Course Schedule Planning
Nothing you do at Amherst will be more important than deciding what and how you want to learn. In a school with an open curriculum, and no requirements beyond the First Year Seminar, this can sometimes seem overwhelming. Your College Advisor will be your guide through this process and will want to talk with you about more than just courses. Your Advisor will want to know what your Learning Goals are. Then you can talk about which courses might help you reach those goals. So, in preparation for meeting your Advisor, think about what you are trying to get out of your college experience. There are hundreds of classes offered at the college, browse the on-line catalog. Create a few dream schedules using the Course Scheduler as well as a few exploratory ones. Push yourself outside your comfort zone.
A few things to remember:
- All first year students have been placed in a first-year seminar based on your preferences expressed over the summer. More than 90% of you got one of your top three choices, but even if you got placed in your last seminar choice, I am confident you will have a great experience. All of the courses are writing intensive, so you should end the semester a better writer than you are right now. It is not possible to change your first-year seminar unless you have serious scheduling problems.
- Language courses love to enroll first year students with the hope that you will continue with the language to the point where you become fluent enough to really benefit from a study abroad in a country that speaks that language. If you wish to get advanced standing in a language, be sure to check out the department webpages to find out when and where the Placement Exams are offered.
- At Amherst College, Chemistry is a gateway course for potential biology, chemistry, and biochemistry and biophysics majors, as well as for many students who aspire to careers in the health professions. Introductory Chemistry is taught at three levels: Chem 131, Chem 151, and Chem 155. The latter two are scheduled MWF at 10 AM so it is easy to switch from one to the other if you find yourself at the wrong level. Personalized ecommendations for each of you in Chemistry and Math are in AC_Data under "Tests and Placement".
- Music Courses are a big favorite with students and are half credit music lesson classes. In order to qualify for a music lesson class, you must either enroll in an Intro Music class in your first year at the College or pass a music theory placement exam which is online.
- A few students will be invited to take intensive sections of Math, English, and Chemistry classes. Here you will be in a class or a section of a class which is intentionally kept small so you can get extra attention and lots of feedback to improve your skills.