Aggie Basics for Transfers, Step 2

Students in a atmospheric science class.

Building Your Schedule

We understand it can be a challenge to develop your first quarter schedule. To help guide you through the process please check in with your major advisors and refer to the Aggie 101 modules and CA&ES webinars.  

Remember: everything counts! Whether it's for your major, General Education (GE), or units, every course you take in the fall will meet a requirement. A good quarterly schedule is comprised of 15 units with a combination of major specific courses and General Education /elective courses. 

  • Take one to two upper division major courses as recommended by your major advisor
  • If you haven't satisfied the College English Composition requirement, consider taking one course in composition during your first year: Comparative Literature (COM) 1, 2, 3 or 4, English (ENL) 3, Native American Studies (NAS) 5, or University Writing Program (UWP) 1 or any upper division UWP course ( 101, 102A-N, 104A-J) 
  • Enroll in a CDG course.
  • General Education or Elective courses
    • If you did not complete an IGETC at community college, review the General Education (GE) requirements in the General Catalog. Remember to use Assist to see how your community college courses can apply to GE. 
    •  If you completed a full IGETC your CA&ES General Education, including the College English Composition requirements, are completed. You can take few elective courses - sky is the limit when it comes to explore courses in an area of particular interest to you.
  • If you are interested in two or more areas of study, you should consider completing one or more minor programs
  • Take a First-Year Seminar. These are small, innovative classes that reflect an instructor’s intellectual interests. Limited to 19 students each, these once-in-a-lifetime courses promote intellectual exchange, critical thinking, and community. These 1- or 2-unit courses can be a great way to round out your schedule. 
  •  Stay healthy and fit and take a Physical Education (PHE) course.