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Semester Z

Summer B Experience for Engineering and Computer Science Freshman


What is Semester Z?

Semester Z is a six-week, credit-bearing, summer experience for incoming UNF freshman who intend to major in Engineering or Computer Science. Students who don't place into Calculus I in the fall (based on ALEKS scores) are already behind on their 4-year graduation schedule and should take advantage of Semester Z to get on track!


Semester Z is held during the Summer B term, which is the second 6 weeks of the summer schedule, and consists of MAC1147 (Pre-Calculus) and PHY 1020 (Introduction to Physics), coordinated in content and delivery to satisfy prerequisites while specifically reinforcing the necessary skills needed to ensure success in foundation courses. Math and Physics faculty will work together in the delivery of topics with applied examples and experiential learning - based pedagogy. Students will be required to take both courses simultaneously. Scaffolding the experience with tutors, supplemental instruction, and co-curricular, cohort-building experiences will engrain valuable teamwork, study skills, and college success strategies to our freshmen.

Who should enroll in Semester Z?

CCEC students who place into Precalculus with an ALEKS math placement score between 55 and 75 are perfect candidates for Semester Z. Others may wish to discuss with a UNF advisor.

What are the benefits of Semester Z?

Dedicated sections of Precalculus and Introduction to Physics will be taught in a coordinated way, with extra tutoring, supplemental instruction, and activities to ensure success. Co-curricular and social activities will make it fun. Scholarships will be made available to cover part of the tuition costs of Semester Z on a first-come first-served basis! Students may choose to live on-campus or off-campus. Most importantly, these are courses you are going to have to take anyway. By getting the Semester Z experience, you get back on track sooner and build a strong foundation for your degree.

How do I enroll?

Registration Form

For more information contact your advisor or, Coordinator of Administrative Services, Melody Nauta at (904) 620-1350, email:


Other useful contact numbers: UNF Admissions Office (904) 620-5555, UNF First Year Advising (904) 620-1012.