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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 10 days (January 5th - January 16th 2015).

New to MassBay?  Click here for the registration form or call 781.239.2500 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 $816 for Massachusetts residents, $1,640 for out-of-state.

Courses Offered for Winter Intersession 2015:

Check back for additional offerings orgo to the course catalog and set Semester to Spring 2015, Course Subject to All Course Subjects, and set Session to Winter Intersession.

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.

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.

Oral Communication: TBD 

This course provides training and practice in both verbal and nonverbal communication. Methods of speech organization and delivery in the development of informative and persuasive speeches will be emphasized. The course will also offer opportunities to work in groups for panel discussions and debate

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.

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.

Essentials of Nutrition: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm -

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.

American Literature I: 9:00am - 1:30pm

Major American writers from colonial times to the Civil War. Exploration of significant ideas, literary form, and cultural patterns. Includes readings from the works of Franklin, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, and others. Prerequisites: EN 101 (Completion of EN 102 also recommended)

Introduction 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.

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

Examines contemporary marketing principles, concepts, and managerial practices. Studies the marketing environment, consumer behavior, marketing, research, and information systems. Analyzes the marketing mix in terms of product planning and development, distribution management, pricing strategies, and promotional practices. Focuses attention on the social and legal responsibilities of marketing and consumerism. Examines the nature and importance of international and global marketing. Case problems and current issues are discussed and analyzed.

Introduction 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 a brief introduction to abnormal behavior and current therapies will be included.

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.

Introduction 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.

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

Introduces students to the major concepts and theoretical approaches of the field. Emphasis on social structure, social interaction, stratification, community, power, and social change.

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

Examines the history of drugs in American culture. Topics may include the social, economic, legal, medical, and issues concerning drug use and abuse; The causes of drug use and abuse; the impact of drugs on the individual and society; views of youth, medical, and legal experts.

Spanish in the Community: Service Learning and Study Abroad: 8:00 am - 1:30pm 

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.