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Sequence of Courses

Academic Policies: Sequence of Courses


There is no single prescribed sequence of courses, except that all first-year students should take College Composition I and II. Students should consult the later sections of the catalog devoted to programs of study and course offerings and should review their programs with their academic advisers in order to assure that they follow the proper sequences during their four years of study.

Students majoring in the areas of humanities and social sciences are expected to defer most of their major work until the junior and senior years except for courses prerequisite to the 3000-level and 4000-level courses in their fields. Outside the major, during the first two years they should be sure to take those courses in the general requirements that are prerequisite to courses they wish to take as juniors and seniors.

Entering students who expect to major in mathematics or in one of the areas of the natural sciences usually should begin the special courses designated as prerequisite for advanced courses in their first year. For example, Calculus is a prerequisite for other mathematics courses and for later courses in physics, chemistry and geology. General Chemistry I and II, Biology Fundamentals of Life Science I and II, and Physical Geology are prerequisites for succeeding courses required for majors in these areas.

Last Updated: 6/26/15