Early Start Program at CSU, Chico

Early Start Courses

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Early Start Courses Offered by Chico State

Early Start English Courses


ESPE 020 Early Start English

Required if: EPT score below 147, Old SAT score of 460-490, New SAT score of 510-540, ACT score of 19-21, or EAP score of “Conditionally Ready”

Description: A 1-unit online course in reading and writing. Students will reflect on past literacy experiences‚ complete an essay assignment typical of college writing courses‚ and give and receive focused feedback to revise them for submission. The goal of this intensive and collaborative work is to model the types of writing expected in college and the kinds of literacy practices that lead to success in college. The program ends by asking you to make a careful decision about whether you would like some additional workshop help when you take the English 130 course at Chico State in the fall, or gauge your readiness to complete the for-credit writing course at another CSU campus. This course satisfies the Early Start Program (ESP) English requirement.

Fee(s): $182

Summer 2017 Course Schedule

  • Date option #1: July 5–20 (Registration & Payment Deadline: June 28)
  • Date option #2: July 17–Aug 3 (Registration & Payment Deadline: July 12)

Early Start Math Courses

Beginning Algebra

ESPM 031 Early Start Math

Required if: ELM score below 42

Description: A 3-unit online review of Beginning Algebra. Topics include real numbers‚ variables‚ equations‚ algebraic expressions‚ functions and their graphs, evaluation of expressions and formulas‚ translation from words to symbols‚ linear equations and inequalities‚ absolute value‚ powers and roots‚ and real world applications. At the end of the course, an online proctored final exam will be offered. A passing score fulfills the Beginning Algebra remediation requirement and students are eligible to enroll in Intermediate Algebra in the fall. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Early Start Math requirement. Plan to spend 45+ hours to complete the course, including the completion of assignments with specific due dates.

Fee(s): $546 ($182 x 3 units) + $58 materials fee. A webcam is also required for the online and proctored exam at the end of the course.

Summer 2017 Course Schedule

  • June 19–July 27 (Registration & Payment Deadline: June 14)

Intermediate Algebra

ESPM 051 Early Start Math

Required if: ELM score between 42-48, Old SAT score of 490-540, New SAT score of 520-560, ACT score of 20-22, or EAP score of “Conditionally Ready”

Description: A 1-unit online review of Intermediate Algebra. Topics include linear equations‚ inequalities‚ exponents‚ polynomials‚ functions‚ rational expressions‚ rational exponents‚ radicals‚ quadratic equations‚ systems of linear equations‚ and logarithms. This course satisfies the Early Start Math requirement but does not satisfy the remedial Math requirement. At the end of the course, students can choose to retake the ELM exam to assess if they place out of remediation and are eligible to enroll in GE level math courses. Plan to spend 20-30 hours to complete the course.

Fee:(s) $182 + optional $18 fee to re-take the ELM test

Summer 2017 Course Schedule

  • Date option #1: June 12–22 (Registration & Payment Deadline: June 7)
  • Date option #2: July 10–20  (Registration & Payment Deadline: July 5)
Accessibility Accommodations: If you need special disability accommodations for an event, workshop, or online or on-campus class, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center.