Choose a Start Smart Elective

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What are Start Smart classes?

For many students, the transition to college can be challenging.  Start Smart classes are designed to help students in this transition by addressing many of the common “new student” concerns and to ensure that students receive all the support they might need.  Start Smart courses are taught by experienced faculty who care about new students and know exactly how to provide support AND inspire – at the same time.

Start Smart Students:

  • Learn about the college experience with other new students.
  • Benefit from having a counselor and a librarian assigned to their Start Smart class.
  • Develop skills to succeed in their major and career and/or take time to explore their options.
  • Map out their academic plan from start to finish!

Start Smart Options

Start Smart classes are organized according to Areas of Interest to suit many student interests. Review the Start Smart options below. At orientation, new students will meet with an advisor to discuss their educational plan and determine the best Start Smart option.

Fall 2018

Introduces students to skills fundamental to two-dimensional visual organization. Explores elements such as line, shape and color, and principles such as unity, balance and variation. Provides a foundation for all areas of art and design. Start Smart Program sections include exploration, discussion, and advising for transfer and careers in all areas of art and design.

ART121-001, CRN 30920, 3 credits, MW 9:30am 12:10pm. Instructor: Peot, Jason
ART121-005 CRN 30926, 3 credits, TR 11:00am 1:40pm. Instructor: Peot, Jason

The Business and Entrepreneurship class will allow students to do business and entrepreneurial career exploration while learning the how to be successful students in college. Students will complete the course with an academic plan, resume and tools to advance their career and academic pursuits.

FYS101-B04, CRN 37816, M 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Farber-Lapidus, Marie. 
(Blended class requiring on-campus attendance Mondays, beginning 8/20)
FYS101-B14, CRN 36542, M 11:00am 12:15pm. Instructor: White, J.
(Blended class requiring weekly on-campus attendance Mondays, beginning 8/20)
FYS101-B19, CRN 36608, T 11:00am 12:15pm. Instructor: tbd
(Blended class requiring weekly on-campus attendance Tuesdays, beginning 8/21)

Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

MGT111-001, CRN 34414, 3 credits, MW 8:00am 9:15am. Instructor: Bettarelli, Fred
MGT111-002, CRN 31063, 3 credits, MW 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Bettarelli, Fred
MGT111-003, CRN 31066, 3 credits, MW 11:00am 12:15pm. Instructor: Ender, Catherine
MGT111-004, CRN 31067, 3 credits, MW 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: Farber-Lapidus, Marie
MGT111-005, CRN 31068, 3 credits, MW 2:00pm 3:15pm. Instructor: White, J
MGT111-006, CRN 31062, 3 credits, TR 8:00am 9:15am. Instructor: Mochocki, George
MGT111-007, CRN 31071, 3 credits, TR 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Farber-Lapidus, Marie
MGT111-008, CRN 31072, 3 credits, TR 11:00am 12:15pm. Instructor: Kmiecik, Gerald
MGT111-009, CRN 31073, 3 credits, TR 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: White, J
MGT111-010, CRN 31077, 3 credits, T 6:30pm 9:10pm. Instructor: tbd
MGT111-B70, CRN 33002, 3 credits, W 6:30pm 9:10pm. Instructor: Bergman, David
(8-week class, 8/22-10/10. Blended class combining online instruction with on-campus attendance Wednesdays beginning 8/22.)

Provides an overview of early childhood care and education, including the basic values, structure, organization and programming. Examination of the student’s personal qualities in relationship to expectations of the field. Directed observation in a variety of programs and settings. Fifteen (15) hours of observation required. (NOTE: The program’s health requirements must be completed prior to observation.)

ECE101-001, CRN 30659, 3 credits, MW 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Lupa, Justine
ECE101-002, CRN 35525, 3 credits, TR 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: Marmorstone, Lauri
ECE101-W01, CRN 33517, 3 credits, Instructor: Bakalus, Irena
(Online class/online orientation.)

This course provides an overview of the American education system and the profession of teaching. Includes an exploration of career opportunities, licensure requirements for teachers and teacher aides, as well academic planning for both transfer and career.

EDU201-001, CRN 30848, 3 credits, MW 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Lombardi, Jeannine
EDU201-002, CRN 30849, 3 credits, MW 11:00am 12:15pm. Instructor: tbd
EDU201-003, CRN 30850, 3 credits, TR 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Hill, Emily
EDU201-004, CRN 30851, 3 credits, TR 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: Hill, Emily
EDU201-065, CRN 33758, 3 credits, W 5:30pm 9:00pm. Instructor: tbd
(Late-start class/Wednesdays, 9/19-12/12.)

Introduces engineering techniques, methods and history. Explores career options and requirements for various engineering fields. Covers interrelationships within and between engineering, technology and science to allow differentiation between various career choices.

EGR100-001, CRN 35822, 1 credit, M 3:00pm 4:50pm. Instructor: Damcott, Deborah.
(Pathways students only.)
EGR100-002, CRN 35823, 1 credit, M 3:00pm 4:50pm. Instructor: tbd
(Pathways students only.)
EGR100-003, CRN 35824, 1 credit, M 3:00pm 4:50pm. Instructor: tbd
(This section is for non-Engineering Pathways students.)
EGR100-004, CRN 35829, 1 credit, M 3:00pm 4:50pm. Instructor: tbd
(This section is for non-Engineering Pathways students.)

Explores career options for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

FYS101-016, CRN 37795, W 3:00pm 3:50pm. Instructor: Wachter, Joseph
FYS101-018, CRN 37798, R 2:00pm 2:50pm. Instructor: Dowd, Thomas

Insight into what it means to be a healthcare professional. Evaluative techniques to uncover your best fit into Harper's healthcare career options. Building a map to uncover what will bring me happiness in Healthcare, where can I make a difference.

FYS101-065, CRN 37996, MW 12:30pm 2:10pm. Instructor: Jarovsky, Holly
FYS101-010, CRN 34864, TR 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: Oswald, Donna
FYS101-017, CRN 37794, R 11:00am 1:40pm. Instructor: Stroh, Anna

Provides a fundamental introduction to the academic content areas that make up the discipline of kinesiology, including: anatomy & physiology, exercise science, biomechanics, motor control & learning, psychology and sociology. Introduces the professional field of kinesiology and looks at career paths within the major such as: Rehabilitation, Sports Management, Personal Training, and Physical Education. This course assesses students' personal traits and professional skill sets, with emphasis on development for increased candidacy in academic and/or professional pursuits related to the field of kinesiology.

KIN200-001, CRN 33936, TR 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: Loos, Jonathan
KIN200-065, CRN 37266, MW 12:30pm 2:10pm. Instructor: Loos, Jonathan
(Late-start class, 9/17-12/12)

This First-Year Seminar (FYS) focuses on developing critical thinking and information literacy skills through an examination of the questions, methods, and career and college options relating to common majors in the Liberal Arts, Languages and Communication, including: English, Humanities, Literature,  Mass Communication, Philosophy, Speech Communication, and World Languages.

This course will focus on people, places, and environments within the social sciences. The seminar will emphasize the importance of understanding our world, locally and globally. Special emphasis will be given to the interplay between local, global, and digital communities.

FYS101-B03, CRN 37786, M 11:00am 12:15am. Instructor: Thompson, Elayne
(Blended class requiring on-campus attendance Mondays, beginning 8/20)
FYS101-B24, CRN 37793, W 11:00am 12:15pm. Instructor: Mormino, Veronica
(Blended class requiring weekly on-campus attendance Wednesdays)

Explores career options for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

FYS101-016, CRN 37795, W 3:00pm 3:50pm. Instructor: Wachter, Joseph
FYS101-018, CRN 37798, R 2:00pm 2:50pm. Instructor: Dowd, Thomas

Provides a foundation overview of emergency management. Students will examine the need for emergency management, processes and elements involved in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
EMG101-001, CRN 37459, R 2:00pm 4:30pm. Instructor: tbd

Provides an overview of fire protection; career opportunities in fire protection and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private fire protection services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; fire service nomenclature; specific fire protection functions; basic fire chemistry and physics; fire protection systems; introduction to fire strategy and tactics.

FIS100-001, CRN 37453, MTW 1:30pm 2:30pm. Instructor: Giordano, Samuel
FIS100-002, CRN 32114, M 5:00pm 7:30pm. Instructor: Giordano, Samuel

Covers history and philosophy of human services profession; function and orientation of human services agencies and institutions; and career opportunities and qualifications at various entry levels of human services employment. Addresses current client populations, sociopolitical issues, and practice settings for micro and macro-level interventions. Includes opportunities for volunteer and/or shadowing experiences to help students better understand the human services profession for purposes of employment or continued education.

HMS101-001, CRN 37102, M 6:30pm 9:00pm. Instructor: Walker, Valerie


Explored all ten Areas of Interest and still not sure which one aligns best with your goals? No worries. Enroll in a First Year Seminar designed to help you further explore and clarify your path.

If you are undecided about your major, this is the perfect course for you.  You will connect your life goals with career options and design a plan for your future.

FYS101-001, CRN 37143, MW 8:00am 9:15am. Instructor: Speer, Katherine
FYS101-002, CRN 34859, MW 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Piercey, Sara
FYS101-004, CRN 37148, MW 2:00pm 3:15pm. Instructor: Piraino, Sara
FYS101-005, CRN 37149, MW 2:00pm 3:15pm. Instructor: Mendoza, Alejandro
FYS101-006, CRN 37145, TR 8:00am 9:15am. Instructor: Dallianis, Megan
FYS101-008, CRN 37147, TR 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Keeton, Jenyl
FYS101-009, CRN 35033, TR 9:30am 10:45am. Instructor: Reabe, Emily
FYS101-011, CRN 35034, TR 2:00pm 3:15pm. Instructor: Godish, Jennifer

This course will provide students with learning theories and relevant applications to improve self-management and academic success. Students will also explore growth mindset in writing and mathematics and have an opportunity to review and retest Math using the ALEKS PPL program; this course is particularly supportive of students placing into developmental coursework.

FYS101-020, CRN 37909, MW 12:30pm 1:45pm. Instructor: Jung, Julie
FYS101-021, CRN 37919, MW 2:00pm 3:15pm. Instructor: Jung, Julie
FYS101-B65, CRN 37908, T 2:00pm 3:40pm. Instructor: Whalen, Stephanie
(Late-start class, 9/17-12/14. Blended class requiring weekly on-campus attendance Tuesdays, beginning 9/18)