Seminar Experience

Students are highly encouraged to select an Academies affiliated UB Seminar. The UB Seminar is the entryway to your UB education. These are “big ideas” courses taught by our most distinguished faculty in small seminar settings.

Academies seminars are taught by our Academic Directors and distinguished UB faculty to provide students with mentored opportunities to explore ideas and issues in and outside the classroom. This is a great way to get to know faculty on campus and start building friendships with students who share similar interests.

Course information can be found below, but students should apply to the Academies to be enrolled in a seminar. Questions can be directed to the Academies at 716-645-8177 or via email at

Research Exploration #1

  • Course #:NTR 199: Feeding the World, Global Nutrition
  • Instructor: Professor Peter Horvath
  • Time:Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30–10:50 a.m.

The goal of this course is to provide students with a framework to take “Thought into Action” based on the issues involved with Global Nutrition. The world’s population is growing with some areas decreasing and others rapidly increasing. Food choices and availability vary widely and are also changing due to economic, religious, ethical and social factors, climate change, and farming practices. Students will learn to research and critically judge peer-reviewed material and internet work. Lectures will cover issues related to diets around the world, agricultural systems, and social factors that affect food availability. Students will also explore their own time management skills, majors available at UB that could be related to Global Nutrition and Health, ethics related to the course content.

Research Exploration #2

  • Course #:PUB 199: The Science of Healthy Living
  • Instructor:Professor Harold Burton
  • Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00–12:20 p.m.

Most behavior-driven diseases or conditions are largely a result of poor lifestyle choices and can be prevented. But three of these conditions - heart disease, cancer and diabetes are leading causes of death in the U.S. Two behaviors in particular that increase the risk of contracting them are a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. Treating and managing these diseases costs billions of dollars each year, which creates a huge burden on our health-care system. But, if we can find a way to get the majority of our population to make healthier lifestyle choices, a simple and effective way to reduce risk and help manage existing disease, much of this burden would be eliminated. This Freshman Seminar will allow the student to explore the mechanisms through which physical inactivity and poor nutrition are linked to high risk for contracting heart disease, certain types of cancer and diabetes and how adopting an active lifestyle and better eating habits can reduce risk, increase quality of life and delay the onset of debilitating illness later in life. Students will be expected to explore other cultures around the world in which the incidence of behavior-driven disease is either very low or very high and identify and describe the various factors that contribute to this high or low incidence. Finally, the student will get a cursory view why most individuals at high risk for these diseases are reticent to change their lifestyle choices and how health care providers may be able to effect behavior change on a large scale.

Last updated: September 27, 2016 4:09 pm EST