Early Start courses at CSUSM are scheduled within the seven-week period between late June and early August. All CSUSM Early Start courses will require students to physically attend classes at the San Marcos campus.
CSU course fee waivers are available to California residents who have completed their FAFSA and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $6,000 or less.
ESM 104 Preparatory University Mathematics (1 units)
Solution of literal equations. Graphs and properties of linear functions including rates of change. Estimating values of nonlinear functions via interpolation/extrapolation with consideration of concavity. Simple cases of polynomial factorization. Graphs and properties of exponential functions including growth/decay, doubling times and half-lives. Solution of linear systems of equations. Sum of a finite geometric series. Corequisite: ESM 4. Enrollment is restricted to incoming first-year students in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Placement Categories III and IV.
ESM 4 Support for Preparatory University Mathematics (2 units)
Review of integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, exponents and roots. Simplification of expressions containing variables, including solving linear equations and certain quadratic equations. The rectangular coordinate system and its use for graphing functions. Areas of basic and composite geometric figures. Note: ESM 4 does not count toward any graduation requirement to be completed at CSUSM, but it is counted in determining financial aid and VA benefits. Corequisite: ESM 104. Enrollment is restricted to incoming first-year students in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Placement Categories III and IV.
ESM 105 Supported College Algebra (3 units)
College algebra with integrated review of intermediate algebra. Includes graphs, equations, inequalities, and functions (linear, polynomial, rational, root, exponential, logarithmic). Corequisite: ESM 5. Enrollment restricted to incoming first-year students in Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Placement Category III. Cross-listed as MATH 105.
ESM 5 Recitation for Supported College Algebra (1 unit)
Integrated review of intermediate algebra with college algebra. Review of the rectangular coordinate system, lines, polynomial expressions, and arithmetic. Simplification of algebraic expressions, solution of quadratic and rational equations, properties of exponents, and arithmetic operations involving rational exponents and radicals. Note: ESM 5 does not count toward any graduation requirement to be completed at CSUSM, but it is counted in determining financial aid and VA benefits. Corequisite: ESM 105. Cross-listed as MATH 5.
ESW 101A Introduction to Writing as a Rhetorical ACT (3 units)
Introduces writing as a process and provides an overview of rhetorical analysis tools and critical reading skills necessary for various kinds of college writing. Students will practice critical reading strategies, such as annotation, summary, explanation, synthesis, and response, and apply these skills to their individual academic writing processes. Focus on writing skills that contribute to academic growth, such as learning to analyze texts and writing in relation to social constructions and power relations. Students in ESW 101A are expected to pass the class with a C- (1.7) or better before progressing onto GEW 101B. ESW 101A is restricted to students in the Early Start Program. Cross-listed as GEW 101A.
ESW 100 Grammar and Style (1 unit)
Focuses on grammar and style expectations for academic written English. Students will have the opportunity to improve their own writing from other classes by applying grammar to real rhetorical contexts. Corequisite: ESW 101A. Restricted to students in the Early Start Program. Cross-listed as GEW 100.