Transitional Studies

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Amber Kinonen
Coordinator, Reading and Writing

Ken Hinzman

Jen McCann

Bay College is committed to student success. Students must enroll in reading, English, and/or math courses based on placement scores provided at the time of admission.  Some students may be required to take one of our placement tests (see below). Students who do not meet the Reading (R), English (E), and/or Math (M) prerequisites for college-level courses will need to enroll in Transitional Studies (TS) courses.

Transitional Studies courses are designed to assist students in reaching their educational goals. Credits awarded in these courses do not count towards graduation, nor are they calculated into a student’s overall GPA.

Placement for Success

Students should review the Placement for Success table to determine course placement.

Placement Tests

If students feel that their placement scores do not accurately reflect their ability, they are encouraged to spend some time reviewing subject material and re-take their ACT/SAT or take the Accuplacer (English and Reading) or ALEKS (Math) placement test(s) which are free assessments available in the college's testing centers. For more information visit the Placement webpage.

Placement Consultations
For an initial prep consultation and/or resources contact:

Main Campus

Ashley Rogers
Placement and Tutoring Specialist Student Success Center, HUB 825

West Campus

Jim Grider
SI Coordinator
Student Success Center

You might want a prep consultation if you:

  • Have been out of school for awhile
  • Have never taken a college-level English or math course
  • Want additional resources to self-study
  • Are looking for test-taking tips and strategies
  • Are unhappy with your current scores
  • Are considering tutoring to help sharpen your skills


Course No. Course Name Credit Hours Contact Hours
BIOL 090 Fundamentals of Biology 3.00 3.00
CHEM 090 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4.00 4.00
ENGL 097W College Writing Skills Workshop 2.00 2.00
ENGL 098 College Reading and Writing Skills 4.00 4.00
Math 085 Pre-Algebra 4.00 4.00
Math 095 Basic Algebra 4.00 4.00
Math 097 Mathematical Literacy 4.00 4.00
Math 098 Accelerated Pre and Basic Algebra 6.00 6.00
OIS Beginning Keyboarding 2.00 2.00

Students enrolled in these courses will be advised as follows:

  1. A case load of up to twelve credit hours, including Transitional Studies courses, will be recommended.
  2. During the semester, students will meet with their academic advisors for consultation prior to scheduling future courses.

Transitional Studies Resources

Bay College Resources

Do you need some help with study skills? Visit the links below.

Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
906.786.5802 Main Campus Directions