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Junior HSA Courses Completed Junior Year Spring 2024

Select two courses from two different subject areas!

Introduction to Engineering III

Professional Studies

Dr. David Waldo. This course is designed to introduce you to electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering studies through lectures, problem-solving, and applied lab experiences. You will study the various approaches to engineering using the lab as an illustration of how engineers develop and implement solutions in their fields.

Introduction to Cell Biology

Professional Studies
Dr. Eric Phelps. Features lab culturing of HeLa Cells. Explore the significance of how one woman’s cancer and one scientist’s dream revolutionized Cellular Biology. Learn the fundamentals of how normal human cells are transformed into cancer cells; become familiar with laboratory sterile cell culture techniques; be responsible for maintaining proper growth conditions for a plate of human cancer cells.

Intro to Cyber Security

Professional Studies

Dr. Curtis Coleman. This course is designed to introduce high school students to the exciting science of Cybersecurity using an experiential approach to learning Computer Science, with an emphasis on application and teamwork. Students will be introduced to classical cryptography, malware, and social engineering attacks, password cracking, and open source intelligence. The final exam for the week-long course is a practical exam, the Sherlock Holmes Escape Room, where students will work in teams and apply cybersecurity principles and skills to solve a cyber-mystery to escape from Sherlock’s Library.

3D Coloring Book: Video Games Assets

Professional Studies

Professor Skyler Thomas. A spatial and theoretical approach to digitally painting in 3D. This course is designed to allow students an understanding of the principles and concepts of creating textures for assets and characters in video game development internationally. Students will also explore various aesthetics of games including indie and AAA, and others outside the popular norm to gain a more diverse perspective to inform their personal game design decisions. No previous software knowledge is required.

Introduction to Musical Understanding


Dr. George Schrader. NEW COURSE! Course description forthcoming for HSA 2024.

Introduction to Apologetics: Faith, Doubt & Evidence


Dr. Jim Baird, OC Distinguished Professor. Many Christians want to know what to say that will help others understand why we believe what we believe. This class is a start on learning exactly that. We will understand some of the powerful evidence God has provided for Himself and for faith in Jesus. Through readings and classroom discussion, students will begin learning to give answers about their faith. Answers without anger and without timidity. Answers given in kindness and in love.

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