Freshman Edge: Academics


As a Freshman Edge student, you can take a maximum of two undergraduate courses in Summer Session II. Enrollment in 6-8 units reflects a full course load in Summer Session.

There are different academic offerings depending on the Freshman Edge pathway that you choose:

Freshman Edge
Course 1:Course 2:
University Studies 83 (2 units)Choose an Elective
Freshman Edge International
Course 1:Course 2:
University Studies 84 (4 units)Academic English 22B (2 units)
Summer Bridge
Course 1:Course 2:
University Studies 84 (4 units)LPS/HIS 60 (4 units)

Course Descriptions

University Studies 83 & 84

The course is designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to the University of California, Irvine and develop strategies that will enhance their University experience. Through lectures, discussions, and course assignments and activities, students will learn about campus resources and programs that support students’ transition and enhance their academic development, and will develop a personal action plan to guide their career at UCI.

Academic English 22B: Reading and Vocabulary (International pathway only)

You will learn to speak and understand English with more confidence through extensive reading and discussion with emphasis on journal articles, textbook chapters, note-taking, and the interpretation of charts, diagrams, tables, and figures. Pass/Not Pass only.

This course meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00pm to 2:50pm.

Logic & Philosophy of Science 60/History 60 (Summer Bridge pathway only)

The Making of Modern Science examines developments in science and mathematics since the Scientific Revolution, and investigates their significance for contemporary philosophical debates about current scientific theories. (fulfills one GE IV course.)

This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:50pm.

The discussion section for this course meets Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:00pm to 4:50pm.

Approved Course Lists

Find your major and your approved course list in one of UCI’s 14 schools listed below:

Academic Support

Summer Session courses often mean more one-on-one time with instructors and teaching assistants. Students will also have the opportunity to attend office hours with instructors for more personal attention to questions. To ensure academic success, Freshman Edge students will have access to support from the UCI Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC). Students will find many useful academic resources, including workshops and small-group academic assistance. Individual tutoring may also be available to students.