Your Courses at Cal Poly Humboldt

A huge advantage to being in Rising Tides is our clear course enrollment process. Students who are eligible for the program are guided to enroll in particular sections of courses. This takes the guesswork out of which courses to add, places you on the most efficient path to earning your degree in 4 years, and ensures there is always a familiar face in your courses. These classes satisfy major and general education (GE) requirements, meaning that if you decide to change your major they will still count towards a different degree.

All first time STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students at Humboldt take a course called Science 100: Becoming a STEM Professional in the 21st Century. This course is required to participate in Rising Tides.

Fall Semester

General Oceanography (OCN 109)
  • A first step into marine sciences at Cal Poly Humboldt. This course has a focus on the extent of the ocean, plant/animal life, currents, tides, waves, and the ocean floor.
English or Communications (ENGL 102 or 104 or COMM 100)
  • These courses are general education (GE) courses that all Humboldt students must take, regardless of major.
Mathematics (MATH)
  • Depending on your preparedness you will be enrolled in the appropriate math class, which will be algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus (MATH 101i, 101, 102, 105 or 109 depending on major). We will contact you about how this will be determined during the spring before your arrival.
Science 100: Becoming a Scientist in the 21st Century (SCI 100)
  • This is a general education (GE) course fulfilling the Lifelong Learning requirement.
  • This is a GE course designed to introduce you to your major, Humboldt, and what it means to be a scientist.
  • This course has activities and assignments designed to support you as a new Humboldt science student. For example, you'll learn effective study skills and use a variety of campus resources that will help you thrive socially and academically.


Spring Semester

Similarly, you'll be guided to enroll specific courses in the spring. This time we’ll leave some room in your schedule - giving you the opportunity to choose the rest of your classes with the help of an Academic Advisor.

In addition to a STEM lab course, all Rising Tides students will take Introduction to Native American Studies (NAS 104) knowledges, cultures, and belief systems. This course will help you connect western science with Indigenous cultures, values, and environmental knowledges.