Upper-Year Courses in First Year?

Students in first year can take upper-level courses, provided they meet prerequisites for the course.

Some 200-series courses do not have 100-series prerequisites and are open to first-year students. Often, these courses will include the word “introduction” in the title or the course description.

While 200-level courses may have some academic expectations that second-year students are more prepared for, first-year students can take 200-series courses for which they meet the prerequisites.

If you want to be challenged, it’s fair to say that the 100-level courses will satisfy your expectation. If you plan to take more than two 200-series courses in your first year, it’s a very good idea to meet with an academic advisor in your College to go over your plan.