Summer Seminars

Isopropanol Backdrop

Take an 1-2 unit first-year seminar this summer to complement your major's core courses and complete your summer session workload. These seminars are specifically designed for new, incoming students, and will allow new students smaller and more personalized classes. With smaller classes, incoming students get the opportunity to talk with and know their professors one-on-one and meet other incoming students in related subject interests.

Applications of Basic Mathematical Techniques for Science and Engineering Students (2 units / Letter Grade)

  • Day & Time: 
    • MWF, 3:30PM - 5:00PM (Summer Session 1)
    • Duration: 7/10 - 8/4 (last four weeks of the SS1)
  • Instructor: Mohammed Hafez
  • CRN: 53834
  • Course Number: 002-TBD
  • Description: The course consists of 12 lectures covering important concepts and mathematical techniques applied to Science and Engineering problems, together with historical remarks about the involved mathematicians. Only High School MATH and Science + Calculus are required as prerequisites. Emphasis will be placed on how to Solve A Problem.

Making a Mutant (2 Units; Letter Grade)

Course-based Undergraduate Research

  • Day & Time: T, 10:00AM - 1:20PM (Summer Session 2)
  • Instructor: Justin Siegel
  • CRN: 74123
  • Course Number: 002-001
  • Description: Want to try your hand at making a mutant? The research goal of this class evolving, based on the results of the spring quarter's results. Welcome to the unknowns of real research! We will be investigating a critical step of The Siegel lab’s Design, Build, Test, mutant protein engineering workflow.

Accelerating your Path to Research in Chemical Sciences and Engineering (1 Unit; P/NP)

  • Day & Time: T, 12:00PM - 1:40PM (Summer Session 2)
  • Instructor: Annaliese Franz
  • CRN: 74125
  • Course Number: 003-001
  • Description: How can students learn about and get involved with research opportunities at UC Davis? This seminar course will help students learn what undergraduate research really is, how students receive mentoring as part of a research team, and to prepare students for research opportunities and accelerate their path to finding and starting a research position in a chemistry, biochemistry or engineering research lab (or other related fields, such as pharmacology,etc).

Self-discovery and Finding Your Community in the Research University (2 Units, P/NP)


  • Day & Time: TWR, 10:00AM – 11:05 AM (Summer Session 2)
  • Instructor: Natalia Caporale
  • CRN: 74132
  • Course Number: 004-021
  • Description: Transferring to a research institution with nearly 30 thousand other undergraduates can be challenging. Navigating large classes and connecting with professors here can feel very different from the community college experience. These kinds of transitional issues will be addressed in this class. You will have an opportunity to hang out weekly with a small, (<20 person) peer-group. We will explore the resources on campus, meet 2nd year transfer students, coach your study skills, and help you manage issues you may be experiencing in your summer coursework. 

Molecules from Nature and their Impact on Human Health (1 Unit; P/NP)

  • Day & Time: W 2:00PM - 3:40PM (Summer Session 2)
  • Instructor: Jared Shaw
  • CRN: 7416
  • Course Number: 003-002
  • Description: This course will introduce the topic of natural products chemistry at a level appropriate for students with an interest in science and at least high-school level chemistry. The course will explore why certain organisms produce interesting chemicals, and how these compounds impact human health by providing cures for diseases. Specific topics will include the origins of artemesinin and quinine (plant metabolites that cure malaria), pseudoephedrine (used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for several millennia), etc. Class meetings will be a mix of interactive lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and field trips to the arboretum and other sites on campus where plants and fungi grow for a first-hand look at the origin of natural products.

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