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 first semester
- 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 degrees
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.
- Read course descriptions online, in the class schedule, or the College Catalog.
Take General Education courses toward one of the following general goals:
- AA Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences
- California State University Breadth Requirements ( for CSU transfer)
- Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (for transfer to CSU, University of California-- most majors, some private colleges)
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)
- LPC certificate and degree requirements are in the College Catalog
Enroll in College Study Skills – Psychology-Counseling 15 (PSCN 15)
- College instructors will expect you to assume more responsibility for your learning outside of class than in high school
- Learn/improve 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