This program is designed for incoming students who have expressed interest in STEM programs reliant on quantitative reasoning skills and who desire to grow those skills before beginning coursework in the fall.
Through an online summer experience called QBIT (Quantitative Buildup for Incoming Tigers) and a two-week session before New Student Orientation, students develop a network of peers and a foundation for success in first-year quantitative STEM courses.
Think Like a Scientist
By participating in Bridge Math, you will learn strategies for success from Trinity faculty, students, and support staff, as well as:
- develop numerical intuition and comfort with computation
- review the math skills that are used most often in STEM and other quantitative reasoning classes and that will serve as the foundation for an introduction to calculus, and
- learn to approach problems in a rigorous and analytical manner
About the Program
Before Summer Bridge Math: Quantitative Buildup for Incoming Tigers
All Bridge Math students participate in an online preparatory experience called Quantitative Buildup for Incoming Tigers (QBIT). Requiring between only 6 and 10 hours a week, QBIT allows you to review your pre-calculus skills anywhere and anytime, based on your own personal schedule.
Typical QBIT Timeline
- Early June: Email sent out with information about getting started in QBIT
- Mid-June: One week of introductions and initial skills assessments
- Late June: Content begins
- Late July: QBIT wraps up
During Summer Bridge Math
Once on campus, you will have class and workshops during the day, as well as homework and opportunities for socializing during the evenings . Though the program is rigorous, you will have all of the resources needed to succeed, including time with faculty and access to peer coaches.
What Will I Learn?
Topics covered will include essential quantitative reasoning skills for first-year STEM coursework, such as:
- dimensional analysis
- proportional reasoning
- the beginnings of calculus
Example Daily Schedule
- Summer Bridge Workshops: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
- Math Class: 10:45 a.m. - noon
- Lunch: noon - 1 p.m.
- Math Class: 1 - 4 p.m.
- Dinner and evening study: 5 p.m. - after
After Summer Bridge Math: Weekly Meetings and Access to Mentors
From the beginning of the fall semester until late September, you will have weekly recitation sessions with Math Bridge instructors and fellow students. These meetings will address in-semester quantitative skills and allow you to discuss and revisit strategies for academic success. . In addition, you will be invited to special events during the academic year, as well as have access to peer mentors
Completing the Summer Bridge Math sessions plus the fall weekly recitation sessions will count as one credit hour towards your degree at Trinity.