Get a head start on your college experience while you are still in high school.
Discover the possibilities of what college can be. B4USoar offers students from Philadelphia’s public and charter high schools the opportunity to attend college classes, free of charge, and explore new paths for the future.
Junior and senior high school students get a real campus experience with in-person classes, mentorship and high-quality education.
With B4USoar, get the tools, support and confidence you need to succeed in college, with free tuition and transferable college credits.
Explore your potential while building confidence in the college setting.
High school students who are enrolled in one of the B4USoar courses share the college classroom experience with current Temple students. Each class has a Peer Mentor who offers support, technology assistance, encouragement, and tips for planning and transitioning to college. Community professionals provide workshops in areas such as time management, financial planning, career and professional development, leadership and other relevant topics.
What are the benefits?
- Earn fully paid and transferable college credits.
- Learn what it’s like to be a Temple Owl.
- Get a college classroom experience.
- Meet faculty and current students.
- Build relationships with peer mentors.
- Access Temple’s libraries, student center and bookstores.
When and where do the classes meet?
Fall & Spring Semesters
Temple Main Campus, 1800 North Broad Street
The spring 2022 semester runs from January 10, 2022 through May 7, 2022 on Temple University’s Main Campus. B4USoar applications open on September 20, 2021.
What courses can I choose from?
Spring 2022 B4USoar Courses
(check back for updates)
Being creative is about solving problems or approaching opportunities in novel and valuable ways. This course is designed to help ALL students better harness their full creative potential – whether you think: “I am not creative” or “I already have more ideas than I can handle”, this class will help you come up with more creative ideas that offer more value and have greater impact on the world. Although creativity has been studied by nearly every professional domain, this course focuses on creativity as a driver of organizational innovation – from non-profits to small businesses and large corporations to students’ own entrepreneurial startups, creativity and innovation are critical to providing value and ensuring long-term survival. Throughout this course students will develop important life skills while learning to creatively solve problems through a number of real-world innovation challenges. No matter what career or profession you are going into, being more creative and appreciating how and why modern organizations function the way that they do will help you to be more valuable, more employable, more innovative, and more entrepreneurial.
Explore the complexity and diversity of American society through the study of sport and leisure. To what extent does the way we play or spectate sports, the way we plan or experience leisure time, reflect American values? As we trace a brief history of the United States through the lens of sport and leisure, we will observe how concepts of freedom, democracy and equality are tested through time. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and socio-economic class will be prominent, as we observe American ideals both upheld and contradicted in the context of the way Americans recreate.
Tuesday 3:30-4:50/Thursday on line (Hybrid)
Do you listen to hip hop, spend all your time in Second Life, dress up like a cartoon character and go to anime fairs, or go skateboarding every day with your friends? Then you are part of the phenomenon called youth culture. Often related to gender, race, class and socio-economic circumstances, youth cultures enable young people to try on identities as they work their way to a clearer sense of self. Empowered by new technology tools and with the luxury of infinite virtual space, young people today can explore identities in ways not available to previous generations. Students in this class will investigate several youth cultures, looking closely at what it means to belong. They will also come to appreciate how the media and marketing construct youth identities and define youth cultures around the world.
Expand your knowledge by looking at how various technologies such as electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, bridges, highways, electronics, computers, and information technology have transformed the world around us. What would we do without them? Where do they come from? How do they work? Technology is developed by people who have the ideas, design the machines and processes, and suffer the costs and benefits of technological changes in our society. Learn about science and technology through history of discovery, invention and innovation through lectures. We will also study several promising fields which may lead us to the future of technology.
We are all drowning in data, and so is your future employer. Data pour in from sources as diverse as social media, customer loyalty programs, weather stations, smartphones, and credit card purchases. How can you make sense of it all? Those that can turn raw data into insight will be tomorrow’s decision-makers; those that can solve problems and communicate using data will be tomorrow’s leaders. This course will teach you how to harness the power of data by mastering the ways it is stored, organized, and analyzed to enable better decisions. You will get hands-on experience by solving problems using a variety of powerful, computer-based data tools virtually every organization uses. You will also learn to make more impactful and persuasive presentations by learning the key principles of presenting data visually.
This course provides an overview of the theory, research, and practice of communication and social influence. Students will be introduced to risk, political, and conflict communication techniques and cutting-edge research and how it all applies and/or relates to current events and contemporary culture. Career paths and opportunities for Communication and Social Influence majors are also explored.
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 – 4:50 in person
Earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan, and even one felt in Philadelphia, volcanic ash clouds over Iceland and Chile, hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy – natural disasters are in the news. Yet all most people know about natural disasters is what they have seen in movies. Can you really drive over a lava flow in a jeep? Are we foolish not to prepare for a major earthquake in New York City? Could global warming melt the polar ice caps turning “dry land” into a myth or setting off a new ice age? The thrill of watching improbable movie disaster scenarios opens the way for exercises and assignments that challenge you to sort fact from fantasy and in the process learn the fundamentals of plate tectonics, how rock properties control volcanic explosivity, calculate earthquake locations from seismic data, prepare disaster readiness plans, and understand Earth’s changing climate. By the end of the course students acquire the background to understand the scientific data behind disasters in the news and the role of the science in shaping disaster planning policy.
Monday 3:00-3:50 virtual, Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30 in person
Public Health: The Way We Live, Work and Play is designed to help students think about contemporary health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course includes an introduction to the five core areas of public health – biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences – and how these areas relate to various health, health care, and human service professions. Public health helps inform decisions that shape the behavior of individuals and communities. Students will analyze health issues such as health promotion, disease prevention, and health care policy from a variety of perspectives. As part of the course, students will work in small interdisciplinary teams to access and evaluate information about a particular individual or population-level health issue, and learn to argue persuasively, both orally and in writing, for interdisciplinary approaches to that health issue. The focus of the course is to engage students’ curiosity about how the discipline of public health and interdisciplinary approaches apply to issues students may confront in their future professional work.