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Scholars will enroll in three courses for credit, including two academic courses and a seminar on Personal Wellness.  Based on scholars’ major & career interests, previous coursework, standardized exam test scores, and high school performance, they will be able to choose from the courses below. Scholars are strongly encouraged to peruse the offerings to make an informed decision about what courses, if eligible, they would like to take. Note: the Course Placement Input Form is due midnight Friday, June 10, 2016. Please check your email for a link to the form.
 

College Writing N2

College Writing N2 (3 units) - 6 sections
Writing the Bridge: From High School to University

This course is designed to support scholars in honing their critical strategies for reading, writing, and participation in college-level discussions. The goals of the course are to explore, analyze, and practice ways in which language and writing are used in the university setting.

Prerequisites: None
Satisfies: Prepares scholars for university writing courses, including College Writing R1A (which fulfills the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement for all colleges); can also be applied to the Arts & Literature requirement (CED, CNR, Engineering, L&S)
Format: 10 hours of lecture/workshop per week
Instructors: C. Cole, K. Livie, M. Rodriguez, M. Spanbock, B. Williams

 

Reading & Composition

African American Studies R1AN (3 units) - 1 section
Freshman Reading and Composition

Using themes and issues in African American life and culture, this course introduces scholars to expository writing through reading, discussing and analyzing a variety of texts. Additionally, the course emphasizes close textual analysis, fosters critical thinking, and hones academic writing strategies.

Prerequisites: Score of 8 or better on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam
Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges)
Format: 6 hours of lecture and 4 hours of discussion per week
Instructor: to be determined

 

Asian American Studies R2A (4 units) - 1 section
Freshman Reading and Composition

Using themes and issues in Asian American life and culture, this course introduces scholars to expository writing through reading, discussing and analyzing a variety of texts. Additionally, the course emphasizes close textual analysis, fosters critical thinking, and hones academic writing strategies.

Prerequisites: Score of 8 or better on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam
Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges)
Format: 6 hours of lecture and 4 hours of discussion per week
Instructor: K. Nguyen

 

Chicano Studies R1A (4 units) - 1 section
Freshman Reading and Composition

Using themes and issues in Chicano/Chicana life and culture, this course introduces scholars to expository writing through reading, discussing and analyzing a variety of texts. Additionally, the course emphasizes close textual analysis, fosters critical thinking, and hones academic writing strategies.

Prerequisites: Score of 8 or better on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam
Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges)
Format: 10 hours of lecture/workshop per week
Instructor: R. Reyes

 

English R1AN (3 units) - 3 sections
Freshman Reading and Composition

Using themes and issues in English and American literature, this course introduces scholars to expository writing through reading, discussing and analyzing a variety of texts. Additionally, the course emphasizes close textual analysis, fosters critical thinking, and hones academic writing strategies.

Prerequisites: Score of 8 or better on the Analytical Writing Placement Exam
Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges)
Format: 10 hours of lecture/workshop per week
Instructors: L. Giulianetti, E. Keithley

Social Science

African American Studies 39D or 39E (4 units) - 2 sections
Topics in African American Studies

This freshman seminar provides scholars the opportunity to explore critical intellectual topics through the frame of African American Studies with an instructor and a group of peers. Through analyzing and discussing course texts, scholars will hone their ability to read critically and write effectively.

Prerequisites: None
Satisfies: Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement (CED, CNR, Engineering, L&S)
Format: 10 hours of seminar per week
Instructors: C. Stanley, Q. Patton, I. Owen, Z. Manditch-Prottas

 

Education 39A or 39B (3 units) - 3 sections
Topics in Education

This freshman seminar introduces scholars to a diverse sample of literary texts. Interpretation of texts as an act of reading rather than as an act of writing will be emphasized. Scholars will focus on understanding and honing their style and process of reading and analysis.

Prerequisites: None
Satisfies: Provides scholars with a freshman seminar experience and prepares them to engage in critical discussion and analysis in future courses
Format: 10 hours of seminar per week
Instructors: A. de Guia, R. de Guia, P. Johnson

 

Environmental Science, Policy and Management 50AC (4 units) - 1section

This course is an introduction to how culture affects the way we use and manage fire, wildland and urban forests, rangelands, parks and reserves, and croplands in America. The basic concepts and tools for evaluating the role of culture in resource use and management are introduced and used to examine the experience of American cultural groups in the development and management of western natural resources.

Prerequisites: None
Satisfies: American Cultures requirement (all colleges); can also be applied to either the Historical Studies, Philosophy & Values, or Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement (CED, CNR, Engineering, L&S); can also be applied to the Group II breadth requirement (Chemistry)
Format: 10 hours of lecture/discussion/workshop per week
Instructor: K. Worthy

Mathematics

Mathematics 32 (4 units) - 1 section
Pre-Calculus

This course is designed to prepare scholars for success in university-level coursework in calculus. Scholars will be introduced to exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, complex numbers, binomial theorem, conics, and analytic geometry.

Prerequisites: Score of 30 or better on the Summer Bridge Math Diagnostic Exam
Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Mathematics 1A, 10A and 16A (all colleges), and also satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement (L&S)
Format: 12½ hours of lecture/workshop per week
Instructor: R. Gibson

 

Mathematics 96/98 (3 units) - 1 section
College Algebra

This course is designed to introduce scholars to the fundamental concepts of pre-calculus within a university setting; emphasis is on math theory, rather than math computation. Scholars will learn to integrate algebraic concepts and to develop problem-solving strategies.

Prerequisites: None
Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Mathematics 32 (which fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in L&S)
Format: 10 hours of lecture/workshop per week
Instructor: M. Wong

 

Statistics 0PX/98 (3 units) - 1 section
Introduction to Statistics 

This course is designed to introduce scholars to statistical theory and concepts. Scholars will learn standard measures of location, spread, association, and normal approximation.

Prerequisites: None
Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Statistics 2 (which fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in L&S)
Format: 10 hours of lecture/workshop per week
Instructor: N. Kohli

Science

Chemistry P (3 units) - 1 section
Introduction to Chemistry

Scholars will learn and practice metric measurements and unit conversions, atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, Lewis dot structures, introduction to equilibrium, and acid base chemistry.

Prerequisites: Math 96
Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 4A
Format: 12½ hours of lecture/workshop/lab per week
Instructor: to be determined

 

Physics (3 units) - 1 section
Introduction to Physics

Description: TBA

Prerequisites: Math 96
Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 4A
Format: 12½ hours of lecture/workshop/lab per week
Instructor: to be determined