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Bridge Program Description

Students participating in Bridge program.

How do I know if Bridge is right for me?  

Do you have experience with these topics:

  • if, switch, while, do while, and for statements; 
  • classes, objects, methods, and arrays? 
  • file input and output
  • dynamic data structures

If you have answered YES for all of these, then you do not need the Bridge Program.

If your answer was NO to any of these, the Bridge Program is probably right for you! The Bridge Program introduces students to basic computer science and programming concepts at a comfortable pace in a fun and informal environment. This program is structured for incoming Computer Science, Data Science, and Aritificial Intelligence freshmen with little or no programming experience.  


Bridge Program Class Topics  

  • Java Basics, Input and Output, Primitive Types
  • Selection and Repetition
  • Arrays
  • Graphical User Interfaces
  • Methods and Classes
  • Inheritance and Exceptions
  • Dynamic Data Structures
  • Interfaces

Topics will be introduced during one-hour lectures with a professor. Lectures are immediately followed by a two-hour lab with our TA's to introduce projects working on the topics introduced during lecture. The projects will get incrementally harder during the two weeks. At the end of the program there is a non-graded multiple choice exam and a live coding exam to simulate what the exams will be like in the CS 18000 course, as well as to review what you have learned during the Bridge Program.

Note: Bridge does not give a student credits towards graduation, nor does the program equip a student to skip CS 18000.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2024 2:08 PM

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