Recommendations by Major

In addition to “Inquiry and 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.)



Foundational Drawing: For majors/minors only. It does not satisfy a general education requirement.

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-150 Investigating Biological Concepts: 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 and/or biology course
Classics (B.A.) LATN-101 or CLAS-230  Elementary Latin or  Mythology: Heroes and Heroines
Classical Languages (B.A.) LATN-101, GREK-101 or  CLAS-230  Elementary Latin, Elementary Classical Greek, or Mythology: Heroes and Heroines
Communication Studies (B.A.) COMM-101

Fundamentals of Communication and Workshop.

Computer Science (B.A.) COMP-151

Intro to Programming

Economics (B.A.) ECON-200 Principles of Economics
Educational Studies (B.A.) EDST-100*

Foundations of Education: Students are encouraged to take QRAC if needed, language and lab science.

Elementary Education (B.A.) Core Curriculum course 

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

English (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-103 Intro to Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Exercise Science (B.A.) EXSC-130, 140 and/or 160

Exercise Performance, Sports Nutrition and/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-112 U.S. History to 1865 or Black America: A History
Mathematics (B.A.) MATH-141 or MATH-151 Elementary Functions or Calculus I

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, BIOL-150 or PSYC-101

Principles of Chemistry, Investigating Biological Concepts or Intro to Psychology

Philosophy (B.A.) PHIL-207


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

Exercise Performance, Sports Nutrition and/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
Public Relations (B.A.) COMM-101 Fundamentals of Communication
Religious Studies (B.A.) RELG-100  Religions
Sociology or Anthropology (B.A.) SOCI-102 Social Problems (ANTH-103 offered in the spring semester).
Social Science Education (B.A.) HIST-110 or HIST-112 US History to 1865 or Black American: A History
Spanish (B.A.) Spanish Course Based on placement exam.

Theatre (B.A.)

Theatre Education (B.A.)

THEA-173 and THEA-119

Intro to Technical Theatre and Theatre Practicum

*For students seeking teacher licensure: Students who would like to learn more about Elementary 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.

Those students seeking licensure in Elementary Education are also encouraged to focus on core curriculum courses during the first semester, such as Languages and Cultures and Artistic Inquiry. 

Students interested in pursuing secondary or PK-12 teacher licensure should focus on exploring content area courses during the first semester.