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Many students come into college with an idea of what academic path they would like to purse. Taking a mix of core courses and a class or two in your area of interest is a good way to explore that area further. Please see the suggested areas in the core and more specific programs below.

Follow this link for specific major information.

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics

    Students considering majoring in one of these natural sciences are advised to take BIO 101, CHM 109, and/or PHY 101 as the first course in the major sequence. Other science courses are available but may not be useful in a future major. See more information on Chemistry and related majors. All other course choices may be made from the College Core. 

    BIO 101 General Biology I
    BIO 108 Body Structure and Function
    BIO 111 Infectious Diseases
    BIO 125 Environmental Science I
    BIO 128 Principles of Nutrition
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I
    PHY 101 General Physics I
    PHY 106 General Astronomy

  • Business

    Students thinking about majoring in the School of Business must all take BUS 100 and COL 150 in their first term. Students may also consider taking MTH 134 and CS 140, in addition to other selections from the College Core. Majors offered in the School of Business include: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Information Systems, Marketing, International Business.

    There are six sections of BUS 100 paired with COL 150 in learning communities.

  • Computer Science

    Recommendations for Selecting First Semester Courses for a Computer Science Major

    The typical fall schedule would include CS 201 Computer Science I and MTH 231 Calculus I.

    1. To take CS 201, a student should have a minimum of a B average in high school mathematics courses and a minimum of 540 math and 500 verbal SAT or ACT equivalents.  If a student does not meet these requirements, it is recommended that the student take one of the other Computer Science core courses:
      • a. CS 140 Computers, Technology and Society
      • b. CS 142 Website Design
      • c. CS 144 Introduction to Game Development
      • d. CS 146 Introduction to Robotics.
    2. To take MTH 231, the student should consult the recommendations of the Mathematics Department.

    AP Computer Science:

    1. If a student scores a 3 on the AP Computer Science test, the student should take CS 202 Computer Science II in the fall semester.
    2. If a student scores a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science test, the student should take CS 301 Data Structures and Algorithms.  Student should contact the chair to discuss the appropriate math course.

    For further information, please contact the chair, Dr. Frances Bailie, at fbailie@iona.edu

  • Education

    Students seeking to major in any area of Childhood or Adolescent Education may select all courses from the available College Core offerings. Freshmen are encouraged to earn excellent grades in their Core Courses, as application may be made to the Education Department only after the completion of the Freshmen year. For those who hope to teach an Adolescent subject should plan to take courses in that subject, i.e., English, history, math, and the sciences.
  • Humanities (English, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies)

    15 credits/1 course per department

    ENG
    ENG 212 Self and Society
    ENG 213 Transformations
    ENG 214 New Worlds

    FPA
    FPA 200 Art Appreciation
    FPA 202 Music Appreciation
    FPA 203 Drawing and Painting I
    FPA 205 Introduction to the Theatre
    FPA 211 Introduction to Sculpture
    FPA 212 Art History: Prehistoric Era to the Middle Ages
    FPA 220 Dance Appreciation
    FPA 225 Theatre History: The Ancient Greek Theatre to the Renaissance
    FPA 235 Music in Film and Video
    FPA 237 Music in World Culture
    FPA 238 Music History: Medieval Through Baroque
    FPA 240 Introduction to World Dance Forms
    FPA 245 Introduction to Choreography
    FPA 246 Digital Photography and Imaging Manipulation
    FPA 250 Modern Dance I

    HST
    HST 101 Evolution of Western Civilization (New Core sections A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J and M only)
    HST 319 America's Recent Past
    HST 337 The Immigrant Experience
    HST 345 The History of Violence
    HST 385 The Modern Middle East: From the Rise of the Nation States to ISIS
    HST 392 Japan: From Ancient Myth to Constitutional Monarchy
    HST 410 Seminar on Modern Warfare
    HST 491 The American Revolution

    PHL
    PHL 210 Action and Character: An Intro to Moral Philosophy (New Core sections F, G, H, I, J and K only) Note: Freshmen and other new Core students cannot take sections A-E
    PHL 215 Matters of Life and Death
    PHL 216 Freedom and Morality

    RST
    RST 208 Ethics and Morality (New Core sections A & B only)
    RST 209 Peace and Social Justice (New Core sections A-F)
    RST 213 Religion and the Natural World (New Core sections A & B)
    RST 215 Islam: History, Belief, and Practice (New Core sections A-D)
    RST 317 Religions in America (New Core sections A-B)
    RST 341 Story of the Universe: Foundational Cosmology and Earth History (Sections A & B)

  • Math

    MTH 123 Mathematical Thinking
    MTH 124 Interpreting Information
    MTH 125 Demystifying Numbers
    MTH 231 Calculus

    See more information on math, placement and courses.
  • Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology)

    6 credits, any two courses

    ECO 100
    ECO 201 (New Core sections C, D, E & F only)
    ECO 202 (New Core section A only)
    POL 201 American Government I (Sections A & B only)
    POL 203 Introduction to Global Politics (Section A only)
    PSY 201 General Psychology I (New Core sections A, B, C, D, F, G, H, L & M only)
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (New Core sections B & G only)

  • Other Professions/Majors

    There are a variety of majors that prepare students for professions, and for advanced degree programs. You will find more specific information on the departmental pages for these majors, some of which are noted below.  We have also noted the introductory courses for these areas for your consideration:

    Criminal Justice – Students may select CRJ 205 in addition to other courses from the College Core.

    Mass Communication – Students may select any MCO 200 level course: 200, 213, 225, 275, in addition to other courses from the College Core.

    Speech Language Pathology and Audiology – Students interested in this major must all take SCS 101 in addition to other courses from the College Core.

    Social Work – Students interested in this major may select SOW 2210 in addition to other courses from the College Core.