Apr 15, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses Appropriate for New Students


This list contains courses that have seats reserved for incoming first-year students. Most of the courses are available for students to select from when they submit their fall semester course preferences over the summer. 

* A small number of courses (marked with an asterisk) have seats reserved for incoming first-year students but require special arrangements such as placement or audition. Registration for these courses will be available starting during orientation.

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Note on Terminology

Courses in the College of Arts and Sciences academic departments are offered as “full” or “half” academic courses.

  • A full academic course is four credits
  • A half academic course is two credits

PLEASE NOTE: In the listing below, you may see the word “full”; this refers to a full academic course equivalent to four credits.

Language Courses

If you have no prior experience in a certain language, you should take the 100-level course in that language. If you have prior study or exposure to the language, you must take a placement test before registering. The placement test will guide us in placing you in the correct course in our curriculum.

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Non-CANS Courses

Omitted from this list are many courses with prerequisites and courses that require consultation with a member of the faculty before registration. You will be able to register for such courses starting during orientation.

For complete descriptions of these courses, click on either link for the courses below.

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Greek


First-year students with prior preparation in Greek may enroll in GREK 201. The Classics department does not give or require a placement exam in Greek but during orientation Classics faculty are happy to consult with students about which level of the language would be appropriate for them. During summer registration, students may register for the class that appears to correspond to their experience level, understanding that they may adjust their registration after meeting with the Chair of Classics. Students should be assured that there will be open spots at the 200-level if they have sufficient preparation to begin study at that level. 

Latin


First-year students with prior preparation in Latin may enroll in LATN 201 or LATN 316. The Classics department does not give or require a placement exam in Latin but during orientation Classics faculty are happy to consult with students about which level of the language would be appropriate for them. During summer registration, students may register for the class that appears to correspond to their experience level, understanding that they may adjust their registration after meeting with the Chair of Classics. Students should be assured that there will be open spots at the 200- or 300-level if they have sufficient preparation to begin study at that level. 

Mathematics


You will have the opportunity, during the first days of orientation, to meet with a faculty member in the Mathematics Department to help you decide which math course is best for you. There are spaces reserved for new students in both 100- and 200-level courses and you will be able to register for those courses during orientation. A brief description of options for first math classes can be found on math department’s website; more details about choosing the right math course are also available at Arts and Sciences New Student Course Planning. If you are considering taking either MATH 130 or MATH 133 (neither of which require a background in calculus), please take the MATH 130/133 pre-advisement survey BEFORE speaking to a faculty member. The pre-advisement survey covers precalculus topics and is available at any time that is convenient for you over the summer. To take it, log in to blackboard.oberlin.edu, click the “Courses” tab at the top, look for the “Placement Tests” box, and follow the links. After taking the pre-advisement survey, you must contact the instructor to help you choose the right course and get consent to register for it. Note that you only need to take this survey to register for Math 130 or 133; for all other first year math classes no pre-advisement survey is necessary. Following are typical courses for first years:

Neuroscience


First year students with a Biology AP score of 5 or an IB score of 6 may be able to register for open seats in NSCI 201  after they arrive on campus. Students with this preparation should speak to the course instructor during orientation for permission to add the course.

Physics


Students interested in taking physics should consult with a physics faculty member for appropriate placement into either PHYS 103 , PHYS 110 , or PHYS 212 , based on past experience. PHYS 110  is the typical entry course for prospective physics and 3-2 engineering majors; MATH 133  is a prerequisite, with students usually taking concurrently MATH 134 .

Psychology


Students with a 4 or a 5 on the APA or a 6 or 7 on the IB exam will be able to register in 200-level psychology courses starting during orientation. 

Students may also want to register for COGS 101 - Mind, Brain, and Behavior: An Introduction to Cognitive Sciences . This course counts as an introductory course for the psychology major and a prerequisite for all our 200-level courses. 

Statistics


STAT 113  and STAT 114  assume no prior knowledge of statistics and cover the same material, though STAT 114  emphasizes biological examples. For more detail about choosing the right course, see information under Mathematics/Statistics on the Arts and Sciences New Student Course Planning page.

Studio Art


Studio art courses are enrolled by consent only during the add/drop period (September 1-12). To be considered for consent please email the faculty member teaching your desired class and provide your name, T-number, anticipated major, and other pertinent information. You must show up for the first day of class to be considered for enrollment. Please send images and/or a link to artwork if available, studio art professors are excited about seeing the work of incoming students.

First-Year Seminar Program


Arts and Humanities Courses