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I’m a SEAS student. What classes should I take my first semester?

All first-semester SEAS students will be pre-registered for University Writing OR Art of Engineering. You should also plan to take General Chemistry; Calculus I or II; Physics; and one other class in consultation with the SEAS Bulletin.

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Can I switch the order in which I take University Writing and Frontiers of Science?

Columbia College students with a compelling reason to reverse the order of their enrollment in University Writing and Frontiers of Science may fill out an in-person petition. Petitions must include a strong argument as to why one course should take precedence over the other.

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How do I request to change sections of University Writing?

The best way to change your University Writing section is for you to find someone with whom to trade sections. If you find someone with whom to trade, both of you should come in person to 310 Philosophy Hall during the week of the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) to make the trade.

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I want to major in one of the hard sciences. What should I take?

Consult the requirements for your prospective major or concentration in the CC Bulletin. Students planning to study biology, chemistry, or physics should plan to take General Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus their first semester.

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I’m a CC student and am not sure what I want to major in. I’m interested in many things! Which classes should I take?

Take a variety of classes that interest you! Your first year is a great time to explore classes and to figure out what you are really passionate about. Peruse the Directory of Classesand the CC Bulletin, make a list of classes that interest you, and then put them intoVergil to see what might work best with your schedule.

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I want to major in a discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Which classes should I take?

Take courses in the subject matters of interest. For example, if you are interested in history, take some history classes that sound interesting. Typically, it is a good idea to take introductory classes that are 1000- or 2000-level.. Classes in the 3000- or 4000-level, especially seminars, are often taken by juniors and seniors who are more advanced in the subject matter.

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