Once you know what major you want to pursue…

You should become familiar with your program’s web pages. You can access a variety of resources relating to each program, ranging from study guides to advising to the latest news in your program.

There are required courses and prerequisites for every program, sometimes even before you can be accepted to the program. If you are a transfer student, your DARS indicates what courses have been completed. You can use the Long Term Academic Plan (pdf) to plot out courses still needed in the proper sequence.

Major Courses

Major courses provide depth in a specific discipline. When you are planning your degree, if time allows and you have room for elective credits, consider a second major or minor that complements your major program. Minors are not required, but may provide a focus that complements your major while satisfying General Education and Liberal Studies requirements.

For example, a biology major is complemented by a chemistry minor. Both require Chemistry 111 and 112, courses that also meet GELS Goal 3, Natural Sciences. A business administration major is complemented by an economics minor. Both require Math 115, College Algebra, which in turn satisfies Goal 4, Mathematical Thinking.

Your advisor can help you understand how you can choose courses to satisfy multiple goal areas and, perhaps, requirements of both major and minor degrees.