The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fall Undergraduate Courses for High School Students

UMass Summer Programs welcomes current high school seniors to enroll in a selected list of online undergraduate UMass courses this Fall, with additional academic support.

Certain course options are the equivalent to taking the Advanced Placement classes and tests. For example, instead of taking AP Calculus and the corresponding exam, you can take Calculus I online at UMass this fall. Please visit the Registrar's website for more information here.

Students will earn college credit in regularly scheduled UMass courses alongside undergraduate students. Coursework is rigorous, and high school students will be held to the same standards as their undergraduate classmates, so students should come prepared for a challenge.

Each course carries 3 - 4 transferable college credits. On completion of the course, students will be able to obtain an official UMass transcript.

Online Course Delivery
Undergraduate courses at UMass are delivered through either Blackboard Learn or Moodle. Instructors will post the course syllabus, lecture recordings, readings, assignments and exams to Blackboard/Moodle. Students can view lectures on their own schedules, and complete readings and assignments within a structured time frame provided by the instructor. Interaction with the instructor and other students takes place in a variety of ways: discussion boards, announcements, email, or Zoom.


College Success Seminar
Participating students will also be enrolled in a 1-credit student success seminar to support their learning and progress, as well as learn valuable skills for building a strong foundation for academic and personal success as a college student. This will also be an opportunity to meet and connect with other high school students. The seminar will meet online on Wednesdays from 5-6pm EDT from Aug. 26 - Oct. 14 (8 weeks).

Course Availability
Registration is subject to availability. Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to confirm availability in your chosen course.

  • Calculus I

    MATH 131 (AP Equivalent)

    Continuity, limits, and the derivative for algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic, exponential, and inverse functions. Applications to physics, chemistry, and engineering. Prerequisites: high school algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Honors section available first semester. (Gen.Ed. R2)

    [Note: Because this course presupposes knowledge of basic math skills, it will satisfy the R1 requirement upon successful completion.]

    Online classes in mathematics and statistics will require proctored exams, which may be taken in virtual or online proctoring environments.

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  • College Writing

    ENGLWRIT 112

    ENGLWRIT 112 (College Writing) is a first-year college-level writing course designed to help students expand their ability to write essays for academic, civic, and personal purposes and to develop their rhetorical awareness to write effectively in new social contexts. Based on the assumption that writing is a social activity, this course requires active engagement in the writing process, including pre-writing, peer review, revision, and editing. Students write five essays. This is the only course at UMass Amherst which satisfies the General Education College Writing (CW) requirement. (Gen.Ed. CW) Prerequisite: SAT Evidence of Critical Reading and Writing with 620 or higher; or an ACT English score of 25 of better. Students who have not taken the SAT/ACT may submit sample essays:

    Please email Dr. Anne Bello ( two pieces of academic writing you have done in the past. These should be essays you have written for school, and they can be for any subject. At least one of the essays should respond to another reading or cite at least one source. Please submit between 7 and 10 pages, total. It does not matter what citation system you use or whether the essays are double- or single-spaced.


  • Global Environment Change

    GEOGRAPH 110 (AP Equivalent)

    The natural relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere; human impact on the natural environment. Global environmental issues: global warming, sea-level rise, and ozone depletion in the stratosphere. Global changes of the past also studied to give perspective to forecasted changes. Includes writing exercises. (Gen.Ed. PS)

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  • Good and Evil

    COMP-LIT 141

    This course will explore the concepts of Good and Evil as expressed in philosophical and theological texts and in their imaginative representation in literature, film and television, photography, and other forms of popular media. Cross-cultural perspectives and approaches to moral problems such as the suffering of the innocent, the existence of evil, the development of a moral consciousness and social responsibility, and the role of faith and spirituality will be considered. A range of historical and contemporary events and controversies will be discussed in relation to these issues including immigration, war, gender and sexuality, and new technologies. An investigation of ethical and moral behavior, in theory and praxis, during and in the immediate aftermath of World War II: how Europe (and the world) was divided into two blocs--the US and Western Europe on the one hand; the Soviet Union and its satellites countries, on the other--and how concepts of 'good' and 'evil' were articulated and expressed there, as seen through major films and novels of the 1940s through the 1960s." (Gen.Ed. AL, DG)

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  • Intro Botany

    STOCKSCH 108

    This introductory botany course covers the unique features of plants, how they function, how they are categorized, and how they fit into the ecosystem. Topics include classification of plants, analysis of cell structure and various plant tissues and organs, and study of sexual and asexual reproduction as well as structure and function of plant systems. In addition, students will develop a basic understanding of the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

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  • Intro to Kinesiology

    KIN 100

    An interdisciplinary approach to the science of human movement. Topics include motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, exercise neuroscience, and exercise psychology. (Gen.Ed. BS) (formerly Exercise Science)

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  • Intro Oceanography

    GEOLOGY 103

    The natural processes of the ocean, including earthquakes and volcanoes, the hydrologic cycle and weather, ocean circulation and the global energy balance, the carbon cycle and productivity, biodi-versity and marine food webs, coastal dynamics. Also, global warming, sea-level rise, environmental degradation and the ocean system response to human activity and global change. Interactive class sessions, with considerable participation by students in problem solving, discussions, and demonstrations. Exams and grades based on teamwork as well as on individual performance. Students needing or wanting a laboratory component may register for GEO-SCI 131. (Gen.Ed. PS)

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  • Introductory Psychology

    PSYCH 100

    Overview of the field. The natural and social science sub-areas of psychology; includes biological psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, and clinical psychology. Relating research and theories to contemporary issues and problems in day-to-day life. (Gen.Ed. SB)

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  • Intro to Sociology

    SOCIOL 110

    Introduction to sociology. Theory, methods, and approaches to the study of society. The use of several key sociological perspectives such as culture, social class, social psychology, and organizational power to analyze contemporary social issues. (Gen.Ed. SB, DU)

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  • Intro to Statistics

    STATISTC 240 (AP Equivalent)

    Basics of probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, and simple linear regression. (Gen.Ed. R2)

    [Note: Because this course presupposes knowledge of basic math skills, it will satisfy the R1 requirement upon successful completion.]

    Online classes in mathematics and statistics will require proctored exams, which may be taken in virtual or online proctoring environments.

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  • Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle

    NUTRITN 130

    Introduction to the science of human nutrition and the relationship of food and nutrients to health and disease. Topics covered include digestion, and functions of macro and micro nutrients as well as current recommendations for nutrient intake. We will also discuss energy balance and weight control. (Gen.Ed. BS)

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