Summer Sciences

Summer Sciences at Fairfield

A rack of test tubes, beakers, and other glass measuring tools drying.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 and thorough, hands on laboratory experiences. Online options are also available.

Biology Courses

June Courses

Lecture & Lab

Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture (4 credits)
BI 107 (01)
CRN: 58085
6/4/18 - 7/6/18 Mon./Wed./Fri., 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
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. Note: This course is not open to biology majors except where required for allied health sciences (chair approval required).
Corequisite: BI 107L. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee

Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (0 credits)
BI 107L (01)
CRN: 58086
6/5/18 - 7/5/18 Tues./Thurs., 8 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
See BI 107 above for course description.

Lecture & Lab

General Biology I Lecture (4 credits)
BI 170 (01)
CRN: 58220
6/4/18 - 7/6/18  Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Professor: Geoffrey Church
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. Corequisites: BI 170L, BI 170P. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee

General Biology I Lab (0 credits)
BI 170L (01)
CRN: 58221
6/4/18 - 7/2/18 Mon./Wed., 1 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. plus 7/5/18 Thurs., 1 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Professor: Geoffrey Church
See BI 170 above for course description.

July 2-week course

Identity and the Human Genome (3 credits)
BI 71
CRN: 58002
7/9/18 - 7/20/18 Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Professor: Olivia Harriott
This course introduces human genetics to the non-science major. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, modes of inheritance, stem cell research, sex and gender 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.

July courses

Lecture & Lab

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture (4 credits)
BI 108 (01)
CRN: 58087
7/9/18 - 8/10/18 Mon./Wed./Fri., 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro

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 lecture and includes microscopic anatomy (histology), use of anatomical models, human skeletons and dissections for study of gross anatomy, and physiology experiments including muscle recruitment measurements, cranial nerve tests, blood pressure measurements, blood typing, etc. Note: This course is not open to biology majors except where required for allied health sciences (chair approval required). Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee. Corequisite: BI 108L. Prerequisite: BI 107.

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (0 credits)
BI 108L (01)
CRN: 58088
7/10/18 - 8/9/18 Tues./Thurs., 8 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
See BI 108 above for course description and lab fees.

Online courses

Science, Technology, and Society (3 credits)
BI 70 (OL1)
CRN: 58155
7/9/18 - 8/18/18
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.

Identity and the Human Genome (3 credits)
BI 71 (OL1)
CRN: 58341
5/29/18 - 7/7/18
Professor: Christine Rodriguez
This course introduces human genetics to the non-science major. Topics of discussion include the structure and function of genes, modes of inheritance, stem cell research, sex and gender 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.

Introduction to Marine Science (3 credits)
BI 78 (OL1)
CRN: 58342
5/29/18 - 7/7/18
Professor: Thomas Cunningham
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 Courses

June Courses

Lecture & Lab

General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
CH 111 (01)
CRN: 58344
6/4/18 - 7/6/18 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Professor: Sangamithra Chintapalli
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: CH 111L.

General Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
CH 111L (01)
CRN: 58345
6/5/18 - 7/5/18 Tues./Wed./Thurs., 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Professor: Jon Harper
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: CH 111. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee

Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
CH 211 (01)
CRN: 58222
6/4/18 - 7/6/18 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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. Prerequisite: CH 112. Corequisite: CH 0211L.

Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
CH 211L (01)
CRN: 58223
6/5/18 - 7/5/18 Tues./Wed./Thurs., 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Professor: Omari Ansong
This lab emphasizes investigative experiments, more complex synthesis, and qualitative organic analysis. Corequisite: CH 212. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee

July 2-week Course

Introduction to Forensic Science
CH 007 (01)
CRN: 58343
7/9/18 - 7/20/18 Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Professor: Amanda Harper-Leatherman
This course provides an introduction to the scientific techniques used for the analysis of common types of physical evidence encountered at crime scenes. Using critical thinking and laboratory experiences, students become crime scene investigators. They are charged with the task of solving a mock crime. The investigations include fabric analysis, ink analysis, blood analysis, DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and/or blood alcohol analysis. The lecture part of the course focuses on exploring the underlying chemical principles behind the techniques and includes discussion of historical case studies. Note: This course counts as a science core course but does not satisfy requirements for the chemistry major or minor.

July Courses

Lecture & Lab

General Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
CH 112 (01)
CRN: 58090
7/9/18 - 8/10/18 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m
Professor: Sangamithra Chintapalli
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: CH 112L. Prerequisite: CH 111.

General Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
CH 112L (01)
CRN: 58091
7/10/18 - 8/9/18 Tues./Wed./Thurs., 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Professor: Jon Harper
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. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee. Corequisite: CH 112.

Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
CH 212 (01)
CRN: 58224
7/9/18 - 8/10/18 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Professor: Donald Wolanin
This course is a continuation of CH 211 and 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: CH 212L. Prerequisite: CH 211.

Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
CH 212L (01)
CRN: 58225
7/10/18 - 8/9/18 Tues./Wed./Thurs., 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Professor: Omari Ansong
This lab emphasizes investigative experiments, more complex synthesis, and qualitative organic analysis. Fee: $55 Science Lab. Corequisite: CH 212.

Physics Courses

June Courses ‌

Lecture & Lab

General Physics I Lecture (3 credits)
PS 115 (01)
CRN: 58239
6/4/18 - 6/29/18 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Professor: Bidyut Das
This introductory course - for students concentrating in physics, mathematics, chemistry, or engineering - covers mechanics, heat, and fluid dynamics. It also includes rigorous mathematical derivations using integral and differential calculus. Topics include velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, power momentum, torque, vibratory motion, elastic properties of solids, fluids at rest and in motion, properties of gases, measurement and transfer of heat, and elementary thermodynamics. Prerequisite: MA 145 or higher (concurrency allowed).

General Physics I Lab (1 credit)
PS 115L (01)
CRN: 58240
6/4/18 - 6/29/18 Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Professor: Bidyut Das
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 PS 115. Specific experimental measurements include accelerated motion, periodic motion, gravitational force, ballistics, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational dynamics, and measurements of the coefficient of linear expansion and the heat of fusion. Students complete a weekly lab report. Corequisite: PS 115. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee

July Courses

Lecture & Lab

General Physics II Lecture (3 credits)

PS 116 (01)
CRN: 58241
7/9/18 - 8/3/18 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Professor: Bidyut Das
This continuation of PS 115 covers electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and sound. Topics include magnetism and electricity; simple electric circuits; electrical instruments; generators and motors; characteristics of wave motion; light and illumination; reflection; refraction, interference; polarization of light, color, and the spectrum; and production and detection of sound waves. Prerequisites: MA 146 or higher (concurrency allowed); PS 115.

General Physics II Lab (1 credit)
PS 116L (01)
CRN: 58242
7/9/18 - 8/3/18 Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Professor: Bidyut Das
This laboratory provides students with a greater understanding of electromagnetic phenomena, wave phenomena, and optics, and supports PS 116. 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 manipulation and analysis, error analysis, deductive thinking, and instrumentation. Students complete a weekly lab report. Fee: $55 Science Lab Fee. Corequisite: PS 116.

Online Courses

Nature of the Universe (3 credits)
PS 78 (OL1)
CRN: 58097
5/29/18 - 7/7/18
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.

 

Psychology Courses

May one-week course

Psychology and the Law (3 credits)
PY 122 (01)
CRN: 58262
5/23/18 - 5/30/18 Wed.-Wed., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Professor: Dorothea Braginsky
Implicit psychological assumptions about human behavior and how it should be controlled form the basis for the legal system, particularly our criminal justice system, from its code to its enforcement. This course examines those assumptions in light of current psycho-legal theory and research. It covers the treatment of traditional psychiatric populations (the mentally ill, mentally retarded, homeless) by the justice system in contrast to that received by normal people; clinical issues such as the insanity defense, predicting dangerousness, the validity of psychiatric examinations and lie detectors; and jury selection, eyewitness testimony, decision-making, sentencing, and parole. 

July 2-week course

A student studying diligently in the library for an exam General Psychology (3 credits)
PY 101 (01)
CRN: 58243
7/9/18 - 7/20/18 Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Professor: Michael Creane
This course introduces the science of mental processes and behavior by addressing a range of questions including: How is brain activity related to thought and behavior? What does it mean to learn and remember something? How do we see, hear, taste, and smell? How do we influence one another's attitudes and actions? What are the primary factors that shape a child's mental and emotional development? How and why do we differ from one another? What are the origins and most effective treatments of mental illness?

Online Courses

General Psychology (3 credits)
PY 101 (OL1)
CRN: 58244
5/29/18 - 7/14/18 (7 weeks)
Professor: Judith Primavera
This course introduces the science of mental processes and behavior by addressing a range of questions including: How is brain activity related to thought and behavior? What does it mean to learn and remember something? How do we see, hear, taste, and smell? How do we influence one another's attitudes and actions? What are the primary factors that shape a child's mental and emotional development? How and why do we differ from one another? What are the origins and most effective treatments of mental illness?

Developmental Psychology for Non-Majors (3 credits)
PY 111 (OL1)
CRN: 58017
5/29/18 - 7/14/18 (7 weeks)
Professor: Judith Primavera
Meets the U.S. diversity requirement
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 PY 211 or PY 212 may not take this course.

Fundamentals of Social Psychology (3 credits)
PY 121 (OL1)
CRN: 58359
7/2/18 - 8/18/18
Professor: Michael Andreychik
This course surveys the major areas of concern in social psychology, emphasizing current issues and research in the fields of social influence and conformity, human aggression, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, propaganda, and persuasion. Psychology majors and students who have taken PY 221 may not take this course.

Abnormal Psychology for Non-Majors (3 credits)
PY 131 (OL1)
CRN: 58360
7/2/18 - 8/18/18
Professor: Margaret McClure
This course introduces students to the field of abnormal behavior, presenting the classic behavior patterns in the classification system and discussing the possible causes and remediation of such. Psychology majors and students who have taken PY 231 may not take this course.

Registration Information

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 Registrar office to ensure accurate information.

A student examines the inside parts of a human body model.Tuition is currently $725 per credit for Summer 2018 undergraduate courses. However, tuition is subject to change. There is also a $35 registration fee. 

If this is your first time taking a course at Fairfield, please visit register online to complete a short application prior to registering. Upon completion, you will receive an 8-digit Fairfield ID number that you will need in order to register.

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