Nursing Exploratory students typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab (BIOL 232)
  2. Introduction to Health Systems and Professions (NURS 151) OR a course of your choosing
  3. A course of your choosing*

* If you are interested in minoring in Psychology or in working toward the Spanish for Health Care Certificate, consult with your advisor about your choice of electives.

Nursing Exploratory students take liberal studies courses that will prepare them for admission into the university's School of Nursing. Over four years, nursing exploratory students receive first-rate professional training as well as a broader, liberal arts education. Students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while they learn to appreciate the ethical and spiritual dimensions of caring for others. Students graduate as well-rounded human beings and a moral, intellectual, and professional leaders.

1 st Semester Courses

All Nursing Exploratory students begin by taking Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 232 - lecture and lab), the first of four core science courses required for admission into the School of Nursing.

And like all freshmen, you will take First-Year Experience core courses in philosophy, theology, and English.

That leaves two courses for you to choose.

You should take Introduction to Health Systems and Professions (NURS 151) this or next semester. This course will introduce you to the profession of nursing and more generally health and healthcare systems.

Knowing another language is both enriching and a strong professional credential. Many nursing exploratory students pursue the Spanish for Health Care Certificate, but French, German, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese are other good possibilities. If you want to continue learning a language you studied in high school, you will need to take the language placement exam.

This year or next, you will need to take General Psychology (PSY 201), which is just what it sounds like: an introductory survey of the psychological study of growth and development, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, cognition and learning, personality and social psychology. PSY 201 is a prerequisite for the growth and development class you will take in your sophomore year. If you would like to minor in Psychology, then you will need to use your electives for Psychology courses.

You can also use these courses to explore other academic interests or develop complementary skills. Perhaps, for example, you love literature or think you'd like to know more about how business and economies work. You can also take a course in closely related fields like sociology and social work.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.