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Experience Naz Series: What Class Should I Shadow??

Experience Naz Series: What Class Should I Shadow??

With Experience Naz in the very near future I am sure you are wondering what some of the things you can participate in are! One of these things, and my favorite from when I came to Experience Naz my senior year, is shadowing a class!

During Experience Naz you can shadow two different classes, one at 9:30 and another at 10:30, so it’s one of the first activities of the day! Both classes are 50 minutes long, and there are so many to chose from! I know that seemed like a big issue to me- how do I know which one of these classes is relevant to my future major?? After each class you’ll find a short description of the class as well as suggestions about what majors each class is associated with. I realize that such a long list of potential college classes can be very intimidating by my advice is to choose a class that sounds interesting first and then a class that’s related to a major you’re interested in second. Regardless of what your major is, here at Nazareth you’ll still be required to take myriad general education classes to complete our liberal arts core requirements many of which you’ll be able to choose. Please note that the classes offered on March 30th and April 6th may be different.

 Classes From 9:30 – 10:20

Various Art Labs: This is pretty self explanatory; a great opportunity if you’re interested in art as either a major or minor!

BIO 104 – Biological Systems II: Second level biology class that looks at the structure, function, and evolution of plants, animals, protists, and fungi. This class is good for people who are interested in majoring in the sciences, think biology, chemistry, toxicology, environmental science, but not people who are interested in majoring in the health sciences like physical therapy, occupational therapy, or nursing – you will take a different biology class!

BIO 310 – Genetics: An upper level biology class that looks at inheritance from both classical and molecular viewpoints with a special focus on the genetic aspects of the immune response and cancer. This is one of the classes I highly recommend for this time slot! If you’re at all a science nerd like I am you will find this material incredibly interesting! Also, the professor is a really cool guy! Dr. Temple, who teaches this class, is both a geneticst and a priest; who says science and religion can’t go hand in hand?

Bio 331 – Cellular Toxicology: A look at the effect chemicals have at a molecular and cellular level – a great choice if you’re interested in any of our science majors.

CSD 232 – Speech Science: A study of the physiologic and acoustic determinants of speech including both normal and abnormal aspects as well as the use of tools and technology to assess speech. Perfect if you are thinking about speech!

ITL 104 – Elementary Italian II: An intermediate Italian course that also integrates the study of Italian culture and Italian speaking countries, a good choice for anyone who is considering a degree in any foreign language. Even if you aren’t thinking of majoring in Italian, sitting in on this class will give you a good idea of what a college level foreign language class is like at Nazareth.

MGT 200 – Trading the Stock Market: Choose three stocks before the opening bell and follow how they do throughout the hour you’re in class. Does it get cooler than that? An excellent choice if you’re thinking about business, management, or finance.

MTH 212 – Calculus II Multivar: A second level math class. This class is great for anyone who’s thinking of majoring in math or for anyone who enjoys math and would consider fulfilling some of their general education elective credits in a math class.

MUS 126 – Aural Skills II: Designed to develop a student’s ear training including identification of pitch, intervals, melody, chords, rhythms, etc. which also acts as the basis of sight-singing or sight-reading. If you’re thinking of majoring in music, this is definitely the class you want to shadow!

PHL 101 – Philosophy Inquiry, Question of God: The core at Nazareth is a little complicated and if you’re interested in reading more about it I highly recommend doing so because its set up in a really cool way that encourages students to explore their interests and gives them a lot of freedom to do so! This is one of those intro classes that every student at Nazareth must take. However, there are multiple permutations of this class including the Problem of Happiness, The Meaning of Life, and The Problem of Knowledge. This class introduces students to Ancient Grecian methods of logic and uses philosophy, logic, and the methods of inquiry to explore the question of whether or not there is a god, what form he or she takes, and how we interact with divine beings as mortal ones. This is the other class during this time period that I highly recommend taking. Nothing really says college more than a freshman philosophy class, right? This class is the perfect opportunity to see what a college level, discussion based humanities class is like. Also, the professor is one of the coolest professors here at Nazareth.

PHY 208 – Intro to Physics II: A second level physics class. This is a requirement for science majors as well a physical therapy majors (Intro to Physics I is a requirement for occupational therapy majors).

PSY 221 – Infancy and Childhood Development: A psychology class that explores normative as well as abnormal development through the age of eighteen. This is a good class for prospective psychology majors to take as well as anyone interested in a health and human services major like social work, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, etc. Here at Nazareth, a psychology minor is built into those programs so its a good idea to see what a humanities class will be like as you will spend at least eighteen credits worth of your undergrad career in a psychology class.

PSY 343 – Abnormal Psychology: An upper level psychology class that deals with mental illness, another great class for anyone interested in psychology or health and human services.

PTR 516 – Applied Neuroscience: Our first year physical therapy students take this class. It examines the neurological mechanisms behind common disorders related to dysfunction of the nervous system. I must give you a fair warning that this material is a little complicated, remember that at this point in time the PT students have been building up to this class for four years! Please don’t let this discourage you from sitting in on the class; it is not very often that you’ll have the opportunity to observe a graduate class and you shouldn’t pass it up!

RES 101 – Exploring Religion: Another general education intro class that everyone attending Nazareth is required to take. Exploring Religion looks at the myriad myths, rituals, ethics, social structures, and beliefs that are associated with the world’s major religions.

Additional Opportunities: Don’t see anything you like during this time period? Don’t worry! There will also be a student panel and info sessions on living on campus and the HHS Explore program.

Classes From 10:30 – 11:20

BIO 104 – Biological Systems II: Second level biology class that looks at the structure, function, and evolution of plants, animals, protists, and fungi. This class is good for people who are interested in majoring in the sciences, think biology, chemistry, toxicology, environmental science, but not people who are interested in majoring in the health sciences like physical therapy, occupational therapy, or nursing – you will take a different biology class!

BIO 317 – Environmental Microbiology: An upper level biology class that studies microorganisms and their relationship with human welfare, public health, and the environment using microbial anatomy, metabolism, genetics, and growth patterns – an awesome class to take a look at if you’re interested in biology, chemistry, toxicology, or environmental science!

CHM 140 – General Chemistry: An intro chemistry class. This class is required for all science majors as well as physical therapists and nursing majors.

CSD 201 – Phonetics: An introduction to phonetics, that is the sounds that make up speech, and how they relate to communication disorders – perfect if you’re interested in CSD.

DAN 309 Lab – Tap II Movement Lab: A second level tap class. This would be a good class to take a look at if you’re interested in dance as a major or musical theater – our musical theater majors also have dance minors.

ECO 101 – Principles of Macroeconomics: An introduction to economics that covers topics such as unemployment, inflation, gross domestic product, and supply and demand. If you’re interested in any program in business this is the perfect class to observe.

ENGW 102 – Argument and Research: The second part of the two semester freshman English series here at Nazareth college that focuses on rhetorical skills in written communication. This is a class that everyone has to take here at Nazareth college so if you’re not sure of a major or want to get a look at a class outside of your major this would be a really good class to sit in on.

MUS 272 – Intro to Conducting: I’d say that’s also pretty self explanatory – an excellent choice if you’re thinking about music.

OTR 426 – Occupational Therapy Evidence Based Evaluation and Intervention for Cognitive and Perceptual Disorders: Occupational therapy students in this class are learning how to assess and develop interventions for students with developmental disabilities, visual and perceptual dysfunction, and head injuries. This is a class that fourth level occupational therapy students take so it may seem a little intimidating but I would still encourage anyone thinking about OT to go take a look! Just because you’re not familiar with all the terms doesn’t mean it won’t be a great opportunity to get a feel for what the life of an occupational therapy student is like and what kind of therapy is done by an OT.

PSY 102 – Intro to Psychology as a Social Science: An intro to psych. This is a general education, discussion based class that would be a great one to observe if you want to see what a standard class in college will be like.

PSY 221 – Infancy and Childhood Development: A psychology class that explores normative as well as abnormal development through the age of eighteen. This is a good class for prospective psychology majors to take as well as anyone interested in a health and human services major like social work, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, etc. Here at Nazareth, a psychology minor is built into those programs so its a good idea to see what a humanities class will be like as you will spend at least eighteen credits worth of your undergrad career in a psychology class.

PSY 343 – Abnormal Psychology: An upper level psychology class that deals with mental illness, another great class for anyone interested in psychology or health and human services.

RES 101 – Exploring Religion: Another general education intro class that everyone attending Nazareth is required to take. Exploring Religion looks at the myriad myths, rituals, ethics, social structures, and beliefs that are associated with the world’s major religions.

RES 388 – Christian Ethics: An upper level religion class that examines ethics in the Christian tradition with a special focus on violence, pacifism, and the idea of just war. This is the class during this time period that I highly recommend! This class will be mostly juniors and seniors so going to this class will give you what a taste of life will be like in your last two years of college, which are often very different than your first two years.

Additional Opportunities: Don’t see anything during this time that you like? Don’t worry! There will also be a student panel and info sessions on studying abroad and internships.

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By this point in time you should be super excited about coming to Experience Naz and sitting in on a college class! If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?!?! Register here. Sorry future Golden Flyers, this event is only for accepted students; we look forward to seeing you at future Experience Naz days if you’re a junior or sophomore.

Want to read more about Experience Naz? Here’s a blog about one current Golden Flyer’s memories about being a prospective student at Experience Naz.

Not so sure you should come to Experience Naz? Here are six great reasons you should!

Hope you all have a great time! 🙂

 

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