Sample First Year Schedules

What Courses Should I Take?

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences have only a few specific course requirements during the first year: a First-Year English course and a First-Year Seminar. Some students will place out of ENGL 001 and take ENGL 011 in the first or second semester. A typical course load is in the 14 to 17 credit range. You should not take fewer than 12 credits, which is the minimum required for full-time student status.

Please note: If you plan to major in Chemistry, one of the Biological Sciences, or follow the pre-health track, your fall science must be *CHM 030 or 040. The first biology core course, BIOS 041, and accompanying lab, BIOS 042, are only taught in the spring semester and have CHM 030 or 040 as a prerequisite.
 
*CHM 030 or 040: Due to COVID-19 special courses have been designed to accommodate students who are studying remotely.  Students should direct questions to the CAS Undergraduate Advising Center or the Chemistry Department.
 
Below you will find schedule scenarios for the following areas of interest and majors:
For other majors and programs not included in this list, please consult the online catalog and course schedule listing to determine your schedule. 

Suggested first year schedule for Africana Studies:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)

ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 

ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall) 
AAS 003: Intro to Africana Studies (4) AAS Elective* (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For appropriate elective selection please refer to Africana Studies in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Anthropology:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ANTH 011: Cultural Diversity & Human Nature OR 
ANTH 012: Human Evolution and Prehistory (4)
ANTH 011: Cultural Diversity & Human Nature OR 
ANTH 012: Human Evolution and Prehistory (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Anthropology in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Architecture :

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ART 001: Art & Architecture History I (4) ARCH 002: Architecture II (4)
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Recommended: Calculus I, but not required (4) 
Total: 14-16 credits Total: 14-15 credits
*Due to the complexity of the Architecture major, students are encouraged to contact AAD Department for scheduling guidance.

Suggested first year schedule for Art, Art History, or Design:
Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ART 001: Art & Architecture History I (4) ART 002: Art History: Renaissance to the Present(4)
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)*
ART 003: Two-Dimensional Design OR 
ART 004: Three-Dimensional Design (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*or ART 011: Drawing I (4) for Art and Design majors.
** For more information please refer to Art, Art History, and Design in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Biological Sciences or the Pre-Health track:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I (4) OR
MATH 021: Calculus I (4)*
MATH 052: Survey of Calculus II (3) OR
MATH 022: Calculus II (4)*
CHM 030: Intro to Chemical Principles OR
CHM 040: Honors General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 031: Chem. Equilibria in Aqueous Syst. OR
CHM 041: Honors General Chemistry II (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
BIOS 041 + 042: Biology Core I & Lab (4)
 
Pre-Health Elective** (4)
Total: 14 - 16 credits
Total: 14 - 18 credits
*The Math 50 series is preferred for Biological Sciences and the premed path. Please reach out to inadvise@lehigh.edu with questions!
**Optional! Consult your advisor.
 

Suggested first year schedule for Chemistry :

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) OR
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I (4)*
MATH 022: Calculus II (4) OR
MATH 052: Survey of Calculus II (3)*
CHM 030: Intro to Chemical Principles OR
CHM 040: Honors General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 031: Chem. Equilibria in Aqueous Syst. OR
CHM 041: Honors General Chemistry II (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 14 - 15 credits

*Selection of Calculus course depends on intended Chemistry specialization. Please consult Chemistry in the catalog and Professor Roberts for specific questions (jer1@lehigh.edu).

Suggested first year schedule for Cognitive Science :

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I* (4) OR
MATH 051: Survey of Calculus I* (4)
COGS 007: Introduction to Cognitive Science (4)
COGS Collateral or Elective** (2-4)
COGS Collateral, Core, or Elective** (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 12 - 15 credits Total: 14 - 15 credits

*Calculus I (MATH 021 or 051) is required by the B.S. in Cognitive Science. Students pursuing the B.A. in Cognitive Science do not need Calculus and may substitute for another COGS Collateral or Elective course. 

**Please refer to Cognitive Science in the catalog for appropiate selection of Cognitive Science Collateral, Core, or Elective courses.  

Suggested first year schedule for Computer Science, either the B.A. or the B.S.:

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
CSE 007: Intro to Programming (4) CSE 017: Programming and Data Structures (3)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) MATH 022: Calculus II (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits
*For more information and guidance on selection of math course please refer to Computer Science in the catalog. 
 
Suggested first year schedule for Earth and Environmental Science:
FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
EES 080: Intro to the Earth System* (4) EES Core or elective (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Math Course (MATH 012 or above) (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits
*For permission to enroll in EES 080 please contact Andrea Goff at ahg212@lehigh.edu
**For more information and guidance on selection of math course please refer to Earth and Environmental Science in the catalog. 
 
Suggested first year schedule for Economics, B.A.:
FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics (4) ECO Core or ECO 045* (4)
Math 051 or 081 OR                                        Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits
*For guidance on the appropriate core course please refer to Economics in the catalog.
 
Suggested first year schedule for Economics, B.S. :
FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics (4) ECO Core or ECO 045* (4)
Math 021: Calculus I (4)
Math 022: Calculus II (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits
*For guidance on the appropriate core course please refer to Economics in the catalog.
 
Suggested first year schedule for Global Studies:
Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
GS 001: Intro to Global Studies (4) GS Core Course* (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Global Studies in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for History :

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
HIST 001: Time Travel: How to Make History (4) HIST Core Course* (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For guidance on core courses please refer to History in the catalog.

Suggested first year schedule for International Relations:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
IR 010: Intro to World Politics (4) IR Core Course* (4)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
ECO 001: Principles of Economics OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to International Relations in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Journalism :

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
JOUR 001: Brown and White (1) JOUR 002: Brown and White (1)
COMM 001: Media and Society OR 
JOUR 021: Writing for the Media (4)*
COMM 001: Media and Society OR 
JOUR 021: Writing for the Media (4)*
MATH 012: Basic Statistics OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)*
MATH 012: Basic Statistics OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 15 - 16 credits Total: 16 credits

*For more information please refer to Journalism in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Mathematics :

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) MATH 022: Calculus II (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Math Elective OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)*
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Mathematics in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Physics :

FALL SEMESTER (CREDITS) SPRING SEMESTER (CREDITS)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
MATH 021: Calculus I (4) MATH 022: Calculus II (4)
PHY 011: Introductory Physics I or
PHY 010: General Physics I (4)
CHM 030: Introduction to Chemical Principles (4)
PHY 012: Introductory Physics Lab I (1)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4)  
Total: 15 - 16 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Physics in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Political Science :

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
POLS 001: American Political System OR 
POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4)
POLS 001: American Political System OR 
POLS 003: Comparative Politics (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) POLS Core Course* OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Political Science in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Psychology :

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
PSYC 001: Intro to Psychology (4) PSYC Core Course* (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Psychology in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Sociology:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
SOC 001: Intro to Sociology (4) SOC Core Course* (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Sociology in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Theatre :

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
THTR 011: Intro to Acting* and/OR 
THTR 060: Dramatic Action (4)
THTR Core Course* (4)
THTR Production OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
THTR Production OR 
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*Please consult with the Theatre department for accurate placement or waiver of THTR 011. 
**For more information please refer to Theatre in the catalog. 

Suggested first year schedule for Undecided student, or  a non-science major:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement* (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement* (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*You should be using some of the electives to explore options for a possible major. Generally, with a few exceptions, they will count for your distribution requirements.

Suggested first year schedule for  Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies:

Fall Semester (credits) Spring Semester (credits)
ENGL 001: Critical Reading & Composition (3)
(or 011 if credit for 001) 
ENGL 002: Research & Argument (3)
(or 011 if 001/011 not completed in Fall)
WGSS 001: Women and Men in Society (4) WGSS Core Course* (4)
Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
First-Year Seminar (3-4) Free Elective or Distribution Requirement (4)
Total: 14 - 15 credits Total: 15 credits

*For more information please refer to Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies in the catalog. 

Refer to our mathematics resources as well as the catalog for guidance in choosing which mathematics course you should take and when. Note that some science course have the lab integrated into the course (e.g., EES 080) rather than as a stand-alone course.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our Advising Center via inadvise@lehigh.edu.