The 2024 Pre-College Programs are available during these two-week sessions:
• Session One (June 24-July 4)
• Session Two (July 8-July 18)
• Session Three (July 22-August 1)

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Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease: Core Systems - AS.020.131

Pre-College students June 24 - July 4 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

An understanding of physiology is an invaluable part of any budding physician’s or scientist’s repertoire. This course introduces classical physiology in the human body, and how it functions in both health and disease. This, the first of a two-part course (Anatomy, Physiology & Disease: Guts, Hormones and Reproduction is optional but should be a consideration), will cover core topics including the nervous, muscular, and cardiopulmonary systems, and physiology and disease. Additionally, students will be working outside the classroom to consolidate and reinforce their new understanding of the subject. Ultimately, knowledge of basic physiology should impact future research and serve as a foundation for all future scientific and biomedical endeavors.

Prerequisite: Background in Biology is strongly recommended.

Required Text: There is a required textbook. Details about the materials you need are available within your course syllabus and the Summer at Hopkins organization Canvas site.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease: Core Systems - AS.020.131

Pre-College students July 22 - August 1 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

An understanding of physiology is an invaluable part of any budding physician’s or scientist’s repertoire. This course introduces classical physiology in the human body, and how it functions in both health and disease. This, the first of a two-part course (Anatomy, Physiology & Disease: Guts, Hormones and Reproduction is optional but should be a consideration), will cover core topics including the nervous, muscular, and cardiopulmonary systems, and physiology and disease. Additionally, students will be working outside the classroom to consolidate and reinforce their new understanding of the subject. Ultimately, knowledge of basic physiology should impact future research and serve as a foundation for all future scientific and biomedical endeavors.

Prerequisite: Background in Biology is strongly recommended
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Required Text: There is a required textbook. Details about the materials you need are available within your course syllabus and the Summer at Hopkins organization Canvas site.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease: Guts, Hormones & Reproduction - AS.020.131

Pre-College students July 8 - July 18 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

An understanding of physiology is an invaluable part of any budding physician’s or scientist’s repertoire. In this, the second of a two-part course introducing classical physiology in the human body, and how it functions in both health and disease, we will cover guts (renal, digestive, and immune systems), as well as hormones (basic endocrinology) and sex/reproductive physiology. In addition to classroom study, students will be challenged to synthesize their newfound knowledge by taking part in immersive afternoon activities. While this represents a wholly separate course that may be taken independently, students should also consider taking the first part of this series (Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease: Core Systems) to bolster their understanding (offered in Summer Sessions 1 and 3). Ultimately, knowledge of basic physiological processes should impact the student's future research and serve as a foundation for all future scientific and biomedical endeavors.

Prerequisite: Background in Biology is strongly recommended.

Required Text: There is a required textbook. Details about the materials you need are available within your course syllabus and the Summer at Hopkins organization Canvas site.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Calculus I (Physical Sciences & Engineering) - AS.110.108

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students July 1 - August 2 Homewood Campus
4 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Differential and integral calculus. Includes analytic geometry, functions, limits, integrals and derivatives, polar coordinates, parametric equations, Taylor's theorem and applications, infinite sequences and series. Some applications to the physical sciences and engineering will be discussed, and the courses are designed to meet the needs of students in these disciplines.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA

Calculus III - AS.110.202

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students July 1 - August 2 Homewood Campus
4 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Calculus of Several Variables. Calculus of functions of more than one variable: partial derivatives, and applications; multiple integrals, line and surface integrals; Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem, and Gauss' Divergence Theorem.

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in AS.110.107 (Calculus II For Biological and Social Science) or AS.110.109 (Calculus II For Physical Sciences and Engineering) or AS.110.113 (Honors Single Variable Calculus) or AS.110.201 (Linear Algebra) or AS.110.212 (Honors Linear Algebra) or AS.110.302 (Differential Equations and Applications), or a 5 on the AP BC exam.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA

Exploring the Universe with Space Telescopes - AS.171.135

Pre-College students June 24 - July 4 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Through a mix of lectures and hands-on activities, you will learn how astronomers study objects in space using different types of light, observatories, and instrumental techniques. You will also hear from active researchers about the big, open questions in astronomy and how we use space telescopes such as Hubble and Webb to answer those questions. Building on this knowledge, you will work with a small group to design your own space telescope and present that design to your peers. No prior knowledge of astronomy, physics, or mathematics is assumed.

Students in this course must bring a laptop or device capable of opening PDFs and running Google docs for project and group work.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Physics & Astronomy
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Exploring the Universe with Space Telescopes - AS.171.135

Pre-College students July 8 - July 18 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Through a mix of lectures and hands-on activities, you will learn how astronomers study objects in space using different types of light, observatories, and instrumental techniques. You will also hear from active researchers about the big, open questions in astronomy and how we use space telescopes such as Hubble and Webb to answer those questions. Building on this knowledge, you will work with a small group to design your own space telescope and present that design to your peers. No prior knowledge of astronomy, physics, or mathematics is assumed.

Students in this course must bring a laptop or device capable of opening PDFs and running Google docs for project and group work.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Physics & Astronomy
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Exploring the Universe with Space Telescopes - AS.171.135

Pre-College students July 22 - August 1 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Through a mix of lectures and hands-on activities, you will learn how astronomers study objects in space using different types of light, observatories, and instrumental techniques. You will also hear from active researchers about the big, open questions in astronomy and how we use space telescopes such as Hubble and Webb to answer those questions. Building on this knowledge, you will work with a small group to design your own space telescope and present that design to your peers. No prior knowledge of astronomy, physics, or mathematics is assumed.

Students in this course must bring a laptop or device capable of opening PDFs and running Google docs for project and group work.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Physics & Astronomy
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Foundational Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence - AS.110.101

Pre-College students June 24 - July 4 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

As artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT become increasingly capable and part of our everyday life, the need to understand their inner workings intensifies. This course introduces the mathematical and statistical principles behind machine learning and AI technologies. Students will assimilate basic concepts including math models and performance measurement. They will apply software to build machine learning applications that serve as AI building blocks including linear regression, classification trees, neural networks, and reinforcement learning. Participants will be challenged to assess the quality of their analyses to better understand the opportunities for, and the limitations of AI.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Tuesday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Wednesday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Thursday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Friday
9:30AM-4:00PM

Foundational Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence - AS.110.101

Pre-College students July 8 - July 18 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

As artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT become increasingly capable and part of our everyday life, the need to understand their inner workings intensifies. This course introduces the mathematical and statistical principles behind machine learning and AI technologies. Students will assimilate basic concepts including math models and performance measurement. They will apply software to build machine learning applications that serve as AI building blocks including linear regression, classification trees, neural networks, and reinforcement learning. Participants will be challenged to assess the quality of their analyses to better understand the opportunities for, and the limitations of AI.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Tuesday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Wednesday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Thursday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Friday
9:30AM-4:00PM

Foundational Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence - AS.110.101

Pre-College students July 22 - August 1 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

As artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT become increasingly capable and part of our everyday life, the need to understand their inner workings intensifies. This course introduces the mathematical and statistical principles behind machine learning and AI technologies. Students will assimilate basic concepts including math models and performance measurement. They will apply software to build machine learning applications that serve as AI building blocks including linear regression, classification trees, neural networks, and reinforcement learning. Participants will be challenged to assess the quality of their analyses to better understand the opportunities for, and the limitations of AI.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Tuesday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Wednesday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Thursday
9:30AM-4:00PM
Friday
9:30AM-4:00PM

Gateway Computing: JAVA - EN.500.112

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students July 1 - August 2 Homewood Campus
3 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

This course introduces fundamental programming concepts and techniques, and is intended for all who plan to develop computational artifacts or intelligently deploy computational tools in their studies and careers. Topics covered include the design and implementation of algorithms using variables, control structures, arrays, functions, files, testing, debugging, and structured program design. Elements of object-oriented programming. algorithmic efficiency and data visualization are also introduced. Students deploy programming to develop working solutions that address problems in engineering, science and other areas of contemporary interest that vary from section to section. Course homework involves significant programming. Attendance and participation in class sessions are expected.

Prerequisite: Students may not have earned credit in the following courses: EN.500.113 (Gateway Computing: Python), EN.500.114 (Gateway Computing: Matlab), EN.500.202 (Computation and Programming for Materials Scientists and Engineers), EN.500.132 (Bootcamp: JAVA), EN.500.133 (Bootcamp: Python), or EN.500.134 (Bootcamp: Matlab).

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
EN General Engineering
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA
Friday
TBA

Gateway Computing: Python - EN.500.113

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students May 28 - June 28 Homewood Campus
3 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

This course introduces fundamental programming concepts and techniques, and is intended for all who plan to develop computational artifacts or intelligently deploy computational tools in their studies and careers. Topics covered include the design and implementation of algorithms using variables, control structures, arrays, functions, files, testing, debugging, and structured program design. Elements of object-oriented programming. algorithmic efficiency and data visualization are also introduced. Students deploy programming to develop working solutions that address problems in engineering, science and other areas of contemporary interest that vary from section to section. Course homework involves significant programming. Attendance and participation in class sessions are expected.

Prerequisite: Students may not have earned credit in the following courses: EN.500.112 (Gateway Computing: JAVA), EN.500.114 (Gateway Computing: Matlab), EN.500.202 (Computation and Programming for Materials Scientists and Engineers), EN.500.132 (Bootcamp: JAVA), EN.500.132 (Bootcamp: JAVA), or EN.500.134 (Bootcamp: Matlab).

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
EN General Engineering
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA
Friday
TBA

Introduction to Experimental Design in Biology - AS.020.141

Pre-College students June 24 - July 4 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

What does it mean to “design” an experiment? How do scientists go about planning experimental approaches that test specific hypotheses and provide informative results? These are the types of questions that lie at the heart of independent research. For example, scientists might ask: What analytical methods are best suited to answering a specific question? Which samples should be included in the analysis? What types of variables could influence the outcome of the experiments? This course will address such questions by having students design and carry out experiments to test specific hypotheses. Emphasis is placed on planning the experimental approaches and setting up experiments that include appropriate controls. The specific techniques used in the lab will vary but include standard techniques in molecular biology such as gel electrophoresis, PCR, and gene expression.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Instructor
Roberson, Christov
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Introduction to Experimental Design in Biology - AS.020.141

Pre-College students July 8 - July 18 Homewood Campus

What does it mean to “design” an experiment? How do scientists go about planning experimental approaches that test specific hypotheses and provide informative results? These are the types of questions that lie at the heart of independent research. For example, scientists might ask: What analytical methods are best suited to answering a specific question? Which samples should be included in the analysis? What types of variables could influence the outcome of the experiments? This course will address such questions by having students design and carry out experiments to test specific hypotheses. Emphasis is placed on planning the experimental approaches and setting up experiments that include appropriate controls. The specific techniques used in the lab will vary but include standard techniques in molecular biology such as gel electrophoresis, PCR, and gene expression.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Instructor
Roberson, Christov
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Introduction to Experimental Design in Biology - AS.020.141

Pre-College students July 22 - August 1 Homewood Campus

What does it mean to “design” an experiment? How do scientists go about planning experimental approaches that test specific hypotheses and provide informative results? These are the types of questions that lie at the heart of independent research. For example, scientists might ask: What analytical methods are best suited to answering a specific question? Which samples should be included in the analysis? What types of variables could influence the outcome of the experiments? This course will address such questions by having students design and carry out experiments to test specific hypotheses. Emphasis is placed on planning the experimental approaches and setting up experiments that include appropriate controls. The specific techniques used in the lab will vary but include standard techniques in molecular biology such as gel electrophoresis, PCR, and gene expression.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Instructor
Norris, Carolyn
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Introduction to Laboratory Research - AS.020.120

Pre-College students June 24 - July 4 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

In this program you will be introduced to a variety of biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques. These will include DNA analysis by restriction enzyme mapping, amplification of DNA segments by PCR, and lipid analysis by chromatography. Additionally, you will visit a variety of biological laboratories to observe actual research projects.

Prerequisite: Background in Chemistry and Biology is strongly recommended.

Required Text: There are no required textbooks for this program; all readings and resources will be made available to you throughout the program.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Introduction to Laboratory Research - AS.020.120

Pre-College students July 8 - July 18 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

In this program you will be introduced to a variety of biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques. These will include DNA analysis by restriction enzyme mapping, amplification of DNA segments by PCR, and lipid analysis by chromatography. Additionally, you will visit a variety of biological laboratories to observe actual research projects.

Prerequisite: Background in Chemistry and Biology is strongly recommended.

Required Text: There are no required textbooks for this program; all readings and resources will be made available to you throughout the program.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Introduction to Laboratory Research - AS.020.120

Pre-College students July 22 - August 1 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

In this program you will be introduced to a variety of biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques. These will include DNA analysis by restriction enzyme mapping, amplification of DNA segments by PCR, and lipid analysis by chromatography. Additionally, you will visit a variety of biological laboratories to observe actual research projects.

Prerequisite: Background in Chemistry and Biology is strongly recommended.

Required Text: There are no required textbooks for this program; all readings and resources will be made available to you throughout the program.

Duration
2 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Biology
Class Schedule
Monday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM-4:00 PM

Introductory Chemistry I - AS.030.101

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students May 28 - June 28 Homewood Campus
3 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

The fundamental principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, bonding, elementary thermodynamics, equilibrium and acids and bases, are introduced in this course. Can be taken with Introductory Chemistry Laboratory – I unless lab has been previously completed. Note: Students taking this course and Laboratory 030.105 may not take any other courses in the summer sessions at the same time and should devote their full time to these subjects. High school physics and calculus are strongly recommended as prerequisites. First and second terms must be taken in sequence. Students not enrolled in college (unless they are rising freshmen) may not take this course.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Chemistry
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA
Friday
TBA

Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I - AS.030.105

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students May 28 - June 28 Homewood Campus
1 Credit Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Laboratory work includes quantitative analysis and the measurement of physical properties. Open only to those who are registered for or have successfully completed Introductory Chemistry 030.101.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed or be enrolled in AS.030.101 (Introductory Chemistry I) or EN.510.101 (Introduction to Materials Chemistry) in order to register for AS.030.105. Students must have completed Lab Safety training prior to registering for this class. To access the tutorial, login to myLearning and enter 458083 in the Search box to locate the appropriate module.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Chemistry
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA

Linear Algebra - AS.110.201

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students May 28 - June 28 Homewood Campus
4 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Vector spaces, matrices, and linear transformations. Solutions of systems of linear equations. Eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and diagonalization of matrices. Applications to differential equations.

Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in AS.110.107 (Calculus II For Biological and Social Science) or AS.110.109 (Calculus II For Physical Sciences and Engineering) or AS.110.113 (Honors Single Variable Calculus) or AS.110.202 (Calculus II) or AS.110.302 (Differential Equations and Applications), or a 5 on the AP BC exam.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA

Mathematics of Sustainability - AS.110.126

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students July 1 - August 2 Homewood Campus
4 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Mathematics for Sustainability covers topics in measurement, probability, statistics, dynamics, and data analysis. In this course, students will analyze, visually represent, and interpret large, real data sets from a variety of government, corporate, and non-profit sources. Through local and global case studies, students will engage in the mathematics behind environmental sustainability issues and the debates centered on them. Topics include climate change, natural resource use, waste production, air and water pollution, water scarcity, and decreasing biodiversity. The software package R is used throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Comfort with algebraic expressions and functions. No prior experience in coding is required.

Duration
8 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics

Minds and Machines - AS.140.316

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students July 1 - August 2 Homewood Campus
3 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

Is the mind identical to the brain? Is the mind (or brain) a computer? Could a computer reason, have emotions, or be ethically culpable? How have computers changed our minds? This course examines such questions philosophically and historically. Topics include early AI research, computationalism, connectionism, 4EA cognitive science, simulation theory, and the Singularity.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
History of Science and Technology
Instructor
Honenberger, Phillip
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA
Friday
TBA

Precalculus - AS.110.105

Pre-College students & Undergraduate students July 1 - August 2 Homewood Campus
4 Credits Status: Open Save this Course View Saved Courses

This course provides students with the background necessary for the study of calculus. It begins with a review of the coordinate plane, linear equations, and inequalities, and moves purposefully into the study of functions. Students will explore the nature of graphs and deepen their understanding of polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, and will be introduced to complex numbers, parametric equations, and the difference quotient.

Duration
5 weeks
Area of Study
Department
Mathematics
Class Schedule
Monday
TBA
Tuesday
TBA
Wednesday
TBA
Thursday
TBA

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