Suggested Four-Year Major Plan (Academic Year 2014-2015)

The Suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

NOTE : This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2014-2015 academic year.

First Year
BI 101: General Biology I* 3 BI 102: General Biology II 3
BI 101L: General Biology I Lab: Zoology* 1 BI 102L: General Biology II Lab: Botany 1
CH 111: General Chemistry I * 3 CH 112: General Chemistry II 3
CH 111L: General Chemistry II Lab* 1 CH 112L: General Chemistry II Lab 1
CH 011: General Chemistry, Calculation & Computation I*** 1
CH 011: General Chemistry, Calculation & Computation II*** 1
Core: FS 189 – Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 3 MA 131 – Foundations of Analysis II (if took MA 130) or Elective/Core 3
Core: MA 130 – Foundations of Analysis I or higher* 3 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
Core: EN 111 – College Writing (or EN 320 by placement)* 3  Core: Modern Language – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
Total: 16 Total: 18
Second Year
BI 207: Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology I 3 BI 210: Cell Biology 3
BI 207L: Vertebrate Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1 BI 210L: Cell Biology Lab 1
CH 203: Organic Chemistry I 4 CH 204: Organic Chemistry II 4
CH 203L: Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 CH 204L: Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PY 201: General Physics I 3 PY 202: General Physics II 3
PY 201L: General Physics I Lab 1 PY 202L: General Physics II Lab 1
BI 212: Biostatistics (1-credit) or MA 207: Applications of Statistics (3-credit) 1 or 3 Core: Social Science 3
Total: 14 or 16 Total: 16
Third Year
BI 315: Microbiology 3 Biology Major Elective Lecture: BI xxx**** 3
BI 315L: Microbiology Lab 1 Corresponding Major Elective Lab: BI xxxL**** 1
Biology Major Elective Lecture: BI xxx**** 3 Elective 3
Corresponding Major Elective Lab: BI xxxL**** 1 Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Core: PH 102 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 Core: CS 115 – Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 Core: TH 102 – Introduction to Christian Theology 3
 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music  3
Total: 17 Total: 16
Fourth Year
Core: Social Science 3 BI 402: Genetics 3
Core: HI 101 – Roots of the West or
HI 102 – The Shaping of the West
3 BI 402L: Genetics Lab 1
Core: CO 230: Communication Skills(or DR 102, 103, 104) 3 Biology Major Elective Lecture: BI xxx**** 3
Enriched Core Cluster – (Ethical Inquiry /Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3 Corresponding Major Elective Lab: BI xxxL**** 1
Elective or MA 220: Calculus I (optional) 3 or 4 BI 411R: Literature/Research***** AND 2
BI 411C: Literature Composition***** 2
Total: 15 or 16 Total: 14

*Students may begin the science sequence only if they test into college level math. Students who test into developmental math must wait to begin the science sequence once they can take MA 130 or higher. Pre-med, pre-dental, and other pre-health students are advised to consult with the pre-health advisor to ensure that they are completing the appropriate pre-med/pre-health requirements.

**A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

***CH 011 and CH 012 are required1-non degree credit courses that must be taken with CH 111 or CH 112 respectively.

****Biology majors take three of the following 300-level lecture/lab course combinations offered in alternate years: BI 301 and BI 301L, Histology; BI 302 and BI 302L, Embryology; BI 305 and BI 305L, Environmental Biology; BI 316 and BI 316L, Immunology. Students should consult with their advisor.

*****Students may request to take BI 411R: Research/Lab (2-credits) and BI 411C: Research Composition (2-credits) in the spring in place of NP 341 (1-credit).

Total Credits Required (minimum): 122 credits

Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C

Minimum Grade in Supportive Sciences: D

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