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What courses will I take in fall?

While it's impossible to answer this question in exact terms until one of our academic advisors sits down with you and talks with you about your experiences and ambitions, this page will give you a general idea of what to expect when you come to register for classes at Orientation & Registration.

How many classes will I take in the fall term?

We strongly encourage first year students to take three academic 3-credit courses in the fall term. This might not sound like a lot, but consider that this is a full college class that runs for only 10 weeks; the workload in each of your classes will be enough to keep you busy, especially as you adjust to life at college. Furthermore, because students take between 9 and 11 classes each year, you will need to limit yourself to three courses for at least one of the three terms in your first year. It makes good sense to take only three when you are expending much of your energy making yourself comfortable in your new surroundings.

A side note: Many incoming students will sign up for one or two one-credit courses, too. First term students, for instance, commonly earn a credit for an academic skills course, a physical education course, participation in a varsity sport, music lessons, and/ or participation in a music ensemble.

Which three courses should I take?

LSFY 101 (or Honors 101/121)

Every incoming student will take either LSFY 101 or an Honors course (Foundations or Logos). LSFY stands for Liberal Studies First Year: this is our three-course sequence for first-year students that is designed to introduce you to tradition of the liberal arts and hone your foundational thinking and communication skills. LSFY 101 is titled Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts, and aims to improve your writing and oral communication skills. The winter and spring terms (LSFY 102 and 103) will focus on responding to difficult academic texts, and research-based argument, respectively. For further information about these courses, click here).

A Learning Perspective (LP) Course or a Major Course

In addition to LSFY 101, most students will take at least one course in the six Learning Perspectives (LPs) in the first term. The six Perspectives are the Arts, the Individual and Society, Literature, the Past, Human Values, and the Natural World. For some students that will be a course of their choice from the many courses Augustana offers.  For others it may be a course that applies to their major.  At the time of registration, each student is provided a matrix of courses that shows all open courses that fulfill graduation requirements and are appropriate for first-year students.  You can browse a matrix of the general education courses on the Augustana Advising website here. Click on "Matrix of AGES courses" when you get to this page.

Foreign language course

If you are beginning a language or were placed into a 101 language course, we encourage you to take the first term of a foreign language in the fall. At Orientation, you'll learn more about the requirements and your options. For more information about foreign language requirements at Augustana, please click here.

Chemistry 121

If you are interested in biology or the health sciences (pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing, etc...), you will need to take Chemistry 121, the first course in the three-course chemistry sequence (A small number of first year students place out of Chem 121, either through the Augustana Chemistry placement test or by passing the AP Chemistry test). Some students will be required to take Chemistry 120, a one-credit course taken in conjunction with Chemistry 121 to provide additional math support. For more information on chemistry placement, please click here.


Only students in certain majors (biochemisty, chemistry, computer science, math, math education, engineering or the health sciences) should consider registration for Calculus in the first term. Your Math Index score will determine if you are ready for Calculus or need to take a preparatory course. Your Math Index is sent to you by mail starting in May. Calculus courses are offered multiple times throughout the year, so enrollment in the fall term is not required even if you need it for your anticipated major. To learn more about math placement, please click here.

Music, Music Education, Elementary and Secondary Education

Music and Music Education require a particular first term course (MUSC 111.) Elementary and Secondary Education do not require a particular course, but do have significant requirements for a first-year student. If you are interested in these majors, be sure to mention that to your advisor at Orientation.

What if I have some open course slots?

As you can see, there are going to be some students whose schedule is largely set for the fall term: if you are a prospective biology major who would like to fulfill the foreign language requirement, for example, you will need to take LSFY 101, Chemistry 121, and the 101 course of a foreign language.

The majority of students, though, will have one or two courses that they can choose from a large menu of classes. How do you decide which classes to take?

There are two criteria to keep in mind as you look for classes. First, and most importantly, you should seek out a class that looks interesting. Have you wondered what an art history class would be like but have never had a chance to take one? Have you thought about political science as a major but don't really know what a political science course covers? Would you like to continue your study of Spanish or German? Are you fascinated by African culture, or do you love literature, or always wanted to learn to act? There are many courses at Augustana that you might not have had a chance to take: the first year is your chance to explore the curriculum, and in doing so, to explore your interests and ambitions.

The second criteria is to look for classes that fulfill a core curriculum requirement. In your first term, almost any course that fulfills one of the Learning Perspectives will help move you toward graduation. If you can find a course that both looks interesting and fulfills a Perspective, then you are doing two things at once: you are broadening your experience and knowledge even as you work through the requirements for graduation.