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Two-Week Non-Credit Courses

The Emory Pre-College Program offers a diverse selection of two-week non-credit courses in a variety of disciplines. Students will experience college-level academics in a small class setting with some of Emory's leading experts in their respective fields and will receive written feedback on their work at the end of the course. Pre-College students will also receive a grade of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

All non-credit courses meet from 9:00-11:30am daily and may have additional requirements (excursions, film viewings, etc.) in the afternoons or evenings. In addition to their coursework, each Pre-College student will participate in College 101 sessions which are held in the afternoons (read more here). Students may only register for one Pre-College course per two-week session, but we do welcome students to enroll in multiple courses in consecutive sessions.

Session A: June 21 – July 3, 2015

Session B: July 5 – July 18, 2015

Session C: July 19 – August 1, 2015

Session A

  • Case Studies in Neuroscience (Session A)

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Leah Roesch
  • Using student-centered, active-learning methods and real-world examples, this course is designed to provide a fuller understanding of how the brain works and how neuronal activity underlies human complex behaviors.

  • Creative Storytelling

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Edith Freni
  • This college-level course in creative storytelling functions as an introduction to a variety of narrative techniques that appear in different forms of creative writing, such as short fiction and playwriting.

  • Current Concepts in Sports Medicine

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Joan Reed
  • Sports Medicine encompasses a range of professions which work together in the areas of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. This course gives students interested in those various fields an opportunity to learn and apply the foundations needed for a future in health care for athletes.

  • The Economics of Health Care

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Ian McCarthy
  • This course will examine the economic justification and implications of recent U.S. health care policy, focusing in particular on the Affordable Care Act and hospital reimbursement, as well as hospital and insurance market structure.

  • Evolutionary Biology

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Jaap de Roode
  • Taught by a professor recently named as one of the US's "Brilliant 10" scientists in Popular Science magazine, this course studies the evidence for evolution through a combination of lectures, and excursions to Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

  • Global Health Leadership in the 21st Century

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Helen Baker and Blake McGee
  • This course will provide students with an overview of the most challenging health issues facing the world today.

  • Pre-Med Studies: The Anatomy of Movement

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Thomas Abelew
  • This pre-med course is taught by School of Medicine Associate Professor of Cell Biology Thomas Abelew; it focuses on the skeletal, muscular and neural structures that allow us to perform various movements.

  • Psychology of Creativity

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Marshall Duke
  • Why are certain people so creative? Is it genetic, or a result of childhood experience? Are they different from everyone else? This popular psychology course highlights the different theories of creativity.

  • The Science of Data: Evidence and Evaluation

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Shannon Pileggi
  • Data is everywhere, and there is extraordinary demand in both academics and industry for individuals that are data savvy.

  • Theater from the Ground Up

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Brent Glenn
  • Students taking this course will be involved with the artists creating work for the Breaking New Ground summer program presented by Theater Emory.

  • Writing for College Success

  • June 21 - July 3, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Amy Elkins
  • In this course, students will learn practical and effective strategies for writing across the disciplines.

Session B

  • Economics: Principles and Current Issues

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Gordon Streeb
  • Taught by the former U.S. Ambassador to Zambia (who also served as Director of the Carter Center's Global Development Initiative), this course introduces the key principles of economics and applies them to current issues in the American and global economies.

  • Forensics: Violence and Crime in US Public Health

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Angela Amar
  • This course will explore the critical role health care providers play in violence prevention and treatment through assessment and intervention with victims and perpetrators.

  • Infectious Diseases: Causes and Cures

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Michael Mina
  • This course will introduce highly motivated students to the exciting world of infectious disease outbreaks that are responsible for the deaths of millions of children and adults every year throughout the far reaches of our Earth.

  • Law and Litigation

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Aaron Kirk
  • Taught by Emory Law School faculty, this course introduces students to law as a profession and to some of the most fundamental legal concepts and skills.

  • The Neuroscience of Brain Enhancement

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Michael Crutcher
  • Examine the science of brain and cognitive enhancement techniques while exploring both the history of these techniques and predictions for future technologies in this very popular course.

  • Pre-Med Studies: The Anatomy of Movement

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Thomas Abelew
  • This pre-med course is taught by School of Medicine Associate Professor of Cell Biology Thomas Abelew; it focuses on the skeletal, muscular and neural structures that allow us to perform various movements.

  • Psychology and Current Fiction

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Marshall Duke
  • This seminar uses basic principles of psychology to analyze the characters and plots of popular current fiction.

  • Psychology of Love

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • David Edwards
  • Feelings of love are among the most powerfully felt and motivating in human experience. In this seminar, we focus on romantic and companionate love as they are thought about and studied by social scientists as well as reflected in literature and film.

  • Writing for College Success

  • July 5 - 18, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Amy Elkins
  • In this course, students will learn practical and effective strategies for writing across the disciplines.

Session C

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Steve Nowicki
  • This course looks at atypical and abnormal psychological behavior from two unique perspectives: its impact on others, and how it feels to be affected.

  • Advances in Cardiovascular Medicine and Technology

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Brittany Butts
  • This course will utilize a simulation lab and provide students with hands on experience with CPR, EKGs, and sphygmomanometers.

  • Cancer: The Biology Behind The Disease

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Scott Wilkinson
  • In this biology class, students will work together both in highly interactive small group sessions and in directed, hands-on learning environments to gain a better understanding of the cellular and molecular underpinnings of cancer.

  • Case Studies in Neuroscience (Session C)

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F.
  • Leah Roesch
  • Using student-centered, active-learning methods and real-world examples, this course is designed to provide a fuller understanding of how the brain works and how neuronal activity underlies human complex behaviors.

  • Human Origins: From Primates to iPad

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Jessica Thompson
  • In this course students will have the opportunity to explore the major events of human evolution through an exploration of the principal fossil evidence.

  • Knowledge for Life: East Asian Approaches to U.S. Higher Education

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Cheryl Crowley
  • In this course, we will examine key concepts that arose from these traditions, and consider the ways that knowing more about them can serve as the foundation of greater success and personal satisfaction in college.

  • Sports Economics

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • Christina DePasquale
  • In this course we will analyze many interesting aspects of the sports industry: sports leagues, revenue sharing, ticket pricing, salary negotiations, salary arbitration, gambling, discrimination, and NCAA policies to name a few.

  • Writing the Personal Essay

  • July 19 - August 1, 2015
  • 9:00-11:30am M-F
  • William Gruber
  • Personal narrative writing is a skill set particularly vital to creating great college-entrance essays.