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Pre-baccalaureate Studies

General information

The pre-baccalaureate studies program is available to students who are accepted by NTID and are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program through one of the other colleges of RIT. It is a bridge program for qualified students, based on academic transcripts, scores on admissions tests, and other evidence that supports a reasonable expectation of success in baccalaureate course work. Qualified students who are undecided as to a program of study may choose the pre-baccalaureate studies career exploration option.

Enrollment in the pre-baccalaureate studies program is appropriate for students who need to further develop mathematics, English, or discipline-related skills. The academic program is flexible and individualized and allows students to focus on needed skills while concurrently progressing toward their chosen field of study. Students may take courses taught by NTID faculty, as well as entry-level courses taught in other RIT colleges. While in the program, students receive academic advising as well as career counseling.

Students cannot receive a degree in pre-baccalaureate studies. Rather, they will apply for admission into a baccalaureate program as soon as they are academically ready and the college offering their chosen baccalaureate program reviews their application for admission. After completing an entire academic year in the program, a student must transfer to a degree-granting program in NTID or one of the other colleges of RIT.

Arts and Imaging Studies

Kenneth F. Hoffmann, Chairperson
Visual Communications Studies Department

Students entering pre-baccalaureate studies in arts and imaging studies will typically be required to have:

ACT: minimum score of 18
English: Placement into a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150)
Mathematics: Placement into mathematics course NMTH-120 or higher for BFA degrees or NMTH-250 or higher for BS degrees
Science: Placement into science NSCI-120 or higher for BFA degrees or NSCI-250 or higher for BS degrees

Pre-baccalaureate studies, arts and imaging studies (schools of American Crafts, Art, and Design), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NGRD-115 Visual Idea Development 3
NGRD-111, 211 Drawing I, II 6
NAIS-120 Principles of Design and Color 3
NAIS-130 Raster and Vector Graphics 3
NGRD-140 Graphic Design and Typography I 3
  LAS-General Education 12
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 34

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

Note: Portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admission. See the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences support coordinator for further information.

Pre-baccalaureate studies, arts and imaging studies (School of Photographic Arts and Sciences), BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NGRP-110, 210 Digital Photography I, II 6
NGRD-111 Drawing I 3
NAIS-120 Principles of Design and Color 3
NAIS-130 Raster and Vector Graphics 3
NGRD-115 Visual Idea Development 3
NGRD-140 Graphic Design and Typography I 3
  LAS-General Education 12
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 34

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

Pre-baccalaureate studies, arts and imaging studies (School of Photographic Arts and Sciences), BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NGRP-110 Digital Photography I 3
NAIS-120 Principles of Design and Color 3
NAIS-130 Raster and Vector Graphics 3
NGRP-231 Image Preparation 3
NGRP-232 Image Manipulation 3
  Math Course† 3
  Science Course‡ 3
  LAS-General Education 12
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 34

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

† Students may choose any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher.

‡ Students may choose any science course numbered NSCI-120 or higher.

Pre-baccalaureate studies, arts and imaging studies (film and animation option), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NGRP-220 Videography 3
SOFA-107 Principles of Animation 3
SOFA-103 Film/Video Materials and Technology 3
SOFA-106 Film Syntax 3
  Theatre Electives/Performing Arts† 3-9
  LAS-General Education 12
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 28-34

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

† Please see the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences support coordinator for a list of current theatre electives.

Pre-baccalaureate studies, arts and imaging studies (School of Media Sciences), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NAIS-130 Raster and Vector Graphics 3
NAIS-150 Page Layout I 3
NGRP-231 Image Preparation 3
NGRP-232 Image Manipulation 3
NGRP-245 Color Theory and Management 3
  Math Course† 3
  Science Course‡ 3
  LAS-General Education 12
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 34

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

† Students may choose any mathematics course numbered NMTH-120 or higher.

‡ Students may choose any science course numbered NSCI-120 or higher.

Engineering Studies

Dino Laury, Chairperson, Engineering Studies

Pre-baccalaureate studies, engineering option, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  First Year Seminar 3
  Pre-baccalaureate Courses† 0-3
  Major Courses 6
PHYS-211, 212 University Physics I, II 8
  LAS-General Education 6
MATH-181, 182 Project-based Calculus I, II‡ 8
Total Semester Credit Hours 32-35

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

† Pre-baccalaureate courses strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

‡ Alternative mathematics courses may be required as prerequisites, depending on placement. If pursuing the physics option, students must choose the physics sequence.

Pre-baccalaureate studies, engineering technology option, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  First Year Seminar 3
  Pre-baccalaureate Courses† 0-3
  Undeclared Engineering Technology Seminar 1
  Major Courses 6
  LAS-General Education 6
PHYS-111 College Physics I 4
MATH-111 Pre-Calculus 3
MATH-171, 172 Calculus A, B‡ 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30-33

Please see the General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.

† Pre-baccalaureate courses strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

‡ Alternative mathematics courses may be required as prerequisites, depending on placement. If pursuing the physics option, students must choose the physics sequence.

Liberal Studies

Jennifer L. Gravitz, Chairperson, Liberal Studies

Students entering pre-baccalaureate studies in liberal studies will typically be required to have:

ACT: Minimum composite score of 19 with a reading score of 20 and all other skill area scores of 18 or higher
English: Placement into Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100)
Mathematics: Placement into the NTID Advanced Mathematics (NMTH-275) course or higher

Pre-baccalaureate studies, liberal arts, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  First Year Major Courses 6
  LAS-General Education* 6-9
  Mathematics or Science Course‡ 3
  NTID Humanities or Social Science Courses§ 3
  Pre-Baccalaureate Courses† 6-9
Total Semester Credit Hours 25-31

* Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students should also choose a course that satisfies one of the RIT LAS Perspectives: ethical (P1), artistic (P2), global (P3), or social (P4).

† Pre-baccalaureate courses strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

‡ Students may choose one of the following: NMTH-210, NMTH-250, NMTH-260, or a science course numbered NSCI-250 or higher.

§ Students may choose one of the following: any communication studies course numbered NCOM-201 or higher, or any humanities and social sciences course numbered NHSS-260 or higher.

Science and Mathematics

Matthew A. Lynn, Interim Chairperson, Science and Mathematics

Students entering pre-baccalaureate studies in science or mathematics will typically be required to have:

ACT: Minimum composite score of 19 with reading and mathematics scores of 20 and English and science scores of 18
English: Placement into Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100)
Mathematics: Placement in NTID Advanced Mathematics (NMTH-275) course or higher

Pre-baccalaureate studies (biology, biotechnology, environmental science, environmental management, or medical sciences), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  Pre-baccalaureate courses# 3-6
BIOL-101, 102 General Biology I, II 6
BIOL-103, 104 General Biology Lab I, II 2
  LAS General Education* 9
MATH-101 College Algebra 3
MATH-161 Applied Calculus‡ 3
  Total Semester Credit Hours 27-30

# Pre-baccalaureate courses are an available option to strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150).

‡ Alternative mathematics courses may be required as prerequisites, depending on placement.

Pre-baccalaureate studies in science (chemistry option), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  Pre-baccalaureate courses# 3-6
CHMG-141, 142 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II 6
CHMG-145, 146 General and Analytical Chemistry Labs I, II 2
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II
  LAS General Education* 9
  Total Semester Credit Hours 27-30

# Pre-baccalaureate courses are available to strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150).

Pre-baccalaureate studies in science (math or physics option), typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  Pre-baccalaureate courses# 3-6
Choose one of the following course sequences: 8
   CHMG-141, 142, 145, 146    General and Analytical Chemistry I, II and Labs I, II  
   PHYS-211, 212    University Physics I, II§  
Choose one of the following course sequences: 6
   MATH-171, 172    Calculus A, B‡  
   MATH-181, 182    Project-Based Calculus I, II‡  
  LAS General Education* 9
  Total Semester Credit Hours 27-30

# Pre-baccalaureate courses are an option to strengthen students’ skills in critical thinking, learning strategies, and specific discipline areas.

‡ Alternate mathematics courses may be required as prerequisites, depending on placement.

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150).  

§ If pursuing the physics option, students must choose the physics sequence.