Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Course Catalog

The Wharton Pre-Baccalaureate Program is an academically-intensive opportunity for exceptional high school juniors and seniors to enroll in Wharton online courses. Participants will learn from Wharton instructors, earn a Wharton transcript, and accrue college credit for each course completed. With six sessions to choose from and built-in academic support, students are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of Wharton’s business education curriculum with maximum flexibility and the guidance and resources to succeed.

This is a comprehensive guide of courses offered within the Pre-Baccalaureate Program. For term–specific offerings, visit the Courses by Session page.

“Learning from esteemed professors on subjects that interest me the most made my time at Wharton especially unforgettable.”

–Ishan S

Full Course List

FNCE 001: Introduction to Financial Markets and the Global Economy

This course aims to provide a timely framework to understand economic recessions and expansions and the financial markets’ response to world events.

The Covid recession reduced the size of the world’s economies and output. What does this mean? How is output connected to employment? How are exchange rates determined in global capital markets? We will introduce the policy options of government spending. We will discuss, as data become available, the continuing impact of the coronavirus on the domestic and the global economy.

Course Materials Fee: No

FNCE 002: Essentials of Personal Finance

This course introduces students to the key financial concepts through the lens of personal financial decisions, centering on financing one’s education, culminating in a capstone project evaluating student loan offers.

Course Materials Fee: No

HCMG 001: Introduction to Health Economics

In Introduction to Health Economics, you will explore the application of economic principles to the health care sector. The course emphasizes the importance of scarcity and incentives in guiding the decision and interactions of key players, including care providers, payers, patients and producers. Course content highlights the critical economic issues in producing, delivering, and financing health care.

Through video lectures, synchronous class meetings and discussions with your peers, you will learn to analyze determinants of demand for medical care, the unique role of physicians in resource allocation, the role of health insurance, and competition in medical care markets. The course focuses on the US health care context, but the economic principles applied are relevant to a range of systems.

Course Materials Fee: Yes; $76

MGMT 004: Work, Power, and Inequality

Workers and employers clearly have interests in common: unless the firm is economically viable, owners will lose their investments and workers will lose their jobs. However, other interests diverge. What share of firm revenues should go to workers versus investors? How much control should managers have over the organization of work and the treatment of disadvantaged workers? What level of commitment should the firm owe to its workers and workers owe to their employer? MGMT 004 examines the balance of power in the workplace and explores responses to perceived abuses of employer power.

Via discussion of cases from immigrant shirtwaist sewers’ strike of 1909 to the 2021 union declaration by engineers Google, MGT-004 examines how political institutions (including labor laws), social movements (like #MeToo), and firm-level strategies (such as race and gender inclusion initiatives) shape workforce structures and inequalities. To assess how national institutions influence productivity, profitability, fairness, and stability, we compare the United States with other countries.

Course Materials Fee: No

MKTG 001: Viral Marketing

Why do some products catch on and become popular while others fail? Why do apps and services take off while others languish? And why do certain ads, messages, or ideas stick in memory while others disappear the minute you hear them? Diffusion, social media, word of mouth, and viral marketing have become important topics for companies, brands, and organizations. Marketers want their product to be popular, organizations want their social change initiative to catch on, and entrepreneurs want their ideas to stick. This course investigates these and other topics as it explains how things catch on and become popular.

Course Materials Fee: Yes; $76

OIDD 001: Prescriptive Analytics: Making Business Decisions using Optimization and Simulation

In this course, we will explore the subject of quantitative business decision making. Specifically, we will study optimization and simulation tools and provide you with a set of key skills in the area of prescriptive analytics. We will illustrate the use of these tools in a variety of business applications, including manufacturing, logistics, inventory management, capital budgeting, insurance, and revenue management.

Course Materials Fee: Yes; $76

STAT 001: Introduction to Statistics and Data Science

In this course, we will learn introductory statistics using R with a focus on the application of statistical thinking to business problems. We will learn basic statistical concepts such as mean, variance, quantiles and hypothesis testing, and basic R programming for data management and analysis. We will work with traditional R’s data.frame structure as well as the modern tibbles structure.

Prerequisite: Percentages, average, powers, exponential, linear equation of a line, polynomials.

Course Materials Fee: Yes; $76

Please note that participation in Wharton’s Pre-Baccalaureate Program does not guarantee admission into Penn.

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