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Foundation Courses

The Foundation Courses comprise requirements in English Composition (6 credits), Mathematics (3-4 credits), Natural Science (8-10 credits), and Foreign Language (3-9 credits).

English Composition Requirement (6 Credits)

All students must successfully complete a six-credit sequence in English composition (ENG 111-121). Every student should enroll in an English composition course each semester until ENG 121 is passed. Students who are placed in English as a Second Language courses must complete these courses before taking English Composition. Entering students who have completed equivalent English composition coursework will be placed in the appropriate course by the English Department.

Mathematics Requirement (3-4 Credits)

Unless exempted, all students are required to successfully complete one three- or four-credit college-level mathematics course numbered 125 or higher, or three one-credit mathematics courses numbered between 180 and 199.

Natural Science Requirement (8-10 Credits)

All students are required to successfully complete two courses in laboratory science from a specified list. The list of approved courses is available from the Academic Information and Advisement Center (Shuster Hall, Room 280) and in the Schedule of Classes distributed prior to registration each semester. The following list is approved for the Fall 2013 semester, and may change for subsequent semesters:

ANT 171: Introduction to Human Evolution

ANT 269: Introduction to Human Variation

AST 117: Astronomy of Stellar Systems

AST 136: Astronomy of the Solar Systems

BIO 166: Introduction to Organismic Biology

BIO 167: Principles of Biology

BIO 181: Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO 182: Anatomy and Physiology II 

BIO 183: Human Biology

BIO 184: Plants and People

CHE 114/115: Essentials of General Chemistry

CHE 120/121: Essentials of Organic Chemistry--Lecture and Lab

CHE 136: Elements of Chemistry

CHE 166/167: General Chemistry—Lecture & Lab

GEO 101: Physical Geology

GEO 166: Process of Global Change

GEO 167/168: Evolution of the Earth—Lecture and Lab

GEP (GEO) 228/229: Weather and Climate—Lecture and Lab

PHY 135: Fundamental Concepts of Physics

PHY 140: Physics of Sound

NOTE: Students entering the Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology/Biology/Chemistry, and Physics majors as well as premedical, and other pre-health program students, may use PHY 166,PHY 167, PHY 168, and PHY 169 to fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Language Requirement (3-9 Credits)

Students with no more than one year of high school credit in a foreign language are required to take a sequence of two language courses for nine credits at the 100 level or the equivalent three-course sequence for nine credits.

Students with more than one year of high school credit in a foreign language may fulfill the requirement with one of the following options:

According to placement by the Languages and Literatures Department, either:

  • successfully complete one 200- or 300-level foreign language course;
  • successfully complete the final course of a 100-level sequence; or
  • successfully complete a sequence of two courses for a total of nine credits at the 100 level in a new language, or the equivalent three-course sequence.

Students for whom English is a second language may fulfill the requirement by:

  • successfully completing two courses in ESL at the ESL 103 level or above;
  • after placement by the Languages and Literatures Department, successfully completing one course at the 200 or 300 level in the native language; or
  • successfully completing two courses for a total of 9 credits in a new language at the 100 level, or the equivalent three-course sequence.

Transfer students who have completed a year of foreign language study at the college level have satisfied the language requirement.

Last modified: 3/11/2014