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Academic Coursework

Bridge curriculum is designed to spark scholars' intellectual curiosity, stretch their academic horizon, and bolster their ability to succeed at Cal. Scholars will enroll in academic courses, as well as a seminar on Personal Wellness, for a total of 7-9 units.

Course Offerings

Scholars will be able to choose from 20+ courses offered in STEM, College Composition, Social Sciences, and Humanities. All courses count toward UCB graduation requirements. For a complete course description, please click here.    

Course Placement

Scholars are placed in their courses by the Summer Bridge Placement Committee after considering the following factors:

• Scholars' self-identified academic and career interests
• Previous college-level coursework
• Performance on selected AP, IB and SAT exams
• Score on Analytical Writing Placement Exam

• Score on math diagnostic exam (administered during Bridge Orientation Week)
• Other factors from scholars' UC application

To help us identify the best combination of courses for you, please fill out the Course Placement Input Form by midnight June 10, 2016 (check your email for link to the form) . Scholars will receive and register for their summer courses during Bridge Orientation Week. Advance enrollment is not necessary.

Textbooks and Supplies

Scholars receive their Bridge textbooks from the Cal Student Store during Bridge Orientation Week. Scholars do not pay out-of-pocket; instead, charges are billed to their CARS account and are due with all other Bridge fees. Deadline to return or exchange textbooks is June 30.

Scholars also receive a one-time $30 credit at the Cal Student Store to purchase school supplies. The credit may be used between June 22 and July 10; any credit remaining after this date is forfeited.

Academic Expectations

Bridge scholars are expected to pass all courses with a grade of C or better (or Pass in Pass/Not Pass courses). Scholars are further expected to:

• Attend all lectures, discussions, workshops, and scheduled tutoring sessions;
• Come prepared to engage fully in lectures, discussions, workshops, and tutoring sessions;
• Complete all reading, writing, and homework assignments on time, including any missed work; and
• Maintain the utmost academic integrity in all coursework.

A pattern of unexcused absences may result in dismissal from the program.


Each scholar's UC transcript and GPA will include the grades and credits earned during Bridge.

Bridge scholars are expected to take all courses for a letter grade, except where only offered on a Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) basis. Scholars must speak to their course instructor and designated Bridge advisor before changing a graded class to P/NP.  The deadline to change the grading option is July 31.