Summer Focus students (like all Pre-Collegiate Program participants) may only enroll in courses offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 17—August 10) and Session D (six weeks: June 30—August 10). These are full UC Berkeley courses. Pre-Collegiate students will be in courses in which the majority of their classmates will be college students from Berkeley. There are no courses designated specifically for high school students.

Summer Focus students may take most courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division), provided that they have met all prerequisites posted on the online schedule of classes. Because a Summer Sessions course is an accelerated version of a 16-week semester course, we advise that students take no more than two courses.

Course Highlights:

The Beauty and Joy of Computing - COMPSCIS 10 - 4 Units - Session C (eight weeks: June 17—August 10)

An introduction to the beauty and joy of computing. The history, social implications, great principles, and future of computing. Beautiful applications that have changed the world. How computing empowers discovery and progress in other fields. Relevance of computing to the student and society will be emphasized. Students will learn the joy of programming a computer using a friendly, graphical language, and will complete a substantial team programming project related to their interests.

Introduction to Functional Neuroanatomy - MCELLBI 63 - 3 Units - Session D (six weeks: June 30—August 10)

This course emphasizes beginning anatomy of the brain and spinal cord to individuals interested in understanding the dynamics of motor and sensory functions in the human body. Students in the Departments of Education, Psychology, and Integrative Biology, as well as students interested in medicine and the life sciences, are especially encouraged to attend. 

Globalization - GEOG N20 - 3 Units - Session D (six weeks: June 30—August 10)

Global economics and politics are undergoing a revolution. Transnational enterprises, international trade, and digitized finance are merging its formerly separate national economies. New regional and transnational treaties and institutions, from the EU and NAFTA to the IMF, the WTO and the World Bank, are arising to regulate the new global economy. Power is being transferred from national states to these institutions, not always smoothly or in predictable ways. This course is about this medley.

Introduction to General Astronomy - ASTRO 10 - 4 Units - Session D (six weeks: June 30—August 10)

A description of modern astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Additional topics optionally discussed include quasars, pulsars, black holes, and extraterrestrial communication, etc. Individual instructor's synopses available from the department.

English Language Studies: Film - COLWRIT 5C - 3 Units - Session D (six weeks: June 30—August 10)

Students will have the opportunity to practice critical thinking, listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills by studying contemporary issues and learning about how the elements of film--script, cinematography, sound, lighting, and more--work together to help build a film's story and themes. Course includes a fieldwork component. Multiple sections: placement based on Day 1 assessment of interests and needs.

Academic & Public Speaking for Multilingual Students - COLWRIT 9R - 3 Units - Session D (six weeks: June 30—August 10)

In this course, ESL students learn and practice the rhetorical and oral skills needed to speak in various situations in the U.S. The course focuses on designing formal and informal presentations for varied purposes and audiences, constructing/defending arguments, and fielding critical questions. Also emphasized are communication skills needed for interacting in group and in one-on-one formats. Course includes a fieldwork component.

Our team will be happy to help you select the courses that are the best fit for you. 

Selecting your courses. 

  • You can select up to 8 units of classes from Session C and/or Session D. You can view the class sessions online here and browse to find classes you are interested in. Please note the following restrictions:
  • Make sure that the course is offered during Session C or D (set the fourth filter in the drop downs)
  •  Make sure that the course is numbered 1-99 (set the filter in the first drop down)
  • Check the list of classes at the bottom of this page to make sure that the course/s you have chosen are open to you there are a number of classes that aren't available to high school students and I've included them in them at the end of this email.
  • Double check that you meet all course-prerequisites for your chosen courses.

Alternatively, please email us for a PDF catalog of available courses open to high school students at

Once you have been accepted into the Pre-Collegiate Program, go to the Cal Student Store and follow the appropriate links for the summer session and courses in which you are enrolled. There you can access a list of both required and recommended books for your class/es.