» Recommended Classes for First-Year Math and Civil Engineering Majors

Here are the classes that we recommend you take during your first year as a Mathematics and Civil Engineering major at Chapman. 

For your first semester, we recommend taking 12-15 credits (most classes are 3 credits; those with labs are 4). You must be enrolled in 12 credits to be considered a full-time status student. The recommended courses below will put you at 15 credits per semester (fall and spring). 

Introductory Math Requirement

As an incoming first-year student, you must take a math assessment. If you place into Math 101 (Developing Mathematical and Study Skills for STEM), then you must enroll in this course in your first semester. For more information, visit our Math Assessment webpage

General Education Classes 

You can choose a General Education (GE) class from any GE category – it’s your choice. In general, the following GE areas are recommended to begin/complete during your first year:

GE Language Study (strongly recommended)
GE Quantitative Inquiry (This can be satisfied with Math 110, Math 111, MATH 115, or appropriate AP credit)

Note: Some GE courses may “double count” with your major or minor. Students can share up to 9 credits between major and GE requirements and can share up to 6 credits between minor and GE requirements. Visit the General Education Program site to review the GE policies and see a list of approved courses for each GE area.

You can learn more about general education on our General Education: How it Works page.

AP Scores 

If you have AP credit for the following areas, make the appropriate substitutions this fall:

AP scores for math and civil engineering majors

4 or higher AP Calculus AB

or a 3 in Calculus BC 

Take Math 111 in the fall instead of Math 115

4 or higher AP Calculus BC  

Take MATH 210 in the spring instead of Math 115 in the fall


Fall Semester

Mathematics and Civil Engineering majors are part of the Block Scheduling program for first-year students in the Fall 2023 semester. You will be pre-registered by the department in your major courses listed below in May/June. You can then build the rest of your schedule around these required major courses.

FFC 100B - Grand Challenges (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 3

Note: All first-year students at Chapman have to take First Year Foundations. The class will introduce you to college and there is a different topic for every major. As a mathematics and civil engineering major, you must take an FFC 100B option from the Schmid and Fowler Colleges’ Grand Challenges in Science and Engineering category. You will be pre-registered into this class along with your other major courses.

MATH 101 or MATH 110 or MATH 115 (Block Scheduled, after Math Assessment completed) Credits: 3 or 4 

As an incoming STEM major, you will be pre-registered into your Math class depending on where you place after taking the Math Assessment (blocked into either MATH 101 or MATH 110).

If you place into MATH 110 (Calculus) after taking the Math Assessment, you have the option of taking MATH 115 instead (see note on MATH 115/116 sequence above). If you choose to do this, when the new student registration period opens in July, drop your pre-registered MATH 110 and add MATH 115 in its place. Please ask your Summer Advisor if you have any questions.

Note: If you need MATH 101, plan to take MATH 101 in the fall and MATH 110 in the Spring. 

CPSC 230 - Computer Science I (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 3

CHEM 140/140L - General Chemistry I (Block Scheduled)
Credits: 4

Spring Semester


SCI 150 - Grand Challenges in Science I 
Credits: 1

CPSC 231 - Computer Science II
Credits: 3

MATH 116 - Accelerated Calculus Part II or MATH 111 - Single Variable Calculus II
Credits: 4 or 3 

MATH 250 - Discrete Mathematics I 
Credits: 3

CHEM 150/150L - General Chemistry II
Credits: 4