Major Course Restrictions
There are many complications with obtaining upper-division courses to apply toward the Liberal Studies degree. Most all of these can be overcome using planning and knowledge. This guide should help you navigate the required prerequisites and the major restrictions. Please realize that requirements change frequently, and the best strategy is to constantly ask questions and make plans for future classes.
Most upper-level ACCT classes require ACCT 3101 (Intermediate Accounting I) as a prerequisite, and this course requires a grade of C' or better in both ACCT 2101 and 2102. Since only COAS courses count for Area F, students using Accounting as a Cognate should plan to take additional electives to include these prerequisites. There are several ACCT courses that do not require ACCT 3101, however these courses may not be offered during each semester.
Most upper-level ARTS classes require that students first complete the 2000-level introductory course in Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Museum Studies, Ceramics, Digital Art, or Fiber Art. In almost every case, the 2000-level introductory course requires prerequisites of ARTS 1200 (Two-Dimensional Design) and either ARTS 2800 (The Ancient and Medieval Worlds) or ARTS 2810 (From the Renaissance to the Modern World) as prerequisites. While ARTS will count toward Area F- Humanities, students using ARTS for a Discipline or Cognate will usually need to consider using most or all of their electives to satisfy these requirements.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (BCOM)
BCOM 2285 (Business Communication and Reports) is required of almost every upper-level BCOM course. This course can not be applied to Area F, and must be taken as an elective.
There are two different introductory Biology course series- those for science majors (BIOL 1107 and 1108), and those for non-science majors (BIOL 1100 and 1120). If you will be using BIOL for a Discipline or Cognate, you should take the science series (1107 and 1108) in your Area D science, since these courses are prerequisites for several important 2000-level courses (Cellular & Molecular Physiology (2200), Evolution (2700), and Ecology (2800)) that are prerequisites for upper-level BIOL courses. In some cases, Introduction to Environmental Science (ENSC 1000) will suffice.
Increasingly, Liberal Studies students discover that upper-level BIOL courses are closed to non-majors, and so if you want to incorporate this field, it is imperative that you obtain permission to register for BIOL courses before registration. Ask the department to give you a Major Override' so that you can register for the course on the first day you are eligible for registration.
COMPUTER BASED INFORMATION SYSTEMS (CBIS)
Most upper-level CBIS courses require Introduction to Computer Science and Applications ( CSCI 1000) or Introduction to Computers in Business (CBIS 2215) as a prerequisite. While CSCI 1000 can be applied toward Area F, CBIS 2215 cannot, however several students have successfully petitioned the College of Arts and Sciences Dean to have CBIS 2215 count for the Math/Natural Science requirement in Area F.
As with Biology, there are two separate sequences in Chemistry for science majors and non-science majors. If you want to use CHEM for a Discipline or Cognate, you should take the science major sequence (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1212), as these courses are prerequisites for essential 2000-level courses that are required for upper-level classes.
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CSCI)
Upper-level CSCI courses are on a sequential series which starts with Computer Science I (CSCI 1301) and Computer Science II (CSCI 1302). Both these courses can be applied to Area F Math/Natural Science.
While there are not many upper-level Dance courses, those that are listed typically require both Ballet I (DANC 1100) and Modern Dance (DANC 1150) in order to move on to the 2000-level courses which are required for upper-level classes.
Most Liberal Studies majors will use Economics and Society (ECON 2100) as the prerequisite for upper-level ECON courses, those who also are using Marketing for a Cognate will want to take the two-course ECON sequence of ECON 2105 and 2106.
EDUCATION (EDEC, EDEX, EDFS, EDIS, EDIT, EDMG, EDRG, and EDUC)
On the surface, most Education courses are available to the general population including Liberal Studies majors. In fact, however, most Education courses are closed to students outside the major cohort, and so students using these classes in their Cognate area should always obtain instructor permission prior to registration.
All ENGL courses require successful completion (C or better) of English Composition II (ENGL 1102). If you are interested in upper-level literature courses, you should also take World Literature (ENGL 2110) and Topics in the Humanities and Fine Arts (IDST 2305), which are prerequisites for almost every upper-level literature course. If instead, you want to pursue creative writing, you must pass Introduction to Creative Writing (ENGL 2208) before moving on to advanced courses. Recently, admission to Intermediate Creative Writing (ENGL 3008) has been strictly limited to majors; students hoping to use creative writing courses to satisfy their degree should meet regularly with the director of the creative writing program.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ENSC)
Most ENSC courses can be completed with minimal prerequisites, however, Evolution (BIOL 2700) and Ecology (BIOL 2800) may be required. Both of these courses require the introductory Biology courses for science majors (BIOL 1107 and BIOL 1108).
MASS COMMUNICATION (MSCM)
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE (MFLG)
APPLIED MUSIC (MUAP)
MUSIC EDUCATION (MUED)
MUSIC THERAPY (MUST)
OUTDOOR EDUCATION (ODED)
POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLS)
Beginning in Fall of 2009, all upper-level PSYC classes (except PSYC 3200 – Abnormal Psychology) will require students to have passed PSYC 1101, 2700, AND 2800, regardless of which catalog year they came into the school and entered their program. PSYC 2700 requires a prerequisite of MATH 2600, and PSYC 2800 requires a prerequisite of PSYC 2700. Students who want to use PSYC as a discipline or cognate should take MATH 2600 for their Area D math, and use PSYC 2700 and 2800 in Area F.
WOMEN'S STUDIES (WMST)