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University Foundations Program Courses

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Foundation of Oral Communication (FC)
Finishing Foundations (FF)
Foundations of Writing (FW)
University Foundations (UF)
Foundations of Arts (FA)
Foundations of Humanities (FH)
Foundations of Mathematics (FM)
Foundations of Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences (FN)
Foundations of Social Sciences (FS)



All students are required to take a number of Foundations courses, see Majors, Minors, and Certificates for specific requirements. Foundations courses are offered by academic departments and designed to expose non-majors to the distinctive methods and perspectives of a disciplinary cluster. The distribution requirement for foundations 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. Foundations Discipline courses are listed below and are identified with foundations in the course description. Some departments and programs require specific foundations courses.

Foundations of Oral Communication (FC)

  • Students must successfully complete a Foundations of Oral Communication course designated by their major department.
  • All Foundations of Oral Communication courses are identified by (FC) in the course description.

Finishing Foundations (FF)

  • Students must successfully complete a Finishing Foundations capstone course designated by their major department.
  • All Finishing Foundations courses are identified by (FF) in the course description.

Foundations of Writing (FW)

  • ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing
  • ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research

University Foundations (UF)

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

Foundations of Arts (FA)

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

Foundations of Humanities (FH)

  • ENGL 110 Literature and Ideas
  • HIST 100 Themes in World History
  • HIST 101 History of Western Civilization I: Prehistory to 17th Century
  • HIST 102 History of Western Civilization II: 17th Century to Present
  • HUM 207 Introduction to Humanities
  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Contemporary Issues
  • PHIL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Great Thinkers
  • PHIL 103 Introduction to Philosophy: Moral Problems
  • PHIL 209 Thinking Well: An Introduction to Logic
  • STEM-ED 220 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics
  • World Languages
    • 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
    • FRENCH 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
    • GERMAN 101-102, 201-202 Elementary, Intermediate
    • 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
    • SPANISH 101-102, 201-202, 203 Elementary, Intermediate



Foundations of Mathematics (FM)

  • MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH 143 Precalculus I: Algebraic Functions
  • MATH 149 Precalculus: Functions for Business
  • MATH 160 Survey of Calculus
  • MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications
  • 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)

*Courses without a lab do not fulfill the lab requirement

  • ANTH 101*-101L Biological Anthropology and Lab
  • ANTH 103* Introduction to Archeology (taken after Fall 2012)
  • ANTH 105* Evolution and Human Behavior
  • BIOL 100 Concepts of Biology
  • BIOL 107 Introduction to Human Biology
  • BIOL 191 Biology I: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • CHEM 100 Concepts of Chemistry
  • CHEM 101*-101L Essentials of Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHEM 111*-111L General Chemistry I and Lab
  • Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering
    • ENGR 100-100L Energy for Society and Lab
    • ENGR 101* Sustainable Cities
    • ENGR 104 Introduction to Scientific Reasoning
    • ENGR 106* Smartphone Engineering
    • ENGR 108 Bicycle Engineering
    • ENGR 120 Introduction to Engineering
    • ENGR 130 Introduction to Engineering Applications
    • MSE 245* Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • ENVSTD 121* Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • GEOS 100 Fundamentals of Geology
  • GEOS 101 Global Environmental Science
  • GEOS 102* Historical Geology
  • 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 General Physics I
  • PHYS 211, 211L Physics I with Calculus and Lab



Foundations of Social Sciences (FS)

  • ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 216 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
  • COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication
  • COMM 112 Reasoned Discourse
  • CJ 103 Introduction to Law and Justice
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Educational Technology
    • 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 100 Introduction to Geography
  • GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
  • GLOBAL 101 Global Studies: Conflict, Cooperation, and Change
  • HIST 111, 112 United States History
  • HIST 121┬áHistory of Asia
  • 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 Survey of Psychological Science
  • 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