University Core Curriculum Requirements

University Core Curriculum (Minimum 44 credits)
Effective with the entering class of Fall 2012

University Core Curriculum (60 credits)
Effective with the entering class of Fall 2003

Section I. Foundational Requirements (15-28 credits)
   
English 110 - Composition - 3 credits (Can test out)
English 120 - Critical Writing - 4 credits
4-7
English 201: Writing in the Disciplines 3
Computing Foundation Core Course*
An exam is available for students who believe they can demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
0-3
Math 3
Foundational Science Course** 3
COM 200 Public Speaking 3
Second Language Proficiency*** 0-6
   
Section II. Areas of Knowledge
No more than two courses may be taken from the same discipline.***
8-9 courses
(minimum 24 credits)
   
Civic Engagement and Public Values 1 course from any school
Western Heritage 1-2 courses in 2 different disciplines.****
World Traditions and Cultures 1-2 courses in 2 different disciplines.****
Humanistic and Creative Expressions 1-2 courses in 2 different disciplines.****
Analysis of Human, Social, and Natural Phenomena 1-2 courses in 2 different disciplines.****
   
Section III. Inquiry and Exploration Remaining credits (8-20)
   
Arts and Science**** Electives outside of the student’s major.
Students may complete a minor in the Arts and Sciences in this area. One course may be taken in the Professional Schools if it is a “W” (Writing-enhanced) course, or if it is part of a Learning Community.
8-20
   

Additional Required Learning Experiences: May be fulfilled in any Core area:

*Computing Foundation Core Courses:

  • CIS 101, Introduction to Computing - for any student.
  • CS 109, Introduction to Computing Using an Object-oriented Programming Language - for any student and required for chemistry majors.
  • CS 121, Computer Programming I - for any student and required by computer science majors and students with a minor in computer science.
  • TS 105, Computers for Human Empowerment – for any student and recommended for Education majors.

**Science Foundation Core Courses

  • BIO 101, 102, 110, 111, 152, 153, 165, 220
  • CHE 101,102,103,104,107,110,111,112
  • ENV 221, 222
  • PHY 109,111,112
  • SCI 101,110, 230

***Second Language Proficiency

  • All undergraduate students with two or more years of high school study in Chinese, French, Italian, Russian or Spanish, who plan to continue their study of the same language in either the fall, spring or summer semester must take a placement exam to determine the appropriate level of college study. Test scores remain valid for one year. Students who postpone language study beyond that year must retake the placement exam. All students with less than two years of high school study in a language will automatically be placed in the 101-level course in their chosen language. >> More information about the Language Placement Exams

    All students must begin their language study at the evaluated placement level and will not receive Core credit if they start at a lower level.

    • Students placed at 101 must take 101 and 102 in the same language.
    • Students placed at 102 must take 102 and 280 in the same language.
    • Students placed at the 200 level or above must take one 3-credit course at the level of their placement.

    Exemptions

  • Students will be exempt from second language study if they satisfy one of the following requirements:
    • Students who have completed secondary schooling in a language other than English
    • Students who have taken the foreign language SAT II exam prior to enrollment and have a score of 550 or above
    • Students who have taken the Language and/or the Literature Advanced Placement Exam in a foreign language and scored 4 or 5 will receive 3 or 6 credits that satisfy the Core
    • Students who take the NYU 12 point Proficiency Exam and score 12 points receive 3 credits of language Core credit

    Please note that American Sign Language (ASL) may be used to fulfill the Core language requirement.

    Students who transfer 25 college credits or more in the Lubin School of Business, the Lienhard School of Nursing, and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems may fulfill language Core requirement by taking one culture course with a prefix of ARA, CHI, FRE, JPN, GRK, ITA, JPN, LAT,RUS, or SPA.

****The Arts and Sciences disciplines are designated as:

  • ANT, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, COM, DAN, ECO, ENG, ENV, FRE, GEO, GLB, HIS, HS, INT, ITA, JPN, JRN, LIT, MAT,MUS, NYC, PHI, PHY, POL, POR, PSY, RES, RUS, SCI, SOC, SPA, SPE, THR, WS.