First Course in Major Guidelines

The following table provides a look at some first courses in the major which can be considered. Other courses can also be considered to help a student explore a potential major of interest or if a student has already earned credit for the first course through previous coursework. Although this list does provide a starting point for students, it is important to discuss a student’s previous experiences and background to determine an appropriate starting point in a major. It is possible a student has already earned credit for an introductory course and/or transferred the equivalent to Simpson from another institution.

If questions are raised about a particular major, the advisor and student are encouraged to contact the department chair of that major to verify appropriate course selections and availability.

Major Area

First Course(s)

Other Courses

Accounting  CPA tract ACCT 201 ECON 100, MAGT 131
Actuarial Science MATH 151 MATH 152, CMSC 150, ECON 100
Art ART 131, ART 121 ART 132
Athletic Training SPSC 122, SPSC 201 BIOL 165, SPSC 240
Biochemistry CHEM 101, MATH 151, BIOL 110 CHEM 102, BIOL 111, PHYS 151/152 or PHYS 191/192, MATH 151/152
Biology BIOL 110, CHEM 101 BIOL 111, CHEM 102, PHYS 151/152 or PHYS 191/192, MATH 130/131 or 140 or 151
Chemistry CHEM 101, MATH 151 CHEM 102, MATH 151/152, PHYS 191/192 or PHYS 151/152
Computer Information Systems CMSC 150 MAGT 131, CIS 145
Computer Science CMSC 150 MATH 151
Integrated Marketing Communication COMM 101 COMM 102, COMM 211 (for students with high English ACT scores)
Criminal Justice CJ 220
Economics ECON 100 MATH 151, MAGT 131
Elementary Education EDUC 114 EDUC 118, EDUC 222
English ENG 209, ENG 212 ENG 110, ENG 116
Environmental Science BIOL 110, BIOL 103
Exercise Science SPSC 201, BIOL 104 NASC 107, SPSC 240
Forensic Science CHEM 101, MATH 151 PHYS 151/152 or PHYS 191/192, MATH 152, BIOL 111
French Start with appropriate language skills course: 101,102, 203/204, 223/224 based on placement
German Start with appropriate language skills course: 101,102, 201, 202 based on placement
History HIST 101 or HIST 111
International Management ECON 100, MAGT 131 Foreign language course
International Relations POSC 101 POSC 130, Foreign language course
Multimedia Journalism COMM 101 COMM 102, COMM 211 (for students with high English ACT scores)
Management ECON 100, MAGT 131 CIS 145
Marketing MAGT 131 ECON 100
Mathematics MATH 151 MATH 152 or MATH 251 or MATH 255 or MATH 265, CMSC 150
Music (B.A.) MUS 001, MUS 101, MUS 151/153, MUS 214, MUS 270, MUS 270PN Please visit with the department chair for further recommendations. 
Music Education (B.M.) MUS 001, MUS 101, MUS 151/153, MUS 214, MUS 270, MUS 270, EDUC 114 Please visit with the department chair for further recommendations.
Music Performance (B.M.) MUS 001, MUS 101, MUS 151/153, MUS 214, MUS 270, MUS 270 Please visit with the department chair for further recommendations.
Philosophy, Applied PHIL 102 or 105, PHIL 109, PHIL 121, PHIL 122
Philosophy PHIL 102, 105, or PHIL 110, or PHIL 121, or PHIL 122, or PHIL 250
Physical Education – Teacher Education SPSC 151, SPSC 116, EDUC 114 BIOL 104, SPSC 201
Physics MATH 151, PHYS 191 PHYS 192, CHEM 101/102, CMSC 150, MATH 152
Political Science POSC 101
Psychology PSYC 101 PSYC 201, 233, 237, or 250
Religion REL 102, 111, 112, 120, or HUM 101
Secondary Education Licensure EDUC 114 and first course in major area EDUC 118
Sociology SOC 101 ANTH 110
Spanish Start with appropriate language skills course: 101,102, 201, 202
Sports Administration SPSC 151, SPSC 214, ECON 100 ACCT 201, COMM 222, SPSC 253
Theatre Arts THTR 101 THTR 121, 123, 130