Core Components


Bridge curriculum is designed to spark scholars' intellectual curiosity, stretch their academic horizon, and bolster their ability to succeed at Cal. Scholars will be placed in two academic courses, for a total of 6-8 units, which are carefully selected to advance their major and career interests.

Course Offerings

Scholars will be able to choose from courses offered in Science, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Arts & Humanities and Reading & Composition. All courses count toward UCB graduation requirements.

Course Placement

To help scholars solidify their academic foundation and close any gaps of knowledge, the Summer Bridge Course Placement Committee will identify and place scholars in two courses that will best position them for success in the Fall. Prior to placement, scholars will be asked to complete a survey,  which will help the committee determine the best course combination for them. 

In general, the Committee makes the determination based on the following factors:

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

Textbook and Supplies

Textbooks and supplies are available for order from the campus bookstore or alternative sources. Scholars who are eligible for financial aid support may receive refunds from which the costs of texts and supplies may be paid.

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.


Each scholar's UC transcript and GPA will include the grades and credits earned during Bridge. Bridge scholars are encouraged to take all courses for a letter grade, except where only offered on a Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) basis. Scholars should consult with their course instructor and college advisor/counselor before changing a letter grade to P/NP. 

Course Offerings

Scholars will be placed in two of the following courses as determined by the Course Placement Committee (see above). Scholars are strongly encouraged to study the course offerings to make an informed decision about which courses, if eligible, they would like to take.

American Cultures

African American Studies 27AC (3 Units)

Lives of Struggle: Minorities in a Majority Culture

The purpose of this course is to examine the many forms that the struggle of minorities can assume. The focus is on individual struggle and its outcome as reported and perceived by the individuals themselves. Members of three minority aggregates are considered: African Americans, Asian Americans (so called), and Chicano/Latino Americans. The choice of these three has to do with the different histories of members of these aggregates. Such differences have produced somewhat different approaches to struggle.

Satisfies: American Cultures Requirement

Prerequisites: None

Anthropology 2AC (4 units)

Introduction to Archaeology

Prehistory and cultural growth. Introduction to the methods, goals, and theoretical concepts of archaeology with attention to the impact archaeology has had on the construction of the histories of diverse communities - Native Americans, Hispanics, and Euro-Americans.

Satisfies: American Cultures Requirement

Prerequisites: None

Anthropology 3AC (4 units)

Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology (American Cultures)

This course examines the structure and dynamics of human cultures and social institutions from a comparative perspective with special attention to American cultures and their roots. Case studies will illustrate the principles presented in the course.

Satisfies: American Cultures Requirement

Prequisites: None


Ethnic Studies 10AC (4 units)

A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present

This course explores the role of "race" and ethnicity in the history of what became the Western United States from the Spanish invasion of the Southwest to contemporary controversies surrounding "race" in California. Rather than providing a continuous historical narrative, or treating each racialized "other" separately, the course works through a series of chronologically organized events in which issues of racial differences played key roles in creating what became a western identity.

Satisfies: American Cultures Requirement

Prequisites: None


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)  (To be confirmed)
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

Prerequisites: None. Recommended for scholars who plan to pursue Social Sciences and Humanities.


Chemistry 32 (2 units)

Preparation for General Chemistry 

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.

SatisfiesThis course prepares scholars for Chemistry 1A and fulfills graduation requirements.

Chemistry 196/196L (4 units)

Preparation for General Chemistry for College of Chemistry Majors

This course is designed to help students develop study habits, chemical vocabulary, knowledge of essential chemistry concepts, and laboratory techniques that you need to succeed in CHEM 4A. It is particularly recommended for those with less formal chemistry instruction. 

Students will understand essential chemistry concepts relevant to Chem 4A, including models of atoms, the periodic table, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical calculations and statistics, quantitative analysis, chemical and physical changes, thermochemistry, and equilibrium. Students will also familiarize themselves with laboratory techniques, quantitative analysis, and working with data.

Students will come to know and belong to the larger community of chemistry, through historical anecdotes, immersion in current research via lightning talks from graduate students and professors, and interactions with members of the CoC community (professors, graduate students, peers, advisors).

SatisfiesThis course prepares scholars for Chemistry 4A and fulfills a major requirement for CoC.

PrerequisitesFor College of Chemistry majors.

Note: To be listed as CHEM 34/34L in 2022 and beyond.

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.

SatisfiesHumanities/Social Science breadth (CoE); Arts and Literature breadth (CED and L&S)

PrerequisitesNone. Recommended for scholars who desire to develop their ability to communicate confidently and persuasively.

Academic Support

Scholars will be plugged into a comprehensive network of peer academic support via the Student Learning Center.  Moreover, they will have access to peer advising via campus partners such as the Athletics Study CenterDisabled Students ProgramEducational Opportunity ProgramGender and Equity Resource CenterHope Scholars ProgramUndocumented Student Program, etc.

Advising & Counseling

Advising and Counseling

Scholars have access to academic advising and counseling professionals who can help them explore and clarify their academic interests and develop plans of study appropriate for their goals and priorities.  

Academic Advising

Scholars can meet with advisors from their academic college to better understand graduation requirements, course planning, major selection, and research and internship opportunities.

Academic Counseling

Scholars can also schedule appointments with academic counselors to obtain strategies for navigating any affective, personal, and social issues affecting their academic wellbeing and transition to Cal. Contact the appropriate office below:

Psychological Counseling

Professional therapists from Counseling and Psychological Services offer short-term counseling for academic, career, and personal issues and also offers psychiatry services for circumstances when medication can help with counseling. Drop-in and by appointment services are available at two locations: 150 César Chávez Center and the Tang Center (2222 Bancroft Way).

Academic Accommodations

Scholars with specific learning needs, chronic conditions, or disabilities can request support from the Disabled Students' Program.

Bridge Connect: "You Belong Here"

Bridge Connect is a partnership between Summer Bridge and Berkeley Connect, especially designed for Bridge scholars. This free-of-charge, one-unit mentorship program matches scholars with an advanced graduate student who will serve as their mentor for the summer. Through one-on-one and group mentoring, scholars will further cultivate their academic community and mentor network at Cal.