Even though it feels like the middle of winter-yay for two snow days last week-spring semester has arrived. It feels as though I just arrived for orientation week, yet I’m already taking exams for my second semester classes! Although I have a 9 am class twice a week, I love how balanced my schedule is this semester. I’ve been able to get into a solid routine where I even have time for the gym (shocker). Here is a look at my spring semester classes!
Introductory Chemistry II: This class is a continuation of Intro Chem I, but this semester we get to focus on some more in-depth concepts such as quantum mechanics and electrochemistry. I have this class at 10 am, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday-the same as last semester.
Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II: Yesterday in lab my partner and I constructed many different galvanic cells (spontaneous batteries) and were able to identify many different unknown metals by the current produced. It was pretty awesome. I cannot wait for the labs we get to do this semester!
Calculus II (For Biological and Social Sciences): Although math is not my strongest subject, I’ve really enjoyed focusing on the problem sets and really trying to learn the material this semester. The pace of this class is much faster than Calc I so it is a challenge trying to keep up! Professor Pingali uses a lot of real world examples, though, which keeps the class interesting.
Expository Writing: The Ethics of Apocalypse: I signed up for this class originally because the title sounded so cool! Throughout the course we get to read the Books of Revelation, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and even watch the film 28 Days Later. Analyzing complex ethics situations in apocalyptic settings is extremely thought provoking and I’ve found that writing the essays are enjoyable!
Cognitive Neuroscience: This is my first required class for the neuroscience major which is very exciting. So far we have reviewed neuroanatomy and imaging systems. Instead of just textbook readings for homework, there are a lot of current neurology studies and experiment readings. Two professors teach the lectures, and it is interesting to get two different perspectives on the material.
Freshmen Seminar: From Genes to DNA and Back: This seminar style class has so far proved to be my favorite! Right now we are trying to decide how deterministic genes are. Not only do we focus on the molecular structure of proteins and genes, we relate them to current social problems and philosophy questions. Every week a pair of students gives a presentation on a different topic which then leads to a class discussion.