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 2018 Cluster offerings:

  1. Number Theory and Discrete Math
  2. Nanochemistry and Nanotechnology
  3. Chemical Explanations for the Existence and Demise of Marine Mammals
  4. The Physics of Waves: From Relativistic Electrons to Strings
  5. Video Game Design: From Concept to Code
  6. Computer Networking and Robotics
  7. Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
  8. Marine Mammals and Oceanography: From Prey to Predators
  9. Astrophysics: From Dying Stars to Distant Galaxies*  

*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.