News Releases 2014

LETU to Offer Online STEM Academy July 7-Aug. 24, Registration Now Open

Thu, May 8 2014

LeTourneau University is offering three courses in its new STEM Academy this summer to help high school students planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math fields get a jump on their college education.  Registration is under way now at www.letu.edu/stemacademy.  Classes run from July 7 to Aug. 24.
“These courses were designed for students who are ready to get a head start on their core classes,” said LETU Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Larry Frazier.  “This program allows these students to engage one-on-one via technology with their professors and tutors, as well as to interact with other students from across the country entering STEM fields.”
Frazier said these classes are offered at a discount of $750 per class, down from the typical $1,050 per class that is the usual rate of $350 per credit hour.
The three courses include English Composition, Pre-Calculus and Introduction to Chemistry.  
“For some students, this STEM Academy is not just an opportunity to get ahead, but a safeguard from falling behind during their first year at a university and having to stay on another semester to complete their degree, which could be more costly,” Frazier said.  “This STEM Academy is designed to enable students to enter college better prepared for the academic rigor of university study.”
The English course will include a study of effective writing, reading and speaking with an emphasis on expository and personal writing.
The Pre-Calculus class will include a review of algebra, as well as a study of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences, series and analytic geometry.
The Introduction to Chemistry course is a fundamental courses that teaches
foundational concepts of organic and inorganic chemistry, including the metric system, atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, nomenclature of chemical elements and compounds, balancing chemical reactions, oxidation/reduction, states of matter, acids and bases, and solution concentrations.  It cannot be applied toward the General Education requirement, but is instead designed  to provide students with a basic understanding of chemistry, which will enable them to meet the challenges in General Chemistry (CHEM 1113) or to pursue upper level courses as part of a science major.