Our commitment to every entering student is that we will help you get on track for a four-year graduation for the major you select at entrance. This means making sure you are enrolled in courses that meet your degree requirements from the beginning. This provides you with the foundation necessary to complete advanced undergraduate work in later terms.
College is your opportunity for exploration, and finding the right major or career is part of the journey. We don't want you to feel pressured into choosing a major right from the start. If you are unsure about your studies, that's OK! There are only a handful of majors and programs (engineering, health science related fields, special education, teacher certification) that require specific courses to be taken first semester, so being undecided won't put you behind. When you complete the registration survey, be sure to answer all of our questions accurately and choose "Undecided" as your major. Your answers will inform our scheduling process, and ensure that we get you registered for courses that meet degree requirements, and expose you to areas of self-identified interest. Still unsure about being undecided? Check out the following video to learn more about how Gonzaga supports our students searching for majors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUsP2MWr7f8
Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Gonzaga University must be admitted to the major as part of the regular application and admission process to the University. This is the only way in which students can pursue a Nursing degree at Gonzaga. If you did not apply as a Nursing major, or were not admitted as such, you will not be able to pursue Nursing at Gonzaga.
Students who wish to pursue Engineering degrees, with the exception of Computer Science, must be admitted to these programs as part of the regular application and admission process to Gonzaga University. This is called Direct Admit. Students who are interested in Engineering, but did not apply to the University as such, may study under a "Pre-Engineering" curriculum. Students are required to complete a series of course and grade requirements in selected courses (for example, the first year seminar series, mathematics, physics and chemistry courses) in order to petition to enter an Engineering major no earlier than the student's sophomore year. For more information about the Pre-Engineering route and requirements, please contact the School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Office. When completing the Academic Interest Survey, please choose the Pre-Engineering major option when prompted. This will put you in our Pre-Engineering curriculum this fall.
I am thinking about study abroad my junior year. Is there anything I should know that might effect my first semester schedule?
Yes! If you are thinking about going abroad, you should consider taking a language your first semester. Some study abroad programs require coursework in foreign language before travel, while others do not. During the fall, have a conversation with your advisor about long-range academic planning. Every study abroad program calls for careful academic planning, including appropriate coursework in the target language.
Learn more about Gonzaga's many Study Abroad opportunities.