Biology

Biology is concerned with the workings of life in all its varied forms. Over the past few decades, the life sciences have been revolutionized by the development of molecular, cellular, genomic, and bioinformatics techniques that are now being utilized to study fundamental processes in organisms as well as applying this information to improve human health, enhance rational management of our environment, develop forensic science, and augment the production of renewable energy with the concomitant sequestering of pollutants, as well as approach ethical and legal issues that impinge on biological discoveries and their applications. The Biology curriculum aims to produce scientists with inquisitive minds who are self-reliant and who seek high quality of information about how the natural world works.

Building on the foundational science courses in chemistry, physics, biology, students in the Biology major learn to use the contemporary tools and approaches that are available to solve problems in areas of the current life sciences. In developing the major, we are first focusing on covering the essential “pillars of biological concepts”: molecular and cellular biology, genetics, and evolution. We also ensure that students are trained in modern methods of quantitative and computational analysis. The major is structured that students can take a diversity of upper-level courses upon completion of the core courses. These intermediate and advanced courses provide a broad and intensive background in modern biology for those interested in careers in research, health-related fields, biotechnology, and education, among others. The biology major allows students to pursue independent research that could lead to an undergraduate thesis.

The Biology program at NYU Shanghai has strong interactive ties with the Department of Biology and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU in New York, and the Biology program at NYU Abu Dhabi, as well as with other laboratories across the NYU Global Network.

Degree Requirements – 2018-19 Bulletin

* = offered in Spring’19 in Shanghai

The requirements below are from the online version of the 2018-2019 bulletin. Please refer to the Pre-2016-17 Registrar’s All Majors Degree Requirements Record2016-17 Registrar's All Majors Degree Requirements Record  and 2017-2018 Registrar's All Majors Degree Requirements Record if you are following a different major version. Not every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill this requirement. Requirements may be met through equivalent courses in the Global Network with prior approval.
PREREQUISITE COURSES
BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I* Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Laboratory Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

CHEM-SHU 126

Foundations of Chemistry II*

Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I AND pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus
CHEM-SHU 127 FoS Chemistry Laboratory* Pre-req or co-req: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II

PHYS-SHU 91 OR

PHYS-SHU 11

Foundations of Physics I Honors OR

General Physics I

Pre-req or co-req for PHYS-SHU 91: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

Pre-req or co-req for PHYS-SHU 11: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus, this can be waived by the instructor based on student's prior experience

PHYS-SHU 93 OR

PHYS-SHU 12

Foundations of Physics II HonorsOR

General Physics II*

Pre-req for PHYS-SHU 93: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors OR PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I with B+ or higher grade

Pre-req OR co-req: Calculus AND pre-req: PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I - this can be waived by the instructor based on student's prior experience

PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory Pre-req or co-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors or PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I
PHYS-SHU 94 Physics II Lab* Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 71 FoS Physics Laboratory

Note that Foundations of Physics III is NOT required for Biology majors.

MAJOR COURSES
NEUR-SHU 100 Math Tools for Life Sciences* Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II or permission by the instructor
BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems* Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 126 Foundations of Chemistry II; co-req: CHEM-SHU 225L Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM-SHU 225L Organic Chemistry I Lab Co-req: CHEM-SHU 225 Organic Chemistry I
BIOL-SHU 998 Integrated Science Capstone This course must be taken in the last semester before graduation.
BIOLOGY ELECTIVES: Choose Five
Note: Not every course listed is taught every semester, and in any given semester other courses may be offered that fulfill this requirement. Requirements may be met through equivalent courses in the Global Network with prior approval.
BIOL-SHU 30 Genetics Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
BIOL-SHU 31 Genetics Laboratory Pre-req or co-req is BIOL-SH 30 Genetics or BIOL-UA 30 Genetics
BIOL-SHU 44 Microbiology and Microbial Genomics Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems
BIOL-SHU 50 Immunology Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems
BIOL-SHU 58 Evolution  
BIOL-SHU 200 Topic: Molecular Biology of Cancer Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
BIOL-SHU 261 Genomics and Bioinformatics Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I, BIOL-SHU 42 Biostatistics or NEUR-SHU 100 Math Tools for Life Sciences or other Statistics course, and CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Programming
BIOL-SHU 263 Developmental Biology* Pre-req: BIOL-250 Organismal Systems, or BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
BIOL-SHU 271 Cell Biology: Body's Battle with Cancer* Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 314 Advanced Cell Biology Lab* Pre-req: Foundations of Biology I or II or Foundations of Biology Lab
BIOL-SHU 997 Biology Independent Research (2-4 credits) Note that one 4-credit Independent Study is allowed to count towards the Biology major elective. Two 2-credit Independent Studies can't satisfy the major elective. Students need to fill out the permission form.
BIOL-SHU 999 Biology Undergraduate Research Thesis* Students must receive invitation of Biology Area Coordinator
BIOL-SHU 1128 Systems Biology Pre-reqs: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems and BIOL-SHU 261 Genomics and Bioinformatics
CCEX-SHU 116 Where the City Meets the Sea Pre-req: None
CHEM-SHU 881 Biochemistry I Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 226 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM-SHU 882 Biochemistry II Pre-req: CHEM-SHU 881 Biochemistry I
MATH-SHU 160 Networks and Dynamics* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus with C or higher grade or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus  AND MATH-SHU 140 Linear Algebra.
NEUR-SHU 201 Introduction to Neuroscience Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I and co-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II
NEUR-SHU 222 Perception* Pre-req: NEUR-SHU 201 Intro to Neural Science or PSYC-SHU 101 Intro to Psychology
Students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take Organic Chemistry II as a general elective. Additionally, pre-health students may wish to take Introduction to Psychology or another relevant social sciences course, as required or recommended by some medical schools. Students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences should meet with advising staff early on to ensure adequate course planning.
Recommended Spring 2019 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2022) to take in Spring 2019
  1. Writing as Inquiry (4 credits)
  2. Foundations of Biology I (3 credits)
  3. Foundations of Chemistry II (3 credits) + FoS Chemistry Lab (2 credits)
  4. 2-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP)/2-credit Chinese 
  5. Core curriculum class (4 credits)
Note that students are required to have completed Elementary Chinese II or 8 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) before they are eligible to study away. 
Faculty Mentor

Prof. Danyang Yu Email: dy276@nyu.edu | Profile

Minor in Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Laboratory Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I

BIOL-SHU 30 OR

 

BIOL-SHU 263

Genetics  OR

 

Developmental Biology*

Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II 

Pre-req: BIOL-250 Organismal Systems, or BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II

BIOL-UA 36 OR

BIOL-UA 37

At the Bench: Applied Molecular Biology DNA Techniques OR

At the Bench: Applied Cell Biology OR

One approved class to count towards this minor

 
Minor in Genomics and Bioinformatics
BIOL-SHU 22 Foundations of Biology II Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Laboratory Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 261 Genomics and Bioinformatics Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I, BIOL-SHU 42 Biostatistics or other Statistics course, and CSCI-SHU 11 Intro to Programming

BIOL-SHU 44 OR

BIOL-SHU 1128 OR

BIOL-SHU 58

Microbiology and Microbial Genomics OR

TBA OR

Evolution

Pre-req: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems

Pre-reqs: BIOL-SHU 250 Organismal Systems and BIOL-SHU 261 Genomics and Bioinformatics

Pre-req: Foundations of Biology I