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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! All of the 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.  All components of the course are virtual, including lectures, project work, and labs.

 

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. 

Courses: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Applied Statistics I (MA 2611)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meetings via Zoom on Monday (1-3:40pm), Wednesday (1-3:40pm), and Thursday (1-2:10pm). 

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Monday (9-11:40am), Tuesday (9-10:10am & 10:30-11:40am), and Wednesday (9-11:40am).

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Monday (10am-12:40pm), Tuesday (11am-12:10pm & 12:30-1:40pm), and Wednesday (10am-12:40pm).

    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 II: Theoretical (MA 103X)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Tuesday (10am-12:40pm), Wednesday (11am-12:10pm), and Thursday (10am-12:40pm).

    Description: This course explores the theory of differentiability and introduces the Riemann integral. Topics covered include limits and continuity of functions, the intermediate value theorem, differentiation, mean value theorem, l!Hopital!s rule, antiderivatives, the Riemann integral, and Riemann integrability.

    Recommended Background: Algebra II

  • Calculus III (MA 1023)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Monday (9-11:40am), Wednesday (9-11:40am), and Thursday (9-10:10am & 10:30-11:40am). 

    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.

  • Chemical Properties, Bonding, And Forces (CH1010)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    Description: This course is an introduction to chemistry using the fundamental structures of atoms as a starting point. Emphasis is placed on discussing how all properties of matter as well as bonding mechanisms arise from atomic structure. Lewis structures and molecular orbitals are used to understand bonding, and the intermolecular forces present in chemicals systems are used as a prelude to reactivity patterns covered in future courses.

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

  • Developmental Psychology (PSY1404)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Tuesday (1-2:50pm) and Thursday (1-2:50pm).

    Description: Coming Soon.

  • Discrete Mathematics (CS2022)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Monday (11am-1:40pm), Tuesday (11am-12:10pm), and Wednesday (11am-1:40pm). 

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Monday (9-10:50am), Tuesday (9-10:50am), Thursday (9-10:50am), and Friday (9-9:50am).

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous. 

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and meets via Zoom on Tuesday (10am-12:40pm), Wednesday (1-2:10pm), and Thursday (10am-12:40pm).

    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.

  • Mental Health (PSY1412)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous. 

    Description: This course will introduce the wide variety of psychological disorders that exist in society (personality, anxiety, mood, psychotic, etc.). For each disorder discussed, possible causes, symptoms, preventions, and treatments will be examined. The course will cover psychopathologies throughout the entire spectrum of the lifespan (infancy to adulthood). Empirical research on understanding, diagnosing, and treating the different disorders will be emphasized.

    Recommended Background: Introductory psychology course.

  • Organic Chemistry I (CH 2310)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    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.

  • Psychology of Gender (PSY2407)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous. 

    Description: This course will provide an overview of the psychological study of gender and will utilize psychological research and theory to examine the influence of gender on the lives of men and women. This course will examine questions such as: What does it mean to be male or female in our society and other societies? How do our constructs of gender develop over our life span? How does our social world (e.g., culture, religion, media) play a role in our construction of gender? and What are the psychological and behavioral differences and similarities between men and women?

    Recommended Background: Introductory psychology course.

Courses: Humanities and Arts

  • 3d Animation I (AR 2333)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    Description: This course teaches students how to use 3D animation software to apply classical animation principles into 3D work . Lectures focus on creating organic and compelling character animation through body mechanics, weight, and dynamic posing in addition to exposing students to learning how to think about character acting and staging within a 3D environment. *Students need a computer with a video card and a mouse.

    Recommended Background: Basic knowledge of digital art software and of animation.

  • 3d Environmental Modeling (IMGD 2740)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    Description: The objective of this course is to teach students how to create 3D environments and props for use in digital models, simulations, games, or animation. The course will examine different types of architecture used in 3D spaces. The students will learn how to create historical and fictional interior and exterior environments; to design, model, texture, and render in high details; and to import their creation into an engine for testing. Topics may include space, human scale, set design, surface texturing, and basic camera animation.*Students need a computer with a video card and a mouse.

    Recommended Background: Basic 3D modeling skills.

  • Foundations of Music Technology (MU 2300)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous. 

    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)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous. 

    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.

  • Topics in the History of American Science and Technology (HI 2334)

    Format: This course is taught fully online and is asynchronous.

    Description: This course surveys the interplay of science, technology and culture in American national development. Emphasis is placed upon building chronological narratives while attending to the themes, approaches, and sources historians use to explore Americans' enthusiastic but sometimes controversial embrace of science and technology. Chronologies and themes will vary across sections covering topics such as Science, Technology and Culture in Early America; Science, Technology in Industrializing America; Science and Technology in Post-1945 America; and Technology and Culture in the Rise of Urban America. This course may be repeated for different topics. No prior coursework or background in the history of science and technology is required.

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