Spring 2019 UB Seminar Courses (1-credit)

The following are approved 1-credit UB Seminar courses for spring 2019 with open seats. Transfer students with 45 or more domestic credits will take a 1-credit UB Seminar that most closely aligns with your intended field of study.

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Before registering, browse all UB Seminar options and ensure you have found your final choice. After enrolling, you will be unable to make a change in your selection. 

BIO 198SEM - Controversial Biology

Each session will explore current topics discussed by the news media related to the field of Biology. Students will learn how to interpret, research, and question news articles, while critically evaluating the conclusions and discussing the impacts on related social and ethical concerns. Classes will incorporate a combination of lectures, class discussions, and writing.

Section: BLA
Registration Number: 24757
Instructor: Blanke,Kristina
Schedule: W 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Frnczk 408 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 8

BMS 198SEM - Life's Molecular Machines

Most important biological processes are carried out by proteins, macromolecular machines that perform multiple chemical, structural, and communication roles in the cell. STB198 will expose students to a variety of proteins from a molecular perspective. The field of Structural Biology aims to provide a complete understanding of the function of proteins at a molecular level. This includes determining the atomic structure of proteins and understanding how the structure dictates the function of the protein. Important proteins will be discussed with a particular focus on proteins that are the target of pharmaceuticals that are currently in use. Students will complete writing and oral presentations that demonstrate the ability to understand key concepts in Structural Biology.

Section: 1
Registration Number: 24212
Instructor: Gulick,Andrew M
Schedule: T 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Dfn 103 (South Campus)
Seats Available: 19

CHE 198SEM - Science! If you are not part

Chemistry has a reputation for being a complicated science. In simple terms, chemistry is important because it explains the world around us. Chemistry is a big part of our everyday lives. From the everyday foods we eat, to items like clothes, cosmetics, cell phones and pharmaceuticals, chemistry has played a role in its production. This 1-credit UB Seminar will use learning tools like lectures, exercises, in-class activities, discussions and debates. It will focus on different aspects of chemistry and career opportunities open to chemists. Students will also learn the importance of research in chemistry; they will learn the role played by basic as well as applied research in industrial development and in the protection of our environment.

Section: A
Registration Number: 21075
Instructor: Ahsan,Khalid
Schedule: F 10:00am - 10:50am
Location: Talbrt 111 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 14

PUB 198SEM - How Brain Works (and Doesn't)

This 1-credit UB Seminar is a discussion-based course that will use a variety of formats (readings from the Old Testament, books, movies, documentaries, popular TV shows, and a guided tour of UB?s Brain Museum) to explore the underlying anomalies in neurological cases. A review of normal neuroanatomy and function will lead to a discussion of how these are disrupted in the particular case and consequent impact on global function. Case studies will be selected to cover a broad range of neurological systems (vision, speech, memory, personality). By integrating illnesses/injures concurrent to learning the physiology/anatomy, students will not only gain an appreciation and understanding of normal neurological function, but more importantly, an appreciation of the resiliency and adaptability of the neurological system, and most importantly, of the human spirit.

Section: FAR
Registration Number: 20920
Instructor: Farkas,Gaspar A.
Schedule: W 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Location: Farber 134B (South Campus)
Seats Available: 4

SOC 198SEM - The Dark Side of Happiness

We all want to be happy, some would argue it is a particularly American trait to prioritize happiness over all else. But what are the limitations and dangers of this relentless pursuit of happiness? We will read work by both positive scholars and those critical of positive science in a semester-long exploration of positivity, pessimism, happiness and unhappiness. We will discuss the ways in which a culture of positivity may blame individuals for their own illness or economic troubles and how relentless optimism may even result in a lack of preparedness for natural disasters and a refusal to see looming crises. In the end, students will evaluate the arguments read throughout the semester along with their own portfolio of happiness artifacts and their position papers on the power of positivity to decide if there is in fact a dark side to happiness.

Section: LEE
Registration Number: 23603
Instructor: Lee,Kristen Schultz
Schedule: W 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Talbrt 103 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 1

SSC 198SEM - Move Your Research to the Next

This course will introduce you to the UB research culture. What does it mean to be a student at a research university? How does your undergraduate education weave through the themes of UB2020? How can you conduct meaningful research at UB? What is this ePortfolio you keep hearing about? Through course work you will answer these questions and more to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen major. Each week we?ll work through the process of identifying, developing, and creating a body of work, relevant to your major and in a format common in your chosen field, for inclusion in your ePortfolio.

Section: TY2
Registration Number: 23682
Instructor: Tysick,Cynthia A
Schedule: T 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Baldy 117 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 12

SSC 198SEM - Move Your Research to the Next

This course will introduce you to the UB research culture. What does it mean to be a student at a research university? How does your undergraduate education weave through the themes of UB2020? How can you conduct meaningful research at UB? What is this ePortfolio you keep hearing about? Through course work you will answer these questions and more to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen major. Each week we?ll work through the process of identifying, developing, and creating a body of work, relevant to your major and in a format common in your chosen field, for inclusion in your ePortfolio.

Section: TYS
Registration Number: 20683
Instructor: Tysick,Cynthia A
Schedule: W 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Clemen 17 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 1