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Virtual Sample Classes

See what it’s like to be a college student by attending one of our virtual sample classes based on real courses taught at Syracuse University! These classes are open to all prospective students, no matter your desired academic program.

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College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

We’ve Got Gas: Laws of Gas in Chemistry

Led by Jonathan French, Assistant Professor, you will determine the impact that pressure, temperature and moles of a gas have on the volume of a sample. This class will feature interactive learning through scientific experiments in a virtual environment.

Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Climate Change and Its Effects

Climate is a defining challenge of the 21st century. Human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of warming since the mid-20th century. This period is the warmest in the history of modern civilization. Heavy rainfall is increasing in intensity and frequency in many regions of the United States and globally, and this pattern is expected to continue to increase. The concern with climate change is not only that it is occurring but at the rate at which change is occurring. In this class, taught by Dr. Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor of Environmental Systems and Distinguished Professor, we will discuss: drivers of climate change and global, U.S. and local climate trends, effects and future projections.

Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. EDT

The Art of Algorithms: Divide-and-Conquer

Algorithms are at the heart of everything from connecting your cell phone to a tower, to scheduling professional sports leagues, to piloting aircraft, and everything in between. Designing elegant and clever algorithms is an important skill that turns out to be half-science and half-art. This self-contained lecture will focus on two related concepts: the “divide-and-conquer” and "recursion." The format will be interactive and collaborative, but no particular programming, math or algorithms background is needed to enjoy the topic. This class will be taught by Dr. Cole Smith, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. EDT

Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

EXE 295: Introduction to Exercise Science
(for admitted students only)

This is an entry-level course designed to introduce students to general topics and careers in the field of exercise science and prepare students for further classes in the exercise science discipline. Selected topics include: the history of exercise science, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, body composition, concepts of physical fitness, health promotion, disease prevention, motor control and sport psychology.

Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. EDT

Play, Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education

This course is for students interested in supporting the health development of children, families and communities. As future professionals, scholars and researchers, students will gain critical insights on how play serves as a primary vehicle for optimal growth in childhood, across settings and around the globe. This is applicable to fields including education, healthcare, counseling, policy, advocacy work and human services.

Mondays at 12:45 p.m. EDT

School of Information Studies (iSchool)

IST 195: Information Technologies

Explore the answers to questions related to . Even if you know little or nothing about how computers, networks, and software work, this class will provide a grounding that will get you started on a path of lifelong learning about technology. It will serve you well regardless of whether you see your life and future career as being focused on information technology. Information technology will substantially affect your life whether you like it or not and whether you pay attention to it or not.

Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. EDT
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Whitman School of Management

How to Turn Your Great Idea into a Real Business Opportunity

Everyone has ideas, but what makes an idea a good business opportunity?  Join John Torrens, an award-winning professor of entrepreneurial practice and two-time Inc 5000 Entrepreneur for a discussion on what to look for in your ideas in order to turn them into business opportunities. In this session you will learn how to evaluate your ideas as well as common traps to avoid.

Tuesday, April 20 at 8 p.m. EDT

College of Visual Performing Arts

Secrets of the Internet, Revealed!

Join Professor Whitney Phillips to explore how network dynamics, from algorithms to the attention economy, influence what you encounter, undermine ethical reflection, and encourage reactive, angry communication--and what you can do about it.

Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
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Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
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