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The Course Catalog includes course descriptions of all courses offered by the Undergraduate School at Babson College. For descriptions of the courses offered in the current or upcoming semesters, please see the Course Listing.


 Undergraduate Course Catalog

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QTM2420 Applied Quantitative Modeling (Intermediate Lib Arts) THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS WHO STARTED AT BABSON BEFORE SEPT. 2013 This course explores ill-defined problems using algebraic, spreadsheet, graphical, and statistical models. The focus is on understanding basic mathematical and modeling principles through the analysis of real data. The course emphasizes communicating in context interpretations of the results of analysis in written, visual, and oral form. A foundation in introductory statistics, linear optimization, and use of spreadsheets is essential because these concepts are extended and reinforced throughout the course. Topics include applied multiple linear regression, basic time series analysis (including decomposition techniques), linear programming, basic decision analysis, and simulation. The course emphasizes the use of appropriate software and the latest technological methods for accessing data. This course is typically offered in fall and spring semester and summer session. Prerequisite: QTM1310 or QTM1311


NST1010 Astronomy 4 credits The evolution and structure of the universe are explained using underlying basic physical principles along with the historical development of our present understanding. We will explore the instruments and data collection techniques used by astronomers and learn how they can be applied to solve problems in other disciplines. Prerequisites: None


SCN2420 (formerly SCN2472) BIOTECHNOLOGY (Intermediate Liberal Arts) Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field, encompassing numerous subtopics including stem cell research, cloning, forensics, genetic engineering, and drug discovery. Advances in biotechnology also affect the foods we eat, the medical treatments we receive, and the social environments in which we live. In this course, we will explore the science and ethics of various topics related to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. We will also examine the misconceptions and scientific distortions regarding life science and technology which are prevalent in popular culture. By the conclusion of this course, you will be familiar with the potential of the life sciences industries and how current and future biotech advances affect us as individuals and as humans, as well as other diverse species on Earth. Prerequisite: SCN 13% % - Wildcard


QTM 2000 – Case Studies in Business Analytics 4 Credits – Intermediate Liberal Arts Note: For students who started at Babson before Fall 2013, this course can count as an elective, QTM 3650. For students who started at Babson Fall 2013 or later, this course can count as a third Quantitative Methods course. The course is required for the Business Analytics concentration. This course builds on the modeling skills acquired in the QTM core with special emphasis on case studies in Business Analytics – the science of iterative exploration of data that can be used to gain insights and optimize business processes. Data visualization and predictive analytics techniques are used to investigate the relationships between items of interest to improve the understanding of complex managerial models with sometimes large data sets to aid decision-making. These techniques and methods are introduced with widely used commercial statistical packages for data mining and predictive analytics, in the context of real-world applications from diverse business areas such as marketing, finance, and operations. Students will gain exposure to a variety of software packages, including R, the most popular open-source package used by analytics practitioners around the world. Topics covered include advanced methods for data visualization, logistic regression, decision tree learning methods, clustering, and association rules. Case studies draw on examples ranging from database marketing to financial forecasting. Prerequisite: QTM 1010 or QTM 2420


NST2020 – Case Studies in Ecological Management 4 credit Intermediate Liberal Arts Successful businesses must fully appreciate and understand sustainable management strategies for our vital natural resources. Here we will focus on understanding the ecological principles of natural resource management while exploring new strategies for environmental conservation. Prerequisites: SCNA or NST10%


NST2010 Cast Studies in Forensic Science 4 credit Intermediate Liberal Arts Criminal investigators have long utilized forensic science to fight crime. This course examines the forensic field, from its limited beginnings to its modern capabilities. We will concentrate on toxicology, criminalistics, DNA, and unique legal system qualifiers. Throughout, we will examine how science is used to solve historical and current criminal cases. Prerequisites: SCNA or NST10**


SCN3615 ECOLOGY OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR (Advanced Lib Arts) The study of the nature, variety and function of the fundamental types of animal behaviors. Communication, habitat selection, predation and antipredator defense, reproductive strategies, tactics and mating systems, and play and social behaviors will be compared and analyzed, and applications to human behavior will be discussed. Prerequisite: SCN13% % - Wildcard


SCN2430 (formerly SCN2473) Electronic Technology (Intermediate liberal arts) Study of the application of basic scientific principles and computational skills that allow the understanding of current and potential future thrusts in electronics, computing, microsystems and nanotechnologies. Prerequisite: SCN 13% % - Wildcard


NST1030 Electronics 4 credit Foundation Liberal Arts Electronic devices transform the way people work and communicate. This course will focus on understanding the inner workings of those devices to provide a background on what they can and cannot do. We will also explore the impact of resource limitations on electronics, and how electronics can contribute to solving some resource issues. Prerequisites: None


SCN2410 Environmental Technology (Intermediate Liberal Arts) Study of the interrelationships between environmental science, technology and the environment. Technological causes and solutions to environmental problems , including climate change, air and water pollution, pest control, toxic substances and endangered species. Prerequisite: Foundation Science


QTM3625 (Formerly QTM3673) Financial Modeling Using Simulation and Optimization with Applications to Finance, Marketing, and Management (Advanced Liberal Art) This course is an introduction to quantitative techniques that enable marketing, finance, and management professionals to make optimal decisions under uncertainty. While theoretical background for these techniques is provided, the focus is on their applications and mastering software that is widely used in industry, such as Excel, Solver, @RISK, and MATLAB. Topics include simulation of important probability distributions, bootstrapping, random walks, linear and nonlinear optimization. Lectures draw on examples such as asset allocation under different definitions of risk; index tracking; scenario approaches to project and portfolio management; hedging and arbitrage; and derivative pricing. Prerequisite: QTM2420/QTM2421 or QTM1010


QTM2600 DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS & CHAOS THEORY (Advanced Lib Arts) This course introduces dynamical systems, that is, it investigates how quantities (such as the size of a population, the supply and demand for a certain product, the amount of money in an account, and the amount of a certain drug in the bloodstream) change over time, by analyzing a mathematical relationship between the "present" and the "near future" to make predictions about the "distant future." You will use the mathematical models developed to study problems in finance, cost accounting, economics, population fluctuations, arms race, gambling, fractals, and chaos theory among others. In developing these models we introduce the foundations of Linear Algebra and Markov chains. Prerequisite: QTM1300 or QTM1301 or QTM2300


SCN1330 Oceanography (Foundation Liberal Arts) Study of physical processes and biological communities in the ocean. Subjects considered include the origin and evolution of the ocean, the nature of seawater, ocean currents, tides, deep sea, coastal and reef communities, and human use of marine resources and impacts of man on the sea. Prerequisite: NONE


SCN3635 Nutrition in Health and Disease 4 credit Advanced Liberal Arts Every day we are bombarded with information about diet and health, often confusing and contradictory. As consumers, it is difficult to separate fact from fad, truth from fiction. This course will provide a foundation in basic nutrition, including anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract and the development of disease, with the goal of applyig this informaiton to aid in making informed choices in the treatment and prevention of nutrition related disease. We wil also explore how the personal actions a student can take to encourage a sustainable diet, defined as “food choices that maximize personal health while minimizing the impact on the environment. Prerequisites: Science A


QTM3675 Probability for Risk Management The fundamental objective of this course is to prepare students for the successful completion of the first level probability examination (Exam P) of the Society of Actuaries. While the necessary theory is addressed, this course focuses on problem solving, so it is well suited for any student with an interest in applied probability concepts and how they are related to a wide variety of situations within and beyond actuarial science, finance, and economics. Topics include general probability and univariate and multivariate probability distributions. Prerequisites: QTM2420


QTM1000: Quantitative Methods for Business Analytics I 4 credits THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS WHO STARTED AT BABSON IN FALL 2013 OR LATER. The course introduces the necessary core quantitative methods that are prerequisites to follow-on courses in QTM and in Babson's integrated core business offerings. Statistical software and the use of spreadsheets are integrated throughout so that students better comprehend the importance of using modern technological tools for effective model building and decision-making. About two thirds of the course is data-oriented, exposing students to basic statistical methods, their conceptual underpinning, such as variability and uncertainty, and their use in the real world. Topics include data collection, descriptive statistics, elementary probability rules and distributions, sampling distributions, and basic inference. The last third of the course is dedicated to selected non-statistical quantitative techniques applied to business models. Topics include curve fitting, differential calculus applications to non-linear optimization, and introduction to the time value of money. Prerequisites: None


QTM1010: Quantitative Methods for Business Analytics II 4 credits THIS COURSE IS FOR STUDENTS WHO STARTED AT BABSON IN FALL 2013 OR LATER. This course explores decision-making problems in a managerial context using algebraic, spreadsheet, graphical, and statistical models. The focus is on understanding basic mathematical and modeling principles through the analysis of real data. The course emphasizes communicating in-context interpretations of the results of analysis in written, visual, and oral form. A foundation in introductory statistics and use of spreadsheets is essential because these concepts are extended and reinforced throughout the course. Topics include introductions to linear regression, time series analysis, linear programming, decision analysis and simulation. It emphasizes the use of appropriate software and the latest technological methods for accessing and analyzing data. Prerequisite: QTM1000


SCN3640 SCIENCE AND INNOVATION 4 credit (Advanced Liberal Arts) An examination of the concepts, principles and policies related to research and development activities with examples from the history of the subject from its Greek beginnings to modern times. Successful and failed R&D projects from multiple disciplines will be explored as a driving force for innovation. The complex relationships that the scientific and engineering enterprises have to the innovation process will be examined with respect society, industry, and political motivations. Prerequisite: SCN13%% %%=wildcard


SCN1320 Search for Life in the Universe (foundation liberal arts) Study of the information necessary to make estimates of the probability of extraterrestrial life, what characteristics it might have and how we might expect to communicate with it if it exists. Subjects considered are the structure/origin/evolution of the universe, galaxies, stars, our solar system and the Earth; and biological and chemical signatures of life. Prerequisite: NONE


SCN3645 Sustainable Application of Mapping Technology 4 credit advanced liberal arts Spatial data is all around us. The amount of data available to the average person has dramatically increased over the last few decades due to the explosion of new technologies. This new abundance of data has made the spatial representation of data one of the most powerful techniques for data exploration. One of the ways in which data can be viewed and analyzed spatially is through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), like Google Earth (Google Inc.). GIS is a powerful tool that many different industries are using for a variety of purposes, such as locating potential business markets, making it a very valuable tool for students entering the job market. We will explore some of the interactions between humans and the environment spatially, through the use of ArcGIS (esri®), the leading software in the world of GIS, and freeware like Google Earth. The course will provide broad coverage of some of the sustainability issues currently facing the globe: such as population growth and urbanization; land use change; habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss; and how GIS can be used to study these issues. Prerequisite: SCN13%% or NST10%%
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