### UNIVERSITY HONORS

**HNRS-301**

**Honors Colloquium in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (3)**

**Course Level:** Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of University Honors program director.

**HNRS-301**

**001H**

**UNIVERSITY HONORS**

*SPRING 2015*

**Course Level:** Undergraduate

**Honors Colloquium in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (3)**

*Stress, Coping, and Emotion*

The course covers theories, research methods, and applications of stress and emotion research. Reading assignments and lectures address the nature of psychological stress, its relation to appraisals, coping, and emotion, and the specific methodological challenges of studying stress and emotion. Topics include models of emotion regulation and stress responses, stress and health, personality, gender, and culture. The class also discusses personal growth, depression, and clinical interventions.

**HNRS-301**

**002H**

**UNIVERSITY HONORS**

*SPRING 2015*

**Course Level:** Undergraduate

**Honors Colloquium in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (3)**

*Infinity, Game Theory, and Fractals*

The twentieth century heralded amazing and interesting innovations in mathematics, such as game theory and fractal geometry. While these new areas have great ideas that would appeal to the general population, they have often been coupled with technicalities that have restricted their study. This course surveys some of the fascinating modern developments in mathematics, including the study of game theory, voting theory, infinity, dimension, and fractals. These are linked to current theory and practice in many fields, such as economics, philosophy, political science, and international relations. This course emphasizes concepts rather than computations. It encourages communicating mathematical ideas with sentences rather than equations and graphs. Students taking this course need to be comfortable with high school mathematics, but no knowledge of calculus is required.

**HNRS-301**

**001H**

**UNIVERSITY HONORS**

*FALL 2015*

**Course Level:** Undergraduate

**Honors Colloquium in Natural and Mathematical Sciences (3)**

*Physics of Public Policy*

This course covers energy as a physical quantity from the point of view of how it influences public policy decisions on energy sources, energy distribution, and energy use in transportation, industry, households, etc. The physics of mechanics, thermodynamics, nuclear interactions, electricity, and magnetism are touched on. Specific topics include fossil fuels, nuclear power and weapons, alternative energy sources such as solar, hydroelectric, wind, hydrogen as a storage medium, and energy conservation. Guests knowledgeable both in physics and policy speak to the class.