2018 Courses

Not for credit or grade, our courses provide in-depth, interactive exploration of advanced topics. Courses range in subjects from Bioscience to Business, Physics to Political Science, and Creative Writing to Cosmology.

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What does "grade level" refer to?

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Grade level refers to the current grade that an applicant is in at the time they submit their application.

Will exceptions be made to the age and grade requirements?

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No exceptions will be made to the grade requirements for any reason.

Applicants who are outside of the age range, by no more than three months, may apply but this will result in lower priority in the evaluation process. As with the age restrictions, grade restrictions are important in providing a social environment that maximizes the value of the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes experience. These restrictions are also important because students enrolled in the same course also live together in the same residence. Because the social and academic components are tightly integrated, students will have greater academic development by learning alongside others who are close in age and grade.

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Computer Science
This course is a general introduction to computer science and programming with a robotics component. The course will introduce one...
Writing and Humanities
Memorable writing has the power to haunt us, guide us, and help us remember. In this course we will focus...
Writing and Humanities
Ideal for motivated and verbally talented students with an interest in writing about philosophy, criticism, and social issues, the Expository...
Bioscience
Cutting-edge research in bioscience and biotechnology draws upon ideas and methods from a broad range of academic disciplines spanning the...
Bioscience
This course introduces students to general methodologies and principles for study and research in the bio-sciences while getting a glimpse...
Engineering
Although the fields of engineering are diverse and varied, they share common principles and methodologies. Three areas of engineering will...
Mathematics
Number theory, the study of properties of integers, has attracted the interest of mathematicians for over 4000 years. This branch...
Mathematics
How can two people communicate secrets back and forth, even when a third party can eavesdrop on everything they say?...
Business
This course provides students with an intensive introduction to core business disciplines, addressing a wide range of topics including design...
Social Science
In the 1990s, many political writers and commentators hailed the end of the Cold War as the inauguration of a...
Writing and Humanities
Writing scripts for film requires tools and abilities that cross disciplines: an eye for visual composition, an ear for dialogue,...
Physical and Earth Science
During this course, students will explore a range of fields of study that focus on the environment, tackling questions related...
Physical and Earth Science
Physics is among the oldest and most scientifically fundamental academic disciplines and is a key to understanding the world around...
Social Science
This course provides students with an introduction to the American legal system. Students will begin developing the imaginative, critical, analytical,...
Social Science
This course introduces students to methodological and theoretical aspects of the field of psychology through in-depth study of some of...
Computer Science
This course will introduce students to the challenges of expressing ideas through simulations and interactive media. Students will be exposed...
Physical and Earth Science
This course is intended for students who have had exposure to physics but yearn to discover more about the modern...
Social Science
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate...
Mathematics
This course is for those who delight in solving challenging math problems and who would like to further develop both...
Writing and Humanities
This intensive three-week creative writing course is an exploration into the craft of writing. Students will read a variety of...
Writing and Humanities
Ideal for motivated and verbally talented students with an interest in writing about philosophy, criticism, and social issues, the Expository...
Social Science
This reading- and writing-intensive course examines the theory and practice of democracy, in particular, deliberative democracy and engages in a...
Social Science
Language is a stunningly dynamic system. Different groups of people speak differently, individuals alter the way they speak in different...
Physical and Earth Science
This course begins by surveying important experiments and observations that created modern physics, which includes the fields of quantum mechanics...
Computer Science
This course will introduce the students to the fundamentals of Web technologies and help them gain experience in creating Web...
Interdisciplinary Sciences
New experimental techniques, remarkable advancements in quantum chemistry, the development of observational telescopes, and powerful computer algorithms are making the...
Social Science
We often hear "the media" and "information" referred to as if they were singular entities with clear definitions, boundaries, roles...
Physical and Earth Science
This course is a general overview of the scientific study of the universe as a whole. Along the way, several...
Physical and Earth Science
At the end of the 19th century, many thought that physics was nearly complete. The classical theory of mechanics, Maxwell's...
Computer Science
This course will use video game design as a framework through which students will gain a basic working knowledge of...
Social Science
In the news and in our daily lives, global interactions are the norm. We buy foreign-made goods, travel to remote...
Mathematics
Discrete mathematics encompasses a broad range of mathematical fields centered on discrete (non-continuous) mathematical structures with an eye toward applications...
Writing and Humanities
This course is a hands-on exploration of the key elements of film making, from the screenplay to the big screen....
Computer Science
Robots are everywhere, from Google Cars to unmanned drones to many robots used in manufacturing automation. However, robot programming remains...
Interdisciplinary Sciences
This course will focus on the ground breaking field of ultrafast chemistry and investigate the dynamics of chemical reactions. Thanks...
Interdisciplinary Sciences
STS or Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary field. In this course, students will examine the social and historical...
Social Science
In the 1990s, some political scientists believed that the "end of history" was inevitable: that with the triumph of liberal...
Physical and Earth Science
This course is an introduction to the physics of the smallest building blocks of matter. We will discuss developments in...
Mathematics
Is a donut the same as a coffee cup? From a topological perspective, the answer is ''yes.'' The mathematical field...
Computer Science
In User Experience Design, there are hundreds of thousands of mobile apps. The class will discuss innovative design principles, friendly...
Mathematics
Symmetry plays an important role throughout mathematics and the sciences, and this course will lead students on an exploration of...
Mathematics
This course is an introduction to Symbolic Logic. It shows how to encode information in the form of sentences in...