Independent Study

Independent Study is an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty advisor on a project related to their area of study. Students must propose an original topic that is not covered in NYUSH coursework and choose a member of the faculty in their area of study. It is advisable that students choose a professor with whom they have already taken a course(s).

Deadlines

Fall semester: May 1st 
Spring semester: December 1st 

Processing Times

Independent study requests should be fully submitted and reviewed by the end of the currently enrolled semester. The applications will be reviewed after the deadline and students will be notified in 1-3 weeks.

Request Independent Study

  1. Consult the major website for independent study course prerequisites and instruction.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your interest in pursuing the independent study option.
  3. Work with a faculty mentor to approve and supervise the independent study proposal, including syllabus, grading system, and the number of credits.
  4. Submit the Independent Study Form before May 1st/ December 1st. (Students are expected to communicate with faculty about the deadline. Independent study requests should be fully submitted and reviewed by the end of the currently enrolled semester.)
  5. Advisor will help you with enrolling in the major independent study course on Albert.

Independent Study Guideline

Credits

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Independent Study courses may be taken for 2 (5-6 hours a week workload) or 4 credits (10-12 hours a week workload), depending on the nature of the particular project and on the assessment of the faculty adviser.

Course Syllabi and Grading

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The faculty adviser and the student will together determine the course content and graded assignments of the Independent Study.

Course Meeting Time

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It is imperative that students meet on a regular basis(e.g. Weekly on Monday 4 - 5 pm) with their faculty advisor throughout the semester in which they are doing the Independent Study.

Purpose of the Course

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Independent Study units can be applied towards the major and/or minor and can fulfill one of the student's elective requirements, provided that the student earns a minimum final grade of C.

 

Independent Study – Biology

This course aims at engaging students in research. It is designed to offer students an opportunity to observe biological research up close and gain hands-on research experience by working as a member in an active research team. Independent Study I and II can be done with the same supervisor or two different supervisors. No lectures will be given. Student researchers are expected to attend and actively participate in lab/supervision meetings. Requires a written report on the research to be evaluated by the faculty sponsor, with a copy submitted to the Discipline Leader in Biology and a copy to the Dean of Arts & Sciences. Offered in the Fall, Spring or Summer. 2 to 4 points per term for a maximum of 4 points.

Prerequisite:

  • Foundations of Science I-III (or Physics I&II, Foundations of Chemistry I&II, Foundations of Biology I&II), and
  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in all science and mathematics courses required for the major,
  • permission of a biology faculty member (at NYU Shanghai, NYU Abu Dhabi, or NYU New York) who will act as a sponsor and mentor, and approval of the Discipline Leader in Biology. The faculty mentor must be selected in consultation with the Discipline Leader in Biology.
Independent Study – Business

Students are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Business discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by a Business faculty member. The results of the study are embodied in a report of a type required by the instructor.

Independent Study – Chemistry

Students majoring in Chemistry are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time or visiting faculty member in the relevant discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by a chemistry professor.

Independent Study – Computer Science/Engineering/Data Science

Does not satisfy the major elective requirement. Students majoring in computer science, data science, or engineering are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the relevant discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in computer science/data science/engineering and have a study proposal that is approved by a computer science/data science/engineering professor.

Independent Study – Economics

Students are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Economics discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by an Economics professor. The results of the study are embodied in a report of a type required by the instructor.

Independent Study – Global China Studies

Students are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Global China Studies discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by a GCS professor.

Independent Study – Humanities

Students are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Humanities discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by a Humanities professor.

Independent Study – Mathematics

Students majoring in mathematics are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a fulltime or visiting faculty member in the department if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in mathematics and have a study proposal that is approved by a mathematics professor.

Independent Study – Neural Science

Prerequisite: Foundations of Science I-III (or Physics I&II, Foundations of Chemistry I&II, Foundations of Biology I&II), Introduction to Neural Science, Biostatistics, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in all science and mathematics courses required for the major, permission of a neural science faculty member (at NYU-Shanghai, NYU-Abu Dhabi, or NYU-New York) who will act as a sponsor and mentor, and approval of the Director of Neural Science. The faculty mentor must be selected in consultation with the Director of Neural Science. Offered in the Fall or Spring. 2 to 4 points per term for a maximum of 4 points. This course aims at engaging students in research. It is designed to offer students an opportunity to observe neuroscience research up close and gain hands-on research experience by working as a member in an active research team. Independent Study I and II can be done with the same supervisor or two different supervisors. No lectures will be given. Student researchers are expected to attend and actively participate in lab/supervision meetings. The work requires a written report on the research to be evaluated by the faculty sponsor, with a copy submitted to the Director of Neural Science and a copy to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

Independent Study – Physics

Students majoring in physics are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time or visiting faculty member in the relevant discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by a physics professor.

Independent Study – Social Science

Students are permitted to work on an individual basis under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in the Social Science discipline if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and have a study proposal that is approved by a Social Science professor. The results of the study are embodied in a report of a type required by the instructor. Portal Campuses New York Shanghai Abu Dhabi