First-Year Course Scenarios

What Courses Should I Take?

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences have only a few specific course requirements during the first year: ENGL 001, ENGL 002, and the College First-Year Seminar. Some students will place out of ENGL 001 and take ENGL 011 in the first or second semester. A typical course load is in the 14 to 17 credit range. You should not take fewer than 12 credits, which is the minimum required for full-time student status.

Please note: If you plan to major in Chemistry, one of the Biological Sciences, or follow the pre-health track, your fall science must be CHM 030. The first biology core course, BIOS 041, and accompanying lab, BIOS 042, are only taught in the spring semester and have CHM 030 (or 040) as a prerequisite.
 
Below you will find schedule scenarios for the following areas of interest and majors:
For other majors and programs not included in this list, please consult the online catalog and course schedule listing to determine your schedule. 

If you are pursuing Africana Studies, your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)

ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 

ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall) 
AAS Elective* or Elective in Interest Area (4) AAS 003: Intro to Africana Studies (4)
Math course or Elective in Interest Area (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Africana Studies major in the catalog

If you are pursuing Anthropology, your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)

ANTH 011: Cultural Diversity & Human Nature or ANTH 012: Human Evolution and Prehistory (4)

ANTH 011: Cultural Diversity & Human Nature or ANTH 012: Human Evolution and Prehistory (4)
Elective in Interest Area or Math course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Anthropology major in the catalog

If you are pursuing Architecture your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ART 001: Art & Architecture History I (4) ARCH 002: Architecture II (4)
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I OR 
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) 
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) MATH 052: Survey of Calculus I (3) OR 
MATH 022: Calculus II (4) 
Total: 14-16 credits Total: 14-15 credits

*Due to the complexity of the Architecture major, students are encouraged to contact Art, Architecture, and Design Department for scheduling guidance.
 

If you are pursuing Art, Art History, or Design your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ART 001: Art & Architecture History I (4) ART 002: Art History: Renaissance to the Present(4)
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)*
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Natural Science + Lab or Elective (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*or ART 011: Drawing I (4) for Art and Design majors.
** For more information please refer to the Art, Art History, and Design majors in the catalog. 

If you are consdering a major in the Biological Sciences or following the Pre-Health track, your first-year schedule should look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I (4) OR
MATH 021: Calculus I (4)*
MATH 052: Survey of Calculus II (3) OR
MATH 022: Calculus II (4)*
CHM 030: Intro to Chemical Principles OR
CHM 040: Honors General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 031: Chem. Equilibria in Aqueous Syst. OR
CHM 041: Honors General Chemistry II (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) BIOS 041 + 042: Biology Core I & Lab (4)
  Pre-Health, HU, or SS Elective** (4)
Total: 14 - 16 credits Total: 14 - 18 credits
*The Math 50 series is preferred for Biological Sciences and the premed path. Please reach out to inadvise@lehigh.edu with questions!
**Optional! Consult your advisor.
 

If you are considering a Chemistry major, your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) OR
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I (4)*
MATH 022: Calculus II (4) OR
MATH 052: Survey of Calculus II (3)*
CHM 030: Intro to Chemical Principles OR
CHM 040: Honors General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 031: Chem. Equilibria in Aqueous Syst. OR
CHM 041: Honors General Chemistry II (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) HU or SS Elective (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 14 - 15 credits

*Selection of Calculus course depends on intended Chemistry specialization. Please consult Chemistry major in the catalog and Professor Roberts for specific questions (jer1@lehigh.edu).

If you are considering a Cognitive Science major, your first-year schedule might look like this:

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) OR
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I (4)
COGS 007: Introduction to Cognitive Science (4)
COGS Collateral or Elective* (2-4)
COGS Collateral, Core, or Elective* (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
Distribution requirement or
Elective in Interest Area (4)
Total: 12 - 15 credits Total: 14 - 15 credits

*Please refer to the Cognitive Science entry in the catalog for appropiate selection of Cognitive Science Collateral, Core, or Elective courses.  

If you are considering the Earth and Environmental Science major your first-year schedule might look like this:

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
EES 080: Intro to the Earth System* (4) EES Core or elective (4)
Elective in Interest Area or
Distribution requirement (4)
Math Course (MATH 012 or above) (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
Distribution requirement or  
Elective in Interest Area (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits
*For permission to enroll in EES 080 please contact Andrea Goff at ahg212@lehigh.edu
**For more information and guidance on selection of math course please refer to the Earth and Environmental Science major in the catalog. 
 
If you are considering the Economics major your first-year schedule might look like this:
FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics (4) ECO Core or elective* (4)
Math Course* or
Elective in Interest Area (4)
Math Course* or
Elective in Interest Area (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
HU or NS Distribution requirement or  
Elective in Interest Area (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits
*For guidance on the appropriate math, core, or elective course please consult the Economics entry in the catalog
 
If you are participating in the Global Citizenship Program your first-year schedule might look like this:
Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
Major Elective* (4) GCP 010: Intro to Global Citizenship (3)
Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Major Elective* or  Elective in Interest Area (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 14 credits

*For more information please refer to the Global Citizenship Program in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing Global Studies your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
GS 001: Intro to Global Studies (4) GS Core Course* (4)
Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Global Studies major in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing History major your first-year schedule might look like this:

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
HIST 001: Time Travel: How to Make History (4) HIST Core Course* (4)
Elective in Interest Area or
Distribution Requirement (4)
Elective in Interest Area or 
Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For guidance on core courses please refer to the History major in the catalog

If you are pursuing International Relations your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
IR 010: Intro to World Politics (4) IR Core Course* (4)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Natural Science + Lab or Elective (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the International Relations major in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing Journalism your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
JOUR 001: Brown and White (1) JOUR 002: Brown and White (1)
COMM 001: Media and Society OR 
JOUR 021: Writing for the Media (4)*
COMM 001: Media and Society OR 
JOUR 021: Writing for the Media (4)*
MATH 012: Basic Statistics OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)*
MATH 012: Basic Statistics OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Natural Science + Lab or Elective (4)
Total: 15 - 16 credits Total: 16 credits

*For more information please refer to the Journalism major in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing Mathematics your first-year schedule might look like this:

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) MATH 022: Calculus II (4)
Elective in Interest Area or
Distribution Requirement (4)
Math Elective OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) HU Course or Natural Science + Lab (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Mathematics major in the catalog

If you are pursuing Physics your first-year schedule might look like this:

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) MATH 022: Calculus II (4)
PHY 011: Introductory Physics I or
PHY 010: General Physics I (4)
CHM 030: Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
PHY 012: Introductory Physics Lab I (1)
HU or SS Distribution Requirement or
Elective in Interest Area (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)  
Total: 15 - 16 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Physics major in the catalog

If you are pursuing Political Science your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
POLS 001: American Political System OR 
POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4)
POLS 001: American Political System OR 
POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4)
Math Course OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)
POLS Core Course* OR 
Elective in Interest Area (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Natural Science + Lab or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Political Science major in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing Psychology your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
PSYC 001: Intro to Psychology (4) PSYC Core Course* (4)
Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Psychology major in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing Sociology your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
SOC 001: Intro to Sociology (4) SOC Core Course* (4)
Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Sociology major in the catalog. 

If you are pursuing Theatre your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
THTR 011: Intro to Acting* and/OR 
THTR 060: Dramatic Action (4)
THTR Core Course* (4)
THTR Production or Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) THTR Production or Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*Please consult with the Theatre department for accurate placement or waiver of THTR 011. 
**For more information please refer to the Theatre major in the catalog. 

If you are an Undecided student, or interested in a non-science major your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
Elective in Interest Area* (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
Elective in Interest Area* (4) Math course (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*You should be using some of the electives to explore options for a possible major. Generally, with a few exceptions, they will count for your distribution requirements.

If you are pursuing Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies your first-year schedule might look like this:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
WGSS 001: Women and Men in Society (4) WGSS Core Course* (4)
Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4) Natural Science + Lab (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Elective in Interest Area or Math Course (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies major in the catalog. 

Refer to our mathematics resources as well as the catalog for guidance in choosing which mathematics course you should take and when. Note that some science course have the lab integrated into the course (e.g., EES 080) rather than as a stand-alone course.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our Advising Center via inadvise@lehigh.edu.