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FAST Track

The FAST Track is a group of courses that have been designed by faculty who believe that college students can do much more than what is traditionally expected of them. Because not all students are the same, we use a variety of design models. If you are not certain which model is the right fit for you, please talk to a counselor, advisor, or instructor. We can help you find the classes that are right for you!

Check out the following FAST Track course subjects!

Math 60/70: One-Semester Math

Find it Under: Learning Communities: LNRC 530

What is Math 60/70 One-Semester Math and who can take it?

Math 60/70 One-Semester Math is a 10-unit algebra course that allows you to complete both MATH 60 and MATH 70 in one semester. In order to accomplish this, the class meets for 2 hours and 45 minutes a day, 4 days a week. You are eligible to take this course if you have placed at level 02 on your math placement test, or if you have passed MATH 50 (or the equivalent).

Am I a good fit for the Math 60/70 One-Semester Math?

Each of these classes will cover 16-weeks’ worth of material in 8 weeks: the first 8 weeks will cover MATH 60; if you pass 60, the second 8 will cover 70. This is a very intense work load and will require 15-25 hours of homework a week. Because of this, the class is not going to be a good fit if you are taking a lot of other classes or if you are working many hours outside of class. If you have a schedule that allows you a lot of homework time, you will likely find the class very rewarding.

I have passed MATH 60 but not MATH 70; could I take this course, or just the 70 portion?

Because this is a Learning Community, you must be able to sign up for both classes when you register. If you have passed MATH 60, you will not be able to enroll in it again, and you will not be able to register for only the 70 portion.

If I fail the MATH 60 portion of One-Semester Math, what happens?

If this happens, you will not be able to take MATH 70; this could have significant impacts on your financial aid. Please think carefully before signing up for the course!

Do you still have questions about this class?
Donna Starr
661-395-4229
dstarr@bakersfieldcollege.edu

EMLS 60/50: ESL Writing Express

Find it under: Learning Communities: LRNC 507

What is EMLS 60/50: ESL Writing Express and who can take it?

EMLS 60/50 Writing Express is an 8-unit composition course that allows you to complete both EMLS 60 and EMLS 50 in one semester. In order to accomplish this, the class meets for over 2 hours a day, 4 days a week. You are eligible to take this course if you have placed at level 04 on your English placement test, or if you have passed EMLS 70 (or the equivalent).

Am I a good fit for the EMLS 60/50 Writing Express?

Each of these classes will cover 16-weeks’ worth of material in 8 weeks: the first 8 weeks will cover EMLS 60; if you pass 60, the second 8 will cover 50. This is a very intense work load. The class is not going to be a good fit if you tend to need more time to complete writing assignments. It is also not a good fit if you are taking a lot of other classes or if you are working many hours outside of class. If you feel your writing skills just need a little brush up, and you have a schedule that allows you a lot of homework time, you will likely find the class very rewarding.

I have passed EMLS 60 but not EMLS 50; could I take this course, or just the 50 portion?

Because this is a Learning Community, you must be able to sign up for both classes when you register. If you have passed EMLS 60, you will not be able to enroll in it again, and you will not be able to register for only the 50 portion.

If I fail the EMLS 60 portion of Writing Express, what happens?

If this happens, you will not be able to take EMLS 50; this could have significant impacts on your financial aid. Please think carefully before signing up for the course!

Do you still have questions about this class?
John Hart
661-395-4018
jhart@bakersfieldcollege.edu

English 50/1A: Writing Express

Find it under: Learning Communities: LRNC 510)

What is ENGL 50/1A Writing Express and who can take it?

ENGL 50/1A Writing Express is a 7-unit composition course that allows you to complete both ENGL 50 and ENGL 1A in one semester. In order to accomplish this, the class meets for up to 2 hours and 10 minutes a day, 4 days a week. You are eligible to take this course if you have placed at level 05 on your English placement test, or if you have passed EMLS 60, OR ENGL 60 (or the equivalents).

Am I a good fit for the English 50/1A Writing Express?

Each of these classes will cover 16-weeks’ worth of material in 8 weeks: the first 8 weeks will cover ENGL 50; if you pass 50, the second 8 will cover 1A. This is a very intense work load. The class is not going to be a good fit if you tend to need more time to complete writing assignments. It is also not a good fit if you are taking a lot of other classes or if you are working many hours outside of class. If you feel your writing skills just need a little brush up, and you have a schedule that allows you a lot of homework time, you will likely find the class very rewarding.

I have passed ENGL 50 but not ENGL 1A; could I take this course, or just the 1A portion?

Because this is a Learning Community, you must be able to sign up for both classes when you register. If you have passed ENGL 50, you will not be able to enroll in it again, and you will not be able to register for only the 1A portion.

If I fail the ENGL 50 portion of Writing Express, what happens?

If this happens, you will not be able to take ENGL 1A; this could have significant impacts on your financial aid. Please think carefully before signing up for the course!

Do you still have questions about this class?
Richard Marquez
661-395-4217
rmarquez@bakersfieldcollege.edu

English 53: Reading, Reasoning, and Writing

What is ENGL 53 and who can take it?

ENGL 53 is a 4-unit composition course that prepares students for ENGL 1A, so in that way, it is just like ENGL 50. You are eligible to take ENGL 53 if you have been placed at level 04 or level 05 on your English placement test, or if you have passed ACDV 68, ACDV 65, EMLS 70, EMLS 60, OR ENGL 60 (or the equivalents). If you pass ENGL 53 with a C or better, you will be eligible to enroll in ENGL 1A.

How is ENGL 53 different than ENGL 50?

  • ENGL 53 classes allow a wider variety of students to enroll in the course: students eligible for ENGL 60 OR ENGL 50 may enrolled. For students eligible for ENGL 60, this is considered an accelerated course.
  • ENGL 53 classes use a theme to guide and inspire your work for the semester.
  • Finally, ENGL 53 classes include instruction in strategies you can use in other classes, such as note taking, setting a schedule, etc.

How is ENGL 53 similar to ENGL 50?

  • If you pass ENGL 53 or 50, you will be prepared for ENGL 1A: if you pass either class with a C, you will be eligible to sign up for 1A.
  • In both classes, you will have to write at least one essay using multiple sources (a “synthesis essay”).
  • In both classes, you will have to read at least one book.
Do you still have questions about this class?
Ann Tatum
661-395-4362
atatum@bakersfieldcollege.edu
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