Bridge to Biosciences

The Bridge to Biosciences Program

The program is open to all students, with or without scientific backgrounds, and with a special focus on under-prepared, lower income students. Contact a counselor or faculty advisor.

The program provides training and personal support to prepare students for certificates and degrees in the Biosciences

The Bridge program is a semester-long, 8-unit program. Students enroll in 3 concurrent classes in Biosciences, Language Applied to Biosciences and Math Applied to Biosciences, which meet 3 days a week for 4 hours a day. These classes are offered as day and evening courses at different campuses in San Francisco. Find out more about the course requirements.

Students who wish to obtain hands-on experience through an internship in the second semester must enroll concurrently in the Bridge's Internship program.

This requires for students to take an additional 4 units and 7 hours of classes during the Bridge semester. Students can also enroll in these courses after they have completed the Bridge program.

An Innovative Approach to Teaching 

The Bridge to Biosciences program uses a combination of innovative teaching methodologies such as contextualized teaching, learning communities, 3D Learning (Integrated curriculum in Science, Math and Language), Project-Based Learning and, because the Bridge has succeeded where many others have failed before, it has been selected by Bio-Link for national dissemination through an NSF project.

Hear it from the student's perspective

Watch this Career Ladders Project video about the use of contextualized learning in the Bridge program, featuring our students and faculty.

Contextualized Learning

City College of San Francisco Biotechnology Certificates

CCSF has one of the largest biotech programs in the country, including certificates such as Stem Cell, Biotechnician, Genomics, and Biomanufacturing, and an AS degree in Biotechnology.

The Bridge to Biosciences (aka Bridge to Biotech), is the first step to these certificates.

Students who complete the Bridge to Biosciences program as well as the Bioscience Internship are eligible for CCSF's Biotechnology Lab Assistant Certificate.