Junior Honors Summer Academy Courses
Select two courses from two different subject areas!
History of the Bible
Dr. Jim Dvorak. Introduction to the fascinating and complex set of processes and technologies that have led to the various modern translations of the Bible; consider (among other things) how the Bible was written and distributed, the decisions that went into determining which books to include in the Bible, and why there are so many translations.
Introduction to Engineering III
Dr. David Waldo. Taught by OC's Faculty in ABET-accredited Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineering. This course is designed to introduce you to electrical, computer and mechanical engineering studies through lectures, problem solving, and an 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.
Game Design Bootcamp: Principles of 2D Animation
Professor Ellie Kirkner. Drama, tension, humor, beauty, flare. How do you put these into games you are designing or illustrating? Professor Kirkner will walk students through several fundamental moves in the animator’s skill set and guide them in putting what they are learning into practice.
Solomon's Gold: Experiencing Wise Business Practices
You will gain an understanding of what business is, its major functions, and how the business leader is both a steward and a servant. Whether you choose business as a formal study or not, you will learn skills that can be used in any career.
Introduction to Tolkien: Sub-creation and Creativity
Dr. Cami Agan. Explore J. R. R. Tolkien’s views of creation, drawn from the material collected in The Silmarillion and other works. Discussion is grounded in Tolkien's own term "sub-creation", or human creativity as a worshipful offering to the Creator. Familiarity with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit are helpful but not required for this class.
Introduction to Musical Understanding and Creativity
Dr. John Fletcher. A primer of musical understanding and a launching point for each student's musical creativity for music readers and non-readers.
Spanish Immersion Lab
In this intensive language course (offered for those who have had at least 1 year of high school Spanish), you will use your Spanish skills to put on a chapel service, cook your lunch and study art, geography and futbol. This class, taught entirely in Spanish, provides a concentrated dose of the target language taught in entertaining settings with native Spanish speaking tutors from a variety of Latin American countries.
Introduction to Cell Biology
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.
Introduction to Cyber Security
In this course, you will learn and immediately begin to use some of the tools of digital forensics, data reconnaissance and open source intelligence techniques. Great if you're interested in STEM, law, law enforcement and computer science.
Introduction to Computer Science: Can Computers Think Like a Person?
Professor Don Leftwich and Professor David North. Concepts related to automatic processing of information. The course will examine problems that may or may not be solvable using computer technology. You will learn some of the basic concepts related to the design and programming of a digital computer.