Spring 2022 Course Highlights


As the days get colder and Thanksgiving break approaches, it means one thing here at Rice: It’s Spring Registration time! Currently, Rice students are browsing the spring semester course catalogue and signing up for classes before the registration deadline, November 12. Every semester, there are your major requirements and prerequisites, but at Rice, there’s always a niche course to help tap into your unconventional wisdom.

In honor of course registration season, we’ve rounded up some of our personal favorite classes for Spring 2022.

To start us off, we have Chemistry of Cooking (CHEM 178). If you’re anything like us Social Sciences students, then you know anything chem-related tends to scare us off. However, CHEM 178 is targeted towards non-majors with the basis of the course built on high school chemistry knowledge. This course examines the chemistry involved in the composition, transformation, and consumption of food. Lectures and hands-on kitchen experiments are taught in conjunction with Rice Dining Service. 

While chemistry may not be everyone’s favorite subject, at Rice you can explore a variety of classes in the School of Humanities like Black Sci-Fi (ENGL 279). In this class, you can examine how black science and speculative fiction blurs the division between reality and fantasy and details the inequities short-circuiting the lives of brown and black peoples around the world. 

For those interested in entrepreneurship and venture capital, we suggest the Student Venture: Evaluating Startup Investment Opportunities (BUSI 465). Students will identify, screen, and evaluate start-ups for investment by the Rice venture capital fund. Through this highly experiential course, students will learn tools for evaluating startup ventures for investment, valuing early stage companies, and structuring investments, with the goal of presenting their recommendations to a committee and awarding funding to a start-up.

Not in the Shepherd School of Music, but also not a pre-med? We found the perfect combination for you: Creativity Up Close (MUSI 379). This course explores creativity in human behavior and society. Students develop hands-on creative projects in oral history, music, industrial design and video. With no necessary prerequisites, this class is open to anyone!

To finish out our course roundup, we thought it would be fitting to include a College Course. These 1-credit student-taught College Courses are offered for academic credit on the same basis as departmental courses. While there are a wealth of college courses, we found one to be particularly promising: Memes and Internet Culture (COLL 170). This course aims to explore the powerful nature of memes and how the increasing reliance on internet culture informs our society at large. Students of all disciplines and meme expertise are welcome to join exploration of the internet culture we exist in.

Head over to the course guide to check out more fun classes Rice is offering next semester.


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Keep Exploring

  • Go on a culinary journey with Naman and Devika as they give you an insider's look at CHEM 178: The Chemistry of Cooking. Co-taught by Dr. Lesa Tran Lu and Chef Johnny Curet, this unique class examines the chemistry involved in the composition, transformation and consumption of food.

  • Innovative, high-growth startups in the clean energy transition and high-tech space came onto Rice Campus, eager to tap into the talent pool of current Owls. The Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (LILIE) hosted a Startup Job & Internship Fair in partnership with the Center of Career Development. Follow along as Anya Y. ('26) shares her experience at the fair. 

  • Jaclynn and Ayla are both students at Rice pursuing art. While Jaclynn works with multiple mediums, Ayla’s concentration is filmmaking and interdisciplinary projects. Take a closer look at their artistic pursuits and learn more about how the support and mentorship of the Art Department has helped to nurture their creative passions.






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