West Virginia University is offering summer courses as close as your fingertips and as far away as the South Pacific.

The Universitys summer offerings include study abroad, an increased offering of online courses and the traditional classroom fare of core liberal arts subjects. Summer Session I is May 20 through June 27; the second session is July 1 through Aug. 8. Registration begins Monday, March 24.

“Summer sessions are an excellent opportunity for students to take required core curriculum, earn additional course hours toward graduation, improve their grade-point averages or gain class credit seeing another part of the world,”said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning.

The Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences always offers an interesting array of summer courses, and this year will be no different. The colleges offerings include an expedition to the Republic of Fiji to study the island nations marine environment and tourism industry and wilderness emergency response training. Course listings and enrollment information for the college are available on the Web athttp://www.caf.wvu.edu/news/Summer_2003.htm.

The Department of Mathematics is offering a pilot course that will allow students to meet their college algebra requirements. The course, to be offered during Summer School II, will offer both a workshop to review pre-college algebra material and instruction in college algebra (Math 126). Students who are close to entrance requirements for Math 126 will be considered for the workshop and course. For more information, go tohttp://www.math.wvu.edu/workshop/WKS_126_combo.htm.

Two courses offered by the College of Human Resources and Education will instruct professional or aspiring math and science educators how better to teach the subjects to pre-college students. In”This IS Rocket Science,”students will design, build and launch rockets to gain a better understanding of such mathematical and scientific principles as the basic physics of rocket flight, the chemistry of propellants and the geometry of tracking and altitude calculation. Students enrolled in”Roller Coaster Madness”will study the math and science behind amusement parks.

WVU is also offering 22 courses online this summer, a significant increase over the four offered last year. Web-based courses include introduction to computer applications, human anatomy, pre-calculus, American federalism policy and introduction to mass communication.

For information on other summer courses, please visithttp://www.wvu.edu/~summer/. Students who need financial aid for the summer can apply online athttp://www.wvu.edu/~finaid/. The application priority deadline is April 1.