If you do not need to take a required writing courses, and choose to take an elective in addition to the required architecture courses, you can select from the below list of classes. Please list your choices in rank order on the FTES, and we will do our best to place you in your first choice class. Please refer to this list only, as these are the only courses that will fit into a first-year architecture student’s schedule. You will get an error message if you choose a course that is not on the Courses Available to First-Year Architecture Students list.

Quantitative
Course Prefix  Course Number Course Title and Credit Hours Course Description
MAT 121 Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts I (4) First in a two-course sequence. Teaches probability and statistics by focusing on data and reasoning. Topics include displaying data, numerical measures of data, elementary probability, discrete distributions, normal distributions, confidence intervals. NOTE: A student cannot receive credit for MAT 121 after completing STT 101 or any MAT course numbered above 180 with a grade of C or better.
MAT 221 Elementary Probability and Statistics I (4) First of a two-course sequence. For students in fields that emphasize quantitative methods. Probability, design of experiments, sampling theory, introduction of computers for data management, evaluation of models, and estimation of parameters.
MAT 285 Life Sciences Calculus I (3) Functions and their graphs, derivatives and their applications, differentiation techniques, the exponential and logarithm functions, multivariable differential calculus including constrained optimization. MAT 285 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of MAT 284 or MAT 295. Prereq: Must have a C- or better in MAT 194 or equivalent.
MAT 286 Life Sciences Calculus II (3) Antidifferentiation; the definite integral and applications; first order differential equations with applications. Cannot be taken for credit after successfully completing MAT 296.
MAT 295 Calculus I (4) Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, maxima-minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, exponential and logarithmic functions, mean-value theorem, integration. For science majors. MAT 295 may not be taken for credit after successful completion of MAT 286. Prereq: C- or better in MAT 194 or equivalent.
MAT 296 Calculus II (4) Integration: the definite integral and applications; trigonometric functions, methods of integration, improper integrals, infinite series, elementary differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates.

 

Humanities
Course Prefix  Course Number Course Title and Credit Hours Course Description
ANT  185 Global Encounters: Comparing World Views & Values Cross Culturally (3) Predominant views of reality and values in the cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Humanistic study of cultures and nature of cross-cultural understanding.
ENG 119  Topics in U.S. Literature (3) This lecture course offers a survey of U.S. fiction written from the late 1940s to the early 2000s. We will interpret the fiction through a sociohistorical lens, and place particular emphasis on investigating the interconnections between literary form and social change. After an initial survey of fiction written in direct response to World War II and its aftermath, we will read texts associated with or influenced by the counterculture, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Arts Movements, Second Wave Feminism, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and late twentieth-century U.S. consumerism.
ENG 121  Introduction to Shakespeare (3) Selected plays of Shakespeare read in conjunction with performances on video.
ENG 154  Interpretation of Film (3) Critical study of film from various historical periods. Formal, theoretical, and interpretive issues.
ENG 174  World Literature, Beginnings to 1000 (3) Readings from classics of antiquity and the first millennium, including Gilgamesh, The Iliad, Ramayana, the Bible, Chinese and Japanese literature, the Quran, and 1001 Nights. Texts are explored in historical context, both past and present.
ENG 182  Race and Literary Texts (3) Construction and representation of “race,” especially as it affects the production and reception of literary and other cultural texts.
ENG 184  Ethnicity and Literary Texts (3) Ethnicity in literary and theoretical texts. Emphasizing conceptual paradigms, social issues, and aesthetic considerations in the practice of reading texts from ethnically differentiated literary traditions.
ENG 192  Gender and Literary Texts (3) Construction and representation of “gender,” especially as it affects the production and reception of literary and other cultural texts.
HOM  128 Intro to Music Theory (3) Elementary harmony, form and counterpoint through writing and listening. For non-majors and music theatre majors only.
HOM 165  Understanding Music I (3) The art of music. Development of musical styles in the West from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Assumes no prior musical knowledge.

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201   The Nature and Study of Language (3) Introduction to the study of human language. Language change and diversity, usage, meaning, phonetics, grammatical description, and language learning.
MES  165  Discovering Islam (3) Islam as a faith and a civilization. Understanding its origins, beliefs, rituals, and the historical development of its intellectual traditions in the pre-modern and modern eras, and its geographic, cultural and theological diversity today.
PHI  107  Theories of Knowledge and Reality (3) An introduction to some major questions about knowledge and reality, such as the existence of God, the mind-body problem, free will and the nature and limits of knowledge. Historical and contemporary readings.
PHI  125   Political Theory (3)  Introduction to theories of major modern political philosophers (Locke, Rousseau, Hume, J.S. Mill, Marx). Contemporary theories of liberty, justice, and equality.
PHI  175  Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (3) Classical and contemporary readings on basic topics in social and political philosophy; political obligation and authority, justice and basic rights, liberty and equality, the justification of democracy.
PHI  192  Introduction to Moral Theory (3) Major philosophical theories about moral rightness, virtue, and the good life, such as utilitarian, Kantian, and Aristotelian theories. Historical and contemporary sources. Credit cannot be received for both PHI 192 and PHI 209.
PHI  197  Human Nature (3) Philosophical theories of human nature, their underlying metaphysical claims, and their ethical consequences.
PHI   251 Logic (3) Logic as a formal language, as a component of natural language, and as a basis of a programming language. Varieties of logical systems and techniques. Syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
REL  102  Religion Today in a Globalizing World (3) Religion is on the rise and at the same time changing rapidly in our globalizing world. From New York to Singapore, newspapers that once headlined “The Death of God” now report on a new religious fervor among well-educated people. New religious movements appear; new leaders emerge within established traditions and call for change. Some worldwide fundamentalist movements espouse violence but many engage in important social service work as part of an emerging global civil society. Technology, especially the worldwide web, replaces print as the primary form of religious communication. New immigrants from Asia, Europe and America bring an unexpected religious pluralism to formerly Judeo-Christian populations. The modern lines between religion and politics are challenged everywhere. How can we understand this new world?
 REL 108  Religion & Its Critics (3) With religion, modernity reached its breaking point. By the 19th century, religion was under critique. Friedrich Nietzsche announced that God was dead. Karl Marx called religion the opium of the people. Sigmund Freud diagnosed religion as the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity. This course investigates these critics of religion and their lasting legacies in our world. We will pay particular attention to contemporary media as modes of religious critique. REL 108 is on the list of approved courses used to fulfill the Critical Reflections requirement.
REL  131  Great Jewish Writers (3) Introduction to fiction by Jewish authors. Topics include modernization, rebellion against authority, alienation, childhood, superstition, and the holocaust. Some films included.
REL  156  Christianity (3) Christianity’s institutional forms, sacred writings, ideas and beliefs, worship practices, cultural and creative expressions, ethical and political roles in society, from antiquity to the present. How Christianity addresses human needs, concerns, and desires.
REL  165  Discovering Islam (3) Islam as a faith and a civilization. Understanding its origins, beliefs, rituals, and the historical development of its intellectual traditions in the pre-modern and modern eras, and its geographic, cultural and theological diversity today.
REL  185  Hinduism (3) Religious life of contemporary Hindus in India: gods, goddesses, and other divines; worship; sectarian movements; and rituals in the home, at temples, and at other holy sites.
REL  246  Religion & Popular Culture (3) Popular expression of religion in and through cemeteries, holidays, music, film, media and sports.
WRT 114 Writing Culture (3) Nonacademic writing; creative nonfiction, memoir, the essay. Students write texts experimenting with style, genre, and subject; read contemporary nonfiction texts by varied authors; attend lectures/readings of visiting writers.

 

Social Sciences
Course Prefix  Course Number Course Title and Credit Hours Course Description
ANT  141 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory (3) Survey of the prehistoric past spanning the origins of humankind through the rise of complex societies. Class activities and field trips provide a hands-on introduction to archaeological interpretation.
ANT 185  Global Encounters: Comparing World Views & Values Cross-Culturally (3) Predominant views of reality and values in the cultures of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Humanistic study of cultures and nature of cross-cultural understanding.
ECN 101  Principles of Microeconomics (3) Consumer demand, theory of production, markets and prices, social welfare, and related topics.
ECN 102  Principles of Macroeconomics (3) Introduction to concepts and methods of economic analysis. Emphasis on such macroeconomic topics as gross domestic product, unemployment, money, and theory of national income.
GEO 105  World Urban Geography (3) Survey of world, urban geography. Major concepts of human geography for non-specialists.
GEO 155  The Natural Environment (3) Patterns of the physical phenomena at and near the surface of the earth. Surface configuration, climate, vegetation, and soil and their areal interrelationships.
GEO 171  Human Geographies (3) An integrative overview to human geography. Topics include human-environmental relations, demographic change, cultural landscape, urban and agricultural land use and economic restructuring.
GEO 215  Global Env Change (3) Focusing on physical processes and patterns of environmental change, changes occurring as a result of human activities, and the social consequences of environmental change.
GEO 272  World Cultures (3) The globalization of culture and the persistence of local cultures around the world. Case studies from different regions of the world examine geographical processes that shape ways of life.
HST 101  American History to 1865 (3) Founding and development of institutions. The Revolution and the new nation. Problems of growth and sectionalism. Challenge to the union.
HST  111 Early Modern Europe, 1350–1815 (3) Major characteristics of European political, social, and cultural life from Middle Ages to advent of democratic revolutions.
HST 121  Global History to 1750 (3) The development of global society up to 1750. Exchanges, connections and interactions between Africa, Asia and the Pacific, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The relations between these regions, the Americas and Europe.
HST 208  Middle East Since the Rise of Islam (3) An introductory survey of Middle East History beginning with the rise of Islam. Includes culture, social life, women and politics, early Arab Empires, the Ottomans and Safavids, intellectual renaissance.
HST 213  Africa: Ancient Times to 1800 (3) A survey of African history from ancient times to1800. Focuses on political, social, economic, and environmental history of the continent. Themes: state formation, technology, production, trade, religion, migration, labor, slave trade, and biological exchanges.
HST 272  World Cultures (3) The globalization of culture and the persistence of local cultures around the world. Case studies from different regions of the world examine geographical processes that shape ways of life.
LLA 201  Elements of Law (3) Provides an introduction to law and legal institutions. The course is designed to prepare lower-division undergraduates for the further study of legal topics in departments across the College of Arts and Sciences.
MAX 123  Critical Issues for the United States (3) Interdisciplinary focus on critical issues facing America. Perspectives of social science disciplines on the meaning of the American Dream, its past and its future.
NAT 105  Introduction to Native American Studies (3) Overview of critical issues in Native American Studies: colonization, religious freedom, environment, sovereignty, and politics of identity, interdisciplinary, comparative, and indigenous perspectives in relation to histories, societies, and cultures.
NAT 132  Global Community (3) Dynamics of worldwide society and its cultures. Global economy and political order. Tensions within these realms. Attempts by different communities to either participate in or to hold themselves aloof from ‘global culture’.
PSC 105  Introduction to Native American Studies (3) Overview of critical issues in Native American Studies: colonization, religious freedom, environment, sovereignty, and politics of identity, interdisciplinary, comparative, and indigenous perspectives in relation to histories, societies, and cultures.
PSC 123  Comparative Government and Politics (3) Comparison of selected governmental institutions, individual and collective political actors, and issues across the industrialized and developing world. Particular attention to dynamics of socioeconomic and political change.
PSC  124 International Relations (3) Foreign policy, decision making, comparative foreign policy, international transactions, and the international system. Credit is given for PSC 124 or PSC 139, but not both.
PSY 205  Foundations of Human Behavior (3) Fundamental principles of mental life and human behavior. Significance of psychology in human relationships and self- understanding.
SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology (3) Principal concepts, methods, and findings in sociology. Societal structures, processes, institutions, and social roles from both macro- and micro analytic human behavior perspectives.
SOC 102  Social Problems (3) Application of sociological theory and methods to identification, description, and analysis of contemporary social problems. Critique and analysis of alternative strategies for social change.
SOC 248  Ethnic Inequalities and Intergroup Relations (3) Identification of individuals and groups by self and others as members of ethnic categories. Consequences of ethnic identifications for individual, group, and societal interaction. Emphasizing ethnic inequalities, group interactions, social movements and change, racism, prejudice, and discrimination.
SOC 281  Sociology of Families (3) Families and their connections to other social and economic institutions. Diversity of family forms and experiences. Formation and dissolution of relationships. Trends and changes.

 

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Course Prefix  Course Number Course Title and Credit Hours Course Description
BIO  106 Ocean Life (3) If you enroll in a discussion group, it will auto enroll you in the lecture: This is an introduction to the biology of the diverse organisms that live in the ocean, applications of cutting edge technology to their study, recent scientific discoveries, and the science behind current global conservation issues.
BIO 121  General Biology I (4) (laboratory included) First course in a survey of biological concepts ranging from the molecular level to global ecology. Units include the nature of science, life chemistry, cell structure and function, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, and evolution.
CHE 106  General Chemistry Lecture I (3) Fundamental principles and laws underlying chemical action, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of solutions, chemical equilibria, and introductory thermochemistry. Credit is given for CHE 106 or 109 or CHE 150 but not more than one of these.
CHE 107  General Chemistry Laboratory I (1) Experimental study of basic principles and techniques of chemistry. States of matter, determination of formulas and molecular weights, simple volumetric and gravimetric analysis, heats of reaction. Equilibrium, rates of reactions, and qualitative analysis. Credit is given for CHE 107 or 129 or CHE 151 but not more than one of these.
CSD 212  Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (3) Application of biology, physics, anatomy, physiology, and cognitive psychology to processes of speech, language, and hearing. Nature of disruptions to normal communication and scientific principles of prevention, diagnosis, and remediation. Cannot receive credit for both CSD 212 and CSD 303.
EAR 105  Earth Science (3) Scientific study of our planet, its history, and the processes that shape it and affect humans. Emphasis includes tectonics, continental surfaces, and climate. Lecture and recitation, no laboratory; no prerequisite. Intended for non-majors. Students may receive credit for either EAR 101 or 105 but not both.
EAR 117  Oceanography (3) A comprehensive introduction to the geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the world ocean and its impact on global climate and environmental concerns.
GEO 155  The Natural Environment (3) Patterns of the physical phenomena at and near the surface of the earth. Surface configuration, climate, vegetation, and soil and their areal interrelationships.
PHY 211  General Physics I (3) First half of a two semester introduction to classical physics including mechanics and thermal physics. Uses calculus. Knowledge of plane trigonometry required. Coreq: PHY 221, MAT 285, or MAT 295.
PHY 212  General Physics II (3) Second half of a two semester introduction to classical physics including electricity, magnetism and light.
SCI 104  Science-Questions and Quests: Physical Phenomena I (3) Science for non-science majors seeking to explain curious events through laboratory experiences and study of motion, gravity, machines, energy, and properties of matter.

 

Other Colleges (this course satisfies an Open Elective requirement)
Course Prefix  Course Number Course Title and Credit Hours Course Description
CLS  105 College Learning Strategies (3) The study and application of strategic approaches to learning. Topics include strategies for managing time, improving memory, managing tasks, creating a study environment, taking notes, monitoring comprehension, studying for and taking exams. Students learn when and how to use these strategies through practice in their currently enrolled courses. They will have the option of creating video podcasts, audio podcasts, wiki writing or blogging to describe their use of strategies. Assignments are designed to be completed with the material required in concurrent courses.