Typical First Semester Courses

Here is a list of courses typically taken by first-semester students. Be flexible: have back-up choices in mind. Even if you can't get the exact course or exact time you want, you can get a workable schedule. (Insider's advice: if you wait, you may be able to get into a previously closed course. Students drop sections during the first 4 class days; you may add a section during the first 5 days.


Course (credit)





HIST 105 (3)

Required for all degrees

HIST 106 (3)

Required for all degrees

POLS 206 (3)

Required for all degrees

POLS 207 (3)

Required for all degrees


ENGL 104 (3)

Research Writing

Computer Usage


CPSC 203 (3)

Fortran programming

MARS 250 (3)

Basic programming

Foreign Language

SPAN 101 (4)

Beginning Spanish




MATH 102 (3)

 College Algebra

MATH 150 (4)


MATH 151 (4)



MARS 101 (1)

Good survey for undecided students.

Physical Education

KINE 199 (1)

Required for all degrees, four classes


(8 credits required for all degrees)

BIOL 113/123 (4)

Intro to biology

CHEM 101 (4)

Intro to chemistry

GEOL 101 (4)

General geology

OCNG 251/252 (4)


PHYS 201 (4)

Lower-level physics

PHYS 218 (4)

Calculus-based physics


Hint: You can get first crack at next semester's courses if you take advantage of the opportunity to pre-register later in the semester.