Course Selection for First Years

Course Selection for First Years

Carefully read these pages to get an idea of what your first-semester course load might look like depending on your areas of interest. Here, you will find courses open to you in the fall semester. Please note that you can only enroll in courses that are listed on the open courses page.

In the first semester, first years typically take four courses. The course selection varies depending on the discipline you are most interested in. Read through the two categories below for detailed course information.

 

 

Sample Course Schedule for Intended Natural Science Majors

This typical course schedule is for students who wish to pursue biology, chemistry, neural science, or physics.

 

Course 1: Global Perspectives on Society (Lecture and Recitation 4 credits)

In this course, we will explore a set of timeless questions about how society is, or should be, organized, based on close examinations of diverse thinkers and writers from different times and different cultures. The questions raised in this course will engage the moral, social, and political foundations of human relationships, the principles according to which people assemble into societies of different scales, and the bases for interaction among societies in a world of accelerating interdependence

Course 2: Mathematics (4 credits)

In order to take Biology, Neural Science, Chemistry or Physics, you must place into and enroll in either Calculus (MATH-SHU 131) or Honors Calculus (MATH-SHU 210). Your math placement level will be sent to you by email in late July.

If you have not placed into Calculus, you must first take Precalculus (and pass with a grade of at least a “C”) and then move on to take the science courses below in your second year. In the meantime, for the first semester, you will follow the course plan of non-science major students.

Course 3 & 4: Physics, Neural Science, or Biology Majors (8 credits)

5 credit courses:

Foundations of Physics I Honors & FoS Physics Laboratory (5 credits) OR General Physics I & FoS Physics Laboratory (5 credits)

Foundations of Physics I Honors vs. General Physics I:

The Foundations of Physics I Honors class is more rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. Foundations of Physics 1 Honors moves at a faster pace than the General Physics 1 course and the subject matter is covered at a higher level.

You are recommended to take Foundations of Physics I Honors if:

  • You are thinking about majoring in Physics.
  • You are looking for a more challenging course and/or have a strong background in physics and math from high school.

3 credit courses:

Foundations of Chemistry I (3 credits)

The Foundations of Chemistry I class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. If you do not feel comfortable with taking both Physics and Chemistry in your first semester, you should contact shanghai.advising@nyu.edu to discuss alternative options.

Course 3 & 4: Chemistry Majors (8 credits)

Foundations of Chemistry I AND FoS Chemistry Laboratory (5 credits)

The Foundations of Chemistry I class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. If you do not feel comfortable with taking both Physics and Chemistry in your first semester, you should contactshanghai.advising@nyu.edu to discuss alternative options.

General Physics I (3 credits) OR Foundations of Physics I Honors (3 credits)

The differences between Foundations of Physics I Honors and General Physics I:
The Foundations of Physics I Honors class is rigorous and designed for students who have a strong science and mathematics background from high school. Foundations of Physics 1 Honors moves at a faster pace than the General Physics 1 course and the subject matter is covered at a higher level.

You are recommended to take Foundations of Physics I Honors if:

  • You are thinking about possibly majoring in Physics.
  • You are looking for the more challenging course and/or you have a strong background in physics and math from high school.

Otherwise, you are recommended to take General Physics I.

Course 5: Language Course (2 credits)

Language courses in your first semester are optional but strongly recommended for international students, and required for Chinese students

For International Students:

These are optional Chinese courses for beginners that are 2-credits instead of 4-credits, and cover half of the content of the regular 4-credit courses. If you take one of these 2-credit courses in the fall semester, you will be able to finish the second half of the content in the spring semester in another 2-credit course. More information about the Chinese placement exam and courses can be found here.

For Chinese Students:

All domestic Chinese students are required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Seminar course. If you take one of these 2-credit courses in the fall semester, you will be able to finish the second half of the content in the spring semester, also in a 2-credit course. More information about the EAP Seminar can be foundhere.

Sample Course Schedule for Majors Besides Natural Science

This typical course schedule is for students who wish to pursue humanities, global China studies, economics, social science, interactive media arts, interactive media and business, mathematics, honors mathematics, business, computer science, computer systems engineering, data science, and electrical and systems engineering.

 

Course 1: Global Perspectives on Society (Lecture and Recitation 4 credits)

In this course, we will explore a set of timeless questions about how society is, or should be, organized, based on close examinations of diverse thinkers and writers from different times and different cultures. The questions raised in this course will engage the moral, social, and political foundations of human relationships, the principles according to which people assemble into societies of different scales, and the bases for interaction among societies in a world of accelerating interdependence.

*Specific criteria go into the scheduling of your GPS recitation. Therefore, you will not be able to change your assignment.

Course 2: Math course (4 credits)

You have been placed in a math level based on your high school records and the criteria here (under Mathematics Placement). Your math placement level will be sent to you via email in late July. If we do not yet have high school exam scores for you, you have been automatically placed into Precalculus pending review of your scores upon receipt. If you wish to try and place into a higher level math course than where you were placed, you will have the opportunity to take a Math Placement Exam during Orientation. See details on the “Placement Exams” page.

Course 3: Language Course (4 credits)

For International Students:

All students are required to be proficient in Mandarin Chinese up to the Intermediate 2 level by graduation. If you are not yet at that level, it is strongly recommended that you take a Chinese course in your first semester. More information about the Chinese placement and courses can be found here.

For Chinese Students:

All domestic Chinese students are required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Seminar course. More information about the EAP Seminar can be found here.

Course 4: Elective Course (4 credits) - subject to availability

Review the list of elective courses and add those you are considering taking into the Albert Shopping Cart. Elective course may not conflict with the schedule of your other courses, so we suggest that you select your elective course after receiving your GPS schedule in late July.