First-Year Academics


All students, including General Studies Program students, are enrolled in 4 four-credit courses each semester.

Some students may also take seminars, labs, and studios for additional credits, depending on their major or major track. All General Studies Program students will be enrolled in a minimum of 17 credit hours each semester (fall and spring).

In their General Studies Program year, students take a combination of introductory major courses, General Studies-specific courses, and courses which fulfill NUpath (core) requirements. The General Studies Specific courses include GENS1101 & 1102 (first-year seminars) and ENGW1110 & 1111 (first-year writing courses).

All GSP students are pre-registered for some of their courses before they attend an orientation session based on their academic track. These courses are required for the student’s intended major, GSP, and/or NUpath. Students should not adjust these courses as they are necessary for successful completion of the first year and ultimate matriculation to sophomore status in the student’s intended major. During orientation each student will meet with their advisor one-on-one to review and adjust this schedule as needed. GSP works closely with the athletics department to build class schedules around practice and travel schedules.