Now that you have a better under understanding of your basic degree requirements, and how credits are applied to your degree, it's time to talk about your first semester at Chapman.
How many credits should I take?
The minimum course load to be considered a full time student is 12 credits (typically 4 courses). The maximum load students can take without petitioning (and paying extra) is 18 credits. Most students will find that a 15-16 credit course load is manageable. However, if you plan to work more than 20 hours per week, or if you struggle academically, you may want to consider taking only 12 credits in your first semester.
To stay on track for a 4-year graduation, you should take 31 credits per academic year. This can be 15-16 credits per semester, or 12 credits per semester plus some credits in interterm and/or summer.
How should I schedule my time?
This is completely up to you. Some students choose to take courses only two or three days per week, others will spread their schedules out over five days. You have the freedom to choose your own schedule. The Academic Advising Center recommends taking courses over at least three days per week in your first semester.
What courses do I take?
Your first semester will be made up primarily of courses from General Education and your major. The only course all freshmen must take in their first semester is Freshman Foundations (FFC 100). The rest of your schedule is completely up to you.
If your major department provided you with a list of recommended first term courses, please follow those recommendations.
First year courses for majors in the Argyros School of Business are provided here - ASBE First Year Courses.
You can use your program evaluation to view which lower division courses are required of your major. In addition, you can access the University Catalog as a reference for degree requirements or contact your specific academic department for your major for questions relating to which major courses to take.
Remember that if you have remaining questions after completing this tutorial, you can call the Academic Advising Center at (714) 744-7959 to schedule a follow-up phone appointment.
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