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First Steps with the University - First-Year Classes

During the first year, you will complete courses that are required by the University College Core Curriculum, which provides the academic foundations you need to be successful in your major and your career beyond the university. The minimum course load for a semester is twelve credit hours, though you will probably be enrolled in 15 - 17 hours in your first semester.

General Requirements
The Core Curriculum includes requirements in a number of areas: First-year students will typically have a first-semester schedule similar to the following:
Requirement Credit Hours
Transitional Studies - University Studies  2
Transitional Studies - Life Skills  2
Communication Skills - Written  3
Communication Skills - Oral  3
Reasoning Skills - Critical Thinking  3
Reasoning Skills - Quantitative Reasoning  3-4
Information Literacy 3
Scientific Literacy - Natural Sciences  7-8
Scientific Literacy - Social Sciences  3
Humanities and Creative Arts  3
Global Literacy  3
Ethics and Civic Engagement 3


NOTE: The requirements listed above are for the revised core curriculum, which will be implemented for Fall 2013. For a complete list of new core requirements and the courses that fulfill them, visit the University College Core Curriculum page of the University College website.
Typical Class Schedule Credit Hours
UNIV 101, Freshman Seminar I 1
ENGL 110, English Composition I 3
MATH 123, College Algebra 4
PHIL 110, Critical Thinking 3
HUMN 211, Humanities 3
PEDU 107, Weight Training 1
Total 15

Your actual course schedule may be different, depending on your intended major, course availability, and placement scores.
Major and Program Restrictions

Although several requirements offer multiple courses, many majors require specific choices from the list of Core courses. Depending on profile examination scores and program requirements, students in some programs may be required to complete more than 40 credit hours. Here are guides for some FSU majors:

Business: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Management Information Systems
Education: Elementary Education, Birth-Kindergarten Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle School Grades
Communication & Language: Communication, English Language & Literature, Spanish
Fine Arts: Music, Music Education, Theatre, Visual Arts
Law & Government: Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Intellegence Stuides, Political Science
Nursing: Generic Nursing
Service Professions: Psychology, Social Work, Sociology
STEM: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Forensic Science, Mathematics, 3+2 Engineering, Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary
Undecided: If you are not sure of your intended major, this guide can help you determine some course options.
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