Without a Doubt, for Students Who Know What Program They Want
For the students who have a solid idea of what academic program they would like to pursue, a mix of core and major courses is what will serve you best your first term. Often an introductory course in your field is a good choice.
See specific major information.
Students considering majoring in one of these areas are advised to take BIO 101, CHM 109 and/or PHY 101 as the first course in the major sequence(s). Other courses are available in the College Core but may not be useful in a future major.
Students majoring in Biology or Chemistry are advised to review the departmental webpages for further information about these majors.
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 Majors: Students 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 or 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.
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.
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.
To take MTH 231, the student should consult the recommendations of the Mathematics Department.
AP Computer Science:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 freshmen year. Those who hope to teach an Adolescent subject should plan to take courses in that subject, i.e., English, history, math, and the sciences.
See more specific information about Education major options.
15 credits/1 course per department
ENG 212 Self and Society
ENG 213 Transformations
ENG 214 New Worlds
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 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 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 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)
6 credits, any two courses
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)
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.