First Year (Freshman) Advising

Understanding General Education & All-University Requirements

Many students today are recognizing the value of graduating with a degree after 4 years of study (or as close as possible) . Good planning at the outset of your studies makes this much more likely. One way to do this is by choosing classes that double count for both your major and GE requirements - that is, taking one class instead of two. Utilizing these double counting classes can:

The following steps explain the GE requirements and where they overlap with Wildlife major requirements. With this knowledge you can plan your classes as efficiently as possible.

  1. Get an overview of GE and All-University Requirements by seeing this slideshow prepared by the Advising Center: GEAR
  2. Learn about specific choices for your declared major and option. Get the GEAR planner for the Wildlife option you intend to follow:
    Wildlife Management & Conservation or
    Conservation Biology/Applied Vertebrate Ecology.
    (HINT: Scroll down - it's the second page of the document).
    It is helpful to print it out so that you can follow along with the area descriptions.

AREA A - Basic subjects These 3 classes need to be taken by all students regardless of major - and need to be completed within 60 units (~ end of sophomore year), with a grade of C- or higher. The skills you learn in these classes underpin all learning in subsequent semesters - so do not delay taking them.

AREA B - Math & Science The Math Concepts class also needs to be completed within 60 units, with a grade of C- or higher. There are a variety of Area B classes listed in the catalog. However some are specifically required as major classes. These are pre-filled into the planning sheet. Making use of these double counts is very important.

AREA C - Arts & Humanities You will need to complete 9 units of study in this area. Most classes are 3 units, so it may mean that you will take 3 classes in this area. However, some are 1, 2 or 5 units (Music and Languages). Regardless of the units, you need to choose one class from the Arts list and one from the Humanities. The remainder can be chosen from either list (see catalog p. 66 for choices). You may also choose class/es that double count for the Diversity & Common Ground requirement (see below).

AREA D - Social Science You will need to complete 9 units of study in this area, or 3 classes. All classes in this area are worth 3 units.

The next two sections on the GE planner are Upper Division GE & Human Integration. These will be completed during Junior & Senior levels of study - so we will not consider them now, but move on to...

All-University Requirements - these classes can be taken at any time during your studies at HSU.

Continue to Degree Audit Report for Students - DARS »