Foundational Studies FAQ's
QUESTIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT FOUNDATIONAL STUDIES:
Math Placement Guidelines
University Testing Office
Math and CS Tutoring
The department runs tutoring labs
for beginning Math and CS courses. Math tutoring is currently held in Root
Hall A-158 and is normally open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday
8am-3:30pm. CS tutoring is currently held in Root Hall A-015 and is normally
open Monday 8:30am-noon 1-3pm, 4-7pm; Tuesday 8:30am-noon, 1-5pm; Wednesday
8am-noon, 1-3pm; Thursday 8:30-11am, 2-3:30pm; Friday 8:30-11am, 2-3pm.
Contact for additional
Information on Sycamore Standard, ADA, Laptops, and Academic Freedom
Can I take courses in my native language to satisfy the Non-Native Language requirement?
- Students wishing to take a language course in their native language or in a language in which they have achieved fluency must petition the LLL Department to receive course credit.
- In most cases students may not fulfill their foreign language requirement by taking courses in their native language.
- Credit will be granted only if it is determined by the LLL Department that the course covers materials or develops skills that the student has not yet mastered.
- No mastery credit will be awarded to students for courses in their native language (credit for 101, 102, 201 or 202) upon completion of a higher level course.
Does everyone need to take a Health and Wellness Course?
- Completion of basic training as an active enlistee or a reservist meets this requirement.
- The activity portion of the course may be modified for students with disabilities.
- Students with disabilities may take the course online.
How do I know which Quantitative Literacy or Mathematics course to take?
- Prerequisite for MATH 102—SAT Math score of 430 or a ACT Math score of 17.
An SAT MATH score of 430 or higher or an ACT MATH score of 17 or
higher qualify the student to enroll directly in Math 102.
For more information please
Note, all placement exams are in the University Testing facility located in Erickson Hall 231 on
campus (812) 237-7776.
Is a Science lab really required?
- Students must enroll in both the lecture and the lab to receive
full credit for the course.
Where can I find information about transfer students?
Which Composition course should I take?
English Placement: is determined by SAT scores or previous completion of a college English course.
- English 101 and 105 or, if SAT Verbal score is at least 510 or ACT Verbal score is at least 20, English 107.
- After completing 43 hours, take English 305, 305T, 307, 308 or BEIT 336.
- English majors, minors and honors students take English 108 unless exempted by a placement test, international students whose native language is not English take ESL 103A and/or ESL 103B before taking English 105.
Please note, the English Department offers assistance to students through the writing center:
ISU Library, First Floor Southwest corner
Writing Center: (812) 237-2989
Can I take Foundational Studies courses abroad?
Yes! Please contact Ms. Janis Halpern, the Study Abroad Program Director, for more information.
Office Address: SH 215
Office Telephone: (812) 237-3427
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