Program Overview

In the Liberal Arts & Sciences program at Syracuse University Summer College, high school students have the opportunity to enroll in two 3-credit undergraduate courses during Syracuse University’s Summer Session II. Approximately twenty courses are open for high school student participation each summer.

Students will select two 3-credit courses from the Summer Course Listing.

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Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day 2019 Summer Course Listing

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 27 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 6-weeks


Credit: 6 credits
Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be of rising junior or senior status. Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $10,230
  • Commuter: $7,788

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will choose two courses from the Summer College Listing which will determine their daily schedule.

When classes are over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, August 7, 2020 upon the completion of their last academic obligation. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out pagefor important information regarding the checkout process.

2019 Summer Course Listing

Students will select two 3-credit courses from the Summer Course Listing below. This is only a guide for reference as classes for 2020 may change. Admitted students will be required to submit a registration form following admission and confirmation of attendance. Course registration is pending student qualification and schedule. All courses are contingent on sufficient enrollment.

EAR 105 Earth Science (3) MTWTh 10-11:45 a.m.

Scientific study of our planet, its history, and the processes that shape it and affect humans. Emphasis includes tectonics, continental surfaces, and climate. Lecture and recitation, no laboratory; no prerequisite. Intended for non-majors. Students may receive credit for either EAR 110 (formerly EAR 101) or 105 but not both.

EAR 111 Climate Change Past and Present (3) MTWTh 2-3:45 p.m.

Introduction to the science of climate change from the geological record of the last century. Major drivers of global climate, measuring change, and forecasting future climate. Role of human activities in present climate.

MAT 285 Life Sciences Calculus I (3) MTWTh Noon-1:45 p.m.

Functions and their graphs, derivatives and their applications, differentiation techniques, the exponential and logarithm functions, multivariable differential calculus including constrained optimization. MAT 285 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of MAT 284 or MAT 295. REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM SCORE

MAT 295 Calculus I (4) MTWTh Noon-2:25 p.m.

Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, maxima-minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, exponential and logarithmic functions, mean-value theorem, integration. For science majors. MAT 295 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of MAT 286. Prerequisite: MAT 194: Precalculus OR REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM SCORE

MAT 296 Calculus II (4) MTWTh Noon-2:25 p.m.

Integration: the definite integral and applications; trigonometric functions, methods of integration, improper integrals, infinite series, elementary differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MAT 194: Precalculus. Prerequisite: MAT 295: Calculus OR REQUIRED PLACEMENT EXAM SCORE

PHI 107 Theories of Knowledge and Reality (3) MTWTh 10-11:45 a.m.

Knowledge versus belief. Skepticism. Necessary truth. Universals. Rationalism versus empiricism. The mind-body problem. Idealism, materialism, and realism.

PHI 192 Introduction to Moral Theory (3) MTWTh Noon-1:45 p.m.

Major philosophical theories about moral rightness, virtue, and the good life, such as utilitarian, Kantian, and Aristotelian theories. Historical and contemporary sources. Credit cannot be received for both PHI 192 and PHI 209.

PHI 197 Human Nature (3) MTWTh 10-11:45 a.m.

Philosophical theories of human nature, their underlying metaphysical claims, and their ethical consequences.

PSC 121 American National Government and Politics (3) MTWTh Noon – 1:45 p.m.

American political institutions. Basic principles embedded in structure and practices of American government. Practical consequences of this political system for the citizen.

PSY 205 Foundations of Human Behavior (3) MTWTh 10- 11:45 a.m. OR 5-6:45pm

Fundamental principles of mental life and human behavior. Significance of psychology in human relationships and self-understanding.

SPM 101 Personal & Social Responsibility (3) MTWTh Noon – 1:45 p.m.

Designed to assist students with the transition and challenges of college, athletic life, and beyond. Course will promote student ownership of their academic, athletic, personal and social responsibility.

WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3) MTWTh 10-11:45 a.m.

Gender as a critical inquiry relating to race, class, and sexuality.

WRT 104 Introduction to College-Level Writing (3) MTWTh 10-11:45 a.m.

College-level reading and writing practices: learning to compose for college audiences, to read challenging text actively, to make interpretations and claims, and to collaborate with others.