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Just for You!

 

The First Year Experience provides two great in class opportunities that are just for first year students! These opportunities are called First Year Only courses (FYOs) and Blugold Bundles. Explore your options for each here!

 
First Year Only

First Year Only (FYO) sections strictly enroll first year students. Your FYO will have a dedicated faculty member and a student mentor who is there to answer your questions, announce upcoming events and help you navigate UW-Eau Claire.

FYOs Fall 2016:


BIOL 180, Section 401, Lab Sections 431, 432, 433. Environmental Biology and Conservation

An introduction to natural resource conservation. Problems associated with the use and abuse of America's resources are studied in an ecological framework. Resource management methods are explored.  LE: R3, I1

CHEM 115, Sections 401. Chemical Principles

Principles of chemistry, including chemical properties and the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical bonding, equilibria, thermodynamics, acid-base reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions and complexation reactions.

GEOG 178, Section 401. Conservation of the Environment

The use and abuse of environmental resources and the problems involved in their management and conservation LE: I1

PSYC 100, Sections 401, 402, 403, 404. Introduction to Psychology

Human behavior, learning, thinking, motivation, perception, emotion, behavior disorders, personality, psychological tests, social behavior, and selected applications of psychology. LE: K2

SW 101, Section 401. Introduction to Social Welfare

Introduces institutions, values, political perspectives influencing and structuring the well-being of people. LE: R2, I1

CJ 105, Section 401. Communication in Contemporary Society

Critical analysis of the roles of producers and consumers of messages in interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication. Emphasizes social, economic, and political implications of media convergence in a democratic and global society. LE: K3

WMNS 100, Section 401. U.S. Women's Experience: Gender, Race, and Class

Interdisciplinary introduction examining how issues of identity, body image, sexuality, relationships, work, welfare, health, crime, the military, the environment, and global corporate economy are affected by the lived experience of gender, race, and class in the United States. LE: K3, R1.Plus DD

HIST 292, Section 401. Origins of Current World Conflicts

Topical course exploring historical origins of current world conflicts. Causes and forms of conflict include evolution of human rights, ethnic-racial and class divisions, imperialism and decolonization, nationalism, political ideologies, total war, terrorism and comparative revolutions. LE: R2, I

POLS 110, Section 401. American National Politics

Analysis of major components of American national politics. Includes examination of the individual's ability to affect politics, and the impact of politics on individual lives. LE: K2, R3

POLS 122, Section 401. Introduction to World Politics

Introductory course for the study of world politics. Focus includes states, international organizations (private and public), and other global interaction influencing and shaping world politics. LE: K2, R2

PHYS 100, Section 401, Lab Sections 411, 412. Physical Science

A conceptual study of physics using ideas of force and energy to understand motion, properties of matter, sound, light, and electricity and magnetism.  LE: K1

PHYS 211, Section 401, Lab Section 411. General Physics

Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound. Designed for students who desire a one-year non-calculus course in physics. Proficiency with algebraic and trigonometric operations is expected. LE: K1

WRIT 114, Sections 401, 402. Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing

Development of college-level reading, writing, and research skills within a section-specific theme. Emphasis on rhetorical knowledge, information literacy, digital literacy, and writing craft. Course fulfills University Writing Requirement. LE: S1

WRIT 116, Section 401. Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing

Development of college-level reading, writing and research skills within a section-specific theme. Emphasis on rhetorical knowledge, information literacy, digital literacy, and writing craft.  LE: S1

Blugold Bundles

You may also consider enrolling in a Blugold Bundle which consists of two or more courses or experiences linked by a common topic or question. Bundles will connect personal experiences and multiple disciplines allowing you to apply knowledge between courses and better understand the value of a liberal education.

Bundles Fall 2016:

*All Blugold Bundles fulfill Liberal Education requirement I.

 

Global Health and Sustainability

Can global environmental and health issues be resolved through implementation of sustainable practices? In this bundle we explore sustainable solutions to environmental problems that impact public health. We draw on the fields of ecology, public health, and the social and behavioral sciences to examine the use of sustainability practices to meet critical health and environmental concerns in various international settings.

GEOG 178, Section 201;Conservation of the Environment

The use and abuse of environmental resources and the problems involved in their management and conservation. LE: I1

AND

ENPH 110, section 201;Introduction to Environmental Health

Health-oriented problems in the environment with attention directed to air and water pollution, solid waste, housing, occupational health and safety, food sanitation, animal zoonoses, ecology of health and disease, radiological health, energy, and global environmental health.

Bundle: I

The Hero/ Heroine's Journey

The college experience—particularly the first year—is a rite of passage for many students. Using "a hero's journey," a narrative pattern identified by Joseph Campbell, this bundle will explore the hero and heroine's journey throughout a variety of stories.In addition, it will explore how, using the lens of the hero/heroine's journey, students can critically examine changes in their own life.

ENGL 150, section 202: Introduction to Literature

Appreciation and analysis of great works of literature in fiction (short story and novel), poetry, and drama, through the application of a range of critical techniques. LE: K4

AND

GEN 110, 705;Strategies for Academic Success

Designed to assist student development of successful academic and personal strategies necessary to meet demands at the college level by formulating educational goals, examining effective learning strategies, and making informed decisions.

Bundle: I

Exploring Liberal Education

As new first year students embark on their journey toward a UW-Eau Claire liberal education degree, it is important that they understand how to process the diverse elements of knowledge that make up a liberal education. In this bundle, students will learn more about what we mean by "Liberal Education" at UWEC and critically analyze each element of the new LE core individually and as part of the overall educational structure. This bundle also aims to facilitate effective transition to university life and help students find value in all coursework and experiences throughout their college career.

 IDIS 187, Section 206;Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom. This section of IDIS 187 is linked with Soc 101, Section 206 (Introduction to Sociology). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

AND

SOC 101, Section 206;Introduction to Sociology

Introduces students to sociological perspectives of human social behavior, social structures, interaction,
socialization, culture, institutions, and social
change. LE: K2, R1

OR

CJ 105, Section 241;Communication in Contemporary Society

Critical analysis of the roles of producers and consumers of messages in interpersonal, group, organizational, and mass communication. Emphasizes social, economic, and political implications of media convergence in a democratic and global society. LE: K3

Bundle: I

The Language of Liberty

This bundle will explore the concept of liberty from cultural, linguistic and historical perspectives. Students will interrogate their own conceptualization of liberty and be able to discuss and analyze how different cultures and time periods have produced different interpretations of an idea that remains prescient in the United States today.

HIST 125, Section 202;World History Since 1500

A global history of humankind. Emphasis on the growth of international commerce, the rise and fall of empires, industrialization and deindustrialization, and changes in types of governance, belief systems, gender structures, and the environment. LE: K3, R2

AND

French 101, Section 201;Beginning French

An introduction, within a cultural context, to the sounds and structures of French. Emphasis on both the spoken and written language. LE: S1

Bundle: I

Critical Approaches to Public Speaking

Description: In this bundle, we will not only explore how to create and deliver speeches but critically examine how information is created and delivered. In IDIS 187, students will critically evaluate and reflect upon their own use and selection of information, explore the social, economic and political context in which information is created, consumed, manipulated and used, and conduct research using a variety of resources to support their speeches in CJ202.

CJ 202, Section 241;Fundamentals of Speech

Fundamentals of effective public speaking from both speaker and listener perspectives. Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of student speeches. Special attention given to topics related to cultural diversity LE: S1

AND

IDIS 187, Section 207;Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom. This section of IDIS 187 is linked with CJ 202, Section 241, Fundamentals of Speech. This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

Bundle: I

EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness) and Leadership

In this bundle, students interested in the concepts of equity, diversity and inclusiveness can learn more about these topics and how to implement them through leadership settings.

WMNS 100, Section 201;U.S. Women's Experience: Gender, Race, and Class

Interdisciplinary introduction examining how issues of identity, body image, sexuality, relationships, work, welfare, health, crime, the military the environment, and global corporate economy are affected by the lived experience of gender, race, and class in the United States. LE: K3, R1 Plus, DD

AND

IDIS 187, Section 208;Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom. This section of IDIS 187 is linked with WMNS 100, Section 201 (Women's Experience: Gender, Race, and Class). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

Bundle: I

Exploring Healthcare

In this bundle, pre-health professions majors will have an opportunity to explore the variety of career opportunities in the healthcare field and work with this information as they learn to read and write critically in WRIT 116.

WRIT 116, Section 203;Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing

Development of college-level reading, writing and research skills within a section-specific theme. Emphasis on rhetorical knowledge, information literacy, digital literacy, and writing craft. LE: S1

AND

IDIS 187, Section 209;Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom. This section of IDIS 187 is linked with WRIT 116, Section 203 (Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

Bundle: I

First Year Pre-Nursing: How Do We Know What is Best for Our Patients?

This bundle serves aspiring nursing students in their first semester, giving them opportunities to discuss issues in nursing and to work with these issues in rhetorical contexts, learning to read and write critically. Students will also have the opportunity to develop as a cohort of future nurses.

NRSG 105, Section 201;Dilemmas of Knowledge in Nursing and Healthcare

An introductory course on significant problems in nursing and healthcare. Explores ways that knowledge is discovered and used to describe and develop effective solutions.

AND

WRIT 116, Section 201 or 202;Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing

Development of college-level reading, writing and research skills within a section-specific theme. Emphasis on rhetorical knowledge, information literacy, digital literacy, and writing craft. LE: S1

Bundle: I

College 1

This bundle is designed to help students transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom.

IDIS 187, section 201;Integrative Seminar

This section of IDIS 187 is linked with GEOG 111, section 206 (Human Geography). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

AND

GEOG 111, section 206;Human Geography

The basic elements, processes, distributions, and problems associated with cultural groups: their principal ways of life, interrelationships with the natural environment, and socio-cultural diversity. Topics include: population, race, language, religion, political ideologies, and economic systems. LE: K2, R2

Bundle: I

College 2

This bundle is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom.

IDIS 187, Section 202; Integrative Seminar

This section of IDIS 187 is linked with CSD 150 (Communication Sciences and Disorders). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

AND

CSD 150; Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Survey of basic human communication sciences and disorders, plus related professions. Development and characteristics of normal communication behavior; nature, causes, signs, symptoms, and interventions for communication disorders of speech, hearing, and language. LE: K2, R3

Bundle: I

 

College 3

This bundle is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom.

IDIS 187, Section 203; Integrative Seminar

 This section of IDIS 187 is linked with HIST 125, Section 201 (World History Since 1500). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

AND

HIST 125, Section 201;World History Since 1500

A global history of humankind. Emphasis on the growth of international commerce, the rise and fall of empires, industrialization and deindustrialization, and changes in types of governance, belief systems, gender structures, and the environment. LE: K3, R2

Bundle: I

College 4

This bundle is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities, practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom.

IDIS 187, Section 204; Integrative Seminar

This section of IDIS 187 is linked with POLS 110 (American National Politics). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

AND

POLS 110, Section, 201, American National Politics

Analysis of major components of American national politics. Includes examination of the individual's ability to affect politics, and the impact of politics
on individual lives.
LE: K2, R3

Bundle: I

College 5

This bundle is designed to help you transition to the university, learn about important campus resources and opportunities,
practice skills necessary for college success, and cultivate a sense of community both inside and outside of the classroom.

IDIS 187, Section 205;Integrative Seminar

This section of IDIS 187 is linked with Geog 111, Section 201 (Human Geography). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.  

AND

GEOG 111, Section 201;Human Geography

The basic elements, processes, distributions, and problems associated with cultural groups: their principal ways of life, interrelationships with the natural environment, and socio-cultural diversity. Topics include: population, race, language, religion, political ideologies, and economic systems. LE: K2, R2

Bundle: I

What it Means to be Human

*This bundle is not a restricted FYO but has many seats reserved for first year students!

Description: In this bundle, we will explore what it means to be human through the integrated coursework of Psychology 230 and English 150. These two classes together will give students a fuller, richer understanding of what joins all of us, physiologically, psychologically, imaginatively, and socially.

PSYC 230, Section 202;Human Development

Broad overview of theories and research on cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development from conception to death; environmental factors, such as family, school, peers, work, and cultural context; and biological factors that shape development. LE: K2, RI

AND

ENGL 150 Section 201;Introduction to Literature

Appreciation and analysis of great works of literature in fiction (short story and novel), poetry, and drama, through the application of a range of critical techniques. LE: K4

Bundle: I

Ask about these great opportunities during orientation or your advising meeting!


Instructors-Please consider becoming a part of UW-Eau Claire's first year programming and contact Dr. Louisa Rice.