



Courses for students in Harpur College of Arts & Sciences

In fall of freshman year, the FRI students take the 2 credit HARP 170 FRI Research Methods Seminar along with the regular course load (typically a total of 16-18 credits).  Our experience with FRI students is that this overall course load of 16-18 credits is quite manageable. Also, FRI course fulfills the oral general education requirement.

HARP 170 FRI Research Methods Seminar

(2 credits in Freshman Fall Semester - fulfills general education oral requirement)

Research as a process: how science works, how we figure out the next steps, how we reduce the inevitable risks and avoid pitfalls, and so how we make discoveries that add to world knowledge and innovations. Lecture period primarily will be students applying the concepts of the research process. Includes data collection, data management, initial analyses, and presentation. This is not a lab course, but students do conduct a research project. Prerequisite: Enrolled in FRI program.

 

NOTICE: BIOL 115 EQUIVALENCY

The Research Stream part 1 course for the following research streams now satisfies the requirement of BIOL 115, Introductory Biology Laboratory:
1. Biofilms BIOL 225
2. Biogeochemistry ENVI 234 & GEOL 234
3. Biomedical chemistry CHEM 261
4. Molecular & Biomedical Anthropology ANTH 205
5. Neuroscience PSYC 345
6. Public Health ANTH 206


BIOL 115 is a required course for the neuroscience, biology and biochemistry majors as well as a requirement for pre-health students. Note that students who completed BIOL 117 or 118 before fall 2018 are not required to take BIOL 115.

 

PRE-HEALTH students: Due to this equivalency, these courses satisfy the introductory biology laboratory professional school requirement. Quote from Dr. Thomas Langhorne, Director of Pre-Health Services: "If you are enrolled in an FRI laboratory (BIOL 225, BIOL 241; CHEM 261; ENVI 234/GEOL 234; ANTH 205, ANTH 206; PSYC 345) you do not have to enroll in BIOL 115. These courses satisfy the requirement of BIOL 115 Introductory Biology Laboratory and are annotated accordingly in the University Bulletin. As such, they satisfy the professional school admission requirement for introductory biology with laboratory."

 

Therefore, the FRI program, Harpur Advising, Pre-health Advising, and the Biology Department advise students who complete the Research Stream part I course in these six research streams to NOT enroll in BIOL 115.

 

BIOFILMS

Because of the laboratory portion of this research stream, for biology majors, BIOL 115 (introductory biology laboratory course) requirement is waived.

BIOL 225 Research in Microbial Biofilms pt 1 (4 credits Freshman Spring Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). *Counts as elective toward psychology/neuroscience major – approval received by undergraduate psychology committee*This is one of two lecture‐lab courses of a 2‐semester sequence for FRI students. Students will be introduced to biofilms in general and the physiology, ecology, and other hallmarks of biofilms, and learn microbial biofilm techniques while gaining understanding of biofilm research problems. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

BIOL 323 Biofilm Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirement). The biofilm research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in microbial biofilm research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 225 Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

BIOL 323 automatically counts toward the biology major, contributing to requirements for 300-level lecture 4-credit courses and laboratory  in area of "cell and molecular".

 

BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

Because of the laboratory portion of this research stream, for biology majors, BIOL 115 (introductory biology laboratory course) requirement is waived.

GEOL/ENVI 234 Biogeochemistry Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). The research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

GEOL/ENVI 334 Biogeochemistry Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements). The research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For geology majors: GEOL/ENVI 234 can take the place of any 100-level geology course required of majors. GEOL/ENVI 334 can take the place of GEOL 370 (Environmental Geology/Geochemistry).

For environmental studies majors: GEOL/ENVI 234 can take the place of ENVI 201, a required course for that major. GEOL/ENVI 334 can take the place of ENVI 397, thus contributing to fulfillment of this major requiring two collaboration/research courses at the 300/400 level.

For both geology and environmental studies majors, see the geology or environmental studies advisor about how these courses can count toward the major.

 

BIOMEDICAL CHEMISTRY

Because of the laboratory portion of this research stream, for biology majors, BIOL 115 (introductory biology laboratory course) requirement is waived.

CHEM 261 – Biomedical Chemistry Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The biomedical chemistry research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in biochemistry research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

CHEM 262 – Biomedical Chemistry Stream Research pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The biomedical chemistry research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in biochemistry research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: CHEM 261. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For biochemistry majors: CHEM 261 and CHEM 262 together can substitute for two requirements of the Biochemistry BS major: BCHM 425 Molecular Biology Lab and BCHM 480 Senior Seminar. Request that by signing up with the Research Educator.

For biology majors: CHEM 262 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

For psychology majors: CHEM 261 and 262 can count toward science/meth electives

 

COMMUNITY & GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH

Because of the laboratory portion of this research stream, for biology majors, BIOL 115 (introductory biology laboratory course) requirement is waived.

ANTH 206 – Community & Global Public Health Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  This  research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

ANTH 306 – Community & Global Public Health Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  This research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: ANTH 206. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

Pending approval: For biology majors: ANTH 306 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL VISUALIZATION

ENVI 206 – Environmental Visualization Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The environmental visualization stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

ENVI 306 – Environmental Visualization Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The environmental visualization stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: ENVI 206. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For environmental studies majors: See Environmental Studies Advisor for how these courses can count toward your major.

 

MOLECULAR & BIOMEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Because of the laboratory portion of this research stream, for biology majors, BIOL 115 (introductory biology laboratory course) requirement is waived.

ANTH 205 –Molecular Anthropology Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The molecular & biomedical anthropology research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

ANTH 305 – Molecular Anthropology Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The biomedical chemistry research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: ANTH 205. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For biology majors: ANTH 305 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

For psychology majors: ANTH 205 and 305 can count toward science/math electives.

 

NEUROSCIENCE

Because of the laboratory portion of this research stream, for biology majors, BIOL 115 (introductory biology laboratory course) requirement is waived.

PSYC 345 Neuroscience Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). The neuroscience research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in neuroscience research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program. This course is equivalent to PSYC344.

PSYC 364 Neuroscience Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements). The neuroscience research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in neuroscience research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 345. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For neuroscience and psychology majors: PSYC 345 is equivalent to PSYC 344, and PSYC 364 is equivalent to PSYC 363, or PSYC 357.

For biology majors: PSYC 364 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

 

SMART ENERGY

CHEM 211/MSE 211 – Smart Energy Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The smart energy materials research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in chemistry, physics and materials science research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

PHYS 235/MSE 212 - Smart Energy Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The smart energy materials research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in chemistry, physics and materials science research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: CHEM 211/MSE 211. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.


 

Courses for students in Watson School of Engineering & Computer Science

In fall of freshman year, the FRI students take the 2 credit HARP 170 FRI Research Methods course along with the regular engineering-computer science course load (17 credits, or 16 if you take the Body/Wellness course later).  Our experience with FRI students is that this overall course load of 18-19 credits is quite manageable. Also, FRI course fulfills the oral general education requirement.

HARP 170 FRI Research Methods Seminar (2 credits in Freshman Fall Semester - fulfills general education oral requirement).  Research as a process: how science works, how we figure out the next steps, how we reduce the inevitable risks and avoid pitfalls, and so how we make discoveries that add to world knowledge and innovations. Lecture period primarily will be students applying the concepts of the research process. Includes data collection, data management, initial analyses, and presentation. Prerequisite: Enrolled in FRI program.

IMAGE & ACOUSTIC SIGNALS ANALYSIS (IASA)

In the spring of freshman year and fall of sophomore, the FRI research stream courses will substitute or count for courses required for engineering or computer science, so the course load is the regular credit load for students in engineering and computer science. Also, the FRI courses fulfill the lab and composition general education requirements.

EECE/CS 115 FRI Image & Acoustic Signal Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). This is one of two lecture‐lab courses of a 2‐semester sequence for FRI students in Image and Acoustic Signals Analysis.   Computing skills in MATLAB and Unix and introduction to computer programming.   Technical writing using LaTeX. Students will learn research techniques while gaining understanding of research problems in this area.  Prerequisites: HARP 170 and enrollment in Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.                     

EECE/CS 215 FRI Image & Acoustic Signal Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirement).  This is the second of two lecture‐lab courses of a 2‐semester sequence for FRI students in Image and Acoustic Signals Analysis.   Computer programming in C, and selected topics in multimedia signal processing and computer vision.  Students will learn research techniques while gaining understanding of research problems in this area.  Prerequisites: HARP 170 and EECE 115/CS 115, and enrollment in Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.

Examples of how courses substitute: In the spring, freshmen in the School of Engineering & Computer Science take 17 credits, and FRI IASA substitutes for 4 credits of WTSN, so there is no increase in course load.   All Watson majors except CS have the same first year (and CS has their own solution to substituting these courses,) so essentially all Watson majors can substitute a course with IASA Stream I. They should consult with their academic advisor for that.

How fall sophomores substitute a course with Stream II depends on their chosen major.  For example, in Computer Science, it counts as an elective toward the degree. In Electrical & Computer Engineering the Stream II course would substitute for four credits of computer programming, as worked out with the academic advisor.  If a student majors in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Science & Industrial Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering, the student consults with the undergrad directors in those majors to identify an appropriate substitution, in most cases it would be an elective toward the major.


 

FRI Policy Regarding Student Progress

Students are expected to engage fully in the FRI projects, complete all assignments in the FRI courses satisfactorily, and demonstrate a steadily increasing ability to engage in research-specific projects as they move through the three-semester FRI sequence. Students are expected to work in research teams and attend class periods and team meetings as required in course syllabi. Students who fail to meet these standards will not be allowed to continue. Students should monitor their own progress and discuss any concerns with the FRI staff.

          


 

 

                                                                        

Last Updated: 9/6/18