Summer Start 2020 Now Online!

Due to COVID-19, Summer Start will now be offered online only. Please see our new Summer Start Online page for updated program details.


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This list will continue to be updated as online Summer Session II courses are added!

Students in the Summer Start program have access to a wide variety of UC Davis courses to help gain a competitive edge on their college education. Participants take at most 10 units, which typically corresponds to 2 to 4 courses. Summer Start students have access to unique courses not offered in the academic year and with smaller instructor-to-student ratios. All selected courses are either asynchronous (no scheduled lecture/discussion) or are scheduled at times that work well in international time zones. 

Summer Start staff and academic advisors assist participants in their first course registration experience by providing training tools, selecting a list of courses that fit international student needs, and performing schedule checks to be sure all registered courses are appropriate and will count towards degree completion.

Required Course

EDU 98 - Academic Skills: Navigating the Research Institution (2 units)

All students in the program take this required orientation course. Learn what professors expect, master essential skills to navigate the UC Davis system, and discover resources to help you succeed.

Entry Level Writing Requirement Course Series

All University of California students are required to satisfy the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) within a certain period of time. Incoming first-year students who have not satisfied the ELWR will need to complete writing placement before selecting a writing course. Summer Start students have access to early writing placement in May in order to provide placements before summer course registration.

UWP 21 - Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students (4 units)

UWP 21 is limited to 18 students per section and is taught by highly experienced instructors who specialize in working with the writing of multilingual students. This course focuses on developing critical thinking and academic reading and writing skills necessary to analyze information. Students gain an awareness of their strengths and needs for writing clearly in academic English. If students are placed into UWP 21, they must satisfy the ELWR by the end of Winter quarter, second year.

UWP 22 - Intermediate Academic Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students (4 units)

UWP 22 is limited to 18 students per section and is taught by highly experienced instructors who specialize in working with the writing of multilingual students. This course helps students develop reading and writing strategies to understand and work with sources across genres. Students practice writing in various contexts with increasing complexity and clarity. If students are placed into UWP 22, they must satisfy ELWR by the end of Fall quarter, second year.

UWP 7M - Entry Level Writing: Practices in College Reading & Writing for Multilingual Writers (4 units)

UWP 7M is a ELWR-fulfilling course that focuses on the development of multilingual writers' composition and English language skills across genres and disciplines. Writing in UWP 7M integrates college-level reading, critical thinking, and written communication, using texts from across the curriculum.  Students must take the course for a letter grade and receive a C or higher to fulfill ELWR. P/NP grade mode is not permitted if the course will be used for satisfaction of the ELWR.

English Composition (Lower Division) Writing Requirement Course

UWP 001: Introduction to Academic Literacies (4 units)

Only those who have satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement are eligible to register for this course. 

UWP 1 provides an introduction to reading and composing processes and key rhetorical concepts for academic literacies. Students produce multiple drafts of composing projects in a variety of genres and modes with feedback from peers and the instructor.

Math Course Series

All students who register for MAT 12, 16A, or 21A are required to take the Math Placement Exam. See more details on Math Placement here

MAT 12: Pre-Calculus (3 units)

Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra, plane geometry, plane trigonometry; and obtaining required score on the Precalculus Diagnostic Examination. Topics selected for their use in calculus, including functions and their graphs, slope, zeroes of polynomials, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, sketching surfaces and solids. 

MAT 16A: Short Calculus (3 units)

Limits; differentiation of algebraic functions; analytic geometry; applications, in particular to maxima and minima problems. Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra, plane geometry, plane trigonometry, and satisfying the Mathematics Placement Requirement. Note: Math 16A may count toward your mathematics requirements. Consult your college major adviser for specific advice.

MAT 21A: Calculus (4 units)

Functions, limits, continuity. Slope and derivative. Differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions. Applications to motion, natural growth, graphing, extrema of a function. Differentials. L’Hopital’s rule, and satisfying the Mathematics Placement Requirement.

General Education Courses

More General Education Courses will be listed as they become available. 

NUT 010V - Discoveries & Concepts in Nutrition (3 Units)

Nutrition as a science; historical development of nutrition concepts; properties of nutrients and foods. GE credit: SE, SL

LIN 001Y - Introduction to Linguistics (4 Units)

Introduction to the study of language; its nature, diversity, and structure. GE credit: AH, SS.

ECH 001 - Design of Coffee (3 Units)

Non-mathematical introduction to how chemical engineers think, illustrated by elucidation of the process of roasting and brewing coffee. Qualitative overview of the basic principles of engineering analysis and design. Corresponding experiments testing design choices on the sensory qualities of coffee. GE credit: SE, SL, VL.

First Year Seminars

First Year Seminars are 1 or 2 units for-credit courses, offered for letter or pass/no pass grading, limited to 19 students or less, and taught by faculty committed to student success. Taking an FYS course is a great way to explore your academic interests and meet faculty. Summer Start is in the process of selecting FYS courses and will list them below when they become available.

Research U: Advantages of Undergraduate Research (1 unit)

The (not so) Hidden Curriculum of STEM Research (1 unit)

Hummingbirds: Conservation of an Avian Species (1 unit)

How to Approach Undergraduate Research in Biology (1 unit)