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New Student Orientation


Before we get started, here is a great way to stay connected the McClure School - join us on Discord!  

  • The McClure School's Discord server (ECTatOhio) is at https://discord.gg/jmV7bQz - there is a channel just for BSO.  Also, introduce yourself in the General channel so we can assign the correct roles to you.
  • If you are interested in esports, the Bobcat Esports Discord server is at https://discord.gg/ohioesports - this server has a "pick-a-role" channel so you can identify your interests.

We are super excited to have you join the McClure School - this page contains basic information to get you started.  Here you will find basic information that is common for the two degrees we offer, the ITS degree housed entirely in the McClure School, and the Games and Animation degree we offer jointly with the School of Media Arts & Studies. Starting this fall we will also be offering a VR/AR ECT Track inside the ITS degree. At the bottom of the page you will find links to more information for each of these.

Learning Communities

As incoming Freshmen you have received information on joining a Learning Community -- please take advantage of this opportunity. Joining a learning community gives you a weekly check-in with an experienced faculty advisor as well as an OU student leader. You also take the same 2-3 classes as the other members of your learning community, giving you the chance to see familiar faces in class and the ability to talk about your classes will fellow students you will get to know well.

BRICKS - Simplified

BRICKS is OU's new approach to general education. It can be a bit overwhelming to explain all the details.

For now, we just need to look at the requirements you want to address first (there are additional requirements for your Junior and Senior years that you will discuss with your advisor at a later time).  Early on during your time here you are expected to complete basic English and Math courses (in a category called BRICKS Foundations) as well as classes in other BRICKS categories (there are four other categories). Some of these classes are included in your Learning Community courses. You may also already have credit for some of these classes from Advanced Placement and/or College Credit Plus options, so you will work with your advisor to figure out your best options.

BRICKS: Foundations, Written Communication (3 credit hours)

If you still need to complete this requirement, your DARS will tell you whether you should take this class in the Fall or in the Spring.

BRICKS: Foundations, Quantitative Reasoning (3 credit hours)

Here you may need to make a decision.  If you do not already have credit for College Algebra you may choose to take Quantitative Reasoning if you prefer.  However, the ITS/ECT major and various options in Games/VR major require College Algebra. The diagrams below shows you the options.

ITS Majors: You need to be able to take a statistics class and ECON 1030. Both of these courses require either a math placement level 2, or College Algebra (MATH 1200 or equivalent transfer credit).

Games/Animation Majors: At a minimum you need to complete any BRICKS Foundations Quantitative Reasoning shown in your DARS. That could be Quantitative Reasoning, or College Algebra. You need to take College Algebra if you plan to include ITS or Computer Science classes in your plan of study. We also recommend statistics (which requires College Algebra or placement level 2) if your career goals center around game design.

ITS/ECT Math Placement
MDIA Games and Animation Math Placement

BRICKS - other areas

BRICKS has four other areas (Pillars, Arches, Bridges and Capstone). You can check the number of credit hours per area in the diagrams shown below.  Again, you need to make some decisions here. You may already have credit for some of these from AP or College Credit Plus.  Depending on your major, some of the requirements will be met by courses you are required to take.  Your task for this initial registration is to find classes in these areas that are not already covered by your degree choice. Some suggestions are shown following the links for each of the majors shown below.

Each of the four other areas has specific requirements for classes in different areas as well. Your advisor will guide you through these options for your registration during BSO.

    For ITS and ITS/ECT Majors, continue by clicking here For Games and Animation Majors, continue by clicking here
    ITS Curriculum
    ITS/ECT VR Curriculum
    Games and Animation Curriculum