Course Offerings

*All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST or UTC -5)

FalL

Physics I

Sept 5th-Oct 24th

Saturday and Sunday

8-10 am EST

Course Introduction

This course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester college physics class. The material will be learned through a variety of activities including reading and writing assignments, homework problems, quizzes, and tests Through this course, students will increase their knowledge of physics and develop their problem-solving abilities, specifically, how to apply mathematical principles to a physical situation, how to analyze scientific phenomena, and how to communicate experimental results. Topics covered will focus on mechanics and heat.

You WIll Learn

  • Physics and Measurement 

  • Speed, Vectors, and Velocity Forces and Newton’s Laws  

  • Energy 

  • Momentum 

  • Rotational Motion 

  • Structure of Matter and Solids 

  • Fluids  

  • Heat and Change of State
     

Carey Witkov-Harvard University

Principles of Economics

Sept. 25th-November 13th

Friday and Saturday

9-11 pm EST

*After Nov 1st, class time will change to 8-10 pm EST

Course Introduction

This course provides an introduction to microeconomics, which attempts to understand the economy from an individual perspective. Consistent with the idea of a “principles” class, we will focus on a core set of fundamental concepts that help us to understand a broad range of
microeconomic issues. This course will provide an introduction to the economic approach to analyzing the choices and resultant decisions under these conditions. Applying broader economic principles, we will see the consequences and repercussions of free trade and globalization, sources of unemployment, the role and effects of taxes in the economy, and the function of government intervention. We will learn how economics provides useful tools for analyzing the world in which we produce and consume.

You WIll Learn

  • Understand consumer behavior

  • Understand firm behavior

  • Analyze different types of market structures

  • Understand how to apply economic principles to a range of policy questions

  • Solve a firm's cost minimization problem mathematically and graphically

  • Calculate producer and consumer surplus

  • Use economic tools to analyze economic policies

Marcelo Clerici-Arias-Stanford University

Principles of Biology I

November 15th-December 19th

Friday and Saturday

8-11 pm EST

Course Introduction

This course is designed to bring students to a level of understanding of basic human biology, health, and disease, as well as modern biomedical science that will enable them to make rational decisions on personal, ethical, and political issues in their health. This level will be reached through lectures, reading of texts, papers and news media, and laboratory experiments. This course is a participatory course. A research project will lead students to become true experts in a subject of their choice and laboratory experiments will give an appreciation of biotechnology.

You WIll Learn

  • The origin and definition of life

  • The chemical composition of cells

  • Gene structure and expression

  • Cell organization

  • The basis of heredity and reproduction

  • Evolution

  • Population genetics and dynamics

  • The origins of life’s diversity

Rusty Lansford-University of Southern California

Introduction to Computer Science

October 10th-November 28th

Sat and Sun

8-10 pm EST

*After Nov 1st, classes will change to 7-9 pm EST

Course Introduction

A broad survey of the computer science discipline, focusing on the computer's role in representing, storing, manipulating, organizing, and communicating information. Topics include hardware, software, algorithms, operating systems, networks. The main objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the role, activities
(design, analysis, and implementation [programming] of algorithms) by the computer scientist in the modern computer. The interface of hardware, software, operating systems, and programs will
be the center of study.

You WIll Learn

  • Understand binary data representation in the modern computer

  • Understand how fixed-length number representations affect accuracy and precision in computing.

  • Identify the necessary properties of good algorithms. Discuss the importance of algorithms in the problem-solving process.

  • Understand the software development cycle, good coding style, and algorithm development.

  • Introduce the syntax of the Python programming language and develop small algorithmic programs in Python.

To Be Announced

Ross Hamilton-Columbia University

English Composition I

October 10th-November 28th

Sat and Sun

8-10 pm EST

*After Nov 1st, classes will change to 7-9 pm EST

Course Introduction

Most universities have a writing/composition general education requirement and often offer courses that incorporate a writing component. All students in the iStar program are encouraged to attend this class, combining audience and contextual analysis, suitable language and practical skills, and knowledge of different writing styles to produce high-quality, impactful pieces. Students will engage in writing of university caliber while strengthening their English skills. Students will also gain a basic understanding of how to write a research paper.

You Wll Learn

  • Rhetorical Analysis

  • Rhetorical appeals

  • Persuasive techniques

  • Logical fallacies

  • Non-fiction works, dealing with race, class, gender, and disability

  • Purpose, audience, and context in depth

  • Making an argument

  • Thesis development

  • Quotation, paraphrase, summary

  • Basic MLA formatting

  • Writing and Revision

  • Writing workshop

  • Peer review

Ross Hamilton-Columbia University

English Composition I

January 31st-February 19th

7-9 pm EST

Course Introduction

Most universities have a writing/composition general education requirement and often offer courses that incorporate a writing component. All students in the iStar program are encouraged to attend this class, combining audience and contextual analysis, suitable language and practical skills, and knowledge of different writing styles to produce high-quality, impactful pieces. Students will engage in writing of university caliber while strengthening their English skills. Students will also gain a basic understanding of how to write a research paper.

You Wll Learn

  • Rhetorical Analysis

  • Rhetorical appeals

  • Persuasive techniques

  • Logical fallacies

  • Non-fiction works, dealing with race, class, gender, and disability

  • Purpose, audience, and context in depth

  • Making an argument

  • Thesis development

  • Quotation, paraphrase, summary

  • Basic MLA formatting

  • Writing and Revision

  • Writing workshop

  • Peer review

Ross Hamilton-Columbia University

Introduction to Computer Science

January 31st-February 19th

7-9 pm EST

Course Introduction

A broad survey of the computer science discipline, focusing on the computer's role in representing, storing, manipulating, organizing, and communicating information. Topics include hardware, software, algorithms, operating systems, networks. The main objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the role, activities
(design, analysis, and implementation [programming] of algorithms) by the computer scientist in the modern computer. The interface of hardware, software, operating systems, and programs will
be the center of study.

You WIll Learn

  • Understand binary data representation in the modern computer

  • Understand how fixed-length number representations affect accuracy and precision in computing.

  • Identify the necessary properties of good algorithms. Discuss the importance of algorithms in the problem-solving process.

  • Understand the software development cycle, good coding style, and algorithm development.

  • Introduce the syntax of the Python programming language and develop small algorithmic programs in Python.

To Be Announced

Spring-1

Principles of Biology I

January 31st-February 19th

7-9 pm EST

Course Introduction

This course is designed to bring students to a level of understanding of basic human biology, health, and disease, as well as modern biomedical science that will enable them to make rational decisions on personal, ethical, and political issues in their health. This level will be reached through lectures, reading of texts, papers and news media, and laboratory experiments. This course is a participatory course. A research project will lead students to become true experts in a subject of their choice and laboratory experiments will give an appreciation of biotechnology.

You WIll Learn

  • The origin and definition of life

  • The chemical composition of cells

  • Gene structure and expression

  • Cell organization

  • The basis of heredity and reproduction

  • Evolution

  • Population genetics and dynamics

  • The origins of life’s diversity

Rusty Lansford-University of Southern California

Physics 2

January 31st-February 19th

7-9 pm EST

Course Introduction

This course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester college physics class. The material will be learned through a variety of activities including reading and writing assignments, homework problems, quizzes, and tests Through this course, students will increase their knowledge of physics and develop their problem-solving abilities, specifically, how to apply mathematical principles to a physical situation, how to analyze scientific phenomena, and how to communicate experimental results. Topics covered will focus on mechanics and heat.

You WIll Learn

  • Physics and Measurement 

  • Speed, Vectors, and Velocity Forces and Newton’s Laws  

  • Energy 

  • Momentum 

  • Rotational Motion 

  • Structure of Matter and Solids 

  • Fluids  

  • Heat and Change of State
     

Carey Witkov-Harvard University

Don't know what courses you want to study? Not a problem! Our iStar representatives will work with each student to aid them in selecting the courses that best fit their career goals and personality. For some students, this may include an assessment to gain a better understanding of a student's skills and the career path that utilizes their strengths.

To ensure that each class does not exceed the maximum number allowed, students will be asked to select their top three courses. iStar we will work to ensure each student is placed in one of their top three choices.

Don't see any courses for the subject you want to study? The course list above is only the beginning. We know every student is different, and that means their interests are different, too. iStar is constantly expanding our course offerings, and we would love to hear your suggestions. We promise to do our best to help you explore your interests. 

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