The University of Arizona is inviting members of the Tucson community to audit science classes this fall through the new Community Science Scholars Program.
The program allows community members to audit science classes at a reduced tuition rate through the UA College of Science. Auditors enroll as non-degree-seeking students and choose from a menu of fall 2017 classes.
"The goal is to increase the college's engagement with the local community and give lifelong learners a chance to learn from our world-class science faculty," said Chris Impey, associate dean of the College of Science.
Auditors attend lectures and participate in discussions but don't submit written work, take exams or receive a grade. The cost is $450 for a three-unit class — a fraction of what regular students pay. Auditors may take up to two classes per year. They also get a free UA email account, a CatCard for $25 and access to the UA Libraries and UA Campus Recreation.
There are more than two dozen three-unit classes from which to choose this semester, which starts on Aug. 21. A small number of seats are open to auditors and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Classes include life and physical sciences and 10 departments. Examples include "Golden Age of Planetary Exploration," "Frontiers of Brain Science," "Historical Geology," "Foundations of Biochemistry," "Bioinformatics Seminar" and "Astronomy and the Arts." Instructors include award-winning teachers, distinguished professors and department heads.
For more information about the Community Science Scholars Program, visit http://cos.arizona.edu/connections/community-science-scholars.