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BSO: Your Class Scheduling Guide

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OVERALL GUIDELINES ON BUILDING YOUR SCHEDULE

  • You need approx 15 hours each term — that's five classes, in which three are required VICO classes. All first-year students, regardless of major, must take VICO 1414, VICO 1421 and VICO 1000.
  • Take ENG (first-year English course) when indicated on your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System). For Visual Communication students, this is usually during the spring semester.
  • LCOM 1000 will enroll you in UC 1900. You'll also sign up for the three required VICO courses, and a Tier II course.

Download the how-to handout: Reading Your Dars and Registering

THE TIER SYSTEM

The university has grouped general required coursework into Tiers:

TIER I: These are English composition and math courses. You will take an English composition class in your first year (usually spring for VICO majors – check your DARS) and another composition class in your third year. You are required to take a mathematics course. When you take VisCom’s PHIL 1200 requirement, that will also satisfy the university TIER I math requirement.

TIER II: You must take at least 2 credit hours in each of six different areas and a total of 21 hours. VisCom requires a specific group of general liberal arts classes (listed just under “College Requirements” on your DARS) that also count for some of the Tier II requirements. While there are many classes that count for Tier II, the General Liberal Arts Requirements are specific courses that you MUST take anyway — most will satisfy both requirements (a “double dip”). Careful selection of Tier II vs. General Liberal Arts Requirements will prevent some frustration.

TIER III: This is a senior-level course. When you take the final VICO course in your major as a senior, it will satisfy this requirement. Do not take a Tier III before you are a senior or it will NOT count!

PREREQUISITES

Prerequisites are courses you must have completed BEFORE you can register for a class. Pay attention to the prereqs for classes you will be required to take. Plan ahead on your own, and seek help from your advisor when needed.

YOUR FIRST-YEAR FALL SEMESTER SCHEDULING GUIDE

Your goal is to build a schedule that satisfies both school and university requirements, and provides balance in your life. Construct a schedule of about five classes, so that you average a total of 15 credit hours per term. Make sure that you meet the requisites (or can get instructor permission, if necessary) for each course you plan to take.

For the required classes listed below stating that permission is necessary to register for the course, your BSO advisor will provide that permission for you.

You will need to register using your MyOHIO Student Center. Here is a link to a video explaining how to register using your MyOHIO site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=BGG4wFLbPTI&feature=emb_logo 

Once you are ready, follow these steps...

IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY

STEP 1
Choose the particular learning community in which you wish to be enrolled or have already selected.

Learning Community A for any VisCom major
LCOM 1000-205 (# 13766), or LCOM 1000-206 (#13767)
UC 1900, VICO 1000, VICO 1414, VICO 1421
... and then proceed to step 3, below.

Learning Community B for any VisCom major
LCOM 1000-207, (#13768), or LCOM 1000-208 (#13769)
UC 1900, VICO 1000, VICO 1414, VICO 1421
... and then proceed to step 3, below.

Learning Community C for any VisCom major
LCOM 1000-209 (#13770)
UC 1900, VICO 1000, VICO 1414, VICO 1421
... and then proceed to step 3, below.

IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY

STEP 1
For fall, all VisCom majors must take the following three courses.

VICO 1000: Introduction to Studies in Visual Communication (# 4473 | TTh 10:30-11:50)

VICO 1421: Intro to Photography LECTURE # 4491 | MW 10:45 – 11:40 AM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

VICO 1414: Intro to Design LECTURE # 4486 | MW 2:00 – 2:55 PM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

STEP 2
You must choose a lab to go with your VICO 1414 and VICO 1421 lectures.

VICO 1421: Intro to Photography LAB # 4487 | M 11:50 AM – 1:50 PM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

VICO 1421: Intro to Photography LAB # 4488 | M 11:50 AM – 1:50 PM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

VICO 1421: Intro to Photography LAB # 4494 | M 3:05 – 5:05 PM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

VICO 1414: Intro to Design LAB # 4492 | W 11:50 AM – 1:50 PM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

VICO 1414: Intro to Design LAB # 4493 | W 11:50 AM – 1:50 PM ((ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

VICO 1414: Intro to Design LAB # 12461 | W 3:05 – 5:05 PM (ONLINE APPROVAL REQUIRED)

STEP 3
Add ONE reading-intensive course from the College Requirements list.

SOC 1000 (Tier 2SS), PSY 1010 (Tier 2SS), PHIL 1300 (Tier 2HL), ANTH 1010 (Tier 2CP),
HIST ____, or POLS ____ (Many 1000 or 2000-level HIST & POLS classes fulfill Tier 2 requirements)

STEP 4
Pick JUST ONE of the options here for a balanced schedule:

Option 1: Add any Tier 2 Applied Science or Tier 2 Natural Sciences (if you feel you are strong in this area).

Option 2: Add UC 1100 “Learning Strategies” (2 credits) — for students who value improving their study skills and strategies. This is an excellent class for someone just entering college.

Option 3: If they are available, you might consider a required ART foundation course such as:
ART 1200, ART 1210, ART 1220, ART 1230, ART 1161, ART 1171, ART 1191 (NOT ART 1100 or 1141).

STEP 5
At this point, most students will have a 15-hour schedule, the minimum needed each term to graduate on-time. If more hours are desired (entirely optional), add any 1-2 credit-hour elective, but remember, it’s wise to not exceed 17 hours per term. Here are some suggestions:

GLC 1000 “The Global Experience” (1 cr). This is a course for students interested learning about the Global Leadership certificate and global issues, no commitment to do certificate.

REC 1000 “Wilderness Living Skills” or REC 1130 “Canoeing” or
REC 1140 “Kayaking” or REC 1200 “Mountain Biking” (1 credit).
These courses may require a weekend trip in fall.

FINAL EXAMS

Your Final Exam schedule is Online NOW. Be sure that you consult it before scheduling departure plans at the end of semester.

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