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 Fall ’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 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

BIOL-SHU 22

Foundations of Biology II*

Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I

BIOL-SHU 123

FoS Biology Lab*

Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 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 131 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 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

CHEM-SHU 127

FoS Chemistry I Lab*

Pre-req or co-req: CHEM-SHU 125 Foundations of Chemistry I

PHYS-SHU 11 OR

PHYS-SHU 91

General Physics I* OR

Foundations of Physics I Honors*

Pre-req or co-req for PHYS-SHU 11 or PHYS-SHU 91: MATH-SHU 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

PHYS-SHU 12 OR

PHYS-SHU 93

General Physics II OR

Foundations of Physics II Honors

Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I 

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

PHYS-SHU 71

FoS Physics Lab*

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 I Lab

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

CHEM-SHU 225L

Organic Chemistry I Lab*

Co-req or pre-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 AND BIOL-SHU 42 Biostatistics or other Statistics course AND CSCI-SHU 11 Introduction to Computer 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 131 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 Fall 2019 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2023) to take in Fall 2019
  1. Calculus (4 credits)
  2. Global Perspectives on Society (4 credits)
  3. Foundations of Chemistry I (3 credits) 
  4. General Physics I or Foundations of Physics I Honors (3 credits) + FoS Physics I Lab (2 credits)
  5. 2-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP)/2-credit Chinese 
 
Recommended courses for Sophomores (Class of 2022) to take in Fall 2019
  1. Perspectives on the Humanities (4 credits)
  2. Foundations of Biology II (3 credits) + FoS Biology Lab (2 credits)
  3. Organic Chemistry I (3 credits) + Organic Chemistry I Lab (2 credits) 
  4. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or Chinese or General Elective (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 131 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 131 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 131 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus AND BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I
BIOL-SHU 123 FoS Biology Lab* Pre-reqs: MATH-SHU 131 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 AND 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