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First Semester Schedule Examples

These examples are intended to give you an idea of what you might expect on your fall semester schedule of classes. Please be advised that all first semester examples are subject to change based on individual student factors such as transfer credits, double majors, and more. If you’d like to explore these courses in further detail, take a look at the Drake course catalog.

Accounting, Economics, and Finance (Business)

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BUS 001FA

The Business Profession

-

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success 1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)

3-6

A combination of courses from the business core will include one or more of the following

 

ACCT 041

Intro to Financial Accounting

1-10

ECON 002 or 010

Principles of Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

IS 044

Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis

MATH Course

Mathematics Course

Total Credits

12-18

 

Actuarial Science, Data Analytics, and Quantitative Economics (Business)

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BUS 001FA

The Business Profession

-

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)

3-6

A combination of courses from the business core will include one or more of the following

ACCT 041

Intro to Financial Accounting

1-10

ECON 002

Principles of Microeconomics

IS 044 or CS 065

Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis or Intro to Computer Science I

MATH Course

Mathematics Course

Total Credits

12-18

 

Business Studies, Business Law, Business 3+3 with Law, and Open Business

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BUS 001FA

The Business Profession

-

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)

3-6

A combination of courses from the business core will include one or more of the following

ACCT 041

Intro to Financial Accounting

1-10

BUS 073 and BUS 074

Professional Verbal or Written Commuications

ECON 002

Principles of Microeconomics

IS 044

Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis

MATH Course

Mathematics Course

Total Credits

12-18

 

Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Math, and Math Education

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
CS 065 Intro to Computer Science I 3
MATH 050 Calculus I, or appropriate level
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
  All majors in this group should also look to one Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course. 3
  Math Education students may also look to add EDUC 001, Intro to Education.  1
  All Math Education students also pursue a degree in Secondary Education.  
  Artificial Intelligence students should take AI 010: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Artificial Intelligence.  
Total Credits 14 - 15

 

Data Analytics (Arts & Sciences)

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
CS 065 Intro to Computer Science I 3
MATH 050 Calculus I, or appropriate level
IS 044, STAT 040 or Elective Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis, Introduction to R and SAS, or elective 2-3
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
Total Credits 13-14
*Data Analytics is also available as a major with the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA).  

 

Economics and Quantitative Economics (Arts and Sciences)

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First-Year Seminar

3

MATH Course

Quantitative Economics Majors - MATH 050: Calculus I

3

 

Economics Majors - IS 044: Microsoft Office Tools or MATH 028: Business Calculus

2-3

ECON 002

Principles of Microeconomics

3

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)

3-6

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Total Credits

13-16

 

Elementary Education

Course

Title

Credits 

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

EDUC 001

Intro to Education

1

MATH 024

Math for Elementary Education I

3

HIST 001

Passages to 1750

3

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

SCSS 001

Intro to Sociology

3

Total Credits

14

 

Entrepreneurial Management

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BUS 001FA

The Business Profession

-

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)

3-6

 A combination of courses from the business core will include one or more of the following

ENTR 001

Profiles in Entrepreneurship

1

ACCT 041

Intro to Fin Accounting

1-10

BUS 073 and BUS 074

Professional Verbal or Written Commuications

ECON 002

Principles of Microeconomics

IS 044

Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis

MATH Course

Mathematics Course

Total Credits

12-18

 

Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience

 

Course

Title

Credits 
FYS First Year Seminar 3
ENSS 035/036 One Earth: Global Environmental Science and Lab 4
ENSS 015 Intro to Environmental Science 1
CHEM 001/003 or BIO 012/012L* General Chemistry I with lab or General Biology I with lab 4
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
Elective (optional) Drake Curriculum AOI, Honors AOI, or Math 3
  *Students pursuing the Aquatic and Earth Sciences track can pursue CHEM 001/003, PHY 001 or PHY 011 their first semester.  
  *Students pursuing the Comparative Animal Behavior or Zoo & Conservation Science concentrations should also consider taking BIO 025/PSY 024: Animal Behavior.  
  *Environmental Sustainability and Resilience majors should take ECON 002 or other elective instead of CHEM 001 or BIO 012 their first semester.  
  *Students transferring AP Environmental Science credit will be assessed on an individual basis on an appropriate first semester schedule and be registered accordingly.  
Total Credits 13 - 16

 

Health Science/Pre-Pharmacy

Course

Title

Credits 

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BIO 012/012L

General Biology I and lab

4

CHEM 001/003

General Chemistry I and lab

4

PHAR 011

Career, Academic & Professional Success (CAPS) I

1

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI, Honors AOI, or Math

3

Total Credits

13-16

 

Health Sciences (including Pre-OT, Pre-AT, Administration, & Public Health)

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BIO 012/012L

General Biology I and lab

4

CHEM 001/003 or PSY 001

General Chemistry I and lab or Introduction to Psychology

4

HSCI 020

Introduction to Health Sciences

2

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI, Honors AOI, or Math

3

Total Credits

13-17

 

Humanities - English, History, LPS*, Philosophy, Religion, RMSC** and Writing

Course

Title

Credits
FYS  First Year Seminar 3
  English or Writing Major - ENG 038: Literary Study or ENG 039: Writing Seminar, as it works in a schedule and based on interest, a course in ENG 040-099 4
  History Major - HIST 001: Passages to 1750 or HIST 002: Passsages Since 1750; as it works in a schedule, and based on interest, HIST 015, 021 or 075. 3
  LPS major - LPS 001: Intro Law, Politics, & Society.  3
  Philosophy Major - PHIL 021: Intro to Philosophy; as it works in a schedule, and based on interest, PHIL 090, Ethics, or PHIL 091, Contemporary Ethical Problems. 3
  Religion Major - REL 001: Intro to Religious Study; as it works in a schedule, and based on interest, REL 003, Intro to World Religions.  3
  RMSC Major -  SCSR 024: Rhetoric & Social Change, SCSR 060: Media, Culture & Communication; as it works in a schedule and based on interest, ENG 068, Rhetoric in Pop Culture or SCSR 073, Public Speaking. 3
  Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s) 3 - 9
  *LPS is the Law, Politics & Society Major. 
  **RMSC is the Rhetoric, Media & Social Change Major. 
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
Total Credits 13 - 16

 

International Business

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BUS 001FA

The Business Profession

-

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)

3-6

A combination of courses from the business core will include one or more of the following

ACCT 041

Intro to Financial Accounting

1-10

BUS 073 and BUS 074

Professional Verbal or Written Commuications

ECON 002

Principles of Microeconomics

Language Study or POLS 065 or POL 075 or SCSG 003

Language Course, Comparative Politices, World Politics, or World Regional Geography

IS 044

Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis

MATH Course

Mathematics Course

Total Credits

12-18

 

Journalism

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

JMC 30

Mass Media in a Global Society

3

JMC 031

Multimedia Lab

1

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

SCSS or POLS 001

One Sociology course or American Political Systems

3

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course

3

Total Credits

12-15

 

Management, Marketing and Information Systems

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

BUS 001FA

The Business Profession

-

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

PSY 001 with lab

Intro to Psychology

4

 A combination of courses from the business core will include one or more of the following

ACCT 041

Intro to Financial Accounting

1-10

BUS 073 and BUS 074

Professional Verbal or Written Commuications

ECON 002

Principles of Microeconomics

Elective

Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course

IS 044

Microsoft Office Tools for Business Analysis

MATH Course

Mathematics Course

Total Credits

12-18

 

Music - Performance, Music Business, Music Education and B.A. Music

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
MUS 001 Materials of Music I, aka Theory 3
MUS 002 Materials of Music II, aka Ear Training 1
MUS 006 Piano Lab (or individual lessons, based on placement - not required for BA Music majors) 1
MUS 021 Recitals (Required of music MAJORS only) 0
MUS 1XX Lessons (Performance majors register for four credits of lessons; all other majors register for two credits). 2 or 4
MUS 148, 149 or 150 Band, Choir* or Orchestra 1
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success** 1
As Applicable: Music Business students should register for ACCT 041, Intro to Financial Accounting, and ECON 002, Principles of Microeconomics. 1, 2 or 3
  Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance majors should register for MUS 075, Diction I.  
  All Music Education majors should register for MUS 013, Intro to Music Education.  
  BA Music students should look to add a Drake Curriculum course and another three-credit non-music course.   
  Instrumental Music Education students should look to add a Drake Curriculum AOI course.   
  In addition to MUS 171, voice lessons, all vocal students will be registered for MUS 171J, Voice Jury, 0 cr.  
  All String Majors are required to register for MUS 150: Orchestra.  
  All Wind and Percussion Majors must register for MUS 148: Band. Auditions for the concert bands will occur after the first day of classes.  
  Choir auditions will take place immediately before the first day of school or early in the first week of classes.  
  Opera auditions will be held in the first or second week of the fall semester.  
  If required by a scholarship to participate in an additional ensemble(s), you may add this ensemble(s) to your schedule now. The department will review ensemble registrations at the beginning of the semester.    
Total Credits 14 - 18

Music Minor or Non-Major Participant (NMP)

  Lessons and an ensemble(s) will be added to student schedules by the College of Arts & Sciences. Lessons will not have a designated meeting time on the schedule, but will be determined by the student and his/her instructor in the fall.  
Course Title Credits
MUS 1XX Lessons 1
  In addition to MUS 171, voice lessons, all vocal students will be registered for MUS 171J, Voice Jury, 0 cr.  
MUS 148, 149 or 150 Band, Choir* or Orchestra as determined by the music department 1
MUS 001 Materials of Music I, aka Theory 3
MUS 002 Materials of Music II, aka Ear Training** 1
  *Choir auditions are held in August; students will be registered after the audition.  
  **Students may begin in MUS 001 and MUS 002 in the fall of the first year or second year and remain on track to earn in the minor in four years.  MUS 001 and MUS 002 should be taken together.  

 

Neuroscience

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
BIO 012/012L Pre-Professional Biology I with Lab 4
CHEM 001/003* General Chemistry I with Lab 4
NSCI 001 Intro to Neuroscience 3
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
  *Students wishing to enroll in one science course should look to CHEM 001/003 as BIO 013/013L, Pre-Professional Biology II with lab, can be completed in the spring without enrollment in BIO 012/012L the fall.  
Total Credits 15

 

Open Program

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
  Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)
3 - 6
  Exploratory Coursework 3 - 6
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
Total Credits 13 - 16

 

Science Major (Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology)

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
BIO 012/012L Pre-Professional Biology I with Lab 4
CHEM 001/003* General Chemistry I with Lab 4
Intro Science Course One-hour science courses are offered in BCMB, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Physics and Sustainability & Resilience. 1
Elective Drake Curriculum AOI, Honors AOI, or Math 3
INTD 025*
Blueprint for Success 1
  Students majoring in Astronomy or Physics should register for PHY 001 and the appropriate level of math. Astronomy majors may enroll in ASTR 001 in the fall or spring semester.  
  Students majoring in Psychology should register for PSY 001.  If PSY 001 has been completed, one or two lower-level psychology courses are advised, with the exception of PSY 011. BIO 012/012L and CHEM 001/003 are not required, but encouraged if the student is interested in pursuing medical school.  
  Students majoring in Chemistry also will register for CHEM 008. They are not required to complete BIO 012/012L, however, those students with plans to pursue a career in the health sciences or veterinary medicine are advised that graduate schools require biology coursework.  
  *Students wishing to enroll in one science course should look to CHEM 001/003 as BIO 013/013L, Pre-Professional Biology II with lab, can be completed in the spring without enrollment in BIO 012/012L the fall.  
  *For those students with a credit-intense first semester, there will be a spring offering of Bulldog Foundations.  
Total Credits 13 - 16

 

Secondary Education

Course

Title

Credits

FYS

First Year Seminar

3

EDUC 001

Intro to Education

1

XXX

3-credit course in the area in which you plan to teach

3

INTD 025

Blueprint for Success

1

HIST 001

Passages to 1750

3

PSYCH 001

Intro to Psych

4

Total Credits

15

Social Sciences - American Politics, ANSO*, International Relations, Politics, and Sociology

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
  American Politics Major - POLS 001: The American Political System and/or POLS 065: Comparative Politics (both courses should be completed in the first year; if taken in separate semesters, the courses can be taken in either order).
 
  ANSO Major - SCSA 002: Intro to Cultural Anthropology and SCSS 001: Survey of Sociology. 3 - 6
  International Relations Major - POLS 065: Comparative Politics or POLS 075: World Politics
  Politics Major - POLS 001: Amercian Political System, may also consider, POLS 065: Comparative Politics OR POLS 075: World Politics. 3 - 6
  Sociology Major - SCSS 001: Survey of Sociology. 3
Elective  Drake Curriculum or Honors AOI Course(s)
6-9 
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
  *ANSO is the Anthropology/Sociology Major.  
Total Credits 13 - 16

 

Theatre - Acting, Design*, Musical Theatre** and BA in Theatre

Arts & Sciences: Theatre - Acting, Design*, Musical Theatre** and BA in Theatre
Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
Elective Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course
THEA 014 Movement I 2
THEA 020 Voice I: Voice for the Stage 2
THEA 030 Stagecraft I with Lab (or THEA 031: Costuming with Lab) 4
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
 

*Theatre Design students do not have to take THEA 014: Movement I or THEA 020: Voice I.

 
  **Musical Theatre students will not take THEA 030: Stagecraft or THEA 031: Costuming in the first semester, but will wait until the second semester. They will take either THEA 056: Jazz (2 credits) or THEA 057: Tap (2 credits). Additionally, they will enroll in THEA 010: Music Theory Essentials (3 credits) and THEA 026: Voice Lesson (1 credit). AOI requirements will be met in future terms.  
Total Credits 15 - 17

 

Visual Arts - Graphic Design, Studio Art and Art History

Course Title Credits
FYS First Year Seminar 3
ART 013 or ART 014 2D Design or Constructing Space * 3
ART 015 Observational Drawing
3
ART 021 Digital Media (not required for Art History students) 3
ART 050 

Idea of Design (Graphic Design majors only)

ART 075  Themes in Art History

 

Elective Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI course, as needed
3-6
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
  *It is not advisable to enroll in more than two studio courses in one semester.  ART 075 can be taken in later semesters.  In the case of double-majors, completing two of the above courses in the first semester will allow a student to remain on track.   
Total Credits 13 - 16

 

World Languages and Cultures (including the Spanish major)

  Course  Title  Credits
FYS First-Year Seminar 3
  Spanish Majors - Course assignment will be made based on placement results. 3-6
Elective Drake Curriculum AOI or Honors AOI Course(s)
3-6
INTD 025 Blueprint for Success 1
 

*The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. All incoming students (including those who would like to minor in one of these languages or major in Spanish) interested in taking one of these courses during their first semester at Drake should take the placement exam. Refer to New Student Checklist to find link for placement exam. If a student places into a course only offered in the spring semester, the student should contact a member of the Department at worldlanguages@drake.edu for placement advice.

The Department also offers culture-based course taught in English (WLC prefix) that are open to first-year students.

 
Total Credits   13-16

 

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