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Charleston Bridge Orientation

Students entering the program in fall 2019, must attend the Charleston Bridge orientation to be held on July 19, 2019. Orientation registration will open on March 15, 2019 with a May 1, 2019 deadline to register. Students may register for orientation by completing the orientation registration form found on the Channel Bridge channel in MyCharleston. To register for new student orientation, log into your MyCharleston account - select the Academic Services tab at the top, go to the Charleston Bridge channel and then click on 'Charleston Bridge Orientation Registration Form'. There is no fee to attend orientation and no placement testing is required of students participating in Charleston Bridge. Families are welcome to attend.

Students should plan to participate in orientation activities from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Orientation will begin at Trident Technical College (TTC) in the morning and conclude at the College of Charleston in the afternoon. Morning orientation check-in occurs at 8:30 a.m. at Trident Technical College at the main campus located at 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston.

Afternoon activities, including lunch at Liberty Street Fresh Food Company, will be held at the College of Charleston. Check-in for the afternoon orientation at the College of Charleston will be between 12:30-1:45p.m. 

If you intend to eat the lunch at the College of Charleston, you will receive lunch tickets (that can be used from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Liberty Street Fresh Food Company)when you check in for the morning orientation at Trident Technical College. The program at the College of Charleston will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Transportation to TTC and from TTC to the College of Charleston campus is not provided. Parking is not provided but public parking is available in downtown Charleston.

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Fall Course Enrollment

An advisor from Trident Technical College (TTC) will contact students by phone to register students in their fall courses. This will occur before orientation. Charleston Bridge students are not required to complete placement testing for fall course registration. Course options are limited since a specific set of courses are designated for Charleston Bridge students (see course descriptions below).

After registering, any necessary changes to the course schedule can be discussed with a TTC advisor before classes begin. Once classes begin, any changes must be completed by submitting an Add-Drop form to the Collge of Charleston Office of the Registrar by the fall semester drop-add deadline.

Charleston Bridge course options include: Academic Writing, American Government, Anthropology, Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Business, College Algebra, Contemporary College Math, Philosophy, Probability and Statistics, Psychology, Public Speaking, Spanish, Western Civilization, and World History.

Students admitted to the College of Charleston for the spring can select courses during advising and registration. Accepted students will receive an email about the assigned advising and registration date and time after final grades are posted in December. If you have questions about spring advising and registration, contact the Office of New Student Programs at 843-953-2017 or email orientat@cofc.edu.

Fall Course Descriptions (subject to change) - all courses are transferable to the College of Charleston

ANT 101

General Anthropology (3 credits)                    

This course studies physical and cultural anthropology and explores subfields of anthropology to examine primatology, human paleontology, human variation, archeology and ethnology. CofC transfer credit equivalent: ANTH 101

ART 101

Art History & Appreciation (3 credits)

This is an introductory course in the history and appreciation of art, including elements and principles of the visual arts. CofC transfer credit equivalent: ARTH 190

AST 101

Solar System Astronomy & Lab (4 credits with lab)

This course is a descriptive survey of the universe with emphasis on basic physical concepts and the objects of the solar system. Related topics of current interest are included. Laboratory exercises supplement lectures. CofC transfer credit equivalent: ASTR 129 and 129 lab

BIO 101

Biological Science & Lab (4 credits with lab) - Take this course and lab if you intend to major in a natural science at the College of Charleston.          

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, Mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution and ecology. CofC transfer credit equivalent: BIOL 111 and 111 lab

BUS 101

Introduction to Business (3 credits)

This course is a study of the nature of business activity in relation to the economic society, including how a business is owned, organized, managed and controlled. CofC transfer credit equivalent: MGMT 105

ENG 111

Introduction to Academic Writing (4 credits)

An introduction to the practices necessary for successful college writing; reading and analyzing college level texts: writing in a process that includes invention, drafting, revising, and editing; and researching, evaluating and documenting appropriate supporting materials for college-level essays. CofC transfer credit equivalent: ENGL 110

HIS 101

Western Civilization to 1689 (3 credits)

This course is a survey of Western civilization from ancient times to 1689, including the major political, social, economic and intellectual factors shaping the Western cultural tradition. CofC transfer credit equivalent: HIST 101

HIS 102

Western Civilization Post 1689 (3 credits)

This course is a survey of Western civilization from 1689 to the present, including major political, social, economic and intellectual factors that shaped the modern Western world.

CofC transfer credit equivalent: HIST 102

HIS 104

World History I (3 credits)

This course covers world history from prehistory to circa 1500 A.D., focusing on economic, social, political and cultural aspects of people before the onset of Western dominance and identifying major patterns and trends that characterized the world in each era. CofC transfer credit equivalent: HIST 103

HIS 105

World History II (3 credits)

This course covers world history from circa 1500 A.D. to the present, focusing on the development of a system of interrelationships based on Western expansion and on the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of each era. CofC transfer credit equivalent: HIST 104

MAT 110

College Algebra (3 credits)

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants and solutions of higher degree polynomials. CofC transfer credit equivalent: MATH 101

MAT 120

Probability and Statistics (3 credits)

This course includes introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals and test of hypothesis for large and small samples, type I and type II errors, linear regression, and correlation. CofC transfer credit equivalent: MATH 104

MAT 123

Contemporary College Math (3 credits)

This course provides an appreciation and understanding of the mathematics underlying several topics in contemporary society. Topics may include voting methods, apportionment problems, Euler and Hamilton circuits, population growth and fractals. CofC transfer credit equivalent: MATH 103

PHI 101

Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

This course includes a topical survey of the three main branches of philosophy – epistemology, metaphysics and ethics – and contemporary questions related to these branches. CofC transfer credit equivalent: PHIL 101

PSC 201

American Government (3 credits)

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the Constitution; the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches; civil liberties; and the role of the electorate. CofC transfer credit equivalent: POLI 101

PSY 201

General Psychology (3 credits) - This course counts toward social science credit and does not count as natural science credit.

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological basis for behavior, perception, motivation, learning, memory, development, personality and abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques and social psychology. CofC transfer credit equivalent: PSYC 103

SPA 101

Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It includes an introduction to the Spanish culture. CofC transfer credit equivalent: SPAN 101

SPA 122

Basic Proficiency in Spanish (3 credits)

This course covers the practice and further development of essential listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Students may not receive credit for both SPA 122 and SPA 101. CofC transfer credit equivalent: SPAN 190

SPC 205

Public Speaking (3 credits)

This course introduces the principles of public speaking with the application of speaking skills in varied communication situations. Emphasis is placed on content and organization in the development and delivery of oral messages. CofC transfer credit equivalent: COMM 104

Submit a photo for a Cougar Card

Before you attend orientation, Charleston Bridge students should submit a photo for an official College of Charleston ID card, known as the Cougar Card. Follow the photo submission guidelines and submit your photo by the submission deadline. Your Cougar Card will be given to you when you arrive on the College of Charleston campus for orientation. Please remember to bring valid government issued identification to pick up your Cougar Card. Acceptable forms of identification include a Driver’s License or Non-driver ID Card issued by DMV, U.S. Green Card, Passport book or card, or a U.S. Military ID Card. If you have questions about the Cougar Card or photo submission contact Cougar Card Services. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00-4:30pm.

Health & Immunization Forms

Please complete the health and immunization forms found at http://studenthealth.cofc.edu/health-immunization-forms/index.php and provide these to College of Charleston's Student Health Services before classes begin in August. Questions should be directed to Student Health Services at 843-953-5520. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5:00pm.

Disability Services

Students needing accommodations for the fall semester must provide documentation to Trident Technical College's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). These arrangements should be completed before classes begin in August. If admitted for the spring semester, students will work with disability services at the College of Charleston.