Carman-Ainsworth STEM Early College

UM-Flint and Carman-Ainsworth High School introduce Carman-Ainsworth STEM Early College. This STEM focused Early College will provide an opportunity for high school students to earn college credits in the high demand field of Medical/Sciences.

Program Overview

Carman-Ainsworth High School, in partnership with the University of Michigan-Flint, has created a truly unique opportunity for students to participate in a 3 year STEM dual enrollment experience.

College courses during the 11th grade will focus on general education requirements.  The courses selected will build a strong foundation and skill set (writing, problem solving, logic and communication) to best prepare students for their university experience.

College courses during the 12th grade will focus on a Medical/Sciences pathway. The courses in this program are required (at UM-Flint) for a four year/bachelor degree in this high demand field.

During junior and senior year, UM-Flint college courses will be taught at Carman-Ainsworth High School by UM-Flint professors. In the 13th grade of the C-A STEM Early College students will transition to the UM-Flint campus to participate in a wide array of college courses specific to their desired degree.

Students may select courses geared toward a specific degree during their 13th year of the Carman-Ainsworth STEM Early College program.

Program Qualifications

Selected high-ability, highly motivated Carman-Ainsworth students will be eligible to enroll in the C-A STEM Early College program. A selection process and criteria will be developed by the school district in cooperation with UM-Flint.               

  • The University of Michigan-Flint has established the following general expectations for DEEP program enrollees:
  • An overall grade point average of 3.0+
  • An interest in post-secondary study in the appropriate professional field
  • The ability and motivation to undertake successfully the rigor of college-level coursework
  • A favorable recommendation from the school principal or counselor addressing the strength of the applicant’s preparation in a college preparatory high school curriculum, including successful completion of 2+ years of HS English with strong writing skills, and other similar characteristics

CAEC Year 1 Program (13 Credits)

EDM 100 - Problem Solving for College Students, 4 credits – Finance & Quantitative Literacy. Students acquire and internalize mathematical problem-solving strategies as they solve a wide variety of puzzles and brainteasers. Techniques include drawing diagrams, making systematic lists, and eliminating possibilities; pattern and relation recognition; modeling problems in multiple formats and solving in various ways, including algebra.

COM 210 Intro to Public Speaking, 3 credits – Humanities. Students prepare and deliver public speeches, developing skills of organization, research and delivery while engaging important public issues. Students develop appreciation for ethical methods to approach diverse audiences and become more comfortable speaking in public and better equipped to use speech as a tool to execute change.

PHL 202 – Intro to Logic, 3 credits – Humanities. Study of reasoning with emphasis on features that distinguish good (or valid) reasoning from bad (or invalid) reasoning. Examination of ways of evaluating deductive reasoning with focus on techniques of formal, symbolic logic. May also include informal logic and fallacies. Beginning level class, no previous expertise required. 

ENG 298 – Topics in Writing for the Sciences, 3 credits. Writing in a specific form or genre or for a specific audience; appropriate readings as models for writing. Examples of offerings: the essay, biography and autobiography, nature writing, writing for specific markets.

Year 2 Medical Sciences Pathway (13 Credits)

HCR 206, Health Science Applications, 2 credits.  Introduction to a wide range of topics in health science with demonstrations of how basic scientific concepts can be applied to solving problems in the field.  Hypothetical thought experiments stimulate students' interest in pursuing health careers.

BIO 104, Introduction to Human Biology, 4 credits—Natural Science & Laboratory.  Introductory human anatomy and physiology with a focus on exercise physiology and human health.  Intended for non-science majors. Lecture and laboratory.

PHL 168, Philosophy of Bioethics, 3 credits—Humanities. Introduction to classical ethical theories and their application to contemporary bioethical issues, such as neuroethics, ethics of nanotechnology, stem-cell research, bioterrorism, and cloning as well as a broad range of health care issues such as health system reform, international health research, social inequalities in health, and the allocation of scarce resources.

BIO 307, Topics in Human Anatomy, 4 credits. In-depth study of one or more areas of regional anatomy. Course content, format and prerequisites vary with the topic presented. Involves hands-on lab activities and/or distance-learning presentations for study of cadaver anatomy.  Lecture and laboratory.

Benefits of an Early College

C-A STEM Early College will expand the traditional view of high school and increase student opportunities while minimizing or eliminating the factors that limit student success in college.

Earn transferable college credit* while attending high school.

Completing college courses taught by UM-Flint professors on the high school campus eases the transition from high school to college with dedicated support staff to mentor and guide students.

Students maintain the ability to participate in HS sports (9th-12th) and after-school activities.

Reduced financial burden on families sending students to college.

*Although UM-Flint credits are widely transferable colleges and universities maintain their own credit transfer policies.