Here Are a Few Penn State Class Recommendations

Hope you’re all excited to start a Penn State career with upcoming New Student Orientation! Selecting your first college courses can be daunting, however, here is a list of recommended classes to fill up your first schedule. If you’re reading this and are not a new student, take the time to read this list and get ideas for filling up your schedule! These classes are great regardless of academic year:


1.English 15

A very basic, required class that most students are happy to start with in their schedules. Not only does it help your writing skills, this beginner English course helps prepare you for the amount of effort you will have to put into your classes.

2. Cas 100

This class usually goes hand in hand with English 15 and is a required course. In fact, most students taking summer session will schedule this with English 15. With many college courses, students find themselves tasked with making speeches for a large portion of the final grade. This class will help prepare you for what is to come and the professor’s will help you with your public speaking.

3. Sociology 119

This class satisfies General Science, US Cultures, and Bachelor of Arts requirements. A huge part of college education is building perspective and learning how to think critically. This class combines both features to help educate about social issues. The professor, Dr. Sam Richards, is known for his intellectual lectures saying, ““The best I can do is challenge everyone’s assumptions in equal measure. Nobody should ever walk away from my class without engaging in some sort of argument with me in their head.”

4. Horticulture 150: Plants in the Human Context

In need of a natural science class? Look no further than Dennis Decoteau’s class where you will learn about plant’s importances in everyday lives. Not only is it interesting, but the professor is known for caring about his students and making sure that everyone understands the material.

5. ENT 202: The Inset Connection

Still need a general science class and find plants a bit boring? Hopefully this class is a little more interesting with learning about insects and the various roles they have in the world. Even if you’re squeamish about bugs, overcome your fear and learn that these little guys actually can have a huge impact on the planet.

6. Kines 72: Fitness Walking

Since not everyone is athletically inclined, Fitness Walking is a great class for a required kinesiology credit. It’s a great way to learn time management, explore campus, and actually improve your stride. Since this is considered “fitness”, you will break a sweat in this class. Not to worry as it is a great and easy way to stay active during the week to help avoid the Freshmen 15.


Still need help with making decisions about which class to take? Check out our website and see which classes have notes or study guides published. Also, if you have any other suggestions, comment below!

CLASS OF 2021: Quick Ways On How To Choose Your Major

First of all, congratulations for taking a giant step into your future. I’m pretty sure you’re going to have a blast during your time. However, for those of you that might not know what you are going to do, I might have some tips that can help solve that. As a reminder, you might know that time is very valuable; so wasting it might not be the smartest choice, specially if you are paying a lot of money!! So here it is guys:

1. Question yourself

This is probably one of the biggest times in your life, so it’s an excellent exercise if you start questioning what you like to do. When I was a freshman, I had those friends that said: “But I don’t know what I like.” This is very ambiguous because you have to like something due to your exposure to different courses in high school. Therefore, I would suggest you find something you enjoy doing. This might be a little far, but effective: whenever you are working for somebody, don’t complain if they don’t pay initially because you are getting experience. So find a career that you can do for free when nobody wants to pay you in the initial stage. If this still doesn’t help you, go on to the next point.

2. Try new things

Don’t be scared! For some, college might be a little some intimidating, but please don’t feel overwhelm by the initial impression. It is all about what you do and how you can take advantage of it. Therefore, if you don’t know what career path you want to choose, try as many new classes as you want. Take engineering classes, architecture classes, art classes, english classes, so on and so forth; then I am pretty sure that you are going to find it this way. However, don’t let this carry-on for long. Restating my first point, time is very valuable, and you don’t want to waste it; specially if it is also about money.

3. Do what you want to do

If somebody else tells you to study something that you might not be interest in, do what you really want to study. This is really important because what matters is what makes you happy. This reiterates to my first point: it is important to choose your career wisely because you are going to work in your field most likely after you graduate. And I tell you this, there is nothing more miserable than working with something you don’t enjoy. So whenever somebody else tells you to study something they like, think about if you can do that for a career after college. Lastly, whenever you are doing something you want, you are going to do it best because you are enjoying it.

Don’t forget to use Omega Notes as your study resource.

What are some questions you may have as an incoming freshmen?