Recommendations by Major

In addition to “Inquiry & Identity” (our first-year experience course) and other required courses for first-year students, most students with an intended major will also take a class in that major area in their first fall semester.

Below is a list of recommended first-semester courses for each major. If you don’t have a major yet, don’t panic! Your advisor can help you select a course that makes sense based on your interests or a major you want to explore.

Many students are interested in double-majoring or adding a minor – there will be plenty of time in future semesters to add those courses.

In addition to these courses, you may also be interested to review more information about required courses and elective and core curriculum options.

Recommendations by major

Accounting (B.A. or B.S.)

BUSI-105 or ECON-200 Intro to Commerce or Principles of Economics

Art  (B.A.)

Art Education (B.A.)

 

ARTD-100

The Creative Process:  For majors/minors only. 

Biochemistry (B.S.) CHEM-140 and BIOL-150

General Chemistry and Investigating Biological Concepts. Students may also be placed in math course.

Biology (B.A.) BIOL-155 Intro to Ecology, Evolution and Diversity.  Students may also be placed in a chemistry or math course.
Biopsychology (B.A.) PSYC-101

Intro to Psychology: Students may also be placed in BIOL-150

Business Administration (B.A.) BUSI-105 or ECON-200 Intro to Commerce or Principles of Economics
Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.) CHEM-140 General Chemistry: Students will also be placed in math course. 
Classics (B.A.)

CLAS-101/LATN-101, CLAS-111/GREK-111,  CLAS-230 and/or CLAS-200

Elementary Latin and/or Elementary Biblical Greek and/or Dionysus and Myth in Drama and/or  Introduction to Classical Studies
Classical Languages (B.A.) CLAS-101/LATN-101, CLAS-111/GREK-111, or CLAS-200 Elementary Latin and/or Elementary Biblical Greek and/or  Introduction to Classical Studies
Communication Studies (B.A.) COMM-101 and COMM-110

Fundamentals of Communication and Student Media Practicum I (110 may also be delayed until spring)

Computer Science (B.A.) COMP-151

Intro to Programming

Economics (B.A.) ECON-200 Principles of Economics
Educational Studies (B.A.) Core Curriculum course

Quantitative Reasoning (if needed), Languages and Cultures, Life or Physical Science.  Transfer students or students with advanced standing due to dual or AP credit may take EDST-110. 

Elementary Education (B.A.) Core Curriculum course 

Quantitative Reasoning (if needed), Languages and Cultures, Life or Physical Science.  Transfer students or students with advanced standing due to dual or AP credit may take EDST-110. 

English (B.A.)

English Education (B.A.)

ENGL-110 English Composition and Argument
Engineering (B.S.) ENGR-101, PHYS-130 and Math Course

Exploring Engineering, Introductory Physics I and Elementary Functions or Calculus.  (If in FYQR-120, CHEM-140 is recommended placement).

Environmental Studies and Sustainability (B.A.) ESTS-105

Intro to Agroecology or ESTS-103 Intro to Environmental Studies /Sustainability (Spring 2025) 

Exercise Science (B.A.) EXSC-130 and 140 or 160

Exercise Performance, Sports Nutrition or Health and Human Physiology (advisor will assist with placement)

Health Education (B.A.) EXSC-130 and EXSC-140 Exercise Performance and Sports Nutrition
Health Science and Human Movement (B.S.) EXSC-160 and CHEM-140 Health and Human Physiology and General Chemistry
History (B.A.)

HIST-110 or HIST-120

 U.S. History to 1865 or Intro to Latin America
International Studies

ECON-200 or POLS-200

Principles of Economics or Intro to Comparative Politics

Mathematics (B.A.)

Math Education (B.A.)

MATH-141 or MATH-151 Elementary Functions or Calculus I

Marketing (B.A.) 

BUSI-105 Intro to Commerce

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (B.A.)

MUSI-111 and MUSI-121 Intro to Music Theory and Music Theory I (placement exam given upon arrival on campus) and applied lesson/ensemble.
Neuroscience (B.S.) CHEM-140 and BIOL-150 

Principles of Chemistry and  Investigating Biological Concepts 

Philosophy (B.A.)

PHIL-215 

Philosophy of Art or PHIL-218 Peace with Justice (Spring 2025) or PHIL-225 Philosophy and Feminism (Spring 2025)

Physical Education (B.A.) EXSC-130 and 140 or 160

Exercise Performance and Sports Nutrition or Health and Human Physiology (advisor will assist with placement).

Physics (B.A.) PHYS-130 and MATH-141 or 151

Introductory Physics I and Elementary Functions or Calculus 

Political Science (B.A.) POLS-103 

American Politics 

Psychology (B.A.) PSYC-101 Intro to Psychology (Students with AP Psychology credit or dual credit for PSYC-101EQ may register for a 200-level PSYC course other than PSYC-201. 
Public Relations (B.A.) COMM-101 Fundamentals of Communication
Religious Studies (B.A.)

RELG-250 or RELG-312 

 

Alchemy and Magic or Religion in America

RELG-218 Peace with Justice or RELG-102 God or  RELG-254 Spirituality Art Imagination (all offered Spring 2025)

Sociology or Anthropology (B.A.) SOCI-101 Intro to Sociology  (ANTH-103 offered in the spring semester).
Science Education (B.A.) BIOL-150 Investigating Biological Concepts
Social Science Education (B.A.) HIST-110 or  HIST-120 US History to 1865 or Intro to Latin America
Spanish (B.A.) Spanish Course Based on placement exam.

Theatre (B.A.)

Theatre Education (B.A.)

THEA-171 and THEA-119

Intro to Theatre Studies and Theatre Practicum

*For students seeking teacher licensure: Students who would like to learn more about Teacher Education as a possible major are encouraged to enroll in EDST 100 in the fall semester. EDST 100 does not count toward licensure requirements, but does count as elective credit toward the total number of credits required for the degree.

Students seeking licensure in Elementary Education must take EDST-110 in the Fall or Spring semester and should focus on Core Curriculum courses with remaining course selections, such as Languages and Cultures and Artistic Inquiry. 

Students seeking licensure in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science Education (secondary) or Art, Health, Music, Physical, Theatre Education (K-12) should focus on exploring content area and Core Curriculum courses during the Fall and Spring semester.  Students may take EDST-151 and EDST-220 if space is available.