The majors listed below are those in which early choices are particularly important. If you are considering one of these majors, the recommended courses will help you get started.

Other majors have not been listed because those majors do not require that you begin study during your first semester at Wheaton. In those cases, we suggest beginning with an appropriate 100 or 200-level course.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

Browse all courses and descriptions on our Course Catalog.

Course Recommendations by Major
Major Recommendation
Anthropology ANTH 102
History of Art ARTH 111 or 211
Biology BIO 111 or 112; CHEM 153
Biochemistry BIO 112; CHEM 153
Bioinformatics one or both of BIO 112 and COMP 115
Business and Management ECON 101 or ECON 102/ECON 112; MGMT 111 
Chemistry CHEM 153
Computer Science COMP 115 (offered both semesters)
Education Major (Early Childhood)
Attend an informational meeting.
MATH 133; PSY 203
Education Major (Elementary) Attend an informational meeting. MATH 133; PSY 203
Education Major (Secondary) Attend an informational meeting. This major is only granted in conjunction with the relevant subject area major.
Engineering Meet with the Physics Department chair. PHYS 170 or 180 (Enhanced); appropriate MATH course
Environmental Science BIO 111; CHEM 153
English ENG 101 (Wheaton College requirement); ENG 201 
Film and New Media Studies one of the following: ENG 231, ENG 258, ARTS 260, COMP 115
French French 236 or 245
German German 101, 102, 201, 202 or any English-taught German culture course
Hispanic Studies Please consult department.
Italian Studies Please consult department.
Mathematics  MATH 101 or MATH 104
Mathematics/Economics Meet with the department chair. ECON 101 or 102; appropriate MATH course
Music Please see recommendations here.
Neuroscience BIO 111 or 112; CHEM 153 (fall); BIO 111 or 112; PSY 225 (spring)
Philosophy a 100-level course
Physics PHYS 170 or 180 (Enhanced); appropriate MATH course
Pre-Health, Pre-Med Please see discussion here.
Religion REL 102
Russian Studies RUSS 110 or 210, and/or any RUSS culture course in English, such as RUSS 284 and RUSS 298
Visual Art ART 111, 112, and 116; ARTH 111 or 211
Theatre & Dance Studies THEA 101,THEA 103THEA 205THEA 275
Women’s and Gender Studies WGS 101