First Semester Tips for Choosing Classes
Balance class and work hours
- Make a smooth transition into college -- don’t over load yourself with too many units your
- See Planning Your Schedule (243K PDF) for guidance on how many units/classes
you should take
Take English and math classes
- Good communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) and
math are important foundation skills for succeeding in most
college courses and careers
- English and math is required for
all associate and bachelor’s
Enroll in a class that interests you
- Explore your interests for motivation and college success!
- Talk to other students, counselors, and instructors about classes to match your interests.
course descriptions online, in the class schedule,
or the College Catalog.
Take General Education courses toward one of the following
Begin Taking Courses Toward Your Major/Certificate
- Some ‘high unit’ majors have many required courses
that should be begun as soon as possible.
- Some ‘high
unit’ majors include Engineering,
Sciences, Computer Science, Nursing/Dental Hygiene
- Some ‘high
demand’ (impacted or selective)
colleges and/or majors require that certain classes be
completed prior to transfer
- Many transfer major requirements
can be found at Assist.org
courses in the major only (no general education)
- College instructors will expect you to assume more responsibility
for your learning outside of class than in high school
your skills in time management, note taking, studying, preparing
for exams, etc.
Take a P. E. course
- One unit is required for students earning an Associate
of Arts Degree
- Meet new friends and relieve stress