University of Oregon Courses for High School Students Program
The University of Oregon Courses for High School Students (UOCHSS) Program is designed for high school students who would like to take advantage of furlough and non-school days to further their education. The UOCHSS faculty consists of volunteers from several different departments: Neil Bania in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Jane Cramer in Political Science; Christopher Doe in Biology; Michael Dreiling in Sociology; Marina Guenza in Chemistry; Laura Leete in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Tom Lininger in Law; Andrew Marcus in Chemistry; Hillary Nadeau in Education; Clinton Sandvick in History; and Jeffery Measelle in Psychology. Students in the UOCHSS Program have an opportunity to take rigorous college-level classes, but the size of the classes is smaller than is typical in college, and the classes consist solely of high school students.
For more information about the program, including course meeting dates, download the detailed UOCHSS Program overview.
Fall 2013 Courses
PSY 199: Sp St Psychology and Health
Instructor: Jeff Measelle
This class is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. A significant portion of this course will address topics taught in a typical high school health course, but students should consult with their high school registrars before assuming that this course will count toward the health requirements in local school districts.
EC 199: Sp St Intro Empirical Economic Analysis
Instructors: Laura Leete
This course will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will learn about four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. The instructor will illustrate these concepts with examples involving economic analysis.
While neither of the two courses is officially an AP class, the syllabi for Psychology and Health and Introduction to Empirical Economic Analysis will closely track the course descriptions for AP Psychology and AP Statistics, available at apcentral.collegeboard.com.
All courses may be taken for a grade or pass/no pass; students must choose upon enrolling.
Tuition and Textbooks
UO Academic Extension has set tuition for these classes at the unusually low rate of $60 per class. The low tuition is possible because professors are donating their services and Academic Extension is donating administrative support. Staff rates do not apply to UOCHSS courses.
Students will be responsible for buying their own textbooks. Tuition does not cover the cost of books. To the maximum extent possible, the UOCHSS instructors will assign books that other UO professors assign to undergraduates. As a result, students in the UOCHSS program will likely be able to buy used copies at the UO Bookstore. Families can may also find good deals on the Internet.
Students who wish to enroll in the UOCHSS Program in fall 2013 must send an e-mail to Tom Lininger at email@example.com by June 14, 2013. The e-mail must include the following information:
- The applicant's name, grade level, and school;
- The name, phone number and e-mail address of the applicant's parent or guardian;
- The course or courses in which the applicant wishes to enroll in fall 2013;
- Whether the applicant has maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the past two years;
- Whether the applicant intends to enroll on a graded or pass/no pass basis.
For information on course content or the approval process, contact Tom Lininger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of UOCHSS Credit by Future Full-Time UO Students
Students who take courses in the UOCHSS Program will receive UO college credit. If the students go on to attend the University of Oregon, this coursework will not count toward University of Oregon's group requirements or required courses for a major. For example, if the student wants take EC 199 through UOCHSS, the credit will not count towards Social Studies group requirements. Additionally, if the student plans to major in Economics at the University of Oregon, then EC 199 cannot be substituted for EC 202: Microeconomics. UOCHSS credits can be used toward elective credits at the UO.
Courses to be determined