Discovery Program Overview

PurposeDiscovery logo includes symbols for all academic disciplines.

The Discovery Program provides the intellectual framework for students in any major. It represents the faculty's collective belief in what constitutes and contributes to essential knowledge of the world. Together, students and faculty attempt to understand fully and use ethically that knowledge, both in the present and as a reservoir from which to draw in the future. These intellectual skills, knowledge, and ethical grounding will help prepare students to contribute to the creation of a more sustainable, healthy, just, and prosperous world.

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius.

Discovery Program Overview

Discovery Foundation Skills

ENGL 401*
To be completed your first year.
*Also fulfilles one of four required Writing Intensive courses.
Quantitative Reasoning
One course normally to be completed by the end of the first year or 32 credits.
One course to be completed in the first or second year.
**Inquiry courses (444 course or INQ Attribute course) may be taken in a category below or within the major.

Discovery in the Disciplines 

1 course from each category

Biological Science* Physical Science*
Fine and Performing Arts


Historical Perspectives World Cultures
Social Science Environment, Technology and Society




*One (BS or PS) must have a Discovery laboratory (DLAB)

Click here for category and DLab descriptions

The Senior Year Capstone Experience

The Capstone allows you to reflect on your education and synthesize the knowledge and skills you have gained from your Discovery Program courses and major. The Capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning. Departments may allow honors theses, mentored research projects, and other special student activities to substitute for designated department Capstones. The capstone is approved and directed within your major during the senior year.