Polymer and Color Chemistry

Freshman Course Requirements

Most first-semester freshmen in our college will take 15 to 17 credit hours (or 5-6 classes). A credit hour is the number of credits a course is worth; most courses are worth 3 credits without a lab and 4 credits with a lab. Students must take a minimum of 12 hours to be considered full-time (important for a variety of reasons including insurance, financial aid, scholarships, housing, etc.), but the maximum number of credits any student is allowed to take without special permission is 18.

*Make sure that you allow a minimum of 30-45 minutes in between classes that meet on Main Campus and classes that meet on Centennial Campus.

Required classes are in bold.  Other classes should be used to reach 15-17 credits.

  • T 101
  • PCC 101 & 104
  • MA 107 or MA 131 depending on placement (next level is MA 231)
    • ACS Certified Concentration needs MA 111 or MA 141 depending on placement (next level is MA 241)
  • CH 101 & 102 or CH 111- if required based on placement (or CH 221/222, CH 223/224, CH 201/202 if credit earned for CH 101/102)
  • A HESF 100-level course (not required, but strongly encouraged)
  • EC 201, ARE 201, or EC 205
  • ENG 101
  • PY 211 (or PY 212 if PY 211 is complete)
    • ACS Certified Concentration needs PY 205/ 206 and PY 208/209
  • GEP course (see below for course recommendations)

General Education Program (GEP) Course Options

You might consider special sections of GEP courses called First Year Inquiry (FYI) sections. These are sections reserved for new freshmen that feature a small student/faculty ratio and active learning opportunities. To see Fall 2020 FYI class sections, click here.

The lists below contain examples of GEP courses for each category, but these are not your only options. To review the full list of Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Social Sciences, click the links below.

GEP Humanities
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives
GEP Social Sciences

USD – US Diversity
GK – Global Knowledge
All NC State students are required to take one GK course and one USD course. You don’t have to take one your first semester but we want you to be aware of this requirement.

GEP Humanities
Prefix Title Type
ENG 207 Studies in Poetry
ENG 208 Studies in Fiction
ENG 209 Introduction to Shakespeare
HI 207 Ancient Mediterranean World GK
HI 208 The Middle Ages GK
HI 209 Europe, Renaissance to Waterloo, 1300-1815 GK
HI 210 Modern Europe 1815-Present GK
HI 215 Latin America to 1826 GK
HI 216 Latin America Since 1826 GK
HI 221 British History to 1688 GK
HI 232 The World from 1200-1750 GK
HI 233 The World Since 1750 GK
HI 253 Early American History USD
HI 254 Modern American History USD
HI 264 Modern Asia: 1800 to Present GK
HI 270 Modern Middle East GK
PHIL 205 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 210 Representation, Reason, Reality
PHIL 221 Contemporary Moral Issues
REL 210 Religious Traditions of the World GK
REL 311 Introduction to the Old Testament GK
REL 312 Introduction to the New Testament GK
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prefix Title Type
ANT/ SOC 261 Technology in Society and Culture GK
EI 201 Exploring Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Thinking
EMA 110 Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship
EMA 365 Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship
ES 100 Introduction to Environmental Science GK
ES 200 Climate Change and Sustainability GK
IDS 210 Introduction to American Studies USD
IS 200 Intro to International Studies GK
MEA 100 Earth Systems Science: Exp the Connections GK
MIE 201 Intro to Business Processes
MUS 200 Understanding Music: Global Perspectives GK
NTR 210 Introduction to Community Food Security USD
SLC 250 Critical and Creative Decision-Making Models
SMT 201 Sustainable Materials for Green Housing
SOC 207 Language and Society USD
SSC 185 Land and Life
STS/WGS 210 Women and Gender in Science and Technology USD
STS 214 Technology and Values
STS 323 World Population and Food Prospects GK
GEP Social Sciences
Prefix Title Type
AFS 305 Racial and Ethnic Relations USD
ANT 251 Physical Anthropology
ANT 252 Cultural Anthropology GK
ANT/ SOC 261 Technology in Society and Culture GK
COM 112 Interpersonal Communication
GEO/ SOC 220 Cultural Geography GK
PS 201 American Politics and Government
PS 202 State and Local Government
PSY 200 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 202 Principles of Sociology USD
SOC 203 Current Social Problems USD
SOC/WGS 204 Sociology of Family USD
SOC 205 Jobs and Work
SOC 206 Social Deviance
SOC 207 Language and Society USD