Monroe Community College

Honors Sections

Although the material in an Honors Section is basically the same as in the regular sections, we hope that the "honors" experience will be more in-depth and more rewarding in classes of twenty-one students taught by some of the best professors at MCC.

ANT 102 Honors Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humanity and its diversity through time and across space. Unlike other social sciences anthropology emphasizes comparative approaches and cross-cultural perspectives to study human behavior, and society. The discipline of anthropology is unique because its practitioners employ a holistic, integrated and interdisciplinary perspective to understand the human condition. Anthropologists investigate a broad assortment of topics and issues. In this Honors course, ANT 102 – Cultural Anthropology, through class discussion, critical writing and visual media, emphasis will be concentrated on the cultural significance and manifestation of the following: social organization, subsistence, settlement patterns and related social structures, expressive culture, religion, economics, politics, ethnicity, kinship, and the cultural implications of globalization. This course also examines the cultural importance and implication of structural and symbolic language, warfare, poverty, health and disease in societies, and material culture, music, folklore, foodways and related technologies. In many ways, the discipline of anthropology, engaged via its four subfields encompasses all that is a product of the human condition, both lived and imagined, whether manifesting in its simple or in its complex forms.

Three Credits  Fulfills MCC Gen Ed, a SUNY Social Science and Other World Cultures (Non-western Gen Ed) requirement.
Professor: E. Gaede    Office: 5-316              Phone: 292-3229

BIO 116 Honors Introduction to Environmental Science

Introduction to Environmental Science (BIO 116) is a three credit hour course, including both lecture and laboratory class meetings. It is designed as an introductory environmental science course for non-science majors, although it may be of interest to science-oriented students as well.

Environmental Science is a discipline that examines the interactions between humans and their environment.Topics covered in this course include ecosystem dynamics, human population study, biodiversity and conservation, invasive species, global climate change, and human energy consumption.

Students will learn about these and other topics through classroom discussion, evaluation of case studies, and selected readings.In the laboratory, students will make observations and conduct experiments, gain experience in collecting and analyzing data, and participate in at least one field trip.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to describe certain basic ecological and biological principles, interpret and evaluate information relating to a variety of environmental issues, and will have gained experience in reading, writing and discussing topics in environmental science.

Three Credits Fulfills SUNY General Education Natural Science requirements
Professor: Timothy Tatakis   Office: 8-424   Phone: 292-2332

BIO 117 Honors Basic Consumer Nutrition

Nutrition is an evolving science, requiring critical thinking skills to sift through the many topics and controversies it presents.In Honors Consumer Nutrition, students will learn about the nutrients, how the body utilizes them, and their affect on health and disease.Gaining the necessary skills to analyze current nutrition topics will comprise a major part of this course.Student activities may include defending a position on a controversial topic or creating a poster for display.Through case studies, students will develop skills necessary to research and solve a problem.An analysis of student's individual diets will be performed. 

Three Credits Depending on the program requirements, this course can meet both Food Service (FSA 117) or Natural Science (Bio 117) elective or course requirement. 
Professor: Judy Kaufman   Phone 292-2730   Office 8-226

BIO 155 Honors General Biology I

Principles of biology with an emphasis on cellular structure and function, and organic evolution. Topics will include cellular metabolism, molecular genetics, gene expression, Mendelian genetics, natural selection and speciation. The laboratory features activities and experiments that reinforce the concepts presented in lecture. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence in introductory biology for science majors or science-interested students. This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for science-interested students. Two class hours, one conference hour, three laboratory hours.

PREREQUISITES: Living Environment Regents score of 85 or greater and Chemistry Regents score of 85 or greater, or equivalents, or AP Biology score of 4 or greater. AP Biology score of 3 with instructor permission.

Four Credits   Fulfills Natural Science requirement
Professor: Suzanne Long   Phone: 292-2725   Office: 8-430

BIO 156 Honors General Biology II

Principles of biology with an emphasis on the diversity of life, the structure and function of plants and animals, and general ecological principles. The laboratory features activities and experiments that reinforce the concepts presented in lecture. This course is the second in a two-semester sequence in introductory biology for science majors or science-interested students. This course may also fulfill a natural science elective for science-interested students. Two class hours, one conference hour, three laboratory hours. WR (SUNY-NS) 4 Credits.

Prerequisite: BIO 155 with a grade of C+ or higher.

Three Credits
Professor: Jennifer Hill   Office: 8-218  Phone: 292-2393

BUS 104 Honors Introduction to Business

William Wordsworth, the British poet said a century or so ago, “In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.”

Business is important. It matters. If done right, it makes the world a better place, creating wealth, well-being, prosperity, jobs, and choices. It can be an exciting adventure, a journey of exploration, and the solution of age-old problems or individual dreams.Imagine the business, large or small, that discovers the secrets of energy generation from new, renewable sources. If conducted poorly, harm can be done.

Business impacts us all. It is a part of the larger community of nations and individuals, and tied to human values. It can be a saint, or it can be a sinner. One thing is for sure – we all need to understand it.

In Introduction to Business Honors, you will not only study the basics of business such as organization forms and the functions of production, finance, marketing, and human resources. You will be examining its relationships with larger environmental factors such as government, ethics, sustainability, and technology. Because this course uses a seminar and tutorial format, you will have the opportunity to assess your personal relationship to and possible future in terms of business related issues.

Three Credits Seminar style course suitable both for Business Majors or any student who would like to learn more about the world of business.
Professor: John Striebich   Phone: 292-3267   Office: 5-512

CHE 151 Honors General College Chemistry I

This introductory course in general chemistry is designed for students interested in pursuing further studies in science or engineering. Topics include dimensional analysis, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, solids, liquids, and phase relationships. It is a mathematical approach to the principles of chemistry and assumes that students have had an above average preparation in chemistry.

The Honors section will integrate activities to probe the ideas students bring into the classroom and provide data for students to grapple with and deepen their conceptual understanding. In the laboratory, students will explore various experimental systems and propose molecular-level mechanisms for their macroscopic observations. The students will work collaboratively to deepen their understanding of a chemical system, collect data, reflect on implications of data, and explain how their understanding is supported by the empirical evidence.

*PREREQUISITES: MTH 165 with a grade of C- or higher or equivalent; CHE 145 with a grade of C- or higher, or above average preparation in high school chemistry.

Four credits Fulfills SUNY Natural Science (SUNY-NS)
Professor: Lydia Tien   Phone 292-2397   Office 8-202

CHE 152 Honors General College Chemistry II

This second semester general chemistry course is a continuation of CHE 151 and emphasizes macroscopic and molecular approaches to chemical systems.  Topics include solution concentrations and properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. 

The Honors section will integrate activities to probe the ideas students bring into the classroom and provide data for students to grapple with and deepen their conceptual understanding.  In the laboratory, students will engage in scientific inquiry to explore various experimental systems and propose molecular-level mechanisms for their macroscopic observations.  The students will work collaboratively to deepen their understanding of a chemical system, collect data, reflect on implications of data, and explain how their understanding is supported by the empirical evidence. 

Prerequisites: CHE 151 with a grade of B or higher.

Four Credits Fulfills SUNY Natural Science (SUNY-NS)
Professor: Lydia Tien Phone: 292-2397 Office: 8-202

ECO 111 Honors Principles of Microeconomics

The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to “think like an economist.” Economic theory provides a set of lenses which we can use to analyze problems in business, public policy and everyday life. Economics is the study of choice under conditions of scarcity. Economics is not just about stock markets or business, though it includes them. There is an economic way of analyzing just about all aspects of life, from stock markets to sports to marriage and everything in between. The great economic problem is how to allocate our limited resources to satisfy our unlimited wants. In this course students will be introduced to the general principles of microeconomics and the tools economists use to analyze them.


Three CreditsFulfills Social Science requirement.
Professor: Mohammed Partapurwala   Phone: 292-3366   Office: 5-515
Professor: Christopher Inya   Phone: 292-3341   Office: 5-436

ECO 112 Honors Principles of Macroeconomics

Why is the United States economy so sluggish? Are we really out of the great recession? What’s going on in Europe and how does it affect us? What is gross domestic product (GDP) and why is it” gross”? How is unemployment measured, and what are the policies to alleviate it? These are some of the many questions swirling in the minds of millions of Americans who are eager for an answer. Principles of Macroeconomics provide the tools and knowledge to answer these questions. Join us in Honors macroeconomics to explore the macro-economy.

Economics is everywhere. It goes everywhere you go. It is involved and necessary in the choices and decisions you make. Would you like to know how? Come to Economics, register for the course!


Three CreditsFulfills Social Science requirement.
Professor: Christopher Inya   Phone: 292-3341   Office: 5-436

ENG 105 Honors Introduction to Literature

“The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it”                                                                                    Elizabeth Drew

Does the study of literature help us live a more intense, examined, life? To find out, we will look at the primary genres of literature: fiction, poetry, drama and the emerging genre, creative non-fiction. We will read about, think about, write about and talk about a wide variety of works to determine if indeed, they pass the “test” of literature. We will also experience how literature lives beyond the page by attending a play at GEVA and other literary events.

Three credits  Fulfills Humanities Elective, English Elective, or Literature Elective
Professor: Ann Tippett  Office: 5-502   Phone: 292-3256

ENG 105 Honors Introduction to Literature

Enchantment, Demons, and the Global Digital Divide

What pleasures and dragons lurk under the surface of literature for children? Jack Zipes, a renowned scholar and retired Children’s Literature Professor and Editor of the Norton’s Guide to Children’s Literature, claims that “children’s literature is life-enhancing, life-changing, and profoundly influential; it provides a new lens with which to see the world.”

In this class, we’ll probe a myriad of children’s literature texts and cultural influences to examine them as “lenses” opening us to new ways of seeing ourselves as global citizens. We’ll read, explore, analyze, and synthesize the various genres of children’s books and films to tease out the multitude of messages and experiences that children’s texts provide. By doing so, we’ll also uncover the oftentimes conflicting socio-cultural ideologies that written, visual, and digital texts offer children around the globe.

We will investigate together how children’s texts move, inspire, and inform children as they grow. And question how various cultures determine their beliefs about the concept of “innocence”, “protection”, and “childhood.” These inquiries will create a frame of reference for our course this semester as we explore, refine, and develop our understanding of the influence of literature in the world.

Three Credits Fulfills Humanities Elective, English Elective, or Literature Elective
Professor: Angelique Johnston    Office: 5-539      Phone: 292-3270

ENG 105 Honors Introduction to Literature

Throughout the semester you will read, read about, think about, and write about literature. Also, you will read, read about, think about, and utilize literary criticism in your essays.In this course we will begin with a primary text while considering the social, psychological, and historical issues involved in the composition and reception of that text, and then we will proceed to your engagement, thoughts, and writing about that literature and those issues.The key here is to open up and maintain a continuing dialogue about literature, to engage with its forms, materials, and “legacies.”

Throughout the course you will learn the necessary vocabulary needed to converse more fully and articulately about literature.So, while this course is called an introduction to literature, you will also be introduced to the mechanics and nuances of writing about literature using critical approaches and literary theory. One of my primary aims with this course is to introduce all students, not just future English majors, to what you will need to write engaging and thought-provoking essays in your studies beyond MCC.

To accomplish this we will read some “classics” of literature, as well as several recent works. We will begin roughly at the very beginning with Homer’s Odyssey. During our study of it, one day a week will also be devoted to its lasting effect on literature, particularly poetry. As you will see the epic casts a long shadow and it will also finely serve to introduce students to poetry throughout the centuries. From there we move to drama with Sophocles’ Antigone and then Shakespeare’s Hamlet with a particular focus on David Tennant’s recent performance with the Royal Shakespeare Company. During the last third of class we will read several short stories from the 19th and 20th centuries and we will conclude the course with an extended study of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the critical and scholarly debates that the book continues to fuel. Your final research papers will be a culmination of all of the vocabulary, critical reading strategies, and literary theories that you will learn throughout the semester.

Three credits Fulfills Humanities Elective, English Elective, or Literature Elective
Professor: Scott Rudd   Office: 5-556   Phone: 292-3248

ENG 215 Honors Children's Literature

How do we define childhood?Why should we encourage children to read? What makes a book “good”?Who should decide what children read and what, exactly, is children’s literature? 

Honors Children’s Literature will explore these questions and others while exposing you to a broad range of work published primarily for children (which you’ll discover many adults read as well).We will read, discuss, analyze, and write about children’s literature using a variety of approaches to help you become a more insightful reader and a stronger critical thinker.Our readings will include fables, myths, fairy tales, poems, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction.Class discussions, group presentations, and independent assignments should enhance your appreciation for children’s literature while also cultivating your ability to select and recommend readings for the young people you may someday influence. You may even rediscover your own childhood hopes, dreams, fears, and imagination as you experience the joy and pleasure that studying children’s literature fosters.Come share the wonder!

Three Credits Fulfills Humanities Elective, English Elective, or Literature Elective
Professor: Holly Wheeler   Phone: 292-3277   Office: 5-524

ENG 215 Honors Children's Literature

In this course, we will examine representations of childhood, as well as race, gender, and class, in order to understand the kinds of cultural work children’s literature does.This course will provide you with an overview of the history and academic study of children’s literature and give you the opportunity to do independent research on topics that interest you. We will look at issues of influence, comparing classic children’s books like Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with recent retellings like Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.We will also follow thematic connections.For example, we will study problematic representations of the child as animal or monster in classic picture books like Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Two Bad Mice and Heinrich Hoffman’s Slovenly Peter and then in contemporary novels for young adults like Monster by Walter Dean Myers.We will also read and discuss selections from a variety of key theoretical voices in the field such as Bruno Bettelheim, Jack Zipes, and Alison Lurie.

Three CreditsFulfills: Humanities Elective, English Elective, or Literature Elective
Professor: Catharine Ganze Smith   Office: 5-535   Phone: 292-3372

ENG 220 Honors Dramatic Literature

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theseus says, “…imagination bodies forth /The forms of things unknown…” Shakespeare knew the power of the playwright to transform empty space into a place of magic, to “body forth” the mysterious workings of the imagination. Such transformation is the cornerstone of dramatic art and the founding premise of this course.

This course will be broken into two units. The first unit will look at the major European influences on contemporary Western theatre, beginning with Aristotle’s theories of the stage as expressed in Poetics and then examining seminal playwrights such as Sophocles, Shakespeare, Beckett, and Brecht.The second unit will explore the emergence of an American stage, beginning with the Playwright’s Theatre and the work of Eugene O’Neill and moving through some of the more important, more exciting work done in American theatre in the last hundred years.

Students will be evaluated based on two longer writing projects, one per unit; ongoing short analytical writing; participation in class discussion; the presentation and analysis of one short scene; and a written critical review of a play we see together as a class. Through reading assignments, writing assignments, group activities, and class discussion, students should emerge from this course with a greater understanding of the literary/historical foundations of Western dramatic art and with a deeper awareness of the mysterious, transformative power of the stage.

This course is an Honors course for three reasons: (1) the two units are designed to provide students with a literary historical context for beginning to think about dramatic literature with a degree of interdisciplinary sophistication; (2) the writing assignments are designed and paced to give students the opportunity to sharpen their critical analysis skills—the two longer, more complex writing assignments will be worked on at a slower pace, allowing students to grapple with more difficult ideas in greater depth; and the shorter, more frequent writing assignments will allow students to hone their critical thinking skills through repeated focused analysis of small passages; and (3) the scene work and critical review will provide students a careful and meaningful encounter with fundamental ancillaries to dramatic literature—a play’s production and critical reception. Overall, the course is designed for the intelligent, hard-working student who is ready to move deeply and with sophistication into this exciting area of study.

Three Credits Fulfills Literature Elective, Humanities Elective, and the SUNY Gen Ed Humanities requirement
Professor: Maria Brandt   Office: 5-539   Phone: 292-3383

ENG 220 Honors Dramatic Literature

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theseus tells us that “imagination bodies forth /The forms of things unknown.” Shakespeare knew the power of the playwright to transform empty space into a place of magic, to “body forth” the mysterious workings of the imagination. Such transformation is the cornerstone of dramatic art and the founding premise of this course.

In this class, we will be reading Greek, European, African, and American plays spanning from antiquity to present. As we navigate the structural, aesthetic, and philosophical dimensions of works like Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Churchill’s Top Girls, and McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, we will explore how these works – how literary representation, in general – emerges from a particular socio-historic situation.At the same time, however, we will also examine how findings in cognitive science point to ways our physiology plays a significant role in how we produce meaning, construct culture, and utilize language. Reading dramatic literature in context with linguistics, neuroscience, gender theory, race theory, postcolonialism, philosophy, and evolutionary psychology, we will focus on the following questions:

  • What is embodied cognition?
  • To what extent does physiology inform language, abstraction, and morality?
  • How does “the body” shape ways we understand and produce literature?
  • How does dramatic representation have a unique function in this context?

Three Credits Fulfills Humanities Elective, English Elective, or Literature Elective
Professor: Thomas Blake   Office: 5 – 550   Phone: 292-3331

ENR 161 Honors Engineering Computing I

This is course is designed to develop practical problem solving skills and foster critical thinking that is particularly useful to students who are planning a career in engineering.The course focuses on three phases of problem solving: problem analysis - which involves effectively stating and interpreting problems, developing logic flow diagrams, writing and interpreting specifications, and testing algorithmic-based solutions; solution design - which involves the appropriate use of data types, mechanisms employed in the storage and retrieval of information, passing function parameters and communicating between discrete processes, and developing methods for testing design concepts; project implementation – which involves programming and testing solutions.A data-flow approach that utilizes a programming language such as LabVIEW will be extensively utilized throughout the course. Students will be able to apply learned concepts and practical problem solving skills through projects that utilize an engaging development platform such as the Lego Mindstorm Robotics system.

*PREREQUISITE: MTH 210 taken concurrently or previously completed.

Three Credits
Professor: John Wadach   Office: 8-632   Phone: 292-2488  

HIS 111 Honors History of the U.S. to 1865

This course is a writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning dedicated honors course that surveys the origin of the New World and of the clash between the colonies and Great Britain, the framing of the Constitution, Jacksonian Democracy and its influence on the American character, the slavery issue, the growth of industry, territorial expansion, and the Civil War.  City as Text™ is an opportunity to utilize site-based experiential inquiry to formulate an understanding of places and issues. City as Text™ refers to structured explorations of environments and ecosystems.Designed as on-going laboratories through which small teams investigate contested areas and issues in urban environments, or competing forces in natural ones, these exercises foster critical inquiry and integrative learning across disciplines.  For this course, we will be using the city of Rochester as a text to understand its place in early American history and issues in its preservation. 

Three Credits  Fulfills SUNY Gen Ed for American History or MCC Social Science elective
Professor: Verdis Robinson    Office: 4226    Phone: 262-1552

MAR 200 Honors Principles of Marketing

What do Gucci handbags, Shaquille O'Neal, anti-drug campaigns, the Bahamas, lawyers, movies and Tide detergent all have in common with each other?

Answer: They are all products that satisfy consumer needs and provide perceived value. All are carefully positioned to have just the right image, and are perfectly tailored, packaged, situated and presented to their target markets, whose every need, desire, and change in circumstance is carefully researched and analyzed.

Marketing 200, Principles of Marketing, examines the environment in which marketers operate as well as provides an understanding of the "tool box" possessed by marketers known as the four "P"s – Product, Price, Place, and Promotion.

In the Honors class, we will not only assess the environment and sort through the toolbox, but we will apply the principles to a real-life marketing project since marketing is one of those fascinating subjects that is easily understood in the abstract, but that requires the application of ingenuity and creativity to be successful.

Students will not only learn how to apply marketing principles, but become tough consumers, and understand how to present and market themselves in the best possible way.

PREREQUESITE: BUS 104 and MTH 104 or MCC level 8 Math Placement

Three credits - Fulfills Marketing requirement for business students or General Elective
Professor:  Kathleen D. Borbee     Phone:  292-3268       Office:  5-513

MTH 160 Honors Statistics I

Where am I ever going to use this? Everywhere! Statistics changes numbers into information. Various forms of statistics are utilized in every career, field of study and day-to-day living. Statistical literacy is needed to make sense of our data-driven world.

This course will introduce descriptive and inferential statistics in an active learning format. Students will experience the relevancy by researching and analyzing data provided by the instructor and by the students themselves. Projects will bring the course full circle and serve as guidelines for future analyses. Minitab statistical software is utilized.

*PREREQUISITE: MTH 104 with a grade of C or better, or MCC Level 8 Math Placement

Three credits Fulfills Mathematics and Natural Science Elective
Professor: Lori Judd   Phone 292-2945   Office 8-538

MTH 210 Honors Calculus I

This course includes an in depth study of differential calculus as well as an introduction to integral calculus.Topics include:limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, along with their applications in mathematics, science, and engineering.Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on developing a solid understanding of the topics covered as well as the connections between them.Mathematical modeling will be emphasized through projects that involve the investigation of multifaceted problems requiring a combination of various concepts and techniques learned in the course.An appropriate amount of theory will be incorporated by way of mathematical proofs. 

*PREREQUISITE: MTH 175 with a grade of C or higher, or high school precalculus with a grade of B (83) or higher.

Four creditsFulfills Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
Professor:Steve Kilner   Phone: 292-2961   Office:8-519

PHL 101 Honors Introduction to Philosophy

As in most introductory philosophy courses, we're going to focus primarily on the "big" questions that have been at the center of intellectual debate for at least the past 2500 years: What are the limits of human knowledge and understanding, especially regarding the external, natural world? What is the nature of the self and consciousness? What kind of life is best? Along the way, this honors section will also have to consider and critically evaluate the answers offered by philosophers to more concrete questions such as: Is the existence (or non-existence) of God or gods something that can be proved rationally? Is free will an illusion? When our reasoning and our experience conflict, should we trust our past experience or our reason? In short, we're going to "think big" this semester.

In this honors section students will have the opportunity to do more than survey these topics. You will explore these philosophical questions in depth by reading many of the significant arguments that have shaped this debate within the Western tradition and critically evaluating them from your own point of view. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis and criticism of these arguments, with the intent of enabling students to evaluate arguments both in support of and in opposition to their own views on the matters considered. Careful analysis and full appreciation of these arguments takes patience and time, but by reading and discussing historically important philosophical texts of Plato, Descartes, Kant, and others, we should be in a better position to try our hand at answering these more abstract questions for ourselves.

Three credits Fulfills Humanities Elective
Professor: Elizabeth Laidlaw   Phone 292-3351   Office 5-556

PHL103 Honors Introduction to Ethcs

There are four central topics in Introduction to Ethics. We read, think, discuss, and write about (a) the good life for human beings, (b) how to distinguish morally right action from morally wrong action, (c) whether morality is something that we know or whether it is a matter of emotions, and (d) appeals to human rights in the international order. We consider how concepts of the good life, right and wrong, and human rights apply to moral problems such as violence, war, abortion, the treatment of animals, and care for the dying.

Honors students have the opportunity to read and analyze various texts in moral philosophy from different eras and different cultures. We emphasize reasoned discussion, analyzing arguments, and careful writing. Learning is enhanced by participation in community lectures and events.

Three CreditsFulfills: SUNY Humanities requirement
Professor: Robert Muhlnickel   Office: 5-553   Phone: 292-3243

PHY 121 Honors Physics for Non-Majors - The Big Bang

Beginning in ancient Greece, this course traces the evolution of scientific thinking about the structure and origin of the physical universe, as well as our place and role within it. As our understanding matures, through the discoveries of Newton, Einstein and quantum mechanics, we will be brought into a 21st century where questions concerning the fundamental nature of time and space and the creation and ultimate fate of the universe (or universes) are no longer solely in the domain of philosophy and religion. Throughout the course, the interplay between science and the rest of human culture will be illustrated through the works of both academic and popular authors and artists.

This is a non-mathematical introductory course for students with little or no science background.

Three credits Fulfills Natural Science Elective
Professor: Paul D'Alessandris   Phone 292-2490   Office 5-212

PHY 120 Physics for Non-Majors Laboratory (non-honors)

This is a one (1) credit non-honors course that may accompany PHY 121.

In this two hour lab, we will design experiments that will refine both our understanding of scientific theory and our understanding of the process of science. Although it is not necessary to enroll in PHY 120 in order to enroll in PHY 121, participation in the lab will make the lecture portion of the course easier to understand and hopefully more enjoyable. Physics is much easier to understand when you actually handle the apparatus and see the phenomena discussed in lecture.

Practically speaking, it is easier to fulfill the MCC science requirement if four credits are taken. In addition, many four-year colleges require lab science experiences to obtain transfer credit.

One credit (non-honors) Fulfills Natural Science Elective
Professor: Paul D'Alessandris   Phone 292-2490   Office 5-212

PHY 161 Honors University Physics I

An introductory course in classical mechanics using calculus, designed for engineering, mathematics, or natural science majors. Topics include kinematics, Newton's Laws, work, energy, momentum, rotational motion of rigid bodies, and harmonic motion. The Honors section of PHY 161 will be taught in a studio format, consisting of three two-hour time blocks. The studio format and extended time period will allow the seamless integration of theoretical content and experimental investigation rather than the artificial separation between theory and experiment prevalent in a traditional course.

The course content will be structured to emphasize scientific modeling. Modeling is a constructivist approach whereby you will build your understanding by developing ever-increasingly complex models of different aspects of the physical world. You will learn to probe the strengths and weaknesses of models, to communicate and critique your ideas and the ideas of other students, to work within groups, and to present your findings both in writing and orally to the class.

In addition to the laboratory activities utilized in the modeling cycle, you will conceptualize, design, and carry-out an open-ended physics research project. This research project will require you to apply your modeling skills to a phenomenon or physical system for which the “correct” answer is unknown. In addition to progress reports, delivered both in writing and orally to the class, you will complete a formal research paper on your project consistent with the style manual of a scientific journal. In addition to the paper, you will deliver presentations of their work to departmental gatherings, at MCC’s Scholar’s Day, and possibly at a local or national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

*PREREQUISITE: Strong preparation in high school physicsCorequisite: MTH 211

Three Credits Fulfills Natural Science
Professor: Michael Goho   Office: 8-638   Phone: 292-2486

PSY 101 Honors Introduction to Psychology

Why do people dream, and what are dreams anyway? What are emotions? Is ESP real, and if it is, what is it? How do children learn right from wrong? Is there a relationship between race and intelligence? Why do people eat when not hungry? What causes depression; how can it be treated?

In trying to answer these and other questions, students will explore the causes of human behavior in a wide variety of situations and relate what they learn to their own life experiences. This course goes beyond pure textbook material in allowing students to reflect on writings in the field of psychology and to participate directly in psychological activities. Students may choose to conduct systematic observations of behavior in various settings, to analyze the accuracy of psychological principles portrayed in novels or films, or to interview psychological professionals about their training and their work.

Three credits Fulfills Social Science Elective
Professor: Celia Reaves   Phone 292-3258   Office 5-440
Email: (spring semester)

Professor: Michael Ofsowitz   Phone 292-3223   Office 5-402
Email: (fall semester)

PSY 201 Honors Developmental Psychology - Child

How does childhood shape us to become the unique individuals we are?Does divorce have long-term effects on children?Does having gay or lesbian parents affect child development?  Is spanking an effective form of discipline?What is responsible for the epidemic of childhood obesity in our country and how can we combat it?Do babies learn better from Baby Einstein videos or from simple, old-fashioned, low-tech interactions with parents?How are current technologies such as the internet, texting, and social media impacting children’s social development?How can we raise moral children in what seems to be an increasingly amoral and socially toxic world?

These are just some of the many questions we will explore as we examine the diversity and complexities of physical, cognitive, and social development in children. We will critically evaluate traditional contexts of child development such as the family, peer group, and school as well as contemporary issues relevant to child development in the 21st century.Other topics of special focus include peer victimization and cyberbullying; the troubling trend in how children, particularly young girls, are “sexualized” by media and advertisers and the psychological harm that results, including eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression; the critical importance of play in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development; effects of childhood poverty, abuse, and neglect; and cultural differences in child-rearing.

The course will entail readings, lively class discussions, and written analysis of controversial, thought-provoking issues in child development.This course offers vital information for future teachers, parents, or anyone interested in becoming a parent.

*PREREQUISITE: PSY 101 (does not have to be honors)

Three credits Fulfills Social Science Elective
Professor: Wanda Willard   Phone 292-3311   Office 5-442

PSY 222 Honors Social Psychology of the Holocaust

This course will explore these questions: Is there a relationship between individual violence and genocide? How do ideologies and prejudices develop that ultimately threaten humanity and the ecosystem? Is indifference ultimately more disabling than evil? Can we devise an early warning system to detect possible emergence of mass violence?

In looking at the above questions, we will take a much closer look at the simplicity of good, the banality and seductiveness of evil, and the dangers of indifference. Although the Holocaust will be the primary focus, we will look at other examples of genocide and mass violence.

The goal of this course is to generate hope in the context of information that has a great potential as a source of despair. This course will involve a journey which will be more than an intellectual endeavor. The questions that we will confront are embedded in the passions as well as shared and articulated through the intellect. The ideas that we will explore may not leave the individual the option to return to naivete. The material of this course will force the individuals to confront the most fundamental assumptions about their world and human nature within it.

In confronting these themes, my hope is that each participant will achieve his or her own vision of commitment to respect and celebrate life's diversity and to the building of an inclusive community of justice.

Three credits Fulfills Social Science Elective
Professor: Charlie Clarke   Phone 292-3345   Office 5-404

SOC 101 Honors Introduction to Sociology

Sociology is fascinated with the same question that interests other fields of study: Why are we the way we are? What is, however, peculiar about sociology is that it sees humans as the product of their relationships with other humans in small groups, as well as in the larger groups that we call society. In the course of this semester, we will develop the skill of looking at such diverse social realities as romantic relationships, sex roles, family life, the deviants of society, class, the unequal status of men and women, racial inequality, and our political and economic systems, from a sociological point of view. It is the intent of this course to give you a greater degree of control over your own life by helping you to understand how it is affected by group and social forces.

Three credits Fulfills Social Science Elective
Professor: Susan Belair   Phone 292-3240   Office 5-330

SOC 101 Honors Introduction to Sociology

This course is a survey of the major concepts employed in the systematic study of human relationships, with emphasis on society, culture, social interaction, socialization, groups, bureaucracy, institutions, collective behavior, social stratification, social control, social change and sociology as a field of knowledge.

Three credits Fulfills Social Science Elective
Professor: Dina Giovanelli   Phone 262-1554   Damon Campus Office 4-214