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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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: 28

CAS 198SEM - Creativity & Research Art &Sci

The 1-credit UB Seminar is a discussion-based seminar that introduces the principles of liberal arts education with a focus on the many research opportunities available at the University at Buffalo. With the goal of bringing faculty and new upper division transfer students together to establish a successful transition to becoming a student at the University at Buffalo, the 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

Section: 001
Registration Number: 24404
Instructor: Kohler II,Jeffrey Joseph
Schedule: W 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Location: Bell 138 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 26

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: 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: 20495
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: M 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Park 145 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

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: 20496
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: W 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Bell 337 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 20

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: 20950
Instructor: Unknown
Schedule: T 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: Capen 110 (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: S1G
Registration Number: 20242
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: W 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Location: Jacobs B34 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 13

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: S2G
Registration Number: 20243
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: W 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Location: Jacobs B34 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 29

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: S3G
Registration Number: 20244
Instructor: Krupski,Michael Dennis
Schedule: W 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Location: Jacobs B34 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 27

PHI 198SEM - Science and Religion

In this seminar we will examine questions about the relationship between science and religion. Some religious believers argue that existing scientific evidence supports their perspective, while others say that science undermines religion. Still others claim that science and religion exist in separate spheres and thus neither support nor disconfirm one another. Students will gain experience in constructing and evaluating arguments for and against controversial positions.

Section: BEE
Registration Number: 23814
Instructor: Beebe,James R
Schedule: R 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Location: Clemen 119 (North Campus)
Seats Available: 23

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: 20279
Instructor: Goddard,Erica Lee
Schedule: M 11:00am - 11:50am
Location: Park 143 (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: Dfn 208 (South Campus)
Seats Available: 23

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: 21

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: 26

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: 26