Exploratory Studies: Exploring Health, Life and Food Sciences


Majors in this track explore health and life sciences, such as biochemistry, exercise, food, physiology, disease, and more.

This is a guide and should be used in conjunction with advising.

MATH Placement:

All majors in this track require a minimum 3 precalculus credits at the College Algebra level or higher. Many majors require calculus. Students should complete Math Placement prior to enrollment and complete math in the first semester.

English Composition Placement:

Students should consult the composition placement website to determine if the placement survey is needed and work with an advisor on building it into the first-year plan.  

Foundational First-year Courses

1st Year Courses

  • CO150 College Composition (3cr)
  • MATH (2-4cr) – see placement and consult with advising professional
    • 1-credit Pre-Calculus courses (MATH117, 118, 124, 125, 126)
    • 3-Credit College Algebra (MATH120)
    • 4-credit Pre-Calculus (MATH127)
    • 4-credit Calculus 1 (MATH155 or MATH160)
  • Science:
    • LIFE102, LIFE103 or BZ110/111 Biology options (4 credits)
    • CHEM111/112 General Chemistry (5 credits)
  • First Year Seminar (1-3cr)

Then, fill your schedule with AUCC and Exploratory Studies classes to reach 14-16 total credits per semester.

Remember, CO150 should be done in the 1st year, not necessarily the 1st semester

Extra-curricular Exploration

Exploratory Studies students should engage in at least 2 exploration activities in 1st semester

  • Schedule an Exploring Majors advising appointment
  • Attend an event in the major(s) you are exploring 
  • Get connected with the Health Professions Advising office
  • Check out CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital facilities
  • Check out the CSU Health Network building
  • Join a student organization that aligns with your major(s) interests
  • Use the CSU Recreation Center – play Intramurals and/or consider on-campus employment 
  • Go on an industry tours – Career Center 
  • Consider Education Abroad opportunities for future semesters 

Exploratory course options

  • AGED 220:  Understanding Agricultural Education 
  • AGRI 192/292:  Orientation to Agricultural Systems (Off campus) 
  • AGRI330: Agricultural & Food System Ethics (spring only)   
  • ANEQ101: Food Animal Science 
  • ANEQ103: Introduction to Animal Science (fall only)  
  • ERHS210:  Cancer, Biology and Medicine (fall only)  
  • ERHS220: Environmental Health
  • FSHN150: Survey of Human Nutrition   
  • GR305: Geography of Global Health  (spring only)  
  • HES145: Health & Wellness  
  • HORT/LAND 192:  Orientation to Horticulture/Landscape Architecture 
  • LSPA340, 342, 343 and 346 Spanish for Animal Health, Agriculture or Human Health (select terms)  
  • OT110: Medical Terminology
  • OT355: The Disability Experience in Society
  • PHIL205: Introduction to Ethics
  • RRM 101:  Introduction to Hospitality Industry
  • SOC324: Food Justice, and SOC344: Health, Medicine & Society (both fall only)  **majors only until release date**  
  • SOCR100: General Crops (fall only)  

6-12 CREDITS Exploratory Courses each semester depending on foundational credits