New Freshmen

Incoming Freshman should plan to take some lower division courses (001-099) required for their major in their their first year. Click on your major to see requirements and a sample schedule.

Psychology A.B.

Lower Division Requirements for Psychology Bachelor of Arts

  • Psychology (8 units)
  • Two courses required:
    PSC 001 - General Psychology 
    PSC 041 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSC 001)
  • Statistics (4 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: STA 013 - Elementary Statistics
    option 2: PSC 012Y - Data Visualization
  • Biology (4–8 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1 (for Nonscientists): BIS 010 - Everyday Biology, AND one of:
         ANT 001 - Human Evolutionary Biology
         MCB 010 - Intro to Human Heredity 
         NPB 010 - Elementary Human Physiology
    option 2: BIS 002B - Intro Bio Ecology & Evolution
    option 3: BIS 002A - Intro Bio Essentials of Life on Earth

Check your AP scores and placement, if you think you have credit for psychology, statistics, or biology.

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Psychology A.B.

 
Course Units Notes
PSC 001 - General Psychology 4 Take PSC 001 in the Fall, Winter, or Spring; plan to complete this course sometime in your first year.
General Education  3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection
Foreign Language, Science or Math 3–5 Choose your course based on your placement exam results.  

 

Psychology B.S. (Biological)

Lower Division Requirements for Psychology Bachelor of Science (Biological Emphasis)

  • Psychology (8 units)
  • Two courses required:
    PSC 001 - General Psychology 
    PSC 041 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSC 001)
  • Statistics (4 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: STA 013 - Elementary Statistics
    option 2: PSC 012Y - Data Visualization
  • Biology (15 units)
  • Three courses required:
    BIS 002B - Intro Bio: Ecology & Evolution
    BIS 002A - Intro Bio: Essentials of Life on Earth
    BIS 002C - Intro Bio: Biodiversity & Tree of Life (prerequisite: BIS 002B)
    → tip: this series is non-sequential; BIS 002B is recommended to be taken first
  • Calculus (6–8 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: MAT 016AB - Short Calculus
    option 2: MAT 017AB - Calculus for Biology & Medicine
    option 3: MAT 021AB - Calculus
    → placement exam may be required
  • Chemistry (10 units)
  • Two courses required:
    CHE 002AB - General Chemistry
    → placement exam may be required
  • Organic Chemistry (6–8 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: CHE 008AB - Organic Chemistry: Brief (prerequisite: CHE 002B)
    option 2: CHE 118AB - Organic Chemistry for Health & Life Sciences (prerequisite: CHE 002C)
  • Physics (3–10 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1 (for Nonscientists): PHY 010 - Topics in Physics
    option 2 (for Nonscientists): PHY 010C/CY - Physics of California 
    option 3: PHY 007AB - General Physics (prerequisite: MAT 016B/017B/021B)
    option 4: PHY 009AB - Classical Physics (prerequisite: MAT 021B)

Check your AP scores and placement, if you think you have credit for psychology, statistics, or biology.

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Psychology B.S. (Biological Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PSC 001 - General Psychology 4 Take PSC 001 in the Fall, Winter, or Spring; plan to complete this course sometime in your first year.
Science or Math 3–5 Choose your course based on your placement exam results. 
General Education 3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education, Science, Math, or Seminar 0–5 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection

Psychology B.S. (Quantitative)

Lower Division Requirements for Psychology Bachelor of Science (Quantitative Emphasis)

  • Psychology (8 units)
  • Two courses required:
    PSC 001 - General Psychology 
    PSC 041 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSC 001)
  • Statistics (4 units)
  • option 1: STA 013 - Elementary Statistics
    option 2: STA 100 - Applied Statistics for Bio Sci (prerequisite: MAT 016B/017B/021B)
     note: PSC 012Y can also satisfy this requirement, but STA 013/100 is a prerequisite for other courses in the major
  • Biology (4–8 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1 (for Nonscientists): BIS 010 - Everyday Biology, AND one of:
         ANT 001 - Human Evolutionary Biology
         MCB 010 - Intro to Human Heredity 
         NPB 010 - Elementary Human Physiology
    option 2: BIS 002B - Intro Bio Ecology & Evolution
    option 3: BIS 002A - Intro Bio Essentials of Life on Earth
  • Calculus (6–8 units)
  • Three courses required:
    MAT 021A - Calculus
    MAT 021B - Calculus (prerequisite: MAT 017A/021A)
    MAT 021C - Calculus (prerequisite: MAT 016C/017C or MAT 017B/021B)
    → placement exam may be required
  • Chemistry (4–10 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1 (for Nonscientists): CHE 010 - Concepts of Chemistry
    option 2: CHE 002AB - General Chemistry
    → placement exam may be required
  • Physics (3–10 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1 (for Nonscientists)PHY 010 - Topics in Physics
    option 2 (for Nonscientists): PHY 010C/CY - Physics of California 
    option 3: PHY 007AB - General Physics (prerequisite: MAT 016B/017B/021B)
    option 4: PHY 009AB - Classical Physics (prerequisite: MAT 021B)
  • Computer Science (8 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: ECS 032A - Intro to Programming
    option 2: ECS 036A - Programming & Problem Solving
    → placement exam may be required

Check your AP scores and placement, if you think you have credit for psychology, statistics, or biology.

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Psychology B.S. (Quantitative Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PSC 001 - General Psychology 4 Take PSC 001 in the Fall, Winter, or Spring; plan to complete this course sometime in your first year.
Science or Math 3–5 Choose your course based on your placement exam results. 
General Education 3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education, Science, Math, or Seminar 0–5 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection

Philosophy (General)

Lower Division Requirements for Philosophy Bachelor of Arts (General Emphasis)

  • Required (4 units)
  • PHI 012 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    freshmen are discouraged from taking PHI 012 in their first quarter
  • Choose ONE course each from any THREE areas (12 units):
  • General Philosophy
    PHI 001 - Introduction to Philosophy

    Ancient Philosophy
    PHI 021 - Philosophical Classics of the Ancient Era

    Early Modern Philosophy
    PHI 022 - Philosophical Classics of the Modern Era

    Philosophy of the Mind
    PHI 013 - Minds, Brains, and Computers

    Ethics
    PHI 014 - Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society
    PHI 015 - Introduction to Bioethics
    PHI 024 - Introduction to Ethics

    Philosophy of Science
    PHI 030 - Introduction to Philosophy of Science
    PHI 031 - Appraising Scientific Reasoning
    PHI 032 - Understanding Scientific Change
    PHI 038 - Introduction to Philosophy of Biology

    Philosophy of Language
    PHI 017 - Language, Thought, and World

    Metaphysics
    PHI 101 - Metaphysics
    freshmen are strongly discouraged from taking upper division courses; this should be taken later

    Theory of Knowledge
    PHI 102 - Theory of Knowledge
    freshmen are strongly discouraged from taking upper division courses; this should be taken later

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Philosophy A.B. (General Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PHI 001-038 (choose from list above) 4 Plan to complete your major lower division requirements by the end of your second year.
General Education  3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection
General Education or Foreign Language 3–5 Language courses may require a placement exam.  

Philosophy (Pre-Law)

Lower Division Requirements for Philosophy Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Law Emphasis)

  • Required (12 units)
  • PHI 005 - Critical Reasoning
    PHI 024 - Introduction to Ethics
    PHI 012 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic

    freshmen are discouraged from taking PHI 012 in their first quarter
  • Choose one (4 units)
  • PHI 014 - Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society
    PHI 015 - Introduction to Bioethics
    PHI 016 - Philosophical Foundations of American Democracy

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Philosophy A.B. (Pre-Law Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PHI 005–024 (choose from list above) 4 Plan to complete your major lower division requirements by the end of your second year.
General Education  3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection
General Education or Foreign Language 3–5 Language courses may require a placement exam.  

Philosophy (Pre-Med)

Lower Division Requirements for Philosophy Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Medicine Emphasis)

  • Required (12 units)
  • PHI 015 - Introduction to Bioethics
    PHI 038 - Introduction to Philosophy of Biology
    PHI 012 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    freshmen are discouraged from taking PHI 012 in their first quarter
  • Choose one (4 units)
  • PHI 024 - Introduction to Ethics
    PHI 030 - Introduction to Philosophy of Science
    PHI 031 - Appraising Scientific Reasoning
    PHI 032 - Understanding Scientific Change

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Philosophy A.B. (Pre-Medicine Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PHI 0015–038 (choose from list above) 4 Plan to complete your major lower division requirements by the end of your second year.
General Education  3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection
General Education or Foreign Language 3–5 Language courses may require a placement exam.  

Cognitive Science A.B.

Lower Division Requirements for Cognitive Science Bachelor of Arts

  • Psychology (8 units)
  • Two courses required:
    PSC 001 - General Psychology 
    PSC 041 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSC 001)
  • Philosophy (12 units)
  • Three courses required:
    PHI 010 - Intro to Cognitive Science (also offered as CGS 001)
    PHI 013G - Minds, Brains, and Computers with Discussion
    PHI 012 - Intro to Symbolic Logic

    → freshmen are discouraged from taking PHI 012 in their first quarter
  • Linguistics (4 units)
  • LIN 001 - Intro to Linguistics
  • Statistics (4 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: STA 013 - Elementary Statistics
    option 2: STA 100 - Applied Statistics for Bio Sci

Check your AP scores and placement, if you think you have credit for psychology or statistics.

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Cognitive Science A.B.

 
Course Units Notes
PHI 010/CGS 001 - Intro to Cognitive Science 4 Plan to complete this course sometime in your first year.

PSC 001 - General Psychology, or
LIN 001 - Intro to Linguistics

4 Plan to complete these courses sometime in your first year.
General Education or Foreign Language 3–5 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection

Cognitive Science B.S. (Computational)

Lower Division Requirements for Cognitive Science Bachelor of Science (Computational Emphasis)

  • Psychology (8 units)
  • Two courses required:
    PSC 001 - General Psychology 
    PSC 041 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSC 001)
  • Philosophy (12 units)
  • Three courses required:
    PHI 010 - Intro to Cognitive Science (also offered as CGS 001)
    PHI 013G - Minds, Brains, and Computers with Discussion
    PHI 012 - Intro to Symbolic Logic
    → freshmen are discouraged from taking PHI 012 in their first quarter
  • Linguistics (4 units)
  • LIN 001 - Intro to Linguistics
  • Statistics (4 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: STA 013 - Elementary Statistics
    option 2: STA 100 - Applied Statistics for Bio Sci
  • Calculus (12 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: MAT 017ABC - Calculus for Biology & Medicine
    option 2: MAT 021ABC - Calculus
    → placement exam may be required
  • Linear Algebra (4–7 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: MAT 022A & 022AL - Linear Algebra with Computer Lab (prerequisite: MAT 016C/017C/021C)
    option 2: MAT 027A - Linear Algebra with Applications to Biology (prerequisite: MAT 017C/021C)
    option 3: MAT 022A & ENG 006 - Linear Algebra & Engineering Problem Solving (prerequisite: MAT 016C/017C/021C)
    → note: ENG 006 is an approved substitute for MAT 022AL and focuses more in MATLAB
  • Computer Science (12 units)
  • Required:
    ECS 020 - Discrete Math for Computer Science (prerequisite: MAT 016A/017A/
    021A)

    AND choose one option:
    option 1:
    ECS 032A - Intro to Programming
    ECS 032B - Intro to Data Structures
    ECS 032C - Implementation of Data Structures in C
    option 2:
    ECS 036A - Programming & Problem Solving
    ECS 036B - Software Development & Object-Oriented Programming in C++
    ECS 036C - Data Structures, Algorithms, & Programming
    → placement exam may be required

Check your AP scores and placement, if you think you have credit for psychology or statistics.

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Cognitive Science B.S. (Computational Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PHI 010/CGS 001 - Intro to Cognitive Science 4 Plan to complete this course sometime in your first year.

PSC 001 - General Psychology, or
LIN 001 - Intro to Linguistics, or
Math (preparatory, MAT 017A, or MAT 021A)

4 Plan to complete PSC 001 and LIN 001 sometime in your first year. Choose your Math course based on your placement exam results. 
General Education 3–5 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection

Cognitive Science B.S. (Neuroscience)

Lower Division Requirements for Cognitive Science Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience Emphasis)

  • Psychology (8 units)
  • Two courses required:
    PSC 001 - General Psychology 
    PSC 041 - Research Methods in Psychology (prerequisite: PSC 001)
  • Philosophy (12 units)
  • Three courses required:
    PHI 010 - Intro to Cognitive Science (also offered as CGS 001)
    PHI 013G - Minds, Brains, and Computers with Discussion
    PHI 012 - Intro to Symbolic Logic
    → freshmen are discouraged from taking PHI 012 in their first quarter
  • Linguistics (4 units)
  • LIN 001 - Intro to Linguistics
  • Statistics (4 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: STA 013 - Elementary Statistics
    option 2: STA 100 - Applied Statistics for Bio Sci
  • Calculus (12 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: MAT 017ABC - Calculus for Biology & Medicine
    option 2: MAT 021ABC - Calculus
    → placement exam may be required
  • Biology (15 units)
  • Three courses required:
    BIS 002B - Intro Bio: Ecology & Evolution
    BIS 002A - Intro Bio: Essentials of Life on Earth
    BIS 002C - Intro Bio: Biodiversity & Tree of Life (prerequisite: BIS 002B)
    → tip: this series is non-sequential; BIS 002B is recommended to be taken first
  • Physics (12–15 units)
  • Choose one option:
    option 1: PHY 007AB - General Physics (prerequisite: MAT 016B/017B/021B)
    option 2: PHY 009AB - Classical Physics (prerequisite: MAT 021B)

Check your AP scores and placement, if you think you have credit for psychology, statistics, or biology.

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Cognitive Science B.S. (Neuroscience Emphasis)

 
Course Units Notes
PHI 010/CGS 001 - Intro to Cognitive Science 4 Plan to complete this course sometime in your first year.

PSC 001 - General Psychology, or
LIN 001 - Intro to Linguistics, or
Math (preparatory, MAT 017A, or MAT 021A), or
BIS 002B - Intro Bio: Ecology & Evolution

4 Plan to complete PSC 001 and LIN 001 sometime in your first year. Choose your Math course based on your placement exam results. 
General Education 3–5 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection

Science & Technology Studies

Lower Division Requirements for Science & Technology Studies Bachelor of Arts

  • Required (4 units)
  • STS 001 - Intro to Science, Technology & Medicine Studies
  • Choose THREE courses (12 units):
  • STS/HIS 002 - Intro to the History of Science & Technology
    STS 011 - Science on Trial: Law, Science, & Technology in the U.S.
    STS/HIS 016 - Sex, Science, & Society
    STS 032 - Drugs, Science, & Culture
    STS 040A - Media History 1: Gutenberg to Oppenheimer
    STS 040B - Media History 2: 1945–Present
    STS 050 - Ancient Science
    STS 051 - Ancient Medicine
    PHI 030 - Intro to Philosophy of Science
    PHI 031 - Appraising Scientific Reasoning
    PHI 032 - Understanding Scientific Change

 

Sample 1st Quarter - Science & Technology Studies A.B.

 
Course Units Notes
STS 001–051 (choose from list above), or
PHI 030–032
4 Plan to complete your major lower division requirements by the end of your second year.
General Education  3–4 Refer to Aggie 101 or your College Advising to learn about your options.
General Education or Seminar 0–4 Seminars: First-Year Seminar and First Year Aggie Connection
General Education or Foreign Language 3–5 Language courses may require a placement exam.