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Summer University Programs

The Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus partners will different university divisions to offer courses at the Rockville campus. Below is a preliminary list of Summer 2016 course offerings.

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    During this four-week summer program for high school students, participants learn engineering basics such as conducting experiments, solving design challenges, interpreting data and applying technology. Lessons focus on chemical, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, as well materials science and robotics. Students with an A or B grade earn three Johns Hopkins University credits. Tuition is $2,400. Course runs June 27-July 22. Apply. Read a Hopkins Happenings story about the 2015 course.
  • Summer University Programs
    The Johns Hopkins Summer University Programs offers qualified high school and visiting undergraduate students the opportunity to take freshman- and sophomore-level credit classes. Students can take undergraduate classes taught by instructors from one of America's top-ranked universities and earn college credit, all while enjoying the convenience of the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville. The Montgomery County Campus offerings are listed below. More information about tuition and course schedules can be found at the Summer Programs website. An application is required, so apply now!

The molecules responsible for the life processes of animals, plants and microbes will be examined. The structures, biosynthesis, degradation and interconversion of the major cellular constituents including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids will illustrate the similarity of the biomolecules and metabolic processes involved in diverse forms of life. * Prerequisites: AS.020.205-206 Introductory Organic Chemistry I & II, or AS.020.212 Honors Organic Chemistry.

College Writing Workshop
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of expository writing in order to prepare students for college-level assignments. This will not be a lecture course; rather, students will engage in writing and editing exercises that will allow them to accumulate hands-on practice in each of the writing skills discussed. Students will learn to develop argumentative thesis statements that align with strong topic sentences, incorporate quotes and evidence smoothly and with sophistication, and engage in a thorough outlining process that will eliminate "writer's block." We will work through a "Top Ten" editing checklist for final drafts (e.g., cut repetition), practicing each skill. Students will leave the workshop with a new understanding of the practical, step-by-step process that can be used to write any college-level expository essay--and to make writing a manageable, enjoyable experience! Read a story about the 2015 class.

Introduction to Computing
Course introduces students to the use of computers for applications in many areas (natural and social science, humanities and engineering). Students will obtain basic computing skills and tools, including familiarity with Unix, with the use of complete Unix commands (e.g. Grep, Awk, Sed) and shell scripts, with the Python programming language, with graphing software and with a package for numerical and statistical computing (Mathematica or Matlab). Lectures following by extensive hands-on computer lab with examples from many disciplines.

Concepts in Cancer Research: Pre-Diagnosis
This course will introduce current topics in cancer research with a focus on the current state of knowledge regarding pre-diagnosis concepts in cancer research. We will first provide students with the context in which to interpret the latest findings in cancer research by giving a brief overview of cancer biology and descriptive epidemiology of the most common cancers in the United States. We will then discuss the current state of knowledge regarding cancer etiology and primary prevention strategies, providing specific examples from research currently being conducted at the National Cancer Institute along with other emerging research in the field of cancer prevention. Finally, we will introduce students to concepts and research in cancer screening. We will employ multiple formats to promote student learning and to introduce different tools for research.

Concepts in Cancer Research: Diagnosis Through Recovery
This course will introduce current topics in cancer research with a focus on "life after cancer," including research questions about medical and psychosocial issues at diagnosis, during treatment and throughout recovery for patients that have been diagnosed with cancer. Health recommendations for cancer survivors will be discussed. Throughout the course, we will hear from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (and other research entities) who represent a variety of disciplines, applied in many settings (e.g., laboratory, clinics and communities). We will also use multi-media to promote active learning and to introduce tools for research. These may include lectures, case studies, in-class discussion, online discussion, and select film (including clips from the recent PBS documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies") and internet resources. Active participation and peer learning will enhance the value of this course for students.

Introduction to Laboratory Research


This is an exciting time to work in biotechnology research. The Human Genome Project is generating fundamental genetic information at a breathtaking rate. Basic research findings are being applied to medicine, agriculture, and the environment; and a variety of new biotechnology products are moving into production. Behind each of these accomplishments lies extensive laboratory research. In this class, students will explore experimental techniques and evaluate their roles in modern biotechnology research. Read a story about the 2015 course.