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Whether you are pre-med, pre-dental, or pre-allied health, Fairfield University has the prerequisite science courses to get you qualified for a successful application to professional schools in the Health Sciences. Our courses are modeled after the rigorous fall and spring term versions that we teach every year. Many of them are taught by the same excellent faculty who work with our pre-health students year round.

If you need biology, chemistry or physics courses to catch up with your pre-health curriculum at your home institution, or are looking to “fix” a weaker performance in any of the above, we offer the full curriculum.

Biology

Summer Session I
Lecture/Lab

BIOL 1107 lecture (01) (CRN 53235) (4 credits) Corequisite: BIOL 1107L
5/22/23 - 6/23/23 HYBRID
Mon./Wed., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. plus Fri., 6/23/23, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ONLINE
Tues./Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro

BIOL 1107L lab (01) (CRN 53056) (0 credits)
5/23/23 - 6/22/23, Tues./Thurs., 10:05 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
$105 Science Lab Fee

This course is required for nursing majors as a prerequisite for most nursing courses. A strong chemistry background is recommended. Homeostasis is the major theme of the course with form and function covered together each semester. This course introduces the student to anatomical terminology, homeostasis and feedback control, membrane physiology, and tissues followed by the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Laboratory work closely follows the BI 1107 lecture and includes microscopic anatomy (histology), use of virtual cadaver (Anatomage Table), anatomical models, human skeletons, and dissections for study of gross anatomy, and physiology experiments including muscle recruitment measurements, reflex tests and cranial nerve tests.

Note: This course is not open to biology majors except where required for allied health sciences (chair approval required).

BI 1171 lecture (01) (CRN 53236) (4 credits) Corequisites: BI 1171L; BI 1171P
5/22/23 - 6/23/23 HYBRID
Mon./Wed., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ON CAMPUS
Tues./Thurs., plus Friday, 6/23/23 ONLINE
Professor: Geoffrey Church

BI 1171L lab (01) (CRN 53059) (0 credits): 5/23/22 – 6/22/22, Mon./Wed., 1:30 p.m. to 4:30  p.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Geoffrey Church
$105 Science Lab Fee
This LAB fulfills a MWID Signature Element requirement.
This introductory course for biology majors covers the molecular and cellular basis of life, including cell structure and function, cell communication, inheritance, gene expression and regulation, and developmental genetics. Students receive hands-on experience with a broad range of topics and techniques in the accompanying laboratory.

Online

BIOL 1020 (01) (CRN 53052) (3 credits)
5/22/23 - 6/30/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor:
Christine Rodriguez
This course section fulfills a MWAC Signature Element requirement and a MSID Signature Element requirement
This course introduces topics in Biology which have inspired developments in technology to the non-science major. Special emphasis is placed on ethical and social issues related to the knowledge and application of these technologies. Topics include biomimicry, antibiotics, gene editing, synthetic biology, and more. Through the semester, students will work together to design a biomedical engineering solution to an existing problem in nature.

Note: This course counts as a natural science interdisciplinary core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

BIOL 1071 (01) (CRN 53054) (3 credits)
5/22/23 – 6/2/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: Olivia Harriott
This course section fulfills a MSID Signature Element requirement and a MSJ1 Signature Element requirement.
This course introduces human genetics to the non-science major. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, modes of inheritance, gene editing, sex and gender, race, and human genetic diversity. Special emphasis is placed on ethical, legal and social issues related to the knowledge and application of genetic information. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

BIOL 1076 (01) (CRN 53055) (3 credits)
5/22/23 – 6/30/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: James Biardi
This course fulfills a MSID Signature Element requirement.
The science of the environment is presented through examination of the interconnections among physical, chemical, and biological fields of inquiry. This course looks at how the global environment is altered by the human population, technology, and production of fuels and food. In this course, students will acquire a scientific understanding of current issues in environmental science and learn to evaluate claims about current environmental problems. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology or chemistry major or minor.

BIOL 1078 (01) (CRN 53242) (3 credits) 
5/22/23 – 6/30/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions.
Professor: Shannon Gerry
This course fulfills a MSID Signature Element requirement.
This course introduces the non-science major and the marine science minor to the field of oceanography. Topics dealing with the geological, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of science underscore the interdisciplinary nature of world ocean study. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

Summer Session II
Lecture/Lab

BI 1108 lecture (01) (CRN 53057) (4 credits) Corequisite: BIOL 0108L
7/10/23 -  8/10/23 HYBRID
Mon./Wed., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ONLINE
Tues./Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro

BI 1108L lab (01) (CRN 53058) (0 credits)
7/11/23 - 8/10/23 Tues./Thurs., 10:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
$105 Science Lab Fee

This course is required for nursing majors as a prerequisite for most nursing courses. A strong chemistry background is recommended. Homeostasis is the major theme of the course with form and function covered together each semester. This course continues with the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems. Laboratory work closely follows the BIOL 1108 lecture and includes microscopic anatomy (histology), use of virtual cadaver (Anatomage Table), anatomical models, and dissections for study of gross anatomy, and physiology experiments including blood pressure measurements, blood typing, lung function, and urinalysis.

Note: This course is not open to biology majors except where required for allied health sciences (chair approval required).
Prerequisite: BI 1107

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this lecture and lab from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

Online

BIOL 1070 (01) (CRN 53053) (3 credits)
7/10/23 - 8/18/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: Debra Sauer

This course analyzes the major science and technology issues that confront today's society. Through an examination of the underlying science, students gain an understanding of the impact these issues hold for the environment, our natural resources, and our society, including benefit versus hazard expectations. Course issues, which change to incorporate timely topics, include acid rain; agriculture; diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and heart disease; energy; genetic engineering; the greenhouse effect; ozone depletion; and water pollution. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

BIOL 1076 (02) (CRN 53470) (3 credits)
7/10/23 – 8/18/23
ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: James Biardi
This course fulfills a MSID Signature Element requirement.
The science of the environment is presented through examination of the interconnections among physical, chemical, and biological fields of inquiry. This course looks at how the global environment is altered by the human population, technology, and production of fuels and food. In this course, students will acquire a scientific understanding of current issues in environmental science and learn to evaluate claims about current environmental problems. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology or chemistry major or minor.

BIOL 1078 (02) (CRN 53471) (3 credits)
7/10/23 – 8/18/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: Gregory Burzynski

This course fulfills a MSID Signature Element requirement.
This course introduces the non-science major and the marine science minor to the field of oceanography. Topics dealing with the geological, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of science underscore the interdisciplinary nature of world ocean study. Note: This course counts as a natural science core but does not satisfy requirements for the biology major or minor.

Chemistry

Summer May 23 - July 20, 2023
Lecture/Lab

CHEM 1184 Lecture (01) (CRN 53493) (3 credits)
5/23/23 - 7/20/23
Tues./Thurs., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.  (no class on 7/4) ON CAMPUS
Professor
: Marta Anne Taddeo

This course introduces the general principles of chemistry (matter and measurement, atomic and molecular structure, energetics, acids and bases, oxidation, and reduction) in a manner that prepares students to relate to properties of organic materials and biologically relevant substances such as carbohydrates, lipids, peptides, proteins, and nucleic acids. The course focuses on general principles and introduces organic and biologically relevant substances. This course is directed to School of Nursing students and students in the Health Studies minor. Corequisite: CHEM 1184L.  

CHEM 1184L Lab (01) (CRN 53494) (1 credit)
5/23/23 - 7/20/23 
Tues./Thurs., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (no class on 7/4) ON CAMPUS
Professor: Marta Anne Taddeo
$105 Science Lab Fee

This lab illustrates lecture concepts of CHEM 1184 and allows students to observe relevant physical systems. Corequisite: CHEM 1184.

Summer Session I
Lecture/Lab

CHEM 1171 Lecture (01) (CRN 53180) (3 credits) 
5/22/23 - 6/23/23 HYBRID
Mon./Fri. from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. ONLINE
Tues., Wed. and Thurs. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Jon Harper
This course, the first in a two-semester sequence, covers atomic and molecular weights, the mole concept, Avogadro's number, stoichiometry, energy relationships in chemical systems, the properties of gases, the electronic structures of atoms, periodic relationships among the elements, chemical bonding, geometrics of molecules, molecular orbitals, liquids, solids, intermolecular forces, solutions, rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, free energy, entropy, acids and bases, aqueous equilibria, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemistry of some metals and nonmetals, and chemistry of coordination compounds. 
Corequisite: CHEM 1171L

CHEM 1171L Lab (01) (CRN 53181) (1 Credit)
5/23/23 - 6/22/23 Tues., Wed. and Thurs., from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Jon Harper
$105 Science Lab Fee
This lab offers the opportunity to explore and experience the rigors of an experimental physical science. Students make and record observations on simple chemical systems while learning fundamental laboratory manipulative and measurement skills. Experiments demonstrate and supplement concepts introduced in lecture. The first semester emphasizes weighing, filtering, titrating, using volumetric glassware, observing data, and recording and synthetic techniques. The second semester integrates these techniques in experimental procedures and explores physical properties and quantitative analysis of selected chemical systems. 
Corequisite: CHEM 1171

CHEM 2271 Lecture (01) (CRN 53184) (3 credits)
5/22/23 - 6/23/23 HYBRID
Mon./Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. ONLINE
Tues., Wed., Thurs. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Donald Wolanin
This course, an introduction to the chemistry of carbon compounds, discusses common functional groups from the perspective of molecular structure. Areas of emphasis include structure and characterization, preparation or organic synthesis, and the relations of physical and chemical properties to molecular structure. Stereochemical concepts introduced early in the course are used throughout.
Corequisite: CHEM 2271L
Prerequisite: CHEM 1172

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this course from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

CHEM 2271L Lab (01) (CRN 53185) (1 credit)
5/23/23 - 6/22/23 Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Mehrnaz Kamal
$105 Science Lab Fee
This lab emphasizes the manipulative techniques of separation, purification, analysis, and simple syntheses.
Corequisite: CHEM 2271

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this lab from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

 

Summer Session II
Lecture/Lab

CHEM 1172 Lecture (01) (CRN 53182) (3 credits)
7/10/23 - 8/11/23 HYBRID
Mon./Fri., 8 a.m to 10 a.m. ONLINE
Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 8 a.m to 10 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: TBA
This course, the second in a two-semester sequence, covers atomic and molecular weights, the mole concept, Avogadro's number, stoichiometry, energy relationships in chemical systems, the properties of gases, the electronic structures of atoms, periodic relationships among the elements, chemical bonding, geometrics of molecules, molecular orbitals, liquids, solids, intermolecular forces, solutions, rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, free energy, entropy, acids and bases, aqueous equilibria, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, chemistry of some metals and nonmetals, and chemistry of coordination compounds.
Corequisite: CHEM 1172L
Prerequisite: CHEM 1171

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this course from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

CHEM 1172L Lab (01) (CRN 53183) (1 credit) 
7/11/23 - 8/10/23 Tues., Wed. and Thurs. 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lab ON CAMPUS
Professor: TBA
$105 Science Lab Fee
This lab offers the opportunity to explore and experience the rigors of an experimental physical science. Students make and record observations on simple chemical systems while learning fundamental laboratory manipulative and measurement skills. Experiments demonstrate and supplement concepts introduced in lecture. The first semester emphasizes weighing, filtering, titrating, using volumetric glassware, observing data, and recording and synthetic techniques. The second semester integrates these techniques in experimental procedures and explores physical properties and quantitative analysis of selected chemical systems.
Corequisite: CHEM 1172

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this lab from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

CHEM 2272 Lecture (01) (CRN 53186) (3 credits)
7/10/23 – 8/11/23 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. HYBRID
ON CAMPUS: Tues., Wed., and Thurs.
ONLINE: Mon. and Fri.
Professor: Donald Wolanin
This course presents the chemistry of aromatic, carbonyl, acyl, and nitrogen compounds. The course relates the chemical properties of naturally occurring substances such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids to those of simpler monofunctional compounds. Spectroscopic methods of structure determination are introduced early in the course and used throughout.
Corequisite: CHEM 2272L. Prerequisite: CHEM 2271

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this course from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

CHEM 2272L Lab (01) (CRN 53187) (1 credit)
7/11/23 – 8/10/23 Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ON CAMPUS 
Professor: Mehrnaz Kamal
$105 Science Lab Fee
This lab emphasizes investigative experiments, more complex synthesis, and qualitative organic analysis.
Corequisite: CHEM 2272

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this lab from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

Physics

Summer Session I
Lecture/Lab

PHYS 1171 (01) (CRN 53239) (3 credits)
5/22/23 - 6/23/23 Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6/23/23 Fri., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Jonathan Stott

This is a calculus-based introductory physics course for physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering majors. In it, students will cover the foundations of classical mechanics, including linear and vector motion, Newtonian mechanics, energy, momentum, rotational motion, static equilibrium, and waves. Note: Biology majors should take PHYS 1145.
Corequisite: PHYS 1171L; Prerequisite: MATH 1141 or MATH 1171 (concurrency allowed)

General Physics I Lab
PHYS 1171L (01) (CRN 53113) (1 credit)
5/24/22 – 6/23/22 Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: TBA

$105 Science Lab Fee

This lab course engages students in experimental measurements spanning the areas of mechanics and thermal stresses on matter, with the objective of training students in experimental measurements, data manipulation and analysis, error analysis, deductive thinking, and instrumentation, providing depth to students' understanding of the phenomena taught in PHYS 1171. Specific experimental measurements include accelerated motion, periodic motion, gravitational force, ballistics, conservation of energy and momentum, and rotational dynamics. Students complete a weekly lab report.
Corequisite: PHYS 1171

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this course from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost

Online

PHYS 1078 (01) (CRN 53112) (3 credits)
5/22/23 - 6/30/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: Joachim Kuhn

This course, intended for non-science majors, reviews the scientific field of cosmology, or the nature of the physical universe, from a historical perspective. Beginning with the ancients, the course traces the development of cosmological principles through the Greek and Egyptian era of Aristotle, C. Ptolemy, and others; the 16th and 17th centuries of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton; and the cosmology of the 20th century based upon Einstein's theories of relativity coupled with several fundamental observations. This leads to an examination of the current model of the universe, which is based upon the Big Bang theory.

Summer Session II
Lecture/Lab

PHYS 1172 (01) (CRN 53114) (3 credits)
7/10/22 - 8/10/22, Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: Jonathan Stott

This course is a continuation of PHYS 1171 and covers electricity and magnetism, light, and optics. Topics covered include electric fields and their sources, magnetic fields and their sources, simple electric circuits, wave motion, reflection and refraction of light, and geometrical optics. Note: Biology majors should take PHYS 1146. Corequisite: PHYS 1172L; Prerequisites: MATH 1142 or MATH 1172 (concurrency allowed); PHYS 1171.

General Physics II Lab
PHYS 1172L (01) (CRN 53115) (1 credit)
7/11/23 - 8/10/22, Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ON CAMPUS
Professor: TBA

$105 Science Lab Fee

This laboratory provides students with a greater understanding of electromagnetic phenomena, wave phenomena, and optics, and supports PHYS 1172. Measurements of microscopic quantities, like the charge and mass of the electron, give students an opportunity to explore the structure of matter. Other experiments involve the physics of electrical currents, electric properties of bulk matter, magnetic fields and their effect on beams, wave phenomena, and the nature of light and its interaction with optical materials. This course trains students in experimental measurements, data analysis, error analysis, deductive thinking, and instrumentation. Students complete a weekly lab report.
Corequisite: PHYS 1172.

NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this course from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

Psychology

Summer Session I

Online

PSYC 1110 (01) (CRN 53489) (3 credits)
5/22/23 – 6/30/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: Jeanne Peloso
The course encompasses a developmental psychology approach to the growth of the individual from birth to old age, tracing motor, perceptual, language, cognitive, and emotional growth and emphasizing normal development. Psychology majors and students who have taken PSYC 2110 or PSYC 2150 may not take this course.

PSYC 2310 (01) (CRN 53430) (3 credits)
5/22/23 – 6/30/23 ONLINE in asynchronous sessions
Professor: 
Margaret McClure
This advanced course in abnormal behavior offers an in-depth analysis of current research and theories of psychopathology. It examines the biological and psychological antecedents of abnormal behavior. The course emphasizes oral and written analysis. Students who have taken PSYC 1310 may not take this course. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010.
NOTE TO VISITING STUDENTS: Please contact Sandy Richardson at arichardson@fairfield.edu to obtain permission to register for this course from the Fairfield University Office of the Provost.

Registration Information

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Summer registration opens on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. Tuition for Fairfield University’s summer courses are $825 per credit. Please note that tuition is subject to change. There is also a $50 registration fee. The maximum number of credits that a student may register for is 12.

For information on courses, registration, pre-work or syllabi, please contact Sandy Richardson at (203) 254-4000 Ext. 2911 or arichardson@fairfield.edu.

Please note that courses, dates, times, and faculty are subject to change. Please check with the Office of the Registrar to ensure accurate information.

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