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Summer Sciences At Fairfield

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 51077)
(4 credits)

Corequisite: BIOL 1107L
5/24/21 – 6/25/21 Mon.-Thurs, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. plus Fri., 6/25/21, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ONLINE

BIOL 1107L Lab (01) (CRN 51078)
(0 credits)
5/25/21 – 6/24/21, Tues./Thurs., 10:05 a.m. – 12:55 p.m, ONLINE
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
$75 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 51081)
(4 credits)
Corequisites: BI 1171L; BI 1171P

5/24/21 – 6/25/21, Mon.-Thurs, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. plus Fri., 6/25/21 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ONLINE

BI 1171L Lab (01) (CRN 51082)
(0 credits)
5/24/21 – 6/23/21, Mon./Wed., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: Geoffrey Church
$75 Science Lab Fee

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 51072)
(3 credits)

5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
Professor: Christine Rodriguez

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 1076 (01) (CRN 51075)
(3 credits)

5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
Professor: James Biardi

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 51076)
(3 credits)
5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
Professor: Shannon Gerry

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 51079)
(4 credits)
Corequisite: BIOL 0108L 7/12/21 – 8/12/21 Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. HYBRID

BI 1108L Lab (01) (CRN 51080)
(0 credits) 7/13/21 – 8/12/21 Tues./Thurs., 10:05 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. HYBRID
Professor: Anthony DeCristofaro
$75 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 51073)
(3 credits) 7/12/21 – 8/20/21 ONLINE
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 1071 (01) (CRN 51074)
(3 credits) 7/12/21 – 7/23/21 ONLINE
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, 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.

Chemistry

Summer Session I
Lecture/Lab

CHEM 1171 Lecture (01) (CRN 51287) (3 credits)
5/24/21 – 6/25/21 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. ONLINE
Professor: TBA
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 51288) (1 Credit)
5/25/21 – 6/24/21 Tues., Wed., and Thurs., from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: TBA
$75 Science Lab Free
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 51291) (3 credits)
5/24/21 – 6/25/21 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. ONLINE
Professor: TBA
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 51292) (1 credit)
5/25/21 – 6/24/21 Tues./Wed./Thurs., 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: TBA
$75 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 51289) (3 credits)
7/12/21 – 8/13/21 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. ONLINE
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 51290) (1 credit) 
7/13/21 – 8/12/21 Tues., Wed., and Thurs. 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: TBA
$75 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 51293) (3 credits)
7/12/21 – 8/13/21 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. ONLINE
Professor: TBA
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 51294) (1 credit)
7/12/21 – 8/13/21 ONLINE
Professor: TBA
$75 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 Lecture (01) (CRN 51179)
(3 credits)
5/24/21 – 6/25/21 Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6/25/21 Fri., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ONLINE
Professor: Robert Cordery

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).

PHYS 1171L Lab (01) (CRN 51180)
(1 credit)
5/24/21 – 6/25/21 Mon.-Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6/25/21 Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: Bidyut Das
$75 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 51176)
(3 credits) 5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
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.

PHYS 1087 (01) (CRN 51177)
(3 credits) 5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
Professor: Angela Biselli

This course introduces students who are not majoring in science to the principal areas, traditional and contemporary, of astronomy. Traditional topics include a historical background to astronomy, telescopes, the sun, the moon, the major and minor planets, comets, and meteors. After discussing these subjects in detail, the course covers areas appropriate to modern astronomy such as the composition and evolution of stars, star clusters, quasars, pulsars, black holes, and cosmological models.

Summer Session II
Lecture/Lab

PHYS 1172 Lecture (01) (CRN 51181)
(3 credits) 7/12/21 – 8/12/21, Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ONLINE
Professor: Robert Cordery

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.

PHYS 1172L Lab (01) (CRN 51182)
(1 credit) 7/12/21 – 8/12/21, Mon.-Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: Bidyut Das
$75 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.

Online

PHYS 1071 (01) (CRN 51197)
(3 credits) 7/12/21 – 8/12/21, Mon.-Thurs., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ONLINE
Professor: Bidyut Das

This course, intended for students who are not majoring in the physical sciences, covers the particle-wave duality of light and the relationship of light to other electromagnetic waves. Additional topics include polarization, vision, color and the perception of color, optical phenomena in nature and in biological systems, color and light in art, simple optical instruments, sources of light and their spectra, lasers, and holography. Previously PS 0071.

PHYS 1077 (01) (CRN 51198)
(3 credits) 7/12/21 – 8/12/21, Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ONLINE
Professor: Bidyut Das

Designed for the non-science major, this course includes critical discussion and descriptive exposition of the swords and plowshares dilemma, of the concept that science and technology have been used to build up and tear down civilization, and of the forces of civilization driving and being driven by the dual nature of our technological heritage. The course begins with the first lever and club and ends with laser surgery and Star Wars lasers, taking a historical and a thematic approach where appropriate. The course describes, in the simplest terms, the way important real devices (television, telephones, lasers, gas turbines, thermonuclear weapons, etc.) work, examining their illustration of and limitations by scientific principles at a qualitative level. The course also considers the technical future from a past, present, and future perspective, asking: What can, could, didn't, might, and can we not do? The course illustrates the moral and ethical implications of science where appropriate. Knowledge of no more than high school algebra is required.

Psychology

Summer Session I

Online

PSYC 1010 (01) (CRN 51150)
(3 credits) 5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
Professor: Michael Andreychik

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?

PSYC 1310 (01) (CRN 51153)
(3 credits) 5/24/21 – 7/2/21 ONLINE
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 PSYC 2310 may not take this course.

Summer Session II

Online

PSYC 1010 (02) (CRN 51151)
(3 credits) 7/12/21 – 8/20/21 ONLINE
Professor: Matthew LaClair

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?

PSYC 1110 (01) (CRN 51152)
(3 credits)
7/12/21 – 8/20/21 ONLINE
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 PSYC 2110 or PSYC 2150 may not take this course.

Registration Information

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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.

Tuition is $800 per credit for summer 2021 undergraduate courses. Please note that tuition is subject to change. There is also a $50 registration fee.

 

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