Online STEM Programs

Did you know that STEM degree holders have the *top earning potential of any career category? William & Mary’s Pre-College Online Program is designed for motivated high school students to experience STEM-related subjects like medicine and psychology, with more to come. Test out various STEM subjects before committing to a major. Study with renowned faculty at this preeminent teaching, learning and research university in the U.S., and gain insights from experts in your field of interest. Our flexible format lets you study anywhere, anytime and at your own pace. This allows you to take multiple STEM courses and explore a variety of subjects. If you are considering a STEM enrichment program, start your future now at William & Mary.


Program Dates

Multi-length courses available throughout the year


For students ages 13 and up

Individual Course Fees


Current Courses Available


Medicine: Disease, Diagnostics and Interventions

Discover Pathogenic Microorganisms and How They Infect Humans

Thinking about a future in medicine? The foundation of every doctor’s understanding of medicine is the study of pathogens so here’s a great place to start. In this course, you’ll learn how viruses, bacteria and parasites infect different areas of the body, and how they spread among people. You’ll discover how doctors use these insights to treat disease and answer key questions. How do the characteristics of a disease lead to a diagnosis? What are the potential risks for other diseases? We’ll delve into the battle against antibiotic resistance and see how public and global health organizations access new treatments from microbiology, biotechnology and gene therapy. If modern medicine is in your future, this course is for you.


Cognitive Psychology: How the Brain Works

Understanding How the Brain Works

Do the workings of the human brain fascinate you? Are you curious about the functions of decision making and reasoning? This course is designed for motivated students with a passion for how the brain functions and its influence on language, perception, decision-making and emotions. Learn the history of cognitive psychology and define distinct systems of the brain and the processes of human cognition. Understand how the brain uses memory and its connection to attention. Identify the functions of the frontal lobe, like emotions and reasoning. You’ll even have the opportunity to create a map of your brain and show how it makes decisions. From law and medicine to research, data analytics and more, a wide variety of fields benefit from a background knowledge of cognitive psychology. If you hope to pursue any of these topics in college and beyond, this course is for you.

How You Will Benefit

  • Narrow your focus on what STEM subjects interest you to better determine what you might choose to study in college.
  • Experience what it’s like to take a STEM course designed by William & Mary faculty while you’re still in high school.
  • Flexible learning: lectures by professors are delivered through dynamic videos, so you can tune in whenever your schedule allows — the ultimate in flexibility.
  • Work with mentors who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience.
  • Complete a Final Project to demonstrate what STEM skills and knowledge you’ve learned.
  • For each course, earn a Certificate of Completion from William & Mary for your college application.

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Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Project

All STEM courses culminate in a special Final Project that allows you to:

  • Demonstrate what you’ve learned in a presentation.
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work.
  • Choose from a variety of topics covered in your course to show what you’ve learned. 
  • Use any media you prefer — text, video, photography or PowerPoint.


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support and deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Expertise in your course’s particular field of STEM.
  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments. 
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you excel in your studies. 
  • Brainstorming and ideation to help you prepare for your Final Project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • Multiple courses can be taken to maximize your learning experience.
  • 20-30 hours of total instruction and activities per course, including engaging multimedia, simulations and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from mentors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

  • Haven’t applied to the program, complete your application now. The scholarship application is included.
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