Dear Centre First-Year Student,
It is a pleasure to welcome you as a Centre student!
This document is designed to provide you with important information you need to choose your fall term classes. Please read this entire document. After carefully reviewing this information along with the math and foreign language placement results sent to you earlier, you will be ready to complete an online course selection survey.
The usual first-year class schedule for the fall term consists of four academic courses. One of those courses will be Humanities 110 or Humanities 111, a common course for all first-years. Your other three courses are chosen from the following areas:
In choosing your three other courses, keep in mind the following:
1. If you need to establish basic skills in mathematics, you will need to take MAT 110 Mathematics in Our Society or MAT 140 Differential Calculus with Review (depending on your placement) sometime before the end of your sophomore year.
2. If you need to establish basic skills in a foreign language, you will need to study a foreign language through the first-year level. This requirement normally should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
3. Students must take at least one course in mathematics or foreign language beyond the basic skills level, or a computer science class. This requirement should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. NOTE: Students who have met the basic skills requirement in both math and foreign language are not required to take a course in both at Centre. One course beyond the basic skills level in only one of those areas (or a computer sciene course) is required.
4. Choose at least one course in an area that you are considering as a possible major. Major requirements are listed in the online catalog: http://www.centre.edu/registrar/catalog/catalog.html.
5. There is additional important information that will help you choose specific courses in the sections below listing descriptions of courses for first-year students.
After reviewing all these materials, you should complete the online course selection survey by July 10.
The survey is online at: https://centre.us2.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aVnVIpv6ZcnsDlj
If you have any questions about these materials or the survey, please feel free to call us at 859-238-5360, or email Tim Culhan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later in the summer, you will be registered in specific courses based on the choices you made on the course selection form. You will be able to view your schedule of classes online on or around August 2. When you arrive on campus for orientation, you will discuss your registration with your academic advisor. Any necessary changes to your schedule of classes can be made at that time.
We look forward to working with you as you begin your career at Centre. In the meantime, we wish you the best for a pleasant, relaxing, and productive summer.
DESCRIPTIONS OF COURSES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
Humanities 110/111 is the first course in a two-course core requirement in humanities for all first-year students. It also serves as preparation for the sophomore-level courses in English, philosophy, and the fine arts. First-year students are required to register for HUM 110. Some students will be placed into HUM 111, a writing-intensive section.
HUM 110 Introduction to Humanities-I
Students may choose any of the following introductory social studies courses to fulfill College requirements and/or pursue potential major interests. To fulfill general education requirements, all students must take a history course (one of HIS 110, 120, 230, 240) and one other social studies course (one of ANT 110, ANT 120, ECO 110, POL 120, POL 130, SOC 110). Students with social studies related professional interests should note the following:
1. PreLaw and PreBusiness Preparation. Students interested in law or business professions can begin study in any of the first-year offerings in social studies listed below. These courses all serve as introductions to majors useful in both law and business professions.
2. PreInternational Preparation. Students interested in professions involving international fields can begin study in any of the first-year offerings in social studies below. Students should also evaluate their foreign language skills and consider building on those skills with additional language courses.
INTRODUCTORY COURSES IN SOCIAL STUDIES
HIS 230, 240 Development of the United States-I, II
ECO 110 Introduction to Economics
POL 120 Introduction to Political Ideologies
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
ANT 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
NOTE: If you choose to study science in the fall, you will be asked to list a first and second choice. In rare instances, it is not always possible to accommodate all first choices.
NCS 110, NSC 120, NSC 140 and CHE 117 are intended for non-science majors. The other courses are intended for students considering a science major.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The study of life at the cellular and molecular levels, including chemical reactions, cellular structure, and the central role of DNA.
Biology. The study of living organisms at all levels of organization from cellular structure to ecological interactions.
Chemistry. The study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. Major topics include the structure of matter, reactivity patterns, and the synthesis and analysis of chemical species. Laboratory work is extensively used to develop and illustrate theoretical concepts.
Computer Science. The study of algorithms for the solution of problems in a wide variety of application areas. This includes the design and implementation in an appropriate programming language as well as analysis of efficiency, correctness, and reliability.
Mathematics. Development of quantitative and analytic problem solving skills in a wide range of disciplines. The study of mathematics provides a setting for the development of clear, logical, and creative thought processes.
Chemical Physics. A study of the fundamental aspects of chemical reactions. Concepts studied include energetics of chemical reactions, interaction of radiation with matter, and the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity. Chemical physics is, therefore, central to the understanding and control of chemical reactions.
Physics. The basic science which seeks to understand matter and energy, and to discover fundamental laws which allow us to understand our universe. Physics thus has important applications to other sciences as well as to more applied fields such as medicine and engineering.
Behavioral Neuroscience. The study of the biological bases of behavior. This includes the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in behavioral expression of humans and other animals as well as the ecological and evolutionary foundations of behavior.
Psychology. The study of behavior and mental processes as they are affected by learning, social environments, motivation, gender, personality, and development.
Students planning possible majors in one of the sciences should note the following guidelines when selecting science courses for their first year:
1. PreHealth Profession Preparation. Students preparing for professional schools in medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy should take at least one of the following courses in the fall: BIO 110, CHE 131, CHE 135, or PHY 110. CHE 135 is designed for students with at least two years of high school chemistry. It combines the material in the first two terms of college chemistry. NOTE: Because preparation for these professions requires more chemistry than biology and physics, many students begin their college-level science study with chemistry (either CHE 131 or 135). For more information about course scheduling specifically for medical school, please go to: http://web.centre.edu/workmanj/MEDWEBSITE/Pages/SCHEDULE.htm.
If a specific area is a likely major, follow the advice below.
2. Potential majors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) should take CHE 131 in the fall or spring of their first year (or CHE 135 in the fall).
3. Students planning a major in Biology should take at least one of the following courses in the fall of their first year: BIO 110 or CHE 131 or CHE 135.
4. Potential majors in Chemistry should take CHE 131 or 135 in the fall. They can also start with CHE 131 in the spring of their first year.
5. Potential majors in Chemical Physics should take CHE 131 or CHE 135 or PHY 110 in the fall. (Students with strong backgrounds in calculus and physics may be placed in PHY 210 instead of PHY 110).
6. Students planning a major in Physics should take PHY 110 or PHY 210 in the fall of their first year. (Students with strong backgrounds in calculus and physics may be placed in PHY 210 instead of PHY 110). Also, MAT 171 should be completed by the beginning of the sophomore year.
7. Possible majors in Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience should take PSY 110 and BIO 110 during their first year, one in the fall and one in the spring.
8. If you need MAT 110 to establish basic skills in math, the only science course that you can take in the fall is PSY 110. All other science courses require that you have met the basic skills requirement in math. For most majors, it is fine to wait until spring term to begin your study of science if you need to take MAT 110 first.
9. Potential majors in Computer Science should take CSC 117 in the first year, either fall or spring term. Possible majors in Mathematics should complete MAT 171 by the beginning of the sophomore year.
INTRODUCTORY COURSES IN THE SCIENCES
BIO 110 Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology
CHE 131 Atomic and Molecular Structure
CHE 135 Accelerated General Chemistry
NSC 110 Natural Science-I
PHY 110 Introduction to Physics
The ability to communicate in a foreign language, a deeper understanding of cultural differences, the advantages of international study, and a global vision are key ingredients of the college experience. Foreign language learning deals with enlarging your perspective and relates to numerous areas of expertise: appreciation of a different culture and literature, world history, international relations, diplomacy, and international business.
The determination of a specific language course will depend on the results of your placement test and your interests. You may take a language different from the one you take the test in. If you are starting a new language or feel you are still close to a beginner level, you are encouraged to study foreign language in your first year. It is possible to wait until the sophomore year to take foreign language, but if you think you might be a major in a foreign language, in art history, international studies, or plan to take advantage of certain off-campus study opportunities, it is helpful if you study language in your first year. It is possible to major in a foreign language at Centre if you start out as a beginner in your first year. Please note that first-year foreign langauge study involves two, four-credit courses, one in the fall and one in the spring. You cannot start beginning language study in the spring, only in the fall. (A grade of C- or higher is required in the second course to meet the basic skills requirement.)
MAT 110 Mathematics in Our Society
MAT 140 Differential Calculus with Review
MAT 170 Calculus-I
MAT 171 Calculus-II
MAT 230 Calculus-III
ARH 260 Survey of Western Art-I
ARS 110 Introduction to Drawing
ENG 210 British Literature-I
ENG 230 American Literature
ENG 246 The Poetry of Today
REL 120 History of Christian Thought
REL 150 Western Religious Traditions
First-year students are placed into one of two groups, based on ACT or SAT scores:
1. Students with an ACT English score of 24 or less, or with a score of 580 or less on the critical reading SAT will be placed in Humanities 111, a four credit, writing-intensive version of the Humanities 110 course required for all first-year students.
2. Students with an ACT English score of 25 or above, or with an SAT critical reading score of 590 or above, will be placed in Humanities 110.
B. Basic Skills
It is essential for entering students to understand that the College's basic skills requirement in writing cannot be met at entrance, as it can be in mathematics and foreign language. Nor does a passing grade in Humanities 110 or 111 satisfy the writing requirement. Rather, at the end of the fall term, the writing performance of all first-year students is evaluated, including both those who were required to take Humanities 111 in the fall, and those who were not. This evaluation is performed by a faculty writing committee. Students whose writing this committee judges to be competent will be notified that they have met the writing requirement. Students whose writing falls short of competency will be required to submit a satisfactory three-paper portfolio to the Writing Committee at the end of the spring term of the first year or pass a writing course (ENG 170) by the end of the sophomore year.
For a complete list of Centre's degree requirements, consult the online catalog at:
MATHEMATICS BASIC SKILLS AND PLACEMENT
What math course is best for you? What are the math requirements at Centre?
Your academic interests determine the best math course for you. Each major identifies whether a math course is required or recommended. If you have not established basic skills in math, then you must take a math course. In addition, all students must complete a course beyond the basic skills level in either mathematics or foreign language, or a computer science course.
How is basic skills in math established?
You establish basic skills in math if either your SAT math score is 580 or higher or your ACT math score is 26 or higher. Students with an ACT math score of 24 or 25 or an SAT math score of 540-570 are reviewed by the math program and may or may not be granted basic skills in math based on several criteria, including math placement test score and high school math courses and grades.
If you do not meet these requirements, how may you establish basic skills?
You must take MAT 110 or 140 and obtain a grade of C- or higher. We recommend that most students who have not established basic skills take MAT 110 in the fall of the first year; some students who request MAT 140 are permitted to take that course provided they score appropriately on the math placement test.
If you study math at Centre, how are you placed in your first math course?
A committee of math faculty individually places each student based on the results on the math placement tests, math courses and grades from high school, standardized test scores, rank in high school class, and the math course requested. AP scores are typically not available until after initial placements have been made, and may result in a placement change later in the summer.
Most students who have not established basic skills are placed in MAT 110. This course is taught only in the fall.
Some students who have not established basic skills may be placed in MAT 140. This is the first part of a two-course sequence integrating precalculus and calculus topics. The follow-up course, MAT 141, is taught every spring.
Students who have established basic skills are placed in MAT 140, 170, 171, or 230. It is not unusual for students to be placed in courses that they have had in high school. The math committee recommends a specific placement, but students make the final decision. A representative from the math committee is available during orientation to speak with students about their placement.
Since the introductory mathematics courses are sequential in nature, you should pay special attention to the timing if you are planning to take more than one math course at Centre. Not all math courses are offered every long term. MAT 110, 140, and 170 are only offered every fall; MAT 141 is only offered every spring; MAT 171 and 230 are offered every fall and every spring.
NOTE: You are not required to study math at Centre if you have met the basic skills requirement in math and you plan to study foreign language at the intermediate level (second year) or higher. The decision to continue studying math is often determined by your major interests. Some majors require additional math and others do not.
COURSES IN APPLIED MUSIC
Centre currently offers courses in applied music for those students who wish to pursue an academic or personal interest in these areas. All of these courses are one credit hour courses. First-year students are eligible for enrollment in the courses listed below:
Keyboard (piano, organ, harpsichord )
Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin)
Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, or bassoon)
Brass (euphonium, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, or French horn)
Guitar (classical or rock or bass)
Ensembles: choirs (Centre Singers, Centre Women's Voice, Centre Men's Voices), orchestra, jazz band, percussion, wind, or Kentucky music.
NOTE: There is an extra fee of $300 for registration in applied music (music scholarship holders pay $150). There is no charge for participation in musical ensembles.
All applied music courses are taken for academic credit. Music ensembles are graded on a pass/unsatisfactory basis only. Students have the option of taking the other courses either on a regular letter-graded basis or on a pass/unsatisfactory graded basis.
Students choosing an applied music course will be contacted by the music department at the beginning of the fall term. You may also visit the Centre music website for names and contact information for applied music instructors (www.centre.edu/majors/music.html).
If you are interested in enrolling in an applied music course and/or ensemble, indicate so on the course selection survey.
AMS 110 Introduction to the Army (one credit hour)
The College offers a one-credit-hour modern dance class. There is no fee for the class which meets for an hour and a half on Tuesday and Thursday. The course may be taken in addition to the normal load of four courses. If you wish to take this course, indicate so on the course selection survey. Course description:
DRA 114 Beginning Modern Dance Technique (one credit hour)