Summer 2020 Courses Appropriate for High School Students
Natural Sciences offers summer courses in biosciences, chemistry, mathematics and physics. Rice Summer Sessions courses are taught by Rice faculty or graduate students.
Please visit summer.rice.edu for more information or to apply for Rice Summer Sessions.
Summer Session I: May 4 - August 14, 2020
Summer Session II: May 18 - June 5, 2020
Summer Session III: May 25 - June 26, 2020
Summer Session IV: June 8 - July 10, 2020
Summer Session V: June 29 - July 31, 2020
Summer Session VI: July 13 - August 14, 2020
BIOC 110 Introduction to Research (CRN: 31770)
Instructor: Edward Nikonowicz
Summer Session V
This 5-week course is for high school juniors and seniors to conduct scientific research in the laboratories of Rice faculty in Biochemistry & Cell Biology or Ecology & Evolutoinary Biology. Students will engage in full time research and will be mentored by experienced researchers under the supervision of Rice faculty. Participating students will also receive formal instruction on the basics of scientific research and receive 5 hours of Rice University course credit. Interested students must complete the visiting student application process at summer.rice.edu. Tution and fees apply. Repeatable for Credit.
BIOC 300 Paradigms in Biochemistry and Cell Biology; online (CRN: 31715)
Instructor: Jamie Catanese
Summer Session III, 8:00PM - 9:15PM MTWRF, fully online
Examination of paradigms in biochemistry and cell biology with a focus on the "central dogma" of molecular biology. Recommended strongly for students with Advanced Placement in Biology and designed for prospective BIOC majors. This course is strongly recommended as preparation for BIOC 341 (Cell Biology).
CHEM 101 Introduction to Scientific Research (CRN: 31825)
Instructor: Michelle Gilbertson
available Summer Session VI
This course is for rising junior and senior high school students. As visiting students, the students will conduct scientific research in the laboratories of Rice faculty in the areas of nanotechnology, chemistry, materials, and engineering. Two applications need to be submitted for enrollment in this course. First, the Research Experience in Chemistry application (download the Chemistry application here) should be emailed, along with all the required documents as indicated in the application to CHEM101@rice.edu. Upon confirmation of acceptance from the Chemistry department, students must then complete the visiting student application process for high school students. Instructions to do this can be found in the Application Checklist at summer.rice.edu. Repeatable for Credit.
CHEM 121/CHEM 123 General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab (CRN: 31760/31762)
Instructor: Lesley O'Leary
Summer Session IV, 9:30-11:30AM MTWR/ Lab 1:00-5:00PM WF
Introduction of chemical phenomena emphasizing problems and methods in Chemistry. The course and the co-requisite lab are graded jointly.
CHEM 122/124 General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Lab (CRN: 31761/31756)
A continuation of CHEM 121.The course and the co-requisite lab are graded jointly.
MATH 101 Single Variable Calculus I (CRN: 31791)
Instructor: Sara Edelman-Munoz
Summer Session IV, 10:30AM - 12:00PM MTWRF
Limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
MATH 102 S01 Single Variable Calculus II (CRN: 31793)
Instructor: Zachary Spaulding
Summer Session IV, 10:30AM - 12:00PM MTWRF
Continuation of MATH 101. Includes further techniques of integration, as well as infinite sequences and series, Taylor polynomials and Taylor series, parametric equations, arc length, polar coordinates, complex numbers and Fourier Polynomials.
MATH 102 S02 Single Variable Calculus II (CRN: 31794)
Instructor: Gregory Lyons
Summer Session VI, 10:30AM - 12:00PM MTWRF
Continuation of MATH 101. Includes further techniques of integration, as well as infinite sequences and series, Taylor polynomials and Taylor series, parametric equations, arc length, polar coordinates, complex numbers and Fourier polynomials.
PHYS 101/103 Mechanics with lab and Mechanics Discussion (CRN: 31740/31739)
A calculus-based introduction to mechanics. Includes classes and lab exercises on kinematics, Newton's Laws, work and energy, conservation laws and rotational motion. Primarily for physical science and engineering students. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 101 and PHYS 125.
PHYS 102/104 Electricity and Magnetism with lab and E&M Discussion (CRN: 31741/31738)
A calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism. Includes classes and lab exercises on electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations in integral form, and AC and DC circuits. Primarily for physical science and engineering students. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102 and PHYS 126.
PHYS 125 General Physics I with lab (CRN: 31742)
Instructor: Jared Stenson
10:00 - 11:40AM MTWRF, lab 1:00 - 4:00PM WF
A calculus-based survey of mechanics primarily intended for bioscience and premedical students. Includes classes and lab exercises on kinematics, Newton's Laws, work and energy, rotational motion, fluids, oscillations and waves. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 101 and PHYS 125.
A calculus-based survey of electricity and magnetism and optics primarily intended for bioscience and premedical students. Includes classes and lab exercises on wave and ray optics, electric field and potential, magnetic fields and induction, and DC circuits. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102 and PHYS 126.