General Science Major

The general science major consists of a total of 13 courses, plus associated labs and recitations.

Course Title Credits
CHEM 1321
CHEM 1331
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1322
CHEM 1332
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 1311General Chemistry I Recitation0
CHEM 1312General Chemistry II Recitation0
BISC 1403
BISC 1413
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Lab I
BISC 1404
BISC 1414
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Lab II
Select one of the following options (provided prerequisites are met):8 to 10
Option 1:
Physics I
and Physics I Lab
Physics II
and Physics II Lab
Option 2:
Introduction to Physics I
and Physics I Lab
Introduction to Physics II
and Physics II Lab
Option 3:
General Physics I
and Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and Physics II Lab
Mathematics 1
Select both courses in one of the following options:6 to 10
Option 1:
Calculus I
Calculus II
Option 2:
Applied Calculus I
Applied Calculus II
Option 3:
Applied Calculus I
Applied Statistics 2
Option 4:
Calculus I
Applied Statistics 2
Computer Science
CISC 1400Discrete Structures 34
CISC 1600
CISC 1610
Computer Science I
and Computer Science I Lab 4
Electives 5
Select two advanced courses in one subject (biology, chemistry and biochemistry, or physics), plus required lab corequisites, as applicable; see below lists
One additional advanced course in any of three subjects, plus required lab corequisites, as applicable; see below lists

Students with a demonstrated proficiency in either computer science or statistics can inquire with the program director for alternative choices. MATH 1203 Applied Calculus I or MATH 1206 Calculus I may be fulfilled with transfer credit from AP Calculus (MATH 12AB or MATH 12BC).


In consultation with the General Science program director, the following statistics courses may also fulfill this requirement. Other options, with program director approval, may be considered.


In consultation with the General Science program director, CISC 1100 Structures of Computer Science may fulfill this requirement.


Students who take CISC 1600 during Fordham's Summer Session do not take CISC 1610, as the summer lecture and lab are offered in a combined format.


Each student must take three elective non-core science courses (biology, chemistry and biochemistry, or physics), including any associated labs. 

At least two of the elective courses must be in the same discipline; the third can be in any of the three disciplines (biology, chemistry and biochemistry, or physics). These courses must be offered by the biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, or physics departments and be advanced enough that one of the following courses, respectively, is a prerequisite:

Additionally, a maximum of one independent study in biological sciences (BISC 4999 or BISC 4792), chemistry and biochemistry (CHEM 4999) or physics (PHYS 4999), of at least three credits, may count towards the three course elective requirement.

Advanced Biology Electives

Courses in this group have the GEAB attribute.

Course Title Credits
BISC 2539General Genetics3
BISC 2561Ecology3
BISC 2571Ecology Lab2
BISC 3132Human Physiology3
BISC 3221Human Anatomy3
BISC 3244Evolutionary Biology3
BISC 3405Plant Biology3
BISC 3521Biochemistry3
BISC 3643Microbiology3
BISC 3752Molecular Biology3
BISC 3754Cell Biology3
BISC 3893Introduction to Virology3
BISC 4530Cancer Biology and Signaling3
BISC 4532Neuroscience3
BISC 4642Animal Behavior4
BISC 4693Developmental Biology3
BISC 4792Senior Thesis Research4

Advanced Chemistry Electives

Courses in this group have the GEAC attribute.

Course Title Credits
CHEM 2521Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 2522Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3621Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 3622Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 3721Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3722Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 4221Biochemistry I3
CHEM 4222Biochemistry II3
CHEM 4241Biomimetic Chemistry3
CHEM 4251Physical and Computational Models of Biochemical Systems3
CHEM 4340Environmental Chemistry3

Advanced Physics Electives

Courses in this group have the GEAP attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHYS 2005Introduction to Modern Physics4
PHYS 2101Engineering Statics and Dynamics4
PHYS 2102Mechanics of Materials4
PHYS 2201Classical Mechanics I4
PHYS 3001Electricity and Magnetism I4
PHYS 3100Math Methods in Physics4
PHYS 3102Math Methods in Physics II4
PHYS 3103Math Methods in Physics III4
PHYS 3201Fluid Mechanics4
PHYS 3401Thermo and Stat Physics4
PHYS 3601Optics4
PHYS 4003Classical Mechanics II4
PHYS 4004Electricity and Magnetism II4
PHYS 4005Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 4006Quantum Mechanics II4
PHYS 4010Introduction to Electric Circuits4
PHYS 4012Solid State Physics4


The major in general science is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in general science only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill campus.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.

CIP Code

30.0101 - Biological and Physical Sciences.

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