Course Sequence

The three-semester Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program begins with a Research Methods seminar taken in the fall of freshman year. The Methods seminar focuses on how to identify a good research question. In the spring of the freshman year, students begin their laboratory work in their specific Research Stream. Some students continue their research during the summer, as volunteers or with fellowships. In the fall of the sophomore year, FRI students continue their research project in their Research Stream.

Students receive course credit for each semester's work, which applies to their degree requirements. Below is the coursework and credit received:

Year                Semester       Credits      Course

Freshman          Fall                        2                     FRI Research Methods Seminar

                            Spring                  4                      Research Stream part 1

Sophomore       Summer                                      Optional research (volunteer, fellowship)

                            Fall                        4                     Research Stream part 2



Courses for students in Harpur College of Arts & Sciences

Courses for students in Watson School of Engineering & Computer Science

FRI policy regarding student progress



Courses for students in Harpur College of Arts & Sciences

In fall of freshman year, the FRI students take the 2 credit HARP 170 FRI Research Methods Seminar along with the regular course load (typically a total of 16-18 credits).  Our experience with FRI students is that this overall course load of 16-18 credits is quite manageable. Also, FRI course fulfills the oral general education requirement.

HARP 170 FRI Research Methods Seminar

(2 credits in Freshman Fall Semester - fulfills general education oral requirement)

Research as a process: how science works, how we figure out the next steps, how we reduce the inevitable risks and avoid pitfalls, and so how we make discoveries that add to world knowledge and innovations. Lecture period primarily will be students applying the concepts of the research process. Includes data collection, data management, initial analyses, and presentation. This is not a lab course, but students do conduct a research project. Prerequisite: Enrolled in FRI program.

Biofilms

BIOL 225 Research in Microbial Biofilms pt 1– 4 credits

(Freshman Spring Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). *Counts as elective toward psychology/neuroscience major – approval received by undergraduate psychology committee*This is one of two lecture‐lab courses of a 2‐semester sequence for FRI students. Students will be introduced to biofilms in general and the physiology, ecology, and other hallmarks of biofilms, and learn microbial biofilm techniques while gaining understanding of biofilm research problems. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

BIOL 225 is equivalent to a Basic Microbiology lecture-lab course; it can fulfill "microbiology" requirement of some "pre-health" tracks.  

BIOL 323 Biofilm Research Stream pt 2 – 4 credits

(Sophomore Fall Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirement). The biofilm research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in microbial biofilm research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 225 Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

BIOL 323 automatically counts toward the biology major, contributing to requirements for 300-level lecture 4-credit courses and laboratory  in area of "cell and molecular".

BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

GEOL/ENVI 234 Biogeochemistry Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). The research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

GEOL/ENVI 334 Biogeochemistry Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements). The research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For geology majors: GEOL/ENVI 234 can take the place of any 100-level geology course required of majors. GEOL/ENVI 334 can take the place of GEOL 370 (Environmental Geology/Geochemistry).

For environmental studies majors: GEOL/ENVI 234 can take the place of ENVI 201, a required course for that major. GEOL/ENVI 334 can take the place of ENVI 397, thus contributing to fulfillment of this major requiring two collaboration/research courses at the 300/400 level.

For both geology and environmental studies majors, see the geology or environmental studies advisor about how these courses can count toward the major.

BIOMEDICAL CHEMISTRY

CHEM 261 – Biomedical Chemistry Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The biomedical chemistry research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in biochemistry research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

CHEM 262 – Biomedical Chemistry Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The biomedical chemistry research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in biochemistry research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: CHEM 261. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For biochemistry majors: CHEM 261 and CHEM 262 together can substitute for two requirements of the Biochemistry BS major: BCHM 424 Molecular Biology Lab and BCHM 480 Senior Seminar. Request that by signing up with the Research Educator.

For biology majors: CHEM 262 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

For psychology majors: CHEM 261 and 262 can count toward science/meth electives

community & global public health

ANTH 2xx – Community & Global Public Health Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  This  research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

ANTH 3xx – Community & Global Public Health Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  This research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: ANTH 2xx. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

Pending approval: For biology majors: ANTH 3xx can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

GEOSPATIAL REMOTE SENSING

ENVI 206 – Geospatial Sensing Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The geospatial research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

ENVI 306 – Geospatial Sensing Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The geospatial research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: ENVI 206. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For environmental studies majors: See Environmental Studies Advisor for how these courses can count toward your major.

MOLECULAR & BIOMEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 205 –Molecular Anthropology Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The molecular & biomedical anthropology research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

ANTH 305 – Molecular Anthropology Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The biomedical chemistry research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in this area of research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: ANTH 205. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For biology majors: ANTH 305 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

For psychology majors: ANTH 205 and 305 can count toward science/math electives.

NEUROSCIENCE

PSYC 345 Neuroscience Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). The neuroscience research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in neuroscience research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program. This course is equivalent to PSYC344.

PSYC 364 Neuroscience Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester - fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements). The neuroscience research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in neuroscience research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 345. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

For neuroscience and psychology majors: PSYC 345 is equivalent to PSYC 344, and PSYC 364 is equivalent to PSYC 363, or PSYC 357.

For biology majors: PSYC 364 can be used to satisfy 4 credits of upper-level BIOL and one laboratory for Biology majors. Students would need to see a Biology Advisor to obtain their credits.

SMART ENERGY

CHEM 211/MSE 211 – Smart Energy Research Stream pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement).  The smart energy materials research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in chemistry, physics and materials science research through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions. About 2 hours of lecture/lab meeting and 6 hours of lab work per week. There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: HARP 170. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.

PHYS 235/MSE 212 - Smart Energy Research Stream pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirements).  The smart energy materials research stream is part of the FRI program which provides students with an authentic research experience in chemistry, physics and materials science research through a combination of lecture (2 hrs/week) and laboratory sessions (minimum of 6 hrs/week). There is a fee of $150 associated with this course. Prerequisites: CHEM 211/MSE 211. Restriction(s): Must be enrolled in the FRI program.


 

Courses for students in Watson School of Engineering & Computer Science

In fall of freshman year, the FRI students take the 2 credit HARP 170 FRI Research Methods course along with the regular engineering-computer science course load (17 credits, or 16 if you take the Body/Wellness course later).  Our experience with FRI students is that this overall course load of 18-19 credits is quite manageable. Also, FRI course fulfills the oral general education requirement.

HARP 170 FRI Research Methods Seminar (2 credits in Freshman Fall Semester - fulfills general education oral requirement).  Research as a process: how science works, how we figure out the next steps, how we reduce the inevitable risks and avoid pitfalls, and so how we make discoveries that add to world knowledge and innovations. Lecture period primarily will be students applying the concepts of the research process. Includes data collection, data management, initial analyses, and presentation. Prerequisite: Enrolled in FRI program.

IMAGE & ACOUSTIC SIGNALS ANALYSIS (IASA) RESEARCH STREAM
In the spring of freshman year and fall of sophomore, the FRI research stream courses will substitute or count for courses required for engineering or computer science, so the course load is the regular credit load for students in engineering and computer science. Also, the FRI courses fulfill the lab and composition general education requirements.

EECE/CS 115 FRI Image & Acoustic Signal pt 1 (4 credits in Freshman Spring Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science requirement). This is one of two lecture‐lab courses of a 2‐semester sequence for FRI students in Image and Acoustic Signals Analysis.   Computing skills in MATLAB and Unix and introduction to computer programming.   Technical writing using LaTeX. Students will learn research techniques while gaining understanding of research problems in this area.  Prerequisites: HARP 170 and enrollment in Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.                     

EECE/CS 215 FRI Image & Acoustic Signal pt 2 (4 credits in Sophomore Fall Semester – fulfills general education laboratory science & composition requirement).  This is the second of two lecture‐lab courses of a 2‐semester sequence for FRI students in Image and Acoustic Signals Analysis.   Computer programming in C, and selected topics in multimedia signal processing and computer vision.  Students will learn research techniques while gaining understanding of research problems in this area.  Prerequisites: HARP 170 and EECE 115/CS 115, and enrollment in Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.

Examples of how courses substitute: In the spring, freshmen in the School of Engineering & Computer Science take 17 credits, and FRI IASA substitutes for 4 credits of WTSN, so there is no increase in course load.   All Watson majors except CS have the same first year (and CS has their own solution to substituting these courses,) so essentially all Watson majors can substitute a course with IASA Stream I. They should consult with their academic advisor for that.

How fall sophomores substitute a course with Stream II depends on their chosen major.  For example, in Computer Science, it counts as an elective toward the degree. In Electrical & Computer Engineering the Stream II course would substitute for four credits of computer programming, as worked out with the academic advisor.  If a student majors in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Science & Industrial Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering, the student consults with the undergrad directors in those majors to identify an appropriate substitution, in most cases it would be an elective toward the major.


 

FRI policy regarding student progress

Students are expected to engage fully in the FRI projects, complete all assignments in the FRI courses satisfactorily, and demonstrate a steadily increasing ability to engage in research-specific projects as they move through the three-semester FRI sequence. Students are expected to work in research teams and attend class periods and team meetings as required in course syllabi. Students who fail to meet these standards will not be allowed to continue. Students should monitor their own progress and discuss any concerns with the FRI staff.

          


 

 

                                                                        

Last Updated: 12/18/16