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Prerequisites for a Freshman Biology Major The Biology Curriculum is designed to provide a sequence of classes in which each one prepares you for the next. For this reason, there are specific prerequisites that must be met as you progress through the curriculum: Prerequisite schedule: 1. You must be ENROLLED in Math 128 (Pre-calculus and Trig) before you enroll in Chemistry 121. If you choose to take Chemistry 201, you should have had Calculus in High School. 2. You must COMPLETE Math 128 before you can enroll in Chemistry 122. 3. Do not take Biol 190 (Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology) before taking a Chemistry course. Being coenrolled in Biology 190 and Chem 121 is ok, but it is recommended you take Biology 190 after Chem 121 and after you have been in college at least one semester. 4. You must finish the Introductory Biology lecture series (Biol 190 and 191) before you can go take Upper Division Biology classes. 5. You must complete the Introductory Lab course (Biol 192) before you can take Upper Division Lab courses. PLEASE NOTE: Your Math placement is the most important step in planning your first semester! Try to get into the highest Math class for which you are prepared. WHICH MATH CLASS SHOULD I ENROLL IN? STEP 1: Check your SAT or ACT scores: - ACT of 28 or above, or SAT of 630 or above in the Math section is required for Math 181. - ACT of 27, or SAT of 610-620 in the Math section is required to enroll in Math 128. - ACT of 22-26, or SAT of 520-600 in the Math section is required for Math 124 (don=t enroll in Math120). -ACT of 17-21, or SAT of 470-520 will place you in remedial math = Math 096 Enroll in the Math which you qualify. This will ensure that a space is reserved for you in this class. STEP 2a: If you do not feel that your SAT or ACT scores reflect the math class you should be enrolled in, then take the Math Readiness Test for the Math that you feel prepared for. -Math 181 Readiness- if you had pre-calc or calculus in high school. -Math 128 Readiness - if you have had, or are ready for, Precalculus and Trigonometry. -Math 124 Readiness if you need further preparation in Algebra. For more info, contact the Math Placement center at www.unr.edu/mathcenter/placement/ Please note: It will take about 2 weeks to get your score. The Math Placement Tests are available now, and all summer up until 2 weeks before the first day of classes. Take the exam as soon as possible, before classes fill up! You will not be able to take the exam during the 2 weeks before classes begin. STEP2b: If you place in a higher math class after taking the placement exam, drop the lower class and enroll in the higher class. AP Exam: If you are in an AP math class, but will not get your AP score until mid summer, enroll in the highest class you qualify for based on your SAT and ACT scores. If you need to, you can switch into a higher math class after receiving your AP score in Math. WHICH ENGLISH CLASS SHOULD I ENROLL IN? STEP 1: Check your SAT or ACT scores: - ACT of 30 or above, or SAT of 680 or above in the Verbal section is required to enroll in Eng 102. - ACT of 21-29, or SAT of 510-670 in the Verbal section is required for Eng 101. - ACT below 20, or SAT below 500 will place you in Eng 098. Eng 098 credits do not apply toward graduation. If you place into Eng 098, you may request a placement evaluation, using a portfolio of writing assignments you have done, or by writing a placement essay. (For more information contact the Core Writing Program: www.unr.edu/cla/engl/cwp) We recommend you try to place into Eng 101 or higher. Fall enrollment: Portfolios need to be turned in to the core writing center before August 12. Sample First Semester Schedules: A: Placed into Math 124: Math 124 3 cr English 101 3 cr Social Science Core 3 cr (Psy 101 recommended as Social Science Core for students heading for health professions) Fine Arts Core, 3 cr General Elective 3 cr 15 credits B: Placed into Math 128: Math 128 5 cr Chem 121 4 cr Eng 101 3 cr Soc Science or FA Core 3 cr 15 credits C: Placed into Math 181 (Calculus): Math 181 4 cr Chem 121 4 cr Eng 101 Soc Science or FA Core 3 cr 14 credits 3 cr Additional advice: In your first semester, try not to take more than one science and one math class - balance your class load with non-sciences. How many total credits should I register for? The decision is really up to you. Just keep in mind that 12-17 credits are a typical load for a full-time student. Some advisors recommend that you keep your class load at a minimum (12-14 credits) until you become acquainted with college life. Other advisors recommend that you take enough courses so that if you have to drop one course, you would still remain in 12 credits and still maintain fulltime status. Options include a recreation class (1 credit) or First Year Experience (AS110, 2 credits) to fill your schedule. Other options include a general elective course or a freshman-level diversity course (e.g. WS101), but remember that these courses will require more study time (i.e. less social time). Core electives: Core electives are very specific courses that meet the requirements outlined by the University Core Board. Everyone must fulfill these requirements by taking university sanctioned classes in various disciplines across the curriculum. During your freshman year the emphasis should be on taking one social science class and one fine arts class; however, not all fine arts and social science classes will count as university sanctioned courses. Before choosing a course, look over the list of classes under the section AUniversity Core Curriculum@ in the UNR catalog. If you have not yet received your catalog in the mail on CD-ROM, it can also be found online at www.unr.edu. General electives: When you have fulfilled every class that is named and required for your degree, you will still need to take 20 to 30 more credits to reach the 128 credits needed for graduation. These are for you to take what you think will be interesting and to explore all that UNR has to offer.
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