These courses begin a highly structured program coordinated among several departments, and if not completed in the first year, lead to delayed graduation or extraordinary difficulties for subsequent advisors.
There is a strong correlation between students’ performance on the math portion of the SAT/ACT and CH 105, likely a result of quantitative thinking and analytical reasoning skills. To promote student success, when a student has very poor entrance exam scores, it may be advisable to delay BIO 111 rather than enrolling the student in both CH 105 and BIO 111 during the first semester. These students are encouraged to meet with the department chair to discuss a modified four-year plan.
Math placement will be determined by the Mathematical Sciences department. For the major, competency must be through the MA 122 level. MA 121 is a necessary prerequisite for PHY 200 in the fall semester of the sophomore year. If a student places into MA 101, it is the department’s strong recommendation that he/she enroll in MA 101 only and not MA 101 and MA 121.
If not completed in the fall, EN 100 must be completed during the spring semester.
A grade of C- or better must be eared in CH 105 in order to advance to CH 113.
Students planning to apply to medical school should plan on taking BIO 112. The recommendation is to take it during the second semester of the first year.