The bridge program is carried out through the regular Upward Bound Program and gives students selected the opportunity to take Human Biology on the campus of Carson-Newman University and gain 3 college credits for the successful completion of the class. The class is synchronous. Bridge students are also given priority when determining work study positions.


Those students selected for the bridge program typically follow the below daily daily schedule, instead of participating in academic and elective classes:

Human Biology 9:00AM-11:30AM

Work Study 1:00PM - 4:00PM


The purpose of the bridge program is to give Upward Bound Students the experience of taking an actual college course, on a college campus. Many of these students will have taken dual enrollment courses in high school but will find that dual enrollment courses and actual college courses differ. Students will have to prioritize their time, taking classes and participating in work study are a full day. Study time is given to students in the evening, but students must learn to utilize free-time efficiently in order to prepare for exams and complete assignments.

QUALIFICATIONS (refer to page 19 of the student handbook)

Students selected must meet all of the following requirements before beginning the bridge program.

  1. To apply for bridge a student must be in the 12th grade.

  2. Applicants must complete a bridge program application by March 1st.

  3. Applicants must have completed 5 hours of community service by March 1st.

  4. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or above AND a 19 or above on the ACT test.

  5. Applicants must have completed the "Senior Year Students" requirements located on page 15 of the student handbook.

  6. Applicants must be in good standing with the Upward Bound program.

  7. If selected by the Director of Programs, applicants must sign a bridge program contract with the program and with Carson-Newman University.



                                                                                                                                        Bridge Course: Human Biology


Due to COVID-19, the bridge class will be asynchronous. This means the students will work at his or her own pace, completing assignments and projects/labs, and submitting these by the due dates each week. The professor will release a detailed syllabus with defined due dates. This syllabus will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education & sponsored by Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority Inc.