Purdue University offers more than 650 courses during the Summer Session. However, we recommend enrolling in courses not offered during high school to help expand your horizons. Some of our popular options are listed below.


1-week, 1-credit "Fun-Sized" OptionsThese condensed courses allow for the opportunity to earn a college credit while experiencing life on campus. Courses currently run through June and July.

2020 Course offerings:
  • Data Science and STEM
  • Empowering Women in Business
  • Model United Nations (UN) Summer Workshop
  • Careers in Law
  • Resiliency and Sustainability in Civil Engineering: Not Just Buzzwords
  • Exploring University Majors and Careers in Human and Animal Health Care Professions

To read more about our different fun-sized courses click the link above!

Popular 4-week Options
Computer Information Technology (CNIT) 18000: Introduction to Systems Development - This course introduces information systems development. Topics include types of information systems, system development, database management systems, and problem solving. Students will read/create UML, ERD, and data flow diagrams to model information system objects, data, processes, and logic. Labs emphasize modeling and SQL/QBE querying to prepare students for later systems, programming, and database classes. Given user requirements students will design, construct, and test a personal computer information system. PC literacy required. 3 credits. 

Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAPS) 10500: The PlanetsThis course deals with current knowledge of the physical, chemical, and geological nature of the planets and their atmospheres derived in part from data provided by manned and unmanned space probes and other techniques. Similarities and differences between the earth and other planets are described and discussed within the role of planetary formation. 3 credits. 

Technology (TECH) 12000: Design Thinking in Technology - Students will engage in critical analysis of real-world problems and global challenges. They will demonstrate the ability to recognize opportunity and to take initiative in developing solutions applying the principles of human centered design. Students will be able to communicate effectively and to work well on teams. Problems and solutions will be examined from societal, cultural, and ethical perspectives. 3 credits. 

Popular 8-week Options
Agricultural Economics (AGEC) 21700: Economics - National economic problems such as unemployment, recessions, inflation, taxation, bank interest rates, the growth of government, monetary systems, and a rising national debt are discussed along with the principles, policies, and institutions for solving these macroeconomic problems. 3 credits.
American Sign Lanaguage (ASL) 10100: A basic introduction to American Sign Language. This course introduces students to the tools for mastering the grammar at a basic expressive and receptive level. Introduction to cultural and historical aspects of ASL and the deaf community. 3 credits.
Art and Design (AD) 10600: Design II - Three-dimensional fundamentals: concepts and processes. Studio problems introduce design concepts, vocabulary, and construction skills applicable to continued study in a variety of visual disciplines. Includes introduction to a variety of 3-D media and 3-D computer graphics concepts. 3 credits.
Anthropology (ANTH) 21000: Technology and Culture - This course explores the social dimensions of technology from the perspective of ancient, modern, and post-modern society. Topics include the origins of particular technologies; processes of technical development and dissemination; the politics of everyday artifacts; virtual identities; and technologies of the body. 3 credits.
Biology (BIOL) 11000: Fundamentals of Biology I - This course is designed primarily to provide an introduction to the principles of biology for students in agriculture and health sciences. Principles of biology, focusing on diversity, ecology, evolution, and the development, structure, and function of organisms. Students must complete a high school biology course prior to enrollment. 4 credits.
Entomology (ENTM) 22810: Forensic Investigation - Forensic science investigation, crime scene management and field data collection techniques. Includes crime scene recognition and the documentation, collection, preservation, and processing of crime scene evidence. Emphasizes the place of field data collection as the first step in a sequence that takes evidence from scene to the lab for analysis and finally into the court of law. 4 credits.
Philosophy (PHIL) 11000: Introduction to Philosophy - The basic problems and types of philosophy, with special emphasis on the problems of knowledge and the nature of reality. 3 credits.
Psychology (PSY) 12000: Elementary Psychology - Introduction to the fundamental principles of psychology, covering particularly the topics of personality, intelligence, emotion, abnormal behavior, attention, perception, learning, memory, and thinking. As part of their learning experience, students participate in psychological experiments. 3 credits.
Communication (COM) 49100: Live Sports Broadcasting offers students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, live telecast of a Lafayette Aviators baseball game. The Aviators are Lafayette’s own Prospect League team, which features a roster of some of the best college baseball players. The class telecasts all of the Aviator’s home baseball games from Loeb Field in Lafayette, distributing them to the area’s Comcast Channel 5, over Purdue University’s streaming Purdue Channel, and on the Prospect League subscription channel. Students in the class will be involved in every production aspect of the game, from running the video switcher and audio board to playback and cameras. This course can be taken from 4-8 weeks and students can earn up to 6 credits. For more information or further questions please contact Professor Doug Osman.



African American Studies (AAS) 27100: Introduction to African American Studies - Introduction to the philosophical and methodological principles underlying Afro-American studies. Dimensions of the black experience, including history, education, politics, psychology, economics, religion, social organization, and art, will be covered, and the requisite academic tools and sources will be examined. 3 credits.
Basic Medical Studies (BMS) 20100: Applied Domestic Animal Anatomy with Clinical Correlations I This course is for you if you are interested in pursuing pre-vet, animal sciences, wildlife, biology or biomedical engineering student or pre-med with an interest in learning about mammalian physiology how understanding of physiology can help in treatment of disease. The courses will also help you understand how the body of your pets works, they are just like us! 2 credits. 
Computer and Information Technology (CNIT) 13600: Personal Computing Technology and Applications - This course provides an intermediate coverage of PC technology and problem solving. Topics include computer hardware, operations and ethics, and operating systems and environments. Students will gain hands-on skills with applications such as desktop and file management; word processing; spreadsheets; presentation graphics; electronic mail; personal information management; and internet browsing, searching, and publishing. 3 credits.
Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAPS) 12000: Introduction to Geography - Introduction to the major themes of modern geography, designed to enhance your spatial thinking skills, geographic literacy, and to help you understand the relevance of geographic concepts and how they relate to our changing world. This course will expand your awareness of global issues and provide you with tools to understand how the world around you changes at local, regional, and global scales. 3 credits.
Economics (ECON) 25100: MicroeconomicsPrice theory and resource allocation. Emphasis is on developing a detailed understanding of the principles of microeconomic analysis and their application to market behavior and public policy issues. 3 credits.
Management (MGMT) 20000: Introductory Accounting - The objectives of the course are to help students: (1) understand what is in financial statements and what the statements say about a business, (2) identify the business activities that caused the amounts that appear in the statements, and (3) understand how, when, and at what amount the effects of manager and employee actions will appear in the statements. 3 credits.
Mathematics (MA) 15800: Precalculus - Functions and Trigonometry - Functions, Trigonometry, and Algebra of calculus topics designed to fully prepare students for all first semester calculus courses. Functions topics include Quadratic, Higher Order Polynomials, Rational, Exponential, Logarithmic, and Trigonometric. Other focuses include graphing of functions and solving application problems. Students must have completed a precalculus or higher course during high school to enroll. 3 credits.
Philosophy (PHIL) 11100: Ethics - A study of the nature of moral value and obligation. Topics such as the following will be considered: different conceptions of the good life and standards of right conduct; the relation of nonmoral and moral goodness; determinism, free will, and the problem of moral responsibility; the political and social dimensions of ethics; the principles and methods of moral judgment. Readings will be drawn both from contemporary sources and from the works of such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Butler, Hume, Kant, and J. S. Mill. 3 credits.
Political Science (POL) 22300: Introduction to Environmental PolicyStudy of decision making as modern societies attempt to cope with environmental and natural resources problems. Focuses on the American political system, with some attention to the international dimension. Current policies and issues will be examined. 3 credits. 
Political Science (POL) 23700: Modern Weapons and International Relations - This course introduces students to the roles that modern weapons systems play in contemporary international relations. 3 credits. 

Please visit the Dynamic Course Schedule to view a full list of all summer courses. 

NOTE: Below are important websites for determing what college credit you may have already earned during high school.

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