University Foundations Requirements

University Foundations Requirements

University Foundations (UF)

  • UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life
  • UF 200 Foundations of Ethics And Diversity

Foundations of Writing (FW)

  • ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I
  • ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II

Foundations of Oral Communication (FC)

  • COMM 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • SOC 122 Sociological Communication

Finishing Foundations (FF)

  • Major specific capstone courses in discipline.

Foundations of the Discipline (FD)

All students are required to take a number of Foundations of the Discipline courses, see Majors, Minors, and Certificates for specific requirements. These courses are offered by academic departments and designed to expose non-majors to the distinctive methods and perspectives of a disciplinary cluster. The distribution requirements for Foundations of the Discipline courses reflect the belief of the faculty and the Idaho State Board of Education that a major purpose of undergraduate education is to prepare graduates to fulfill the responsibilities of a citizen and to understand and appreciate diverse approaches to information and values. Some departments and programs require specific Foundations of the Discipline courses.

Foundations of Arts (FA)

  • ART 100 Introduction to Art
  • ARTHIST 101 Survey of Western Art
  • FILM 220 Cinema History and Aesthetics
  • MUS 102 Introduction to Jazz
  • MUS 105 Introduction to Pop/Rock Music
  • MUSI 100 Introduction to Music
  • THEA 101 Introduction to Theatre

Foundations of Humanities (FH)

  • ENGL 175 Literature and Ideas
  • HIST 103 History of Western Civilization I
  • HIST 104 History of Western Civilization II
  • HUM 207 Introduction to Humanities
  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Great Thinkers
  • PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 209 Thinking Well: An Introduction to Logic
  • STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
  • World Languages discipline:
    • ARABIC 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
    • ASL 101-102, 201-202 American Sign Language
    • BASQUE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
    • BOSNIAN 101 Elementary
    • CHINESE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate Mandarin
    • FREN 101-102 Elementary French
    • FRENCH 201-202 Intermediate French
    • GERM 101-102 Elementary German
    • GERMAN 201-202 Intermediate German
    • JAPANESE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
    • KOREAN 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
    • LATIN 211 Elementary Classical Latin
    • LATIN 212 Advanced Classical Latin
    • PORTUGUE 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate Portuguese
    • SPAN 101-102 Elementary Spanish
    • SPANISH 201-202, 203 Intermediate Spanish

Foundations of Mathematics (FM)

  • MATH 123 Math in Modern Society
  • MATH 143 College Algebra
  • MATH 149 Precalculus: Functions for Business
  • MATH 153 Statistical Reasoning
  • MATH 160 Survey of Calculus
  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 171 Calculus I: Theory and Applications
  • MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 257 Geometry and Probability for Teachers

Foundations of Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (FN)

Requires two courses from two disciplines, at least one with a lab.

*Courses without a lab do not fulfill the lab requirement

  • ANTH 103* Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 104*-104L Biological Anthropology and Lab
  • ANTH 105* Evolution and Human Behavior
  • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
  • BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology
  • BIOL 191 Biology I: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry
  • CHEM 101*-101L Introduction to Chemistry and Lab
  • CHEM 102*-102L Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry and Lab
  • CHEM 111*-111L General Chemistry I and Lab
  • Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering discipline:
    • ENGR 100*-100L Energy for Society and Lab
    • ENGR 101* Sustainable Cities
    • MSE 245* Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • ENVSTD 121* Introduction to Environmental Studies 
  • GEOL 101 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 102* Historical Geology
  • GEOS 101 Global Environmental Science
  • GEOS 104 Geoscience and Society
  • GEOS 201* Introduction to Oceanography
  • PHYS 101 Introduction to Physics
  • PHYS 104 Life in the Universe
  • PHYS 105 Stars and Cosmology
  • PHYS 111, 112 General Physics I, II
  • PHYS 211*-211L Physics I with Calculus and Lab

Foundations of Social Sciences (FS)

Requires two courses from two disciplines.

  • ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 216 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
  • COMM 112 Reasoned Discourse
  • CJ 103 Introduction to Law and Justice
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Education discipline:

    • ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education
    • ED-ESP 223 Child Growth and Development
    • EDTECH 203 Foundations of Digital Culture
    • ED-LLC 200 Cultural Diversity in the School
    • ED-LLC 203 Film and Contemporary Issues in Education
    • STEM-ED 210 Knowing & Learning in Mathematics and Science
  • ENGL 202 Introduction to Technical Communication
  • GEOG 101 Introduction to Geography
  • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
  • GLOBAL 101 Global Studies: Conflict, Cooperation, and Change
  • HIST 101, 102 World History I, II
  • HIST 111, 112 United States History I, II
  • HIST 121 Asia Civilizations
  • HLTH 110 Introduction to Health Science and Public Health
  • INTBUS 220 Go Global: You and the World Economy
  • KINES 140 Personal Health
  • KINES 180 Introduction to Coaching
  • LING 205 Language in Human Life
  • POLS 101 American National Government
  • POLS 201 Current Events in American Politics
  • POLS 202 Current Events in Global Politics
  • POLS 203 Political Science in Popular Media
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCWRK 101 Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 102 Social Problems
  • SOC 230 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • URBAN 101 Cities and Society
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