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Winter Intersession

MassBay credits transfer and count towards most bachelor’s or associate degree programs!

Finish an elective, retake a class and earn more credits in just 11 days (January 2nd - January 16th 2014).


New to MassBay?  Click here for the registration form or call 781.239.2411 for more information and to register.

All Classes:

  • Take place on our Wellesley Hills campus unless otherwise noted
  • Are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Are three credits, except General Biology I with Lab (four credits)
  • Cost $522 for Massachusetts residents, $1,140 for out-of-state residents unless otherwise noted. General Biology I is $696 for Massachusetts residents, $1520 for out-of-state.

Courses Offered in Winter 2014:


Art Fundamentals: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Art Fundamentals is a global introduction to the field of Art for non-art majors and art majors. Art Fundamentals is a course that explores through study of elements of art and the various art forms and a chronological study of art history. The course is a survey of art history from prehistoric times to the present. The course offers an introduction and evaluation of the visual artist, with emphasis on the relationship of the end product. The main purpose of this course is to gain appreciation for art. The specific topics in this course include; learning about terms and concepts common to all of the visual arts (for example, composition, space, content, color). The student will explore materials, media and presentation skills (traditional and technology media included). Students will learn to compose the vocabulary of visual elements and principals as well as construction processes and material commonly understood. Through proscribed projects students will progressively define and articulate their subjective interests, expressive ideas, and visual affinities. Students will participate in critiques. Students will purchase their own artistic materials. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of work.


Computers & Technology: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

This course introduces students to computers and technology. Students learn the basics of microcomputer windows, operating system software and application software. Students complete hands-on computer projects to gain experience using the operating system, e-mail, the internet, word processing, electronic spreadsheets, and basic presentation graphics software. After successful completion of this course, students will be familiar with business and personal computer applications and commonly used computer terminology. The history and future development of computing and technology are reviewed, as well as a look at the future of computers along with the legal, ethical and privacy issues associated with computers.


Drugs, People & Problems: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

History of drugs in American culture. Social, economic, legal, medical, and political issues concerning drug use and abuse. Causes of drug use and abuse, their impact on the individual and society, views of youth, medical, and legal experts.


Essentials of Nutrition: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm,
Framingham campus.

This course focuses on one of the basic human needs, that of nutrition. The first portion of the course stresses the nutritional needs of well individuals across the life span. A working knowledge of nutrients and their food sources is provided, as well as some basic menu planning. An overview of psychological, economic, cultural and religious factors that affect nutrition is included. Basic principles of food preparation and safety are discussed, along with an introduction to the agencies and laws concerned with nutrition. The second portion of the course deals with dietary modifications utilized in dealing with common health problems.


Freshman English II: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Further development of writing skills, with additional exposure to library research. Students produce a minimum of four longer papers, with emphasis on critical thinking, academic research, audience awareness, critical reading, unity, coherence and style. Papers give practice in making reference to readings from a variety of academic disciplines, including literature. Students will demonstrate the ability to read with increased understanding and insight. Prerequisite: EN 101


General Biology I with Lab: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, Lab: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  

Biological principles common to all organisms are examined. An in depth study of the cell is presented including the chemistry, structure and function of cell organelles, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction, Mendelian genetics, and patterns of inheritance, chromosomal inheritance, molecular genetics, DNA technology and protein synthesis.


Intro to Communications: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

An introduction to the history and principles of human communication. The course will cover the development of communication from signals, to speech, to writing, and to the mass communication technologies of print, broadcast media, and computers. Contemporary models and theories of human communication will be emphasized. Finally, the course will consider the growing field of communication as both an academic discipline and a career focus. This will enable students to make informed choices about their future study and job options.


Intro to Film: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Issues related to the phenomenon of American cinema are introduced. The cultural history of film is explored through genres, topics, performances and various periods and techniques of film development. American cinema is analyzed to reveal cultural conditions that stimulate film productions and attract audiences. Students concentrate on becoming more active and critical viewers.


Intro to Psychology: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of human behavior. General topics will include the history of psychology, research, human growth and development, biological processes of behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation, intelligence, and personality development. In addition, the course explores emotions and how stress influences peoples’ lives.


Intro to Sociology: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Introduces students to the major concepts and theoretical approaches of the field. Emphases on social organization, stratification, community, power, and social change.


Intro to Statistics: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Fundamental concepts of inferential and descriptive statistics with emphasis on interpretation of statistical arguments. An introduction to data analysis including graph analysis, measures of central tendency, correlation, regression, concepts of probability theory, sampling errors, confidence intervals in normal distribution, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: MA 098 or higher.


Life Span Psychology: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm, OR 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Examines regularly predicted physical, psychological, and emotional changes from conception through aging. Theories and concepts of the psychology of the life span are integrated.


Oral Communication: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Training and practice in principles and techniques of modern oral communication. Methods of organization and delivery and consideration of improvement of the voice, diction, and articulation. Lecture: 3 hours per week.


Principles of Macroeconomics: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

This course will address two major questions: (1) what are the causes of recessions, unemployment and inflation; and (2) what can governments do to combat business cycles and reduce unemployment? Topics covered include: fiscal policy, federal debt, monetary policy, and the Federal Reserve System. We will also look at the impact of international trade and the balance of payments. It is recommended that the student take this before EC 202.


Spanish in the Community: Service Learning and Study Abroad: 8:00 am - 9:00 am.

Students will engage in service learning projects while using the Spanish to communicate. This course is intended for those who already have some skills in Spanish, whether they are heritage, native, or second-language learners. Additionally students will look at different theoretical perspectives on the topic of service-learning as a pedagogical process, and as a method to create or enhance community-building. Prerequisite: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.500 and SP 101 (Completion of SP 102 also recommended) or instructor permission.


Western Civilization I: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

This course explores the history of human civilization, including the development of society, politics, and culture in Europe until the 17th century. Topics covered may include the ancient world, the medieval period, and the Renaissance and Reformation.


World Traditions: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Comparative analysis of global cultural practices and assessment of their impact within a multicultural environment. Examines the origins and sustenance of ritual practices within postmodern society.


There is also a Restricted course available: Nursing Process Intersession (Framingham, 2 credits, $500/$500) - check the coursemaster for details.


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