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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 Engineering and Computer Science

A Day in the Life of a Biomedical Engineer in the Hospital

Doug Yung, associate teaching professor and director of the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program has selected you to act as a biomedical engineer working in a virtual hospital. In this class, you’ll solve real-world clinical challenges using various engineering techniques. Expect the unexpected! You may come across a neonatal intensive care unit, cardiology, urology, surgery, or rheumatology units. The format will be interactive and collaborative.

Wednesday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

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.

Monday, November 8 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Understanding materials science is important for engineers because everything is made of something! When engineers have a good grasp of materials science, they use that knowledge to design, invent and solve problems. This class, taught by Michelle Blum, associate teaching professor and director of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program, will provide an introduction to the fundamental topic of materials science: namely, the relationships between structure, properties, processing and performance. The format will be interactive and collaborative.

Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

An Introduction to Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Chemical kinetics, reactor design and catalysis represent the core of the chemical engineering discipline. Many of the important chemical reactions that we rely on do not occur spontaneously at reasonably low temperatures and often require catalysts to accelerate the rate of the reaction. Catalyst discoveries led to vital processes for producing fertilizer, creating plastics and reducing emissions, and will continue to drive the development of new technologies for clean energy and chemical manufacturing. Viktor Cybulskis, assistant professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, will introduce you to fundamental concepts in chemistry, catalysis and reaction engineering. You’ll learn the basics of how catalysts function, what significant industrial processes rely on catalysts and where we find examples of catalysts in our daily lives.

Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to Computer Vision

Computer vision has wide ranging applications: surveillance and security, analysis for statistics gathering, face and gesture recognition, image retrieval, autonomous ground and aerial vehicles, medical image analysis, and traffic and wearable camera applications. Senem Velipasalar, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will share how computer vision is used in some of these applications.

Wednesday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to Aerospace Engineering

With the growth of the commercial spaceflight industry, more engineers than ever need to understand the basics of orbital mechanics. Led by John Dannenhoffer, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, this class will focus on the basic ideas associated with the universal gravitation law, energy balance and simple orbital calculations. Thought experiments will allow students to “discover” why all geo-stationary satellites orbit at the same distance from the Earth.

Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m.

School of Information Studies

Sports & Technology with CEO Jeff Rubin

Join CEO of SIDEARM Sports and Professor of Practice Jeff Rubin for a short class on the intersection of sports and technology! In this class, Professor Rubin offers an engaging and entertaining virtual class experience covering how the sports industry is being transformed by technology and how you can be a part of it too. An alum of Syracuse University, he is passionate about sports, educating students and the School of Information Studies.

Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

What do Snapchat & Walmart have in common? Data Science

What these totally different brands share is the use of data and analytics. Chances are a person applying for a job at all of them is applying for the hottest job of the century – data science. Despite its formal name, Gen Z-ers are practicing data science at a basic level without even realizing it.

Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

Newhouse School of Public Communications

COM 346: Race, Gender and the Media

Led by Anne Osborne, professor of Mass Communications, this course is designed to expose you to a variety of issues concerning people of various “categories of difference” as well as the media produced and consumed outside the scope of mainstream, commercial media.

Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m.

COM 107: Communications and Society

In this core Newhouse course, learn about mass media and their functions. Contemporary problems of the media; legal, social, economic, and psychological implications of their relationships with society will all be covered and taught by professors Makana Chock and Brad Gorham.

Monday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

BAN 235: Business of Record Labels and Music Publishers

Michelle Santosuosso, editor of HITS Magazine and professor of practice, will cover the fundamentals of how the music industry works: how it is structured, the basic economy, the ways in which music and artists are monetized, and why the business is changing.

Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.

COM 117: Multimedia Storytelling

Work in collaborative teams to write, design and produce stories for persuasive, entertainment and journalistic media. You’ll learn how to use story concepts and tools of storytelling to communicate to an audience. This course will be taught by professors SooYeon Hong and Seth Gitner.

Monday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.