Summer Bridge Academy

Course Descriptions

Foundational English and Math Courses (prerequisites for all credit courses)

Reading/Writing Connection (0 Credits) ENG 099

This course builds on students' previous reading and writing practices through completion of critically reflective reading to enhance comprehension. The course focuses on the grammar, standard writing conventions, APA, and writing patterns to enhance students' fluency with academic writing. Varied readings with a social justice theme are used for class discussion and written responses to build critical thinking.

Topics in Mathematics (0 Credits) Math 097

This course develops the basic mathematical skills required for all subsequent mathematics courses. Topics include whole numbers, estimation, rounding, order of operations, exponents, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percents, square roots, signed numbers, algebraic expressions, solving linear equations in one variable, and introduction to probability and statistics. Students must show competency on eight curriculum modules. Students have access to videos, assignments, and quizzes both in the math lab and also from any computer with internet access. The class meets weekly at a scheduled time for three hours. Students are required to spend an additional nine hours outside of their allocated class time or reach the weekly target, whichever comes first. Each student is also expected to spend a minimum of two additional hours in the math lab at their convenience during math lab hours.

Contemporary Mathematics (3 Credits) Math 135

This course is a survey of a wide range of topics that gives students the opportunity to apply mathematics to the solution of everyday problems. Students will become proficient in problem solving with percentages, calculating simple and compound interest, computing payments and finance charges for consumer loans, solving problems involving angle relationships, finding perimeter, area, volume, and surface area of basic geometric figures, using the Pythagorean Theorem, converting measurements using dimensional analysis, solving counting problems using permutations and combinations, calculating probabilities, and calculating and interpreting measures of central tendency.

English Composition (3 Credits) English 101

This course is designed to develop effective collegiate writing competencies. Students develop deeper understanding of the stages of the writing process, including generating, revising, proofreading, and editing essays. Using a collaborative approach, students will produce essays in various genres with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness, focusing on organization, thesis, purpose, and audience awareness. The course emphasizes academic inquiry through focused research, including retrieving, interpreting, and synthesizing sources effectively and ethically.

Professionalism and the College Experience (3 Credits) Psychology 101

In this course, students are introduced theories of human motivation and learning and their relationship to professionalism and the college experience. Students examine how they learn, how they think and make judgments, what motivates them, and how they can apply this information in their professional and college experiences. Course content and assignments are designed to support students’ identification and the alignment of an academic and career direction that is consistent with their goals, strengths, values, and interests.