Classes & Beyond


Freshman College participants register for 6 or 7 semester hours from a specific list of course offerings. Participants enroll in a 3 or 4 hour course satisfying the general education curriculum (see courses below), a 2 hour service learning course (UNIV 1103-S), and a 1 hour seminar (UNIV 1103).

The Freshman College courses provide academic credit toward graduation. Participants in Freshman College are responsible for completing their registered courses. The classroom requirements are demanding and require a focused commitment of time and effort.

Important Academic Details

A normal semester lasts approximately 15 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Freshman College courses cover the same amount of material in 4 weeks. One day of class during Freshman College is the equivalent of one week of class during a regular semester.

Participants will attend classes Monday through Friday. Morning classes are scheduled from 9:15 AM to 11:30 AM, afternoon classes from 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM, and evening classes from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Registration for Freshman College courses occurs during participants’ Orientation session.

1 credit hour course:

UNIV 1103 – Skills and Strategies Necessary for Success at UGA and Beyond – 1 Credit Hour
This small group seminar is an opportunity for participants to interact with their graduate mentor, build a cohort with fellow Freshman College participants, attend educational workshops to learn about campus and community resources, and reflect on these workshops to prepare them for success during their first year and within their areas of study and academic interest.

2 credit hour service learning course:

UNIV 1103S – Strategies and Life-Skills Needed for Success – 2 Credit Hours
Provides opportunities for students to acquire skills needed to seek and obtain a relevant career, engage in critical and creative thinking to make sound decisions and solve complex problems, and become effective learners throughout their lives. Students work and learn in a collaborative environment beyond the traditional classroom and engage with the Athens community. For more information on UGA Service Learning courses, please visit

3 or 4 credit hour core course options:

BIOL 1103 – Basic Concepts in Biology – 3 Credit Hours
Science as a process, evolution, energy transfer, genetic continuity, complementarity of structure and function, regulation and homeostasis, interdependence in nature. Topics include chemistry of life, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, growth and development, evolutionary biology, principles of ecology.

*Note: This Biology course is for students not majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field.

CHEM 1210 – Basics of Chemistry – 4 Credit Hours
A broad and general examination of chemical principles involving matter, chemical and physical properties, stoichiometry, structure, bonding, and reactivity.

*Note: This Chemistry course is for STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) majors and has a prerequisite of pre-calculus.

CLAS 1020H – Classical Mythology (Honors) – 3 Credit Hours
The myths and sagas of the Greeks and Romans, taught in particular through ancient literature.

COMM 1100 – Introduction to Public Speaking – 3 Credit Hours
The fundamental principles and practices of public speaking, including systematic library research, creative analysis and synthesis of topics, organization, language, delivery, audience adaptation, reasoning, arguments, and supporting materials.

ECON 2106 – Principles of Microeconomics – 3 Credit Hours
Laws governing the use of scarce resources by producers and consumers in market economies, with emphasis on the role played by prices. The consequences of government involvement in the economy are studied, with examples taken from current policy issues.

HIST 2111 – American History to 1865 – 3 Credit Hours
American society, politics, thought, institutions, and economic life from the first settlements to the end of the Civil War.

HIST 2302 – History of Western Society Since 1500 – 3 Credit Hours
Western society from the Renaissance to the present day, emphasizing ideas, culture, and social change.

MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus – 3 Credit Hours
Preparation for calculus, including an intensive study of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. Applications include simple maximum/minimum problems, exponential growth and decay, and surveying problems.

MATH 2250 – Calculus I for Science and Engineering – 4 Credit Hours
Limits, derivatives, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions; linear approximation, curve sketching, optimization, indeterminate forms. The integral, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, areas. Emphasis on science and engineering applications.

*Note: This course has a prerequisite of pre-calculus.

POLS 1101 – American Government – 3 Credit Hours
Government and politics in the United States, including the philosophical and constitutional foundations, political institutions such as Congress and the presidency, political practices such as voting, and civil rights and liberties.

PSYC 1101 – Elementary Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
The phenomena, laws, theories, and history of psychology. Topics include animal and human learning, motivation, perception, individual differences, social behavior, and biopsychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles rather than on application. Students are given the opportunity to participate in ongoing research.

SOCI 1101 – Introductory Sociology – 3 Credit Hours
Basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology, with an emphasis on culture, socialization, social organizations, and major institutions.


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