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Badger Precollege Classes

Think like a Badger. Badger Precollege offers in-person and online programs in humanities, music, business, psychology, government, STEM, college prep and more — all designed to help students in grades 1–12 find their passion, meet new friends and explore their future.

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Abnormal Psychology

Students examine major mental disorders, including their traditional symptoms, corresponding diagnoses and treatment options. We take a look at factors that may impact each diagnosis and explore historical trends and how those trends have made an impact on our understanding on psychopathology.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Engineering Fundamentals and Design

Engineering is a problem-solving profession that is both academically rigorous and creatively demanding. This course will introduce you to a broad spectrum of engineering fields and provide a strong foundation for understanding its key tools and concepts.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Environmental Studies

This course explores different social science approaches to interpreting the relationship between environment and society at various scales, from the local to the global. Students will trace the social origins of environmental concerns, their social impacts, and the different responses they engender.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Forensic Science

You will learn to collect, analyze and interpret physical and biological trace evidence such as fingerprints, hair and fibers and DNA. This laboratory-based course will allow you to use logical thought processes and scientific inquiry skills to interpret evidence and analyze criminal psychology.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Fundamentals of Immunology

Through a series of lectures, case studies, popular media, and class discussion, learn about current research in the medical community, how vaccines are developed and produced, decipher different strains of pathogens and how they interact with the body, and much more.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Germs and Genes: A History of Biology

Studying the history of a science discipline gives us insight into what modern science has become. Today’s biology emerged from diverse traditions of agriculture and natural history, biomedicine and molecular biology, which stretch back into the eighteenth century. Examine "game-changers" in the history of biology. See how these different ways of knowing intertwined, competed, and yielded novel approaches to the study of life that still shape today's life sciences.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Human Body and Disease

Diseases challenge scientists to unlock the most complex puzzles of illness, disability and the body's response. Beginning with an overview of human anatomy and physiology, students will probe the nature of disease with new understandings about genetics, pathology and epidemiology.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Introduction to Critical Reasoning

Learn how to identify and evaluate arguments with the skills of logicians, lawyers and debaters. Examining arguments from popular media and the great philosophers, you will learn to distinguish between deductive and inductive arguments and how to identify and avoid specific fallacies in reasoning.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Seeing Through Conspiracy Theories: How Art Can Be Used to Influence Thinking

Fake news is not a new problem. You will explore how conspiracy theories work and how to recognize them in visuals and media. Visual material plays a special role in the reinforcement of conspiracy theories. From the Egyptian pyramids to the birth of modern art in the twentieth century, students will focus on ways that an evidence-based account of the making of an artwork or architectural site can been replaced by a (usually more interesting) story about its "true, hidden nature," which usually leads to revealing the conspiracy.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Theatre: The Art of Being Human

Theatre: The Art of Being Human will study the art of playwriting and focus on creating characters through various exercises and in-depth character analysis. Students will have the opportunity to see different performances, and then the course will culminate in an audition and performance of a full length play.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person

Topics in Computer Science

Computer programming impacts social media, digital games, music and leads to medical breakthroughs, business innovation and engineering marvels. Using real-world examples from Google, Netflix and other corporate trendsetters, you'll use programming principles and applications in final projects.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 2–22, 2023
    Residential tuition: $4,020
    Commuter tuition: $2,420
    International tuition: $4,520
    Application fee: $70
    In-person