Course Recommendations

Here's a list of courses we recommend transfer students take before enrolling here at DePaul. Choose the college you're planning to enroll in to learn more.

Driehaus College of Business

The following courses are recommended to be completed prior to your transfer into the Driehaus College of Business:

  • Mathematics and Statistics: Business Calculus I (MAT 135); Business Calculus II (MAT 136); Business Statistics (MAT 137). Begin your math sequence as soon as possible.
  • Economics: Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 105); Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 106). Complete both.
  • Accountancy: Principles of Accounting I with a lab (ACC 101); Principles of Accounting II (ACC 102). Complete both.

All of these courses are required for every student in the Driehaus College of Business and courses need to be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

 

College of Science and Health

If you plan to major in science, we recommend that you select your major early in your college career.

Most science majors require a large number of introductory and prerequisite courses. If you don’t take certain classes right away, it may take you longer than four years to complete your degree.

For many of the science, health and math majors, we recommend that you complete two semesters or three quarters of calculus before you transfer here.  This will help you be prepared for the math required to take many upper level science and major courses.

You don’t have to complete these core requirements before transferring, but we highly recommend you take equivalent courses whenever possible. Along with general education courses, we recommend you take some of these core course in your intended majors:

  • Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Lab Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences and Neuroscience: a yearlong sequence of general biology, a yearlong sequence of general or analytical chemistry.
  • Actuarial Sciences, Data Science, Mathematics, and Physics*: a yearlong sequence of college calculus.
*A yearlong sequence of university physics is recommended if you're considering majoring in Physics.

College of Computing and Digital Media

No matter which of our three schools your major is associated with, courses from your community college should transfer here to DePaul. Course recommendations vary considerably by major; use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage or contact us if you have specific questions about whether a course will transfer and apply in a specific major.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

No matter which major you choose to study, you should find courses at your community college that are likely to have equivalents at DePaul. Contact us or use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage prior to taking courses at your community college.

We recommend you complete your general education requirements—at DePaul we call them the Liberal Studies Program—at your community college. Don’t take too many courses in the same discipline, even if you plan to major in it. Although the credit may transfer, often these courses don’t match our program requirements and end up taking the place of electives you could have chosen here at DePaul.

There is an exception—Modern Languages. If you want to study a language, take as many courses as you can. You can’t declare a major in Modern Languages until you’ve reached the intermediate level, so completing as many introductory courses as you can decreases the number of pre-major courses you’ll need to take here at DePaul.

Complete your math requirements as soon as possible. Early math success correlates to overall success in college. Each of our majors includes quantitative reasoning and technological literacy (or calculus) plus a science requirement, so taking these courses before transferring  to DePaul is a good plan.

College of Education

No matter which major you choose to study, you should find courses at your community college that are likely to have equivalents at DePaul. Contact us or use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage prior to taking courses at your community college.

The following courses are recommended to be completed prior to your transfer into the College of Education:

  • U.S. History and Introduction to the American Political System: these are required courses for all education majors.
  • Introduction to Education: check for transfer equivalences specific to your program and community college where the course is taken.
  • Human Development: select the courses that correlate to the age level you hope to teach (for example, early childhood human development, elementary age human development, adolescent human development, etc.).
  • Educational Psychology: check for transfer equivalence specific to your program and community college where the course is taken.
  • Mainstreaming Students with Disabilities: typically transfers to elementary education and secondary education.
  • Math for Elementary Teachers 1 and 2: typically transfers to elementary education. Begin math sequence as soon as possible at your community college.
  • Physical Education Courses: typically transfers to physical education and exercise science (10 hours required).

College of Communication

No matter which major you choose to study, you should find courses at your community college that have equivalents at DePaul. Contact us or use the transfer tools available on the Transferring Your Courses webpage prior to taking courses at your community college.

The following courses are recommended to be completed prior to your transfer into the College of Communication.

Core courses for all majors:

  • Introduction to Human Communication; Mass Communication; Intercultural Communication; Public Speaking

Courses by major:

  • Communication Studies: Performance of Literature; Interpersonal Communication; and Research Methods
  • Journalism: Introduction to Journalism; Feature Writing
  • Media and Cinema Studies: History of Cinema; Film and Video Analysis
  • Organizational Communication: Business and Professional Communication; Small Group Communication; Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations and Advertising: Principles of Advertising; Introduction to Public Relations; Writing for Public Relations and Advertising

Contact Us

Our transfer counselors are always available to answer your questions. Get in touch today with a Transfer Admission Counselor.

Phone
(312) 362-8300 or toll-free (800) 4DePAUL outside Illinois

Email
admission@depaul.edu