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Take a course this summer and earn some college credit. SUNY Empire State College Online Summer 8-week session offers some of our most popular undergraduate courses.

Summer Session C courses begin June 1 and end July 24. Apply by May 27 and register by no later than May 28.

This study will develop basic algebra concepts and problem solving techniques. The student will develop skills in translating problem situations into their symbolic representations and manipulating those symbols. Major topics include equations, inequalities, problem solving, geometry, graphs, and transformations. Linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions will be studied. Note: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics.  Math 1040

College writing focuses on the basics of academic writing: writing processes, essays, research skills. Students will write and evaluate thesis statements for essays, and learn how to develop the thesis idea with supporting details. Students will learn how to structure ideas and information in essays. Students will learn how to research, incorporate, and document sources to support a thesis argument. Additionally, students will develop proficiency in oral discourse through discussion of essays and college writing skills. Depending on their goals and needs, students may take any of five different, introductory, college writing courses: COMW 1005, COMW 1015, COMW 1010, COMW 2005, or COMW 2020. Although all of these courses deal with similar skills and knowledge (writing process, thesis, support, documentation), they have different emphases. Note that, according to college policy, students can include up to 8 introductory-level expository/college writing credits in their ESC degree.  COMW 1005

In this course, students will explore a variety of issues, problems, realities and criticisms of contemporary American society. By reading from a range of sources on different topics relevant to American society today, students will examine ways in which cultural, social, political and economic factors influence the structure of society and the experiences of those who are part of it. SOCI 3130

This advanced level course explores the field of genetics. It expands on topics covered in introductory biology courses and extends prior knowledge of molecular genetics and the basic principles of heredity. The course emphasizes the importance of the scientific method, and investigates techniques used by scientists to unravel the intricacies of genetics. Topics include the history of genetics, Mendelian genetic principles, quantitative genetics, chromosome structure and mapping, mutations, gene expression, and current genetic biotechnologies. Students will learn the underlying principles behind modern genetics laboratory techniques and discuss the ethical ramifications of recent breakthroughs in genetic research. BIOL 3204

This introductory level course provides the student with knowledge of the principles and application of human genomics, which addresses all genes and their interrelationships in order to identify their combined influence on the growth and development of the human organism. The course introduces the basics of molecular genetics and the principles of heredity and goes on to identify chromosomal disorders and gene mutations associated with human diseases. Students will explore the role of health professionals in genomics, including obtaining health histories, constructing pedigrees, and providing genetic counseling. Other topics include population genetics, newborn screening, perinatal genetics, pharmacogenomics, and ethical concerns. BIOL 1006

This course explores key concepts and issues pertaining to human health, illness, and medicine through an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biocultural and medical anthropology, the sociology of medicine, global public health, and other sources. It addresses issues of current interest, such as the health effects of modernization, development and globalization, the social determinants of health, the social construction of disease and suffering, the medicalization of reproduction and aging, and the formative role of cultures in health, illness and healing experiences. A holistic anthropological approach is used to discuss healing practices and experiences in several cross-cultural contexts, while taking a critical look at Western biomedicine as well. Medical practices are viewed as cultural systems and their relationships with other social domains and institutions are examined in comparative perspective. ANTH 3025

In this course the student will examine a variety of theoretical viewpoints on human developmental process, as well as current research and studies of the principal topics of developmental psychology. Topics covered in this study may include: the impact on development of the continuing interaction between genetic and environmental factors, the growing body of knowledge about how children learn language and develop cognitive and social skills, and a discussion of prominent theorists in the field. Additionally lifespan theories like Erikson and Levinson may be emphasized, and focus on stages of adult development will be included, in addition to death and dying potentially being covered. HUDV 1015

Students will examine the human resource management function and related activities. The course focuses on the strategic importance of this function for effective management and organizational success. Students will analyze the relationships among organizational strategies and HR policies/procedures. Topics include: job analysis and design, recruitment and selection, compensation and motivation, training and development, employee rights and discipline, and labor-management relations. HRMS 3015

Examine the issues facing employees, unions and employers as a consequence of operating in the context of the global economy and an economic environment characterized by competition, emphasis upon quality and the formation of new and more participatory relationships in the private and public sector workplace and beyond. Examine international comparisons of wages, education and training strategies, workplace representation and the roles of the social safety net and labor laws in economic and social development. LABR 2005

Introductory Spanish: Language and Culture is designed for students who have no previous Spanish instruction. This course introduces students to the Spanish language, but the emphasis is on the studies of the cultures of the Spanish- speaking world. Language learning in this course will focus on understanding and learning to speak simple phrases, learning limited vocabulary and very basic grammatical structures. All language skills will be practiced: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course also introduces students to the Spanish-speaking cultures of Spain, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Students will learn similarities and differences in values, attitudes and actions as they investigate different cultures through a wide variety of resources (e.g., online resources, texts, videos). Students will also investigate specific topics related to cultural experiences (e.g., ecotourism in Costa Rica, indigenous cultures in Guatemala). Students should be available for oral practices at least once a week. SPAN 1010

The purpose of this course is to gain an overview and examine the various disciplines, core concepts, and theories of psychology. The course will examine the basic concepts of psychology as a social science. Students will examine the major ideas/theories/disciplines within psychology, such as research methods, sensation/perception, memory, theories of personality, psychological disorders, social psychology, and others. Throughout this course, an emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of psychology as a science of human thought and behavior. PSYC 1005

The objective of this study is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting systems and principles, including financial statements preparation, interpretation and communication to external parties and managers. Among topics covered are: the accounting cycle for gathering, recording, summarizing, reporting and analyzing of accounting data.  The course includes an overview of accounting for assets, liabilities, stockholders' equity, revenues and expenses including cash, investments, accounts receivable, inventories, plant assets and equipment, intangible assets and natural resources, short and long term liabilities, in addition to basic principles of internal control and the role of ethics in accounting profession. This course covers professional ethics and social responsibility in business. ACCT 2005

Modern American History is a survey course, which covers events in American history from Reconstruction in the south in 1877 through the present. Students will examine various political, social and cultural themes in this course, including Reconstruction, western settlement and the frontier, industrialization, immigration, American imperialism and world power, the Progressive movement, WW I, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, the New Deal, WW II, the Cold War and Nuclear Age, the 1950s, Civil Rights, the 1960s, Vietnam, and the resurgence of conservatism in the 1980s. Critical reading skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources and produce written interpretations will be emphasized. HIST 3345

This course will examine the history, current state, and likely future of molecular biotechnology. Students will explore how research problems in fields such as health care, environmental science, industry, bioinformatics, agriculture, biodefense, and forensics can be solved with a biotechnological approach. Relevant organizations along with “real world” information on a variety of molecular techniques and regulations will be studied. The course will analyze food labeling laws, as well as gene patenting. The implications of evolutionary developmental biology (Evo Devo) and anthropology will be investigated. Ethical considerations of various biotechnologies will be discussed, along with comparisons of potential careers in the industry. BIOL 4408

Biology II is the second of a two-term sequence of general biology for science concentrations. This three credit course covers the lecture and not the laboratory of component of the sequence, which is offered as a separate course. Students will learn the basic principles of biology, primarily in the domain of microbiol, plant and animal biology. Lecture topics include: biological diversity; plant form and function; animal form and function; including digestion, respiration, immune response, excretion, endocrinology, reproduction, and neurology. The study of forms of life is presented in the context of principles of evolution and ecology and emphasizes the importance among organisms. This lecture course complements the lab component covered in Biology II laboratory, but it is not a corequisite to the lab. BIOL 1996

This is a one-credit laboratory course that supports the Biology II course. Students will learn basic knowledge of microbiology and plant and animal biology through laboratory exercises. Dissection techniques are explained and used to compare a variety of life forms and their internal anatomy. Laboratory topics include: the biological diversity of bacteria, archaea, protists, and fungi; plant form and function; and animal form and function. Life forms are compared and contrasted in the context of the principles of evolutionary adaptation. This laboratory course complements the lecture component covered in Biology II, but it is not a co-requisite to the lecture. BIOL 1997

Chemistry II is the second course of a two-term sequence in general chemistry for science concentrations. This three-credit course covers the lecture and not the laboratory component of the sequence, which is offered as a separate course. Students will learn the characteristics of aqueous solutions, and the applications of kinetics and chemical equilibrium. They will study specific chemical reactions, such as acid-base neutralization, precipitation, and solubility. Other topics will include thermodynamics, electrochemistry, introduction to nuclear chemistry, characteristics of metals and non-metals, and basic chemistry of organic compounds. This lecture course complements the lab component covered in Chemistry II Laboratory, but it is not a co-requisite to the lab.CHEM 1996

This is a one-credit laboratory course that supports the Chemistry II course. Students will learn basic knowledge of the general principles of chemistry through laboratory exercises. Students will investigate laboratory topics that include some of the following: Beer's Law; Le Chatelier's Principle; reaction orders and rate laws; colligative properties and osmotic pressure; determination of the Ka of a weak acid; buffers; thermodynamics; oxidation-reduction; electrochemical cells; nuclear chemistry; and ionic reactions. Students will practice laboratory techniques such as colorimetry, titration, and chromatography. This laboratory course complements the lecture component covered in Chemistry II, but it is not a co-requisite to the lecture. CHEM 1997

This course explores the field of Microbiology with an emphasis on diseases caused by various types of pathogens and discusses latest topics such as antibiotic resistance and vaccination. This three-credit course covers the lecture and not the laboratory component of the sequence, which is offered as a separate course. Topics covered will include: history of microbiology; cellular organization; infection and infectious diseases; microbial growth and metabolism; microbial genetics; and immunity. This lecture course complements the lab component covered in Microbiology Laboratory, but it is not a co-requisite to the lab. BIOL 2995

This is a one-credit laboratory course that supports the Microbiology course. Students will learn basic knowledge of Microbiology through laboratory exercises. Laboratory topics include some of the following: lab safety; microbiology lab techniques including staining and aseptic technique; use of the microscope to study microorganisms; use of selective and differential media; estimating microbial population sizes; effect of pH on microbial growth; microbiology biochemical tests; isolation streak plate technique; osmotic pressure in microorganisms; and Kirby Bauer Method. This laboratory course complements the lecture component covered in Microbiology, but it is not a co-requisite to the lecture. BIOL 2996

What do we really know about the narratives of American women? What stories do they tell about themselves at different periods of time? What does it mean to be female in America? This course will engage students in the exploration of women’s letter writing from the Colonial Period to the present day. Students will not only read primary source letters written by women, but they also will engage in epistolary (letter writing) activities and creative non-fiction writing assignments to imagine the time, space, and place in which these women lived. Students will use the tools of storytelling and character development in their dialectic interaction with the texts as they analyze and react to these women’s letters in writing and other forms of creative engagement. By reading women’s letters, students will gain a different or deeper understanding of America’s historical narratives and the transformative roles women played in shaping those stories. During this study, we will cover the themes of letter writing; communication; creative non-fiction; first person narrative; and the concept of public and private discourse. We will also explore how technology has impacted communication and “what’s next” for women as they document and participate in future historical events as they unfold. CRWR 1996

This study will build upon and enhance students’ understanding of the craft of creative nonfiction and how to make use of literary techniques inspired by real life events and the reading of women’s letters written from the Colonial Period to the present day. From reading primary source letters, students will refine their writing craft through epistolary (letter writing) activities and other creative non-fiction assignments to capture the time, space, and place in which these women lived. Students will move beyond the tools of storytelling and character development to scene development and dramatization, dialogue, and description. During this study, we will cover the themes of letter writing; communication; creative non-fiction; first person narrative; and the concept of public versus private discourse. CRWR 3996

The focus of this course is on the application and use of statistics, rather than the detailed complexity of the underlying mathematics. Students will study and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of data analysis, including both descriptive and inferential statistics, including arranging data, tables and graphs, measures of central tendency and dispersion, regression analysis, correlation, sampling, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The student will make use of technology-based tools (Excel, StatCrunch, etc.) to assist in summarizing, interpreting, and communicating with data. Notes: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics. Algebra would provide a good background for statistics, although the minimum entering skills would be arithmetic essentials (fractions, decimals, ratios) and graphing. MATH 1065

Cooking is a common, everyday activity and this course explores the fundamental concepts of biology, chemistry, and physics of food preparation. The chemistry and biology of basic food molecules and tastes and flavors are investigated and the impact of cooking on meats, vegetables, and baked goods is highlighted. The physics of heat transfer associated with different cooking methods is also explored. The course uses experimentation and observation to develop a broad understanding of an applied science. This course is designed for non-science majors. GSCI 1006

In 1865, the United States was in tatters. Civil War had divided the nation into two, and even after the war ended, deep rifts remained between whites and blacks, immigrants and 'natives,' and the descendants of European settlers and indigenous Americans. The meaning of a simple word - freedom - lies at the core of these rifts and that word will guide our study. The course begins with a look at how the meaning of freedom changed in the Reconstruction era before moving into an exploration of America’s westward and overseas expansion in the late 19th century, the economic booms and busts of the period between the two world wars, the social upheavals of the civil rights movements of the 1960s, and the conservative turn of the post-Reagan era. HIST 2030

Are you a visual learner? This course will give an opportunity to learn mathematics primarily through seeing it. Focus will be on topics in geometry, which are naturally visual, and graphing, which will give an understanding of the visual aspect of algebra. The course will also look at mathematics through art. DVDs and text materials will be used, along with internet resources. Note: This study is appropriate for students who need general education credit in mathematics. MATH 1030

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Online Summer Session C courses begin June 1, 2020.

Current students, register for Summer Session C.

Online Summer Session C courses begin June 1, 2020.

Start now and enroll as a nondegree, undergraduate student.


Online Summer Session C courses begin June 1, 2020.

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Apply by May 27 and Register by May 28, 2020 for Summer Session C

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