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 – 2017-18 Bulletin

* = offered in Fall ’18 in Shanghai

The requirements below are from the online version of the 2017-2018 bulletin. Please refer to the Pre-2016-17 Registrar’s All Majors Degree Requirements Record or 2016-17 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: MATH-SHU 121 Calculus or MATH-SHU 201 Honors Calculus

Calculus - pre-req OR co-req, this can be waived by the instructor based on student's prior experience

PHYS-SHU 93 OR

PHYS-SHU 12

Foundations of Physics II Honors OR

General Physics II

Pre-req: PHYS-SHU 91 Foundations of Physics I Honors

PHYS-SHU 11 General Physics I - pre-req OR Instructor Permission; AND Calculus pre-req OR co-req - 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 or co-req: PHYS-SHU 93 Foundations of Physics II Honors OR PHYS-SHU 12 General Physics II. Note that Foundations of Physics III is NOT required for Biology majors.
MAJOR COURSES
BIOL-SHU 42 Biostatistics Pre-reqs: BIOL-SHU 21, 22 Foundations of Biology I and II): Note that NEUR-SHU 100 Math Tools for Life Sciences (pre-req: BIOL-SHU 21 Foundations of Biology I and/or NEUR-SHU 201 Introduction to Neural Science) can fulfill this requirement.
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
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 314 Advanced Cell Biology Lab Pre-req: Foundations of Biology I or II or Foundations of Bio Lab
BIOL-SHU 997 Biology Independent Research* 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 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 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 but pre-req can be waived based on the student's background
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 2018 Courses
Recommended courses for Freshmen (Class of 2021) to take in Fall 2018
  1. Perspectives on Humanities (4 credits)
  2. Foundations of Biology II (3 credits)
  3. FoS Biology Laboratory (2 credits)
  4. Organic Chemistry I + Organic Chemistry I Lab (5 credits)
  5. Core curriculum class/Chinese/General elective 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. Pre-med students should also consider taking Organic Chemistry II and Physics II Lab. 
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

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