Natural Science Major

The following courses are required for the natural science major:

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
NSCI 1403
NSCI 1413
General Biology Lecture I
and General Biology Lab I 1
NSCI 1404
NSCI 1414
General Biology Lecture II
and General Biology Lab II
NSCI 1321
NSCI 1331
General Chemistry Lecture I
and General Chemistry Lab I
NSCI 1322
NSCI 1332
General Chemistry Lecture II
and General Chemistry Lab II
NSCI 1501
NSCI 1511
General Physics Lecture I
and General Physics Lab I
NSCI 1502
NSCI 1512
General Physics Lecture II
and General Physics Lab II
NSCI 3121
NSCI 3821
Organic Chemistry Lecture I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
NSCI 3122
NSCI 3822
Organic Chemistry Lecture II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
NSCI 4222Science, Technology, and Society Values4
MATH 1203Applied Calculus I3 to 4
or MATH 1206 Calculus I
NSCI 2040Research Design and Analysis3
Select at least six electives. Of these:
Four must include a lab 2
Two electives do not need to include a lab 3

NSCI 1423 Concepts in Biology Lecture I and NSCI 1424 Concepts in Biology Lecture II may be substitute, respectively, for NSCI 1403 General Biology Lecture I and NSCI 1404 General Biology Lecture II.


One Independent Study course, NSCI 4999 Tutorial, may count toward one of the four lab elective courses.

As listed in the concentrations tab, NSCI 4630 Neuroscience is counted as a non-lab elective if taken alone, but may be counted as a lab-elective if taken with NSCI 4032 Neurobiology Laboratory

Note that NSCI 4032 Neurobiology Laboratory may not be taken on its own and does not fulfill an elective requirement unless taken concurrently with NSCI 4630 or NSCI 4112.


NSCI 4172 Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity or ENGL 4172 Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity counts as a (non-lab) elective towards the major, but not towards any concentration.

Other courses may be counted at the department chair’s discretion. It is possible to select electives in order to follow special interests and career goals. This must be done in consultation with the student’s departmental adviser. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses taken to fulfill the major. A student may not take the second half of a one-year course if the grade for the first half is below a C-.

Students are advised that the lecture and laboratory components of general biology, general chemistry, general physics, and organic chemistry should always be taken concurrently.

Advanced placement course credit may be substituted in partial fulfillment of these requisites. Students without two semesters’ advanced placement in chemistry should note that NSCI 1321 General Chemistry Lecture I and NSCI 1322 General Chemistry Lecture II is the prerequisite for NSCI 3121 Organic Chemistry Lecture I and NSCI 3122 Organic Chemistry Lecture II.


The major in natural science is available at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Lincoln Center. 

Fordham College at Lincoln Center 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.

Students may pursue one of three concentrations within the major: chemical sciences (CHS), organismal biology (ORB), or cell and molecular biology (C+M). Students may major in natural sciences without declaring a concentration. Students opting for one of the concentrations must fulfill the following additional requirements:

  1. One of the four lab electives must be NSCI 4999 Tutorial, in the field of the student’s chosen concentration.
  2. At least two of the three remaining lab electives must be in classes in the chosen concentration, designated in the table below.
  3. At least four of the six electives overall (lab or non-lab) must be in classes in the chosen concentration, designated in the table below.

Elective and Concentration Courses

The following table indicate (a) which courses count toward the required lab elective courses and (b) which courses count toward the respective concentrations in CHS, C+M and ORB.

Course Electives including lab (minimum 4) Electives: No lab Counts toward CHS Counts toward C+M Counts toward ORB
Tutorial NSCI 4999 X X X
Advanced Microbiology NSCI 4143 / NSCI 4843 X X
Aging NSCI 2018 X
Biological Chemistry NSCI 4153 / NSCI 4853 NSCI 4153 X X
Cell and Developmental Biology NSCI 3154 / NSCI 3854 NSCI 3154 X X
Environmental Science/Law/Policy NSCI 2060
Genetics NSCI 3133 / NSCI 3833 NSCI 3133 X X
Global Ecology NSCI 2010 / NSCI 2011 NSCI 2010 X
Immunology NSCI 2122 / NSCI 2822 NSCI 2122 X
Microanatomy NSCI 4144 / NSCI 4844 X X
Molecular Biology NSCI 4176 / NSCI 4876 X
Neuroscience NSCI 4630 / NSCI 4032 NSCI 4630 X X
Neurochemistry NSCI 4081 X X
Paleoecology NSCI 2142 / NSCI 2842 X
Pharmacology NSCI 4080 X
Animal Physiology NSCI 4112 / (with either NSCI 4812 or NSCI 4032) NSCI 4112 X X
Vertebrate Anatomy NSCI 2141 / NSCI 2841 X
Methods of Chemical Research CHEM 3141 X
Physical Chemistry 1 with lab CHEM 3621 / CHEM 3631 X
Physical Chemistry 2 with lab CHEM 3622 / CHEM 3632 X
Quantitative Analysis CHEM 3721 X
Instrumental Analysis CHEM 3722 X
Inorganic Chemistry with lab CHEM 4422 / CHEM 4432 X