Sophomores, please read me: If you consider yourself a Sophomore in academic year 2021-22 and the IntroSems' VCA shows you in a different cohort (i.e., Frosh or Junior), please make a note of your correct cohort within your statement of interest. It is not possible to change the cohort field in the IntroSems' VCA, but the instructor will see your note when they build their class.
IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Visit Re-Approaching Stanford for the latest updates on Academic Year 2021-22.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Things About Stuff
The stories behind disruptive inventions such as the telephone, wireless, television, transistor, and chip are as important as the inventions themselves. Who thought of this stuff? Why? We'll discover the answers through in-class experiments and projects, such as building batteries and semiconductors out of pocket change, energy conversion devices, and laser projection microscopes. Students may propose topics and projects of interest to them; the trajectory of the course is determined in large part by the students themselves.