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Scholars will enroll in two academic courses.  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.


Reading & Composition

Asian American Studies R2A (4 units)

Freshman Reading and Composition

Through the study of the literary, political, social, and psychological dimensions of representative works of Asian American literature, this course introduces students to close textual analysis, critical thinking, and other fundamentals of academic writing.

Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges). Prerequisites: UC Entry Level Writing Requirement or equivalent

Chicano Studies R1A (3 units)
Freshman Reading and Composition

This course will acquaint students with methods of expository discourse through the reading of Chicano/a literature. An introduction to writing, beginning with sentence structure, with an emphasis on unity, coherance, and overall organization of a full composition. 

Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges).  Prerequisites: UC Entry Level Writing Requirement or equivalent

English R1AN (3 units)
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.

Satisfies: First half of the Reading and Composition requirement (all colleges).  Prerequisites: UC Entry Level Writing Requirement or equivalent

Social Science

African American Studies 39D or 39E (4 units) 
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.

Satisfies: Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement (CED, Engineering, L&S)

Chicano Studies 50 (4 units)
Freshman Reading and Composition

This course provides a general overview of Chcano historical experience in the U.S. 

Satisfies: Historical Studies or Social & Behavioral breadth requirement (CED, CNR, CoE, CoC, and L&S)


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

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.

Satisfies: American Cultures requirement (all colleges); can also be applied to either the Historical Studies, Philosophy & Values, or Social & Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement (CED, CNR, Engineering, L&S)


Mathematics 32 (4 units)

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.

Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Mathematics 1A, 10A and 16A (all colleges); fulfills major requirement in CNR and also satisfies the Quantitative Reasoning requirement (L&S)

Mathematics 96/98 (3 units)
College Algebra

This course is designed to introduce scholars to the fundamental concepts of precalculus 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.

Satisfies: Prepares scholars for Mathematics 32 (which fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in L&S)


Statistics 2 (4 units) 
Introduction to Statistics 

This course introduces population and variables, standard measures of location, spread and association, normal approximation, regression, probablility and sampling, binomial distribution, interval estimation and standard significance tests.

Satisfies: Major requirements in CED, CNR, L&S; also fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in L&S


Chemistry 32 (2 units) 

This 2-unit course provides students with the foundation and preparation for General Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Topics and concepts covered include elements, atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, chemical calculations, properties of gases and gas laws;  thermodynamics, acid/base chemical equilibrium, and periodic trends. In addition, by practicing learning as a process, students will cultivate the habits, strategies, and mindset necessary to succeed in the sciences. Through rigorous practice and guided reflection, students will grow in their ability to master the subject matter and hone their disposition toward scientific learning.

Arts and Humanities 

Theater 5 (3 units)
Public Speaking 

This highly interactive class is devoted to the development of clear oral and physical communication skills that minimize anxiety, build confidence, and foster the skills necessary for clear, persuasive oral communication in professional settings. Students will begin by learning exercies to free their voices from physical tension and to develop breath support. They will develop clear articulation. They will explore numerous different commnunication/public speaking situations, develop techniques for organizing material for maximum impact, discover their communication gifts and challenges and seek to find a clear, confident, and authentic means of communication. Small class size will allow individual attention and offer participants ample opportunity to "rehearse" the techniques in a safe and nurtuting environment.

Satisfies: Humanities/Social Science breadth (CoE); Arts and Literature breadth (CED and L&S)


Theater 10 (3 units) 
Introduction to Acting

This course sets out to introduce and explore the actor's understanding of that odd combination of truth and theatricality that makes a stage performance both believable and exciting. This course will always emphasize the importance of honesty and excitement as the core elements in any compelling performance. We all recognize truth onstage, just as we all know when someone is telling the truth. We hear the truth onstage because of the theatrical elements of the actors--audibility, articulation, nimbleness of body, style, timing, emotional availability. This course will help the actor refine these elements of craft through exercises and many performances. Indeed, one of the most potent ways to grow as an artist is to do. In this class you will do and lot of acting.

Satisfies: Humanities/Social Science breadth (CoE); Arts and Literature breadth (CED and L&S)