Freshman

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

New students who have paid their enrollment deposit and activated their Purchase email account should proceed to the Educational Video and Worksheet, which can be accessed at the button below. The Educational Video and Worksheet must be completed in order for students to receive their Alternate PIN, which is a unique code that enables students to register themselves for courses online through myHeliotrope. Alternate PINs are sent to students’ Purchase email account. Learn How to Activate and Check Your Purchase Email by watching this short video.

Required first-semester courses for each major are listed below. Students should register for as many of the required courses for their major as possible. The only reason that students should deviate from the list of required courses is if a course is not being offered this term or it is closed. If it is not offered, then contact the Advising Center for another course recommendation. If it is closed, you should add yourself to the Wait List. Then you should add additional available courses to create a full-time schedule between 15-17 credits by July 1st. Students are responsible for understanding their academic degree requirements and for registering for appropriate courses.

Incoming freshmen who receive free tuition funds from the New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits by the end of each academic year in order to remain eligible for the program. Our academic year culminates with the spring term. AP credits and college credits earned during high school may be counted toward this credit requirement.

College Writing WRI 1110 is a foundational course that provides the necessary critical thinking and writing skills for all other academic coursework at Purchase. College Writing must be completed within the first year. Note: A score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition or Literature and Composition exam is equivalent to College Writing and will satisfy the Basic Communications Core requirement.

All incoming students pursuing BA/BS degrees are required to register for either Discovering the Arts AOA 1000 or  First-Year Seminar EDG 1030. Biology majors will enroll in Biology Freshman Seminar BIO 1880.

Educational Video and Worksheet 


Image of Fall 2019 Course Search window with “Freshman Studies” highlighted.

 

The freshman class can find the full list of appropriate first-semester courses by selecting “Freshman Studies” within the Course Search.

Only courses within this list have been approved for incoming freshmen pursuing BA/BS degrees.

See the Course Search for course descriptions, faculty, days/times, credits, and the 5-digit course registration number (CRN).


Student Athletes

Student athletes who have been accepted to a sports team must register themselves for the appropriate varsity sport. Consult with your coach about practice and game times in order to minimize any scheduling conflicts with your coursework.

Varsity Sports that are In-Season During the Fall Semester
  • Varsity Men’s Soccer PED 2881 
  • Varsity Men’s Golf PED 2883
  • Varsity Men’s Cross Country PED 2884
  • Varsity Men’s Basketball PED 2888
  • Varsity Men’s Swim PED 2890
  • Varsity Women’s Soccer PED 2882
  • Varsity Women’s Cross Country PED 2885
  • Varsity Women’s Tennis PED 2886
  • Varsity Women’s Volleyball PED 2887
  • Varsity Women’s Basketball PED 2889
  • Varsity Women’s Swim PED 2891
Varsity Sports that are In-Season During the Spring Semester
  • Varsity Men’s Basketball PED 2888
  • Varsity Men’s Swim PED 2890
  • Varsity Men’s Tennis PED 2893
  • Varsity Men’s Baseball PED 2894
  • Varsity Men’s Volleyball PED 2896
  • Varsity Women’s Basketball PED 2889
  • Varsity Women’s Swim PED 2891

  • Varsity Women’s Lacrosse PED 2892

  • Varsity Women’s Softball PED 2895

First-Semester Courses by Major

Anthropology

Anthropology majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.

Register for the following anthropology course:

  • Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology ANT 1500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Art History

Art History majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for both of the following art history courses:

  • History of Art Survey I (Ancient through Medieval) ARH 1010
  • Exhibition as Exploration ARH 1025

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Arts Management

Arts Management majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.

Register for any one of the following courses that satisfies the Math Core:

  • Microeconomics I: The Principles of Human Action ECO 1510
  • Communicating Quantitative Information MAT 1020
  • Mathematics for Contemporary Life MAT 1060

Register for the following First-Year Experience course.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Biology

Biology majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following biology courses:

  • General Biology I BIO 1550 Lecture
  • General Biology I BIO 1551 Lab
  • Biology Freshman Seminar BIO 1880

Register for the following First-Year Experience course:

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following chemistry courses:

  • General Chemistry I CHE 3310 Lecture*
  • General Chemistry I CHE 1551 Lab*
  • Calculus I MAT 1500*

Register for the following First-Year Experience course:

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000

* Before you can register for this course, you must successfully complete the electronic Math Fluency exam with a score of 20 or higher.

Cinema Studies

Cinema Studies majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following cinema studies and art history courses:

  • Introduction to Cinema Studies CIN 1500
  • Introduction to Modern Art ARH 2050

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Communications

Communications majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following communications course:

  • Intro to Communication COM 1500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Creative Writing

Creative Writing majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following creative writing course:

  • Narrative Techniques CWR 1100

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Economics

Economics majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for one of the following economics courses:

  • Macroeconomics ECO 1500
  • Microeconomics ECO 1500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following math course:

  • Precalculus MAT 1150*

* Before you can register for this course, you must successfully complete the electronic Math Fluency exam with a score of 20 or higher.

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the both of following environmental studies courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science ENV 1500
  • Wildlife Toxicology ENV 2050

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Gender Studies

Gender Studies majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the both of the following gender studies course:

  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality GND 1200
  • Gender and Power PHI 2500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
History

History majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for:

  • Any one lower-level history course

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Journalism

Journalism majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following journalism course:

  • Introduction to Media JOU 1500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Language and Culture

Language and Culture majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for one of the following language courses:

  • Intermediate French I FRE 2010*
  • Intermediate Spanish I SPA 2010*

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

* Before you can register for any language course, you must take the Language Placement exam and register for the course level that corresponds with your score.

Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following history course:

  • Culture in Modern Brazil HIS 2540

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030
Literature

Literature majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for one of the following literature courses:

  • Introduction to Literature LIT 1520
  • Live Lit LIT 1025
  • Freedom Dreams: Introduction to African-American Literature LIT 2100

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Mathematics/Computer Science

Mathematics/Computer Science majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for one of the following math courses:

  • Precalculus MAT 1150*
  • Calculus I MAT 1500*

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110

* Before you can register for this course, you must successfully complete the electronic Math Fluency exam with a score of 20 or higher.

Media Studies

Media Studies majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following media studies course:

  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
New Media

New Media majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following media studies course:

  • Introduction to Media Studies MSA 1050

Register for one or two of the following new media courses:

  • Design Principles NME 1160
  • Programming for Visual Artists NME 1450
  • Introduction to Digital Photography PHO 1100

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Philosophy

Philosophy majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.

Register for:

  • History of Philosophy I: Philosophy and the Polis PHI 1515

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Playwriting and Screenwriting

Playwriting and Screenwriting majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for one of the following playwriting and screenwriting courses:

  • Playwriting I PSW 1000
  • Screenwriting I PSW 1010

Register for the following cinema studies course:

  • Introduction to Cinema Studies CIN 1500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Political Science

Political Science majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for the following political science course:

  • Introduction to U.S. Politics POL 1570

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Psychology

Psychology majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.


Register for one of the following lower-level course subjects:

  • Psychology (except Introduction to Psychology, which is not intended for incoming freshmen)
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following writing course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Sociology

Sociology majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.

Register for the following sociology course :

  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 1500

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Theatre and Performance

Theatre and Performance majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.

Register for both of the following theatre and performance courses:

  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies THP 2020
  • Fundamentals of Acting ACT 1055

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110
Undeclared

Undeclared majors should build the rest of their schedule around the courses below.

Register for:

  • A a variety of freely-selected lower-level core curriculum requirements and academic electives. 

Note: Students do not need to worry about whether or not a course will count toward their degree. All courses at this stage of their academic journey will satisfy one type of degree requirement or another. Students should not limit their course selections to core requirements alone. Instead, we encourage undeclared students to explore potential majors by striking a balance between subjects they already enjoy as well as newer, less familiar academic areas.

Register for one of the following First-Year Experience courses. There is some overlapping content, so if students enroll in both courses, then they will be automatically dropped from one of them.

  • Discovering the Arts AOA 1000
  • First-Year Seminar EDG 1030

Also register for the following course:

  • College Writing WRI 1110

Freshman

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts

Incoming freshmen to the School of the Arts have a predetermined schedule, but they still must complete a registration form for their program below. This form acknowledges that you wish to be registered for your required freshman courses by our Registrar’s Office.

For more information about your freshman curriculum, review the 8-Semester Plan for your program. See the Course Search for course descriptions, faculty, days/times, credits, and the 5-digit course registration number (CRN).

Note for Transfers: Undergraduate transfer students in Acting, Design Technology, Film, and Dance must complete eight semesters of coursework within their major at Purchase College in order to graduate. While all transfer credits from former institutions are evaluated for credit articulation, major-specific credits may be ineligible to transfer. The evaluation of any possible transfer credits for major degree requirements (usually a maximum of 30 credits) will be completed by your department’s academic advisor during your first semester at Purchase College.

If you have questions about first-year registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office
at 914-251-7000 or registrar@purchase.edu.

Acting

Registration Form

Dance

Registration Form

Theatre Design / Technology

Registration Form

Film

Registration Form

Music

Registration Form

Visual Arts
Registration Form

Transfers

New Transfers who have paid their enrollment deposit and activated their Purchase email account should proceed to register for a transfer advising webinar or schedule an individual advising appointment by following the directions below. Learn How to Activate and Check Your Purchase Email by watching this short video.

You will receive your Alternate PIN at the end of your webinar or individual appointment, which will enable you to register yourself for courses online through myHeliotrope.

Students will be assigned to an official academic advisor at the beginning of the semester.

Register for a Transfer Advising Webinar - Available beginning Monday, May 13, 2019

Begin the registration process by signing up for an interactive Transfer Advising Webinar that will help you understand your academic degree requirements, use the Course Search, and prepare to register. You will receive your Alternate PIN after attending the webinar, which will enable you to register yourself for courses online through myHeliotrope.

Register for a Transfer Advising Webinar

Schedule Your Advising Appointment - Available beginning Monday, May 20, 2019

Students who would like additional one-on-one support after attending a webinar are invited to schedule an individual phone or in-person appointment via our online calendar system. On your first visit, you will need to select “Click here to register.” Then select the “New Student Advising” calendar.

Music Majors: Schedule your appointment with Ryan Homsey or Nick Dorot
Visual Arts Majors: Schedule your appointment with Dianne Hebbert

Schedule Your Appointment

Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

1. Review the academic requirements for your major.
Go to Academics, select your major, then click on “requirements” from the right side bar.

2. Review the traditional four-year sequence of courses for your major.
Go to 8-Semester Graduation Plans, select your major, then examine the curriculum.

3. Review your Degree Progress Report to see how your transfer credits are being applied to your new degree program, and to understand your remaining degree requirements.

4. Review the Course Search to see which courses are being offered for the upcoming term.

5. Prepare a list of open and available courses that satisfy your academic interests and degree requirements that you can review during your advising appointment.

6. Prepare a list of questions to ask during your advising appointment.

Send AP Scores and College Transcripts

If you haven’t done so already, send all AP scores from College Board to Purchase College. Our college code is 2878. 

Send official college transcripts with final grades from each college you attended to the address below.

SUNY Purchase College
Registrar’s Office
Attn: Transcript Evaluator
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

On-Campus Housing

If you receive an on-campus housing assignment, then you must be registered for at least  8 credits by August 1st and at least 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period. If you receive a housing assignment after August 1st, then you must be registered for at least 8 credits by the first day of the spring semester and at least 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period. However, students typically need to register for 15-17 credits each term in order to stay on track to graduate.

All students living on campus must be registered for at least 12 credits by the end of the add/drop period.