Foundations: Sciences 
Fall 2014

There are two basic categories of RAPs at UMass Amherst:

  • Topic RAPs and
  • Foundations RAPs...

This RAP is like a cross between the two:

  • Like Topic RAPs, this RAP is intended to bring together students who have a common interest - in this case the broad topic of science.
  • Like Foundations RAPs, this RAP is an opportunity for students to enroll in a class with people they are living with.
  • Different than Topic RAPs, this RAP does NOT include a seminar class.

This RAP is open to students in any major or undeclared.

When you join this RAP you will...

  • Enroll in one General Education class
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with a community of students with similar interests
  • Foundations RAPs do not include a RAP seminar.

Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 

Classes and Locations

Fall 2014 

Students interested in Foundations: Sciences RAP will enroll in: 

One Gen Ed class (4-credits) -specific to each location: 

"My Body, My Health" - Public Health 160 (Gen Ed SI). Students will live together in Kennedy Hall in Southwest area of campus. The lecture will be on main campus and discussion section in the residential area.

"Medical Ethics" - Philosophy 164 (Gen Ed AT). Students will live together in James Hall in Southwest area of campus.

"Introduction to Ethics" - Philosophy 160 (Gen Ed AT). Students will live together in Dickinson Hall in Orchard Hill area of campus.


"College Writing"- English Writing 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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