Freshman Orientation information
Here's what we'll be covering on the following pages:
-General Education Requirements;
-English and Math Requirements;
-Why it's important to be thinking about your major already;
-What classes you will be taking this fall;
-The Registration Worksheet exercise.
General Education Program Requirements
Every student, regardless of major, is required to complete the General Education Program which consists of 13 courses distributed among the following five areas:
Fine Arts - 2 courses
Humanities - 3 courses
Social Behavioral Sciences - 4 courses
Natural Sciences - 3 courses (one of which MUST be a lab course)
Math/Quantitative Reasoning - 1 course
Most full-time students complete these courses by the end of their Sophomore year. General Education, Math, English and Reading are usually the only courses from which you may choose during your first Fall and Spring Semesters at Northeastern.
First Year Experience (FYE) Requirement
As you look through the list of general education courses in the Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes (pgs. 28 - 46), pay close attention to the courses with an asterisk (*) and an FYE title. FYE stands for First Year Experience and all new entering freshmen are required to take one of these FYE courses within their first year.
English and Math Requirements
Along with General Education courses, students need to take English, Math, and in some cases, Reading courses, beginning their first semester. There are different levels of English, Math, and Reading: your Placement Test and ACT scores will determine the level at which you begin. Although college level Math is a General Education requirement, many students place into developmental courses that must be completed first.