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Experience a Course with Yale in the Summer

Studying at Yale gives students a newfound 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

2022 course syllabi will begin to be posted in March. You may use the below list of syllabi from last summer as a reference. 

2021 Course Syllabi

Summer 2021 Courses 

Note: Summer 2022 Courses will be posted by mid-January. Please use the 2021 course list below for a good idea of the breadth and types of courses that will likely be offered in 2022.

Use the search function below to view courses offered online. 

Please review important information about online courses.

Summer 2022 Dates

Date: Session A:
May 30 - July 1, 2022

Session B:
July 4 - August 5, 2022

Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Cell Biology

BIOL S105 (CRN: 30041)

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: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Genes, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

BIOL S106 (CRN: 30042)

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: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Biochemistry

BIOL S300 (CRN: 30291)

Online Course. An introduction to the biochemistry of animals, plants, and microorganisms, emphasizing the relations of chemical principles and structure to the evolution and regulation of living systems. Prerequisite of BIOL 101 or equivalent; one term of organic chemistry; or with permission of instructor. 1 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Intro to Green Energy Systems

CENG S105E (CRN: 30280)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Environmental sustainability and the role of green energy in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gases and global warming. Solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, biofuel, hydro, geothermal, and nuclear power; ocean thermal energy conversion and harvesting of tidal power. System-level performance, overall efficiency, cost, and environmental impact of integrated green energy systems. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Engineering Improv: An Introduction to Engineering Analysis

CENG S150E (CRN: 30150)

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: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

CENG S300E (CRN: 30293)

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: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Mental Lives of Babies and Animals

CGSC S139E (CRN: 30175)

Course closed to further enrollment in both sessions. 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. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Audit Option. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in both Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Mental Lives of Babies and Animals

CGSC S139E (CRN: 30177)

Course closed to further enrollment in both sessions. 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. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Audit Option. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in both Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Moralities of Everyday Life

CGSC S152E (CRN: 30180)

Course closed to further enrollment in both sessions. 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. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Audit Option. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Moralities of Everyday Life

CGSC S152E (CRN: 30183)

Course closed to further enrollment in both sessions. 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. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Audit Option. 1 Credit. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Offered in Session A: June 7 - July 9 and Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Chemistry in Context

CHEM S101 (CRN: 30043)

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: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHEM S134 (CRN: 30282)

Online Course. Laboratory techniques required for qualitative and quantitative analysis, synthesis of inorganic compounds, and simple thermodynamic measurements. May be taken concurrently with CHEM S161 or subsequently. For college students only. There may be an in-person option for this course, available to current Yale students only, if the public health situation permits. Details of this option will be shared closer to the start date of the session with Yale students who enroll in this course. 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $2,250. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

General Chemistry Laboratory II

CHEM S136 (CRN: 30283)

Online Course. Laboratory techniques required for qualitative and quantitative analysis, synthesis of inorganic compounds, and simple thermodynamic measurements. May be taken concurrently with CHEM S165 or subsequently. Must be taken after CHEM 134. For college students only.  There may be an in-person option for this course, available to current Yale students only, if the public health situation permits. Details of this option will be shared closer to the start date of the session with Yale students who enroll in this course. 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $2,250. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

General Chemistry I

CHEM S161 (CRN: 30143)

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: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

General Chemistry II

CHEM S165 (CRN: 30046)

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 $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Organic Chemistry

CHEM S220 (CRN: 30047)

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: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Organic Chemistry

CHEM S221 (CRN: 30048)

Online Course. The fundamental principles of organic chemistry. Aldehydes and ketones, strategies in organic synthesis, carboxylic acid derivatives, carbonyl condensation reactions, sulfur and phosphorus compounds, bifunctional molecules, carbohydrates, organic nitrogen compounds, amino acids and proteins. 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. Prerequisite: CHEM S220. Students with questions about pre-requisites should contact the Director of Summer Sciences. 1 Credit.  Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Lab for Organic Chemistry I

CHEM S222 (CRN: 30049)

Online Course. Introductory laboratory course covering basic synthetic and analytic techniques in organic chemistry. May be taken concurrently with CHEM S220 or subsequently. For college students and beyond. After two terms of college-level general chemistry lab, or the equivalent. Students with questions about pre-requisites should contact the Director of Summer Sciences. There may be an in-person option for this course, available to current Yale students only, if the public health situation permits. Details of this option will be shared closer to the start date of the session with Yale students who enroll in this course. 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $2,250. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

Lab for Organic Chemistry II

CHEM S223 (CRN: 30050)

Online Course. Introductory laboratory course covering basic synthetic and analytic techniques in organic chemistry. May be taken concurrently with CHEM S221 or subsequently. Must be taken after CHEM 222. For college students and beyond. After two terms of college-level general chemistry lab, or the equivalent. Students with questions about pre-requisites should contact the Director of Summer Sciences.  There may be an in-person option for this course, available to current Yale students only, if the public health situation permits. Details of this option will be shared closer to the start date of the session with Yale students who enroll in this course. 1/2 Credit. Technology Fee: $85. Tuition: $2,250. Session B: July 12 - August 13. (View syllabus)

Autism and Related Disorders

CHLD S350E (CRN: 30188)

Course closed to further enrollment. Online Course. Survey of current understandings and treatment of autism from infancy through adulthood. Topics include etiology, diagnosis and assessment, treatment and advocacy, and social neuroscience methods. Focus on ways in which research findings are integrated into diagnosis and treatment practices. For college students and beyond. Enrollment limited to 20 students. 1 Credit. Audit Option. Technology fee: $85. Tuition: $4,500. Session A: June 7 - July 9. (View syllabus)

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