Course Catalog: Summer Session 1

Accelerated Summer College students can take up to two of the courses below, each course is worth four credits (unless otherwise specified). Students should be advised that credits earned at Saint Michael’s College are transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution. All courses meet 100% online (most asynchronously) for all 6 weeks.

Accelerated Summer College Catalog – Summer Session 1:  May 23 – July 1, 2022


AR 214: Digital Animation and Motion Graphics – Professor Gordon Glover

Digital Animation & Motion Graphics moves students with little or no knowledge of digital image creation and manipulation through the steps necessary to create animation, motion graphics, and video composites useful in web, television, gallery, mobile, and cinematic applications.

CORE: Literature & The Arts


BI 108 Topics: Human Nutrition – Professor Jim Willard
This lab science course is designed to provide you with the tools necessary to study and comment intelligently on the role of nutrition in the total human life cycle. We will examine human physiological requirements for and the chemistry of the nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, lipid, minerals, vitamins, and water. Each chapter lists specific objectives to be met. The laboratory component of the course consists of experiments that apply these tools to real nutritional situations. 

LSC: Scientific Reasoning
CORE: Scientific Inquiry

BI 207 Human Anatomy and Physiology  – Professor Paul Constantino

Students will study the structures of the vertebrate body and will also learn how the vertebrate structure has been modified over evolutionary time. The primary focus will be on mammalian, including human, anatomy.

Pre-reqs: (BI-151 or BI-152 Minimum Grades C-) and (BI-153 Minimum Grade C).

BI 235 Virology – Professor Dagan Loisel

Despite their tiny size, viruses have a huge impact on life on Earth. In this course, we will explore the different types of viruses, the basic make up and structure of viruses, the ways that they move from one host to another, how they invade and manipulate host cells, and the many potential consequences of viral infection. In addition, we will discuss selected viral diseases, the human immune defenses, and how we can protect ourselves against dangerous viral pathogens.

Pre-reqs: (BI-153; Minimum grade C) and (CH-103 or CH-110)

Business Administration

BU 215 Marketing  Professor Robert Letovsky

This course will provide a review of the fundamental topics in marketing management, and expose the student to various analytical and decision making tools currently used by marketing managers. The course will focus on the various elements of the marketing mix, and on how the marketing manager must control and integrate each of them to achieve competitive advantage.

Pre-reqs: (BU-103 or BU-113) and (BU-115 or AC-143); Juniors and Seniors Only; Business Majors and Minors Only.


EN 301 Poetry Writing Workshop – Professor Greg Delanty (meets Wednesday, 2pm-5pm via Zoom)

We will read and write a range of poems based on the technical aspects of poetry. All the poems students write will be discussed by the whole class, and revised and edited for final presentation in portfolio form. Even if you never write another poem after this workshop you will have a much better understanding of poetry and how it can add to your life. You will learn about poetry from the inside out.
CORE: Literature & The Arts
Writing workshops are repeatable, and may be taken up to three times.

Environmental Studies

ES 107 Environmental Science –  Professor David Heroux
This course is a science-based investigation of the Earth as a system, with application to understanding many issues in contemporary environmental policy. Science is an attempt to discover how nature works. Through careful observation, measurements, experimentation, and modeling, students will explore issues in contemporary environmental science. These include climate change, biodiversity, deforestation, ecosystem structure and function, population, biogeochemical cycling, energy, as well as investigations of environmental problems, their causes, and solutions. 

LSC: Scientific Reasoning
CORE: Scientific Inquiry


ID 498: Internship Practicum – Professor Paul Olsen

This course offers opportunities for supervised work experience. Interns focus on integrating theory and practice while developing skills required for success in a business environment. This course is designed for a student’s first internship experience.

Students must have an internship in place by the second week of the semester. They can contact the instructor for guidelines, or the Career Education Office by making an appointment in Handshake.

Restrictions: 2.0 GPA or higher. Not open to student who’ve already completed an academic internship, ID-498, or BU-498. Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in BU-498/ID-498 should meet with a Career Coach to learn alternatives to receive credit for an additional internship.

Minimum sophomore standing – Must be completed prior to taking this course.

Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts

MJD 209 Introduction to Digital Photography and Visual Storytelling (online) – Professor Jerry Swope

This online course introduces students to the art and craft of digital photography as a means for visual storytelling.  Students will learn to create thoughtful digital images using whatever digital camera they have available (camera phone, point and shoot or digital SLR) and learn to edit and manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop or other free professional quality editing software.   While assignments will span a range of genres, emphasis will placed on documentary photography.

CORE: Literature and the Arts


PH 250 Introduction to Logic – Professor Patrick Standen

PH-250 introduces students to the basic concepts of logic, different kinds of inference structures or arguments, and the various techniques for identifying and evaluating inference structures or arguments, both informal and formal. PH-250 is not open to students who have taken PH-355.

CORE: Quantitative Reasoning

Political Science

PO 120 Introduction to American National Politics – Professor Daniel Simmons 

A general introduction to the structure and processes that define American politics on the national level.

LSC: Social and Institutional
CORE: History & Society

PO 285 Introduction to Comparative Politics – Professor Mike Bosia

What is a nation state? Capitalism? Authoritarianism? This course provides an introduction to comparative political analysis and central concepts in this field. The course will investigate political development and contemporary politics, governments and policies of countries around the world.

LSC: Global Issues OR Social and Institutional
CORE: History & Society


PS 110 Lifespan Development – Professor Melissa Vanderkaay Tomasulo
Students will gain understanding of the development of human individuals through physical, cognitive, and socioemotional components from conception to death.  Theoretical and experimental approaches will be examined, and emphasis will be placed on applying these principles to relationships and situations across one’s lifespan.  The nature-nurture debate will also be addressed.

PS 252 Child Development  – Professor Renee Carrico
An introduction to the basic principles of human growth and development from the prenatal period through middle childhood. Topics include physical, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and language development. The hereditary, psychological, and environmental influences on development will be considered, along with a variety of theoretical and experimental approaches to studying development. 

Pre-reqs: PS-101

PS 350 Psychology of Health and Illness (online) – Professor Melissa Vanderkaay Tomasulo
Theory and research regarding the biological, psychological, and social aspects of health and illness will be examined. The interrelationships of stress, emotion, and illnesses including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and immune dysfunction will be discussed. Students will complete a health genealogy project to improve his/her quality of life (physical and psychological).

Pre-reqs: PS-101 or PB-101 or BI-152 or Permission of Instructor; Psychology Majors/Minors and Neuroscience/Health Science/Public Health Majors Only

For Saint Michael’s College students:

LSC: Social and Institutional


SO 221 Race and Ethnic Relations – Professor Inaash Islam

This course explores the interethnic and “racial” dynamics in society and how they came to be characterized in the manner that they are. As a Sociology course, particular emphasis will be placed on the institutional and cultural dimensions.

CORE: Engaging Diverse Identities