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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. At the bottom of the page you will find links to more information for each degree.

A video explaining the content of these pages is available.

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.

General Education

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 (Tier 1) as well as classes in 6 topical areas (Tier 2). 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.

Tier 1 English

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.

Tier 1 Math

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 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 Tier 1 Math class. 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.


Math for ITS
Math for Games/Animation

Tier 2 Topical Areas

The areas that make up this requirement are listed below.  Again, you need to make some decisions here.  Overall you need one class per area and a second, additional class in any one of the areas.  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.

Here are the six areas:

  • AS - Applied Science and Math
  • CP - Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • FA - Fine Arts
  • HL - Humanities and Literature
  • NS - Natural Sciences
  • SS - Social Sciences
For ITS Majors, continue by clicking here For Games and Animation Majors, continue by clicking here
Structure of the ITS Degree
Structure of the Games/VR Degree