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Online Courses for College Credit

WPI's summer online courses for college credit are typically asynchronously which means they do not have scheduled days and times. At the start of the course, faculty will share important dates and how they have chosen to structure the course. If you have a question regarding a particular course, please contact us and we will share the information available.

This means that the course curriculum is flexible to accommodate students from around the globe- in any time zone! Most course materials are virtual including lectures, project work, and labs.

WPI summer pre-college courses for high school students should prepare to dedicate approximately 28-35 hours for course material over the 5-week. Homework ranges from 10-15 hours per week. Each course runs differently depending on the professor and department.  Most components of the course are virtual, including lectures, project work, and labs. Please look at your individual course for more information.


Suggested Online Courses for College Credit in Summer Session II

There are many online courses for high school students offered through WPI Summer Session, however below is a list of suggested courses for high school students in the Frontiers for Credit program.  The suggested courses cover introductory material that does not require prior knowledge in a particular discipline. With consideration of a high school student academic background, they would be most successful in the suggested courses. Note: WPI online courses for college credit do not have pre-requisites. 

Projected courses for 2023. *Final course offerings and timing details will be available 2/7/23

Applied Statistics I (MA 2611)

Timing Details: Lecture - M/W 1:00pm-3:40pm. Laboratory - Th 1:00pm-2:10pm

Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to data analytic and applied statistical methods commonly used in industrial and scientific applications as well as in course and project work at WPI. Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of statistics with students analyzing real data sets on an interactive computer package. Topics covered include an analytic and graphical representation of data, exploratory data analysis, basic issues in the design and conduct of experimental and observational studies, the central limit theorem, one and two sample point and interval estimation and tests of hypotheses.

Recommended Background: Calculus II.

Calculus I (MA 1021)

Timing Details: Lecture - M/W 9:00am -11:40am. Discussion - Tu 10:30am-11:40am. Laboratory - Tu 9:00am - 10:10am

Description: This course provides an introduction to differentiation and its applications. Topics covered include: functions and their graphs, limits, continuity, differentiation, linear approximation, chain rule, min/max problems, and applications of derivatives.

Recommended Background: Algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry. Although the course will make use of computers, no programming experience is assumed.

Calculus II (MA 1022)

Timing Details: Lecture - M/W 10:00am -12:40pm. Discussion - Tu 12:30pm-1:40pm. Laboratory - Tu 11:00am - 12:10pm

Description: This course provides an introduction to integration and its applications. Topics covered include: inverse trigonometric functions, Riemann sums, fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integration, volumes of revolution, arc length, exponential and logarithmic functions, and applications.

Recommended Background: Calculus I. Although the course will make use of computers, no programming experience is assumed.

Calculus III (MA 1023)

Timing Details: Lecture - M/W 9:00am -11:40am. Discussion - Th 10:30am-11:40am. Laboratory - Th 9:00am - 10:10am

Description: This course provides an introduction to series, parametric curves and vector algebra. Topics covered include: numerical methods, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, sequences, Taylor's theorem with remainder, convergence of series and power series, polar coordinates, parametric curves and vector algebra. 

Recommended Background: Calculus II. Although the course will make use of computers, no programming experience is assumed.

Discrete Mathematics (CS2022)

Timing Details: Lecture - M/W 11:00am -1:40pm. Discussion - Tu 11:00am-12:10pm

Description: This course serves as an introduction to some of the more important concepts, techniques, and structures of discrete mathematics, providing a bridge between computer science and mathematics. Topics include sets, functions and relations, propositional and predicate calculus, mathematical induction, properties of integers, counting techniques, and graph theory. Students will be expected to develop simple proofs for problems drawn primarily from computer science and applied mathematics.

Introduction to Biotechnology (BB 1035)

Timing Details: Lecture - M/Tu/Th 9:00am -10:50am. Discussion - F 11:00am-11:50am

Description: This course will cover topics including genes-to-proteins, cell cycle, genomics, synthetic and systems biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, cellular signaling, personalized medicine, and the production of therapeutic biologics. Through lectures, discussion and project work, students will gain an understanding of the function of biological systems at the molecular and cellular level and explore their application through genetic and cellular engineering to biotechnology. Projects will be designed to facilitate students’ understanding of the links between biological systems, biotechnology applications and their impact on society. 

Recommended Background: A solid working knowledge of biological principles such as would be learned in a rigorous high school biology course.

Introduction to Computer Aided Design - CAD (ES 1310)

Timing Details: Lecture - TBD, Laboratory - TBD

Description: This introductory course in engineering graphical communications and design provides a solid background for all engineering disciplines. The ability to visualize, create, and apply proper design intent and industry standards for simple parts, assemblies and drawings is a necessity for anyone in a technology environment. Computer Aided Design software is used as a tool to create 2D & 3D sketches, 3D parts, 3D assemblies and 2D drawings per an industry standard. Multi view and pictorial graphics techniques are integrated with ANSI standards for dimensioning and tolerances, sectioning, and generating detailed engineering drawings. Emphasis is placed on relating drawings to the required manufacturing processes. The design process and aids to creativity are combined with graphical procedures to incorporate functional design requirements in the geometric model. *This courses uses Solidworks for the software, which is provided

Recommended Background: None. No prior engineering graphics or software knowledge is assumed.

Introduction to Macroeconomics (ES1310)

Timing Details: Lecture - TBD

Description: This course is designed to acquaint students with the ways in which macroeconomic variables such as national income, employment and the general level of prices are determined in an economic system. It also includes a study of how the techniques of monetary policy and fiscal policy attempt to achieve stability in the general price level and growth in national income and employment. The problems of achieving these national goals (simultaneously) are also analyzed. The course stresses economic issues in public policy and international trade.

Recommended Background: None.

Matrices & Linear Algebra I (MA 2071)

Timing Details: Lecture - Tu/Th 10:00am -12:40pm. Discussion - W 1:00pm - 2:10pm

Description: This course provides an introduction to the theory and techniques of matrix algebra and linear algebra. Topics covered include: operations on matrices, systems of linear equations, linear transformations, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, least squares, vector spaces, inner products, introduction to numerical techniques, and applications of linear algebra. 

Recommended Background: None, although basic knowledge of equations for planes and lines in space would be helpful.

Organic Chemistry I (CH 2310)

Timing Details: Lecture - TBD Discussion - TBD

Description: A systematic survey of the major reaction types and functional groups in organic chemistry. The course will provide a representative collection of characteristic reactions and transformations of a variety of types of organic molecules. Most of the examples will be drawn from aliphatic chemistry. Some theoretical models will be introduced with a view toward establishing a general overview of the material. 

Recommended Background: A familiarity with the material presented in the general chemistry courses is assumed.

Courses: Humanities and Arts

Foundations of Music Technology (MU 2300)

Timing Details: Lecture - TBD

Description: This course will present ways to facilitate musicianship through the use of technology. Course topics include an introduction to music notation software, MIDI and audio recording, signal processing, and interactive music system programming. The course will address past, current, and emerging trends in music technology as they relate to facilitating an understanding of musical concepts.

Recommended Background: A basic understanding of music notation and the fundamentals of music. 

Introduction to Music (MU 1511)

Timing Details: Lecture - Tu/Th - 2:00pm - 3:50pm

Description: This course, designed for students who have little or no previous experience in music, will present an approach to the study of music that includes studying some concepts of music theory (rhythms, scales, keys, intervals, harmony). The course will also include a study of some of the great masterpieces through listening, reading, and discussion.

Recommended Background: No previous experience is necessary. 

Writing about Science and Technology (WR 1011)

Timing Details: Lecture - TBD

Description: This course will examine the appropriate dissemination of scientific information in common science writing genres such as science journalism, consulting reports and white papers, and policy and procedure documents. In a workshop setting, students will write and revise documents that promote broad understanding of scientific research and analysis of specialized knowledge. Course lectures and discussions investigate ethics of scientific reporting and teach students how to recognize deceptive texts and arguments (both quantitative and qualitative). The course is reading and writing intensive and is intended for students with backgrounds in a scientific discipline who are interested in applying their disciplinary knowledge.

Recommended Background: None.

WPI reserves the right to cancel any course, in which case students could enroll into an available course or provided a refund.