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Westminster offers college credits to high school students through Summer Environmental Program

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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Westminster College’s Center for the Environment is offering high school students the opportunity to gain college credits through an Early College summer STEM program this year.

Open to 9th through 12th graders, the program will focus on hands-on science that has real world implications for conservation.

The first Early College course includes hybrid instruction with a virtual meeting with professors and online assignments starting the week of June 27. The in-person programming will take place at Westminster College from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, July 5-9.

Activities will include mammal studies using camera traps, lake ecology investigations, a trip to the apiary and pollinator garden ending with a field study at a passive treatment site for abandoned mine drainage.

Westminster College faculty members Dr. Patrick Krantz, associate professor of environmental science, and Dr. Helen Boylan, director of Westminster's Center for the Environment and professor of chemistry, will lead the Early College program.

A registration fee of $227.50 is required and includes two college credits. Students will also be required to complete additional online assignments to earn the college credits.

Westminster’s Early College (EC) is a dual enrollment program designed for academically prepared high school students. Early College Scholars have the opportunity to earn up to a full year of college credits before they finish high school.

For more information and details on how to apply, please visit Additional questions can be directed to Boylan at or 724-946-6293.