Roar with us!

Whether you want to try something new or get ahead in your studies, our faculty are ready to connect with you in our classrooms, studios and labs for an exciting summer session! Here are some of the great courses offered at a reduced tuition rate:

Courses for first-year students

These four-week courses will support your transition into Pacific before the semester starts. You will get to know other students through group projects and learn from our top-notch faculty. Courses are held July 19th – August 13th so you can also participate in Week of Welcome during the fifth week of the summer session and get ready to officially start your fall semester!

Academic Skills for Success (SERV 12)

Instructor: Emily Brienza-Larsen
Units: 1
Meeting Times: Mon, Wed 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: Library Learning Studio

Who can take this course?
Open to anyone who wants to improve their study skills.

Course Highlights
Do you want to improve your study habits? In this one-unit course, students will acquire active learning strategies to effectively manage their time, health, and personal goals. They will also work on techniques for effective note-taking, exam preparation, and teamwork. Students will be introduced to campus resources available to assist them throughout their time at Pacific.
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Applied Differential Equations I (MATH 57)

Instructor: John Mayberry
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 12:00-2:05pm
Location: Classroom Building, Rm 205

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required for Engineering and Math majors.  Pre-Pharmacy and Speech Language Pathology majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
Students study ordinary differential equations, first-order equations, separable and linear equations. Also covered are direction fields, second order linear equations with constant coefficients, method of undetermined coefficients, laplace transforms, and unit impulse response and convolutions. Homogeneous systems of first order linear equations and matrix algebra determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors are also studied. Existence and uniqueness theorems are discussed and calculators or computers are used to display solutions and applications. 

Prerequisite: MATH 055 with a "C-" or better or permission of instructor. Check your placement.

 

Classical Mythology (CLAS 051)

Instructor: Dylan Zorea
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 9:30 – 11:35am
Location: Wendall Phillips Center, Rm 122

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Business majors, Speech Language Pathology, Pre-Pharmacy, and Education majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
This course is an introductory survey of the Greek and Roman myths of major importance in Western literature, art and music. The focus includes Greek mythology against the background of Roman, or Roman mythology against the background of Greek. 

Drawing (ARTS 5)

Instructor: Deanna Hunt
Units: 4
Meeting Times: Mon-Thurs 2:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Art Building, Rm 107

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. 

Course Highlights
Do you want to improve your drawing abilities? This hands-on course in drawing emphasizes skill building and the visual and conceptual possibilities of art through drawing. Student will incorporate a variety of projects and materials as they investigate the medium's history, traditional approaches and expressive possibilities.
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Elementary Statistical Inference (MATH 35)

Instructor: Dennis Parker
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 9:30-11:35am
Location: Classroom Building, Rm 104

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required for Education majors. Speech Language Pathology majors are required to take a statistics course. Pre-Pharmacy, Engineering and Computer Science majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
Emphasis is on the applications and limitations of statistical methods of inference, especially in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: estimation and test of hypothesis concerning a single group, One-way Analysis of Variance and analysis of categorical data. The use of statistical computer programs is addressed. Meets fundamental skills in math.

Credit is not given for this course if a student has received credit for MATH 037 or has AP credit in Statistics. 

Prerequisite: MATH 003 or MATH 005 or MATH 041 with a "C-" or better, or an appropriate score on either the Elementary Algebra placement test, the Intermediate Algebra Placement test, or the Pre-calculus placement test or permission of instructor. Check your placement.

 

Elements of Chemistry (CHEM 023)

Instructor: Ali Hina
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 8:00 – 9:50am
Location: Classroom Building, Rm 170

Elements of Chemistry Lab (CHEM 023 L1) – co-requisite with above course
Meeting Times: M-R 10:00 am – 1:00pm
Location: Chemistry Lab 101

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required only for Pre-Pharmacy majors who place into CHEM 23 on the Chemistry Placement exam. Engineering majors do not need this class. Computer Science majors should not take this class if bringing in any CHEM units, including AP CHEM. 

Course Highlights
Designed for general interest in physical science and for preparation for further study in chemistry. Check your placement.

 

Engineering/Computing Ethics & Society (ENGR 30)

Instructor: Rahim Khoie
Units: 3
Meeting Times: M-R 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Khoury Hall, Rm 203

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required for Engineering and Computer Science majors.  Pre-Pharmacy and Speech Language Pathology majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
Major engineering achievements are explored with an emphasis on ethical principles and the global impact these achievements have on society and the environment. Topics include societal needs, personal rights, whistle blowing, conflicts of interest, professional autonomy, risk assessment, sustainable development and the application of engineering codes of ethics. Contemporary technological controversies are examined along with future developments that require engineers to stay current in their field. Student participation is expected in classroom discussions, oral presentations, and written analyses.

Prerequisite: Fundamental Writing Skills requirement. Check your placement

 

General Chemistry (CHEM 027)

Instructor: Skylar Carlson
Units: 5
Meeting Times: M-F 8:00 – 9:50am
Location: Classroom Building, Rm 238

General Chemistry Lab (CHEM 025 L2) – co-requisite with above course
Meeting Times: M-R 10:00 am – 1:00pm
Location: Chemistry Lab, Rm 104

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering majors do not need this class. Engineering and Computer Science majors should not take this class if bringing in any CHEM units, including AP CHEM.

Course Highlights
More important general principles, theories, and concepts of chemistry are studied including modern applications of quantum mechanics, bonding, chemical kinetics, liquids, solids, and properties of solutions. Additional special topics include coordination compounds, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. 

Prerequisite: At least one year of high school chemistry is highly recommended. CHEM 025 with a "C-" or better required.

 

Intro to Comparative Politics (POLS 11)

Instructor: Daniel O’Neill
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 12:00-2:05pm
Location: George Wilson Hall, Rm 100

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Pre-Pharmacy and Speech Language Pathology majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
Students examine the basic functions performed by a political system, compare the different organizations and procedures societies have developed for handling these functions, and analyze of recurring patterns of political behavior from the level of the individual to that of the nation/state.

 

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 11)

Instructor: Lou Matz
Units: 4
Meeting Times: Mon-Thurs 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Wendall Phillips Center, Rm 130

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Engineering and computer science majors should not take this class.

Course Highlights
Through contemporary and historical readings and films, students will examine some of the most enduring questions in philosophy: What are effective methods of critical thinking? What is the difference between believing and knowing? Can consciousness exist independently of the brain? Do we have free will? Does a divine being exist? What is the relationship between reason and religious faith? What are the origin and standards of morality? What moral standing should animals have? Is death bad? What gives human life meaning?
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Introduction to Theatre (THEA 11)

Instructor: Macelle Mahala
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Drama Building, Rm 1

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors.  Pre-Pharmacy majors do not need this class.

Course Highlights
Students examine of the different components of theatre making. Using a variety of dramatic texts from various time periods and critical commentaries, students investigate what theatre making means and how theatrical traditions emerge from and reflect the aesthetics and values of specific cultures and societies. Students have a chance to experiment with different elements of theatre making (acting, directing, playwriting, design, and dramaturgy) in order to experience what these disciplines require and consist of.

 

Leadership Strategies with the President (BUS 093B)

Instructor: Chris Callahan
Units: 1
Meeting Times: Tues, Thurs 1:00pm-2:20pm
Location: Westgate Center (Weber Hall, Rm 102)

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. 

Course Highlights
Students will obtain first-hand training in President Callahan’s leadership framework focusing on collaboration, innovation, optimism, nimbleness and a sense of urgency that creates impactful, problem-solving environments and cultures. Through interactive story-telling and guided reflection, this course provides exclusive access to strategies and insights for students to shape their personal leadership journey at Pacific and accelerate their trajectory of responsible leadership into their career and community.
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Nutrition for Health (HESP 45)

Instructor: Mark Van Ness
Units: 4
Meeting Times: M-F 9:30-11:45am
Location: Main Gym, Rm 118

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Speech Language Pathology and Pre-Pharmacy majors do not need this class. 

Course Highlights
This is a basic introductory nutrition course designed to help students make healthy diet choices. This course includes an examination of the digestion and absorption of nutrients, and an overview of the biochemistry of the macronutrients; carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and water; and micronutrients; vitamins and minerals. The role of nutrients in disease processes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and aging as well as diet planning, production of food, and control of energy balance are covered. Students may not receive credit for this course if they take either BIOL 045 or HESP 135.

 

Personal Finance for Life (BUSI 093A)

Instructors: Lewis Gale, Cynthia Eakin, and Vusal Eminli
Units: 3
Meeting Times: M-R 10:00am – 12:45pm | Important Scheduling Note: This course starts 7/26 and ends 8/19 (students living on campus still move in 7/17).
Location: Weber, Rm 102

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors.  Pre-Pharmacy and Engineering majors do not need this class.

Course Highlights
From understanding compensation and benefits you receive from your first job, to getting a jump start on saving for retirement and investing in the stock market, Personal Finance for Life will provide everything you need to know to begin your financial life. Topics include: Spending – when to use credit and how to use it. Saving – the magic of compound interest. Paying taxes – the marginal income tax rate and the beauty of tax deferral. Insurance – what do you really need and how to manage the tradeoff between premiums and deductibles. Investing – learn about the stock market and participate in an engaging game to learn to grow wealth through investment in stocks and bonds.
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Public Speaking (COMM 27)

Instructor: Steven Farias
Units: 3
Meeting Times: Mon-Thu 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Psychology/Communication Building, Rm 118

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. Required for Pre-Pharm and Business majors.  Education majors do not need this class.

Course Highlights
Do you get nervous thinking about speaking in public? Would you like more confidence when having to present in the classroom or elsewhere? Then take this popular course and learn the principles of public speaking. Learn by studying and by doing.
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Topics in Popular Music: Hip-Hop (MHIS 7)

Instructor: Josh Charney
Units: 3
Meeting Times: Mon-Thurs 2:30-5pm
Location: Buck Hall, Rm 111

Who can take this course?
Open to all majors. 

Course Highlights
This course traces the history of hip hop from its origins as a New York-based subculture in the late 1970s to one of the most popular and influential styles in the world. By concentrating on both the music and its social and historical context, the class will present elements that define hip hop’s sound, while closely examining the culture it inhabits. Topics to discuss include the music’s relationships with earlier African American musical forms, as well as technological, legal, and political issues that have directly affected its development. 
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Registration for first-year students is open!  
 
We know this likely is your first time you will be registering for a college course, and we want to walk you through the registration process step-by-step. To register, please fill out this form and a member of our team will connect with you to confirm your enrollment. Please note: per academic regulations, a student may enroll in a maximum of 8 units per summer session.    
 
Questions: Schedule an individual appointment with a member of our team by visiting the Academic Advising Center page or email advising@pacific.edu.   

Courses for continuing students and transfer students

These five-week courses are designed to help you accelerate completing your degree at Pacific.  For detailed course descriptions and the full course offerings for summer sessions 1-3, see the Schedule of Classes via insidePacific or use the public search tool. 

*online course

Continuing Students: Consult your faculty advisor about summer courses of interest. You can review the Schedule of Classes, look up classes to add and register via insidePacific.

New Transfer Students:  Registration for new transfer students is open!  Consult your Transfer Admission Counselor if you have questions about taking courses this summer at Pacific. Your counselor will connect you with advising and registration support as you consider classes to take this summer.  For detailed course descriptions and the full offering of summer sessions 1-3 courses, check out the Schedule of Classes via insidePacific or use the public search tool.

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Speciality Course
Topics in Popular Music: Hip Hop

This course traces the history of hip hop from its origins as a New York-based subculture in the late 1970s to one of the most popular and influential styles in the world. By concentrating on both the music and its social and historical context, the class will present elements that define hip hop’s sound, while closely examining the culture it inhabits. Topics to discuss include the music’s relationships with earlier African American musical forms, as well as technological, legal, and political issues that have directly affected its development. Students will hopefully gain a wider understanding of this musical tradition and deepen their grasp of American history and popular culture.

Speciality Course
Leadership Strategies with the President

Students will obtain first-hand training in President Callahan’s leadership framework focusing on collaboration, innovation, optimism, nimbleness and a sense of urgency that creates impactful, problem-solving environments and cultures. Through interactive story-telling and guided reflection, this course provides exclusive access to strategies and insights for students to shape their personal leadership journey at Pacific and accelerate their trajectory of responsible leadership into their career and community.

President Callahan
Speciality Course
Begin your financial life

BUSI 93A - Personal Finance for Life
 
From understanding compensation and benefits you receive from your first job, to getting a jump start on saving for retirement and investing in the stock market, Personal Finance for Life will provide everything you need to know to begin your financial life. 
 
Topics include:
Spending – when to use credit and how to use it.
Saving – the magic of compound interest.
Paying taxes – the marginal income tax rate and the beauty of tax deferral.
Insurance – what do you really need and how to manage the tradeoff between premiums and deductibles.
Investing – learn about the stock market and participate in an engaging game to learn to grow wealth through investment in stocks and bonds.

student raising hand during class
students outside during class
Speciality Course
Intro to Philosophy

Through contemporary and historical readings and films, students will examine some of the most enduring questions in philosophy: What are effective methods of critical thinking?  What is the difference between believing and knowing? Can consciousness exist independently of the brain? Do we have free will? Does a divine being exist?  What is the relationship between reason and religious faith? What are the origin and standards of morality? What moral standing should animals have? Is death bad? And what gives human life meaning?

How to register:

First-year
students

Registration for first-year students is open! We know this likely is your first time you will be registering for a college course, and we want to walk you through the registration process step-by-step. To register, please fill out this form and a member of our team will connect with you to confirm your enrollment.     
 
Questions: Schedule an individual appointment with a member of our team by visiting the Academic Advising Center page or email advising@pacific.edu.   

Continuing
students

Consult your faculty advisor about summer courses of interest. You can review the Schedule of Classes, look up classes to add, and register via insidePacific. For assistance using Pacific’s registration tools, see the Academic Advising and Career Services Center.  

New transfer
students

Registration for new transfer students is open! Consult your Transfer Admission Counselor if you have questions about taking courses this summer at Pacific. Your counselor will connect you with advising and registration support as you consider classes to take this summer. For detailed course descriptions and the full offering of summer sessions 1-3 courses, check out the Schedule of Classes via insidePacific or use the public search tool.