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Sophomore Planning Process:

Planning to Complete Your College-Wide Requirements and Choosing Electives

College requirements ensure exposure to a broad range of frameworks of knowledge and modes of analysis. Electives are courses that do not count towards your major or your college-wide requirements, and count towards the 32 units needed to graduate.

Planning for College-Wide Requirements

An overview of College-Wide Degree Requirements can be found at

Review your Academic Requirements Report to see which requirements you’ve already completed.¬† ¬†This report is located in the Student Center in BIONIC, on the left hand side in the Academics section, in the drop-down menu under “other academics.” 


Choosing Courses

As you think about engaging in and completing college requirements and elective credits, you may want to think about some of the interests you uncovered when you were choosing a major, or perhaps about prerequisites for graduate school, or maybe fields related to a possible career.

You may want to use these courses to approach familiar topics from a new perspective

For example, a student planning to major in a field like English or Political Science might take Psychology for their Scientific Investigation approach because it allows them to think about questions of individuality and social norms through a different lens.

You may also use requirements to learn about topics that you might otherwise never study

For example, the same English or Political Science major might instead elect to study Physics in order to think about how researchers in a different tradition think and learn about law, as in natural law, and questions of order, regularity, and predictability.

Other guiding questions you may consider include:

  • What have I taken away from the courses I’ve already completed that fulfilled a college requirement? For example, what are some of the aspects of these courses that I remember, think about, talk about or make use of?
  • What new interests or questions have courses outside of my major led me to? Are there any classes that I’m now interested in taking that I wouldn’t have chosen six months ago?
  • What subjects might I explore while fulfilling college-wide requirements and electives?  What experiences do I want to have? Which classes might help me work towards my future educational/career goals?
  • What questions or concerns do I have about completing any remaining requirements?

For additional guidance, you may consider talking with their dean, faculty advisor, or another member of the faculty or staff.


Making Your Plan Official

To complete your College-Wide Requirements Plan, go to the Sophomore Plan in your BIONIC Student Center.

Instructions for completing your College-Wide Requirements Plan are available at

Once you have completed (1) your Major Work Plan, (2) your College-Wide Requirements Plan, (3) your Sophomore Essay, and (4) a draft of your resume, meet with your Dean to review.


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