Recommendations by Major

In addition to “Introduction to the Liberal Arts” (ILA, 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 general education options.

Recommendations by major

Accounting (B.A.) BUSI-105 or ECON-200 Intro to Commerce or Principles of Economics
Art (B.A.) ARTD-101

Arts and Ideas: 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, GREK-101, CLAS-200, CLAS-130, CLAS-230 or CLAS-240 Elementary Latin, Elementary Greek Intro to Classical Studies, Lives of Famous Greeks Classical Mythology or Ancient Society
Classical Languages (B.A.) LATN-101, GREK-101, CLAS-200, CLAS-130, CLAS-230 or CLAS-240 Elementary Latin, Elementary Greek Intro to Classical Studies, Lives of Famous Greeks Classical Mythology or Ancient Society
Communication Studies(B.A.) COMM-101

Fundamentals of Communication and Workshop: Choose from radio, journalism or video production.

Computer Science (B.A.) COMP-151

Intro to Programming

Data Science (B.A.) DATA-151 Intro to Data Science (COMP-151 Intro to Programming may also be taken If it fits in the schedule).
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.) General Education

Quantitative Reasoning (if needed), Foreign Language, Life or Physical Science, and History 111 course

English (B.A.) ENGL-110 English Composition and Argument
Engineering (B.S.) ENGR-101, PHYS-130 and Math Intro to Engineering I, Physics I and Elementary Functions or Calculus I
Environmental Studies and Sustainability (B.A.) ESTS-103 Intro to Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Exercise Science (B.A.) EXSC-130, 140 and/or160

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

French (B.A.) French course

Based on placement exam.

French (B.A.) HIST-111, 120 or 188 US History, 1865 to Present, Intro to Latin America, or History of the Samurai
International Studies (B.A.) Choose 2 from following: Language, Intro to Asian Studies, Principles of Economics, Intro to Latin America, History of the Samurai, Comparative Politics, or Understanding Capitalism.
Latin (B.A.) LATN-101 (or LATN-200) or CLAS-200

Elementary Latin I or Directed Readings: Determined by placement) and/or Intro to Classical Studies.

Mathematics (B.A.) MATH-141 or MATH-151 Elementary Functions or Calculus I
Music (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.
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-201 or PHIL-207

Intro to Logic or Ethics

Physical Education (B.A.) EXSC-130, 140 and/or160

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 I

Political Science (B.A.) POLS-103 or POLS-120 or POLS-175

American Politics (most preferred) or Film and Politics or Politics: US Domestic Policy

Psychology (B.A.) PSYC-101 Intro to Psychology
Public Relations (B.A.) COMM-101 Fundamentals of Communication
Religious Studies (B.A.) RELG-108 or RELG-207 Intro to New Testament or Ethics
Sociology or Anthropology (B.A.) SOCI-101, SOCi-102 or ANTH-103 Intro to Sociology (Intro to Anthropology and Social Problems offered in the spring semester).
Spanish (B.A.) Spanish Course Based on placement exam.
Theatre (B.A.) THEA-176 and THEA-119

Acting I and Theatre Practicum (If THEA-176 does not fit in schedule, take THEA-173 Intro to Tech Theatre)

Theatre Education (B.A.) THEA-176 and THEA-119

Acting I and Theatre Practicum (If THEA-176 does not fit in schedule, take THEA-173 Intro to Tech Theatre)

*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 general education courses during the first semester, such as Foreign Language and Beauty and Meaning in Works of Art.

Students pursuing secondary education licensure in an approved content major (English, History, Mathematics, Physical Education and Theatre Arts) or special licensure in an approved content major (French, Latin, Music, Physical Education and Spanish) should focus on the content major requirement course during the first semester.