Academic Extension

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.

Application Procedure

Winter/Spring 2015

ENVS 199: Sp St Envtl Science
Credits: 4
Instructors: Chris Doe, Emilie Hooft and Tom Lininger

This course will address the following subjects, among others: Earth systems and resources (including geological and atmospheric systems, global water resources and use, and soil dynamics); the living world (including ecosystem structure, energy flow, ecosystem diversity, natural ecosystem change, and natural ecosystem cycles); population (including population ecology, human population dynamics, and impacts of population growth); and land and water use (including agriculture, forestry, mining, fishing, urban land development, transportation infrastructure, sustainable land-use strategies, and global economics bearing on land and water use). The course will offer opportunities for laboratory work and field trips. While this course is not officially an AP course, the syllabus will cover some of the topics highlighted in the course description for AP Environmental Science, available at

WGS 199: Sp St Fem Legal Theory
Credits: 2
Instructors: Caroline Forell, Leslie Harris, Tom Lininger, Nancy Shurtz and Merle Weiner

Students in this course will learn about principles of feminist legal theory, and will apply these principles in analyzing particular legal issues, such as marriage, divorce, child custody disputes, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, economic inequality, disparate treatment under the tax code and international child abduction. Grades will be based on class participation, a writing assignment, and an in-class presentation concerning a topic of each student’s choosing (students can present individually or in small groups). A substantial number of the reading assignments will be drawn from the instructors’ own scholarship.

HIST 199: Sp St Modern US Hist
Credits: 3
Instructors: Michael Dreiling and Tom Lininger

The class will cover the time period from approximately 1900 to the present. There are no prerequisites for this class, but some familiarity with U.S. history is necessary. While the U.S. history courses in the UOCHSS Program are not AP classes, the coverage of the UOCHSS history courses approximately tracks the course description for AP U.S. History, available at

Application Procedure

Students who wish to enroll in the UOCHSS Program must send an e-mail to Tom Lininger at The e-mail must include the following information:

  1. The applicant's name, grade level, and school;
  2. The name, phone number and e-mail address of the applicant's parent or guardian;
  3. The course or courses in which the applicant wishes to enroll;
  4. Whether the applicant has maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the past two years;
  5. 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

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.

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