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What are some common college courses?

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Freshman composition and U.S. History are the two most common courses taken in college. This trend has remained in place for more than five decades.

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In community colleges, English 111 is the freshman composition course. Each college may have a different name for the course, but it is essentially the same class. Depending on students' placement test scores, they may have to take remedial math classes in college, but most commonly, College Algebra is the freshman math class. U.S. History, World History and Art History are other common classes that are taken in college.

Foreign languages are usually a degree requirement, so often a 111 level and a 112 level foreign language is on the list as well. Chemistry is another class that is very commonly enrolled in. For the allied health fields, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Anatomy and Physiology 2 are must-haves. Just about any Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree will have a Biology class requirement as well.

There are also assorted English classes that are above and beyond the freshman requirement, such as American Literature, British Literature and other English courses that focus more on the practical aspects of English usage in the workplace.

There is college trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and Geometry. There are also many science-based courses such as College Physics and other assorted biology classes that are available.

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