Session I: June 9-22, 2013
Summer Academy 1, held June 9-22, 2013 is a fun and challenging academy experience for students entering 11th through 12th grades. This two-week camp offers a creative twist on the typical university experience, featuring courses taught by ACU professors, social activities on the ACU campus and a weekend excursion with professors to ACU's JUST (Justice and Urban STudies) site in Downtown Dallas at CitySquare. Each student receives the choice of one core course (for three hours of freshman- or sophomore-level college credit) and one elective (for one hour of fine arts credit). Each course is designed to include hands-on research, class discussion, and creative application of the principles within that field to real-world experiences.
- Introduction to Human Nature (3-hour credit for PSYC 120): A comprehensive survey of the science of psychology, with focus on human behavior. Transferable as PSYC 2301.
- American History (3-hour credit for HIST 222): Survey of cultural, economic and political dimensions of America from 1877 to the present. Transferable as HIST 1302.
- Computer Science (3-hour credit for CS 115): An introduction to computer programming using a scripting language such as Python or PHP, with an emphasis on problem solving and logic. Topics include: variables and constants, arithmetic operations, data input and output, Boolean logic, conditional and iterative program control structures, user-defined functions, simple algorithm design, and debugging strategies.Digital
- Digital Logic (4 hours, an introductory Engineering class): An engineering course covering the design and use of logic gates (AND, OR, NOR, XOR, etc.) to design combinational and sequential logic circuits. Topics include Karnaugh maps, binary, octal, and hexadecimal number systems, latches, flip-flops, timers, counters, adders, and hardware description languages. Practical application will be illustrated through laboratory exercises. (PLEASE NOTE: This class has a required elective of Engineering lab. They must be taken together).
- Photography (1-hour elective credit): An in-depth introduction to the basic principles and history of black-and-white photography.
- Creative Writing (1-hour elective credit): Students will learn how to write creative fiction and non-fiction.
- Engineering Lab (0-hour lab credit): This is the required elective for students enrolled in the Digital Logic class.
- Graphic Design (1-hour elective credit): An in-depth introduction to the artistic and design aspects of website building.