Academic Cluster Overview

COSMOS students enroll in one course "cluster" for the duration of the four-week program. Each cluster focuses on a different science, mathematics, or engineering topic. Each cluster will enroll about 16 to 25 students.

Each cluster is comprised of two science, math and/or engineering courses and one transferable skills course. Each course is designed and instructed by UCSC faculty, lecturers, researchers and graduate students. During the four weeks, students research and prepare a final project which is presented to other students and their home communities.

 Summer 2017 Cluster offerings:

  1. Number Theory and Discrete Math
  2. Nanochemistry and Nanotechnology
  3. Under the Sea: Exploring Marine Organisms and Oceanography
  4. California Hazards: Earthquakes and Climate Change
  5. Video Game Design: From Concept to Code
  6. Computer Networking and Robotics
  7. Astrophysics: From Dying Stars to Distant Galaxies*  
  8. Marine Mammals and Oceanography: From Prey to Predators

*Some clusters require the completion of certain high school courses. Before applying to a cluster, make sure that you have completed all of the necessary pre-requisites.