New Spring 2018 Courses

The College of Science has developed several new courses that you might find interesting for the Spring 2018 semester. 

Title Course CRN Time Description
Finding New Worlds ASTR 115 21828 TR 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Topics include the search for planets outside the solar system, and new developments in the theory of solar system formation with an emphasis on student-led investigation using public sources.
Scientific Basis Climate CLIM 690 20511 R 4:30 – 7:10 p.m. A rigorous treatment of global warming, especially with regard to anthropogenic causes, based on the IPCC 4th Assessment Report “The Physical Science Basis.” Topics include 1) Overview of observed climate, 2) Variability of climate, 3) Modeling of climate response to greenhouse gas forcing, 4) Greenhouse gases, chemistry, and aerosols, and 5) Projections of climate change and its societal impact.
Image Operator CSI 789 21470 R 4:30 – 7:10 p.m. Digital imagery is flooding our social networks and information channels, and the analysis of images has once again become a forefront of research. However, the dissemination of analytical protocols has been fragmented and often vague. Researchers describe similar processes in wholly different manners. This course will introduce a new mathematical framework to describe image operations, and it will link the mathematical descriptions to the Python scripting language. Students will explore this framework through several examples and projects.
Histotechniques EVPP 413 21907 T 9 – 11:45 a.m. Introduces theory and methods for the preparation of tissue samples from animal or plant specimens for examination with light or electron microscopy.
Infectious Disease of Wildlife EVPP 460 /
EVPP 560
20362 /
R 4:30 – 7:10 p.m. Examines infectious diseases of wildlife with emphasis on causes and mechanisms, pathobiology, ecology and epidemiology and population significance. Explores methods of diagnosis, control, prevention and outbreak investigation as they apply to management and conseration of wildlife populations.
Special Topics: Microbial Ecology EVPP 490-006 20968 W 1:30 – 4:10 p.m. Studies relationships between microorganisms and their natural environment, and methodology for observing the microbes in nature and the biochemistry of environmental systems. Includes discussion of the role of microbes both in creating and removing toxic threats in the environment. Laboratory component includes field sampling/analyses and laboratory isolation and identification of microbes as well as measurement of their physiological activities.
Lab EVPP 490-202 20969 W 4:30-7:10 p.m.
Environmental Science Data
and the R language
EVPP 505-006 21465 W 4:30 – 7:10 p.m. Documenting and publishing analysis methods are necessary to reproducible science. This course will introduce users to documenting and sharing the workflows and pipelines used in their processing and analysis protocols.

You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and framework of the R language focused on the basics of data types, data manipulation, control structures,  functions, and data visualization methods through use case scenarios of environmental data.

Zebrafish Neurodevelopment Laboratory NEUR 406 22470 R 10:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) are a powerful model system used in neuroscience, biology and pharmacology research. In this laboratory, you will use zebrafish as a model to study vertebrate nervous system development. You will learn basic techniques for manipulating, imaging, and analyzing zebrafish embryos, while performing experiments to investigate the structure and function of the nervous system in healthy and diseased states. You will work with other students to design and carry out a novel scholarly research project.
Science in the Political Realm PHYS 390-002 /
PHYS 590-002
21214 /
MW 9 – 10:15 a.m. “Science in the Political Realm” will highlight how lawmakers’ policies affects science and vice versa. Learn how science influences policy on topics from climate change to healthcare, nuclear weapons proliferation to science education. Learn how policy and regulation influences science and innovation and visit with lawmakers to discuss your policy issue of interest.
Introduction to Exoplanets PHYS 390 /
PHYS 590
20148 /
TR 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Geomagnetism PHYS 390-003 /
PHYS 590-003
21861 /
W 1:30 – 4:10 p.m.  The Earth’s magnetic field is our most detailed example of a planetary magnetic field, and provides us insight into the mechanisms behind all planetary fields. To understand the origins of the Earth’s magnet field, we will examine the structure of the Earth, basic  fluid mechanics and electrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, mathematical methods, geomagnetic field, dynamo theory, MHD dynamos, turbulence, and the geodynamo.
Seminar on Energy Innovation PHYS 390-004 /
22363 /
R 7:20 – 10 p.m. PHYS 390/PHYS 590 brings decision makers and thought leaders to Mason to share their insights on key issues and trends driving innovation in the energy sector. Students will receive interactive exposure to the business, technical, and policy principles driving the low-carbon energy movement, and the STEM implications of the transition.
Planetary Atmospheres and Ionospheres PHYS 465 21347 W 7:20 – 10 p.m. An interdisciplinary introduction to the fundamental physics aod chemistry of the atmosphere-ionosphere system. The focus is on the governing equations of atmospheric and ionospheric dynamics with a systems (science) approach to the atmosphere-ionosphere coupling processes. Topics include observational and modeling techniques in the Earth’s upper atmosphere as well as recent progress in planetary atmosphere-ionospheres and planetary missions.