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 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.

ART 108, Section 401; Foundations: Color and Composition

Fundamental development of the effective use of color in visual compositions applied through a variety of materials and techniques. LE: S3

CHEM 115, Section 401, & Lab Section 431; 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. LE: K1, K1L

ENV 101, Section 401, & Lab Sections 431, 432; 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: K2, K2I, R3

GEOG 104, Lab Section 413; The Physical Environment
Introduction to the spatial relations and interactions among the Earth's dynamic systems--atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere (weather, climate, landforms, soils, and ecosystems). LE: K1, K1L

GEOG 111, Sections 401, 402; 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

GEOL 115, Section 401, & Lab Section 431; 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: K1, K1L, R3

HIST 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 240, Section 401: American Indian History
An introduction to the history of the native peoples of the United States with major emphasis upon European contact, the mutual interaction of European and American Indian cultures, and the resulting adaptations and conflicts. LE: K3, R1

HIST 292, Section 401: Origins of Current World Conflicts
Topical course exploring the 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: I1, R2

IDIS 155, Section 401; Interdisciplinary Studies Across General Education Categories
Exploration of topics and issues from the perspective of two or more General Education areas: communications, natural sciences, social sciences, and/or humanities.

PHIL 120, Sections 401, 402; Ethical Reasoning
Prepares students to reason coherently, critically, and creatively about ethical issues by analyzing arguments and positions on contemporary moral problems in light of relevant concepts, distinctions, values, and theories. LE: K3, R3

PSYC 100, Sections 401, 402; 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 100, Section 401; Introduction to Social Welfare
Introduces institutions, values, political perspectives influencing and structuring the well-being of people. LE: R2, I1

PHYS 100, Section 100, & 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, K1L

WGSS 100, Section 402; 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, K3, R1

GEN 100; Foundations of Academic Success
 An integrated program introducing students to University resources and college success strategies. The program assists students in intellectual, personal, and social development to improve retention and academic performance.

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 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 2018:

*All Blugold Bundles fulfill Liberal Education requirement, I.

Exploring Leadership in EDI (limited to Honors students)

SOC 101, Section 541; 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 542; 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 541 (Introduction to Sociology). This course will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom. 


Exploring Study Abroad

In this bundle, students interested in studying abroad can learn more about different cultures, music and study abroad topics.

MUSI 225, Section 201; Global Traditions in Music

Introduction to the sound and concepts of diverse musical cultures from around the world, examining broad historical, cultural, and social contexts of music. Draws on folk, popular, traditional and art music genres. No prior knowledge of music assumed. LE: K4, R2

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IDIS 187, Section 214; 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 MUSI 225, Section 201 (Global Traditions in Music). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different
university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom.  


Exploring Health Professions

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. LE: I

WRIT 116, Section 202 or 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

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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, sections 202 or 203 (Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing). This course will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom.  


Information Literacy

This bundle proposal links WRIT 114: Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing with a one-credit information literacy course, IDIS 187: Seminar in Integrative Learning. 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 reading and writing in WRIT 114. LE: I

WRIT 114, Section 291; 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 

WRIT 116, 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

IDIS 187, Section 207, 213; 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 114, section 291 and WRIT 116, section 201 (Intensive 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.

*Please note: WRIT 114, Section 291 has to be taken with IDIS 187, Section 207
and WRIT 116, Section 201 has to be taken with IDIS 187, Section 213

College Connections

These bundles are 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.

College Connection - Communication Science + Disorders

CSD 150, Section 201; 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

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IDIS 187, Section 202; 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 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.


College Connection - Human Geography

GEOG 111, Section 202; 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

AND

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. 


College Connection - Environmental Biology and Conservation

BIOL 180, Section 201; 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: l1, R3

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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 Biol, Section 180 (Environmental Biology and Conservation). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.


College Connection - Transfer Students

WRIT 120, Section 201, 203; Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students
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

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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 Writ, Sections 201 and 203 (Environmental Biology and Conservation). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.


College Connection – World History since 1500

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. Credits: 3 Outcomes: K3, R2

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IDIS 187, Section 212; 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, Sections 201 and 203 (Environmental Biology and Conservation). This seminar will ask you to integrate content from your different university courses and connect your experiences outside the classroom with learning in it.

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