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College Credit
Students who enroll in any of the seven courses will earn three (3) college credits and meet for four and a half hours each day. Credits earned during the summer college program are accepted at Elmira College and are normally transferable to other colleges; each institution, however, has its own credit transfer policies. Contact Elmira College’s Office of the Registrar for a copy of your official Elmira College transcript (free of charge). Should you choose to attend Elmira College as a full-time freshman, this process will be automatic.


Course Descriptions


BRAVO!
BRAVO! is an integrated performance course intended to develop students' skills and abilities in communication. While the "nuts and bolts" of theatre will be employed, the intent is to develop students' ability to transmit communications - of feeling and thought - to an audience, rather than the mere mastery of basic technique. As such, it is a study of mass communication employing performing arts.

Chemistry: Forensics
Students will learn how to use the scientific approach to the study of physical evidence in matters of law. Emphasis on scientific analysis and measurement, design of physical, chemical and biological testing, deductive reasoning, legal and ethical issues as they pertain to the collection and study of physical evidence. Laboratory exercises and experiments will emphasize accurate observations and measurements, experimental design, and analysis of results and observations. Case studies will be used to illustrate the integral role of physical evidence in the criminal justice system.

Mathematics: Chaos and Fractals
In the last few decades, mathematicians and scientists have made important discoveries that reveal hidden orders within phenomena that appear to be chaotic.  The mathematics behind this is known as dynamical systems theory, or more informally, chaos theory. Much of the mathematics of chaos theory involves analyzing the geometry of fractals, figures that exhibit self-similarity across all measurement scales.  Images of fractals are some of the most beautiful found in mathematics, often reminiscent of complicated natural objects. In this course, we will begin by analyzing and simulating simple chaotic dynamical systems, through computer simulation, laboratory work, observation, and mathematical analysis.  We will observe the period-doubling route to chaos, both experimentally and in action, and thus arrive at the notion of universality in chaos.  We will also examine how chaos theory has been put into practice in industry and medicine. Chaos theory often lives on fractals.  We will create fractal images using chance and linear systems, using chaotic attracting sets, and using the geometry of self-similarity.  We will also develop the concept of the fractal dimension as a measure of the 'jaggedness' of a fractal.  We will see how fractal geometry is used in applications in gaming, economics, and science.

Interactive Medicine: Cells Alive!
Students will have the opportunity to grow and work with live cells and experimentally determine what factors can affect them and how. Working in teams with faculty and undergraduate scientists, you will learn the techniques of how to culture cells and how to use biotechnology to identify and characterize cell structures and functions.

Video Art Production: Video Magic
This course serves as a basic introduction to the principles of video art production. Simple animation, audio mixing, and visual storytelling techniques will be explored and applied to a final “video short.” Possible genres for final projects: an abstract music video; a portrait of person, place or thing; a “how to” video. Collaboration with classmates will be encouraged.

Ink, Paper, Fabric: Traditional and Modern Printmaking Techniques
An introductory level course introducing students to silkscreen and relief printing techniques. Photo emulsion and stencil silkscreen will be discussed and learned. A basic course for both art majors and non-majors. Students will work in color and black and white. They will use a variety of techniques from experimental to traditional. Design will be stressed as well as the development of an effective working process.

Literature: Comic Books and American Culture
Develop college-level writing skills while studying how comic books reflect and comment on American culture. Students will also develop their critical reading and thinking skills as they learn about significant events and issues in American culture, past and present, that have influenced the increasingly sophisticated medium of comic books. Special emphasis is given to the superhero genre and Marvel Comics (a one-month digital subscription to Marvel Comics Unlimited is required).

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