First Year Advising
Different majors have different requirements for the first year. The following majors have no specific first year requirements, other than the expected foundational mathematics courses noted below. We recommend that prospective majors take one or two introductory courses in the department or program during the first year. In the lists below, department or program titles (e.g., “Africana Studies”) are linked to the corresponding Department/Program website; Each corresponding B.A. or B.S. is linked to the Union College page listed for that Major. Please select the “Courses/requirements (Academic Catalog)” link.
• Computer Science, B.S. MTH 113* & 197
• Economics, B.A. MTH 101, 110, or 113
• Economics, Managerial Economics, B.A. MTH 101, 110, or 113
• Economics, Quantitative Economics Track, B.A. MTH 101, 110, or 113
• Environmental Science, B.S.*** MTH 113*
• Geology, B.S. Any two Math courses numbered 100 or higher, or equivalent such as MTH 113*
• Neuroscience, B.S.*** MTH 110 or 112 or 113 or 115 or 117
Languages: For majors and minors, students should start or continue a language in the earliest term in which the appropriate course level is offered.
• Latin Minor (Classics Department)
Sciences with first year course requirements, or strong recommendations
Engineering Majors take ESC 100 (FALL ONLY); MTH 113*,115; PHY 120,121. Additional requirements for the first year:
• Interdepartmental Major (ID): Many departments and programs can contribute to a combined major, and list their requirements for their contribution to the combined major with the notation “ID” — for example, “Africana Studies (ID), B.A.” under majors and minors.
• Organizing Theme B.S. / B.A.: Students may propose a major that includes courses from at least three departments. Students should review the timeline for proposals by the beginning of the sophomore year, and submit the proposal no later than the spring term of the sophomore year.
*Mathematics courses: depending on their preparation, students may take the equivalent of MTH 113 by completing MTH 113 in a single term, or MTH 110, 112 over two terms, or MTH 100 (fall),101 (winter),102 (spring).
**Chemistry courses: students with appropriate preparation may substitute CHM 110H for CHM 101, 102.
***This major includes multiple tracks: consult the catalog for more information.