AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas System is the largest state institution in the country that offers free online college-level courses to high school students.
Four courses were made available this fall and do not have prerequisites. They are Intro to Engineering, Discover Pre-Calculus, Intro to Sociology, Solving Problems using Python and Human Geography. A fifth course is in the works, the UT System said.
Instructors for the courses are at the UT Arlington, UT Austin and UT Permian Basin campuses.
The engineering course runs 13 weeks and teaches students to use math to solve engineering problems. The Python programming course provides an understanding of writing Python code to solve problems.
Discover Pre-Calculus emphasizes areas such as exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, trigonometry, algebra, geometry and many other functions.
The Intro to Sociology course is designed to provide general knowledge through critical thinking in sociology and prepare students for the CLEP exam.
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