Options for earning credit during the summer

Summer break is only a few weeks away, which for most students means leaving campus to pursue jobs, internships, or other opportunities. However, some academic areas offer summer programming that gives students a chance to earn credit while engaging in exciting non-traditional learning experiences both on campus and abroad.  

Listed below are the programming options available Summer 2024, along with the credit requirements they fulfill. For more information about any opportunity, reach out to the associated faculty member.  

School of Business and Management

Wildcat Rentals lifeguard, risk, and rental supervisor 

Program: Outdoor Recreation Management 
Dates: May 13–Sept. 8 
Cost: Summer school rates (Tuition, fees: $400/credit hour; Room and board: $215/per week)
Pay: $15/hour 
Credits earned: 4, Waterfront Equipment and Rental (3) and Lifeguarding (1) 
Faculty: AJ Czarnecki-Atwell 

This hands-on learning experience allows students to earn money while earning college credit. The student employees will be responsible for running the equipment rental stand, serving as lifeguards for patrons using the lake, and maintaining the facilities. Students might be called on to react promptly to emergency situations and provide care until medical services arrive. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in a career managing outdoor recreation facilities or running a business.  

Reach out to Outdoor Recreation Management Coordinator AJ Czarnecki-Atwell to apply.  

Outdoor Recreation Management Students Gain Work Experience at Wildcat Lake

Croatia and Slovenia Expedition 

Program: Outdoor Recreation Management  
Dates: Aug. 6–18 
Cost: $4,600
Credits earned: 3, Skill Fundamentals 
Certifications received: Certified Outdoor Leader (COL) 
Faculty: Katie Wall 

Outdoor Recreation Management is heading to Southeast Europe for an action-packed trip. The water-based activities will take place on the Dalmatian coast and Adriatic Sea of Croatia. The land-based activities will take place in the mountains, rivers, and gorges of northern Slovenia. This multi-sport expedition will include sailing, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, rafting, climbing, hiking, and flat-water paddling. The group will also be exploring several historically significant sites throughout the trip with military, cultural, and Game of Thrones tours. 

Reach out to Associate Professor of Outdoor Recreation Management Katie Wall to register.  

May School of Natural and Health Sciences


Program: Wildlife Biology 
Dates: May 20–31 
Cost: Summer school rates (Tuition, fees: $400/credit hour; Room and board: $215/per week)
Credits earned: 3, 300 BIO Elective 
Faculty: Shinjini Goswami  

This course provides students with an introduction to the field of ecotoxicology: the study of the effects of contaminants in ecosystems. While the study of toxicology examines effects at molecular, cellular, and organism levels, effects at higher levels are not always predictable based on findings at lower levels. Ecotoxicology integrates contaminants’ effects at multiple levels of biological organization. Students will gain knowledge of the principles and current theoretical issues within the field. Daily material will cover the different classes of environmental chemicals, ecotoxicological effects on wildlife, human exposures and health effects, basic mechanisms of toxicity, and environmental epidemiology. A case study approach will be utilized in lectures and labs to examine the toxic effects of heavy metals, organic compounds, insecticides, and environmental endocrine disrupters. Lab and field sampling can include non-human blood and/or tissue samples retrieved from the Mary Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and/or water and soil samples retrieved from the Elk Valley Preserve, Mill Pond, and/or surrounding areas belonging to the Lees-McRae College campus. Prerequisites: BIO 114/115 or BIO 121, AND CHM 111. 

Reach out to Assistant Dean of Natural and Health Sciences Shinjini Goswami to register.  


Appalachian Ecology 

Program: Wildlife Biology
Dates: June 3–14 
Cost: Summer school rates (Tuition, fees: $400/credit hour; Room and board: $215/per week), plus $50 fee 
Credits earned: 4, 400 BIO Elective 
Faculty: Michael Osbourn and Ben Wayne 

This course is a field study of the natural communities of the southern Appalachians, including deciduous forests, evergreen forests, balds, heath, and wetlands. The biological composition and structure of these communities are examined through field exercises and projects. Prerequisite: BIO 211 or BIO 221. 

Reach out to Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology Michael Osbourn to register.  

Online courses 

Want to earn credit over the summer without living on campus? The following courses will be offered online:  

SOC 236 Principles of Sociology * 
SOC 238 Sociology of the Family* 
SOC 251 Social Problems* 
CRI 221 Intro to Criminal Justice* 
CRI 311 Policing 
CRI 325 Judicial Process and Court Ethics 
PSY 133 General Psychology* 
PSY 201 Human Growth and Development* 
COM-265-01 Intro to Film Studies (WI) 

*Counts toward General Education 

Contact your advisor or the Registrar to learn more. 

By Emily WebbApril 26, 2024