Fire Up! Freshmen Program Course Information
Beaver Island

Freshwater Ecology – BIO 197

3 credit hours
Donna King, Department of Biology,
An introduction to aquatic systems on Beaver Island, Michigan (lakes, ponds, streams) and the organisms adapted to these chemical and physical environments.
Earth Processes – GEL 130
3 credit hours
Maria Mercedes Gonzalez, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
An introduction to geologic processes from a quantitative perspective. Students will investigate, graph and calculate rates and scales of processes including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and groundwater flow.

Main Campus

Astronomy - AST 111
3 credit hours
Glen Williams, Department of Physics,

An overview of modern astronomy which illustrates the basic physical principles and methods underlying all the sciences. Topics include the solar system, stars and stellar systems, galaxies and cosmology.

Meteorology - MET 240
3 credit hours
Ashton Peyrefitte, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,

An introduction to the structure of the atmosphere; radiation and global warming; forces causing the wind; moisture, stability and clouds; thunderstorms and tornadoes; hurricanes and extratropical cyclones.