Jump Start Courses

Jump Start Courses

The Jump Start program is a partnership with UVM Admissions and UVM Orientation.

UVM first-year students attend a UVM Orientation Session and then can participate in the Jump Start program. Get a Jump Start on classes, build a network of friends, learn about UVM support services, and get to know the campus – all before the fall semester begins! Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to earn college credit at 50% off regular tuition!

Students will:

  • Earn 3-4 UVM credits toward your degree
  • Strengthen study skills and engage in social activities
  • Meet with faculty and academic advisors
  • Commute or live on campus in UVM residential housing
  • Get to know Burlington and the surrounding area

Track A
Dates: Pre Class Learning (Online) June 16 – 20, On Campus Class June 23 – July 3, Post Class Online/Project Time July 7- 11, 2014

Sample Schedule for students taking a 3 credit course in Track A

Sample Schedule for students taking a 4 credit course in Track A

Track B
Dates: Pre Class Learning (Online) June 16 – 20, On Campus Class June 25 – July 3, Post Class Online/Project Time July 7- 11, 2014

Sample Schedule for students taking a 3 credit course in Track B

UVM Orientation Can I register for Jump Start Track A? Can I register for Jump Start Track B?
Sessions 1-4 Yes Yes
Session 5 Ideal (directly follows orientation 5) Yes
Session 6 No* Ideal (directly follows orientation 6)

*dates conflict

Track A

Description: Animals play an important role in our daily lives, from the domestic animals that keep us company, to laboratory animals advancing medical knowledge and livestock raised for meat, milk and other services. This class will introduce the disciplines of Animal Science, key advances and areas of controversy. Through a combination of self-study, lectures, and applied applications, students will learn basic concepts of nutrition and physiology, reproduction and lactation, genetics and animal behavior.

Dr._Julie_Smith_20131218150210Instructor: Dr. Julie Smith, DVM, PhD

I have been with the Department of Animal Science of the University of Vermont, as the Extension Dairy Specialist, since 2002. My background is in biosecurity and preventive animal health management (especially calf management and Johne’s disease). I’m currently working on an interdisciplinary project to better prepare farms and communities to implement biosecurity plans in the face of a highly contagious disease emergency. I also conduct research to better understand the risk of highly contagious disease spread among Vermont dairy farms. For more information about my research and my blog, please visit: http://asci.uvm.edu/?Page=faculty/smith/homepage.html


Description: This introductory course addresses the representation and construction of “race” in literature and the contributions of ethnically diverse writers to the American culture.

image005 Instructor: Sean Witters
Sean Witters is Lecturer in the University of Vermont Department of English. He teaches courses in Literary and Critical Theory, Race and Ethnic Literature, Dystopian Fiction, and 19th, 20th, and 21st Century American Literature. Dr. Witters has been at UVM since 2006. His doctoral thesis explores the interaction between the author and the “logic of the brand” in the literary marketplace. He has published and presented on writers, including Aldous Huxley, Mary McCarthy, James Baldwin, and J.D. Salinger. He is currently writing on the emergence of the “addict” in fiction, culture, and medicine and has a new essay on Aldous Huxley and surveillance forthcoming in a 2014 critical collection. He has taught at Brandeis University, Suffolk University, and the Berklee College of Music. Dr. Witters received his bachelor degree from the University of Vermont and his M.A./Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University.

Sean is a recipient of the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, an award UVM gives to faculty to recognize excellent instruction.


Description: Calculus 1 is an introduction to calculus of functions of one variable. We will study concepts such as limits, continuity, techniques and applications of differentiation and integration. These topics will be presented in a manner that is accessible to students in the hybrid course environment, will retaining the rigor needed for pursuing degrees in technical fields such as mathematics, statistics, engineering, or the physical sciences. A strong background in secondary school algebra and trigonometry is a pre-requisite for this course. Our course is set-up in three parts:

  • June 16 – June 22 (Online) In this week, we will be studying functions and models. This chapter will cover: ways to represents a function, mathematical models, shifting/stretching of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions. Homework will be completed online through WebAssign. Learning modules will consist of videos and online lecture notes for these topics.
  • June 23 – June 27, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:15-4:15pm (Classroom) and June 30 – July 2, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:15-4:15pm (Classroom) In this portion of our course, we will be reinforcing ideas related to limits and developing concepts related to derivatives, including their applications. Our class time will consist of lectures, exploratory activities and labs, as well as quizzes. Generally, morning sessions will be a blend of lecture, activities and quizzes. The afternoon sessions will include time to work on homework.
  • July 5 – July 11 (Online) In this week, we will be wrapping up a few last topics and concluding our course. You will be completing your final projects in this week.

CaptureInstructor:  Catherine Bliss
Catherine Bliss holds a M.S. and Ph. D. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Vermont. As a Mathematics instructor in small liberal arts colleges and international schools in the Caribbean and South America, Catherine’s teaching experience spans several years and diverse environments. She has taught a range of undergraduate Mathematics courses, including such courses as Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Math Modeling and Discrete Math. In all settings, she is committed to student success and her teaching style embodies student centered learning and active learning approaches.

In 2009, Catherine was recruited as the inaugural recipient of the Complex Systems Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research lies within the areas complex networks, particular social network analysis. She is interested in information spreads through social networks and how such networks evolve over time. More information about her research and publications can be found on her webpage: http://www.cems.uvm.edu/~cabliss/

In addition to interests in Mathematics and Complex Systems, Catherine has interests in ecology and environmental science. She has engaged in several research projects in community ecology,
parasitology, and modeling invasive species at the University of Vermont and has also studied tropical marine biology in Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas. One of her most treasured experiences was a cultural immersion program in East Africa (Zanzibar – Coastal Ecology). In addition to hear Mathematics degrees, Catherine also holds a M.A. degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. She has served as the academic and field leader for a Sea Turtle Studies study-abroad program in Costa Rica.

One of the reasons why Catherine enjoys teaching Mathematics is that she has the opportunity to infuse applications from a wide variety of fields into the courses she teachers.


Description: In this course students will study the standard guidelines to select foods that maximize human health and the functions of the essential nutrients needed to sustain human life.

Prerequisites: High school chemistry and biology.


Instructor: Rachel Johnson
Rachel Johnson is a well-known expert on national nutrition policy, pediatric nutrition, dietary intake methodology and energy metabolism. She serves as Chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. She is the former associate provost of UVM and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Rachel gained national attention for speaking out against Americans’ high consumption of added sugars when she was a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advisory committee. She was also vocal about the 2005 updated guidelines and food guide pyramid. Her research on the effects of both flavored milk and soft drinks on children’s diets has been published in the academic and popular press, as has her work on caffeine use.

Sarah-AminInstructor: Sarah Amin
Sarah Amin grew up in North Attleboro, MA and attended Wheaton College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in biology. She went on to receive her masters in public health at Brown University in 2012. Sarah is entering the third year of her doctoral studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at UVM. Her research interests include dietary intake methodology and nutrition policy. Sarah’s current project focuses on ways to employ digital imaging methods to measure fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary school children. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, swimming, and exploring the great outdoors.



Track B

Ryan_MorraDescription: In this course, we will study of the relationships among ecological, physical, and social processes within a particular area. We will use the lens of landscape ecology to focus on the concept of “place” as the geographic setting where nature and culture intertwine and unfold through time. Using the Burlington landscape as our classroom, we will spend this field-based course building up our understanding of the biophysical landscape – from bedrock geology to soils, plants, animals, and climate. We will concurrently explore how our human actions both past and present impact other the biophysical system, and reflect on how we can live sustainably within our places. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the natural and cultural history of the Burlington area, and will have the tools to explore landscapes in other regions. We will build skills to be able to use online and library references to explore site-specific characteristics of the landscape.

Instructor: Ryan Morra