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Fall 2017 UNIV 189 Update Information

Clarification on 189 courses for AY18

Background – In March of 2017 the NDSU Faculty Senate approved the removal of the 189 course from the General Education requirements.  Programs were directed to an expedited process to opt-in to require 189 in their curriculums.  The prefix UNIV was reserved for 189 courses offered by the Advising Resource Center for undeclared students.  Out of 109 programs, 36 programs opted in to have a 189 requirement.  Those that opted in included:

Opted In:
CollegeAFSNR- all programsAHSS
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Animal Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Economics
  • Equine Science
  • Food Safety
  • Food Science
  • General Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Microbiology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Range Science
  • Soil Science
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Agricultural Communication
  • Journalism
  • Management Communication
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • New Media and Web Design
  • Strategic Communication
  • Biological Sciences Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Computer Science and Physics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Psychology


What is 189? The description for this course in the Undergraduate Bulletin is:
(Prefix) 189

Skills for Academic Success, 1
This course is designed to ease the transition for new students at NDSU.  Students will learn skills and techniques used by successful college students.  In addition to introducing the students to campus resources and governance, topics will include study techniques, time management, test taking, note taking, goal setting, wellness, stress management, and career orientation.

How does 189 work as a requirement?

  • If required by a program, 189 is only required for first-time, first-year students -- *First-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.
  • Students that are not first-time, first-year students that transfer into the major are not required to take 189.  This includes internal major changes and transfer students.


  • If unsure how to handle advising for students going into programs that require 189, please contact the Advising Resource Center Coordinator, Andrea Weber (231-8662,
  • If this is not meeting the expectation of the program for 189 as a requirement, then proposals for new courses would be appropriate.  Please contact the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Charlene Wolf-Hall (231-6163,, if you need help determining the quickest way to get a new course on the books.


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