Student Success & Academic Advising Center

General Students

Are you a traditional student but undecided about a major?

  • Go to the Career Development – A-Z Search, click on “C,” Career Development, under the “Students & Alumni” column, choose “Career Exploration” Or go to this link:  https://www.missouriwestern.edu/careerdevelopment/career-exploration/
  • If you need to be a full-time student, you need to be enrolled in 12 hours and courses with a CED prefix do not count in the 12 hours.
  • NOTE: Many junior and senior level courses require English and math as prerequisites. Most students should elect to enroll in an English and math course their first semester. See the table below to determine which course to elect.
  • If you know your ACT subscores:

 

ENGLISH:
English subscore < 18, must enroll in ENG 100 or a Writing Placement Exam  score of 4 or higher To challenge your English placement, students can take the Writing Placement  Exam during the New Student Registration Program or Walk-In Registration
English subscore 18-25, can enroll in ENG 104 (Requires Reading ACT subscore of 18 or higher or accuplacer score of 85 or higher) For further information on challenge options, please call the English Department at 816.271.4310
English subscore 26 or higher, can enroll in ENG 112 or a Writing Placement Exam  score of 6 or higher Once you complete this course, you will receive 6 hours of composition credit, which fulfills the English composition requirement for general studies for 4 yr. degree     programs
READING:  
Reading subscore < 18, must enroll in RDG 095 or an Accuplacer Reading Score  is 85 or higher To challenge the reading placement, students can take the Accuplacer Reading  Placement Exam during the New Student Registration Program or during Walk-In  Registration
Reading subscore 18 or higher, no reading course is required For further information on the reading placement test, please call the English Department at 816.271.4310
MATH:

Math placement is based on your math ACT subscore and/or your Math Placement Test score. To determine math course enrollment, please refer to this link: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/csmp/determine-math-enrollment/

For general questions about the Math Placement Test, go to this link: http://placement.missouriwestern.edu .

To schedule a time to take the Math Placement Test, go to this link: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/csmp/mathplacementappointment/

If you have questions about the math placement process please contact the Center for Success in Mathematics at 816-271-4400 or the Computer Science/Math/Physics Department at 816-271-4288.
Math courses that count as general studies are as follows:
  • MAT 110 and MAT 110E – Contemporary Problem Solving
  • MAT 112 – Fine Mathematics
  • MAT 116 – College Algebra
  • MAT 137 – Calculus in Business and the Non-Physical Sciences
  • MAT 147 – Applied Calculus
  • MAT 165 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation
  • MAT 167 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

Refer to the chart for General Studies Math Requirements

https://www.missouriwestern.edu/advising/wp-content/uploads/sites/296/2015/03/General-Studies-Math-Requirement-by-Department.pdf

to ensure you are taking the correct math course for your intended major.

If you do not know what you want to major in, the following is a list of Recommended Courses for 1st Year Students with an ACT composite score below 20:

  • UNV 101 – Freshmen Seminar
  • RDG 095 – Reading Skills Improvement (required if ACT reading subscore is 17 or below)
  • MAT 081 (required if ACT math subscore is 17 or below)
  • MAT 110E – Contemporary Problem Solving and MAT 099 – Supplemental Instruction for Success (requires consecutive enrollment; requires ACT math subscore 18-21 or determined by placement test)
  • ENG 100 – Introduction to College Writing (required if ACT English subscore is 17 or below) or ENG 104 – College Writing and Rhetoric (ACT English subscore of 18-25 or determined by placement test)
  • COM 104 – Oral Communication
  • BIO 101 – Principles of Biology
  • CHE 101 – Introduction to Chemistry
  • PHY 104 – Introduction to Astronomy
  • ECO 101 – Current Issues in the Economy
  • SOC 120 – General Anthropology
  • ART 100 – Introduction to Art
  • MUS 101 – Perspectives in Music
  • THR 113 – Introduction to Theatre
  • FRE 100 – Elementary French I
  • PED 101 – Fitness and Wellness

If you do not know what you want to major in, the following is a list of Recommended Courses for 1st Year Students with an ACT composite score of 20 or higher:

  • UNV 101 – Freshman Seminar
  • MAT 110 – Contemporary Problem Solving. (requires 22 or higher ACT math subscore or determined by placement test)
  • MAT 110E – Contemporary Problem Solving and MAT 099 – Supplemental Instruction for Success (requires consecutive enrollment; requires ACT math subscore 18-21 or determined by placement test)
  • MAT 112 – Finite Math (requires 22 or higher ACT math subscore or determined by placement test)
  • MAT 116 – College Algebra (requires 22 or higher ACT math subscore or determined by placement test)
  • COM 104 -
  • BIO 101 – Principles of Biology
  • CHE 101 – Introductory Chemistry
  • PHY 104 – Introduction to Astronomy
  • ESC 111 – Physical Geology
  • ECO 101 – Current Issues in the Economy
  • PSY 101 – General Psychology
  • SOC 110 – Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 120 – General Anthropology
  • PSC 101 – American National Government
  • ENG 210 – Approaches to Literature
  • ENG 220 – Introduction to Reading Texts
  • ART 100 – Introduction to Art
  • MUS 101 – Perspectives in Music
  • THR 113 – Introduction to Theatre
  • FRE 100 – Elementary French I
  • SPA 100 – Elementary Spanish I
  • GER 100 – Elementary German I
  • CHI 100 – Elementary Chinese I
  • PED 101 – Fitness and Wellness

Please note – some majors require specific general studies so refer to the major declaration form  https://forms.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/ug/ o f your intended major or major you might pursue to avoid taking a class you don’t need.

 

Are you a traditional student and know your major?

  • Please go to the Missouri Western homepage, A-Z Search, click on “M,” Major/Minor forms
  • Remember if a course has an asterisk (*) this means it has a pre-requisite (you must complete another course before you are allowed to take that course.)
  • If you need to be a full-time student, you need to be enrolled in 12 hours and courses with a CED prefix do not count in the 12 hours.
  • NOTE: Many junior and senior courses require English and math as prerequisites. Most students should enroll in an English and math course their first semester.
  • Several departments, as nursing, elementary education, physical therapist assistant and other programs do not have introductory courses. Therefore, you can look for a couple of courses to take until you meet the admission requirements set by department guidelines.