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 enroll in two academic courses, for a total of 6-8 units, carefully selected to reflect their major and career interests.

Course Offerings

Scholars will be able to choose from 13 courses offered in Science, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Arts & Humanities and Reading & Composition. All courses count toward UCB graduation requirements. For a complete course schedule, please see below.

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

To help us identify the best combination of courses for you, please fill out the Course Placement Input Form (TBA). Scholars will receive and register for their summer courses during Bridge Orientation Week. Advance enrollment is not necessary.

Textbook and Supplies

Scholars do not pay out-of-pocket for their textbooks; instead, charges are billed to their CalCentral account and are due with all other Bridge fees.

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 27.

Course Offerings

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.

SatisfiesHumanities/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.

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

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 & Mentorship

Advising and Counseling

Bridge Scholars have direct access to a breadth of professional advisors and counselors, allowing the scholars to make meaning of new experiences, clarify values and priorities, and manage the intersection of academic, social, and personal demands.

College Advising

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

Counseling Appointments

Scholars may schedule appointments with advisors to discuss academic, personal and social adjustment. Contact the appropriate office below:

Service hours are Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm

Personal Counseling

Professional therapists from Counseling and Psychological Services provide free, confidential support around family or relationship issues, coping with personal crises, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, etc. Drop-in and by appointment services are available at two locations: 150 Chávez Center and the Tang Center (2222 Bancroft Way).

Service hours are Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm

Health and Wellness

Health Services

Scholars have access to health care via the Universtiy Health Services Tang Center, whether or not they have health insurance. Some services are already covered by summer session fees; others may require a co-payment.

  • Primary CareAppointments for non-urgent concerns, e.g. colds, joint pain, sexual health concerns, skin disorders, etc. ($15 co-payment)
  • Urgent CareDrop-in service for urgent medical problems, e.g. sudden, serious or unexpected illnesses or injuries ($30 co-payment)
  • Specialty ServicesPharmacy, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, and on-site specialists (co-payment varies)
  • Counseling: Individual counseling around family and personal relationships, sexual orientation and identity, body image, etc. (five free sessions)

Service hours are Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm; after hours assistance is available.

Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)

All scholars have access to the RSF, which features a pool, weight rooms, basketball and other courts, cardio machines, rowing machines, martial arts, group exercise classes, and much more. Membership cost is included in the campus fee.Visit the RSF to sign up.

Service hours are Sunday to Thursday from 6am to 1am; Friday from 6am to 11pm; and Saturday from 8am to 11pm.


Disabled Students' Program

Scholars with disabilities, learning differences, and/or chronic conditions are urged to request DSP services in order to work with their Disability Specialists during Bridge and the academic year. Service hours are Monday to Friday from 8am-noon and 1-5pm.

Residential Life

Housing and Meals

Bridge scholars live together in a residential complex located just one block from campus (Unit 3, 2400 Durant Avenue). Professional and student staff live on-site to provide programs and activities to foster community among scholars. The deadline to complete your Housing application is 5PM, Friday, May 17th.

Apply for Housing

To apply for housing during Summer Bridge, you must first accept your offer of admission, create your Berkeley campus identification (CalNet ID), and enroll in Summer Bridge. Once your CalNet ID is active, you can access the Housing Portal. At the top of the page, you will see a link taking you to the log-in page. Please visit the Housing website for more information on how to complete an application, including how to request roommate(s) and make arrangements for specific accommodations. The deadline to complete your housing application is 5PM, Friday, May 17th.

Amenities and Services

Bridge rooms are double and/or triple occupancy. Refer to the Housing website for a list of amenities and services. Click here for a quick guide on how to pack and what to bring.


Menus Meal service in the dining halls includes multiple choices of entrées and a 100% certified organic salad bar. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are offered at all meals. Scholars requiring food accommodations for health, allergy or religious reasons should email the Cal Dining registered dietician at Meal Plan The Bridge meal plan allows scholars to choose from to a variety of dining options and locations near the residential halls or on campus.

Principles of Community

Bridge scholars are expected to actively contribute to a healthy and safe residential community. Scholars are further expected to:

Move-in & Orientation

We can't wait to welcome you to the program! Please click below for arrival and move-in instructions, as well as for the orientation schedule. 

Move-in and Move-out

Where Move-in occurs: at 2400 Durant Avenue, aka Unit 3. Scholars must bring a photo ID to check-in, at which time they receive their room key and their room assignment.

When Move-in takes place: on Sunday, July 7th.

Parking: Scholars can park at the Underhill Parking Structure, two blocks from Unit 3. Be sure to purchase a daily permit and place it on the car dashboard to avoid receiving a parking ticket. We strongly recommend parking first and walking to check-in. Once you have your room key, you can borrow one of our carts to shuttle your belongings.

Move-out: Scholars check out of the residential hall by 10PM on Friday, August 16th. Please make your travel plans accordingly, and in advance.

What to Bring

Personal data and documents

    • Student ID number
    • CalNet log-in and passphrase
    • Passport, driver's license, or state-issued identification card
    • Social security number
    • ATM and/or bank card
    • Health insurance card
    • Important medical documents (e.g. prescriptions, immunization history, etc.)

University documents

Any documents you have been asked to submit in person, e.g. proof of citizenship, disability documentation, etc.

For your room

  • Clothes
  • Bed sheets (extra-long twin)
  • Towels, shower basket, shower shoes, toiletries
  • Hangers, iron, laundry basket, detergent
  • Alarm clock
  • Personal decorations

Scholars may bring a computer for convenience, or use the on-site computing facilities. Cars are not recommended given limited parking; however, all scholars receive a local bus pass. Scholars may not bring mini-fridges, microwaves, cooking equipment, candles, halogen lamps, pets, weapons, or illegal drugs. Communal refrigerators and microwaves are available.


Driving From Interstate 80:

Take the Ashby Avenue Exit. Drive two miles east to Telegraph Avenue, turn left, drive one mile to Channing Way, turn right, drive 1½ blocks to the Underhill Parking Structure. From Highway 24 (East), take the Berkeley Exit, which turns into Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue. Drive west on Ashby, turn right on College Avenue, drive one mile to Channing Way, turn left, drive ½ block to the Underhill Parking Structure.

Flying From the Oakland and San Francisco Airports:

Take BART to the Downtown Berkeley station ($9.30 from Oakland, $10.30 from San Francisco). Then, take AC Transit bus #51B eastbound to Durant/Dana ($2.25). Airport shuttles (e.g. Bay Porter Express, City Express Shuttle, Super Shuttle) cost between $25-55, depending on distance and company. Most require reservations made 24-48 hours in advance.


From the Berkeley Amtrak station, take the AC Transit bus #51B eastbound to Durant/Dana ($2.25). From the Emeryville Amtrak station, walk 6 blocks east on Powell to San Pablo/Stanford, take the AC Transit bus #72/72M northbound to University/San Pablo, then transfer to the #51B eastbound to Durant/Dana ($2.25 per bus).


Take AC Transit bus #1, #1R, #49, #51B, #52, or #F to Durant/Dana, or to Bancroft/Telegraph and walk one block south to Durant/Telegraph ($2.25). Take Bolt Bus or Megabus to Oakland at Mandela/7th. Walk 1 block to the West Oakland BART station, take BART to the Downtown Berkeley station ($2.55). Take Greyhound to Oakland at San Pablo/21st. Walk 1 block to San Pablo/W. Grand, take the AC Transit bus #72/72M/72R northbound to University/San Pablo, then transfer to the #51B eastbound to Durant/Dana ($2.25 per bus).

Arrival Guide and Orientation Schedule

Coming soon.