Fall 2017: Open UB Seminar Courses (1-credit)

The following are approved 1-credit UB Seminar courses for Fall 2017 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. 

ART 198SEM - Controversial Art

This seminar critically, analyses and critiques the processes and nature of subversive, provocative, activist and interventive art. Furthermore it examines the varied motivations behind controversial art practice, taking into consideration the premise and strategic decisions made by such practitioners. The historical precedence, current trends, theoretical undercurrents and leading proponents of controversial art as manifested through public agitation and media frenzy will also be considered. Lastly, the seminar will evaluate the effects of controversial art on public opinion, on museums and galleries, including funding institutions and how these institutions and artists cope with changing regulations to counter contentious art.

Section: GH
Registration Number: 22351
Instructor: Hughes,George Osmond
Schedule: T 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Unknown (North Campus)
Seats Available: 17

BIO 198SEM -

Section: BLA
Registration Number: 24519
Instructor: Blanke,Kristina
Schedule: T 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Capen 108 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

BMS 198SEM - Current Events in Bio Science

Students will use contemporary research to discuss current topics in Biomedical Sciences. Students will engage in group and whole class discussions based on articles found in scientific journals as well as mainstream media. Course topics will vary based on current events of the time.

Section: A
Registration Number: 22333
Instructor: Shubert,David E
Schedule: M 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Location: Kimbal 108 (South Campus)
Seats Available: 17

BMS 198SEM - Current Events in Bio Science

Students will use contemporary research to discuss current topics in Biomedical Sciences. Students will engage in group and whole class discussions based on articles found in scientific journals as well as mainstream media. Course topics will vary based on current events of the time.

Section: B
Registration Number: 22334
Instructor: Shubert,David E
Schedule: W 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Location: Kimbal 108 (South Campus)
Seats Available: 19

CEP 198SEM - Human Learning & Cognition

Please note: After the first week of classes, this class will meet every other week for 100 minutes. In this course, you will explore the most recent research on how people learn best, different kinds of learning (e.g., procedural versus content), and other types of human cognition, such as attention, memory, and perception. You will apply this content to your own learning to better understand how you learn efficiently and effectively. You will also learn about strategies you can employ to facilitate learning in a variety of learning environments. This course provides opportunities for small group interactions, focused on the learning that takes place in a large, public research university setting, specific to students? chosen major or among a selection of fields. In addition, you will begin to frame your learning within the UB Curriculum philosophy to facilitate the creation of the electronic portfolio required for the UB Curriculum capstone.

Section: HLC
Registration Number: 23198
Instructor: Van Zile-Tamsen,Carol M
Schedule: R 8:30am - 10:10am
Location: Baldy 126 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 8

CHE 198SEM - Science! If you are not part

Section: A
Registration Number: 24553
Instructor: Ahsan,Khalid
Schedule: F 10:00am - 10:50am
Location: Capen 108 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

COM 198SEM -

Section: LR
Registration Number: 24525
Instructor: Rintamaki,Lance
Schedule: W 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Capen 110 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 24

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: A
Registration Number: 21963
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: M 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Location: Hoch 139 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 2

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: B
Registration Number: 22019
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: T 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Filmor 317 (Ellicott Complex)
Seats Available: 9

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: C
Registration Number: 22020
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: T 8:00am - 8:50am
Location: Norton 214 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 8

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: D
Registration Number: 22021
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: F 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Capen 110 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 13

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: F
Registration Number: 22023
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: W 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Talbrt 115 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 10

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: G
Registration Number: 22024
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: M 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Obrian 212 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 11

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

This course will focus on "Big ideas" to explore important educational, scholarly, economic and community challenges. These ideas will be organized around areas of university strength relating to one or more key themes and how these themes relate to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. Students will come together to address issues that have implications for understandings and solutions to key challenges leading students to engage with questions of significance in engineering and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world.

Section: H
Registration Number: 23194
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: W 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Capen 258 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 7

EAS 198SEM - The Places You Will Go

Section: I
Registration Number: 23639
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: T 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Location: Clemen 123 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 9

ECO 198SEM - Financial Literacy

JUST ADDED AS OF 5/30/2017!

Section: ATK
Registration Number: 24528
Instructor: Atkinson,Paul
Schedule: R 6:30pm - 7:50pm
Location: Talbrt 113 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

GEO 198SEM -

Section: BAG
Registration Number: 24566
Instructor: Bagchi-Sen,Sharmistha
Schedule: W 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Wilksn 135 (Ellicott Complex)
Seats Available: 26

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F1G
Registration Number: 21688
Instructor: Toth,Jeannette
Schedule: F 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 24

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F2G
Registration Number: 21689
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: W 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 4

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F3G
Registration Number: 21690
Instructor: Toth,Jeannette
Schedule: F 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 24

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F4G
Registration Number: 21691
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: F 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F5G
Registration Number: 21692
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: F 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 28

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F6G
Registration Number: 21693
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: W 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 22

MGG 198SEM - Corp&Ind Social Rspblity

The purpose of this one-credit seminar is to introduce transfer students to the University at Buffalo, as well as the School of Management. Faculty and new upper division UB transfer students will be brought together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo. This course will be based around the discussion and debate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), as well as individual responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when management decides to "do good for society". In other words, companies use some of their profits towards initiatives that benefit society. Some initiatives that are focused on include improving the environment, donating to charities (locally & nationally), and assisting community programs. In addition, we will discuss social responsibility on an individual basis and how you can improve our society as a student, right now. Furthermore, students will explore different concentrations and careers within the School of Management. Students will also learn/refine skills required for academic success.

Section: F7G
Registration Number: 21694
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: W 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Jacobs B32 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 26

NSG 198SEM - Going "Glocal": An Exam Glob

Course will meet two Saturdays out of the semester with additional experiential activities. Classes on 9/10 and 9/24.

Section: 000
Registration Number: 22813
Instructor: Stuhlmiller,Cynthia Marie
Schedule: ARR -
Location: Wende Arr (South Campus)
Seats Available: 24

PHY 198SEM - Who on Earth Uses Physics?

In this course, students will be exposed to current research in several areas of physics. Students will learn how physicists push the envelopes in time (both long and short), in size (large and small) and in space/time. The topics are discussed in the context of their historical background and their connection to our daily lives. In additional to physics realted topics, the course will deal with questions that transfer students may have, i.e., structure of the UB Curriculum, expectations of majors, importance of research, communication skills, and the ePortfolio.

Section: LUO
Registration Number: 24529
Instructor: Luo,Hong
Schedule: W 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Obrian 214 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

PSC 198SEM -

Section: YOS
Registration Number: 24518
Instructor: Yoshinaka,Antoine Isao
Schedule: 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Alumni 88 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 25

PSY 198SEM - Empathizing with Empathy

Why do we cringe away from the pain of others? Why does it make us uncomfortable to see others uncomfortable? What motivates us to act, often against our own best interest, to help our friends, family, or strangers? For many, trying to understand and alleviate the pain of others is a way of life, but what might contribute to a behavior that, on the surface, appears to bring more pain than pleasure? This course will investigate the causes, consequences, uses, and presentation of empathy in our daily lives, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between empathy and prosocial behavior. The class will take a multi-method approach, incorporating research, literature, and media perspectives on the expression and uses of empathy. Students will be asked to evaluate examples of empathy from their daily lives and in an academic environment in an attempt to understand the causes, and potential applications, of empathy.

Section: A
Registration Number: 21835
Instructor: Goddard,Erica Lee
Schedule: F 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Obrian 214 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 20

PSY 198SEM - Empathizing with Empathy

Why do we cringe away from the pain of others? Why does it make us uncomfortable to see others uncomfortable? What motivates us to act, often against our own best interest, to help our friends, family, or strangers? For many, trying to understand and alleviate the pain of others is a way of life, but what might contribute to a behavior that, on the surface, appears to bring more pain than pleasure? This course will investigate the causes, consequences, uses, and presentation of empathy in our daily lives, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between empathy and prosocial behavior. The class will take a multi-method approach, incorporating research, literature, and media perspectives on the expression and uses of empathy. Students will be asked to evaluate examples of empathy from their daily lives and in an academic environment in an attempt to understand the causes, and potential applications, of empathy.

Section: B
Registration Number: 21836
Instructor: Goddard,Erica Lee
Schedule: F 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Obrian 214 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 4

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: FARA
Registration Number: 22622
Instructor: Farkas,Gaspar A.
Schedule: M 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Dfn 207 (South Campus)
Seats Available: 18

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: FARB
Registration Number: 22623
Instructor: Farkas,Gaspar A.
Schedule: R 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Dfn 207 (South Campus)
Seats Available: 18

PUB 198SEM - NTR: Science for Your Health

The 1-credit UB Seminar uses a mixture of lectures and faculty-moderated discussion to introduce Nutrition as a science discipline and to help the transfer students assimilating into UB life. Instead of the traditional focus on each nutrient, the class will use nutrition-related health problems of common interests to introduce the basic function and metabolism of nutrients; nutrition research; as well as nutrition-related policies. To complete the learning experience, students will also submit weekly internet surveys, a special project report and a final report.

Section: KUO
Registration Number: 22709
Instructor: Kuo,Shiu-Ming
Schedule: R 9:00am - 9:50am
Location: Clemen 217 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 15

PUB 198SEM - NTR: Science for Your Health

Section: KUOB
Registration Number: 23189
Instructor: Kuo,Shiu-Ming
Schedule: R 8:00am - 8:50am
Location: Clemen 217 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 19

RLL 198SEM - Cinema in Literature

The aim of this course is to present a global literary phenomenon across romance language world cultures that can be briefly described as the impact that the medium of cinema had and has on the medium of literature. In other words, we will look at how cinema influenced and influences literature and how it was and it is represented in literature in translation of romance language world regions. Therefore, during the course we will read and analyze novels translated into English that belong to this "genre" and we will read and discuss critical texts on this subject. Students will be encouraged to offer their own approach to the study of this literary trend and to suggest and examine other narratives that can belong to this literary phenomenon.

Section: PEC
Registration Number: 22433
Instructor: Pecchioli,Emanuela
Schedule: M 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Clemen 930 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

SOC 198SEM - The Dark Side of Happiness

Section: LEE
Registration Number: 23422
Instructor: Lee,Kristen Schultz
Schedule: M 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Filmor 317 (Ellicott Complex)
Seats Available: 23

TH 198SEM - The Purpose of Playing

Artists aspire to instigate difficult conversations about controversial subjects in edifying ways. Artists expand understanding and extend ?hearing? beyond pretty pictures and simple entertainment. Theatre and Dance are art forms.This course will investigate the structure of the art form through a series of readings, discussions, and projects focused on a current UB Department of Theatre and Dance production. By studying the requirements for production (while mixing metaphors from Goethe and Shakespeare) the course intends to understand ?the purpose of playing? and ask: What social and moral issues are the ?body of the time? that ?hold?the mirror up to nature??

Section: DB
Registration Number: 23686
Instructor: Burlingame,Dyan L
Schedule: W 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Cfa 144 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 25