Bridge and Gap FAQ

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How Should Q2S Transition Students Schedule Coursework?

As we assist our “transition” students (students who will experience the transition from quarters to semesters), effective planning to ensure timely completion of university and degree program requirements is essential.  We should continue to encourage students to speak with an academic advisor and to develop a degree completion plan through the IAP process.  Advisers should:

  • Maximize the number of students graduating before Fall 2016 through:
    • Intensive and comprehensive academic and financial advisement;
    • Liberal course substitutions for major and general education requirements.
  • Advise students to avoid straddling course sequences across quarters and semesters by:
    • Finishing quarter course sequences before Fall 2016; or
    • Starting semester course sequences in Fall 2016.

A “course sequence” is a series of related classes students must take sequentially, in a specific order.  An example of a course sequence is CHEM 101, 102, and 103.  The following illustrates the proportion of material covered in various terms and the effects on transition students:

 

QUARTERS

 

SEMESTERS

 

CHEM 101

CHEM 102

CHEM 103

 

CHEM 1100

CHEM 1110

Student 1

completed

not completed

not completed

 

needs last 5 weeks

needs all 15 weeks

Student 2

completed

completed

not completed

 

 

needs last 10 weeks

 

What if a student’s “course sequence” straddles across quarters and semesters?

Departments have created and are scheduling “bridge” and “gap” courses that will facilitate the movement of transition students through course sequences in biology, chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, and physics.  A “bridge” course links a student to the next required course in a sequence.  A “gap” course completes a sequence for a student.  For example:

Quarter Course(s) taken

+

Bridge/Gap Course

=

Semester Course(s)

CHEM 101+102

+

CHEM 103 (10 wk gap)

=

CHEM 1100+1110

CHEM 101+102

+

CHEM 1110sg (10 wk gap)

=

CHEM 1100+1110

CHEM 101

+

CHEM 102qb (5 wk bridge)

=

CHEM 1100

CHEM 101

+

CHEM 1100sb (5 wk bridge)

=

CHEM 1100

These “bridge” and “gap” courses will only be scheduled through Summer 2017.  Thereafter, students will need to enroll in the semester-length courses.