Courses to Test Interests and/or Abilities in Majors

Trying out "test courses" is one way to determine whether you are interested in a major and/or have the abilities to be successful in it. To identify a test course for a major that interests you, click on the appropriate college to view majors and test courses.

Browse the Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Agricultural Sciences  

Agribusiness Management - AGBM 101 (GS) or ECON 102 (GS), ECON 104 (GS)

Agricultural and Extension Education - AEE 100, BIOL 110 (GN), EDPSY 14, EDTHP 115

Agricultural Science -  CHEM 101 (GN) or 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), BIOL 110 (GN), BISC 3 (GN)

Animal Sciences - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), ECON 102 (GS)

Biorenewable Systems - CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), ECON 104 (GS), EDSGN 100, MATH 110 (GQ) or 140 (GQ), PHYS 211 (GN) or 250 (GN)

Community, Environment, and Development - AGBM 101 (GS) or ECON 102 (GS), ECON 104 (GS), GEOG 160 (GS), RSOC 11 (GS) or SOC 1 (GS)

Environmental Resource Management - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), ECON 102 (GS), MATH 110 (GQ) or 140 (GQ)

Food Science - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), FDSC 200, MATH 110 (GQ) or 140 (GQ)

Forest Ecosystem Management - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), ECON 102 (GS), STAT 200 (GQ) or STAT 240 (GQ) or STAT 250 (GQ); and for some options: MATH 110 (GQ) or 140 (GQ)

Immunology and Infectious Disease - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

Landscape Contracting - ART 20 (GA), BIOL 110 (GN) or BIOL 127 (GN), HORT 101 (GN), LARCH 60 (GA), SOILS 101 (GN)

Plant Sciences - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), HORT 101 (GN), SOILS 101 (GN)

Toxicology - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

Turfgrass Science - BIOL 110 (GN), BIOL 127 (GN), CHEM 101 (GN) or 110 (GN), SOILS 101 (GN)

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

Wildlife and Fisheries Science - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 (GN) and 111 (GN), ECON 104 (GS), MATH 110 (GQ) or 140 (GQ)

Arts and Architecture  

Architecture - ART 10 (GA), ART 20 (GA), ART H 201 (GA;IL), ART H 202 (GA;US;IL), ARCH 100 (GA), MATH 26 (GQ) or higher, submit portfolio

Art - ART 20 (GA), ART 30 (GA), ART 50 (GA), ART 80 (GA), ART 110

Art Education - AED 101S (FYS), AED 225 (GA;US)

Art History - ARTH 1S (GA), ARTH 111 (GA;IL), ARTH 112 (GA;IL), ARTH 120 (GA;IL), ARTH 130 (GA;US;IL), ARTH 140 (GA;IL)

Graphic Design - CAS 175 (GH), GD 100 (GA), IST 110 (GS), PHOTO 100 (GA)

Landscape Architecture - ART 10 (GA), LARCH 60 (GA), LARCH 65 (GA;US;IL), BIOL 011 (GN) and 12 (GN) or BIOL 127 (GN), EARTH 100 (GN), GEOG 20 (GS;US;IL), GEOG 30 (GS;IL), GEOG 115 (GN), GEOSC 10 (GN), SOILS 101 (GN), ART 20 (GA), MATH 26 (GQ) or higher

Music; Music Education; Musical Arts - MUSIC 4 (GA), MUSIC 5 (GA), MUSIC 7 (GA;US), MUSIC 8 (GA), MUSIC 9 (GA;IL), MUSIC 50 (GA), MUSIC 51 (GA) or ensemble courses or private lessons

Theatre - THEA 100 (GA;US;IL), THEA 102 (GA), THEA 189 (GA)

Business  

All majors - ECON 102 (GS), SCM 200, MATH 110 or 140 (GQ)

Actuarial Science - MATH 140 (GQ)

Communications  

Advertising/Public Relations - ENGL 15 or 30 (GWS), ECON 102 (GS), PSYCH 100 (GS), COMM 118 (GS) or 110 (GH)

Film and Video - COMM 150 (GA), ENGL 15 or 30 (GWS)

Journalism - ENGL 15 or 30 (GWS), COMM 160, COMM 180 (GS), COMM 205 (US) (GS effective SP15)

Media Studies - COMM 100 (GS), ENGL 15 or 30 (GWS), COMM 110 (GH), COMM 118 (GS), COMM 150 (GA), COMM 205 (US) (GS effective SP15)

Telecommunications - ECON 102 (GS), ENGL 15 or 30 (GWS), COMM 180 (GS)

Earth and Mineral Sciences  

Earth Science and Policy -  BIOL 110 (GN), GEOG 126 (GS), GEOSC 1 and 20 (GN), PLSC 1 (GS)

Earth Sciences - CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), GEOG 30 (GS), GEOSC 20 (GN), METEO 3 (GN)

Energy, Business and Finance - ECON 102 (GS), MATH 140 (GQ), EBF 200 (GS), ECON 302 (GS)

Energy Engineering, Environmental Systems Engineering; Mining Engineering; Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering - MATH 140 (GQ), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), PHYS 211 (GN)

Geobiology - BIOL 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), GEOSC 001

Geography - GEOG 10 (GN), GEOG 20 (GS), GEOG 30 (GS), GEOG 160 (GS)

Geosciences - GEOSC 1, MATH 140 (GQ), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN)

Materials Science and Engineering - MATH 140 (GQ), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), MATSE 112 (GN), PHYS 211 (GN)

Meteorology - METEO 101 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), PHYS 211 (GN)

Education  

All majors for teacher certification (not RHS or EPP) - EDPSY 14

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education - EDTHP 115, HDFS 229 (GS) (for PK-4) or 239 (GS) (for CEAED 4-8 options)

Education and Public Policy - EDTHP 115

Rehabilitation and Human Services - PSYCH 100 (GS), SOC 1 (GS), RHS 100 (GS)

Secondary Education - PSYCH 100 (GS), course in subject area

Engineering  

All majors except Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Computer Science - MATH 140 (GQ), PHYS 211 (GN), EDSGN 100

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering - CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), PHYS 211 (GN), EDSGN 100

Computer Science - CMPSC 121 (GQ), MATH 140 (GQ), PHYS 211 (GN)

Health and Human Development  

Biobehavioral Health - BBH 101 (GHA), PSYCH 100 (GS), HDFS 129 (GS), BIOL 141 (GN), BIOL 110 (GN)

Communication Sciences and Disorders - PSYCH 100 (GS), CSD 146, CSD 100 (GHA), CSD 230 (GHA), CSD 269 (GHA), HDFS 129 (GS)

Health Policy and Administration - HPA 101, PLSC 1 (GS), ECON 102 (GS), HPA 57 (GHA)

Human Development and Family Studies - HDFS 129 (GS), HDFS 229 (GS), HDFS 239 (GS), HDFS 249 (GS)

Kinesiology/Athletic Training - BIOL 141 (GN), KINES 100 or 141, KINES 101 or 180

Nutritional Sciences - NUTR 251 (GHA), CHEM 110 (GN), BIOL 141 (GN), PSYCH 100 (GS) or HDFS 129 (GS)

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM 101, RPTM 120, RPTM 236

Hospitality Management - HM 201, HM 202

Information Sciences and Technology  

Information Sciences and Technology - IST 110 (GS)

Security and Risk Analysis - SRA 111 (GS)

Liberal Arts  

African Studies - AFR 110 (GS), AFR 191 (GH), AFR 192 (GH)

African American Studies - AFAM 100 (GS), AFAM 110 (GS)

Anthropology - ANTH 2 (GS), ANTH 21 (GN), ANTH 45 (GS)

Archaeological Science - ANTH 2 (GS), ANTH 11 (GS), ANTH 21 (GN), ANTH 45 (GS); BIOL 110 (GN) or CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), SOILS 101 (GN)

Asian Studies - Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, or Korean language classes, ASIA 100 (GH), CHNS 121 (GH), CMLIT 4 (GH), HIST 175 (GH), RLST 3 (GH) [PFP: CMLIT 4U, ASIA 83U (FYS, GH)]

Biological Anthropology - ANTH 2 (GS), ANTH 21 (GN), ANTH 45 (GS), BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

Chinese - Chinese language classes, ARTH 120 (GA), ASIA 4 (GH), ASIA 100 (GH), CHNS 121 (GH), CMLIT 4, HIST 174 (GH), HIST 175 (GH)

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies - Greek or Latin language classes, CAMS 1 (GH), CAMS/HIST 5,  CAMS 25 (GH), CAMS 33 (GH), CAMS 45 (GH)

Communication Arts & Sciences - CAS 101 (GS), CAS 175 (GH), CAS 203 (GS)

Comparative Literature - CMLIT 4 (GH;IL), CMLIT 5 (GH;US;IL), CMLIT 10 (GH;IL), CMLIT 101 (GH;US;IL), CMLIT 106 (GH;IL), CMLIT 107 (GH;IL),  CMLIT 108 (GH;IL), CMLIT 128 (GH;US;IL), CMLIT 130 (GH;IL), CMLIT 143 (GH;US;IL), CMLIT 153 (GH;IL), CMLIT 184/ENGL 184 (GH;IL) [PFP: CMLIT 4U (GH), CMLIT 10U (GH), CMLIT 108U (GH)]

Criminology - CRIM/SOC 12 (GS), CRIM 100 (GS)

Economics - ECON 102 (GS), ECON 104 (GS) (ECON 106 is not a good choice for a first economics course unless the student is very confident in math; it is a very quantitative course that covers most of the material in STAT 200. It is also not a gen ed and not part of the minor.)

English - ENGL 50 (GA), ENGL 111,  ENGL 201 (GH), any ENGL (GH)

French and Francophone Studies - courses in the language (e.g., FR 1, 2, 3, or higher)

German - courses in the language (e.g., GER 1, 2, 3, or higher)

Global and International Studies - GLIS 101 (GS;IL)

History - 100-level HIST (GS, GH)

International Politics - PLSC 1 (GS), PLSC 3 (GS;IL), PLSC 14 (GS:IL),  PLSC 22 (GS;IL) [PFP: PLSC 3H, PLSC 14H]

Italian - courses in the language (e.g., IT 1, 2, 3, or higher), IT 131 (GH)

Japanese - courses in the language (e.g., JAPNS 1, 2, 3, or higher), ASIA 100 (GH;IL), CMLIT 4 (GH;IL), JAPNS 120 (GH:IL), HIST 175 (GH;IL) [PFP: CMLIT 4U]

Jewish Studies - JST 10 (GH)

Labor and Employment Relations - LER 100 (GS), LER 201 (GS)

Latin American Studies - Portuguese or Spanish language courses, ANTH 45 (GS), SPAN 131 (GH)

Latina/o Studies minor - LTNST 100 (GH)

Medieval Studies - MEDVL 107 (GH) or 108 (GH)

Philosophy - PHIL 1 (GH), 3 (GH), or 103 (GH)

Political Science - PLSC 1 (GS), PLSC 3 (GS;IL), PLSC 14 (GS;IL), PLSC 22 (GS;IL) [PFP: PLSC 3H, PLSC 14H]

Psychology - PSYCH 100 (GS)

Russian - courses in the language (e.g., RUS 1, 2, 3, or higher), RUS 100 (GH;IL), GER 143/RUS 143 (GH;IL)

Social Data Analysis - PLSC 1 (GS), PLSC 3 (GS;IL), PLSC 14 (GS;IL), CMPSC 121 (GQ) [PFP: PLSC 3H, PLSC 14H]

Sociology - SOC 1 (GS), 3 (GS), or 5 (GS)

Spanish - courses in the language (e.g., SPAN 1, 2, 3, or higher)

Women's Studies - WMNST 100 (GS;US;IL), WMNST 106 (GH;US;IL) [PFP: WMNST 100U (GS), WMNST 106U (GH)]

Nursing  

Nursing - BIOL 141 and 142 (GN), BIOL 129 (GN)

Science  

Astronomy; Astrophysics; Planetary Science - ASTRO 20S, PHYS 211 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biotechnology; Microbiology - CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), MATH 140B (GQ), MICRB 201*, STAT 200 (GQ)

Biology; Premedicine - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), MATH 140B (GQ)

Chemistry; Physics - CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), PHYS 211 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

Forensic Science - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), FRNSC 100, MATH 140B (GQ)

Mathematics; Statistics - MATH 140 (GQ)

Science - BIOL 110 (GN), CHEM 110 and 111 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ)

*MICRB 201 has CHEM 110 as a prerequisite.


Last Update: June 2016

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