University of Oregon Courses for High School Students Program

The University of Oregon Courses for High School Students (UOCHSS) Program is designed for high school students who would like to take advantage of furlough and non-school days to further their education. The UOCHSS faculty consists of volunteers from several different departments: Neil Bania in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Jane Cramer in Political Science; Christopher Doe in Biology; Michael Dreiling in Sociology; Marina Guenza in Chemistry; Laura Leete in Planning, Public Policy and Management; Tom Lininger in Law; Andrew Marcus in Chemistry; Hillary Nadeau in Education; Clinton Sandvick in History; and Jeffery Measelle in Psychology. Students in the UOCHSS Program have an opportunity to take rigorous college-level classes, but the size of the classes is smaller than is typical in college, and the classes consist solely of high school students.

For more information about the program, including course meeting dates, download the detailed UOCHSS Program overview.

Winter/Spring 2014

CH 199: Sp St Adv Top Chem 2
Credits: 4
Instructors: Marina Guenza and Andrew Marcus

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. It is a science that is central to our understanding of the natural world and it serves as a foundation for all other scientific disciplines. Students in this course will gain factual knowledge about the terminology and language of chemistry as well as an understanding of the underlying reasons why chemical processes occur. There are no prerequisites, although some prior familiarity with chemistry is necessary. This course is the second part of a two-part sequence that began in the winter/spring term of 2013 with Advanced Topics in Chemistry I, but students are welcome to enroll in part one of the sequence even if they did not enroll in part two.

ENVS 199: Sp St Earth Science
Credits: 4
Instructors: Emilie Hooft and Doug Toomey

This course will focus on earth systems and resources, as well as other scientific and policy-related topics relating to the protection of the environment.

Students must attend two hours of speeches or panel discussions at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, February 27–March 2. More details can be found at PIELC website.

PS 199: Sp St Intro Poli Sci
Credits: 3
Instructors: Jane Cramer and Tom Lininger

This course is the first part of a two-course sequence that provides an introductory look at the United States and its national system of government. We will first explore the constitutional underpinnings of the United States, paying particular attention to the historical context of the founding and the most notable provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including federalism, checks and balances, the separation of powers, the right to free expression, and the general framework for democratic governance. We will then discuss political beliefs and behaviors in the United States, with emphasis on the following topics: beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders; processes by which citizens learn about politics; the nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion; the ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life; and factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in their political beliefs and behaviors. Finally, we will consider the role played by parties, interest groups, and the mass media. Students who take this course will have the option of taking a follow-up course in the summer term, Advanced Political Theory. That course will examine the institutions of national government, the process of formulating public policy, and the protection of civil rights and civil liberties.

While neither of the two courses is officially an AP class, the syllabi for Advanced Topics in Chemistry II, Earth Science, and Introduction to Political Science will closely track the course descriptions available on the AP website.

Grading Options

All courses may be taken for a grade or pass/no pass; students must choose upon enrolling.

Tuition and Textbooks

UO Academic Extension has set tuition for these classes at the unusually low rate of $60 per class. The low tuition is possible because professors are donating their services and Academic Extension is donating administrative support. Staff rates do not apply to UOCHSS courses.

Students will be responsible for buying their own textbooks. Tuition does not cover the cost of books. To the maximum extent possible, the UOCHSS instructors will assign books that other UO professors assign to undergraduates. As a result, students in the UOCHSS program will likely be able to buy used copies at the UO Bookstore. Families can may also find good deals on the Internet.

Application Procedure

Students who wish to enroll in the UOCHSS Program in fall 2013 must send an e-mail to Tom Lininger at by December 15, 2013. The e-mail must include the following information:

  1. The applicant's name, grade level, and school;
  2. The name, phone number and e-mail address of the applicant's parent or guardian;
  3. The course or courses in which the applicant wishes to enroll in winter/spring 2014;
  4. Whether the applicant has maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the past two years;
  5. Whether the applicant intends to enroll on a graded or pass/no pass basis.

For information on course content or the approval process, contact Tom Lininger at

Use of UOCHSS Credit by Future Full-Time UO Students

Students who take courses in the UOCHSS Program will receive UO college credit. If the students go on to attend the University of Oregon, this coursework will not count toward University of Oregon's group requirements or required courses for a major. For example, if the student wants take EC 199 through UOCHSS, the credit will not count towards Social Studies group requirements. Additionally, if the student plans to major in Economics at the University of Oregon, then EC 199 cannot be substituted for EC 202: Microeconomics. UOCHSS credits can be used toward elective credits at the UO.

2013–14 Course List
FALL 2013
Advanced Topics in Chemistry II
Earth Science
Introduction to Political Science
Tom Lininger