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Launch! First-year College Specific Opportunities

Overview

Each college has selected a variety of course options that can help Launch! your academics at UMass Lowell. There is a cost associated with the academic courses in this program. As a new student you have the choice to take one or two courses during the summer two session (July 6 - Aug. 16, 2020). Courses are being offering at a 34% discounted tuition rate helping to make the college specific programs affordable and accessible to all incoming students. Below is the cost structure per course:

CourseCreditsCost
HIST.1050 – Western Civilization3$675
ENGL.1010 – College Writing 13$675
BUSI.1500 – Business 1013$675
ECON.2010 – Principle of Microeconomics3$675
PUBH.1021 – Introduction to Public Health3$675
HSCI.2060 – Pandemics: How Do They Occur?3$675
HSCI.1011 – Medical Terminology for Health Professionals1$225
MATH.1280 – Calculus 1A4$900
MATH.1310 – Calculus 14$900
PHIL.2030 – Introduction to Ethics3$675

Tutoring is provided in a virtual environment through the Centers for Learning, Advising, and Student Success to support you in your courses. Professional advisors from College Based Advising will also be working with students to adjust fall schedules based on enrollment in the Summer Launch! Program.

Sample Schedule

SunMonTuesWedThursFriSat
8-10:30 a.m.Class Option 1Class Option 1Class Option 1
10:30-10:45 a.m.
10:45-1 p.m.Class Option 2Class Option 2Class Option 2
1-1:30 p.m.
1:30-2:45 p.m.Launch! SeminarLaunch! SeminarSuccess Workshop

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College Specific Opportunities

College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Manning School of Business
Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Kennedy College of Sciences
Francis College of Engineering
College of Education

College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS)

We have designed a unique experience for you to engage as a new student at UMass Lowell. In the Launch! Program, you’ll learn about the unique range of research and learning opportunities in the college. 

FAHSS students are encouraged to select College Writing 1 (ENGL.1010) or College Writing 2 (ENGL.1020) for their academic course. But, students can also choose from one of the following options: 

  • Western Civilization (HIST.1050)
  • Pandemics: How Do They Occur? (HSCI.2060)
  • Introduction to Ethics (PHIL.2030)
  • Calculus 1A (MATH.1280) Sound Recording Technology Majors Only
  • Calculus 1 (MATH.1310) Sound Recording Technology Majors Only

Additionally, you will participate in a Launch! Seminar on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and Summer Success workshops on Thursday afternoons. On Mondays, you will get to participate in a master class with some of the college’s most exciting faculty, who will talk about the kinds of projects you may do someday. On Wednesdays, you’ll participate in small-group weekly seminar to get you connected with other students, faculty, and alumni, and to help prepare you for your first semester in college and beyond.

Race, identity, and systems of power will be discussed in all the Master Classes and Seminars. We’ll help get you ready to succeed in college and to change the world. 

WeekTopic
Week 1Library of New England Immigration 
Setting the Stage & Meeting Where You Are
Week 2Why Do Innocent People Plead Guilty?
Facing Your Fears
What Are Your Biggest Concerns?
Week 3Biosecurity & False Information in the Age of Coronavirus
Current Student Panel: Their Advice & Your Questions
Week 4The Weird World of the Lowell Mill Girls
How to be Successful in a Digital Environment
Week 5The Politics of Drug Violence in Latin America
What Does UML Mean to Me? Alumni Panel Discussion
Week 6Making Life & Death Decisions with Coronavirus
Preparing for Fall – Launching Your College Career

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. If you complete the UML Launch! Program (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday), your FAHSS first-year seminar requirement will be waived (1 credit). This means you will have more space in your schedule take more electives or add a minor or additional major. Sign up and participate in the FAHSS option

Manning School of Business

Manning School of Business new students will have the opportunity to enroll in one or two summer session two course(s) (July 6 – August 16, 2020) . Manning students are encouraged to select one, or both, of the following business core curriculum: 

Additionally, you will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45pm. The Launch Virtual GE2 seminar is designed to offer in-coming UML freshmen with an intensive introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation. It is modeled after our award-winning Global Entrepreneurship Exchange (GE2) program. The course consists of twelves virtual modules aimed at developing students’ essential business skills such as creative problem-solving, identifying customers, pitching business ideas, starting a business venture, and collaborating within a team. Each module will be 75 minutes long. Instead of lecturing, an approach of “tell me, what did you learn” will be used to create an interactive learning experience with a focus of “Be Curious, Be Creative, Be Innovative."

WeekTopic
Week 1Be an Entrepreneur & Let’s Create a Mini-Venture
Week 2What is Wrong with this Item? & Ideation 
Week 3Customer Discovery – The Art of Interviewing
Week 4Understanding and Translating Customer Needs/Wants
Week 5Is this a Viable Product? & Building a Business Model Canvas
Week 6Building a Business Model Canvas & Mini-Venture Poster and Pitch

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Attendance in all UML Launch! seminar sessions and Thursday success workshops will give you to complete The Freshmen Difference Maker (ENTR.1000) 1 credit course at no additional cost. Sign up and participate in the Manning School of Business option.

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences (ZCHS)

Your college has crafted a unique experience for you to engage as a new student starting at UMass Lowell. ZCHS students are encouraged to select one, or two, of the following options for academic courses:

  • Introduction to Public Health (PUBH.1021)
  • Pandemics: How Do They Occur? (HSCI.2060)
  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions (HSCI.1011)

Additionally, you will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. 

WeekTopic
Week 1Nutrition and Health: One Depends on the Other! 
Week 2Breaking the Ice with Your Faculty: Professors are People, too!
Week 3The Brilliance of the Community in Addressing Public Health Issues
Week 4It All Stars with Anatomy and Physiology!
Week 5Health Sciences is a Team Sport!
Week 6Fast Forward: Recent ZCHS Alumni Share their Wisdom

At the same time on Thursday afternoons, there will be academic success workshops that will help you be successful in your first semester of college and throughout your career. Sign up and participate in the ZCHS option.

Kennedy College of Sciences (KCS)

Your college has crafted a unique experience for you to engage as a new student starting at UMass Lowell. KCS students are encouraged to select one, or two, of the following options for academic courses:

Additionally, you will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar course on Monday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. that will cover the following topics:

WeekTopic
Week 1Let’s stick together: The Role of Molecular Interactions in COVID-19
Week 2A Virtual Tour through Geologic Time in Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon National Parks
Week 3Packing Problems in One, Two, and Three Dimensions
Week 4Algorithms for Search-and-Rescue Robots
Week 5Chemical Sensors for Illicit Drugs
Week 6SPACE HUAC: A Small Satellite Designed an Built by UMass Lowell Undergraduates

In addition, on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. there will be success workshops that will help you be successful in your summer course as well as in your first semester of college. Sign up and participate in the KCS option.

Francis College of Engineering (FCE)

Your college has crafted a unique experience for you to engage as a new student starting at UMass Lowell. In this Launch! Summer Program for FCE you have the opportunity to complete one, or two, courses during summer session two (July 6 – August 16, 2020) at a 34% tuition discount. You can choose from:

In addition, on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. there will be success workshops that will help you be successful in your summer course as well as in your first semester of college. Sign up and participate in the FCE option.

College of Education (COE)

Your college has crafted a unique experience for you to engage as a new student starting at UMass Lowell. In this Launch! Summer Program for COE you have the opportunity to complete one, or two, courses during summer session two (July 6 – August 16, 2020) at a 34% tuition discount. You can choose from:

Additionally, you will participate in a UML Launch! Seminar course on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m. that will cover the following topics:

WeekTopic
Week 1What's a Bug got to do with being a Learner/Teacher? Let's Communicate and Get to Know Each Other! 
Become a Better Learner to Become a Better Teacher
Week 2#MathArtChallenge - Math and Art Together - Tapping Into your Learners' Creative Side to Motivate your Learners 
Becoming a Social Justice-oriented Teacher to Support the Success of All Learners
Week 3Student Drive Topics: Re-visiting Your Questions 
What is The Science of Happiness? Learn How to Use the Lens of Positive Psychology to Help you Become a Resilient Teacher
Week 4Working with Diverse Student and Communities - A Conversation with a Principal, Teachers, and Faculty 
What Do I Do When Students Don't Listen To Me?
Week 5Nurturing Your Teacher Self: Becoming A Reflective Teacher 
Who Talks About Numbers? Developing Your Students' Mathematical Intuitions
Week 6Tips and Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom Environment 
A Transition Smoother: A Conversation with Current Education Students and Alumni
At the same time on Thursday afternoons there will be success workshops that will help you be successful in your summer course as well as in your first semester of college. Sign up and participate in the COE option.