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Freshman Tracks

TRACK 1:  Healthy Hokies

Virginia Tech was named the fittest campus in America! This track introduces students to holistic strategies for developing healthy relationships, minds and bodies, while taking on the challenges and demands of a university experience. In this track, students will explore useful concepts leading toward health promotion and building quality relationships.

Classes:
EDCO 2004:  Healthy Relationships: Understanding Self & Others, 3 credits
PHS 1514: Personal Health, 3 credits


TRACK 2:  Communicating in a Complex World

Learning to communicate well is an essential skill in all professions. In the 21st century, we are bombarded with technological influences in how we communicate. In this track, students will examine sociological implications of speech and technology in academic settings, social media, and the public square while enhancing their professional communication skills.

Classes:
COMM 2004: Public Speaking, 3 credits
SOC 1004:  Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits

Students in the Department of Communication may not enroll in this track.


TRACK 3:  Chemical Problem Solving

This track is designed to prepare students to be successful in introductory level chemistry courses. Students will be developed in the following skills upon the completion of this track:  understand the language of chemistry; the meaning and use of the mole, atomic theory and structure; the periodic table; chemical bonding, chemical reactions and equations; set up and solve word problems; familiarity with exponents and logarithms.

Classes:
CHEM 1014: Calculations In Chemistry, 3 credits
MATH 1984: Preparation for Calculus, 3 credits


TRACK 4:  Architecture and Design

Are you an aspiring architect, interior designer, landscape architect or industrial designer? If so, this track has been designed specifically for you. The two combined courses provide a total immersion experience into the world of architecture and design.

In this track, you will be introduced to the learning environment and activities characteristic of Foundation Design Lab ARCH 1015. You will also be exposed to ways of perceiving and recording the built and natural environment through travel around the region, as well as transforming your findings in ways that enhance design education.

Classes:
ARCH 1024: Design Thinking: Defying Preconceptions, 3 credits
ARCH 1034: Seeing Design: Transforming Observations, 3 credits

This track is recommended for architecture, interior designer, landscape architect, industrial designer majors, Explore CAUS, and University Studies students desiring to transfer to the architecture degree program.


TRACK 5:  Superpowers, Sweatshops, and Sovereign States

The world is as it has always been—a precarious place.  Since the end of the Cold War, a new set of challenges, dynamics, and threats have emerged within the international system, transforming it theoretically as well as practically. This track provides an introductory look into contemporary world politics, international relations, global poverty, and human rights.

Classes:
PHIL 2304: Global Ethics, 3 credits
PSCI 2054: Introduction to World Politics, 3 credits


TRACK 6:  Engineering and the World

You will be introduced to the engineering profession and the College of Engineering through this track.  Upon completion of this track, you will be able to: collaborate with classmates to successfully complete a team project; effectively communicate engineering decisions through written documents and oral presentations; use data and mathematical models to understand engineering systems; and implement computer programs for engineering analysis.

You will also learn about various opportunities to pursue in your academic career and will explore what it means to be an engineer in a global culture and the implications of engineering solutions.

Classes:
ENGE 1014: Engineering Success Seminar, 1 credit
ENGE 1215:  Engineering Foundations, 2 credits
STS 2054:  Engineering Cultures, 3 credits

This track is only available to students admitted to General Engineering.


TRACK 7:  Engineering Mathematics

Students are introduced to the profession and the College of Engineering through this track. Upon completion of this track, students will be able to: collaborate with classmates to successfully complete a team project; effectively communicate engineering decisions through written documents and oral presentations; use data and mathematical models to understand engineering systems; and implement computer programs for engineering analysis. Students will develop foundational mathematical skills relevant to engineering.

Classes:
ENGE 1215:  Engineering Foundations, 2 credits
MATH 1225:  Calculus of a Single Variable, 4 credits

This track is only available to students admitted to General Engineering. Additional eligibility requirements for enrollment in this track: applicants must be Math 1225-ready.  Math 1225 readiness will be posted on Hokie Spa in late June.  If you are not eligible for this track, we will work to accommodate you into another track. Students must successfully complete the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning Assessment to participate in this track.


TRACK 8:  Engineering Chemistry

Students are introduced to the profession and the College of Engineering through this track. Upon completion of this track, students will be able to: collaborate with classmates to successfully complete a team project; effectively communicate engineering decisions through written documents and oral presentations; use data and mathematical models to understand engineering systems; and implement computer programs for engineering analysis. Students will study the foundations of chemistry needed by all engineers.

Classes:
CHEM 1035: General Chemistry I, 3 credits
CHEM 1045: General Chemistry I Lab, 1 credit
ENGE 1215:  Engineering Foundations, 2 credits

This track is only available to students admitted to General Engineering.

Additional eligibility requirements for enrollment in this track: applicants must have completed a chemistry course in high school prior to enrollment. Students must qualify for CHEM 1035 to participate in this track.


TRACK 9:  Nutrition, Foods, Exercise, and Sport

Our society is continually confronted with the dynamic nature of human health.  This track introduces you to the foundational principles of health and wellness. You will also develop an understanding of the exciting fields of nutrition and sport science.

Classes:
HNFE 1004: Foods, Nutrition, and Exercise, 3 credits
HNFE 1804:  Fundamentals of Sport Science, 3 credits

This track is recommended for students in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise.  HNFE 1004 is required for all HNFE majors; HNFE 1804 can be used as a controlled elective for HNFE majors who choose the Science of Food, Nutrition and Exercise option and as a free elective for HNFE majors who choose the Dietetics option.


TRACK 10:  Personal Financial Management

This track examines the basic fundamentals of personal financial planning and decisions of young professionals. You will develop an understanding of establishing credit, good vs. bad debt, charting personal savings and expenditures. 

Classes:
AAEC 2104:  Personal Financial Planning, 3 credits
AAEC 1005:  Economics of the Food and Fiber System, 3 credits   


TRACK 11:  Public Health

Students will examine public health through principles of evidence-based programs and tools including health communications, informatics, applications of social and behavioral sciences, policy, law and ethics. Students will investigate methods for addressing communicable and environmental-related diseases. 

Classes:
PHS 1514:  Personal Health, 3 credits
PHS 2004: Introduction to Public Health, 3 credits   


TRACK 12:  Business in Society

In this track, you will investigate the forces of business that operate in today’s society. After completing this track, you will understand the basic insights of business information systems, as well as security and software applications.

Classes:
ACIS 1504:  Introduction to Business Information Systems, 3 credits (Required of all business majors)
SOC 1004:  Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits *

* Recommended course for business majors.


TRACK 13:  Animal and Poultry Sciences

Explore the interconnections between the agriculture that feeds us, the arts that sustain us, and the society in which we live through these exciting classes in Agriculture, Arts, and Society. In this combination of courses, you will be introduced to foundational principles and practices associated with the animal sciences, and how they impact the world and our own communities.

Classes:
ALS 1004: Agriculture, Arts, and Society, 1 credit*
ALS 1014: Gardens as Art, 1 credit*
ALS 1024: Digitized Agriculture, 1 credit*
APSC 1454: Intro to Animal and Poultry Science, 3 credits

*Pathways are 6a or 6d, arts and design

This track is recommended for students interested in careers in the animal sciences, veterinary medicine, biological or food sciences, and companion animals. The APSC course is required for animal and poultry science majors.


TRACK 14:  Software Design

Be exposed to the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented perspective. In this track, students will study basic software engineering principles and programming skills in a programming language that supports the object-oriented paradigm. Simple data types, control structures, array and string data structures, basic algorithms, testing and debugging are other topics of study in this track.

Classes:
CS 1114: Introduction to Software Design, 3 credits
STS 1504: Introduction to Science Technology and Society, 3 credits


TRACK 15:  Humans and the Living World

Understanding foundational biological concepts both unique to humans and shared with other organisms is essential to appreciate issues and interactions within human society as well as the impact of humans on the diverse living systems with which we interact.  In this track, students will learn about underlying biological principles that humans share with a diversity of species, and how those principles help form unique interactions.This track also serves as an introduction to service learning and community engagement.

Classes:
BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology, 3 credits
BIOL 1116 Principles of Biology Lab, 1 credit
SPIA 1024 Community Service Learning, 3 credits


TRACK 16:  History and Avant-Garde Cinema

Spike Lee is the first African American filmmaker to enjoy a sustained and successful Hollywood career.  Since his feature debut She’s Gotta Have It (1986), his many films have been distributed and exhibited through mainstream channels, and the commercial acceptance and social impact of his work has enabled contemporary Black filmmakers to imagine – if not yet realize – a fully integrated movie industry.  Thus the history of Black film is really two histories: before and after Spike Lee.  This course explores the first of these, tracing the development of Black filmmakers, performers, and audiences from the segregated silent era through the post-civil rights 1970s.  This is the history in which the young Spike Lee immersed himself, prior to emerging as the most important artist in a century of Black film.  

Classes:
HUM 1604: Introduction to Humanities and the Arts - Topic: Black Film before Spike Lee, 3 credits
HIST 2276:  African American History, 3 credits


TRACK 17:  Virtual Hokies

This track provides first year Hokies the option to design a personalized track to meet their specific academic needs. In consultation with academic advisors, students will choose courses among existing Summer II virtual courses in Time Table of Classes. For financial aid consideration, students must enroll in a minimum of six credit hours. This track is available to students who do not plan to be in Blacksburg for the in-person Summer Start experience.


TRACK 18:  Identity, Leadership, and Social Change

Students in this track will examine historical and social leadership theories. Participants will be exposed to activities to discover and reflect on their own unique individual strengths and leadership style.

Classes:
ALCE/AINS 2414:  Identity and Inclusion in Agriculture and Life Sciences, 3 credits
LDRS 1414:  Exploring Citizen Leadership, 3 credits