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Majors to Start the First Semester in College

ART MAJORS: The Art Department recommends that students enroll in any entry-level studio or art history course. All would be appropriate. Students should register for the studio course first, since those fill the most quickly.

SCIENCE MAJORS: Because of the sequential nature of the courses, science majors are strongly advised to start courses in the sciences their first semester. In order to take science-for-majors courses, students must have met the QR 101(formerly CS 102 and MATH 055) requirement. The QR 101 requirement can be met by receiving a score of 53 or higher on the Mathematical Proficiency Exam, a calculus AP score of 4 or 5 or an IB score of 7, or college course work equivalent to QR 101 or appropriate mathematical prerequisite. If you have not met this requirement, you will need to take QR 101 your first semester. 

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology—Most students should take Chemistry 110 and Math 131 their first semester. However, students come to college with different backgrounds. To help students navigate the major, and plan for going overseas, we have put together several different scenarios. You can view these optional four-year plans at Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program. If you have questions, contact Professor Julio de Paula, Chair, (jdepaula@lclark.edu; 503-768-7705).

Biology—First semester: Biology 141 and Chemistry 110. You must register for BIO 141 this summer. If BIO 141 is closed, you may take BIO 141 in your sophomore year, but you should still take Chem 110 in your first year. If you received an ENVS AP score of 5, you do not need to take Bio 141. If you received an AP Biology score of 5 or IB of 7, you can use it to test out of BIO 151 in the spring, but you must register for enroll in BIO 141 this summer. If you still think that your AP Biology score would qualify to replace BIO 141, you will need to consult with Professor Ken Clifton, Chair, (clifton@lclark.edu; 503-768-7508) to find out whether you must take Bio 141; for other information go to http://www.lclark.edu/college/departments/biology/ . NOTE: Since official AP scores are not available until mid-summer, you should take the Quantitative Reasoning Proficiency Exam prior to registering for BIO 141 during the first round of registration in June.

Chemistry—First semester: Chemistry 110. If you received an AP Chemistry score of 4, you are exempt from Chem 110. If you received an AP Chemistry score of 5 or IB of 7, you are exempt from both semesters (Chem 110 and 120); however, the department recommends consulting with the Chemistry faculty (Professor Nikolaus Loening, Chair, (loening@lclark.edu; 503-768-7537) or Organic Chemistry Professor Jim Duncan (duncan@lclark.edu) before registering for Organic Chemistry Chem 210). For other information go to http://www.lclark.edu/college/departments/chemistry/.

Environmental Studies—First semester: Biology 141. (Note AP and IB exemptions under Biology.) You must register for Bio 141 this summer. If BIO 141 should close, it is possible to take the course in your sophomore year instead, but it is preferable to take it as early as possible. In order to take BIO 141, students must have met the QR 101 (formerly CS 102 and  MATH 055) requirement.  The QR 101 requirement can be met by receiving a score of 53 or higher on the Mathematical Proficiency Exam, a calculus AP score of 4 or 5 or an IB score of 7, or college course work equivalent to QR 101 or appropriate mathematical prerequisite. If you have not met this requirement, you will need to take QR 101 your first semester. Your first course in the ENVS Program will be ENVS 160, taken spring semester of your freshman year; BIO 141 is ordinarily required as a prerequisite for ENVS 160. If you have difficulty registering for BIO 141 fall semester, please contact Jim Proctor (jproctor@lclark.edu; 503-768-7707) for permission to take ENVS 160 spring semester. The ENVS major requires either a student-designed concentration or second major. Please consult the appropriate Catalog information if you plan on a second major, as this requires careful planning. If you have questions, contact Professor Jim Proctor, ENVS Director (jproctor@lclark.edu; 503-768-7707); for other information, go to http://www.lclark.edu/college/programs/environmental_studies/.

Math & Computer Science—First semester: Math 131, 132, 225 or 233 or CS 171. If you received AP credit in calculus or computer science, consult with Professor Jens Mache, Chair, (jmache@lclark.edu; 503-768-7564); for other information go to http://www.lclark.edu/college/departments/mathematical_sciences/.

Physics—First semester: Physics 151 and the lab, Physics 171 (Prerequisite is Math 131, which may be taken concurrently.). If you received an AP Physics score of 5, consult with Professor Michael Broide, Chair, (broide@lclark.edu; 503-768-7581); for other information go to http://www.lclark.edu/college/departments/physics/.

Pre-health SciencesL&C does not offer a major in pre-health sciences. You can prepare for medical school by taking specific courses. First semester: Chemistry 110 and Math 131 (or appropriate level suggested but not required). Biology 141 (offered first semester) is not required by medical schools. Further information is at Guide to Students Interested in the Health Professions.

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