Applications are still being accepted!!
Classes will be held during:
July 12 through August 29.
STEM Starter Academy Summer 2018 runs July 12 through August 29. Students can enroll in one free course during one of the two offered sessions.
Students wishing to take part in the free STEM Starter Summer Academy at GCC must:
- submit a completed and signed STEM Starter Academy application (including parent signature if under 18 year old)
- submit a Greenfield Community College application (online) or GCC dual enrollment application if you are in high school (download)
- be selected via interview with the STEM Starter Academy Coordinator
- place into one of the STEM Starter Summer Academy classes via AccuPlacer testing
- be willing to consider enrolling at GCC during the 2018-2019 academic year
- attend a mandatory orientation session
- attend required workshops and STEM activities
- participate in pre- and post program evaluations
- purchase all required texts and electronic subscriptions
- FREE science, technology, engineering or math class
- Earn college credit in a small-class environment
- Active learning/student engagement with peers
- One-on-one professional tutoring
- Personal Academic Advising
- Career-focused counseling
- Hands-on events/field trips
STEM Academy participants can choose from the following courses (meeting times TBA). Find complete course information (seat counts, instructor, required textbooks) in our online schedule.
MAT 095 Introductory Algebra – 3 cr
T R 9:00am-12:00pm MAIN N435
An introductory algebra course that assumes a working knowledge of basic arithmetic skills. Students study topics that include the concept of a variable, negative numbers, properties of real numbers, numeric and algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities in one variable including their graphic representations, ratio and proportion, quadratic equations (with no linear term) in one variable, integer exponents (including scientific notation) and graphing of two-variable equations(by plotting points). Students work with applications throughout the course to help them understand and connect algebraic concepts to real world situations. NOTE: This course may not be used to fulfill degree or certificate requirements. A grade of C minus or higher is required to pass this course (Ds are not awarded).
Prereq: MAT 090 or MAT 090S or a score of 67 or higher on the Arithmetic placement test; ENG 094 (COL 090) or satisfactory placement test score or concurrent enrollment. Placement tests are used only for initial course placement; see catalog for details.
MAT 096 Intermediate Algebra – 4 cr
M T W R 11:15am- 1:15pm MAIN N403
Develops algebra skills and a conceptual understanding of algebraic topics, and focuses on the relationship between algebraic, graphical, and numeric approaches to solving problems. Students study topics that include linear equations and systems of equations, methods for solving problems, radicals and radical equations, quadratic equations and the quadratic formula, rational exponents and rational expressions. The course places emphasis on graphing in the Cartesian coordinate system with particular stress on graphing linear equations and systems of equations. Students work at times with calculators and/or computers. NOTE: This course may not be used to fulfill degree or certificate requirements. A grade of C minus or higher is required to pass this course (Ds are not awarded).
Prereq: MAT 095 or MAT 095S or a score of 67 or higher on the Arithmetic placement test and a score of 61 or higher on the Algebra placement test; ENG 090 or satisfactory placement test score, or concurrent enrollment; ENG 094 (COL 090) or satisfactory placement test score. Placement tests are used only for initial course placement; see catalog for details.
MAT 107 College Algebra – 4 cr
M T W R 9:00am- 11:00am MAIN N403
The study of functions. This course is a gateway to the study of higher level mathematics and a useful preparation for courses with quantitative content. Students investigate the principles, properties, and applications of several common types of functions from numerical, algebraic, and graphical perspectives and use these functions to model real world problems. Principle types include polynomial, rational, composite and inverse functions. The course also introduces exponential and logarithmic functions and briefly examines absolute value, root, step, and piecewise functions. Students use graphing calculators extensively.
Prereq: MAT 096 (MAT 106) or MAT 096S; or a score of 67 or higher on the Arithmetic placement test and a score of 91 or higher on the Algebra placement test; ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores. Placement tests are used only for initial course placement; see catalog for details.
MAT 108 Precalculus – 4 cr
M T W R 9:00 am- 11:00am MAIN N404
A preparation for MAT 201 and the physical sciences. Students study principles, properties, and applications of functions and their graphs. They revisit functions introduced in MAT 107 and expand their knowledge of them. The course focuses heavily on circular trigonometric functions and introduces conic sections. Laboratory activities place particular emphasis on the use of functions to model real problems. Computers and/or graphing calculators are used to enhance the study of mathematics.
Prereq: A grade of C- or better in MAT 107 or a score of 71 or higher on the College Level Math placement test; ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores. Placement tests are used only for initial course placement; see catalog for details.
BIO 126 Biology I – 4 cr
T W R 5:00pm-8:00pm MAIN S312
An introduction to cellular and molecular biology. Major topics include the biochemical basis of life, cell biology, photosynthesis, respiration, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, DNA structure and replication and protein synthesis. Students engage the scientific method by designing, conducting, and evaluating laboratory experiences that include selected topics in cell structure and function, enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis, genetics and molecular biology. NOTE: Students may receive credit for BIO 119 or BIO 126, but not for both.
Prereq: ENG 090, ENG 094 (COL 090), and a grade of C or better in MAT 095 (MAT 105) or MAT 095S, or satisfactory placement test scores. Recomm: MAT 096 or MAT 096S strongly recommended.
CHE 105 Basic Principles of Chemistry – 3 cr
T R 5:00pm-8:00pm MAIN S420
A survey course for students interested in the basics of chemistry from a descriptive point of view. Topics include matter, properties of families of compounds and their characteristic compounds, mixtures, acids and bases, chemical reactions, introductory biochemistry, and environmental effect of chemistry. This course could be the basis for coursework in selected technical areas but is not a substitute for CHE 111, 112.
Prereq: ENG 090, ENG 094 (COL 090), and MAT 090 or MAT 090S, or satisfactory placement test scores
CIS 150 Programming Principles and Concepts – 3 cr
T R 9:00am – 12:00pm E148
Computer problem-solving principles and techniques for students contemplating a career in computer programming, or computer information systems. Structured problem-solving methods are introduced, including techniques for decomposing complex problems, and expressing the problem solutions in terms which can be expressed in any computer programming language.
Prereq: MAT 095
EGR 105 Introduction to Engineering, Science, Technology, and Society – 4 cr
M T W R 1:30pm-4:25pm MAIN S301
A survey introductory course that combines hands-on experience with sociological analysis of engineering, science, and technology using lab, lecture, research, design, and discussion. Includes aspects of electrical, mechanical, environmental, civil, and chemical engineering. NOTE: Students may receive credit for EGR 105 or SCI 105, but not for both.
Prereq: MAT TBA ; ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores.
MAC 112 Human Body in Health and Disease – 3 cr
T W R 9:30am – 11:50am E159
Provides students with an introduction to basic human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on structure, function, and the pathology of each body system. Topics include classification, transmission, diagnostic tests, prevention, and treatment of human disease. NOTE: Students who have already passed BIO 215/216 should let their advisor know before registering for this course.
Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test score.
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Date Workshop Location Time 07/12/18 Goal Setting C 208 12pm-1pm 07/12/18 Study Successfully C 208 2pm-3pm 07/16/18 Career Cruising 101 Library Computer Lab 2pm-3pm 07/17/18 Time Management C 208 12pm-1pm 07/17/18 Goal Setting C 201 2pm-3pm 07/18/18 Study Successfully C 208 12pm-1pm 07/19/18 Scientific Literacy and Communication Library Computer Lab 12pm-1pm 07/19/18 Career Cruising 201 Library Computer Lab 2pm-3pm 07/24/18 Career Cruising 101 Library Computer Lab 12pm-1pm 07/25/18 Career Cruising 201 Library Computer Lab 12pm-1pm 08/06/18 Financing College (Financial Aid) C 208 12pm-1pm 08/08/18 Financial Literacy (Personal Finances) C 208 12pm-1pm 08/08/18 Financial Literacy (Personal Finances) C 208 2pm-3pm 08/13/18 Financing College (Financial Aid) C 208 2pm-3pm 08/14/18 Resume Building 101 C 208 12pm-1pm 08/14/18 Resume Building C 201 2pm-3pm 08/16/18 Resume Building 201 C 208 12pm-1pm Date Event Location Time 07/16/18 Lab Saftey by Natalie Feliciano C 201 12pm-1pm 07/18/18 Make Your Own Video Game by Catherine Seaver N 241 1:30pm-3:30pm 07/26/18 Prasha Sarwate – Chemical Engineer and Founder of HerSTEMStory C 208 12pm-1pm 08/07/18 Ecological Restoration by Tony Reiber C 208 12pm-1pm 08/09/18 Women in STEM by Alysha Putnam C 201 12pm-1pm 07/18/18 Make Your Own Video Game by Catherine Seaver N 241 11am-1pm 08/21/18 Competition of Marine Gastropods by Alysha Putnam C 208 12pm-1pm TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Cady Coleman: Polymer Chemist and NASA Astronaut TBD TBD