Animal and Poultry Science
APSC 1504, Animal and Poultry Science First Year Experience, is a course for students new to the Animal and Poultry Science major providing opportunities for students to understand the APSC curriculum and how they can most effectively benefit from it. Students also research, retrieve and evaluate information on topics relevant to the animal science fields. One section of the course is designed to serve transfer students.
Contact: Nada Tamim, firstname.lastname@example.org
BCHM 1014, Biochemistry First Year Experience, incorporates the goals of fostering a community of first year biochemistry majors by introducing them to the field of biochemistry through building awareness of the kinds of questions and problems that can be solved using biochemical approaches and enhanced critical thinking skills.
Contact: David Lally, email@example.com
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
ALS 1234, CALS First Year Seminar, is a collaborative course across several departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences including Agriculture and Applied Economics, Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, Crop and Soil Environmental Science, Dairy Science, Food Science and Technology, Horticulture, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and Life Sciences Undecided. The course promotes a multidisciplinary perspective on agriculture and life sciences by having students explore disciplinary topics and problems and participate in research and inquiry projects.
Contact: Renee Eaton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
HNFE 1114, Orientation to HNFE, provides opportunities for Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise students new to the major to develop their critical thinking skills by applying problem solving skills, using information ethically and effectively to accomplish a specific purpose and making connections across disciplines as they reflect upon and assess themselves as learners.
Contact: Renee Eaton, email@example.com
BC 1214 and BC 1224, Introduction to Building Construction I and II,
incorporate the learning outcomes of problem solving, inquiry and
integration of learning in this two semester course sequence. The
courses approach “whole student growth” by having the students identify
and utilize their own strengths while engaging in the theory and
terminology of the construction industry.
Contact: Thomas Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Architecture + Design
ARCH 1024, Innovative Design Thinking, is offered in the second
summer session to Summer Academy students. It engages first year
students in the learning environment of the design laboratory of
interactive inquiry, experimentation, discovery and syntheses. Students
engage in a series of iterative drawing and modeling exercises. It is
linked with ARCH 1034, also a Summer Academy course.
Contact: Martha Sullivan, email@example.com,
School of Visual Arts First Year Experience
ART 2984, Gateway to Art and Design, provides an overview of the
School of Visual Arts and includes a strong advising component while
informing new students of the possible curricular paths for multiple
visual arts professions. Students explore a variety of resources such
as galleries, museums and guest artist lectures with the goal of making
art a part of their daily and future professional lives.
Contact: Jennifer Hand, firstname.lastname@example.org
ENGE 1215, Foundations of Engineering, is an initial course in the
first year sequence in general engineering. It introduces students to
the profession through data collection and analysis, engineering
problem-solving, mathematical modeling, contemporary software tools,
professional practices and expectations and the diversity of fields and
majors within engineering.
Contact: Mara Knott, email@example.com
Apparel, Housing and Resource Management
AHRM 1104, Introduction to AHRM, has as its focus the majors and faculty expertise within this diverse department. Within that context special emphasis is place on introducing first-year students to the multiple perspectives and forms of academic and creative scholarship within the department as well as the importance of experiential learning opportunities including study abroad, internships, field studies and undergraduate research.
Contact: LuAnn Gaskill, firstname.lastname@example.org
COMM 1004, First Semester Experience in COMM, emphasizes in both the freshman and transfer sections a focus on the integration of existing knowledge about the discipline of human communication and the problem solving skills and strategies needed to explore that knowledge.
Contacts: Buddy Howell, email@example.com and Susan Stinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
ENGL 1004, Introduction to English Studies, prepares first-year English majors for study and inquiry at a research institution. In addition to introducing students to the opportunities available in the English major, the course includes basis principles of research and the writing process and helps students make connections across disciplines as they apply them to academic work.
Contact: Rob Jacks, email@example.com
HIST 1004, Introduction to History, introduces first-year students to the discipline of history via a variety of topics including the nature and types of history and history writing. Emphasis is placed on engaging with a variety of primary materials and sources as an example of inquiry.
Contact: Trudy Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org
HD 2335, Principles of Human Services is an introduction to the basic concepts, techniques, and structures of the human services profession. The course incorporates attention to information literacy, problem solving and the integration of learning within the context of human services.
Contact: Matthew Komelski, email@example.com
International Studies and Political Science
IS/PSCI 1034, Introduction to International Studies and Political Science, introduces first-year students to the fields of International Studies and Political Science and their respective subfields. It provides students with important information to help them succeed in their studies and prepares them for their future careers while focusing on the examination of concepts and issues pertaining to their fields of academic inquiry. The course also introduces students to the basic principles of the research and writing process and focuses on the identification and search of bibliographic sources.
Contacts: Jennifer Hanratty, firstname.lastname@example.org; Courtney Thomas, email@example.com and Brandy Faulkner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Religion and Culture, Foreign Languages and Literature and Philosophy
RLCL 1004, Investigation in Religion and Culture, is a first year experience course for students in the majors of religion and culture, the foreign languages and philosophy. This course, also a general education course, engages students in critical investigations of appropriate issues through scholarly collaboration, with emphasis on reading, discussions and undergraduate research within the context of the theme of “Apocalypse: The End of the World and the Beginning of College.”
Contacts: Aaron Ansell, email@example.com and Matt Gabriele, firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Performing Arts – Music, Theatre, Cinema
MUS/TA 1004, Performing Arts First Year Experience, provides experiences for first year students in which they gain knowledge of the philosophy and resources of the School of Performing Arts. The intent is to support participation in the creative and scholarly life of the School’s programs, learn about the nature and scope of research in the creative arts, and begin to cultivate a common intellectual, analytical, and creative conversation with other students and faculty in the School while fostering a sense of community and understanding across disciplines.
Contacts: David McKee email@example.com and Patricia Lavender, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOC 1004, Introductory Sociology, provides first-year sociology and criminology majors in a section designated for them an introduction to sociological concepts and research as well as opportunities to begin framing social research questions. Additionally, the course provides information about experiential opportunities and careers in sociology.
Contact: Donna Sedgwick, email@example.com
NR 1234, First Year Experience in Natural Resources and Environment,
for freshmen and NR 2984, CNRE Transfer Student Seminar, provide
students with the opportunity to explore a variety of career pathways
from the diverse programs in the college while adjusting to and
benefiting from campus life. With a focus on problem solving related to
natural resources and environmental issues students engage in the work
of the disciplines of the college. The courses help students develop
their sense of identity and relate to the college as their home as well
as encouraging involvement in undergraduate research, internships,
study-abroad, and other relevant programs.
Contacts: Serena Ciparis, firstname.lastname@example.org and Dean Stauffer, email@example.com
BIOL 1004, Biology Orientation Seminar, aims to provide students with
the tools for success in college, strengthen their career plan through
academic advising, and engage students through hands-on problem solving
strategies. Additionally, the course introduces students to the many
resources and opportunities available at Virginia Tech that encourage
Contact: Jack Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHEM 2984, Chemistry First year Experience, promotes the development
of healthy relationships with the culture and content of the chemistry
department and the disciplinary culture at large. The course focuses on
helping first-year students build relationships with faculty, upper
class mentors and each other to prepare them to enter a more
significantly diverse and interdisciplinary dependent scientific
Contact: Jeannine Eddleton, email@example.com
GEOS 2024 and 2004, Geoscience First Year Experience, is an
introduction to geoscientific reasoning methods, written and oral
communication, professional expectations, and career options for
students pursuing a degree in geosciences. Scientific methodology,
empirical reasoning, and the specific application of these methods to
conducting investigations and communicating the results to a
geoscientific audience. This course series is designed to engage
students through learning opportunities and intellectual and practical
skills that are foundational to students’ development into lifelong
Contacts: Madeline Schreiber, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mark Caddick, email@example.com, and Sterling Nesbitt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Math 2984, Discovering Mathematics, I and II, is a fall-spring two
course sequence that introduces first- year math majors to the scope and
applicability of mathematics as well as to its many sub-disciplines and
to other aspects of mathematics likely to be new to students. Through
various activities and assignments, both individual and collaborative,
students will investigate and answer the question “what is
Contact Jessica Hurdus, email@example.com
PHYS 2325, fall semester, and PHYS 2326, spring semester, Seminar for
Physics Majors, provide first-year and transfer physics majors with a
foundation for success in their undergraduate degree and subsequent
careers by focusing on their problem solving skills and their ability to
access information, evaluate existing knowledge and integrate knowledge
and experience across various disciplines. The courses expose students
to the many arenas in which physicists work and help students develop
career plans and goals.
Contacts: John Simonetti, firstname.lastname@example.org and Alma Robinson, email@example.com
PSYC 1024, Pathways to the Psychology Major, and PSYC 2984, Transfer
Student Course in Psychology, are two innovative on-line courses for
first year and transfer students. Both provide a structured and
student-centered introduction to the psychology major. Incorporating
some face to face interactions with on-line pedagogy the course requires
students to interact with information about their major, Virginia Tech,
and the career paths associated with psychology.
Contacts: Cindy Koziol, firstname.lastname@example.org and Kurt Hoffman, email@example.com
School of Neuroscience
NEUR 1004, Neuroscience Orientation Seminar, is an introduction to
the field of neuroscience and includes academic and career planning for
Neuroscience majors. It includes exposure to areas of practice and
research, and opportunities for education, training and employment in
STAT 1004, Experience Learning from Data, gives first-year statistics
students the opportunity to explore the world of statistics and
personally and professionally transition into their first year of
college. The course introduces students to theoretical and applied
statistics preparing them for a professional career or graduate
education by exploring large data sets and analyzing misconceptions and
misunderstandings of statistical concepts. Students also learn about
the roles of statisticians in a multitude of careers.
Contact: Jane Robertson Evia, firstname.lastname@example.org
MGT 1104, Foundations of Business, exposes first-year students to how
business works in a free market economy by developing a foundational
knowledge of various business functions and of current events occurring
in today’s business world. The course incorporates a micro-business
project that maps to problem solving, inquiry and integration skills in
addition to being a hands-on learning experience about the key functions
of a business.
Contact: Steve Skripak, email@example.com
UNIV 1824, Pathway to Exploring Your Future, helps first semester
University Studies majors better navigate the university, engage in
education, and succeed in their college experience. It is designed to
establish fundamental knowledge and skills that facilitate success
during college and to serve students for the rest of their lives.
Various activities incorporate problem solving, inquiry and integration
Contact: Herbert Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org
COS 1015 and 1016, Successful Starts in Science, are first year
experience courses for students living in the Curie or DaVinci Living
Learning Communities. 1015 is a fall course and 1016 is offered in the
spring. The courses provide resources and fundamental skills to
enhance learning experiences and support academic development activities
both in the classroom and within a science-themed residence hall.
Using a “learn by doing” approach students blend technical know-how with
leadership, ethical, interpersonal and professional skills fundamental
to the practice of science.
Contact: Lori Blanc, email@example.com
REAL 1004, Discovering Real Estate, is the first year experience course
for the program in Real Estate. It includes academic planning, career
exploration, and resources for academic success. There is an emphasis
on leadership, team building, communication, the role of ethics and
problem soling in the profession. Both peer and professional mentors
are incorporated in the course.