Courses

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; however, this is not an exhaustive list. To view a full list of all summer courses, please visit the Dynamic Course Schedule. 

Summer College for High School Students will be conducted in a virtual format this summer. 

On-Campus
Please Note: All on campus courses will be conducted in a virtual format this summer

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 (This course has been cancelled for Summer 2020)
  • Resiliency and Sustainability in Civil Engineering: Not Just Buzzwords
  • Exploring University Majors and Careers in Human and Animal Health Care Professions
  • GS 11900, a new 4-week, fully online course

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

Popular 4-week Options
Communication (COM) 22400 - Communicating In The Global Workplace
This introductory course explores communication issues that arise in the global workplace. The course develops an appreciation of the relationship among culture, communication, and ways of organizing and doing business. Students will explore issues that may occur in a culturally diverse envirionment, develop intercultural competencies, and learn to navigate macro social trends impacting global organizations. 3 credits.

Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAPS) 10500 - The Planets
This 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. 

Sociology (SOC) 22000 - Social Problems
Students will learn about contemporary problems at the community, society, and international levels, focusing on patterns of social organization and social chanig in American society. Study will be concentrated on topics such as technological militarism and war, pverty, racism, political protest, and cybernation. 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
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.
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. 
Computer Science (CS) 17700Programming with Multimedia Objects
Introduction to computers and programming: number representations, primitive data types and operations, basic control structures, programming applets and applications using graphical user interfaces, programming for detecting events and performing actions, processing multimedia objects such as images and sounds. Throughout the course, examples are drawn from a variety of fields in the natural sciences. 4 credits
Economics (ECON) 25100 - Microeconomics
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.
English (ENG) 10600 - First-Year Composition
Extensive practice in writing clear and effective prose. Instruction in organization, audience, style, and research-based writing. 3 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.
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.
Studies College of Liberal Arts (SCLA) 10100Transformative texts, Critical Thinking, and Communication
The primary goal of the course is to provide students with a foundational knowledge of transformative literature from around the world as well as fundamental reading, writing, speaking and analytical skills. This first course in the sequence introduces students to great texts from antiquity to the birth of the modern era. Its goal is to create life-long learners, open to the world, and sensitive to other points of view. It exposes students from across the university to the ideas, skill-set and inspiration that animates from the liberal arts, and it also introduces them to liberal arts faculty. 3 Credits.

 

 

Online
Popular 4-week Options

Anthropology (ANTH) 10000 - Being Human: Introduction to Anthropology
This course introduces anthropology's holistic approach to human nature and behavior. By utilizing cultural, bilogical, archaelogical and lingustic anthropology students will follow the human journey of uniformity and diversity through time and across space. 3 credits.

Anthropology (ANTH) 20500 - Human Cultural Diversity
Offers an engaging introduction to concepts, themes, methods, and ethical concerns that guide research and analysis in cultural anthropology. Students will learn how to identify and interpret the complexities of human culture - what makes cultures different, and in what ways are they more alike than we might assume? Topics include: race and racism; ethnicity and nationalism; gender; sexuality; kinship, family, and marriage; class and inequality; the global economy; politics and power; religion; and health and illness. 3 Credits.

Economics (ECON) 25100 - Microeconomics
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.

General Studies (GS) 11900 - Exploring University Majors
We are excited to offer this new fully online, 1-credit course to help students explore different majors and get to know campus from a distance. Students will have the opportunity to look at the different colleges and majors at Purdue, take virtual tours of the university and get the chance to speak with current Purdue students about their experiences at Purdue.

Political Science (POL) 13000 - Introduction To International Relations
An analysis of the fundamentals of international law, organization, and politics, particularly as relevant to contemporary international relations. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer. CTL:ISH 1003 Introduction To World Politics. 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.

Sociology (SOC) 22000 - Social Problems
Students will learn about contemporary problems at the community, society, and international levels, focusing on patterns of social organization and social chanig in American society. Study will be concentrated on topics such as technological militarism and war, pverty, racism, political protest, and cybernation. 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.

Anthropology (ANTH) 20500 - Human Cultural Diversity
Offers an engaging introduction to concepts, themes, methods, and ethical concerns that guide research and analysis in cultural anthropology. Students will learn how to identify and interpret the complexities of human culture - what makes cultures different, and in what ways are they more alike than we might assume? Topics include: race and racism; ethnicity and nationalism; gender; sexuality; kinship, family, and marriage; class and inequality; the global economy; politics and power; religion; and health and illness. 3 Credits.

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.

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.

Computer Science (CS) 17700 - Programming with Multimedia Objects
Introduction to computers and programming: number representations, primitive data types and operations, basic control structures, programming applets and applications using graphical user interfaces, programming for detecting events and performing actions, processing multimedia objects such as images and sounds. Throughout the course, examples are drawn from a variety of fields in the natural sciences. 4 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.

English (ENG) 10600 - First-Year Composition
Extensive practice in writing clear and effective prose. Instruction in organization, audience, style, and research-based writing. 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) 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.

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 Policy
Study 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. 

Sociology (SOC) 22000 - Social Problems
Students will learn about contemporary problems at the community, society, and international levels, focusing on patterns of social organization and social change in American society. Study will be concentrated on topics such as technological militarism and war, poverty, racism, political protest, and cybernation. 3 credits.

Popular 12-week Options
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. 

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

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