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TRACK 1:  The War on Cancer: A Global Perspective

Over the last 40 years, several U. S. Presidents have declared a "War on Cancer." Advanced cancer treatments have been developed, but a cure continues to elude. Students in this track will learn about the risk factors for cancer, the basic molecular and cellular events that drive disease progression, and current treatments. In addition, students will discuss the intersection between the multidimensional (social, psychological, and economic) issues regarding cancer and global health care.

Classes:
BIOL 2984: Cancer: Causes, Treatments, and Costs, 3 credits
AAEC 1264: Peace Economics, (Area 7), 3 credits

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TRACK 2:  Personal Financial Management*

This track examines the basic fundamentals of personal financial planning and decisions of young professionals. You will develop an understanding of establishing credit, good vs. bad debt, charting personal savings and expenditures.

Classes:
AAEC 2104:  Personal Financial Planning, 3 credits
ENGL 1105:  First-Year Writing (Area 1), 3 credits

*Students with AP or dual enrollment credit for ENGL 1105 may not enroll in this track.

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TRACK 3:  American Indian Studies and First Year Writing*

Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”  Consider the purpose, audience, occasion, and genre that are called for in a variety of writing, speaking, or visual assignments. Students will be introduced to composition’s rhetorical dimensions, and examine metacognitive skills and strategies.

You will also be provided a basic introduction to the historical, theoretical, and methodological frameworks in the field of American Indian Studies. In this track, you will have guided experiential learning in the Indigenous Community Garden Project.

Classes:
AINS 1104:  Introduction to American Indian Studies, 3 credits
ENGL 1105: First-Year Writing (Area 1), 3 credits*

*Students with AP or dual enrollment credit for ENGL 1105 may not enroll in this track.

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TRACK 4:  Short Fiction

Immerse yourself in the dialogue between the history (Civil War to present) and literature of the American Experience.  This track introduces the knowledge and skills required to read and understand short stories and novellas. Readings trace the development of short fiction from the fable and myth to contemporary narrative forms.

Classes:
ENGL 1614:  Short Fiction (Areas 2 & 6), 3 credits
HIST 1116:  Introduction to U. S. History, (Area 3), 3 credits

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TRACK 5:  Superpowers, Sweatshops, and Sovereign States

The world is as it has always been—a precarious place.  Since the end of the Cold War, a new set of challenges, dynamics, and threats have emerged within the international system, transforming it theoretically as well as practically. This track provides an introductory look into contemporary world politics, international relations, global poverty, and human rights.

Classes:
PSCI 2054:  Introduction to World Politics (Areas 3 & 7), 3 credits
PHIL 2304:  Global Ethics (Areas 2 & 7), 3 credits

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TRACK 6:  Architecture and Design

Are you an aspiring architect, interior designer, landscape architect or industrial designer? If so, this track has been designed specifically for you. The two combined courses provide a total immersion experience into the world of architecture and design.

In this track, you will be introduced to the learning environment and activities characteristic of Foundation Design Lab ARCH 1015. You will also be exposed to ways of perceiving and recording the built and natural environment through travel around the region, as well as transforming your findings in ways that enhance design education.

Classes:
ARCH 1024: Design Thinking: Defying Preconceptions, 3 credits
ARCH 1034: Seeing Design: Transforming Observations, 3 credits

This track is recommended for architecture, interior designer, landscape architect, industrial designer majors and University Studies students desiring to transfer to the architecture degree program.

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TRACK 7:  Engineering and the World*

You will be introduced to the engineering profession and the College of Engineering through this track.  Upon completion of this track, you will be able to: collaborate with classmates to successfully complete a team project; effectively communicate engineering decisions through written documents and oral presentations; use data and mathematical models to understand engineering systems; and implement computer programs for engineering analysis.

You will also learn about various opportunities to pursue in your academic career and will explore what it means to be an engineer in a global culture and the implications of engineering solutions. 

Classes:
ENGE 1215:  Engineering Foundations, 2 credits
ENGE 1014 Engineering Success Seminar, 1 credit
STS 2054:  Engineering Cultures, (Areas 2 & 7), 3 credits

* This track is only available to students admitted to General Engineering. Additional eligibility requirements for enrollment in this track:  applicants must have (AP, IB, Transfer, CLEP, or Cambridge) credit for MATH 1225 prior to enrollment.

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TRACK 8:  Engineering and First Year Writing* 

You will be introduced to the profession and the College of Engineering through this track. Upon completion of this track, you will be able to: collaborate with classmates to successfully complete a team project; effectively communicate engineering decisions through written documents and oral presentations; use data and mathematical models to understand engineering systems; and implement computer programs for engineering analysis.

You will also develop foundational writing skills useful for university settings. 

Classes:
ENGE 1215:  Engineering Foundations, 2 credits
ENGE 1014:  Engineering Success Seminar, 1 credit
ENGL 1106:  First-Year Writing (Area 1), 3 credits**

* This track is only available to students admitted to General Engineering. Additional eligibility requirements for enrollment in this track: applicants must have (AP, IB, Transfer, CLEP, or Cambridge) credit for MATH 1225 prior to enrollment.
**ENGL 1105 and ENGL 1106 must be taken sequentially. Only students with AP or dual enrollment credit for ENGL 1105 or whose ENGL placement scores (available at orientation) qualify them for ENGL 1106 may enroll in this track.

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TRACK 9:  Engineering Chemistry*

You will be introduced to the profession and the College of Engineering through this track.  Upon completion of this track, you will be able to: collaborate with classmates to successfully complete a team project; effectively communicate engineering decisions through written documents and oral presentations; use data and mathematical models to understand engineering systems; and implement computer programs for engineering analysis.

You will also study the foundations of chemistry needed by all engineers.

Classes:
ENGE 1215:  Engineering Foundations, 2 credits
CHEM 1035: General Chemistry I (Area 4), 3 credits
CHEM 1045: General Chemistry I Lab (Area 4), 1 credit

* This track is only available to students admitted to General Engineering.

Two additional eligibility requirements for enrollment in this track: applicants must have (AP, IB, Transfer, CLEP, or Cambridge) credit for MATH 1225; and applicants must have completed a chemistry course in high school prior to enrollment.

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TRACK 10:  Engineering Cultures

In this track, you will explore the development of engineering and its cultural roles in historical and cross-national perspectives. You will examine the roles of engineers and engineering in popular life, development of national styles, changing values in engineering problem solving, and the effects of evolving forms of capitalism. This track is open to engineering and non-engineering majors.

Classes:
STS 2054: Engineering Cultures, (Areas 2 & 7), 3 credits
ENGL 1106:  First-Year Writing (Area 1), 3 credits*

*ENGL 1105 and ENGL 1106 must be taken sequentially. Only students with AP or dual enrollment credit for ENGL 1105 or whose ENGL placement scores (available at orientation) qualify them for ENGL 1106 may enroll in this track.

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TRACK 11:  Nutrition, Foods, Exercise, and Sport

Our society is continually confronted with the dynamic nature of human health.  This track introduces you to the foundational principles of health and wellness. You will also develop an understanding of the exciting fields of nutrition and sport science. 

Classes:
HNFE 1804:  Fundamentals of Sport Science, 3 credits
HNFE 1004: Foods, Nutrition, and Exercise, 3 credits

This track is recommended for students in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise.  HNFE 1004 is required for all HNFE majors; HNFE 1804 can be used as a controlled elective for HNFE majors who choose the Science of Food, Nutrition and Exercise option and as a free elective for HNFE majors who choose the Dietetics option.

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TRACK 12: Health and Life Sciences      

Nutrition, foods, and exercise and their impact on life cycles are analyzed in this coupling of courses. In this track, you will explore connections between food human behavior, ecology, anatomy, and physiology.

Classes:
BIOL 1106:  Principles of Biology (Area 4), 3 credits
BIOL 1116:  Principles of Biology Lab (Area 4), 1 credit
PHS 1514:  Personal Health, 3 credits

This track is recommended for students majoring in the life sciences.  You will be exposed to practitioners in the health professions.

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TRACK 13:  Business in Society

In this track, you will investigate the forces of business that operate in today’s society. After completing this track, you will have an understanding of the basic insights of business information systems, as well as security and software applications.

Classes:
ACIS 1504:  Introduction to Business Information Systems, 3 credits
(Required of all business majors)
SOC 1004:  Introduction to Sociology (Area 3), 3 credits*

*Recommended course for business majors

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TRACK 14:  Communicating in a Complex Society*

Learning to communicate well is an essential skill in all professions. In the 21st century, we are bombarded with technological influences in how we communicate. In this track, you will examine sociological implications of speech and technology in academic settings, social media, and the public square while enhancing your professional communication skills.

Classes:
COMM 2004: Public Speaking, 3 credits
SOC 2004: Social Problems, (Area 3), 3 credits

*COMM majors may not enroll in this track.

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TRACK 15:  Animal and Poultry Sciences

In this combination of courses, you will be introduced to foundational principles and practices associated with the animal sciences; receive hands-on training in basic animal husbandry skills; and develop an understanding of careers in the animal sciences.

You will also explore the connections between the agriculture that feeds us, the arts that sustain us, and the society in which we live.

Classes:
ALS 1004:  Agriculture, the Arts and Society (Area 6), 1 credit
APSC 1454 Introduction to Animal and Poultry Sciences, 3 credits
APSC 1464 Introduction to Animal and Poultry Sciences Laboratory, 1 credit
APSC 3864:  Animal and Poultry Sciences Survey, 2 credits

This track is recommended for students interested in careers in the animal sciences, including veterinary medicine, animal agriculture, and companion animals.  The lab course includes hands-on work with university-owned livestock and horses.  The APSC courses are required for animal and poultry sciences majors and the ALS 1004 course fulfills the university’s Area 6 requirement.  
  

 

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