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Math Science Upward Bound, University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington

Classes 2014

Lectures and Study Sections

This class provides a series of seminars from experts in selected STEM fields. Each seminar offers an introduction to a particular STEM topic and provides a glimpse into original research in that field. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions about research in that area and gain some insight into career pathways in the field. An emphasis is placed on cross-disciplinary topics that combine research from multiple fields.

The seminars are supported by Study Sections that help the students understand the Seminar content and learn study skills needed to succeed in lecture-type classes. In sections, students will also have the opportunity to tour labs and facilities on campus, take part in hands-on and computer activities, and work on their group projects.

Chemistry Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to selected topics in chemistry and the techniques used to conduct chemical research. In order to achieve this, students will be drawing from a variety of areas of chemistry. They will try their hands at everything from making a polymer (synthetic chemistry), to identifying an unknown (forensic chemistry), and constructing a solar cell (inorganic/materials chemistry). Students will also learn how to collect, record, analyze, and communicate  scientific data.

College Prep

UW MSUB College Prep provides students with winning strategies to prepare them for 1) an increasingly competitive college admission’s process and, 2) the expectations of college once admitted.
This course will cover preparing for college, applying to college, and meeting college expectations.


This course provides an introduction to different types of engineering and the role engineers play in society. Students will learn the engineering design process and will gain hands-on experience applying it to a broad range of engineering topics.


This class serves as an introduction to the Latin language.  The emphasis will be on Latin vocabulary and how it connects to English, both colloquially and within STEM fields, with the goal of expanding your English vocabulary as well as preparing you for the language of your prospective careers.

Math A

This course is designed to strengthen the algebraic skills necessary for future high school math courses and introduce students to some of the concepts taught in high school Algebra 2 class. The topics that are going to be covered include combining like terms, the distributive property, linear equations, factoring, completing the square, the quadratic formula, graphing inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions.

Math B1

This course is designed to strengthen the algebraic skills necessary for future high school math courses and introduce students to the concepts taught in Precalculus class. The course will examine each of the following families of functions: linear, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric.

Math B2

This course is designed to strengthen the algebraic skills necessary for advanced classes such as Calculus, Statistics, and Physics.  The skills will be applied to periodic and exponential functions.

The course begins with a refresher of basic algebra operations and quickly adds complexity of binomial expansions.  Algebra applied to mathematical functions further exercises the students’ skills.  The relationship between exponential and logarithmic operations will be studied, followed by in-depth focus on the trigonometric functions and their algebraic properties.  The class will conclude with the students applying their skills to real-world situations and modeling behavior.

Math C

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and operations of Differential Calculus.  The students will learn how their algebra knowledge and skills are utilized in this advanced mathematical subject.

The course begins with a refresher of algebraic topics as they are applied to mathematical functions.  These topics are then extended in a study of function limits, followed by both an intuitive and precise definition of the derivative.  Derivative operational methods will be developed for basic function types and then extended to products, quotients, and composition of functions.  The course will conclude with the students applying their knowledge to real-world modeling of rates of change and optimization.

Research Writing

This course provides an introduction to scientific research writing and prepares you to meet the challenges incoming college students face in the natural sciences. This will be achieved through focused assignments which use writing and writing-based projects to help teach the basics of inquiry, research, exposition, and reflection. Together we will work to better understand how scientists pose questions, conduct research, and express their findings in writing, and moreover how we, as students in the physical sciences, can successfully do the same. 

Space Exploration

Learn about the mechanics of space travel, the physics of rockets and electric thrusters, and the costs of travelling elsewhere in the solar system.  Explore the health hazards to human beings living in space and on other worlds, the dangers of space weather and solar storms even to those here on Earth.  Discover how we search for signs of life beyond Earth by comparison to our own environment, and develop scenarios for manned scientific missions to worlds beyond Earth.