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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

Pin: In 2020, Yale Summer Session will convert many New Haven and YSS Programs Abroad courses to remote courses. YSS will continue to offer Yale Summer Online courses. Please use the search tool below to view course offerings. All course times are EDT.

YSS admits students on a rolling basis. As soon as courses are filled, they are closed to further enrollments. For a complete list of closed or canceled courses, please check here.

Studying at Yale gives students a new found appreciation for their academics and forges friendships that will last a lifetime.  Students come to Yale Summer Session to:

  • earn credit toward their major and fulfill requirements for their degree
  • explore a new field or topic
  • focus intensely on one particular subject
  • study with Yale faculty
  • prepare for the challenges of highly selective colleges

Tip: Choosing a Yale Summer Session Course

  • Some courses have pre-requisites.  To enroll, your transcript must show that you have the met the pre-requisite(s).
  • Course numbers do not necessarily indicate the level of the course. If a course has no pre-requisites, it is open to any student.
  • Some courses are not open to high school students. Check course descriptions.
  • There is a two course limit per session

Pin: Course Syllabi

Please note that 2020 syllabi are being uploaded as they become available. 

Use the link below to reference available syllabi, please do not use the links in the course descriptions. 

2020 Course Syllabi

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Auditing is permitted in select online courses only. Please refer to the course descriptions to see in which courses auditing is permitted.

Summer 2020 Courses

Use the search function below to view courses offered online this summer. 

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2020 Dates

Date: Session A:
May 25 - June 26, 2020

Session B:
June 29 - July 31, 2020

 

 

Climate Change, Societal Collapse and Resilience

ARCG S473 (CRN: 30067)

Online Course. The coincidence of societal collapses throughout history with decadal and century-scale abrupt climate change events. Challenges to anthropological and historical paradigms of cultural adaptation and resilience. Examination of archaeological and historical records and high-resolution sets of paleoclimate proxies. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Sculpture Basics

ART S110 (CRN: 30253)

Online Course. Introduction to the concepts of space, form, weight, mass, and design in sculpture. Basic types and techniques of construction and material; concepts and approaches to the understanding and development of sculptural ideas. A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Visual Thinking

ART S111 (CRN: 30254)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. An introduction to the language of visual expression, using studio projects to explore the fundamental principles of visual art. Students acquire a working knowledge of visual syntax applicable to the study of art history, popular culture, and art. Projects address all four major concentrations (graphic design, printing/printmaking, photography, and sculpture). A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Graphic Design: Typography for Print and Video

ART S131 (CRN: 30256)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A studio introduction to visual communication, with emphasis on the visual organization of design elements as a means to transmit meaning and values. Topics include shape, color, visual hierarchy, word-image relationships, and typography. Development of a verbal and visual vocabulary to discuss and critique the designed world. A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Introduction to Interactive Design: WWW

ART S167 (CRN: 30257)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Interactive design explored through the development of projects that are based online. Concepts of prompt, feedback, and variable conditions; Web-specific design issues such as navigation and pacing, as well as design for variable sizes and devices; best practices in code craft and design. The Web as a social ecosystem in which time and performance play important roles. Instruction in HTML, CSS, and some Javascript. No prior programming experience required. Enrollment limited to 16 students. A list of materials necessary for the course will be distributed to each student on the first day of class and must be purchased by the student 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Planets and Stars

ASTR S110E (CRN: 30244)

Course Closed to further enrollments. Online Course. An introduction to stars and planetary systems. Topics include the solar system and extrasolar planets, planet and star formation, and the evolution of stars from birth to death. No prerequisite other than a working knowledge of elementary algebra. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26) (View syllabus)

Galaxies and the Universe

ASTR S120 (CRN: 30356)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A nontechnical introduction to stellar populations and the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy; external galaxies, radio galaxies, and quasars; cosmology and the expanding universe. No prerequisite other than a working knowledge of elementary algebra. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Cell Biology

BIOL S105 (CRN: 30020)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Introduction to the study of life at the molecular level and to cell biology and membrane physiology. Topics include the three-dimensional structures and function of large biological molecules, the human genome, the design of antiviral drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, organization and functional properties of biological membranes, membrane physiology and signaling, rough endoplasmic reticulum and synthesis of membrane/secretory membrane proteins, endocytosis, the cytoskeleton, and cell division. Covers the material of BIOL 101 and 102, the first half of the yearlong introductory biology sequence. Followed in the summer by BIOL S106. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Genes, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

BIOL S106 (CRN: 30021)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Introduction to genes, genetics, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, animal behavior, and the history of life. How genes control development and disease; Mendel's rules; examples of organ physiology; evolutionary transitions and natural selection; adaptation at genic, chromosomal, cellular, organismal, and supra-organismal levels; distributional and social consequences of particular suites of organismal adaptations. Covers the material of BIOL 103 and 104, the second half of the yearlong introductory biology sequence. Prerequisite: BIOL 101 and 102, or BIOL S105. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Engineering Improv: An Introduction to Engineering Analysis

CENG S150E (CRN: 30245)

Closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Mathematical modeling is not a scripted procedure. Models are constrained by physical principles, including conservation laws and experimental observations but this does not provide a closed description. There is a lot more art in mathematical modeling than is commonly acknowledged and improvisation plays a significant role.  The artistic aspects are important and intellectually engaging because they often lead to a deeper understanding. This course provides a general introduction to engineering analysis and to chemical engineering principles. Material includes the derivation of governing equations from first principles and the analysis of these equations, including underlying assumptions, degrees of freedom, dimensional analysis, scaling arguments, and approximation techniques. The goal of this course is to obtain the necessary skills for improvising mathematical models for a broad range of problems that arise in engineering, science and everyday life. Students from all majors are encouraged to take this course. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

CENG S300 (CRN: 30022)

Online Course. This is a rigorous introductory course in thermodynamics. Material will include the first and second laws of thermodynamics, cyclic processes, chemical reaction and phase equilibria, and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. The goal of this course is for students to obtain the necessary qualitative knowledge and quantitative skills for solving engineering science problems in thermodynamics. Prerequisite: Multivariable calculus. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B:  June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Mental Lives of Babies and Animals

CGSC S139E (CRN: 30153)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Interdisciplinary exploration of the cognitive, social, and emotional capacities of creatures lacking language and culture. The extent to which our complex psychology is unique to mature humans; the relative richness of a mental life without language or culture. Some attention to particular human populations such as children with autism and adults with language disorders. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 – June 26 and Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Mental Lives of Babies and Animals

CGSC S139E (CRN: 30155)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Interdisciplinary exploration of the cognitive, social, and emotional capacities of creatures lacking language and culture. The extent to which our complex psychology is unique to mature humans; the relative richness of a mental life without language or culture. Some attention to particular human populations such as children with autism and adults with language disorders. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 – June 26 and Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Moralities of Everyday Life

CGSC S152E (CRN: 30159)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The modern science of moral thought and moral action explored through disciplines such as cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and analytic philosophy. Empathy and compassion in babies and young children; emotional reactions to family, friends, and strangers; the origins of prejudice and bigotry; sexuality, disgust, and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; the relationship between morality and religion. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 – June 26 and Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Moralities of Everyday Life

CGSC S152E (CRN: 30162)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The modern science of moral thought and moral action explored through disciplines such as cognitive science, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and analytic philosophy. Empathy and compassion in babies and young children; emotional reactions to family, friends, and strangers; the origins of prejudice and bigotry; sexuality, disgust, and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; the relationship between morality and religion. For college students and beyond. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Offered in Session A: May 25 – June 26 and Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

The Philosophy and Cognitive Science of Consciousness

CGSC S165 (CRN: 30104)

Online Course. Conscious experience is at once both completely familiar and utterly mysterious: how is it that electrical activity in a lump of grey matter – the brain – gives rise to the Technicolor phenomenology of our conscious experience? If human beings are just biological machines, then how is it possible that we have a subjective point of view on the world? Why are we not just mindless robots, that produce behavior in light of stimulations from the environment, but lack any inner awareness or consciousness? In this class we will read, and bring together in conversation, cutting edge work from philosophy, psychology, and the neurosciences on the nature of consciousness. No background in philosophy or cognitive science is expected. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,350. Session B: June 28 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Chemistry in Context

CHEM S101 (CRN: 30023)

Online Course. Chemistry studied in the context of major contemporary issues, such as climate change, environmental degradation, renewable energy, and pharmaceutical developments. This course takes an interactive approach to learning chemistry with demonstrations and hands-on experience. Activities will highlight chemical reactions in fuel cells, properties of acid rain, nylon production, radioactivity, and more. Does not satisfy premedical chemistry requirements or requirements for the Chemistry major. Not open to students who have completed another chemistry course at Yale. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

General Chemistry I

CHEM S161 (CRN: 30024)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. A comprehensive survey of modern descriptive, inorganic, and physical chemistry, intended for students with high school preparation in chemistry. Stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, gas laws, properties of solutions. The general chemistry courses (CHEM S161/S165) with laboratories (CHEM S134/S136), meet departmental requirements for the major and are appropriate for students seeking to fulfill medical school requirements. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

General Chemistry II

CHEM S165 (CRN: 30025)

Online Course. A comprehensive survey of modern descriptive inorganic and physical chemistry, intended for students with high school preparation in chemistry. Chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid-base theory, electrochemistry, transition metal chemistry, introduction to organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM S161. The general chemistry courses (CHEM S161/165) with laboratories (CHEM S134/S136), meet departmental requirements for the major and are appropriate for students seeking to fulfill medical school requirements. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session B: June 29 - July 31. (View syllabus)

Organic Chemistry

CHEM S220 (CRN: 30026)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. The fundamental principles of organic chemistry. Structure and bonding, acids and bases, chemical energetics, stereochemistry, properties, preparation and reactions of alkanes, alkene, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, alkynes and infrared spectroscopy.  The organic chemistry courses (CHEM S220/S221) with laboratories (CHEM S222/S223), satisfy departmental requirements for the major, and are appropriate for students seeking to fulfill medical school requirements. For college students and beyond. After two terms of college-level general chemistry, or the equivalent. Students with questions about pre-requisites should contact the Director of Summer Sciences. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition $4,350. Session A: May 25 - June 26. (View syllabus)

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