Planning Your Schedule

General Information

Unlike most high school classes, most University of Idaho courses are one semester long. Some courses are continuations of others that must be taken first. These courses that must be taken first are called prerequisites. For example, Chemistry 111 is a prerequisite for Chemistry 112. Other departments offer courses that need not be taken in sequence. For example, History 101 and History 102 have essentially the same structure and objectives, but cover different time periods. History 101, however, is not a prerequisite for History 102. If you plan to take both, you may prefer to take 101 first, although that is not required. In some disciplines, introductory courses are offered at the 200 level—for example, English 257 and English 258 are designed to introduce first-year students to the literature of Western Civilization, and may be taken in any order.

Under the requirements of the UI Core Curriculum, first-year students entering from high school (not students who are transferring from other colleges with 14 or more college credits) must complete an Integrated Seminar for first-year students in either the fall semester or the spring semester of their first year (ISEM 101 sections). The UHP encourages you to enroll in an honors section of an ISEM 101 course in the fall semester.

You will have an academic advisor, but ultimately you must take responsibility for attending to your degree requirements and each semester's schedule. Most departments have a four or five year plan for each major, or at least a check-off sheet of required courses. First, be sure to review the link on instructions for Setting Up Your Vandal Accounts. Consult online advice on Registration for classes; this site also includes links to the Class Schedule for course listings and location and links for course placement information.

Note on typical course/credit load: students are advised to register for 15-18 credits per semester; in general, students need to complete 15-16 credits per semester on average over four years to meet total credits required for degree.

Honors Information

Please refer to this site for the list of fall semester honors courses (note that on the university Time Schedule, honors courses are listed within each discipline's category of courses, such as ENGL for English courses); a listing of honors courses for spring semester becomes available midway through the fall semester. Please refer to this listing when you meet with your advisor and plan your schedule. Fall semester classes open to freshmen are at the 100 and 200 level.

Please pay particular attention to the honors science courses. Honors Chemistry 111 is offered during the fall semester and Honors Chemistry 112 is offered in the spring. An honors Integrated Science course (CORS) is typically offered in the fall semester; there is a possibility of an honors physical science course in the spring, such as Geography 100.

In general, you are advised to enroll in honors sections of core courses so that you do not jeopardize the possibility of earning an Honors Certificate or Core Award (or not meeting minimal requirements for remaining in good standing in the UHP) by registering in non-honors sections of humanities, social sciences, or science classes, or in non-honors sections of English 102 or ISEM 101. Students who plan to make good initial progress towards earning the Honors Core Award or the Honors Certificate should complete at least two honors courses (6 HON credits) by the end of their second semester (including a balance among humanities, social science, science core courses, and perhaps English 102); by the end of the third semester, you are advised to have completed at least four honors courses (total of 12-15 credits).

To maintain your standing (membership) in the University Honors Program, including eligibility to register this fall for spring honors courses, you must enroll in at least one fall honors course (minimum of three HON-designated graded credits). Note that many students enroll in two or more honors courses (and for example, a student who completes at least six honors credits in fall semester will have satisfied the minimum of six credits required to be completed by the end of the second, spring semester). Students who enroll in at least three HON-designated credits their first semester also receive priority registration privileges, enabling them to register in advance of their peers.