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SPRING 2013 Department-based Honors Courses and Sections of Courses

Not included in this list are departmental honors thesis courses.  For information about those programs and courses, go to individual department websites.

Administrative Studies- Rutgers Business School

Intro to Business
33:011:100:H1 Index #50246
Professor Klepacki

This course provides an overview of business, and addresses how the different areas of business fit together in the big picture.  There are no prerequisites. 

This course is open to SAS students in the SAS Honors Program in ANY CLASS YEAR.  For RBS students in SAS Honors, it is only open to freshmen & sophomores.

Intro to Finance for Non Majors
33:011:203:H1 Index #49105
Professor Richter
Not open to RBS students Open to SAS Honors Students Only
This course provides an introduction to concepts of value, valuation of financial instruments, capital budgeting, risk and return, and security analysis. 

The course is designed for SAS students with no plans to transfer to RBS and pursue an RBS major.  The course is not open to RBS students.

Financial Management
33:390:300:H1 Index #55234
Professor H. Poniachek

Valuation of assets based on the timing and risk (including portfolio-based risk) of their cash flows. Applications include the valuations of financial assets (bonds and shares of stock) and capital budgeting. The use of arbitrage to value assets such as options.  Prerequisites:  Calculus I and Statistics 211 or 285.  Students not in RBS will need the permission of the RBS Dean’s Office.

Statistical Methods In Business
33:623:385:H1 Index #56565
Prereq: 33:010:272

Review of principles of hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, one-way and two-way ANOVA, simple and multiple regression analysis, correlation analysis, nonparametric methods, indices, time series, forecasting, and applications to business.  Prerequisites:  Calculus I and Statistics 211 or 285.  Students not in RBS will need the permission of the RBS Dean’s Office.

Operations Management
33:623:386:H1 Index #56566

Key quantitative techniques essential for analyzing and improving business operations.  Spreadsheet modeling of business decision problems, both with and without data uncertainty.  Linear and integer programming optimization models. Elementary applied probability modeling and Monte Carlo simulation Prerequisites:  Calculus I and Statistics 211 or 285.  Students not in RBS will need the permission of the RBS Dean’s Office.


Intro Cultural Anthropology

01:070:101:H1 Index #57855
Professor Hughes

Biological Sciences

Environmental Influences on Human Disease (3)
Professor R. Golfetti

Honors course discussing the interrelationship between humans and their environment.  The following topics are to be discussed in class: how human health is affected by environmental factors; preventing human disease through healthier environment; human populations that suffer the most from the environmental factors; environmental protection and sustainability and their impact on human health. In addition, we will discuss taking control of your own health on a daily basis. Nutrition, exercise and many other factors are promoters of health and prevent diseases.

Brain, Mind, and Behavior
01:119:195:H1 Index #51429 Class Level:  First Year Student
01:119:195:H2 Index #51967 Class Level:  Sophomore
01:119:195:H3 Index #51968
Professor J. Schjott

The course will be organized around case stories in the fields of neurology and neuroscience.  Several of the case stories are written by neuroscientist and medical doctor V.S. Ramachandran and by neurologist Oliver Sacks.  They both write about patients with neurological deficits in a way that is captivating and fascinating for lay people, but also with enough detail and explanation of the underlying brain mechanisms to be useful as a first view into neuroscience. Articles by other authors from magazines such as The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Scientific American will also be used in the course. The course is aimed at honors students with an interest in the topic, but who may not necessarily be science majors. No prior knowledge of neurology or neuroscience is required.


Honors General Chemistry (4)
01:160:164:H1 Index #45513
01:160:164:H2 Index #45514
Professors S. Khare – G. Herzog
Prereq: 160:163   Coreq: 640:136 Or 640:138 Or 640:152 Or Equivalent 

Honors Organic Chemistry (4)
01:160:316:H1 Index #53239
01:160:316:H2 Index #53241
01:160:316:H3 Index #53242
Professors  L. Williams – L. Tobey

Prereq: 01:160:315

Comparative Literature

Literature Across Borders (3)
01:195:201:H1 Index #48574
Professor Marcone
Recitation M2 Meets at 195 College Ave. 

Computer Science

Honors Seminar in Computer Science (1)
01:198:195:H1 Index #53971
Special permission is required to enroll in the course


Introduction to Macroeconomics
01:220:103:H1 Index #44203
Professor N. Sheflin
Prereq: 01:640:111 or 640:115 or Placement into Calculus


Approaches to French Literature (3)
01:420:218:H1 Index #47675
Professor Piroux
Prereq: 01:420:132 or Placement Test or Permission of Dept.
Credit Not Given For This Course & 01:420:216  


Intro to Linguistic Theory (3)
01:615:201:H1 Index #50998
Professor Schwarzchild



Topics in Math for the Liberal Arts-Honors
01:640:103:H1 Index #48607
Prereq: 640:024 or 640:025 or 640:026 or 640:027 or Placement 

For thousands of years, people have tried to communicate secretly and securely.  Cryptography is the field of mathematics dedicated to exploring schemes to conceal messages and to verifying the difficulty of breaking those schemes.  Because of the growth of computer network use, there has been an enormous increase in cryptographic work in the past few years.  This course will present mathematical concepts and processes within the context of social issues related to cryptography.  Issues explored may include the security of email; the privacy of medical records; the security of financial transactions; and the future of copyright in the digital world.  Mathematical tools such as modular addition, finite fields, combinatorics, number theory, probability, group theory, and algorithms will be introduced.

This course is suitable only for students who would ordinarily be taking Math for the Liberal Arts. 

The Department of Mathematics has a 300-level course in cryptography for Math majors and minors.

For information about registration in other honors courses in the Department of Mathematics (Honors Calculus I for Math/Physics, 640:151:H1 and H2; Honors Calculus II for Math/Physics, 640:152:H1; Honors Multivariable Calculus, 640:251:H1 and H2; Honors Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning, 640:300:H1), go to the Department of Mathematics Honors Course Information Page: or contact the Undergraduate Mathematics Office (Hill Center 303) at 732-445-2390.

Calc II Math/Phys
01:640:152:H1 Index #45023
By Permission: Department Staff   Prereqs: See online schedule for prereqs

Multivariable Calc
01:640:251:H1 Index #47696
01:640:251:H2 Index #55281
By Permission: Department Staff   Prereqs: See online schedule for prereqs

Mathematical Analysis I (3)
01:640:412:H1 Index #40376
Prereq: See online schedule for prereqs

Abstract Algebra II (3)
01:640:452:H1 Index #45534
Prereq: See online schedule for prereqs



Concepts of Physics (3)
01:750:106:H1 Index #47099

Honors Physics II (3)
01:750:272:H1 Index #43671
01:750:272:H2 Index #43722
01:750:272:H3 Index #44006
01:750:272:H4 Index #50508
Professor S. Salur
Prereq: See online schedule for prereqs

Classical Phys Lab (1)

01:750:276:H1 Index #43723
01:750:276:H2 Index #49985
Index #44007
01:750:276:H4 Index #43672
01:750:276:H5 Index #45958
01:750:276:H6 Index #58043

Professor M. Gershenson.

Prereq: See online schedule for prereqs

Political Science

Advanced Studies in Law II (3)
01:790:411:H1 Index #52439
Professor J. Adams
For SP #s Contact Prof. Heumann @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advanced Studies in Law III (3)
01:790:412:H1 Index #55858
Professor J. Wolff
Class Level:  Junior   Senior 


General Psychology (3)
01:830:101:H1 Index #49491
Professor G. Brill

This course will explore the wide variety of topics and issues in the scientific study of mind and behavior, with a particular emphasis on (1) areas of theoretical unity and disunity within the discipline, and (2) the psychology of happiness and well-being.


Tolstoy's War And Peace (3)
01:860:489:01  Index 56264
Professor Bojanowska

Tolstoy’s War and Peace (860:486), taught by Prof. Edyta Bojanowska of the Department of Germanic, Russian, & East European Languages & Literatures, is a semester-long study of Tolstoy’s epic novel about the history of Napoleon’s war with Russia in 1812.  It is a sweeping panorama of Russian nineteenth-century society, a novel of profound philosophical questions, and an unforgettable gallery of artfully drawn characters.  Studying the novel in its historical context, we will pose the following questions: How does a novel intended to send a pacifist message become a patriotic war epic?  What myths does the novel destroy and construct?  What is the relation of story to history?   How does the novel treat individual agency, social forces, and – a question that is never too broad for Tolstoy – the meaning of life? 

For SAS Honors Program students who take this course and who complete the additional requirement to revise the initial draft of the final essay (10-12 pgs, 45% of the grade), this course will count as one of the four required honors courses.

For more information, go to and click on Russian Literature courses for Spring 2013, or email the instructor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Note: the course satisfies the Core Curriculum goal WCd.


Intro Study Language (3)
01:940:261:H1 Index #51369
Professor O. Nunez
By Permission: Department Staff
CoReq/PreReq:   01:940:202 or 01:940:204 

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