Summer Session Online Courses

Summer Session online classes are completely online. You can be successful from any time zone, and continue to make degree progress and earn valuable, transferable UC credits! At UCSC, online courses are just like their face-to-face equivalents. Students are challenged, encouraged to think deeply, and expected to perform university-level work.

See our online FAQs page for answers to questions about time commitment, technology requirements, and what to expect after you enroll. 

Regular course fees and add/drop/withdraw policies and deadlines apply.


    History and Theory of Biological Anthropology (Online)

  • ANTH 100I

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    *New course, pending CCI approval


  • Cultures Of Sustainability And Social Justice (online)

  • ANTH 110I

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Brings together diverse forms of cultural knowledge and complexities of everyday life to illuminate longstanding concerns of sustainability and justice. Investigates multiple theories of sustainable development as well as tools, techniques, and contexts for ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility and social well-being characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world highlighting the work of Right Livelihood Award Laureates in tandem with UC faculty. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)


  • Feeding California

  • ANTH 110Y

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    *New course, pending CCI approval


  • Introduction to Drawing (online)

  • ART 20L

    Session 1

    Online only course. 

    Traditional handmade drawing course taught in online format through demonstration videos, digital submissions, and small-group discussion forum critiques. Introduces the fundamental basics of observational drawing in a progression designed to develop and build skills in sighting, measuring, value, and rendering. Familiarity with Canvas, access to digital camera, and purchase of art supplies required. Assumes 30 hours per week of coursework. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 

    Course video


  • Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (online)

  • ART 80T

    Session 1

    Online only course. 

    Introduces the digital tools and mediums available to contemporary art practices. Tools are explored from a historical and theoretical context and from a technical perspective through hands-on tutorials. A variety of artworks that use digital mediums are also examined. Covers photo and vector editors, sound and video editing, basic 3D modeling, and images and interactions generated by code. Students should have basic computer literacy. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 


  • 2D Animation (online)

  • ART 106-O

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    This project-centered studio course introduces 2D animation concepts, history, techniques and contemporary practices, production strategies, processes and tools from a practical approach rooted in a historical/theoretical context. During each project's development, students research artists working within relevant categories and/or topics of animation, presenting findings to assist in their creative process.

    Course video


  • Introduction to Game Art + World Building (online)

  • ARTG XX

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    *New course pending CCI approval


  • 3D Character Rigging and Animation for Video Games (online)

  • ARTG XXX

    10-Week

    Online only class. 

    *New course pending CCI approval


  • 3D Game Art Production (online)

  • ARTG XXX

    10-Week 

    Online only class. 

    *New course pending CCI approval


  • Ecology (online)

  • BIOE 107

    Session 1

    Online only class.

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Focuses on physiological, behavioral, and population ecology, and on linking ecological processes to evolution. It includes basic principles, experimental approaches, concepts of modeling, and applications to ecological problems. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.


  • Evolution (online)

  • BIOE 109

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An examination of the history and mechanisms of evolutionary change. Topics include molecular evolution, natural and sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, biogeography, and macroevolution. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, BIOE 20C, and BIOL 105. 


  • Ecosystems of California (online)

  • BIOE 125

    8-Week

    Online only class.

    A survey of the diversity, structure, and functioning of California's ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include: ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land-use history; human and ecological prehistory; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries, and agriculture. Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100/100L. Also listed as ENVS 125. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)


  • Personal Finance and Investing (online)

  • COWL 52

    Session TBA

    Online only course.

    Open to ALL students - from any college at UCSC, other universities, high schools, or UCSC Staff. 

    Overview of the financial responsibilities that young adults take on after college. Topics include: taxes, budgeting, student loans, credit, and investing in the stock market. Ubiquitous terms, such as 401(k), are defined, and financial principles are used to develop a framework for personal financial decision-making.

    *Pending CCI approval


  • STEM Essentials (online) (2 credit)

  • CRSN 15A

    Session 2

    Online only class.  

    Open to ALL students, from any college during Summer. 

    Introduces tips and techniques to supplement and expand a student's existing repertoire of science/mathematics problem-solving skills for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes. The material covered is intended to aid development as a confident learner and future expert in the student's major.

    Course video


  • Geology of National Parks (online)

  • EART 3

    Session 1

    Online only course.

    Geologic concepts and processes responsible for shaping our national parks including mountain building, volcanic and earthquake activity, sedimentation, weathering, erosion, and glaciation. An understanding of how geology impacts our lives is emphasized. Appropriate for both science and non-science majors who wish to enhance their knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of our national parks. (General Education Code(s): SI, IN.) 

    Course Video


  • Earthquakes (online)

  • EART 11

    Session 2

    Online only course.

    Causes and effects of earthquakes. How do we measure, mitigate, and try to predict earthquakes? Plate motion, frictional faulting, earthquake triggering, wave propagation, earthquake damage, related hazards, and other social effects. Hazard reduction through earthquake forecasting and earthquake-resistant design. Classincludes one full day weekend field trip to local faults. Advanced algebra and high school geometry recommended. Students are billed a materials fee. (General Education Code(s): SI.)

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Economics of Accounting (online)

  • ECON 10A

    Session 1

    Online only class.

    Introduction to accounting principles and practice; preparation and analysis of financial statements; study of internal control procedures. Courses 10A and 10B satisfy the Accounting 1A-B requirement at UC Berkeley. 


  • Economics of Accounting (online)

  • ECON 10B

    Session 2

    Online only course.

    Introduction to accounting principles and practice; preparation and analysis of financial statements; study of internal control procedures. Courses 10A and 10B satisfy the Accounting 1A-B requirement at UC Berkeley. 

    If you need the series, after enrolling in 10A, contact summer@ucsc.edu for an add code to enroll in 10B. ECON 10A and 10B satisfy the Accounting 1A-B requirement at UC Berkeley.


  • Security Markets and Financial Institutions (online)

  • ECON 133

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    An examination of all major financial markets: equities, bonds, options, forwards, and futures. Uses modern financial theory, including asset pricing models such as CAPM and APT. Prerequisite(s): courses 100A or 100M, and 113.


  • Introduction to Fresh Water: Processes and Policy (online)

  • ENVS 65

    Session 2 

    Online only course. 

    Introduction to freshwater resources from multiple scientific and policy perspectives. After a review of basic concepts, water issues affecting cities, farms, open space, and multiple-use landscapes are studied. Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have previously received credit for course 165. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)


  • Ecosystems of California (online)

  • ENVS 125

    8-Week

    Online only class.

    A survey of the diversity, structure, and functioning of California's ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include: ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land-use history; human and ecological prehistory; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries, and agriculture. Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100/100L. Also listed as BIOE 125. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)


  • The Politics of Exclusion: Asian American Visual Culture (online)

  • HAVC 127F

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    Examines Asian American artists as well as representations of Asian Americans through American history. This course addresses such themes as migration and dislocation, race and identity, intergenerational relationships, origins and diasporas, and American foreign policies in Asia. (General Education Code(s): ER.) 


  • Latin American Art and Visual Culture (online)

  • HAVC 144A

    Session 1

    Online only class.

    Investigates Latin American and Caribbean art and visual culture. Studies decolonial resistances, alternative modernisms, examining the shaping of “race” and ethnicity under global capitalism. Looks at practices by Latin American and Latinx artists, focusing on Afro-Latinx and indigenous knowledges

    *New course pending CCI approval


  • History of the English Language (online)

  • HIS 59

    Session 2

    Online only class.


  • Medical and Scientific Terminology (online)

  • HIS 60

    Session 1

    Online only course. 

    Trains students in the principals that will help them make sense of Greco-Latin scientific and technical vocabulary. Introduces Greco-Roman natural philosophy and its general cultural context, and explains the historical relationship of that tradition to the emergence of modern European experimental science and technology. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 

    Expectations and Course video


  • Topics In The World History Of Science (online)

  • HIS 101D

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Human curiosity and inquiry changed and varied widely across Eurasia. We will survey and understand how the curiosity and inquiry were framed in three major civilizational settings (China, Islam and Judeo-Christian) from the end of the Mongol conquest of Eurasia to the beginning of industrial capitalism. During this period, most people lived in an agrarian society and political hierarchy of various kinds. It was a different world from our industrial and even post-industrial world we currently reside and it will take quite a lot of imagination and understanding to venture into their world: Why and how did they watch sky, track the movement of the Sun, draw maps, make tools and weapons, heal the sick, preserve and pass on what they had learned? May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): SI.)

    Course video


  • Art and Social Change in Latin America: Diego Rivera (online)

  • LALS 75

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Explores the works of Diego Rivera, other Mexican muralists, and the Latin American cultural movements that developed to address relevant social and political issues.


  • Comparative Law (online)

  • LGST 116

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    Explores legal systems and legal rules around the world, for a better understanding of the factors that have shaped both legal growth and legal change. Particular attention given to differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and expansion of legal norms around the globe. Also offered as POLI 116.


  • Invented Languages (online)

  • LING 80K

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    Considers invented languages, including Elvish and Klingon, as well as lesser-known ones that tackle ethical, social, or cognitive concerns. Students learn tools from contemporary linguistics to analyze language structures and understand how they relate to creator intentions. (General Education Code(s): TA.) 

    Course video


  • Introduction to Speculative Fiction (online)

  • LIT 61U

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Close reading of speculative and science fiction texts (short stories, novels, and films) with the aim of developing critical methods for the analysis and interpretation of SF as a critique of science, technology, and culture. Course will explore themes like encounters across species; novelty and change; expanded concepts of life; and the role of technology in human development. (General Education Codes: PE-T)

    Course video


  • Calculus for Science, Math, Engineering (online)

  • MATH 19A-01

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    The limit of a function, calculating limits, continuity, tangents, velocities, and other instantaneous rates of change. Derivatives, the chain rule, implicit differentiation, higher derivatives. Exponential functions, inverse functions, and their derivatives. The mean value theorem, monotonic functions, concavity, and points of inflection. Applied maximum and minimum problems. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and course 11A or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 11A and 15A,or Economics 11A. Prerequisite(s): course 3 or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3; or mathematics placement (MP) score of 400 or higher; or AP Calculus AB exam score of 3 or higher. (General Education Code(s): MF, IN, Q.)


  • Calculus for Science, Math, Engineering (online)

  • MATH 19A-02

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    The limit of a function, calculating limits, continuity, tangents, velocities, and other instantaneous rates of change. Derivatives, the chain rule, implicit differentiation, higher derivatives. Exponential functions, inverse functions, and their derivatives. The mean value theorem, monotonic functions, concavity, and points of inflection. Applied maximum and minimum problems. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and course 11A or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 11A and 15A,or Economics 11A. Prerequisite(s): course 3 or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3; or mathematics placement (MP) score of 400 or higher; or AP Calculus AB exam score of 3 or higher. (General Education Code(s): MF, IN, Q.)


  • Calculus for Science, Math, Engineering (online)

  • MATH 19B-01

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    The definite integral and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Areas, volumes. Integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, and partial fractions methods. Improper integrals. Sequences, series, absolute convergence and convergence tests. Power series, Taylor and Maclaurin series. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and course 11B, Applied Math and Statistics 11B and 15B, or Economics 11B. Prerequisite(s): course 19A or 20A or AP Calculus AB exam score of 4 or 5, or BC exam score of 3 or higher, or IB Mathematics Higher Level exam score of 5 of higher. (General Education Code(s): MF, IN, Q.)


  • Calculus for Science, Math, Engineering (online)

  • MATH 19B-02

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    The definite integral and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Areas, volumes. Integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, and partial fractions methods. Improper integrals. Sequences, series, absolute convergence and convergence tests. Power series, Taylor and Maclaurin series. Students cannot receive credit for both this course and course 11B, Applied Math and Statistics 11B and 15B, or Economics 11B. Prerequisite(s): course 19A or 20A or AP Calculus AB exam score of 4 or 5, or BC exam score of 3 or higher, or IB Mathematics Higher Level exam score of 5 of higher. (General Education Code(s): MF, IN, Q.)


  • Vector Calculus (online)

  • MATH 23A-01

    Session 1

    Online only class.

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Vectors in n-dimensional Euclidean space. The inner and cross products. The derivative of functions from n-dimensional to m-dimensional Euclidean space is studied as a linear transformation having matrix representation. Paths in 3-dimensions, arc length, vector differential calculus, Taylor's theorem in several variables, extrema of real-valued functions, constrained extrema and Lagrange multipliers, the implicit function theorem, some applications. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 22. (Formerly Multivariable Calculus.) Prerequisite(s): course 19B or 20B or AP calculus BC exam score of 4 or 5. (General Education Code(s): MF.)


  • Vector Calculus (online)

  • MATH 23A-02

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Vectors in n-dimensional Euclidean space. The inner and cross products. The derivative of functions from n-dimensional to m-dimensional Euclidean space is studied as a linear transformation having matrix representation. Paths in 3-dimensions, arc length, vector differential calculus, Taylor's theorem in several variables, extrema of real-valued functions, constrained extrema and Lagrange multipliers, the implicit function theorem, some applications. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 22. (Formerly Multivariable Calculus.) Prerequisite(s): course 19B or 20B or AP calculus BC exam score of 4 or 5. (General Education Code(s): MF.)


  • Microbiology (online)

  • METX 119-01

    Session 1

    Online Only Class. 

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Cell and molecular biology of bacteria and their viruses, including applications in medicine, public health, agriculture, and biotechnology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A. 


  • Introduction to Logic (online)

  • PHIL 9

    10-Week

    Online only class.

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Introduction to Philosophy (online)

  • PHIL 11

    Session TBA

    Online only class. 

    An introduction to the main areas of philosophy through critical reflection on and analysis of both classical and contemporary texts. Focuses on central and enduring problems in philosophy such as skepticism about the external world, the mind-body problem, and the nature of morality. (General Education Code(s): TA, IH.)

    Course video


  • Comparative Law (online)

  • POLI 116

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    Explores legal systems and legal rules around the world, for a better understanding of the factors that have shaped both legal growth and legal change. Particular attention given to differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and expansion of legal norms around the globe. Also offered as LGST 116.


  • European Politics (online)

  • POLI 140A

    Session 1

    Online only class. 

    Explores the political and economic systems of advanced industrialized societies. In addition to specific comparisons between the countries of western Europe and the United States, covers important themes and challenges, including immigration, globalization, and the crisis of the welfare state. (Formerly Politics of Advanced Industrialized Societies.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. 


  • Social Psychology Online (online)

  • SOCY 136X

    Session 1

    *New course pending CCI approval


  • Water and Sanitation Justice (online)

  • SOCY 173X

    Session 2

    Online only course. 

    In the global North and South, inequalities in water and sanitation are issues of justice as much as income. One billion people worldwide lack safe water, 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation. Course explores: North-South comparison, water governance, human rights, poverty, climate justice, irrigation, and more. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)


  • Service Learning (online) (2 credit)

  • STEV 27

    10-Weeks

    Online only class. 2 credit.

    Open to ALL students from any college during Summer. 

    This online course frames and supports the service-learning experiences of students engaged in field placements both here in Santa Cruz and in their home communities. Students approach social challenges thematically (e.g., homelessness, environmentalism, domestic violence, etc.) and consider how different disciplines might engage these issues. They consider how our community partners conceptualize and address social issues and how these conceptions connect, or fail to connect, with academic approaches. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)