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First Year Experience Courses

Navigate your first year with ease

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 Learning Communities. 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.

Chemistry 115, Section 401 (Lec) and 431 (Lab): Chemical Principles

A general chemistry lab/discussion experience. Gases, reactions, stoichiometry, solution chemistry, thermochem. Data collection, management,and interpretation. LE: K1, K1L

Communication Journalism 201, Section 401 (Lec): Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Emphasizes knowledge of the factors and processes affecting communication in relatively unstructured face-to-face contexts, and the development of communication skill in those contexts. Topics include relationships, conflict, self-concept, and self-presentation.  LE: K2, S1

Environmental Studies 101, Section 401 (Lec) and Section 431 & 432 (Lab): Sustainability Basics and Beyond

Examine key social drivers that facilitate or limit the sustainability of communities by integrating concepts and skills with personal experience. LE: K2L, R3

Gen 250, Section 741: Academic and Career Exploration

Designed to give students the skills to make informed choices about their lives, education, and careers. Includes career development theory, interpretations of self-assessment instruments, occupational research techniques, examination of a liberal arts-based education, and goal-setting strategies.

Geography 111, Section 401: 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

Geology 115, Section 401 (Lec) and 431 (Lab): Environmental Geology

Study of the physical environment. Emphasis on earth processes which affect humans such as rivers, erosion, groundwater, landslides, and earthquakes. Methods are examined for reducing or eliminating the harmful effects of human interaction with the geologic environment. LE: K1L, R3

History 114, Section 401: United States History Since 1877

Survey with emphasis on concepts and topics considered essential to an understanding of institutions and issues of public concern today.  LE: DDIV, K3, R1

History 124, Section 401: World History to 1500

How global processes such as the spread of agriculture, the growth of long-distance commerce, the rise of cities, the establishment of empires, and the development of religions shaped the lives of men and women from 10,000 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E. LE: K3, R2

HIST 292, Section 401: 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. Film Night Required. LE: DDIV, K3, R1

Interdisciplinary Studies 190, Section 401: Leaders

This is an experiential course analyzing values of the Social Change Model of Leadership, exploring leadership identity/competencies, personal values, identifying strategies for positive change, and discussing current leadership issues.

Kinesiology 294, Section 401: Anatomical Kinesiology

Introduction to human anatomy and the basic structure of the body's major systems. An emphasis will be placed on the musculoskeletal system and an understanding of its relationship to human movement.

Music 110, Section 201: Music Appreciation

Master works and historical eras of Western music; nontechnical, offered for enjoyment and enrichment of cultural background. LE: K4

Physics 100, Section 401 (Lec) and 411 (Lab): 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: K1L

Physics 211, Section 401 (Lec) and 411 (Lab):  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: K1L

Political Science 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

Psychology 100, Section 401, 402, 403 and 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

Social Work 100, Section 401: Introduction to Social Welfare

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

Sociology 101, Section 401: Introduction to Sociology

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

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 100, Section 401: Introduction to Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This course examines how feminist scholarship offers critical tools for understanding how lived experiences of gender, race, class, sex, and sexuality intersect with colonial, capitalist, and other systems of power. LE: DDIV Design for Diversity, K3, R1

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 205, Section 201: American Women's History

A survey of the history of women from precolumbian America to the present. Provides a basis for understanding the historical experience of women from diverse cultural origins including Native American, African American, Asian American, Latin American, and Euro American women. LE: DDIV Design for Diversity, K3, R1

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 222, Section 201: WGSS Introductory Travel Seminar

Introductory study of topics and issues in women's, gender, and sexuality studies with domestic or international travel to locations that relate specifically to the selected topic or issues. Topics, issues, locales, and other academic experiences vary by offering.

GEN 110; 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.

Blugold Learning Communities

First Year students may also consider enrolling in a Blugold Learning Community where students enroll in two courses, linked by a common topic or question. Learning Communities will connect personal experiences and multiple disciplines allowing you to apply knowledge between courses and better understand the value of a liberal education and connect with fellow classmates. 

Theme: College Connection

In this learning community, first year students will learn about campus resources and opportunities, as well as to practice critical thinking skills by looking at what we mean by “Liberal Education” at UWEC. Students will enroll in a “content area” class, and an IDIS 187 section, sometimes taught by the same faculty member. In the IDIS 187 seminar, students will connect their experiences of transitioning to the university to their learning in it, and to connect the various kinds of learning they will be doing in the first semester (and, we hope, throughout their time in Eau Claire). This will be a supportive, collaborative environment to apply new skills and build community as you transition into your first semester in college. 

BIOL 180, Section 281; 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: IL, R3

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IDIS 187, Section 281; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL

 
CSD 150, Section 201: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (must be a CSD major to enroll)

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

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IDIS 187, Section 202; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL


AIS 243, Section 002; Introduction to Contemporary American Indian Communities

Prepares students for intercultural immersion experiences through an introduction to American Indian cultural practices and key federal policies that have shaped contemporary societies. LE: K3, R1

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IDIS 187, Section 204; 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 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. LE: IL

 
GEOG 111, Section 001; 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

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IDIS 187, Section 201; 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 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. LE: IL


WGSS 100, Section 201: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This course examines how feminist scholarship offers critical tools for understanding how lived experiences of gender, race, class, sex, and sexuality intersect with colonial, capitalist, and other systems of power. LE: K3, R1

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IDIS 187, Section 211; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL


SW 100, Section 201: Introduction to Social Welfare

Introduces institutions, values, political perspectives influencing and structuring the well-being of people. LE: R1, I1

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IDIS 187, Section 205; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL


SOC 101, Section 203: Introduction to Sociology

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

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IDIS 187, Section 208; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL


Theme: Residential Based Learning Living Communities

These communities create a dynamic learning environment for students by providing experiences connected to a topic unique to their residence hall and classroom experiences.

HIST/WGSS 205, Section 201; American Women's History

A survey of the history of women from precolumbian America to the present. Provides a basis for understanding the historical experience of women from diverse cultural origins including Native American, African American, Asian American, Latin American, and Euro American women. LE: K3, R1

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IDIS 187, Section 209; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL NOTE: This learning community is reserved for students in the Social Justice Living Learning Community.


BIOL 180, Section 801: Environmental Biology and Conservation

The use and abuse of environmental resources and the problems involved in their management and conservation. LE: IL, K1

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IDIS 187, Section 210; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL NOTE: This learning community is reserved for students in the Outdoor Adventure Living Learning Community.


SOC 101, Section 201: Introduction to Sociology

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

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IDIS 187, Section 206; Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL NOTE: This learning community is reserved for students in the Sustainability Living Learning Community.


SOC 101, Section 202: Introduction to Sociology

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

AND

IDIS 187, Sections 207: Integrative Seminar

This integrative learning first year seminar 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. This seminar will ask students to integrate content from the linked academic course to experiences and opportunities in and outside the classroom. LE: IL NOTE: This learning community is reserved for students in the First Year Residential Experience Living Learning Community.


Theme: Exploring Health Professions

In this learning community, 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 or 204; 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

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IDIS 187, Section 214; Integrative Seminar
This course will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom while learning more about healthcare professions. LE: IL


Theme: Information Literacy

In this learning community, 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 reading and writing in the Writing course.

WRIT 116, Section 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

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IDIS 187, Section 213: Integrative Seminar

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 reading and writing in the Writing course. LE: IL


WRIT 114, Section 201; 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. LE: S1 

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IDIS 187, Section 212: Integrative Seminar

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 reading and writing in the Writing course. LE: IL

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