Science Education/Physics First Term Enrollment Selection Guide

Welcome to Science Education!

Please READ THIS GUIDE before making selections in FTES. Selecting your first-term courses involves the following steps:

  • Review this guide and all related materials found on links in the FTES form itself.
  • Complete each page of FTES and save all entries by clicking “Save to Submit Later” at the top of the page after you have entered new information.
  • Take appropriate placement exam(s).
  • Communicate with your Arts and Sciences or Honors Program Enrollment Advisor.
  • Submit your finalized FTES by the June 21, 2021 deadline, using the Submit Final Course Selections button.
  • Contact School of Education advisors for questions at 1.315.443.9319, Monday to Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by email at any time.

You will refer to the Science Education/Physics Courses Available section (below) when you work on page 3 of the FTES, where you are asked to make choices for additional liberal arts courses.

Below are:

FTES Page 1: Required Courses and Student Data

  1. Check the information at the top of the page and report any errors.
    • Although two emails may be listed for you, you MUST be sure to check your SU email, and many things will be sent there.
    • As a student in the Science Education/Physics program, you will have a program of study that combines the Liberal Arts Core, the physics major and professional Education courses. Together these two majors prepare you for teaching Physics in grades 7-12. If your intended major is incorrect or you have changes you would like to make to it, please let your enrollment advisor and your School of Education advisor know, so course adjustments can be made, and, if appropriate, the change might be made this summer.
  2. In the next section, answer the questions on the left.
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    • Your academic advisor in the School of Education works together with your Arts and Science advisor or Honors Program advisor to develop your fall schedule. We all work together with the goal of making your first registration as smooth as possible!
    • The “additional program information” on the right refers to special options you may (or may not) have selected, such as the Renee Crown Honors Program, or one of the SU learning communities. Please let us know if you think something is not correct. If you are not in an additional program, it will say “No additional information”.
    • Note the link to placement exams that you may need to take (no later than June 21).
      • Students in this program must take calculus and, thus, take the mathematics placement exam. Your mathematics courses serve both to meet the quantitative skills requirement and a natural science/mathematics divisional perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Core.
        • However, there is also a language requirement for education which can be met with either successful completion of LEVEL 3 in high school, OR one college level language course.
      • If you will need a language course to meet education’s one-course requirement, or hope to continue in a language, take the exam(s) for the appropriate language(s), even if you are beginning a new language. Some languages will require that you take an in-person portion during opening week.
      • Note: Students who require disability-related accommodations on placement exams should contact the Center for Disability Resources in advance at 315.443.4498.
  3. Required courses section.
    • All A&S first year students take FYS 101. If you are in the Renee Crown Honors Program, you will also take HNR 100. These are courses that assist in orienting you toward Syracuse University and college life.
    • If you will be part of the Education living/learning community, you will also take EDU 101.
    • All students must select one of the options in the Writing section
    • WRT 105 is the study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies. Focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation. It is the course taken by most (native speakers of English) students.
    • Most students whose native language is other than English will take ENL courses to meet the writing requirement. A placement test taken after you arrive at Syracuse University will determine which course you should start.
    • Make a choice from the Physics options, if you have either completed calculus, or your math placement test places you into calculus. Students who place into precalculus may want to try to take a college pre-calculus course this summer so that they are ready to begin calculus and physics in the fall.  Speak with an advisor about this.
    • Select a math course from the option(s) given at the bottom of page 1, based on your placement exam and any previously completed college credit for math. If you are given the option of MAT 285 or MAT 295, you must select MAT 295 (or MAT 296, if you expect to enter with MAT 295 credit) for your major. If you are given the option of MAT 194 or MAT 221, students in this major must select MAT 194 (Precalculus), unless college-level precalculus will be completed before their first semester.

FTES Page 2: College-Level Credit

  1. If you took AP, IB, SUPA, or transfer credit from other institutions, even if you are not yet sure of your score/grade, please complete page 2 of your FTES form.
    • Write down the names of all exams (AP, IB, CLEP), and/or transfer courses that you completed so that we do not enroll you in a similar course for the fall semester. Some courses might not be accepted for your particular program. However, you should write down all AP, IB, CLEP, and/or transfer courses so that your enrollment advisor will have complete information. To ensure that you are awarded the appropriate credit.
    • In the case of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), confirm that you placed an order or formal request to have those scores sent to our Admissions Office. If you are not sure you did so, follow up with your guidance counselor to find out how to order test scores. If the SU Admissions Processing Office has the scores, your enrollment advisor will receive the score report from them.
    • When entering AP/IB/CLEP courses into your FTES form, write the full examination title and score, if you know it. If you do not know the score, enter the examination title anyway.
      E.g. English Language and Composition is the title for an AP exam. “Writing” or “English” is not the title.
    • In the case of Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) or other SU courses, your grades will appear on your SU transcript and will become part of your grade point average and credits as you continue your studies.
      • When entering Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)/other SU courses into your FTES form, write the full course title.
        E.g. Foundations of Human Behavior-or- Interpretation of Fiction
    • If you have taken a foreign language through an accredited college or university, you will be required to provide a copy of the detailed course syllabus to the appropriate language coordinator in the Languages, Literature, and Linguistics department, along with a completed petition. If you will be continuing with the language, it would be a good idea to try to start this in the summer. If you will not, you can either start the process this summer, or wait until the fall.  You should discuss this with your School of Education advisor.  You should also take the placement exam in the language, if you plan to continue studying it.
    • In the case of other potential transfer credits from other colleges, you must request that the college/university send an official paper copy of the transcript through regular mail to:
      Advising and Career Services
      College of Arts and Sciences
      323 Hall of Languages
      Syracuse University
      Syracuse, NY 13244-1170
      Please note: The transcript is official if it arrives in an envelope sealed by the school itself. It may not be opened by the student or any person other than the SU official who receives it. If the envelope is sent to you, please leave it sealed as is. Place it in another envelope and send it to the address above. If a college or university informs you that they now have a “safe” electronic transmission system, your transcript can be sent by the college to Arts and Sciences via email to

      • When entering course titles and college names for courses taken at other colleges, write the complete course number and name of the college course and the complete name of the college or university
    • Whether the transcripts and score reports have been sent or not, please enter complete information on the courses you have taken in the appropriate sections on page 2. You may enter more than one examination or course in each section by clicking on the plus sign ( + ) to the right of the blank line. Additional lines will then display for you to enter information. Use the minus sign ( – ) if you want to delete the space or information you entered.

FTES Page 3: Course Selections

  1. Choosing additional courses.
    On this page, you will enter your additional “course choices”. The page has four boxes, however you may not need all four boxes if you do not have college-level credit for Mathematics or Writing. Read the heading in each box and enter choices as directed. You can choose your courses from the Courses Available section (below). Students who are part of the Renee Crown Honors Program and will not be taking WRT 109 or PHY 215 in the first semester, will work with an advisor to carefully choose an appropriate honors course to be entered on this page.

    • Box A, B, and C will be filled with social science and humanities selections – courses that will meet Liberal Arts Core (LAC) requirements and, in some cases, specific Science Education/Physics requirements.  You will eventually complete 4 social science courses, and 4 humanities courses.  Before selecting courses from the Courses Available list, you might want to look at the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) guide to begin planning your 4 courses, and keep in mind that eventually all Science Education students must include within these courses:
      • a history course (from humanities or social sciences)
      • a social science other than history or psychology
      • a humanities course emphasizing artistic expression, such as HOA or HOM courses, or AAS courses about art or music
      • a humanities course other than history or artistic expression
      • a multicultural course from the humanities or social sciences.  Because of limited elective space in your program, we strongly recommend you consider a multicultural course that will also meet other LAC requirements.  Some courses to consider because they will also meet three Liberal Arts Core requirements include: humanities courses – ANT 185, ENG 182, WGS 101; and social science courses – GEO 171, GEO 272, MAX 123 and MAX 132.
    • Keeping the information above in mind, consult the Courses Available list and
    • Box A: Enter three social science or humanities, preferably one of each and a third course of your choice from either social science or humanities.
    • Box B: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Writing/College Composition. If you reported on page 2 that you will receive AP, IB CLEP, SUPA, or other college-level credit for Writing, you will need to choose a course to replace the writing course mentioned on page 1.
    • Box C: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Physics. If you reported on page 2 that you will receive AP, IB, SUPA or other college-level credit for Physics, you will need to choose a course replacement from the humanities or social sciences.
    • Box D: This box is for students who have earned, or think they will earn, college-level credit for Calculus. You will take at least one other math course.  For example, if you expect credit for calculus I, you will take MAT 296 Calculus II.
    • Comment Box: At the bottom of p. 3, you may write questions or make comments about your choices in the notes section.  These might include your interest in a particular minor (if space is available), comments about your course load, special instructions for advisors, and anything else related to your registration or academic plans!

You are almost done!  You may review your answers on each page, and the summary on page 4, and push the “submit” button when complete.  School of Education advisors will register you this summer, and you will be able to view your schedule in early August.

If you want to change something after you have submitted the form, or if you have questions about the courses you chose, contact one of your advisors.   You will also have the opportunity to review your schedule with advisors from both colleges and make changes to it during Opening Weekend and during the first week of classes.

Courses Available

For course descriptions, please visit the Syracuse University course catalog. Detailed information on the topics and readings covered in the ENG courses can be found on the English Department website. Some ENG courses have more than one section, each of which covers different content and is taught by different instructors. If you have a preference for a certain section of a particular course, add a note to the comments section on your FTES form, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

When you use the magnifying glass on page 3 to see a list of courses, there will be some that are not on this list, because they are not recommended for your program in the first semester. Please choose from the list below and, if you are in the Renee Crown Honors program, from that list.

Humanities (H)

(each course is 3 credits)

Dept # Course Title
AAS 138 Writing About Black Culture
AAS 231 African American Literature to 1900: An Introduction
ANT 185 Global Encounters: Comparing World Views & Values Cross-Culturally
ENG 114 British Literature, 1789 to Present
ENG 119 Topics in U.S. Literary History: Experimental & Emerging Genres 1980-Present
ENG 121 Introduction to Shakespeare
ENG 122 Introduction to the Novel
ENG 153 Interpretation of Fiction
ENG 155 Interpretation of Nonfiction
ENG 171 World Cinema
ENG 181 Class and Literary Texts
ENG 182 Race and Literary Texts
ENG 184 Ethnicity and Literary Texts
ENG 192 Gender and Literary Texts
ENG 200 Special Topics: Introduction to Environmental Literature
HOA 105 Arts and Ideas I
HOM 125 Intro to Music Theory
HOM 165 Understanding Music I
HST 111 Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
HST 210 The Ancient World
JSP 135 Judaism
LIN 201 The Nature and Study of Language
LIT 131 Great Jewish Writers
LIT 226 Dostoevsky and Tolstoy
PHI 107 Theories of Knowledge and Reality
PHI 125 Political Theory
PHI 175 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
PHI 192 Introduction to Moral Theory
PHI 197 Human Nature
REL 101 Religions of the World
REL 108 Religion and its Critics
REL 114 The Bible in History, Culture and Religion
REL 126 Ecstasy, Transgression, Religion
REL 131 Great Jewish Writers
REL 135 Judaism
REL 156 Christianity
REL 165 Discovering Islam
REL 185 Hinduism
REL 191 Religion, Meaning and Knowledge
WGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WRT 114 Writing Culture

Social Sciences (SS)

(each course is 3 credits unless otherwise noted.)

Dept # Course Title
AAS 112 Introduction to African American Studies
ANT 111 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 121 Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANT 141 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory
ECN 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 203 Economic Ideas and Issues
GEO 103 Environment and Society
GEO 105 World Urban Geography
GEO 171 Human Geographies
GEO 272 World Cultures
HST 101 American History to 1865
HST 121 Global History to 1750
HST 208 The Middle East since the Rise of Islam
HST 213 Africa: Ancient Times to 1800
LLA 201 Elements of Law
MAX 123 Critical Issues for the United States
MAX 132 Global Community
NAT 105 Introduction to Native American Studies
PST 101 An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy
PST 110 Public Service Practicum (1 credit)
PSC 121 American National Government and Politics
PSC 123 Comparative Government and Politics
PSC 124 International Relations
PSC 125 Political Theory
PSY 205 Foundations of Human Behavior
QSX 111 Queer Histories, Communities, and Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 102 Social Problems
SOC 248 Ethnic Inequalities and Intergroup Relations
SOC 281 Sociology of Families