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Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-20007
 
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University Wide Courses

Internships

U Uni 390 Internship (1–15; as approved)

Internships involving off-campus participation in the work of an agency, institution, or corporate body other than the University, with collateral academic study. Contingent on the approval of a University at Albany full-time faculty member willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student’s progress. U Uni 390 internships are usually taken for 1–9 credits. Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may petition the committee for a maximum of 15 credits. Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher. May be repeated, but each registration must be for an approved project. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, LC-30. Prerequisite(s): approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Application deadlines: May 1st for summer and fall; December 1st for spring. S/U graded.

U Uni 391 Senate Session Assistants Program (15)

A full-time internship program in the New York State Senate. Session assistants work as staff members in senators’ offices for a minimum of 30 hours per week and complete a required academic component including seminars, readings, short papers, book reports, and term paper. Offered spring semester only. Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher through a competitive selection process. Application deadline in early fall through the campus liaison officer (LC-30). Prerequisite(s): selection process, permission of campus liaison officer. S/U graded.

U Uni 392 Assembly Session Intern Program (15)

A full-time internship program in the New York State Assembly. Interns are assigned to work with members of the Assembly or its committees and research staff for a minimum of 30 hours per week and complete a required academic component including seminars, readings, short papers, mini courses, and term paper. Offered spring semester only. Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher through a competitive selection process. Application deadline in early fall through the campus liaison officer (LC-30). Prerequisite(s): selection process, permission of campus liaison officer. S/U graded.

U Uni 393 Washington Center Internship (15)

A full-time internship program arranged through the Washington Center. Students are placed in internships in which they work four-and-one-half days a week and participate in a once-a-week seminar. Placements are in a wide variety of Washington, D.C. agencies. Specific information is available in LC-30 Internships are open only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher. Additional prerequisite(s): formal application and acceptance by the Washington Center. Application deadlines: April 15 for fall semesters; October 15 for spring semesters. Additional fee required. S/U graded. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, LC-30.


Independent Study and Research Courses

U Uni 170, 171 Summer and Winter Directed Reading (2, 2)

A course of reading under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty to explore a significant problem, issue or interest. The student registers for the course in the fall or spring semester, typically completing the readings in the subsequent winter or summer break respectively. Open only to undergraduates who have been designated “Presidential Scholars.” Prerequisite(s): consent of a member of the teaching faculty and permission of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. May be repeated if content varies. Graded A–E or S/U at the discretion of the faculty supervisor.

U Uni 180 Undergraduate Supervised Research (3)

Individual supervised research working with faculty in on-going research projects registered with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Prerequisite(s): consent of a member of the teaching faculty and permission of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Graded A–E or S/U at the discretion of the instructor. Open to sophomores and juniors. Contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education for further information.

U Uni 397 Independent Study and Research (1–6; as approved)

Independent study course with variable credit designed for the independent study of a subject beyond the introductory or survey level, particularly study which builds upon a student’s prior academic achievement and experience. Contingent on the consent of an instructor willing to supervise the study. May be repeated, but each registration must be for an approved project. The normal credit load for this course is 3 credits and students desiring more than 3 credits should present special justification. Prerequisite(s): approval of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. Further information and application forms may be obtained from Mr. Richard Collier in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Lecture Center 30. Application deadlines: May 1st for summer and fall; December 1st for spring.


University Tutors

U Uni 499 University Tutors (3)

The University Tutors are an organized group of volunteers to assist the facilitators in the Study Groups set up by Academic Support Services. They are trained to assist students on an individual and group basis. The course for which study groups are available to undergraduates are: A Bio 110Z, 111; A Chm 120, 121; A Eco 110, 111; A Mat 101, 106, 108, 112 or 113; A Phy 105, 108; 140, 150; A Psy 101; and A Soc 115. Candidates are expected to have an overall academic average of 3.25, be enrolled for 12 credits, earned a grade of A or B in the Study Group course, pass the personal interview, and secured two letters of faculty recommendation. S/U graded.


The Freshman Year Experience

U Uni 100 (= E Cpy 120) The Freshman Year Experience (3)

The purpose of this course is to help you become a more effective student. During the course of the semester, you will learn about the college experience—experiences unique to first year students, transitional stages that you may undergo, and coping strategies that can help you pass through this phase of college life. You will learn how to use and locate important campus resources,. You will learn about who you are and how that information helps you choose a major and a career. Finally, you will learn how to increase your chances of succeeding at the University at Albany as your transition through this most critical first year. Only one of U Uni 100 and E Cpy 120 and U Uni 300 may be taken for credit. [IL]

U Uni 300 The Transfer Experience (1)

This course is designed to help transfer students as they make their transition to the University at Albany. It is a web-based course that is only offered to students as they enter. The course has two primary foci. First, the course focuses on helping students learn more about themselves and their learning styles so they can improve their study habits and learn about the learning resources available to students at the University. Students also complete several writing assignments and receive feedback on their writing skills. Students must successfully complete all five modules to pass the class. Students are expected to complete the course within five weeks after their orientation on campus. Only one of U Uni 100 and E Cpy 120 and U Uni 300 may be taken for credit. S/U graded.


The Foundations of Great Ideas Program

U Uni 101Z Foundations of Great Ideas I (4)

This interdisciplinary course deals with key ideas and primary texts–from both Western and other cultures–in the arts and sciences. Based on a selected set of issues in intellectual history, the general organizational scheme focuses upon the universal distinction between order and chaos in these areas: cosmic and divine order, physical order, the order of life and nature, and the order of mind and society. Prerequisite(s): Presidential or College Scholar status. [HU WI]

U Uni 301Z Foundations of Great Ideas II (4)

This interdisciplinary course, drawing on ideas and texts from both Western and other cultures, examines globalization as a phenomenon with broad-ranging consequences across political, economic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. Globalization is discussed as a theoretical concept, a popular catch-phrase, a cultural category as well as an economic category, Prerequisite(s): Presidential or College Scholar status. [OD WI] [GC]


University Seminars

U Fsp 100 University Seminar (1)

A class that meets once per week over the fall semester with a member of the teaching faculty. Course enrollment is limited to 20 students per section. Course topics vary. Open only to first-semester freshmen. S/U or A–E graded. Consult schedule of classes for individual seminar topics. May not be offered in 2006-2007.


Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Courses

The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee has approved the following Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Courses. Some are not offered on a regular basis and, therefore, the schedule of classes should be consulted to determine if a course is being offered. The instructor should be contacted for further information about the course.

U Uni 150 Selected Interdisciplinary Topics (1–4; as approved)

Experimental class, the subject varying with instructors and the term offered. Course is designed to present a large body of information without expecting a mastery of detail (e.g., as in a survey course) or to present general theoretical or methodological approaches (e.g., as in a foundations course). See special announcements of courses to be offered under this heading. May be repeated when content differs. Prerequisite(s): Topic must be approved by the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education; permission of instructor to register for the class.

U Uni 160 Mathematics, Art, and the Creative Process (3)

Systematic examination of the creative process as the development of an idea from intuitive roots to abstract formalism. Offers many opportunities for the comparative study of art and mathematics, through readings and more direct experience. The course is concerned with seeing and intuition, how they occur in art and mathematics, and how these fields interact.

U Uni 230 An Introduction to Disability Studies (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of disability with particular attention to social, political, legal, artistic, ethical, and cultural aspects of people with disabilities considered as constituting one of a multitude of diverse groups. [DP]

U Uni 310 (= A Bio 311 and A Gog 310) World Food Crisis (3)

Interdisciplinary approach to understanding world food problems through analyses of social, political, economic, nutritional, agricultural, and environmental aspects of world hunger. Faculty from several departments in the sciences, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences present approaches from various disciplines. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing or permission of instructor.

U Uni 350 Selected Interdisciplinary Topics (1–4; as approved)

Experimental class, the subject varying with instructors and the term offered. Course content should be beyond the introductory or survey level and the course should require prior academic achievement and/or experience related to the topic. See special announcements of courses to be offered under this heading. May be repeated when content differs. Prerequisite(s): Topic must be approved by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; permission of instructor to register for the class.


University Library Courses

U Unl 199 (=I Csi 199) Information Literacy and Reference Consulting (1-3)

Classroom instruction on the practical aspects of computing on the University Libraries campus website, including search strategy and skills development in information technology in a public user facility. Students will learn about and assist users with library research databases and research on the Internet within the context of a sophisticated information-delivery organization, will become familiar with the practical, social and ethical issues relating to information, and will be able to evaluate and utilize information acquired through a variety of formats. Consulting schedules are determined on an individual basis during the first two weeks of class. Number of credit hours taken determines consulting hours required. Class attendance is mandatory. (ICSI majors: total credits for I Csi 198, I Csi 199, A Csi 490, I Csi 497, and the former I Csi 298 and I Csi 498 may not exceed nine). S/U graded. [IL]

U Unl 205 Information Literacy (1)

One-quarter course to acquaint students with the processes of finding, organizing, using, producing, and distributing information in print, electronic, and other formats. Students will learn about the flow of information in a variety of disciplines, how to be effective at the research process, how to access information in a variety of formats, and how to formulate effective searches on electronic databases and the Internet. Students will be taught to evaluate the quality of Web-based and print information, and will become familiar with practical, social, and ethical issues relating to information. Only one course from U Unl 205 and U Unl 206 may be applied toward graduation. [IL]

U Unl 206 Information Literacy and the Sciences (1)

Using examples from scientific, technical, and medical literatures, this quarter course will introduce students to the basic principles and processes of finding, organizing, using, producing, and evaluating information resources in all media and formats. Students will learn about information flow in the sciences, at all levels of presentation, and how to access, search, and retrieve information in a variety of formats. They will learn to formulate effective searching on electronic databases and the Internet, and how to evaluate the quality of the information that they retrieve. They will become familiar with the practical, social and ethical issues relating to the use of information, with special emphasis on the role of scientific information in an increasingly technological society. Only one course from U Unl 205 and U Unl 206 may be applied toward graduation. [IL]

U Unl 489 Advanced Topics in Information Literacy (1-3)

Special topics course designed to provide students with a more sophisticated level of information literacy skills than the basic U Unl 205 or U Unl 206 course, either through increased familiarity with the resources and flow of information in a particular discipline (e.g., humanities, social sciences, sciences) or field (e.g., English, theater) or through experience in using particular types of sources (e.g., government publications). May be repeated for credit when content differs. Prerequisite(s): U Unl 205 or U Unl 206 or permission of the instructor.