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University Courses (UC)

The University Courses Division is a small academic unit that is administered by the LSA Dean's Office and used to house undergraduate courses that do not readily fit under any specific departmental banner. Sponsored by the college rather than by individual departments or programs, these courses may be taught by members of the faculty in any academic unit on the Ann Arbor campus, including colleges outside of LSA. A number of non-LSA course offerings have been approved by the LSA Curriculum Committee for crosslisting in the UC Division, thus allowing LSA students completing those courses to earn LSA credits toward their degree.

The University Courses Division is also the home of courses for Michigan Learning Communities, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and other special initiatives in undergraduate education. In addition, the UC Division has been a place where experimental and interdisciplinary courses are developed. After a course has been offered successfully for a few terms, a home is ordinarily found in a traditional academic unit, and the UC listing is dropped.

First-Year Seminars.

The Dean’s Office administers the FYS Program. The UC Division houses several First-Year Seminars each term (taught by emeriti and non-LSA faculty). These unique low enrollment classes (maximum of 20 students) are open to all first-year students. They are intended to facilitate deeper learning through more active participation and increased opportunities for interaction between student and teacher as well as dialogue among students. Students not only experience a stimulating introduction to the intellectual life of the University through engaging subject matter; some may discover a subject they wish to pursue in further courses. It is hoped that students who take a seminar will find in it a sense of intellectual and social community that will ease the transition to a large university.

All First-Year Seminars can be used to complete part of the College's Area Distribution requirements: Humanities (UC 150); Social Sciences (UC 151); Natural Sciences (UC 152); and Interdisciplinary (UC 154).

UC 101 / NAVSCI 102. Seapower and Maritime Affairs
(2). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on the historical role of sea power, emphasizing the U.S. Navy. Topics include: development of naval power and applications as an instrument of foreign policy; historical relationship of navies with their respective domestic, political, and economic environments; and the rise of the U.S. as a maritime power.

UC 109 / SI 106. Programs, Information and People
(4). May not be repeated for credit.

Introduction to programming with a focus on applications in informatics. Covers the fundamental elements of a modern programming language and how to access data on the internet. Explores how humans and technology complement one another, including techniques used to coordinate groups of people working together on software development.

UC 110 / SI 110. Introduction to Information Studies
(4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will provide the foundational knowledge necessary to begin to address the key issues associated with the Information Revolution. Issues will range from the theoretical (what is information and how do humans construct it?), to the cultural (is life on the screen a qualitatively different phenomenon from experiences with earlier distance-shrinking and knowledge-building technologies such as telephones?), to the practical (what are the basic architecture of computing networks?). Successful completion of this "gateway" course will give you the conceptual tools for an initial understanding of the politics, economics, and culture of the Information Age, providing a foundation for later study in Information or any number of other disciplines. You will be more thoughtful about thorny information issues, and more "information literate" than you were before.

UC 150. First-Year Humanities Seminar
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing. UC 150, UC 151, UC 152, and UC 153 differ only in their area distribution designation.

UC 151. First-Year Social Science Seminar
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing. (3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing.

UC 152. First-Year Natural Science Seminar
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing.

UC 154. First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing. (3). (ID). May not be repeated for credit.

Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing.

UC 163. Biotechnology and Human Values
First-year students only. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

The primary purpose of this course is to teach a basic vocabulary in biotechnology and expose students to the breadth of biotechnology and its impact on our daily lives. Topics will cover a broad range of applications in genetics, molecular diagnostics, molecular imaging, and clinical devices. A key additional component will be to investigate human values issues, such as ethical questions and cost effectiveness, arising from these technologies.

UC 170. UC Special Topics
(1 - 3). May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course is intended to house interdisciplinary courses that do not fit into any specific department or courses taught by non-LSA faculty from various units across the university.

UC 201 / AERO 201. U.S. Aviation History & Its Development into Air Power
AERO 102/Permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

Examines the development of aviation from the 18th century, from balloons and dirigibles, to the present, and how technology has effected growth and development of air power; traces use and development of air power through WWs I and II, the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, employment in relief missions and civic action programs in the late 1960s, and employment in military actions concluding with Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

UC 202 / AERO 202. U.S. Aviation History & Its Development into Air Power
Permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

UC 203 / MILSCI 201. Innovative Tactical Leadership
(1). May not be repeated for credit. Counts as credit toward LSA degree.

This course considers military government leadership with a focus on leadership development and interpersonal and group dynamics. It explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles through lecture, historical case studies, and interactive student exercises.

UC 204 / MILSCI 202. Leadership in Changing Environments
Permission of professor. (1). May not be repeated for credit. Counts as credit toward LSA degree.

This course examines the challenges of leading in complex contemporary operational environments. Dimensions of the cross-cultural challenges of leadership in a constantly changing world are highlighted and applied to practical Army leadership tasks and situations.

UC 205 / NAVSCI 203. Leadership and Management
NAVSCI 101,102 OR PI. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is specifically designed to teach introductory-level leadership and management concepts and applications to sophomore-level university students. The course starts with a basic overview of leadership and management and then moves into basic skills including professional reading, writing, briefings, problem solving, team building, situational leadership, morality, ethics, and communications. After the basic skills are covered, the curriculum explores leader-subordinate and peer relationships, while taking an in-depth look at professional and unprofessional relationships. The course emphasizes ethics in leadership and management and explores subjects in power and influence, counseling, supervision, accountability, responsibility, and core values.

UC 213. Entrepreneurial Creativity
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This class was created for the campus-wide Program in Entrepreneurship, this course explores the relation between creativity, innovation, and problem-solving processes. We will consider the elements of creative thinking, explore insights from a variety of perspectives, and engage in projects designed to foster students' own creativity and innovation. Is creative thinking somehow different from "normal" thinking? How do innovators frame problems and generate solutions? What is the relation between idea generation and collaborative team work? How do entrepreneurs in business, social goods, and technology develop and employ vital skills in persuasion, cooperation, communication as they bring ideas to life in the form of enterprises? This course will explore all these questions in order to ground students in both the theory and practice of creativity as it takes shape in entrepreneurial endeavors.

UC 215 / SEAS 215. Contemporary Social Issues in Southeast Asia
(3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Southeast Asia is at the center of world developments best addressed from multiple disciplines (law, business, politics, sociology, health, anthropology). This course explores a number of factors that can produce significant social shifts: democracy and human rights, rapid economic growth, globalization, technological change, urbanization, migration, religious and ethnic tensions, environmental degradation, AIDS and avian flu, and youth culture.

UC 227. Practicum
(1 - 3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This practicum focuses on active and engaged learning associated with a student's course of study. It involves supervised applications of previously studied principles and methods in challenging field settings.

UC 250. Sophomore Humanities Seminar
Completion of FYWR. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Taught by a regular faculty member. Course content focuses on central topics and theories in the disciplines and introduces students to the teaching and practicing of critical reading, in addition to and in correlation with the heavy emphasis on writing. The course also includes practice in the skills of verbal presentation and discussion; critical thinking is emphasized and practiced.

UC 252. Sophomore Natural Science Seminar
Completion of FYWR. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Taught by a regular faculty member. Course content focuses on central topics and theories in the disciplines and introduces students to the teaching and practicing of critical reading, in addition to and in correlation with the heavy emphasis on writing. The course also includes practice in the skills of verbal presentation and discussion; critical thinking is emphasized and practiced.

UC 254. Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar
Completion of FYWR. (3). (ID). May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course focuses on the questions and methods characteristic of the major disciplines - humanities, natural sciences, social sciences. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to address complex topics using tools such as: critical reading of multiple kinds of texts; an emphasis on written and oral presentations; and a robust exchange of reflections and ideas, both in class and on-line.

UC 270. University Courses Special Topics
(1 - 3). May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course is intended to house interdisciplinary courses that do not fit into any specific department or courses taught by non-LSA faculty from various units across the university.

UC 275. Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates
Consent of instructor required. (1 - 2). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected twice for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term's elections. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course is an interdisciplinary experiential introduction to intercultural learning that prepares diverse undergraduate students from various colleges for field experience interactions, and then helps students bring these experiences back to campus in socially and academically productive ways. It is a series of concentrated seminars of orientation, debriefing, and symposium.

UC 280. Undergraduate Research
Consent of instructor required. First or second year standing. (1 - 4). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits in any UROP research courses. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

This course offers research experience to first- and second-year students in an area of mutual interest to the student and to faculty member from any unit in the University. The course is intended for use when departmental offerings do not accommodate a student's needs.

UC 299. Directed Study
Permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

A program of supervised study agreed upon by a student and a member of the faculty.

UC 300. College Practicum
Consent of instructor required. (1 - 4). (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

For an activity or internship clearly linked some aspect of the student's course of study but not covered by a departmental experiential course number. The project must be approved in advance and recommended by a faculty sponsor who agrees to evaluate the experience and the work submitted by the student.

UC 301 / MILSCI 301. Leading Small Organizations I
Permission of Army OEP chair. (2). May not be repeated for credit. Counts for credit toward LSA degree.

This course is a continuation to the study of military organizational leadership focusing on leadership development and interpersonal and group dynamics. Lecture-discussion course (with lab) provides insights into methods of visualizing, planning and leading organizations to achieve set goals.

UC 302 / MILSCI 302. Leading Small Organizations II
MILSCI 301/UC 301. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Permission of program chairman. (2). May not be repeated for credit. Counts as LSA credit toward LSA degree.

This course is a continuation of the study of organizational leadership focusing on organizational behavior as well as interpersonal and small group relationships. This lecture-discussion course (with lab) provides the student with an insight into formal methods of visualizing, planning, and leading organizations to achieve set goals.

UC 309 / AERO 310. Air Force Leadership and Management
AERO 202/P.I. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Counts for credit toward LSA degree.

The concepts, principles, and techniques of leadership are presented within the framework of behavioral theories. Emphasis on the leader, group, situation, and their interaction as dynamic factors in an organizational environment. Historical overview of managerial development throughout recorded history with emphasis on the social and physical setting in which the manager operates. The curriculum includes effective communications, decision making, planning, and strategic management.

UC 310 / NAVSCI 310. Fundamentals of Warfare
Consent of instructor required. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Analysis and application of fundamental maneuver warfare concepts that are critical to the success of the contemporary war-fighter. Students will study fire and maneuver and associated concepts at the individual and small unit level.

UC 327. Advanced Practicum
(1 - 3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This advanced practicum focuses on active and engaged learning associated with a student's course of study and involves supervised applications of previously studied principles and methods in challenging field settings.

UC 370. UC Special Topics
(1 - 3). May be elected twice for credit.

This course is intended to house interdisciplinary courses that do not fit into any specific department or courses taught by non-LSA faculty from various units across the university.

UC 390. Disciplinary Study in a Second Language
Fourth-term language proficiency, and permission of instructor. (1). May be elected six times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

UC 399. Directed Study
Permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

A program of supervised study agreed upon by a student and a member of the faculty.

UC 401 / MILSCI 401. Leadership and Management
MILSCI 302 or UC 302. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Permission of chair of Army OEP. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

This course studies military leadership, with a focus on development and interpersonal and group dynamics. Lecture-discussion course (with lab) provides insights into methods of visualizing, planning, and leading to achieve set goals.

UC 402 / MILSCI 402. Military Professionalism and Professional Ethics
MILSCI 401/UC 401. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). May not be repeated for credit.

This is an interdisciplinary course that integrates history, political science, ethics and morality, law, leadership and management. It prepares students to ethically lead and manage complex organizations by focusing on the moral, ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of being a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

UC 403 / NAVSCI 402. Leadership and Ethics
NAVSCI 203. Non-ROTC students need permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

This course focuses on ethical decision-making in the military and civilian environment. Classes include lecture, case studies, presentations, videos, guest lecturers, and group discussion. The course introduces a series of ethical theories and decision systems, incorporating concepts from a variety of disciplines: leadership, ethics, western philosophy, theology, and law.

UC 410 / NAVSCI 410. Evolution of Warfare
Consent of instructor required. Completion of Naval Science 310 The Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Introduction to development of military thought, theory, and technology over time. Utilizes historical case studies to discern patterns and principles for professional understanding of war-fighting doctrine. Educates student in characteristics, requirements, and problems of modern and amphibious warfare. Uses historical lessons to make practical judgments about present and future. Challenging reading load; writing regularly and extensively to demonstrate analysis, synthesis, and original thought.

UC 415. Methods in Research for the Natural Sciences
Consent of department required. (1). (BS). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course covers the approaches to conducting research in the natural sciences. It includes the tools and methods of research, the processes for performing research, and the mechanisms for communicating research results. The responsible conduct of research is discussed.

UC 416. Methods in Research for the Social Sciences or Humanities
Consent of department required. (1). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course covers the approaches to conducting research in the social sciences or Humanities. It includes the tools and methods of research, the processes for performing research, and the mechanisms for communicating research results. The responsible conduct of research is discussed.

UC 427. Capstone Practicum
(1 - 3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This capstone practicum focuses on active and engaged learning associated with a student's course of study and involves supervised applications of previously studied principles and methods in challenging field settings.

UC 455. IMP Senior Seminar
Consent of department required. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is designed for seniors in the Individual Major Program (IMP). Its main goal is to address what it means to study across disciplines and how to effectively integrate knowledge from various disciplines represented in each student's individual IMP. What are the interdisciplinary research methods that allow synthesizing the ideas, theories, and concepts from multiple disciplines?

UC 470. UC Special Topics
(1 - 3). May be elected twice for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course is intended to house interdisciplinary courses that do not fit into any specific department or courses taught by non-LSA faculty from various units across the university.

UC 499. Directed Study
Permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

A program of supervised study agreed upon by a student and a member of the faculty.

UC 500 / BIOMEDE 500. Biomedical Engineering Seminar
(1). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

This seminar will feature various bioengineering-related speakers.

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