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Exploratory First Year Program

The Exploratory First Year Program is an option students can choose if they are uncertain about what they want to major in when they start at the College. Students who engage in this program are block-scheduled into a two semester course (fall and spring), which helps them explore the industries represented in ten of the majors in which Becker College offers degrees. Students get instruction from faculty in each major, a student speaker from each major, an industry guest speaker from each discipline, as well as exposure to career paths in each industry. In addition, students in this program get the benefit of advising by College staff.

If a student in this program determines a major during their first semester, they may begin course work in that major during their second semester. Or, they can learn more by continuing through a second exploratory semester. By focusing on core class requirements while going through the exploratory exercises, students stay on track for graduation because at Becker College we understand that it might take a little time to decide your major.

For more information about the Exploratory First Year program, call 877.523.2537 or email



Majors offered: BS in Business, BS in Sports Management, BS in Esports Management, BS in Exercise Science, BS in Health Sciences, BS in Criminal Justice, BS in Legal Studies, BA in Psychology, BS in Biology, BS in Applied Computer Science, and BS in Integrated Studies.

PLEASE NOTE: This option is NOT available for those who want to major in Nursing, Veterinary Science, or Interactive Media/Game Design.

Sample Exploratory First Year Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CORE1001 Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm 3
Math Elective 3
Explore Survey Option 3
Explore Survey Option 3
IDST1001 Academic and Career Exploration I 3

Spring Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CORE-ENGL The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Explore Survey Option 3
PSYC1001 Introduction to Psychology 3
IDST1002 Academic and Career Exploration II 3

Explore Survey Options

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MGMT1000 Introduction to Business Models (All business majors including sports management)
MGMT1001 Introduction to Esports Management
SPMG2302 Introduction to Sports Management (Sports Management Major)
PHIL1001 Introduction to Philosophy (Integrated Studies Major)
HUMN1001 Introduction to Humanities (Integrated Studies Major)
PSYC2105 Social Psychology (Integrated Studies)
SOCI1001 Introduction to Sociology (Integrated Studies, Psychology, Exercise Science, Criminal Justice)
JUST1100 Criminal Justice System and Process (Criminal Justice)
LGLS2102 Criminal Law (Criminal Justice, Integrated Studies (Pre-Law)
CPTR1100 Computer Programing I (Computer Science)
BIOL1001 Biology I (Biology)
HTSC1000 Introduction to Health and Exercise Science

Credits Total: 30

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