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Part of Speech


Alternate Forms and Pronunciations

  1. GSW ['jee es duh bəl yoo]
  2. Gateway Science Workshop ['gayt way / 'si yens / 'wərk shahp]


A peer-led program designed to help students comprehend and complete course material in introductory-level math, chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering courses.

Courses for which GSW is offered:

  • Biology 215, 216, 217, 218
  • Chemistry 101, 102, 103
  • Chemistry 210-1, 210-2, 210-3
  • Physics 130-1, 130-2, 130-3
  • Physics 135-1, 135-2, 135-3
  • Engineering Analysis 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Math 212, 213, 214, 220, 224, 230

Structure of GSW

Students in GSW meet once a week for a maximum of two hours in groups from 2-8, where a peer mentor who has previously done well in the course provides worksheet problems (compiled by professors) for students to practice with. Students have the opportunity to ask questions about course material.


Students register for GSW workshops at the beginning of the quarter, through CAESAR. Although GSW does not give course credit, there is a notation on the students’ transcript.

Example Sentences

I wish I could go to the meeting tonight, but I have a Bio GSW session at the same time