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Students spring into new 2024 classes

Students spring into new 2024 classes - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Associate professor of mathematics Dr. Qi Han sits next to his students taking a final exam on Dec. 13, 2023. Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be introducing new courses in Spring 2024. Han will be the instructor of History of Mathematics, one of the upcoming courses for next semester. Photo by Saile Aranda.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio is gearing up with some new classes in the spring 2024 semester; students are advised to get a head start before seats are filled. New classes include:

BIOL 5320 or BIOL 4356, Biostatistics II
7-8:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

Science & Technology building

Room 105

Instructor: Dr. Ashley Teufel
The course is cross-listed for graduate students or as a special topics class for undergraduates. It provides additional training in statistics collecting data and researching natural sciences

CHEM 4301, Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 4101, Physical Chemistry 1 Lab
8-8:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with lab 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Friday
Room 327 of the Science and Technology Building
Instructor: Dr. Ram Bhatta
The class is required for a B.S. in chemistry, a degree offered in 2022. Coursework focuses on thermodynamics, kinetic theory, solutions, phase equilibrium, chemical equilibrium and photochemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2325, PHYS 2326 and MATH 2314 with a C or better.

CRIM 5312, Media Crime, and Policy

Assistant professor of criminology Dr. Sarah Harper sits in her office desk on Dec. 12, 2023. Texas A&M University-San Antonio will be offering new courses for Spring 2024. Harper will be the instructor of Media, Crime and Policy. Photo by Saile Aranda

5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, online synchronous
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Harper 
The graduate criminology course focuses on analyzing perception of crime and criminal justice and influences on criminal justice policies. Students will explore how crime and criminal justice are depicted in news, pop culture and politics.

CRIM 5322, Cyber Crime, Cybersecurity, and the Law
Online asynchronous
Instructor: Dr. Claire Braaten
The graduate class examines national and international laws that govern cybercrime. It also addresses the challenges of investigating and prosecuting when technology moves faster than legislation.

ENG 4386, Topics in Black Studies: Megan Thee Stallion and Hip Hop Masculinities
Online asynchronous
Instructor: Dr. Nicole Carr
The class will focus on the experience of Black women in the male-dominated music genre of hip-hop. It includes discussions on MeganThee Stallion, hostility, violence in the industry and ways to cultivate the positive aspects of masculinity.
Prerequisite:ENGL 3312, 3315, or 3331.

ESET 4203, Digital Hardware Design 

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday

Room 245 of the Science and Technology Building

Instructor: Dr. Wael Deabes 

The course explores the “digital language” of the binary system, meaning how to make sense of zeros and ones. From there, students learn how to take this system and turn it into a “gate.” The next question is how to take the gate a student made and create a functional product that’s part of a larger system, such as a computer or phone. 

From the course catalog: “Combinational logic design, Sequential logic design, Hardware description language, Digital building blocks, Digital architecture, Microarchitecture, Memory and I/O systems, Digital system implementation.” 

Prerequisite: ESET 3301 and CSCI 1436 or (CSCI 1336 and 1136).

ESET 4201, Control Systems
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday
Room 245 of the Science and Technology Building
Instructor: Dr. Wael Deabes
Using the knowledge and systems from Digital Hardware Design, students now take the systems they created and learn how to make them process data to perform an assigned function. 

From the course catalog: “Interactions between engineered systems and signals, Mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical system modeling, Laplace Transform techniques, Role of transfer functions, Stability, Systems, and control design. Open loop, and closed loop control, Design Proportional (P), Proportional Integral (PI), Proportional Derivative (PD), Proportional Derivative Feedback (PDFB) and Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controllers. Empirical Ziegler Nichols Method to design effective P, PI and PID controllers.”

MATH 3326, History of Mathematics
1-1:50 p.m.  Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Room 204 of Classroom  Hall
Instructor: Dr. Qi Han
The course is about the history of mathematics. It concentrates on early mathematical discoveries from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, China, India, the Middle East and Europe to the period right before Newton (1642-1726) and Leibniz (1646-1716).
Prerequisite: MATH 2114 and MATH 2314: Calculus II and its Lab, with a C or higher.

Not necessarily new but…

MGMT 4342, Training and Development
12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Thursday
Room 262 of the Business Library Hall
Flex II course
Instructor: Dr. Sandra DeGrassi
DeGrassi says she will be piloting some AI assignments in her training and development class.
Prerequisite: Completion of the College of Business prerequisites, MGMT 3325.

MUSI 3301, University Voices
5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

Room 301 of Classroom Hall building

Instructor: Dr. Martha Saywell
Although this class on choral music has been taught in previous semesters, it will focus on spirituals from Cuban and African American inspired songs in spring 2024. Students perform in the university’s choir. Everyone is welcomed and no audition is necessary.
Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

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Madison Gutierrez
Madison Gutierrez is a communications junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, minoring in creative arts and performance studies. She graduated with her associate degree from San Antonio College in the spring of 2023. When she’s not in class, she searches for new artists or podcasts to listen to. If the weather is good, she takes her painting outside. Upon graduating, she hopes to go into the field of public relations and continue honing her craft in art.
Esmy Infante
Esmy Infante is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio minoring in Political Science. They are the Community Manager and Overwatch 2 Team Captain for the TAMUSA Esports program. After graduating, they plan on entering the esports industry either through content creation or as an Esports Coordinator. When they are not on campus, they are enjoying their time playing videos games, or working at the LAN Gaming Center at Tech Port.
Norasha Hatter
Norasha Hatter is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She is an active church and community leader. Her hobbies are reading, writing, cooking and traveling with family. She enjoys watching movies, shopping and networking. She plans on writing and publishing her first book after graduation.
Andrea Chavez
Andrea Chavez is a communications junior at Texas A&M University- San Antonio minoring in English. She works for a Social Media News Company that helps small businesses in addition to being a full-time student. When not at school or work she loves finding new ways to be creative such as painting, drawing and recently photography. After graduating she hopes to continue a career in helping all types of businesses with creative strategy.

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