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FYE Courses

For Freshmen

Your First Year Experience (FYE) course is designed to help you make a successful transition to UCSD, both academically and personally. The three pillars of FYE are wellness, community and academic success. Wellness topics will include the benefits of self-care, defining healthy school-life balance, understanding the relationship between stress and academic performance, and discovering growth through failure. Community topics will include investigating co-curricular opportunities that connect with personal goals, and communicating well with diverse campus communities. Academic success topics will include articulating academic goals, connecting personal values to academic goals, and developing a variety of learning strategies that maximize academic performance.

Our whole team of faculty, Discussion Leaders, graduate mentors and staff believes in a holistic approach to supporting student development. Although we’ve identified three foundational themes (again: wellness, community, academic success), we expect lecture and discussion of these themes to intersect considerably. A person’s campus involvement impacts their personal wellness. A person’s wellness impacts their academic success. A person’s academic experiences may lead them to enriching co-curricular experiences (research, for example).

Expect this to be an exciting and challenging course. Participation in a 2-unit course is the equivalent to 2 hours of classroom time weekly (lecture, discussion section) and 4 hours of outside preparation weekly (reading, thinking, reflecting, projects). And expect this course to challenge you in ways that are different from traditional academic environments (e.g. challenging yourself to initiate conversations with faculty vs. taking final exams).

For Transfers

Your Transfer Year Experience (TYE) course is designed to help you make a successful transition to UCSD, both academically and personally. The three pillars of TYE are experiential learning, career and community. Experiential learning (e.g. research) topics will include the benefits of experiential learning regardless of post-graduate plans, identifying and articulating experiential learning goals, outlining the steps necessary to pursue your experiential learning goals (action plan), and investigating experiential learning opportunities that connect with your (academic, professional, personal) goals. Career topics will include identifying and articulating career goals, outlining the steps necessary to pursue professional goals (action plan), investigating internship opportunities that connect with personal goals, translating your experiences in an interview/professional setting, and developing your professional materials (e.g. resume, cover letter) for a job that you have a current interest in. Community topics will include effective communication practices with faculty, campus resources that support your co-curricular and social needs, and investigating opportunities that connect with your personal goals.

Our whole team of faculty, Discussion Leaders, graduate mentors and staff believes in a holistic approach to supporting student development. Although we’ve identified three foundational themes (again: experiential learning, career, community), we expect lecture and discussion of these themes to intersect considerably. A person’s experiential learning interests may impact their career goals/opportunities. A person’s leadership development can impact their abilities to find community. How a person values a relationship with faculty can impact their ability to secure a research opportunity. 

Expect this to be an exciting and challenging course. Participation in a 2-unit course is the equivalent to 2 hours of classroom time weekly (lecture, discussion section) and 4 hours of outside preparation weekly (reading, thinking, reflecting, projects). And expect this course to challenge you in ways different from traditional academic environments (e.g. challenging yourself to initiate conversations with faculty vs. taking final exams).

How to enroll in a FYE or TYE course

Students can enroll during their academic enrollment appointment. Preauthorization is not required.

  • Log onto Web Reg (https://act.ucsd.edu/webreg2)
  • Select your College's Freshmen or Transfer Course
    • Freshmen: REV 1, MUIR 1, TMC 1, WARR 1, ERC 1, SXTH 1
    • Transfer: REV 2, MUIR 2, TMC 2, WARR 2, ERC 2, SXTH 2 
Questions: Contact Academic Advising via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)
Learn about the benefits of enrolling in a FYE course here.