Spring 2024 Course Offerings These courses are designed to offer you a chance to study exciting topics and cutting-edge research perspectives on a subject that you might not encounter in typical community college courses. Our hope is that your experience in TTI might expand your imagination about what you could do if you transferred to a four-year institution. The TTI faculty are also particularly invested in supporting and advising you in your transfer journey. We hope that the experience of seeing yourself succeeding in a Princeton course will build your confidence about your academic potential, and the evidence of your accomplishment in this course on your Princeton transcript will be a valuable signal in your transfer application that you’re already capable of success. Students must be nominated by faculty or a staff member from their community college. Feel free to request a nomination from your professor or other community college staff member. Once nominated, you’ll receive an application. CHM 114: Shape in Chemistry John Barr Mon/Wed 9:00am-12:00pm West Windsor Campus A theme pervasive to all chemistry courses is how macroscopic observations can be explained by the microscopic behavior of atoms and molecules. This course explores this topic with the general question: why is it so important to know the 3D shape of molecules? The goal is to instill students with a lasting interest in science and technology; foster an appreciation of the essential role of experimentation and measurement, and to convey excitement during research. The content of this course is explored in two parts. The first is the development of core concepts and key theories behind understanding the 3D shape of molecules. The second part of the course explores fundamental questions current scholars deal with across multiple disciplines through a series of seminars and class discussions. The students will be able to explore topics such as how diseases can be caused by misshapen biological proteins (i.e., sickle cell anemia) and how global climate change can be explained through the shape of greenhouse gasses. The connecting question of these seminars is how does our understanding of the 3D shape of molecules influence our understanding of important real-world phenomena? The objective of these seminars is for students to appreciate the creativity and excitement of STEM inquiry and innovation and incorporate STEM understanding and resources into social, economic, personal, or political decisions. EGR 150: Foundations of Engineering Rodrick Kuate Defo Tues/Thurs 4:30-7:20pm West Windsor Campus The purpose of the course is two-fold. First, it provides a project-based introduction to engineering that mixes coding, mechanical construction, and computational data analysis. Second, it provides a firm theoretical foundation for the project in both math and physics. The course is comprised of three, integrated parts: lab, math, and physics. In lab, students will have the opportunity to build, test, and iterate the design of a 3D-printed mechanical self-locking vault and a Python-coded simulation of a vault. Complementing the lab experience, lectures engage students using meaningful hands-on activities and problem sets that enhance their physics and mathematics content knowledge. POL 260: Race and Labor Hadass Silver Mon/Wed 3:00-4:20 pm West Windsor campus The belief that people can be divided into distinct racial groups was born from the need of exploiters (namely, European exploiters) to justify their exploitation of non-European peoples and the land they occupied. Racial ideology, then, was developed to facilitate European elites’ and colonizers’ attainment of cheap labor and resources. Accordingly, to understand the history of race, we need to understand the relationship between race and labor. This course begins by examining “race” and “labor” as concepts in and of themselves. After that, we look at the relationship between the two ideas, from colonization to the modern day. The course looks at this dynamic through both historical and theoretical lenses. And while we will attend to some of the global dimensions of race and labor, we will primarily examine how the two relate in the United States. This course aims to provide students with a better understanding of the genesis and perpetuation of racial hierarchy. MUS 245: Women in Music: Benedictine Nuns to Beyoncé Carolyn Watts Tues/Thurs 3:00-4:20pm West Windsor Campus This course explores the complex and diverse contexts and contributions of women (and/or women-identifying people) in music, focusing on musical traditions from Europe and North America. Chronologically spanning the twelfth century (think Benedictine nuns and courtesans) to today (i.e., Beyoncé, Dolly Parton), and including a variety of genres such as classical, jazz, country, and hip-hop, this course approaches women music makers through thematic subjects and case studies. The course is organized into five units: Foundational Topics, Early European Examples, Feminism in the United States, Professionalism, and Popular Music Case Studies.