Summer Courses
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Study with Chatham this summer.

Summer courses at Chatham University are available to current and prospective Chatham students, students studying at other universities, and high school students. Choose from a selection of popular courses being held this summer either online or on-campus at our Shadyside location, and see how studying at Chatham offers these useful benefits:



Over the summer, Chatham courses are available for prices comparable to what you'd pay at a community college. Take advantage of our summer courses at a discounted rate of $270 per credit ($810 for a 3-credit course, plus applicable fees) for Summer 2018 and Summer 2019.



Whether you're aiming to complete your degree in four years or are pursuing an Integrated Degree Program, taking a course over the summer can be a smart move, especially if you haven't been able to sign up for a course that you need! (If you attend a different university, be sure to verify that the courses are transferable).



Think you'll have to take 18 credits in the fall or spring? Taking a summer course can ease your semester load. This is especially helpful if you're a student-athlete or if you have extracurricular or work responsibilities that take a lot of your time during the school year. Talk with your academic advisor to find out if summer classes might be right for you.


Summer Course Catalog

Here are the courses on offer for Summer 2018:


Art141: Media Literacy

3 credits  ONLINE
This course introduces students to the Macintosh computer interface and related media practices. Students explore digital foundations, media related histories, theoretical frameworks and critical examination of production elements as they discover how computers are radically changing the way image makers create and present their work.



Bio143: The Cell

3 credits
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of current biological concepts, including cell structure, function, division, and basic genetics. Biologically important molecules also are presented. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses.

Bio143L: The Cell Lab

1 credit
Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO143. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO143. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

Bio119: Medical Terminology

3 credits  ONLINE
This course is designed for students who need a broad coverage of medical terminology and who have little or no background. It includes studies of etymology and human anatomy. There is a special emphasis on clinical applications.



Bus105: Foundations of Business

3 credits  ONLINE
The course combines the theory and practice of business and fosters analytical thinking. Students build a foundation for learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the global setting in which they compete, environmental components and the challenges of an increasingly dynamic, complex work environment.

Bus110: Elementary Statistics

3 credits
Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. ➗ Fulfills Chatham quantitative reasoning requirement.



Chem107: Chemistry I

3 credits
This class begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Chem109: Chemistry I Lab

3 credits
Introduction to the basic experimental procedures and laboratory techniques in chemistry.



Com209: Intercultural Communication

3 credits
Course will provide the student with an appreciation of the complexities involved in the development of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that reflect cultural values. This course will provide an understanding of the specific forces which shape perceptions, feelings and behaviors of various cultural groups. These forces include socially constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socio-economic status, and religion. These will be explored in a variety of contexts, language, family structures and the handling of conflict of laws and ethics (cultural relativism) will be examined. 🌎 Fulfills Chatham global mission requirement.



Crm101: Introduction to Criminology

3 credits  ONLINE
Criminology is the study of crime, its cause and effects. This course covers definitions and types of crime, research methods, theories and responses to crime. Crimes against people, property, and organizations will be examined, and biological, psychological, and sociological explanations will be discussed.



Ecn102: Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits  ONLINE
Microeconomics is the study of how households and firms make decisions and how they interact in specific markets. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and tools that economists use to understand how the economy works. This course is designed to increase economic literacy through acquiring core knowledge about economics.



Eng105: First-Year Communication Seminar

3 credits
This introduction to college composition covers analytical and argumentative writing, oral presentation, critical reading, information literacy, and academic integrity. The course employs active-learning pedagogy of discussion and dialogue and examines intersections of race, gender, class, ethnicities, and systems of belief through the lens of relevant topics.



His100: World History

3 credits  ONLINE
This course is an introduction to world history from the rise of civilization to the present. It establishes and compares major themes in the leading civilizations of today’s world. It investigates the development of the modern world system and interpretations of its impact on these civilizations.



Mus266: World Music

3 credits  ONLINE
The course focuses on the music and related arts of selected major civilizations of the world, including India, China, and Japan as well as areas such as Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. Emphasis is placed on the factors resulting in art that is sometimes quite different from Western music. 🌎 Fulfills Chatham global mission requirement.



Psy101: General Psychology

3 credits
An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.



Sde310: Career Preparation

1 credit  ONLINE
This class will prepare participants to conduct a job or internship search. Topics will include writing a professional resume and cover letter, interviewing techniques, networking and job search skills, and professional etiquette and dress. Students will create a career handbook, which will include their work from the class and will be graded.



Sus100: Sustainability Science

3 credits  ONLINE
Through the lens of the natural and cultural history of Eden Hall and its surroundings, students learn about cultural, social, economic, natural and other systems. The course will focus on land use over time, the economic and social drivers and impacts of those land uses, and the implications for environmental wellbeing.

Sus203: Global Environmental Health

This course addresses the connection between health and environment. Topics include: environmental epidemiology, toxicology, policy, radiation and energy disease, and water, air, soil qualities. The work of scientists and public health specialists to discover, assess, and reduce risk to environment health problems are explored. Case studies provide context and background for environmental health issues past and present.



Swk101: Introduction to Sociology

3 credits
This course introduces students to the basic sociological concepts, including sociological imagination, socialization, social institutions, social stratification, and social inequality. Emphasis is placed on conceptual tools necessary for the analysis of the influence of social structures on human behavior and life chances.


Sign up for Summer!

Current Chatham Students
Get details on the available classes through the Course Schedule tool on myChatham and register for summer courses via your Student Portal.

Other university & high school students
Contact Chatham Admissions to discuss options and download and complete the Non-degree student form.




Contact Chatham Admissions at or 412-365-1825 to let us know how we can help you get ready for a summer course with Chatham University.