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Fall 2021

AGNG 200Y – Aging and the Longevity Economy

Section: 01-LEC (6993)
Lecture: TuTh 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Administration 101
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Lauren Price

Section: 02-DIS (6996)
Lecture: Th 4 – 5:15 p.m. | Information Technology 456
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

Based in the life-course perspective, this course blends academic analysis of human aging in social context with more experiential learning, including exposure to literature on older adults, awareness exercises about aging in the news and talking with older adults in and out of class to debunk common myths and stereotypes regarding aging and older adults. Academic content is broadly social, in terms of understanding family and community contexts of aging, the individual experience of aging including productivity, spirituality and typical engagement, normal changes and diseases common in physical and psychological health, and a focus on how society views aging. Finally, students will be encouraged to identify themselves as aging individuals, on a trajectory toward later life.

Note: This is a combined section class

Requirements: You must complete ENGL100 or equivalent with a C or better.


AMST 100Y – Introduction to American Studies

Section: 01-LEC (9450)
Lecture: MoWeFr 8 – 8:50 a.m. | Performing Arts & Humani 107
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Kathy Bryan

Section: 01-DIS (10430)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15p .m. | Performing Arts & Humanity 123
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 01/26/2021 – 05/12/2021
Instructor: Staff

A broad introduction to the study of American culture, past and present. The course focuses upon primary ideas that have been most influential in the development of American culture and their expression in various forms, written and visual. Special emphasis is placed upon tensions between the individual and society and upon the relationship of culture to subcultures.

Note: The IHU Seminar discussion section will be meeting in-person. Classes will be held on UMBC’s main campus.


ANTH 211Y – Cultural Anthropology

Section: 01-LEC (9991)
Lecture: Th 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 101
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Nicholas Welcome

Section: 02-DIS (9992)
Lecture: Mo Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 108
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 03-LEC (9993)
Lecture: Th 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 409
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Camee Maddox-Wingfield

Section: 04-DIS (9994)
Lecture: Mo Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Interdisciplinary Life Sciences 302
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to the central concepts and issues in cultural anthropology. The course employs a worldwide comparative perspective that examines topics such as: the concept of culture, cultural-ecological systems and family organization; magic, religion and witchcraft; socialization, personality and mental illness; conflict resolution and warfare.

Notes: The IHU Seminar discussion section will be meeting in-person. Classes will be held on UMBC’s main campus. Sections that are designated as “Y” sections have the Introduction to an Honors University Seminar attached to them and are specifically designed for students in their first year at UMBC. For permission for ANTH 211Y contact Jill Randles at jrandles@umbc.edu


COMP 101Y – Computational Thinking and Design

Section: 01-LEC (14826)
Lecture: Tu Th 10 – 11:15 a.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 103
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Mark Berczynski

Section: 02-DIS (14827)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 103
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 01/26/2021 – 05/12/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 04-DIS (14829)
Lecture: TuTh 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Interdisciplinary Life Science Bldg 237
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Mark Berczynski

Section: 05-DIS (14830)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 101
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 07-DIS (14890)
Lecture: TuTh 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 103
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Mark Berczynski

Section: 08-DIS (14891)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 105
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 10-DIS (15009)
Lecture: TuTh 4 – 5:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 103
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Mark Berczynski

Section: 11-DIS (15010)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 409
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

Broad survey of the power, challenges, and specialties of computing fields. Topics include algorithmic problem solving, the design and development of computing solutions, human-centered computing, graphics and games, data management and exploration, hardware and systems, intelligent solutions, and academic and professional skills. Assumes no prior experience with computing. Restricted to those declared or considering a computing major (BTA,IS, CMSC, and CMPE). Intended to be taken in the first or second semester.

Notes: The Introduction to an Honors University seminar is open to any student during their first-year at UMBC. This seminar will be offered online with both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Please look for more details on the syllabus, as it becomes available, for the dates when you will be expected to meet online in real time. You will have a minimum of five synchronous sessions, when you will meet with members of your class “in-person” online. These sessions will be held at the time the “Y” discussion is scheduled. —- This course is presented online for the fall 2021 semester, and students will be able to participate in all lectures and discussions remotely.


EHS 200Y – Concepts of Emergency Health Services

Section: 01-LEC (10143)
Lecture: TuTh 11:30 – 12: 45 p.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Jaeyoung Yang

Section: 02-DIS (10144)
Lecture: We 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

This is a survey course that provides an overview of the operation of emergency health service systems. The history of EMS, the interface of public and private organizations, and review of the various personnel who constitute these systems are examined in relation to their impact on the health care delivery system.

Notes: Lecture Section of 200Y course. Department Consent Required.


ECON 101Y – Principles of Microeconomics

Section: 01-LEC (10140)
Lecture: MoWe 1 – 2:30 p.m. | TBA
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Lisa Dickson

Section: 02-DIS (15678)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Fine Arts 015
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

Basic economic principles and their policy applications: value and price for the firm and industry in different competitive situations, public policy toward the firm, income distribution, elements of international economics and comparative economic systems.


ENES 101Y – Introduction to Engineering

Section: 01-LEC (12859)
Lecture: MoFr 11 – 11:50 a.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Jamie Gurganus, E F Charles LaBerge

Section: 02-DIS (12863)
Lecture: Tu 8 – 9:50 a.m. & We 11 – 11:50 a.m. | Information Technology 239
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Jamie Gurganus, E F Charles LaBerge, & Emily Abrams-Stephens

Introduction to engineering that covers dimensional analysis, data analysis, professional practice, and an introduction to engineering subjects such as statics, heat transfer, and linear circuits. Students must work in teams on a design project, which includes design, construction, evaluation, testing, modeling and presentation. Course includes an introduction to computer programming in MATLAB and basic skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Notes: You must be concurrently enrolled in MATH 151 or have completed this course in a previous semester with a grade of “C” or better.
Must enroll in discussion session and also M/F lecture. Sections that are designated as “Y” sections have the Introduction to an Honors University Seminar attached to them and are specifically designed for students in their first year at UMBC.


ENGL 100Y – Composition

Section: 01-LEC (9802)
Lecture: TuTh 11:30 – 12:45 p.m. | Performing Arts & Humanity Bldg 317
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Nicole Pekarske

Section: 02-LAB (9803)
Lecture: We Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 113
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 03-LEC (9804)
Lecture: TuTh 10 – 11:15 a.m. | Performing Arts & Humanity 318
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Chris Kiehneg

Section: 04-LAB (9805)
Lecture: We Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 108
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 05-LEC (9806)
Lecture: TuTh 11:30 – 12: 45 p.m. | Performing Arts & Humanity 318
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Chris Kiehne

Section: 06-LAB (9807)
Lecture: We Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 110
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 07-LEC (9808)
Lecture: TuTh 10 – 11:15 a.m. | Performing Arts & Humanity 314
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Nicole Pekarske

Section: 08-LAB (9809)
Lecture: We Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Janet & Walter Sondheim 112
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

A course in critical thinking, reading, and composing, with an emphasis on integrating academic research and documentation. Students read and produce work for a variety of purposes and audiences, focusing on strategies for researching, organizing, drafting, sharing, and revising. To satisfy the composition general education requirement, this course must be taken within a student’s first 30 credit hours of enrollment at UMBC.

Notes: Must have a minimum score of 550 on the SAT verbal (43 on the ACT) or must have scored a 3 or better on the LRC English placement test to enroll in English 100 or 100Y.


GWST 100Y – Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies

Section: 01-LEC (12101)
Lecture: TuTh 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Fine Arts 427
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Kathryn Kein

Section: 02-DIS (13892)
Lecture: Tu 4 – 5:15 p.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of gender and women’s studies, feminist scholarship, and feminist activism. We will examine the relationship between gender, power, and the production of feminist knowledge in a variety of fields, including psychology, sociology, literature, media studies and history. The course provides critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, social inequalities based on gender and sexuality, and how those norms function interactively with categories of difference such as race, class, nation, ability and age.

Notes: The Y section of GWST100 is reserved for students in the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership living and learning program. If you are not in WILL+, please register for the regular GWST100 section. The additional seminar component associated with this course is designed for students in their first year at UMBC. This class will be offered in a hybrid format. Thursdays will be in-person and Tuesdays will be entirely online. The instructor will offer greater detail on the first day of classes.


MATH 104Y – Quantitative Literacy

Section: 01-LEC (6025)
Lecture: MoWeFr 10 – 10:50 a.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Alexis O’Malley

Section: 02-DIS (6037)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15p.m. | TBA
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

Math 104 focuses on algebraic and numeric skills in a context of applications and problem-solving to prepare students for Introduction to Statistics (Stat 121) or Contemporary Mathematics (Math 120). Topics include quantitative relationships, algebraic reasoning, functional reasoning, probabilistic and statistical reasoning, Quantitative communication skills are incorporated.

Notes: This is a synchronous online course. Students are expected to attend class online during the days/times listed in the meeting pattern. This is a fully online course. It requires reliable internet access and computer literacy; and the ability to self-manage independent learning assignments according to deadlines. In place of classroom activities, online work may include independent mastery assignments, discussion boards, videos with quizzes, writing assignments, and other active learning experiences. Students are responsible for completing these online learning experiences by the specified deadlines and in accordance with instructor requirement.


MATH 106Y – Algebra and Elementary Functions

Section: 01-LEC (3724)
Lecture: MoWe 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Interdisciplinary Life Science Bldg 233
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Raji Baradwaj

Section: 02-DIS (3728)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Math & Psychology 105
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: N/a

An introduction to the basic techniques and functions of mathematics. This course is especially recommended for those students who need to brush up due to a shaky high school preparation or for those who haven’t had a mathematics course in several years. Topics include linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; polynomials; and rational functions and their inverses, including the exponential and the logarithm.

Notes: You must have scored a 2 or 3 on the LRC/PLC MATH placement exam or have completed LRC 99 with a grade of ‘C’ or better to enroll in this course.


POLI 100Y – American Government and Politics

Section: 01-DIS (11857)
Lecture: We 4 – 5:15 p.m. | Sherman Hall 150
Instruction Mode: Hybrid
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

Section: 02-LEC (11869)
Lecture: MoWe 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Math & Psychology 105
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to American national government and politics. An examination of the ideas, institutions and processes that define the American political system. Intended as a first course in political science for both majors and non-majors.

Notes: This four-credit course Poli-100 meets on Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm am AND Poli-100Y on Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm. Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) Seminar is designed for first year students at UMBC. This course will focus on the academic expectations, skills, and behaviors needed to achieve success at an honors research university. Additionally, the course will provide you with resources to help you connect with the larger campus community and provide support to you throughout your UMBC experience. All sections of IHU are linked with an academic class – this particular section is linked to your POLI-100-01 class. While the three-credit POLI-100 course and the one-credit IHU seminar have different instructors and different content, the faculty and staff will work together as an academic team to connect the two courses at many points throughout the semester and will be in communication to identify ways to best support your academic success at UMBC.


SCI 100Y – Water: An Interdisciplinary Study

Section: 100-LEC (8927)
Lecture: We 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Physics 101
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Suzanne Braunschweig

Section: 102-LAB (8928)
Lecture: Fr 1 – 2:50 p.m. | Physics 111
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Suzanne Braunschweig

Section: 103-DIS (8929)
Lecture: Mo 1 – 2:15 p.m. | Physics 111
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

An interdisciplinary lab science experience that integrates biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics into a single, three-credit course with a unifying theme of water. Topics covered may include: Water Quality, Unique Physical and Chemical Properties of Water, Biological Importance of Water, Water in the Earth’s Environment, and Water and Policy. The course consists of a combination of lecture, discussion, laboratory exercises and fieldwork. Frequent access to a computer with an internet connection is a requirement in this course; students will be expected to participate online regularly. This course is intended for those students not majoring in the natural/physical sciences or engineering, and it satisfies the GFR and GEP graduation requirement for a laboratory-based science course.

Notes: Sections that are designated as “Y” sections have the Introduction to an Honors University Seminar attached to them and are specifically designed for students in their first year at UMBC.


SOCY 101Y – Basic Concepts in Sociology

Section: 01-LEC (9452)
Lecture: MoWe 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Fariha Khalid

Section: 02-DIS (9475)
Lecture: Mo Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Sherman Hall 006
Instruction Mode: In Person
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/20211
Instructor: Staff

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Section: 03-LEC (10132)
Lecture: TuTh 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Fariha Khalid

Section: 04-DIS (10133)
Lecture: Mo Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Web
Instruction Mode: Online
Meeting Dates: 08/31/2021 – 12/13/2021
Instructor: Staff

An introduction to the concepts used in all advanced sociology courses: basic elements of social structure, including primary groups and organizations, culture and society, socialization, social stratification and social change.

Notes: Also listed as SOCY 101-01. Sections that are designated as “Y” sections have the Introduction to an Honors University Seminar attached to them and are specifically designed for students in their first year at UMBC. Your instructor will be contacting you before the first class session via Blackboard and/or email regarding the plan for online instruction this fall. Please check both Blackboard and your UMBC email for updates prior to the first day of classes. Plan to meet your class online on the first day of class at the time posted in the schedule of classes unless otherwise indicated by your instructor. If you have technology or time zone issues that could impact your ability to meet as scheduled throughout the semester, please contact your instructor to discuss. If you do not have a web accessible device and internet access, please contact https://doit.umbc.edu/students/ prior to the semester’s start.

Updated 6/1/2021