Early Start Courses

CSU Placement and Course Offerings

Level Placements are determined by multiple measures such as standardized tests, high school GPA, high school Math GPA, and high school/college coursework. In addition, the university uses a student’s declared major and self-disclosed information for Level placement.

Regardless of a student’s level, incoming First-Year students will be able to participate in DHFYE Summer Experience, which allows them to earn units towards their degree.

Levels are used to determine which course(s) a student will take during the summer. For more information on category placement, please reference the CSU's Multiple Measures.

PLACEMENTDESCRIPTION

Level I

Fulfilled Requirement: Student has fulfilled the CSU GE Breath Subarea A2 (Freshman Composition) and/or B4 (Quantitative Reasoning) requirement. Student can get a head start by completing a GE course in the summer.

Level II

Enroll in GE Course: Student is ready for placement in a CSU GE Breath Subarea A2 (Freshman Composition) and/or B4 (Quantitative Reasoning) courses. Student can get a head start by completing a GE course in the summer.

Level III

Enroll in Supported GE Course: Student is placed in a supported CSU GE Breath Subarea A2 (Freshman Composition) and/or B4 (Quantitative Reasoning) courses. The student will benefit from participating in DHFYE Summer Experience. It is strongly recommended for the student to develop their skills by enrolling in Math and/or English course(s) in the summer.

Level IV

Enroll in Supported GE Course: Student is placed in a supported CSU GE Breath Subarea A2 (Freshman Composition) and/or B4 (Quantitative Reasoning) courses. The student will benefit from participating in DHFYE Summer Experience. It is required for the student to develop their skills by enrolling in Math and/or English course(s) in the summer.

Use your level placement to figure-out which Courses to take for the summer.

DHFYE Summer Experience - Early Start 2022 Courses

Do you have an Early Start requirement?

  • Yes, Math only
    • Are you a STEM major (Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Earth Science, Geography, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics)?
      • Yes - Then, as a STEM major, you should take MAT 195 regardless of level (Levels I, II, III, and IV)
      • No - Non-STEM majors:
  • Yes, both Math and English
    • Are you a STEM major (Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Earth Science, Geography, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics)?
      • Yes – Then you should take MAT 195 and ESE 195/95.
      • No - Non-STEM majors enroll in ESE 195/95 and the math course below that reflects your level:  
        • Level IV students are required to take MAT 102 or MAT 132
        • Level III students are strongly recommended to take MAT 132 or MAT 134.
        • Level II students are recommended to take MAT 131. Go to GE Courses.
  • No
    • Are you a STEM major (Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Earth Science, Geography, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics)?
      • Yes – Then you should take MAT 195 to help you prepare for your fall math course.
      • No – We recommend you enroll in up to two General Education (GE) courses that interests you. Full course offerings go to GE Courses.

Math Courses

I met so many new people who were also in the same boat as me, and it has pushed me out of my comfort zone.

MAT 102: Foundations of Statistics

MAT 132: Statistics and Probability with Support

MAT 134: Statistics and Probability

MAT 195: Calculus Success Academy

English Courses

English is required for incoming students with a Level III or IV English placement (English Early Start Required), and highly recommended for Level II students. 

I enjoyed my summer experience. I really liked my English class, and I learned a lot of new skills that I will need to have in order to be ready for the fall.

These English courses build on students’ academic strengths and existing literacies to introduce and apply terms and concepts about writing. Students identify and practice writing strategies that can be used at CSUDH and beyond, reflecting upon the transformative power of their writing.

ESE 195 (2 units) and ESE 95 (1 unit)

Everyone was so inclusive, and the staff seemed to genuinely care about each student as an individual. Not many colleges take the extra steps to make you feel like you can reach out to staff directly if you need help, but CSUDH did!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DHFYE Summer Experience?

CSUDH first-time, first-year students have the opportunity to take up to two courses during the summer in order to graduate quicker and have a more successful fall semester. 

The DHFYE Summer Experience program is one part of a student's first year experience (DHFYE) here at CSU Dominguez Hills.  Activities and support will start the week of July 5, 2022.  The summer courses, which include Early Start and GE courses, will take place during Monday, July 11 through Friday, August 19, 2022.

DHFYE Summer Experience is a transitional program consisting of courses and college-knowledge workshops.  Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop study skills through workshops, network with peers and faculty, get support from advisors and peer mentors, and connect to campus resources. Students are also able to receive credit for Early Start by completing a math and/or English course during the summer. General education courses are also available for students who are eligible; please consult with your advisor at New Student Orientation (NSO) for more information.

When can I register for summer courses?

First-time, first-year students will be able to enroll in summer courses during New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO will take place during the month of June. Students will be able to meet with an advisor to discuss which courses are best to take for the summer and fall.

How do I register for summer courses?

First-time, first-year students will be able to enroll for summer courses during during the New Student Orientation (NSO).  New Students Orientation will take place during the month of June. Students will be able to meet with an advisor to discuss which courses are best to take for the summer and fall.

How many summer courses may I take?

All incoming first-time, first-year students may take up to two General Education (GE) courses (6 to 8-units). Students with an Early Start requirement (Levels III & IV) will need to enroll in an Early Start Math and/or English course(s).

When do summer courses start?

Summer courses for first-time, first-year students will take place during Summer Session II from July 11th – August 19th, 2022. Courses will be offered in person. 

When will I know which summer course to take?

When you attend New Student Orientation (NSO), an advising team will assist you with registering in the appropriate summer courses. During your meeting with your advisor, you will ensure you picked the correct course(s) based on your major and level placement.

What happens if I don’t complete Early Start?

Early Start courses are a CSU requirement for Level IV students and strongly recommended for Level III. This is a wonderful opportunity, though, since students can earn credits for up to two Early Start courses (6 to 7-units).

If students are not able to complete Early Start, then they will need to complete these courses during the fall semester. They will also lose the opportunity to engage in career planning and major/career exploration. Additionally, they will delay their pathway to graduating in four years.

How much do the DHFYE Summer Experience and summer courses cost?

First-time, first-year CSU Dominguez Hills students who successfully complete a FAFSA or CA DREAM application may qualify for a fee waiver that will cover the cost of tuition and fees, making these courses free for those who complete the summer courses they are enrolled in.

Who do I contact if I have any questions about the DHFYE Summer Experience / Early Start?

For questions, please contact the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience team at dhfye@csudh.edu.

How can I request a laptop and other technology?

CSUDH Student can request a laptop and other technology through the Technology Checkout Program, free of charge.

Our campus offers exciting learning opportunities and the Division of Information Technology (IT) is an integral service organization and partner in your educational journey. Take a moment to see what is available to you as a new or returning student to CSUDH.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit IT Student Support.

What if I need housing this summer?

Summer Housing is available to students participating in the DHFYE Summer Experience and are enrolled in summer courses. Students will need to complete the Housing application (space is limited). Please, visit the DHFYE Summer Housing website for more information.  

How do I drop a class, and what is the drop deadline?

For step-by-step instructions for how to drop a class, please view "Drop Process." 

Drop Deadlines:

  • Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th, 2022: Late Registration and Add/Drop, fees due
  • Monday, July 18th, 2022: Instructor Drop
  • Thursday, July 21st, 2022: Last Day to Drop Without “W” grade
  • Friday, July 22nd – Friday, July 29th, 2022: Serious and Compelling Reason Required to Withdraw
  • Monday, August 1st – Friday August 19th, 2022: Serious Accident/Illness Required to Withdraw

For additional questions, contact the CSUDH Registrar’s Office at 310-243-3645 or email at registrar@csudh.edu