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.

Africana Studies, B.A.

American Studies, B.A.

Anthropology, B.A.

Asian Studies, B.A.

Classics, B.A.

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

English, B.A.

Environmental Policy, B.A.***

• Environmental Science, B.S.*** MTH 113*

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, B.A.

Geology, B.S. Any two Math courses numbered 100 or higher, or equivalent such as MTH 113*

History, B.A.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies, B.A.

Music, B.A.

Neuroscience, B.S.*** MTH 110 or 112 or 113 or 115 or 117

Philosophy, B.A.

Political Science, B.A.

Psychology, B.S.

Religious Studies, B.A.

Science, Medicine, and Technology in Culture, B.A.

Sociology, B.A.

Theater, B.A.

Visual Arts (Art History Concentration), B.A.

Visual Arts (Art History/Studio Arts Dual Concentration), B.A.

Visual Arts (Studio Fine Arts Concentration), B.A.

Languages: For majors and minors, students should start or continue a language in the earliest term in which the appropriate course level is offered.

Chinese, B.A.

French and Francophone Studies, B.A.

German Studies, B.A.

Greek Minor (Classics Department)

Japanese Minor

Latin Minor (Classics Department)

Russian and Eastern European Studies, B.A.

Spanish and Hispanic Studies, B.A.

Sciences with first year course requirements, or strong recommendations

Astronomy, B.A. MTH 113*; PHY 100 (FALL ONLY);  PHY 110 & 111 or 120 & 121

Biochemistry, B.S.  BIO 103, BIO 104 (before 2017: BIO 110, 112); CHM 101, 102**; MTH 113*, 115

Biological Sciences, B.S.  BIO 103, BIO 104 (before 2017: BIO 110, 112); CHM 101, 102**; MTH 113*

Chemistry, B.S. or A.C.S. B.S. CHM 101, 102**; MTH 113*, 115; PHY 110 & 111 or 120 & 121

Mathematics, B.S. MTH 113* and 115 (or 115H), then MTH 199

Physics, B.S. MTH 113* and 115; PHY 100 (FALL ONLY), 120, 121

Engineering Majors take ESC 100 (FALL ONLY); MTH 113*,115; PHY 120,121. Additional requirements for the first year:

Biomedical Engineering, B.SBIO 104 (before 2017: BIO 112); CHM 101**; PHY 120 & 121

Computer Engineering, B.S. One CSC, from 103 to 109; MTH 113* & 115 and PHY 120 & 121 or IMP 120 & 121

Electrical Engineering, B.S. One CSC, from 103 to 109; ECE 101; MTH 113, 115, & 117 and PHY 120 & 121 or IMP 120 & 121

Mechanical Engineering, B.S. CHM 101**; CSC 109; MER 101; MTH 113, 115, & 117; PHY 120 & 121

Additional Majors

•   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.

Leadership in Medicine/Healthcare Management, B.S.: Students admitted into the LIM program should consult with the LIM Director and Advisor.

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.