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Economics 10, "Principles of Economics," the perennial leader in undergraduate enrollment, is once again the College's most popular course this semester, with 919 students enrolled.
Humanities 9a, "Oral and Early Literature," is new to the list and follows Ec 10 with an enrollment of 553. Other courses in the top ten that were not on the list last fall are Astronomy 8, "Cosmic Evolution," and Economics 1500, "Financial Accounting."
Albert B. Lord, Porter Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, yesterday attributed the size of Hum 9a to enrollment in Hum 9b last spring and increased student interest in the material.
Astro 8 involves a minimal amount of mathematics, attracting a substantial number of non-science majors, Eric. J. Chaisson, assistant professor of Astronomy, said yesterday, "The sections are taught with slides and movies, making the course more interesting," Chaisson said.
Nat Sci 110, "Automatic Computing," moved up from fifth to fourth, with an enrollment of 502 students. Edward T. Wilcox, director of the Program of General Education, said yesterday it will be difficult for the Science Center to meet the increased demand for the computer terminals.
Other Nat Sci courses on the list are Nat Sci 3, "Introduction to Chemistry," and Nat Sci 6, "Organismic and Evolutionary Biology." Nat Sci 6 used to be offered as Biology 1, and is now geared to both majors and non-majors.
Math la, "Introduction to Calculus," moved down a step from last year. The course has been completely reorganized, with teaching fellows having course assistants and the students meeting two more times a week for extra drills, Barry C. Mazur, professor of Mathematics, said yesterday.
The classic pre-med course--Chem 20, "Organic Chemistry"--ranks fifth.
David Ebitz, head teaching fellow for Fine Arts 13, "Introduction to the History of Art," said yesterday the course is consistently popular because students have easy access to the teaching fellows and "real works of art."
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