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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.

Pre-baccalaureate studies 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 take courses taught by support department and other NTID faculty, along with entry-level courses taught in other RIT colleges. While in the program, students receive academic advising as well as career counseling.

Students do not receive a degree in pre-baccalaureate studies. They 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, Arts and Imaging Studies

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

ACT: minimum score of 18
English: Placement in the Writing Seminar (0502-227) course
Mathematics: Placement in level B mathematics course, Concepts of Measurement (0884-150) or higher, for BFA degrees or level D, 0884-250 or higher, for BS degrees
Science: Placement in level B science, 0885-150 or higher, for BFA degrees or level D, 0885-250 or higher, for BS degrees

Pre-baccalaureate studies in the imaging arts and sciences in the schools of Art, Design, and American Crafts, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Visual Idea Development 0855-310 3
Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Drawing 0855-311, 312, 313 9
Bitmap Graphics 0855-251 3
Design Concept Development 0855-255 3
Vector Graphics 0855-252 3
Typography I, II 0855-253 6
Color in Design 0855-314 3
Elective 3
Liberal Arts* 12
Freshman Seminar 0887-200 2
Total Quarter Credit Hours 44

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

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 in imaging arts and sciences in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Digital Photography I, II 0855-323, 373 6
Basic and Intermediate Drawing 0855-311, 312 6
Visual Idea Development 0855-310 3
Design Concept Development 0855-255 3
Applied Color Theory 0855-254 3
Bitmap Graphics 0855-251 3
Image Acquisition 0855-321 3
Image Manipulation 0855-322 3
Liberal Arts* 12
Freshman Seminar 0887-200 2
Total Quarter Credit Hours 44

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

 

Pre-baccalaureate studies in imaging arts and sciences in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Bitmap Graphics 0855-251 3
Visual Idea Development 0855-310 3
Applied Color Theory 0855-254 3
Design Concept Development 0855-255 3
Image Acquisition 0855-321 3
Image Manipulation 0855-322 3
Digital Photography I 0855-323 3
Level D Math 0884-250 or higher 4
Level D Science 0885-250 or higher 4
Liberal Arts* 12
Freshman Seminar 0887-200 2
Total Quarter Credit Hours 43

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227). 

 

Pre-baccalaureate studies in imaging arts and sciences, film and animation option, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Digital Video for Multimedia 2065-217# 4
Introduction to Animation 2065-331 4
Scriptwriting I 2065-342 3
Film Language 2065-222 2
Theater Electives/NTID Performing Arts** 2-8
Liberal Arts* 12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 27-33

** See College of Imaging Arts and Sciences support coordinator for current information regarding theater electives.

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

# With departmental permission.

 

Pre-baccalaureate studies in imaging arts and sciences in the School of Print Media, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Bitmap Graphics 0855-251 3
Vector Graphics 0855-252 3
Typography I 0855-253 3
Applied Color Theory 0855-254 3
Image Acquisition 0855-321 3
Image Manipulation 0855-322 3
Foundations of Algebra 0884-180 4
Applications of Algebra 0884-210 4
Choose one of the following: 4
   Explorations in College Algebra 0884-260  
   Algebra for Management Science 1016-225  
Level D Science 0885-250 or higher 4
Liberal Arts* 12
Freshman Seminar 0887-200 2
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227). 

 

Liberal Studies

Kathryn L. Schmitz, 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 in Written Communication II (0502-111)
Mathematics: Placement in the NTID Advanced Mathematics (0885-275) course or higher

Pre-baccalaureate studies in liberal arts, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar 0853-200 2
First-year major courses depending on program of study 12
Liberal Arts* 12
Mathematics or Science 4
NTID Humanities or Social Science course 3
Pre-baccalaureate courses# 6-8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 39-41

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Depending on placement, the writing sequence may begin with Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

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

 

Science and Mathematics

Vincent A. Daniele, 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 in Written Communication II (0502-111)
Mathematics: Placement in the NTID Advanced Mathematics (0885-275) course or higher

Pre-baccalaureate studies in biology, biotechnology, medical sciences, environmental science, and environmental management, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar 0853-200 2
Pre-baccalaureate courses# (2-5)
General Biology I, II, III 1001-201, 202, 203 9
General Biology Lab 1001-205, 206, 207 3
Liberal Arts* 12
College Algebra and Trigonometry 1016-204 4
Elementary Calculus I, II 1016-214, 215‡ 6
Total Quarter Credit Hours 38-41

# 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 Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

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

 

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

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar 0853-200 2
Pre-baccalaureate courses# 2-5
General and Analytical Chemistry I, II, III 1011-215, 216, 217 10
Chemistry Labs 1011-205, 206, 227 3
Choose one group of courses: 8-12
   Group A:  
       Calculus with Foundations I, II 1016-261,262  
   Group B:  
      Calculus A, B, C 1016-271, 272, 273  
Liberal Arts* 12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 37-44

# 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 Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

 

Pre-baccalaureate studies in science, math, or physics options, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar 0853-200 2
Pre-baccalaureate courses# 2-5
Choose one of the following science sequences: 12
   Chemical Principles I, II, III with Labs 1011-205, 206, 207  
    University Physics I, II, III 1017-311, 312, 313‡§  
Choose one group of courses: 12
   Group A:  
       Calculus A, B, C 1016-271, 272, 273  
   Group B:  
       Project-Based Calculus I, II, III 1016-281, 282,283  
Liberal Arts* 12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 40-43

# 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 Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

§ Students must choose one of the two physics sequences for the physics option.

 

Engineering Studies

Dino Laury, Chairperson, Engineering Studies

Pre-baccalaureate studies in engineering option, typical course sequence

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar 0853-200 2
Pre-baccalaureate courses# (2)
Major-related courses depending on area of interest 16
College Chemistry 1011-208 4
University Physics I, II 1017-311, 312 8
Liberal Arts* 12
Calculus I, II, III 1016-281, 282, 283‡ 12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 54-56

# Pre-baccalaureate courses are an 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 Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

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

 

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

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar 0853-200 2
Pre-baccalaureate courses# (2)
Engineering Technology Seminar 0606-101 2
Major-related courses depending on area of interest 16
Liberal Arts* 12
Technical Math I, II 0692-221, 222‡ 8
Pre-calculus for Engineering Technology‡ (4)
Calculus for Engineering Technology I, II 1016-231, 232‡  8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 54-56

# Pre-baccalaureate courses are an 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 Written Communication I (0502-110), Written Communication II (0502-111), or Writing Seminar (0502-227).

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