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LAS 101: Orientation for Open Option and Preprofessional Students

(1-0) Cr. 1. F.

Introduction to all undergraduate colleges. Provides information about university resources and services, assists with a successful academic transition to the university, and helps initiate the process of identifying academic major(s) and eventual career paths. Required of all first-year students in Open Option and Preprofessional Programs. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Undergraduate study in BCBio is jointly administered by the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology, and the Department of Mathematics. The undergraduate B.S. degree is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


The bachelor of science major in Geology prepares the student for a professional career and/or graduate study in the geological sciences. Graduates work to understand natural processes on Earth and other planets. They are able to apply their knowledge of forces and factors that shape the Earth to reconstruct past environments and anticipate future problems. Graduates provide essential information for solving problems for resource management, environmental protection, and public health, safety, and welfare. They work as consultants on engineering and environmental problems, explorers for new minerals and hydrocarbon resources, researchers, staff members in state and U.S. geological surveys, government regulators, teachers, writers, editors, and museum curators. Graduates are able to integrate field and laboratory data and to prepare reports. They are able to make presentations that include maps and diagrams that illustrate the results of their studies.


The curriculum in liberal arts and sciences with a major in statistics is designed to prepare students for (1) statistics positions in business, industry or commerce, nonprofit institutions, and in state or federal government; and (2) graduate study in statistics. Positions include the following types of work: statistical design, data visualization, analysis and interpretation of experiments and surveys; data processing and analysis using modern computation facilities and statistical computing systems; application of statistical principles and methods in commercial areas such as finance, insurance, industrial research, technology, marketing, manufacturing, sports analytics, quality control, and nonprofit organizations, such as institutions involved in health care or medical research.

World Languages and Cultures

World language study should be an integral part of an academic program for most students. The theoretical understanding of and practical experience in language underlie many intellectual disciplines that try to meet the complex problems of contemporary society. Courses offered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures are designed to develop students' understanding of a second culture through the language spoken by that culture.

Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology offers majors in biochemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Biochemists seek to understand life processes in terms of chemical and physical principles. Students in the biochemistry majors develop foundational analytical skills while exploring frontiers in biotechnology and medicine. Graduates in biochemistry will have a rigorous background in chemistry, biology, and physics. Biochemistry coursework focuses on the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, communication, and research design. The Biochemistry degree includes focused specializations towards professional goals, including three prescribed options: Research & Biotechnology , Pre-Medicine , and Biophysics .


Economics teaches the ability to reason clearly and to address complex issues using tools and decision-making models from economics, mathematics, and statistics, as well as concepts from the biological, physical, and social sciences. The study of economics also helps students to: develop an understanding of the interactions of technology, human activity, and the environment; apply systematic approaches to making optimal choices; analyze quantitative information; and communicate concepts and findings to industry professionals, organizations, governments, and the general public. 


For college-level requirements in undergraduate curricula leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science, see College of Liberal Arts and Sciences .

Middle Eastern Studies Minor

The cross-disciplinary Middle Eastern Studies Minor is designed for students who seek to explore the cultures, languages, history, society, politics, international relations, economics, technology, and environment of the Middle East, including the Arab world, North Africa, Turkey, and Iran.  The Middle Eastern Studies Minor’s courses provide the background and training for students whose major fields of study might include Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science, and World Languages and Cultures. The minor should be of special interest to students with interests in graduate studies or career interests in international business, education, translation, law, diplomacy, intelligence, the military, national security, non-governmental organizations, and/or international organizations.

Military Science Program

The Military Science Department is embedded within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as an interdisciplinary program, but does not offer an academic degree. The mission of the department is derived directly from regulations governing Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC), which are issued by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and cannot be modifiable by this department.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

...major. First-year Open Option students take LAS 101 and participate in the HOME learning...