First Semester Courses

New to Columbia or just changed your major? Below is a list of suggested first semester courses:

Your Major:

Columbia College is unique in that students can start exploring their major (or two) from the get-go. Review this list for suggested courses. On the fence about your major? No problem! College advisors can help you set up your schedule so you can explore both. Contact us.


Your LAS Core:     

Students should work on their major and Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Core simultaneously. First-Year Seminar, English/Writing and Mathematics are courses you should complete your first year.

Refer to your New Student Placement scores to select your English/Writing and Mathematics courses.

First-Year Seminar (required for all students who have transferred in less than 24 credit hours)
48-1100 First-Year Seminar

English/Writing   
Contact us to determine which English class is best for you.

52- 1101 Introduction to College Writing and Reading (college-wide elective credit) 
52- 1111 Writing and Rhetoric I: Enhanced 
52- 1151 Writing and Rhetoric I 
52- 1152 Writing and Rhetoric II

Mathematics 
Use this grid (along with your Placement or ACT scores) to determine which Math class is best for you.

56- 1710 Basic Math Skills (college-wide elective credit) 
56- 1720 College Mathematics
56-1723 Liberal Arts Mathematics
56- 1728 Quantitative Reasoning
An advanced mathematics course

Balance is the key!

If you ask any Columbia College students about how to have a successful semester, they will always bring up balance. Students should always take into consideration when they will study, commute, work, be in the lab, see family and friends, eat, and even sleep. Yes, we said it...sleep.