Exploratory Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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    Your talent for math and curiosity for science drew you to this starting point. Now, the fun begins. You get to explore subject areas, work with advisors to find the major that fits you best, and build connections with other students who are explorers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, just like you.

    The courses below are just the beginning.

    First-Year Course Guidelines

    Below, you’ll find the typical first-year courses taken by students in Exploratory Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Your courses may be slightly different, based on placement testing and courses you've already taken through dual enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP).

    First Semester (Fall) 

    • EXPL 281 Pathways in STEM** (1 cr)   
    • PSYC 101 General Psychology** (3 cr)
    • ENGL 101 OR ENGL 100 (based on placement) (3 cr)   
    • Fine Arts course (3 cr)  
    • Liberal Studies Course OR Major Course (as advised) (3 cr)

    Second Semester (Spring)

    • HIST 196 OR HIST 197 OR HIST 198 (3 cr)   
    • Health & Wellness course (3 cr)   
    • Liberal Studies Course/GMA (3 cr) 
    • Potential Major courses (as advised) (3–7 cr)

    ** Courses are part of the required First Year Experience (FYE)

    Liberal Studies Courses to Consider Your First Year

    Social Science Electives

    As an IUP student, you’ll need to take three classes to fulfill your social science requirements. Some may be required or strongly recommended by your major. It’s wise to mark required or recommended courses as your first choices for registration. If additional classes interest you, you can add them later as electives. It is not necessary to take a social science now, but, if you have room in your schedule, this is one area to consider. Note that you may use a prefix (such as ANTH or GEOG) only once. Courses marked (GMA) also fulfill the Global and Multicultural Awareness requirement.

    • ANTH110     Contemporary Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH211     Cultural Anthropology (GMA)
    • ANTH213     World Archaeology
    • CRIM101      Crime and Justice Systems
    • ECON101      Basic Economics
    • ECON121      Principles of Economics I
    • GEOG101      Geography of Human Environment Interaction
    • GEOG102      Geography of US & Canada
    • RGPL/GEOG103      Global Cities: Issues in Planning and Development (GMA)
    • GEOG104     World Geography/Global Context (GMA)
    • JRNL105       Journalism and the Mass Media
    • PSYC101      General Psychology
    • PLSC101      World Politics (GMA)
    • PLSC111      Power and Democracy in America
    • SOC151        Principles of Sociology
    • SOC231        Contemporary Social Problems

    Natural Science Electives

    The required Natural Science Electives can be completed one of two ways. Either option usually begins with a laboratory course, but Option 2 may start with a non-laboratory course.

    1. Option 1(8 cr):  two laboratory courses, may be non-sequential      -OR-
    2. Option 2 (7 cr):  one laboratory course (4 cr) and one non-laboratory course (3 cr)

    Listed below are some of the options for lab sciences you might want to consider. All of these courses are open to non-majors. A list of additional non-lab courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog under Graduation Requirements/Liberal Studies Requirements.

    • BIOL103     Life on Earth
    •  BIOL104     Human Biology: How the Human Body Works
    •  BIOL106     Human Genetics & Health
    • CHEM101     College Chemistry I*                
    • CHEM111     General Chemistry I*
    • CHEM113     Advanced General Chemistry*
    • GEOS101/102     The Dynamic Earth + lab
    • GEOS103/104     Oceans & Atmospheres + lab
    • GEOS105/106     Exploring the Universe + lab
    • GEOS201     Foundations of Geology*
    • PHYS111/121     Physics I + lab 
    • PHYS131/141     Physics I + lab (needs calculus)
    • SCI105     Physical Science I (physics)
    • SCI107/117     Chemistry for Everyone *

    *  Typically restricted to certain majors or minors; on limited occasions others may receive special permission. CHEM113 requires that students be able to enroll in a calculus course – students not meeting this requirement should be advised to schedule CHEM111.