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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
First Year Course samples

Your first year in CALS

collection of photos from the farm, class and hands-on field workAs students choose a University or College, it is helpful to picture what the first year courses might look like.

An example of what makes CALS outstanding is that Foundation courses, taken during their first year, help students transition from high school to college. Moreover, these Foundation courses form a strong base of public speaking and information technology competencies that are a key to success at UVM and beyond.

In addition, most majors have an introductory course or colloquium the first semester that gives an overview of their major. This overview helps students determine / reaffirm whether the major is a good match for the students, and as a compass to direct students to the career possibilities in their field. Other courses suggested for the first year are prerequisites to higher level courses in the major. Filling these prerequisites as a first-year student opens the doors to more focused courses in the major, internships, study abroad, research and other opportunities as students advance in their scholastic career.

The following sample schedules are only suggestions. Meeting regularly with an advisor is the best way for students to make the most of their schedule during their years at UVM. For more information about creating a first-year schedule, contact an advisor in your prospective major or Megan Precourt in the Student Services Office.

Animal Science Major

Preveterinary and Preprofessional Concentration

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus 3 Credits
ASCI 001 Introductory Animal Sciences 4 Credits

Total: 14 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
BCOR 011 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
CDAE 002 World Food, Population and Development 3 Credits

Total: 17 Credits

Animal Science, Dairy Management, and Equine Science Concentrations

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4 Credits

or
ASCI 115 Introduction to Equine Science 4 Credits
ASCI 001 Introductory Animal Sciences 4 Credits

Total: 14-15 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 026 Outline of Organic and Biochemistry 4 Credits
MATH 009 or 010 College Algebra or Precalculus 3 Credits
ASCI 006 Companion Animal Care & Mgmt 3 Credits
ASCI 118 Applied Animal Health 3 Credits

or
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Total: 16 Credits

Biochemistry Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 035 General Chemistry for Majors 1 4 Credits
BCOR 011 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 021 Calculus I 4 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
BCOR 012 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 022 Calculus II 4 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 Credits

Total: 18 Credits

Biological Sciences Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
BCOR 011 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

Total: 14 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
BCOR 012 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 020 Fundamentals of Calculus II 3 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 Credits

Total: 17 Credits

Community Entrepreneurship Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CDAE 002 World Food, Population and Development 3 Credits
CDAE 061 Principles of Comm Development 3 Credits
CDAE 015 Visual Communication 3 Credits
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

or
MATH 009 College Algebra 3 Credits
CDAE 102 Sustainable Community Development 3 Credits

or
CDAE 024 Fundamentals of Public Communication 3 Credits

Physical Science 3 Credits

Humanities 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Community and International Development Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CDAE 002 World Food, Population and Development 3 Credits
CDAE 061 Principles of Comm Development 3 Credits
CDAE 015 Visual Communication 3 Credits
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

or
MATH 009 College Algebra 3 Credits
CDAE 102 Sustainable Community Development 3 Credits

or
CDAE 024 Fundamentals of Public Communication 3 Credits

Physical Science 3 Credits

Humanities 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4 Credits
ENGS 001 Written Expression 3 Credits
NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 Credits
NFS 044 Survey of the Field 1 Credit

Total: 14 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 042 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 4 Credits
PSYC 001 General Psychology 3 Credits
NFS 053 Basic Concepts of Food 3 Credits
NFS 054 Basic Concepts of Food Lab 1 Credit

Total: 14 Credits

Ecological Agriculture Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4 Credits
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology 4 Credits
MATH 010 Pre-Calculus 3 Credits
PSS 021 Introduction to Ecological Agriculture 3 Credits

Total: 17 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 026 Outline of Organic and Biochemistry 4 Credits
BIOL 002 Principles of Biology 4 Credits
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 Credits

Total: 17 Credits

Environmental Science Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
CDAE 002 World Food, Population and Development 3 Credits
ENSC 001 Intro Environmental Science 3 Credits
ENSC 185 Orientation to Environmental Science 1 Credit

Total: 14 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 Credits

Total: 16 Credits

Environmental Studies Major

The courses required for the environmental studies major are based on many variables, please contact your advisor for recommended courses.


Microbiology Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
BCOR 011 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

or
MATH 021 Calculus I 4 Credits
MMG 001 First-Year Colloquium 1 Credit

Total: 15-16 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
BCOR 012 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 020 Fundamentals of Calculus II 3 Credits

or
MATH 022 Calculus II 4 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 credits

Total: 17 Credits

Molecular Genetics Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
BCOR 011 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

or
MATH 021 Calculus I 4 Credits
MMG 001 First-Year Colloquium 1 Credit

Total: 15-16 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
BCOR 012 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 020
Fundamentals of Calculus II
3 Credits

or
MATH 022 Calculus II 4 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 credits

Total: 17 Credits

Nutrition and Food Sciences Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4 Credits
ENGS 001 Written Expression 3 Credits
NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 Credits
NFS 044 Survey of the Field 1 Credit

Total: 14 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 042 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 4 Credits
PSYC 001 General Psychology 3 Credits
NFS 053 Basic Concepts of Food 3 Credits
NFS 054 Basic Concepts of Food Lab 1 Credit

Total: 14 Credits

Plant Biology Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CHEM 031 General Chemistry 1 4 Credits
BCOR 011 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

Total: 14 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 032 General Chemistry 2 4 Credits
BCOR 012 Exploring Biology 4 Credits
MATH 020 Fundamentals of Calculus II 3 Credits

Humanities, Social Science or Diversity 3 Credits

Total: 17 Credits

Public Communication Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
CDAE 002 World Food, Population and Development 3 Credits
CDAE 061 Principles of Comm Development 3 Credits
CDAE 015 Visual Communication 3 Credits
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
MATH 019 Fundamentals of Calculus I 3 Credits

or
MATH 009 College Algebra 3 Credits
CDAE 102 Sustainable Community Development 3 Credits

or
CDAE 024 Fundamentals of Public Communication 3 Credits

Physical Science 3 Credits

Humanities 3 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Major

Fall Semester

CALS 001 Foundations: Communication Methods 3 Credits
BIOL 001 Principles of Biology 4 Credits
MATH 010 Pre-Calculus 3 Credits
PSS 010 Home and Garden Horticulture 3 Credits
ENGS 0XX Written Expression 3 Credits

Total: 16 Credits

Spring Semester

CALS 002 Foundations: Information Technology 3 Credits
CHEM 023 Outline of General Chemistry 4 Credits
BIOL 002 Principles of Biology 4 Credits

Humanities, Social Science 3 Credits

Diversity 3 Credits

Total: 17 Credits

Self - Design Major

The courses required for the self design major are based on many variables, please contact your advisor for recommended courses.


Honors Program

In addition to your major, if you are selected to be in the Honors College your first year would include:

Fall Semester

HCOL 095 Honors College First Year Seminar 3 credits

Spring Semester

HCOL 096 Honors College First Year Seminar 3 credits

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