Online Courses for High School Students

The following list contains information for online courses with no prerequisites. If you have questions, please contact us at thinksummer@purdue.edu

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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 Sciences (BMS) 20100: Applied Domestic Animal Anatomy with Clinical Correlations I - Learn basic anatomy that will be applicable to and ease your transition into veterinary school. This course is the first of two in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine that covers the basic anatomy of common domestic animals. We will focus on the canine and comparative anatomy of the equine, ruminant, and human, especially where species differences exist. The information is organized according to body systems. 2 credits.
Basic Medical Studies (BMS) 23700: Domestic Animal Physiology with Clinical Corrrelations 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.
Communications (COM) 11400: Fundamentals of Communication - A study of communication theories as applied to speech; practical communicative experiences ranging from interpersonal communication and small group process through problem identification and solution in discussion to informative and persuasive speaking in standard speaker-audience situations. 3 credits.
Computer Science (CS) 11000: Introduction to Computers - Computer applications and how they can be used for solving problems in everyday life. The Internet with an emphasis on obtaining information from the World Wide Web, use of a database with an emphasis on data storage and retrieval, spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, integration of multiple software packages. 3 credits.
Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAPS) 10000: Planet Earth - An introduction to the Geosciences-Earth science, oceanography, atmospheric science and astronomy. The course emphasizes topics (earthquakes, volcanoes, ocean pollution, climate change, severe weather, etc.) that are of general interest and relevance, and the interconnections between various Earth processes. 3 credits. 
Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAPS) 11600: A survey class on earthquakes and volcanoes. Topics include earthquake hazards and forecasting, the use of seismic waves to investigate the earth's interior, volcanoes and tectonics, volcanic hazards, and the influence of volcanoes on climate. 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) 21000: Principles of Economics - Economics is the study of decision making under conditions of scarcity. This course looks at the behavior of the individual consumer and firm and their interaction with the government. The second half of the course studies the macroeconomy and focuses on the causes of inflation, unemployment, and interest rate changes. The international economy also will be studied. 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.
Economics (ECON) 25200: Macroeconomics - Introduction to macroeconomic theory. The course develops a theoretical framework permitting an analysis of the forces affecting national income, employment, interest rates, and the rate of inflation. Emphasis is placed upon the role of government fiscal and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stable prices. 3 credits.
English (ENGL) 23800: Intro to Fiction - Reading and discussion of short stories and seven novels to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the range, values, techniques, and meanings of modern fiction. 3 credits.
Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) 12500: Environmental Science And Conservation - Introduction to environmental science and conservation includes topics in ecological principles, conservation and natural resource management, human impacts on the environment, toxic waste disposal, climate change, energy, air and water pollution, environmental geology and geologic hazards. 3 credits. 
History (HIST) 10300: Intro to Medieval World History - Barbarians, kings, queens, peasants, witches, saints, teachers, students, heretics, Moslems, Jews, Christians, love, death, monks, farm life, city life, ordinary men, women, and children as Europe develops from A.D. 500 to 1500. 3 credits. 
History (HIST) 15100: American History To 1877 - A study of the development of American political, economic, and social institutions from the early explorations and colonial settlements through Reconstruction. 3 credits. 
History (HIST) 15200: United States Since 1877 - A study of the growth of the United States from 1877 to the present. The new industrialism, agrarian problems, depression, the New Deal, the two world wars, the cold war, and similar topics are analyzed. 3 credits. 
Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) 21000: Introduction to Human Development - This course provides an introduction to the development of individuals from the prenatal period to adulthood and old age. Theories and research findings related to physical growth, cognitive and language development and social and emotional development will be discussed. 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) 15300: College Algebra - Exponents and radicals; algebraic and fractional expressions. Equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations. Polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. 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. Requires an ALEKS score  of 60 or higher. 3 credits.
Mathematics (MA) 16010: Applied Calculus I - Topics include trigonometric and exponential functions; limits and differentiation, rules of differentiation, maxima, minima and optimization; curve sketching, integration, anti-derivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus. Properties of definite integrals and numerical methods. Applications to life, managerial and social sciences. Requires an ALEKS score of 75 or higher. 3 credits. 
Music (MUS) 25000: Music Appreciation - The traditions, forms, and styles of classical music. Other types of music may be examined as well. 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.
Philosophy (PHIL) 15000: Principles Of Logic - A first course in formal deductive logic; mechanical and other procedures for distinguishing good arguments from bad. Truth-tables and proofs for sentential (Boolean) connectives, followed by quantificational logic with relations. Although metatheoretic topics are treated, the emphasis is on methods. 3 credits. 
Physics (PHYS) 21400: The Nature of Physics - Development of basic concepts and theories in physics; a terminal survey course designed for non-science majors. 3 credits.
Political Science (POL) 10100: American Government and Politics - A study of the nature of democratic government, the U.S. Constitution, federalism, civil rights, political dynamics, the presidency, Congress, and the judiciary. 3 credits. 
Political Science (POL) 12000: Introduction to Public Policy and Public Administration - An introduction to the fields of public policy and public administration. Processes of policy formation and administration are examined. Different approaches to evaluating and improving public policies are discussed. 3 credits. 
Political Science (POL) 14100: Governments of the World - An introduction to the politics and government in selected foreign countries. The course presents the tools and background needed to understand contemporary events in the world beyond the United States. Readings and discussions pay special attention to democratization and development. 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 RelationsThis course introduces students to the roles that modern weapons systems play in contemporary international relations. 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) 10000: Introductory Sociology - A survey course designed to introduce the student to the scene of human society. Fundamental concepts, description, and analysis of society, culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change. 3 credits. 
Sociology (SOC) 22000: Social Problems - Contemporary problems at the community, society, and international levels, focusing on patterns of social organization and social change in American society, with concentration on such topics as technological militarism and war, poverty, racism, political protest, and cybernation. 3 credits. 
Statistics (STAT) 11300: Statistics & Society - Introduction to statistical ideas and their impact on public policy and the sciences. Sample surveys, design of experiments, measurement, analysis of data, simulating probabilities, concepts of inference. Application to current issues and controversies. 3 credits. 
Statistics (STAT) 30100: Elementary Satistical Methods - Introduction to statistical methods with applications to diverse fields. Emphasis on understanding and interpreting standard techniques. Data analysis for one and several variables, design of samples and experiments, basic probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and significance tests for means and proportions, correlation and regression. Software is used throughout. 3 credits. 

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